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Everything posted by MovieGal53

  1. Awww...it wasn't that bad. Wasn't it thinly based on *GASLIGHT?*
  2. Does anyone know why Miss Day's 28 films are being shown over the course of this week instead of being spread out through the month? Being a huge fan of Miss Day's I'm not complaining just curious why TCM chose to air them all in one week.
  3. Suspense and horror without blood and guts! The only element that would have made this viewing more perfect would have been a rip roaring thunderstorm in my neck of the woods. Nonetheless I throughly enjoyed it. What we saw from Ms. Lupino was a woman, carrying the weight of the world in regard to her sisters, being pushed to her limit. I have never seen such a cold blooded look as when Ellen came down the stairs and acted out her plan. Ellen Creed could give Mrs. Danvers a run for her money. Ladies In Retirement should be shown every Halloween. (hint, hint, TCM)
  4. Where can I find photo's of Ben M's new set. I missed the unveiling this weekend and I am anxious to see it before next weekend. Thanks in advance.
  5. Since I missed the unveiling of Ben's new set does anyone know if there are photo's of it online? Thanks in advance.
  6. MovieGal53


    Swithin, It sounds like a wonderful evening! I am so glad to hear that Robert is doing well. Thank you so much for sharing your night with us. PS I love Elaine Stritch. To me, she is THE definition of "dame".
  7. Drew is a class act and a welcome addition to The Essentials. I look forward to the coming weeks.
  8. JonnyGeetar, I thank TCM as well for airing this film. To me a person takes away different things from a film depending on age and where they are in life at that particular moment. I have seen The Song of Bernadette a few times thoughout my life but the one thing that remains constant each time is the strong and unwavering depiction of faith. (which I lack most of the time) :| To address your points: The film would not have had the same feel if filmed in color. The dire circumstances of the Subirous family could not have been conveyed in glorious technicolor. Black and white was the only way to bring forth the bleekness that surrounded Lourdes. There was a discussion not too long ago here on the boards about the magic of sets and lighting and how they play a large part in portraying the overall feel of the film. To me, the sets had to seem small given the gradure of the visitation. I have to differ with you about the supporting actors. The facial expressions were of most importance in this film. A look can convey a thousand words. Case in point, Sister Marie Terese's face when she came to the realization that Bernadette was going through unbearable suffering portrayed expertly by Gladys Cooper. Shock, humiliation, sorrow...all there on her face. That is the measure of a great actor. It was well documeted that Bernadette saw The Virgin Mary. In order to depict the visitation properly the audience had to see what Bernadette saw. BTW, I had read long ago that Linda Darnell played The Virgin Mary sans billing. Would love to know if this is true. I share your sarcasm about everyone sounding French. At one point I swear Ann Revere sounded like she had just stepped off a Brooklyn street! I had to chuckle at that. lol Jennifer Jones was magnificent as Bernadette. This film was autobiograpical so I'm sure Ms Jones wanted to take great care in portraying the Saint correctly. The scene to which you refer when Bernadette sees The Blessed Virgin for the first time. How could it have been protrayed any other way when Bernadette herself wasn't aware of who was before her? To me Ms. Jones gave a luminnescent, understated, sensitive, bittersweet performance as Bernadette. Well deserving of an Oscar. And lastly, thank you for starting this thread. It makes for good discussion.
  9. Bette, You've posted some great shots of Ms. Davis. It's a shame she didn't do more comedies because she was hilarious in The Bride Came C.O.D. also starring James Cagney.
  10. > {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote}A lot of gals had a lot of moxie (e.g. Ida Lupino), but they didn't have careers to match their talent. Read about Durbin on the Fans of Durbin thread. Look at how quickly the career of Greer Garson went south after the war, etc.... Again, I don't question Lombard's talent, but I do have my doubts that one can control things out of their control, which is why I'll stick with 'we'll never know'. I respect what you say.
  11. Eugenia, I like the photo too!
  12. > {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote} > My view is that Lombard was the top female comic actress of the studio movie era (with Jean Arthur second). She was indeed very funny and beautiful. She was also a fine actress in drama but I don't feel any of her dramas were great movies. > > > Had she not died young I wonder what type of movies she would of made. With WWII the type of comedies she made in the 30s were no longer being made. Arthur made some very good comedies in the early 40s but as the 40s moved on this ended. > > > I don't question if Lombard had the talent to make the type of movies Davis or Stanwyck made in the 40s, or say, Crawford's post WWII Warner period, but, like Crawford she would of had to found a studio willing to make those type of films with her. Of course Olivia DeHavilland best period was post WWII but she had to get out from under Warner to make that happen. > Again, I don't question Lombard's talent but it would of taken more than that for her to make the type of movies that would of made her more than just the finest comic actress of her generation.>>> > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Her performance in Vigil In The Night was strong and powerful and great in its own way. Lombard would have adapted well to the transition. She was terribly underrated as a dramatic actress after being dubbed "The Queen of the Screwball Comedies". By having that genre out of the way more options would have been open to her. Sadly, we'll never know how her career would have progressed. From what I have read about Lombard she had a lot of moxie. There's not a doubt in my mind that she would have found a studio who was willing to back her and take her into the next phase in film.
  13. Bette, Welcome back, it's good to see you posting again! Your contributions to the board were missed.
  14. Thanks for the picture Eugenia. I love this film so. AMC was in it's glory days when I first saw *In Name Only*. They aired it during Chirstmas time and because of this I have always associated the film with that time of year. Kaye Francis played her part well and deserves kudo's for instilling such dislike for the character in the audience. My gosh I wanted to wring her neck! I'm happy to say that Amazon dropped the price to 20 dollars and change....I couldn't resist anymore. It will arrive by the end of the week!
  15. Eugenia, When Lombard was SOTM a couple of years ago TCM showed some of her early work and I was in my glory. I just wish more of those films were available on DVD. As you, I have most of her late 30's work. The only title missing from that collection is *In Name* *Only*. Hopefully it will come down in price a litte and then I will grab it.
  16. musicalnovelty, I was thinking Rear Window but your answer of Mona Lisa is correct. The thread is yours!
  17. MilesArcher, this wasn't the song I was thinking of but you have the artist correct.
  18. *VP19*, Carole & Co. along with EugeniaH's Stanwyck thread are my "goto's" everyday. It's heaven having my two favorite actress's represented with such devotion. As I have mentioned before *Hands Across the Table* is my favorite Lombard film along with *In Name Only.* Carole was "the" Queen of screwball comedies but little known for her dramatic roles. I think in her career she only made three films that showcased her dramatic talents. *In Name Only*, *Vigil In The Night*, and *Made for Each Other*. The latter is sort of a dramady but Ms. Lombard really took the reigns in her performace at the end of the film.
  19. Thanks finance! Since I'm new to Games and Tivia please forgive me if this was mentioned before. This song was uncredited in a early 1950's film. Title? Film?
  20. > {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}The remake did a better job of building the urgency and hysteria of the story, despite being longer. There is a certain coolness to the original, cant explain why exactly........Joan's character never completely loses it except towards the end. In the remake the mother starts losing her grip quite early......... Hibi, I must agree with you. For the very reason you stated in your post, I would say that the remake is better then the original.
  21. My husband and I saw the remake of this film, which was entitled The Deep End, either on IFC or The Sundance Channel about a year ago . It made me curious about the original so I was very glad to see *Reckless Moment* part of the lineup last night. Sadly, I was dissapointed. Ophuls was trying to convey the lengths a mother would go to in order to protect her child but I didn't feel the urgency in it. It was also hard for me to sympathize with Joan's character. Did I expect her to scream, cry, and wring her hands? No, but I expected more from the character. Through the whole film it felt as if something was off... maybe that was the intent?
  22. My choices are: Dorothy McGuire \Monty Woolley \Beulah Bondi \Gladys Cooper \Ann Harding \Billie Burke \Thomas Mitchell \Frank Morgan
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