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  1. Mike's right in his idea that the UFA films of the 30's and 40's - especially the musicals - are packed with plenty of potential entertainment value for a retro-focussed audience like TCM's. Production values were generally of a pretty high standard. And certainly the best of the stars still shine pretty powerfully . Marika Rokk sparkled in a string of backstage musicals - she was usually a sort of peppy chorus girl,dancing like Eleanor Powell, wise-cracking like Joan Blondell and fully ready to hit a high C when she had to - manoeuvering her way through all kinds of musical-comedy scrapes e
  2. William Lundigan was also a Fox contractee at the time. So in that respect he and Hugh Marlowe were playing on an even field. And - yes - I hadn't thought of Nina Foch. She definitely had the qualifications to be an Eve Harrington finalist.
  3. I'd say almost every role in the picture is perfectly cast. What would I change? William Lundigan was short-listed for the role of Celeste Holm's playwright husband - and I definitely think he'd have brought a lot more spark to the role than Hugh Marlowe. And - although I like her in several other films - I'm just not onboard with Baxter's Eve. Too transparent in the early stages, too mannered in general (which isn't to say she didn't have some fine moments). And I don't think it's true that that there weren't any realistically viable candidates around in 1950 to replace her. Patricia Neal wo
  4. Here's an alternative casting idea for the role: http://canadianken.blogspot.com/2007/02/recasting-all-about-eve-1950.html
  5. TCM will be showing "The Kissing Bandit" a few hours from now. And the film is coming out on DVD this Tuesday -both individually and as part of a deluxe Sinatra set. As a result - over the next little while - lots of people are going to get the chance to re-evaluate the picture or to see it for the first time. So I figured now would be the right moment to resurrect this particular thread. And find out whether many people agree with the thrust of my original post i.e. that "The Kissing Bandit" is lots of fun and definitely doesn't deserve the bad rap it's been getting for decades.
  6. Here's an article related to this topic. http://canadianken.blogspot.com/2007/02/recasting-all-about-eve-1950.html
  7. Screenwriter Joseph Dougherty put out a lovely book a few years back called COMFORT AND JOI. Not really a biography of the actress (though it certainly includes biographical details) but more a mix of thoughtful speculation and warm appreciation. I think it's a tribute that would have pleased the beautiful Joi. You can still buy it at amazon.com.
  8. Sorry - I said "The Wedding Planner". I meant "The Wedding Singer"
  9. JOHN in "Beloved Rogue"."Svengali" and "Grand Hotel" ETHEL in "The Paradine Case" and "The Farmer's Daughter" DREW in "Ever After" and "The Wedding Planner" LIONEL in nothing
  10. Above all, I'd love to see Jeanne Eagels in THE LETTER. I never have. It was announced as a bonus feature on Warners' DVD of the Bette Davis version a couple of years ago. Then cancelled at the last minute. Some kind of rights problem I think. But details were sketchy. I HAVE seen Eagels in MAN WOMAN AND SIN(1927) with John Gilbert - and she was terrific. A great beauty and a great actress. A showing of THE LETTER, an early talkie, would give us a rare opportunity to see and HEAR this famous Broadway legend. Eagels was Oscar nominated for the role. One of her co-stars in the film is Herbert Ma
  11. "Centennial Summer"'s one of my favorites too - and criminally under-rated. Set against the backdrop of the Philadelphia Exposition of 1876, it stars Jeanne Crain and Linda Darnell as sisters - and both actresses are brimming with youthful charisma and beauty. I seem to recall that it was initially planned as a non-musical. But the success of MGM's "Meet Me in St.Louis" made Fox decide to add songs. Jerome Kern supplied the score - his last, I think. And it's a beauty. "All Through the Day" and "In Love in Vain" were hits in their day, I believe. And the "Cinderella Sue" number (with Avon Long
  12. During the past decade James Darren has released two excellent (and still available) CD's of standards on the prestigious Concord Jazz label - THIS ONE'S FROM THE HEART and BECAUSE OF YOU. Looking good and sounding better than ever. His son is the well-known CNN correspondent Jim Moret.
  13. It's CAGED(1950) directed by John Cromwell. The movie was released on DVD earlier this year. It's loaded with great performances (Eleanor Parker and Hope Emerson were Oscar nominated) and still packs a punch.
  14. You might enjoy checking out these items on alternate casting for: SOUTH PACIFIC http://canadianken.blogspot.com/2007/02/recasting-south-pacific-1958.html and THE KING AND I http://canadianken.blogspot.com/2007/02/recasting-king-and-i-1956.html
  15. Glamorous ARLENE DAHL in full Universal Desert Film glory. {DESERT LEGION - 1953} http://www.bertc.com/subsix/stars/dahl.htm Message was edited by: dogpaddle
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