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  1. Miss G, I am thrilled that you have discovered one of my favorite Crawford films, THE DAMNED DON'T CRY. This is a great movie. This is a genre film in reverse. The kind of movie at Warners that Cagney, Bogart, or Robinson would do in terms of the lead being played by a guy in the crime world. Here we have Crawford as the lead as an ambitious, ruthless gun moll and she is mesmerizing and not to be believed. You cannot take your eyes off her in this film. As if she is burning a hole right through the film. I have never understood why this film didn't have a better reputation upon its
  2. I would definitely watch that!
  3. Admittedly a great entertainer but I'm not a big fan. I adore is singing in the early 40's when he could sing a ballad beautifully and was still practicing his scales and taking singing seriously but somewhere during his Hollywood days - the early 50s - the "ring-a-ding-ding" style just got way out of hand. All that smoking and drinking. Even though this is the period most people worship his singing and song selection (mostly due to savy Nelson Riddle orchestrations) Frank does his worst singing and it is so removed from the great voice that was in the early 40s. It's all show and false, ma
  4. Just recently read the latest Crawford bio by David Bret. It's not very good. Many, many mistakes that should have been caught by a proof reader i.e. a caption on a picture that says Crawford is putting on makeup in her dressing room during the filming of Sadie McKee when it is obviously (to those who are Crawford fanatics) The Gorgeous Hussy. Stuff like that shouldn't be allowed to make it to print if a book is properly researched and proofed over and over again by a discerning eye. There are many more errors like that throughout the book - even about other people. He actually says that
  5. Van Heflin is a great actor. Won best supporting actor Oscar for Johnny Eager. He was in the broadway cast of Philadelphia Story I believe in the James Stewart role. One of his best "bad guys" is opposite Joan Crawford in Warner Brothers classic 1947 Noir "Possessed". He's one of the few actors who can play opposite Crawford and seem to dominate her. He's very masculine in that movie and I think quite sexy although I've heard many others disagree. I know my mother, who is a very beautiful woman, always had a crush on Van Heflin so he was quite alluring to the opposite sex. Not a pretty
  6. That is great! Thank you so much for that quote. So typical of Hepburn's down to earth bluntness. Never one to mince words. She is sooooo right about that. No one in that remake comes close to anyone in that original cast. And as much as I like Cole Porter this is one of his weakest scores. It pales in by comparison to Philadelphia Story. Thanks for all you intelligent comments on this site. You really know your stuff and know how to write as well, Joe
  7. Joan Crawford is my absolute favorite actress bar none. She has a magic quality I find mesmerizing and can never take my eyes off her - even in her bad movies. Now that is a truly amazing actress and movie star who can do that. One of her best MGM movies and most underrated performances is in The Bride Wore Red. It was one of the movies that got her labeled box office poison but it is a great movie and wonderful performance. Joan is totally unsympathetic throughout the movie foreshadowing many of her later Warner Bros. films. It's a shame that Louis B. Mayer screwed around with the origi
  8. Robert, I totally agree with your assessment of Astaires dancing style and tribute to Bojangles. I'm sure Astaire learned quite a bit from old Bojangles. Every great artist, I don't care who they are, learns from watching others and incorporates the best qualities of what they learn into their art whether it be dancing, singing, acting or painting. It is about adopting what is good and making it your own. I wouldn't trust any artist who said they didn't do that. Astaire had an outlet to masses of people to show different styles of dance that just wasn't available to Bill Robinson
  9. Alright maybe Martha Scott is stretching it a bit. I'm surprised Hepburn had such nice things to say about Rogers since I don't think they were chums at RKO. Hepburn was usually quite honest but then again I don't think you can say anything negative about the winner when you're the loser because it comes of sounding like sour grapes. I'm sure it was the politically correct thing to do since they were both the biggest stars RKO had in the 30s. It's funny how Ginger Rogers was never nominated for anything else after her win. One of my favorites is The Major and the Minor. I thought she was
  10. What about her performance as Joan Crawford's evil daughter in BERSERK. That surely is a highlight of her career. I saw an interview with Judy Geeson and she had nothing but fond memories of working with Joan on that film.
  11. I totally agree with your assessment. I loathe American in Paris and how it ever won the Oscar over Streetcar or Place in the Sun is one of those crimes in Oscar history. Now don't get me wrong, I love musicals but AAIP has all the worst qualities of an MGM musical while Singin in the Rain has all the best qualities of that great studio. That's the musical that should have won Best Picture. I also love when a musical justifiably wins best picture like Gigi or Oliver. But AAIP is pretentious. Also, I love Jimmy Stewart and understand they gave him an Oscar as a consolation for not h
  12. They all made their film debuts in a Joan Crawford movie. Fred Astaire debuted in Dancing Lady 1933, Joan Fontaine aka Joan Burfield in No More Ladies, 1935 and Mike (Touch) Connors in Sudden Fear, 1952. Do I win the grand prize!!!!
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