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About moviejoe79

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  1. Just wanted to say thanks to TCM for showcasing Norma Shearer today. She really deserved it. She may not have been the greatest actress of the golden age, but she was arguably the greatest star. I'll never forget the first time I saw her in "The Women". She blew me away with her beauty and performance. She outshined Crawford and all the other great ladies in it. She really had it all and she's far too forgotten today. The lineup of movies was great too. It was nice to see some of her more obscure titles which are never aired. And celluloidkid, Kathryn Grayson was AWESOME. I'm so glad TCM gave her a day. One of the most beautiful women to ever hit the screen, and she could sing like no other.
  2. Wow, a great tribute to a fine actress. She's always been a favorite of mine simply because of "Dodsworth" which is one of my all time favorite movies. I think the chemistry between she and Huston is some of the best I've ever seen on-screen. Two powerhouse actors. It was a great production courtesy of Goldwyn and with a fine supporting cast that was on par with the brilliance of Chatterton and Huston. Another great film of hers that I wish TCM would play is "Anybody's Woman". I saw it at the Museum of Modern Art a few years ago and it's a great pre-code. She tears up the screen in this story. Another thing about Chatterton is that she was very attractive. She's never mentioned as any kind of a beauty of that period, but she was very sexy, and could hold her own against most of the beautiful actresses of the day. She also had a great voice and great diction, which was welcome and needed in the early talkies. And just one correction regarding Norma. She didn't win the Academy Award for "A Free Soul" although she was nominated. She won it for "The Divorcee" made one year earlier.
  3. This is awesome. I was shocked to see the lineup in the monthly schedule. They rarely show her movies anymore. I've got the DVD recorder working overtime! Interesting to see that "One Romantic Night" is actually titled "The Swan" when it began a little while ago. Perhaps that was the original title, or British title? I wonder where the print originated from. There was also a break between the title and the cast lineup that was clearly different, indicating that it was probably spliced together from remaining film elements. And I guess this is the original version of the story which was remade with Alec Guiness and Grace Kelly. You gotta hand it to TCM, where else could we see such a rare movie!
  4. Hi Moira! And hi again Liz! Thanks for the warm welcome. It's so nice to see you two still here, and Mongo! I swear if he ever leaves the board will just have to shut down and start all over again! He's been the driving force... I do hope to be posting more. It's nice to see that there are still good discussions going on here. When I drifted away the board was really in the doldrums (which is why I drifted). But I see that there are a lot more people here then when I left, and that's great! Nice to see that there are more classic movie fans finding it. And Moira you might be right, perhaps Bob O. did mention Mary Boland before "The Women" last night but I didn't see the intro so I don't know. In the lineup on the web they had Rosalind Russell pegged as the "funny lady" being showcased with that movie (and deservedly of course) so I just assume that Boland wasn't mentioned in any way. Too bad, she really was one of the screen's great comedic character actresses. That voice and face, just one of a kind.
  5. Hi Liz! Thanks for the welcome back. Things are fine, and I hope to be posting more on the boards. I see that Moira is around again and that Mongo is posting great stuff as always! Nice to see that you guys are still here!
  6. Thanks filmlover for the tip! I was about to place an order, good thing I read this thread first! I'm also very pleased to read that "Strange Interlude" looks good, whoever it was who mentioned it. I'll be sure to order it now. I'm so glad to see four Norma Shearer titles in the mix thus far. For years now I've been hoping for a full fledged box set of her movies but I think she's too forgotten to warrant that kind of release. The last one they did was for Natalie Wood (deservedly) but a box for Shearer wouldn't draw enough buyers, even though every movie is an A list MGM production. So hopefully we see a few more of her movies released, including "Smilin' Through" which also has great performances from Fredric March and Leslie Howard. Aside from Shearer I'd also love to see "George Washington Slept Here" with Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan. It's such a great comedy from the 40's with a great cast and has always been a favorite of mine, even though it's not as well remembered as I think it should be. Another title I'd love to see is "Primrose Path" with Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea. The performances in this movie are incredible, way above what you'd expect from Rogers and McCrea and from an early 40's RKO melodrama. The whole cast is amazing, especially Marjorie Rambeau - it's easily her greatest performance. Does anyone know if there's a place where we can request titles on the Warner website? I don't see an option for that and I'd love to suggest the titles I just mentioned.
  7. Was anyone else surprised that Mary Boland was not mentioned once during Osborne's intro for "Ruggles of Red Gap"? The theme for tonight (and the rest of the week) is funny ladies, meanwhile the "funny lady" star of this movie is not mentioned once, and only Zasu Pitts is mentioned. Granted, Pitts is also funny and deserves mention, but why would Mary Boland be left out? She was hilarious in this as well as many other films of the 30's, most notably as the Countess de Lave in "The Women". She was also very funny in "Six of a Kind" which featured an all star cast of Paramount comedians, including W.C. Fields and Burns and Allen and who could forget her as the mother in MGM's "Pride and Prejudice," a role that was perfect for her. She and Marsha Hunt provided the comedy relief for the whole movie. Aside from Boland being forgotten I'm still happy to see that "Ruggles" is on TCM. I haven't seen this movie since AMC showed it about 10 years ago, back when they actually played classic movies. I'm glad TCM was able to get the rights to show it. It's really a gem and very emblematic of the Paramount style of the 1930's, the kind of movie we'll never see again. Thank goodness it survives.
  8. Did anyone else watch it tonight? I was very pleasantly surprised. I intended to watch it since it was Mary Pickford's last movie, and boy did she deliver. It's a shame that she didn't continue to make films, since she was a very talented actress who had no problem in transitioning from silents to sound. Leslie Howard co-starred with her as well as Ned Sparks and C. Aubrey Smith. The other players I was not familiar with. I won't go into details on the story since the synopsis is in the database, but I have to say, in spite of the story sounding somewhat trite and predictable, it was pulled off beautifully. Howard was equally as good as Pickford, and believe it or not, they made a very believable couple, even though in real life she was older than him I'm sure. The direction by Frank Borzage, the production values, sets, costumes, etc., it was a first class movie all the way. And it was completely devoid of silly sentimentality, or ridiculous over-acting which plauged some of the early 30's dramas that were made in a similar fashion. This movie is suprisingly contemporary in it's portrayal of their marriage, and I don't mean because of how Pickford handles a particular situation in the story (I don't want to give it away), I mean in the way that she and Howard relate to each other. But it was clearly Pickford's movie and she really gives a top notch performance. Even though she didn't make any more movies after this, it's nice that she went out on a high note instead of fading away in terrible movies as so many other legends have done.
  9. I have not visited these boards in months, and this morning I had OVER 700 emails from the "tcm watch forums" nonsense. I have taken myself off of the email list for every forum I had unknowingly been watching, and I am still getting these reminder emails. And I had not received a reminder email in quite a long time, until being besieged with them this morning. This is a serious problem that you must address NOW. I am not going to spend my day deleting these emails, filtering through to find the important ones that I do need to read. And I am not sending a generic email complaint to TCM. You should be providing the email address or phone number of a direct contact with your company in order to resolve this as it is a serious concern to people. This is email spam at its most horrendous.
  10. I just want to add my two cents regarding this years segment. I have to say, it's a lot better and much more appropriate than last years. I enjoyed the song as well. And we can always count on TCM to mention the more forgotten stars that the regular media leaves out. MSNBC had a nice pictorial tribute to stars who have passed, but they failed to mention many of the stars that TCM befittingly included. And regarding the presentation of it, perhaps TCM paid attention to the high level of negative feedback that they received from last years tribute which was not half as respectful as this one is.
  11. Yes, "Broadway Bill" was released, as was "Platinum Blonde" and "Lady For a Day," although I think "Lady" has since been taken out of print. I'm grateful for this set because as you stated Edge, the films will be remastered. Also, some of the prices for the previous releases of these films were a little high, and I had to think twice about buying some of them, and most I didn't buy at all. I was VERY disappointed in the print of "You Can't Take It With You," arguably his best movie, and the retail price was something like $30. On deepdiscount it was $22 and change, and even that's a lot for a lousy looking print.
  12. Happy Birthday Jayne Meadows! Mongo, you're absolutely right about her energy and genuine love of life. I met her at a convention in California this past January, and she was amazing. It's hard to believe she's 86! She was telling story after story, wonderful anecdotes, and it was a pleasure to hear her reminisce. I hope she will write, or is writing a book about her incredible life.
  13. I'll miss it too, but things seem to change very quickly at TCM and without much reason so far as I can see. It was a nice "old fashioned" intro, and I also perked up or walked over to the T.V. (if I was doing other things) when I heard it, since I knew I was going to be in for something special, or at least unique, as some of you also mentioned. In retrospect I don't mind the change so much, since I know it's inevitable, so it doesn't really shock me anymore when the station changes things. My only request is that they don't change the morning "Look for the Silver Lining" intro with the animated Hopper paintings. That one is so unique and well done, they'd be foolish to take it off. And I'm also pretty attached to the evening "Feature Presentation" fanfare as well, since it feels to me like I'm out at the movies. It's like that moment when the lights go down, and everyone stops talking. And it's also a great lead-in to the monologue of our fearless leader, Robert Osborne.
  14. pktrekgirl, to answer your question, her relationship with Valentino was greatly covered in this documentary. It spoke of how they met, their romance, and how they were the epitome of 1920's Hollywood glamour. Regarding his death, the documentary stated that she bid him farewell in California before his train trip that led him to New York where he died. The documentary even had footage of his funeral procession, with the mobs of people just trying to touch the passing hearse. It also showed footage of Pola, in black, in a state of total despair. It mentioned how she was the first "woman in black," which started a trend, that I think to this day still continues, with the "woman in black" visiting his grave on his birthday. And the documentary spoke of how fans turned against her when he died, since they felt that a lot of her sorrow was an "act." It's debatable as to whether it was or not. It also states that no one knows for sure if they were engaged or not. Supposedly they were, but no one can say definitevely. It also stated that she was with Valentino's brother when Valentino was finally laid to rest in the crypt. It was just the two of them, and she kissed the coffin before it was entombed. That's about it from what I remember. And Richard, I've been sick with a head cold the last few days, so I didn't get back to the museum to see any of her films. And I was thinking of going tonight after work to see "Hotel Imperial," but I don't really feel like sitting in a theater and coughing the whole time. I hope that the documentary gets released onto DVD with a few of her films included, similar to how the Olive Thomas one was, this way I'll get a chance to see them.
  15. Edge, thanks for this great news! I had asked in another thread if anyone knew of what became of this promised set. Since it was advertised in the Cary Grant set done by Columbia, I was anticipating its arrival. Thanks so much for filling us in. I'm gonna check deepdiscountdvd right now to see what kind of a price they're offering it at.
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