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  1. *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.

  2. > {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.

  3. 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?








  4. > {quote:title=casablancalover wrote:}{quote}


    > It is a love story -very romantic- and the tension and upping the stakes is achieved by not knowing how Singleton would feel about a man who started this whole ball rolling with his deceit.



    I couldn't understand why everyone was blaming Allan when it was Rodger who put the plan in motion. He was the most deceitful of all. Yes, Allan went along with it but never did he think he would fall in love with the woman he was corresponding with. Once his feelings for Victoria grew it was too late for Allan to end the sham.



    > {quote:title=


    > }{quote}GOOD! I agree with MovieGal, that is the goal. we can't be looking at pretty English countryside all the time, especially when there's a murder that is particularly ugly.



    Thanks casablancalover. Staging is everything. Even though Hitchcock had nothing to do with this film he enabled the audience to "feel" the plot through the sets, lighting, etc. The tone of the film is as important as the actors. The dank sets and cubby hole rooms in *Love Letters* added to the internal turmoil of Allan and Singleton. JMHO.




    BTW, *The Enchanted Cottage* is my favorite film. I wish TCM would air it more often.





    *misswonderly*, There was nothing verbose in your sentiments regarding the TCM board. I agree whole heartedly! :)

  5. > {quote:title=MontyC wrote:}{quote} A talented actor, on the other hand, is someone who is adept at pretending to be someone other than who they really are.



    Since I am going by the above definition it would be Barbara Stanwyck. She adapted to drama or comedy with great ease. Stanwyck was effortless.




    Second would be Claude Rains...again, effortless.

  6. Astaire and Kelly each had their definative styles. Fred was all about sophistication while Gene was more street if that makes any sense.




    Each brought their own innovations to the world of cinematic dance. Astaire's 'dancing on the ceiling" in *Royal Wedding* is iconic while Kelly's *Cover Girl* solo "dancing alter ego" broke ground.




    Since purchasing a good amount of Astaire/Rogers films over the last few months my appreciation for Mr. Astaire's dance style has grown but Mr. Kelly will always be my favorite.

  7. It's interesting that this film would come under the "comedy" definition. Mankiewicz could have made it a dour production given the subject matter of a supposedly devoted husband running off with another woman. Instead he went with witty repartee which worked very much to the films advantage.



    Comedy or drama *Letter To Three Wives* remains one of the best "sophisticated" films of the classic era.



    Of course, the burning question for me has always been Paul Douglas confession at the end of the film. Was he doing a good turn or freeing his soul? Yes, I know this subject has made the rounds here on the board numerous times but I had to put it out there again. I will duck from all the cyber tomato's being thrown my way! lol


  8. *Bachelor Mother (1939)* starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven was remade as *Bundle of Joy (1956)* starring Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.



    *The Bishops WIfe (1947)* was remade as *The Preachers WIfe (1996)*



    **The Heiress (1949*)* was remade as *Washington Square (1997)*

  9. *Swithin,* thank you! The suggestion of "character" actors being honored as SOTM is a good one. Maybe TCM will read this thread and pick up on it.



    How grand to have worked with Ms. Wright! She always seemed so refined and elegant. Another "thank you" for sharing your memory with me.

  10. > *{quote:title=Bolesroor wrote:}{quote}Movie Gal... no, I have not seen "Manchurian Candidate."*




    > *For you I will watch it.*

    Thanks Bolesroor. All I ask is that you watch the film with an open mind. You might be surprised at Ms. Landsbury's perfomance.




    Also, you are entitled to your opinion and I respect that. If everyone liked the same things in life this world would be extremely dull. Heck, I will even go so far as to admit that I never cared for John Wayne... no offense to his fans. We like who we like. The great thing about TCM is that there is something for everyone.








    *AndyM108:* Thanks for listing seventeen years of SOTM. I noticed that neither Teresa Wright or Beulah Bondi were ever honored with a month of their own. It's long over due TCM.


    Edited by: MovieGal53 on Jan 4, 2012 5:53 PM

  11. *What was Lansbury's biggest movie role?*




    I take it you've never seen The Manchurian Candidate because if you had then the question above would never have been asked.




    Ms. Landsbury took the term of overbearing mother to the next level. Her performance was chilling. The film airs January 18th at 10pm. My suggestion is that you watch it and then perhaps your question will be answered.

  12. For me the answer is plural.



    1. The Braugham's Christmas tree in THE BISHOP'S WIFE. It always reminds me of the tree in my Grandmother's home when my brother and I were little.




    2. This was mentioned at the beginning of the thread but I have to agree that the little tree purchased by the Professer from Magentti the florist is by far the sweetest tree.




    3. The tree that is waiting for Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in REMEMBER THE NIGHT when they arrive at his mother's home in Indiana. The scene where Barbara's character watches as the family gather's to decorate it is most touching.




    4. The tree in HOLIDAY AFFAIR.




    5. The tree that's decorated in IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE.

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