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Zorro and Don Juan - A Great Swashbuckling Double Bill

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Costume adventure fans will have reason to celebrate this Monday, January 28th when TCM shows two of the best swashbucklers ever made, both of them prime illustrations of the studio system days at its peak.

 

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At 8pm (EST) the channel will broadcast 20th Century Fox's *The Mark of Zorro*. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, this stylish 1940 remake of the Douglas Fairbanks silent casts Tyrone Power in the title role as the masked avenger of the people.

 

As Fox's first attempt to have their leading matinee idol pose a direct challenge to Warners' Errol Flynn as swashbuckling king, it was both a commercial and artistic triumph. While the success of this film would lead to three more costume adventures for Power during the rest of the '40s, none of them, all directed by Fox house director Henry King, would come close to the overall satisfaction of this shimmering production.

 

With splendid art direction, supplemented, in turn, by Arthur C. Miller's sumptuous black-and-white photography, this visually appealing adaption of Johnston McCulley's The Curse of Capistrano also boasts a rousing musical score by Alfred Newman, adding immeasurably to the atmosphere and overrall excitement of the production. Hugo Freidhofer also made an uncredited contribution to Newman's memorable score.

 

The casting of the film is also critical to its success. At the centre of the film is, of course, Power, far more effective in this production than he had been in any previous film. With his refined romantic image and charm, he excels in the film's lightly humourous scenes in which, as Don Diego, he poses as a fop (a la Scarlet Pimpernel) so that no one will suspect his Zorro identity.

 

Arriving late at a dinner party, Power as Diego apologizes to his hosts for his tardy appearance, explaining that it was because the bath water prepared for him had been "positively tepid," with more water then having to be added and properly scented. "Life can be trying, don't you think?" he laments, with exasperation. The reaction of the other diners leaves no doubt as to how unimpressed they are with Diego's "difficulties."

 

In contrast to his amusing moments posing as a fop, Power is convincingly dashing as a swordsman, assisted in no small measure by director Mamoulian and film editor Robert Bischuff, who at times bring a breathless energy to the action scenes.

 

Beautiful Linda Darnell, in the best casting of her career thus far, is co-starred with Power for the third of four screen collaborations with him, this one being far and away their most effective screen teaming. In contrast to her later career roles, with harder, more manipulative characterizations, Darnell exudes a charming innocence in this film which is most affecting. She and Power have strong chemistry and together produce an almost fairy tale-like charm in their scenes together.

 

Possibly the best of their scenes is set inside a church which Darnell visits at a time when Zorro, disguised as a padre, is hiding there. Darnell asks the "padre" if he will talk to her and Zorro, his face covered in darkness by his padre's hood, is forced to comply. Perked with interest by the padre's unexpected compliments to her beauty, Darnell makes a couple of attempts to see his face by bending forward to peak under the hood, only to have Power counter her each time by bending forward even further. It's a lovely sequence, noteworthy for its charm and gentle humour.

 

To emphasize the film's influence by the recently released Warner Brother's hit, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro has the services of three cast members from that film. Montagu Love, who had played the Bishop of Black Canons, here plays Don Diego's father, exasperated that his son is not a "real man." Eugene Pallette, so memorable two years before as Friar Tuck, has a carbon copy role in this film as a padre, who also knows how to handle a sword. Gravel voiced Pallette scores well in this production, as well.

 

Most memorable of all, though, is Basil Rathbone, formerly Sir Guy of Gisbourne to Flynn's Robin Hood. Playing a soldier-of-fortune in Zorro, he is a macho, strutting presence in this film, frequently cutting large swipes through the air with his sword, which he likes to hold in his hand. As the film progresses he makes less and less attempt to disguise his contempt towards the foppish Diego.

 

"Quiet, you popinjay. I've no reason for letting you live," Rathbone at one point snaps at Power, moments before the two actors begin one of the great duels in screen history. In contrast to the highly theatrical duel between Robin Hood and Sir Guy throughout much of Nottingham Castle, the duel in The Mark of Zorro, furiously paced, brilliantly edited, is in a small room. As opposed to the great operatic Korngold musical score that had enhanced every move of the two participants in their duel to the death in Robin Hood, music is noticeably absent in the Zorro duel. The primary sounds heard are those of the clashing steel, along with the expected bantering between the two actors.

 

"It's a good effort, Capitan," a smiling Power says in a brief pause in the fencing action. "The next will be better, my fancy clown," a furious, determined Rathbone responds.

 

Rathbone, an expert swordsman, did all his own stunt work in this wonderfully choreographed sequence, staged by fencing master Fred Cavens. Power is doubled by Caven's own son, Albert, in a few shots but is, otherwise, extremely impressive in this athletic contest. He would, in fact, never look quite so good again in an action scene in the rest of his film career.

 

The athletic Rathbone was 48 when he staged this duel, a full 22 years (!!!) older than Power. Years later he would comment, "Power was the most agile man with a sword I've ever faced before a camera. Tyrone could have fenced Errol Flynn into a cocked hat."

 

There has been some speculation about this statement, that it may have been triggered by personal issues, beyond a mere comparison of Power and Flynn's fencing abilities. Few doubt that Flynn, certainly in his Robin Hood prime, was a superior athlete to Power, and he did, after all, do most of his stunt work in Robin Hood, including the duel. Flynn was always praised as an on-screen swordsman, and it may be that Rathbone, a superior fencer to Flynn, was a bit resentful of it. It may also be that Rathbone simply liked Power as a person more when he made that assessment of his fencing prowess.

 

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And, speaking of Flynn, at 10pm (EST) TCM will then be broadcasting his 1948 production, *Adventures of Don Juan*. A film that begins in a tongue-in-cheek vein before gradually turning more dramatic, Don Juan was Warners' attempt to re-energize Flynn's career, his most recent films having been disappointments at the box office.

 

Actually, Don Juan had been regarded as a potential Flynn project as early as 1939, was resuscitated six years later, delayed for another two years, finally going before the cameras in 1947. A film noteworthy for its rich Technicolor and sumptuous sets, with the art direction centre piece a palace staircase, the film is admirably directed by Vincent Sherman after originally scheduled director Raoul Walsh was removed from the production following a fall out with Flynn. (The two were friends and would later patch things up). Don Juan has the additional services of Max Steiner, who created one of the great musical scores of costume movies, alternately rousing and passionate, with a truly poignant love theme.

 

The film also benefits from an at times genuinely witty screenplay, with some delicious dialogue. In the production's opening moments, set in a balcony to which Juan has ascended in order to pursue his designs on an eager young lady, Flynn at one point says, "I have loved you since the beginning of time." When the lady replies that they had only met the previous day, he responds, without missing a beat, "Why that was when time began."

 

Soon afterward the lady laments that Juan has made love to so many women, Flynn countering with a line that the actor may have wanted to use in his well known hedonistic private life. "Catherine, an artist may paint a thousand portraits before achieving one work of art. Would you deny a lover the same practice?"

 

Adventures of Don Juan has the wittiest dialogue of Flynn's career, and he provides it with a wonderful delivery. The actor was somewhat past his physical prime by the time that production began. His Robin Hood days of doing all his own stunts were long over, the actor getting easily winded in action scenes longer than a few seconds. Though still handsome, lighting and camera angles could not entirely disguise the dissipation of his personal lifestyle that was starting to etch itself onto his features. In spite of that, however, in some respects it actually adds to his credibility as a cynical, world weary rogue.

 

The Don Juan in this film is clearly getting a little tired of the chase, and much of the story line deals with him attempting to go through a period of reform as he works as a fencing instructor in the palace of the Spanish royals. It is here that he meets the Queen of Spain, as played by Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors. Lindfors' Queen is a sincere monarch, genuinely concerned for the plight of her people, at the same time trapped in a loveless marriage with a bumbling King (played by Romney Brent).

 

Lindfors plays her role with intelligence and sensitivity, bringing more depth to her scenes with Flynn than might normally be expected. Their final scene in the film together is played in The Grand Manner, a bittersweet sequence reminiscent of the departing scene at the end of The Prisoner of Zenda. Steiner's music is breathtaking in the sequence, as are the costumes, set and colour. Flynn and Lindfors make it a memorable moment.

 

It's also a pleasure to see character actor and long time Flynn co-star Alan Hale cast with the actor for the last time, in the role of Leporello, Juan's servant. Hale is more subdued in this film than in the past, but he and Flynn still demonstrate an impressive on screen chemistry.

 

Warners contract actor Robert Douglas plays the film's villain, the Duke de Lorca. While no Rathbone as a costume rogue (then, again, who was?), Douglas is still a very acceptable opponent for Flynn. Their climactic duel on a giant staircase is well edited, dramatic and genuinely exciting, even if the doubling of both actors is quite obvious, at times. Still, Flynn is impressive in this action highlight as, indeed, he is in the entire film.

 

Adventures of Don Juan was a troubled production that went considerably over budget. Flynn behaved in a professional, responsible manner in the early weeks of production but went missing in action after some scathing reviews came out of Escape Me Never, a film of his released while Don Juan was before the cameras. Reports have circulated that the actor was on a major bender. It may actually have been more serious than that for there are indications that Flynn, always a more insecure man than most realized, may have suffered from a crisis in confidence.

 

Flynn later related in his autobiography that he went through a suicidal period in the '40s, holding a gun to his head on several occasions but failing to find the courage to pull the trigger. I have often wondered if this period of personal crisis did not, in fact, occur during the prolonged period of his absence from the Don Juan set.

 

Today, however, what matters is that none of the strife that plagued the film shows itself on screen. Adventures of Don Juan, while never enjoying the same esteem as some of Flynn's earlier screen swashbucklers, is, in my opinion, a considerably underrated adventure, with a clever screenplay and wittier dialogue than is to be found in Robin Hood or The Sea Hawk. An exceedingly handsome production, Don Juan gives us a Flynn slightly past his prime but still responding to the often tongue-in-cheek material with a skillful, subtle, nuanced performance.

 

And certainly no screen actor ever looked better or more natural in costume attire or with a sword in his hand than Errol Flynn.

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Sorry, slaytonf. I didn't mean to slash a big "Z" right across your planned cheers. Well, you can still celebrate the long-delayed arrival of this terrific film on TCM anyway.

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Terrific write-up of both films, Tom. Unfortunately, I'm teaching two night classes back-to-back on Monday and have no DVR, so will miss two of my favorite flicks! But wait.... I feel the flu coming on....

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Yep Tom, as you probably know, TCM has been running the Don Juan trailer a lot recently, and because of our last exchange about this film a few months back and how we both raved about it, everytime I see that trailer I think of you...up there above the 49th and freezin' your butt off this time o' year!

 

(...sorry, couldn't resist that last part) ;)

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Dargo, my butt might be cold now but it will get warmed up Monday night with all the movement that I will be doing in my seat watching all that hot swashbuckling action, courtesy Flynn and Power.

 

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Flawless article on the Monday double bill, Tom ... I'll be watching, and I'll DVR them as well. My reason is that I have that greatest of privileges, showing these to someone who has never seen any of the old movies. When I moved to Hawaii five years ago ... a return after living on the mainland for six years to take care of my husband until his death ... I made a friend who comes once a week to watch movies with me, on Tuesday nights. I never knew what fun it can be to re-watch movies I saw decades ago with somebody who never saw movies at all growing up. She will go mad for Zorro. Maybe not so much for the Flynn picture, but certainly she'll like it.

 

Zorro has one special highlight for me, and that's the dance between Linda and Tyrone, to "El Sombrero Blanco." Beautifully done, very strong and passionate. How smoothly choreographed. The whole movie was lovely. What a production.

 

I must say I love your reviews. So eloquent.

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Yep, and I'll bet that ol' thick blood o' yours will be warmed and begin swiftly coursing through those veins as soon as you hear the first stirring strains of Max Steiner's score for this swashbuckling masterpiece too, eh?! ;)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPgd8axr1kM

 

(...I know it always gets me in the mood to enjoy this film, anyway)

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You don't need a DVR. You can get an inexpensive DVD recorder and plug the output from your cable box into it to record onto a DVD. Then you just set it to record at a desired time.

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Thanks very much for the compliments, Dothery. I'm glad you enjoyed the duel . . . err, dual reviews.

 

And I'm also pleased that you mentioned the El Sombrero Blanco dance between Power and Darnell in The Mark of Zorro. It is truly an eloquent number, as performed by them. There are a few closeups of Don Diego's feet for a few of his more intricate steps which, I assume, was done by a double for Power. That in no way, however, detracts, from their beauty.

 

One of the things that I really like about Mark of Zorro and Adventures of Don Juan is the humour to be found in both productions. Neither Power nor Flynn had much luck with good material in their careers when either one of them appeared out of character in a flat out comedy. However, in swashbucklers such as these, where the humour supplements the adventure aspects of the story, they were both noticeably successful.

 

Tyrone Power was always a more genteel, refined actor than the more extroverted Errol Flynn. Power's scenes playing the fop in Zorro have a delightful gentle humour. Flynn, though, also brings a surprising subtlety to his moments of humour in Don Juan. Both actors look like they're having a good time in these scenes. It shows another side to their skills as performers that they rarely had a chance to demonstrate.

 

I think that both these films show off their two stars with virtually some of the best material that either of them ever had when it came to playing humour on screen. It's a shame that neither of them had many other opportunities quite so good. (To be fair, though, Flynn was exceptional with a rambunctious performance, as well, in Gentleman Jim, as well as some humourous courtship scenes of Olivia de Havilland in They Died With Their Boots On).

 

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Lolita (Linda Darnell) enchanted immediately after the El Sombrero Blanco dance number with Don Diego.

 

"I never dreamed dancing could be so wonderful," she says.

 

"I found it rather fatiguing," a seemingly bored Diego replies.

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Dargo, thanks for the YouTube link to Max Steiner's great, rousing, beautiful score for Adventures of Don Juan.

 

On a side note, I've always maintained that no other actor of the studio system days had as much great musical accompaniment in his films as Flynn. That's because he had the services of not only Steiner but Erich Wolfgang Korngold, as well, and both seemed to be inspired to produce their best with his big budget productions.

 

You're going to be hard pressed, I believe, to produce another actor with a list of films that had music as good as this. You doubt me? Take a listen:

 

Captain Blood (Korngold)

 

Charge of the Light Brigade (Steiner)

 

Adventures of Robin Hood (Korngold)

 

Elizabeth and Essex (Korngold)

 

Sea Hawk (Korngold)

 

They Died With Their Boots On (Steiner)

 

And even at that, I didn't include links for the scores for Prince and the Pauper, Dodge City or Virginia City.

 

But of them all, Steiner's score for Adventures of Don Juan is definitely one of my very favourites.

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Very good point about Flynn possibly being accompanied by some of the best, or maybe better said, some of the most stirring music scores, and more than any other star. But then again, that could of course primarily be due to the thought that the Swashbuckler genre almost demands music of the "Fanfare" variety, and who doesn't like the occasional bombastic fanfare?

 

I listened to all those links you suppled, and what I noticed was that Korngold's music seemed to me to be very similar in tone, whereas Steiner seemed to be able to absorb a little more "local favor" into his works, such as in his They Died With Their Boots On score, and where he incorporates some Western themes reminisence of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony.

 

Of course, in Korngold's defense, his scores were primarily for films situated in "Old English" style.

 

And, I've been wracking my brain to think of another actor in the history of cinema who might have had the same quantity and quality of stirring music accompaniment as Flynn seemed to enjoy, and the only actor I could think of that might come at least a little close could actually be Harrison Ford, and with John Williams of course supplying the music for his screen daring-dos. Though of course, there's probably a few other of which I'm overlooking.

 

Which, come to think of it, this very premise of yours might make for an excellent separate thread topic in itself.

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Thanks for your very thoughtful response, Dargo. I think there is perhaps a little bit of elitism among some music film buffs, inasmuch as Korngold's at times almost operatic scores seem to be regarded above the "lighter" efforts of the far more prolific Steiner. Personally, I love the wonderful work produced by both men.

 

I will take up your suggestion, though, and create another thread on this topic and see what kind of response it gets.

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Even though both of these fine movies have been shown on various television showcases many times over the years, and that it may be hard to believe, there are still many people who haven't yet seen either. It may be more enjoyable for them to WATCH them rather than reading all about them here.

 

 

Next time, just give a simple summary review instead of telling us all about the movie. Or maybe call your threads "SPOILER ALERT!"

 

 

Sepiatone

 

 

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I've always been a fan of the Zorro character.

 

There have been MANY versions of the Zorro legend. Here are just some of the actors who have played the masked avenger.

 

Douglas Fairbanks in *The Mark of Zorro*

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Douglas Fairbanks as Zorro and son in *Don Q, Son of Zorro*

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John Carroll in the serial *Zorro Rides Again*

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Reed Hadley in the serial *Zorro's Fighting Legion*

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Tyrone Power in *The Mark of Zorro*

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Jeff Stewart in the serial *Son of Zorro*

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Clayton Moore in the serial *Ghost of Zorro* (could anybody mistake that Moore Lone Ranger stance?)

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Guy Williams as *Walt Disney's Zorro*

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Alain Delon in *Zorro*

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Frank Langella in the TV-movie *The Mark of Zorro*

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Paul Regina and Henry Darrow in the Disney TV series *Zorro and Son*

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Sir Anthony Hopkins in *The Mask of Zorro*

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Antonio Banderas in *The Mask of Zorro*

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Duncan Regehr (who was raised in my hometown) in the TV series *Zorro*

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There was even a movie called "The Erotic Adventures of Zorro" (the trailer says it is from the people who brought you "Trader ****").

 

But my favorite of all the Zorros was definitely Tyrone Power.

 

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Thanks for those, FL. What a treat for the eyes! (I never knew Alain Delon played a Zorro!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I may add one . . . can't remember film title . . . Kevin Kline played Douglas Fairbanks Jr. playing Zorro.

 

 

(Can't type and eat breakfast at the same time!)

 

Edited by: dpompper on Jan 27, 2013 12:07 PM

 

Edited by: dpompper on Jan 27, 2013 12:08 PM

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Sepiatone, obviously watching Zorro and Don Juan will be a lot more fun for people than reading about them. My thread was intended to perk the interest of some who might have otherwise have not paid much attention to the swashbuckling double bill. If, in my enthusiasm to try to convey some of the virtues of the two productions, you think I gave too much away, certainly that wasn't my intention.

 

I think, however, that the readers on this message board have read enough in-depth reviews in their day to know that any lengthy discussion of some films such as on my original posting will obviously be revealling aspects of the films they would not know. I doubt very much that I have spoiled anyone's enjoyment of the films after reading this thread. However, as you suggested, a SPOILERS ALERT message, is not a bad idea.

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filmlover, you really are a fan of the Big Z. Thanks very much for your historical rundown on the actors who have played Zorro, some of which were news to me.

 

Glad to see that your favourite is also mine, Tyrone Power.

 

It's interesting to note, however, the review of the much esteemed Bowsley Crowther in the New York Times when Power's film was released in November, 1940. While Crowther gave the film a generally positive review, he was less enthusiastic about Power's contribution:

 

we are bound to state that Tyrone Power is no Douglas Fairbanks, and any resemblance which he may bear to his late predecessor in the title role is purely coincidental. Mr. Fairbanks, we can tell you, was really something to see-a swashbuckler who swashed with magnificent arrogance and swished, when required, with great elan. Mr. Power rather overdoes the swishing, and his swash is more beautiful than bold. Neither does he vault about with the athletic ease of a proper Zorro. And a Zorro without at least one leap from a balcony to the back of a running horse, is gravely suspected by us.

 

Crowther remembered the Fairbanks silent with affection but you have to wonder just how many years it had been since he had last seen it. Fairbanks had also passed away less than a year before the Power version was released. That may have played a role in his sentiment, as well.

 

There's no doubt that Fairbanks was a far more athletic Zorro than Power but Power brought subtleties to his characterization, particularly in the fop scenes, that make him far more engaging in the role, in my opinion. And there was never a screen duel in Fairbanks' entire film career that could compare to the one that Power had with Rathbone in this film.

 

Having said that, it was Douglas Fairbanks' Mark of Zorro that started the first craze for swashbucklers in the movies, and for that all future film swashbucklers, Power included, owe Fairbanks a debt.

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You just reminded me of one more Zorro. In "The Artist," they included a scene from the Fairbanks version of The Mark of Zorro and inserted closeups of Jean Dujardin as Zorro.

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This thread draws concerns from me. What if we said DARK VICTORY and NOW, VOYAGER-- A Great Chick Flick Double Bill.

 

How come we do not get all excited about the women's pictures as much as we do about the male-dominated action flicks?

 

Also, the double-standard is even more evident when we look at TCM's schedule and see Maureen O'Hara being featured in AT SWORD'S POINT, and that one is not yet even mentioned.

 

Miss O'Hara was every bit the swashbuckler the guys were. In fact, her resume is quite impressive in this regard: THE BLACK SWAN, THE SPANISH MAIN, AT SWORD'S POINT, SINBAD THE SAILOR and AGAINST ALL FLAGS, to name a few. Plus, she also managed to sneak in a few melodramas that would have made Bette Davis proud.

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> {quote:title=TopBilled wrote:}{quote}This thread draws concerns from me. What if we said DARK VICTORY and NOW, VOYAGER-- A Great Chick Flick Double Bill.

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> Also, the double-standard is even more evident when we look at TCM's schedule and see Maureen O'Hara being featured in AT SWORD'S POINT, and that one is not yet even mentioned.

I think you are being WAY overly-sensitive. Especially when At Sword's Point comes after the film that comes after the two films in the title. Plus I think it is up to the poster to decide what films excite him.

 

Also, in his opening paragraph, he said these were "two of the best swashbucklers ever made." At Sword's Point is not one that I have ever heard of as being in anyone's best swashbucklers list. And as a side note, Zorro and Don Juan are two very famous names. Doesn't quite have the same resonance by listing O'Hara's character: "Zorro and Don Juan...and Claire"

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TB, this thread is devoted to the excitement that I feel over the fact that TCM has scheduled, as I stated in my original post, two of the greatest swashbucklers ever made. Period.

 

There is no further justification for the post required, nor do I have to explain why I have not decided to include other films in the post, such as the Maureen O'Hara film you named, that I do not regard as being particularly good.

 

You gave strong indications in your comments of some kind of feminist agenda with your resentment that two male-oriented action films are being discussed. I didn't mention the John Payne action adventure coming on either because, like O'Hara's film, it's not in the same league as the Power and Flynn films. My agenda here, if you want to call it that, is simply to discuss what I consider to be two great adventure films, and I wanted to make other viewers aware of them.

 

Please do not read anything else into my selection of films.

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