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  1. I always thought Silas Marner was wasted on anyone younger than college age. Most grade school and even high school students can't read at the level to comprehend Eliot nowadays.
  2. William Eythe might have been better -- younger, more handsome, definitely "himbo" type. That was actually his role in Royal Scandal with Tallulah Bankhead.
  3. No, he's too close to gigolo territory, since he's kind of smart and sleazy. I would say Douglass Montgomery in Music in the Air. I never saw anything cuter in leiderhosen. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.imdb.com%2Ftitle%2Ftt0025536%2F&psig=AOvVaw1wvICFhW2b2CQ24PP_jHWy&ust=1622509811535000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCJDLxZne8vACFQAAAAAdAAAAABAI
  4. I have the Wooodlanders on my Kindle and still haven't read it. I read nearly all of Hardy's work for my Master's in English Lit. He and George Eliot were my specialty. I believe that Hardy was not only critiquing the English class system, but the double standard of sexual mores. His novel Jude the Obscure also deals with the hypocrisy of Victorian sexual morals.
  5. I watched The 36 Hours (1964) last night and found that it was one of the least credible WWII espionage films I had ever seen.
  6. Randolph Scott in My Favorite Wife. I love the scene with him in the pool and later Grant's fantasy of him in miniature.
  7. We're on the same wavelength. I was thinking of Hardy and Tess, too, when I thought of the ending. The irony of Waterloo Bridge is that the young lover accepts the woman as she is from the outset, but fate is stronger than love.
  8. I agree with your assessment of Clark's look. She's unaffected I don't see the shot as judgment, just arbitrary fate, which Myra seems to be a victim of throughout. Even Roy's mother doesn't judge her when Myra reveals her true profession.
  9. I watched the James Whale version of Waterloo Bridge (1931) on TCM On Demand last night. I had seen it once a few years back, but with This version is far superior to the cleaned-up MGM version. Mae Clarke was a revelation, an earthy, natural actress, and it's sad that she ended up being typecast as gangster's molls at Warner's. Her acting style reminded me a bit of a young Barbara Stanywk. Kent Douglass (aka Douglass Montgomery) was also exceptional, despite the heavy eyeliner (I know very blonde actors often had to wear that for their eyes to photograph). The scene where he is in tear
  10. As I was watching The Kiss Before the Mirror, I had the feeling I had seen this story before, and I had. Have you seen the remake, Wives Under Suspicion (1938)? It's slightly different, lower budget, and more believable. (Whale himself was apparently disatisfied with the ending of THe Kiss Before the Mirror). Warren William is the attorney, but now the attorney for the prosecution. He is his usually sleazy-charming Warren William self, rather than the overly emotional Frank Morgan. Also, William is a workaholic, so his wife may even have motive for being unfaithful (although in this vers
  11. I teach writing at the college level, so I've seen it multiple times. I think it's a great film about the writing process and the relationship between a writer and an editor. I'm always challenging my students to cut unnecessay verbiage, and the scene in which Thomas Wolfe is instructed to cut down his description of the blue eyes is a clip I often show. Of course, both Jude Law and Colin Firth are easy on the eye. Law is excellent, by the way, as the "hot mess" of a Southern writer.
  12. Robert Taylor - more of a mannequin than an actor, although there is a noir he was in the late 40s, The High Wall, that he's good in. In the technicolor costume pictures of the 50s like Ivanhoe and Quo Vadis, he looks great, although after seeing Quo Vadis, I definitely thought a lot about George Clooney in Hail Ceasar! I agree about Ava Gardner. She is beautiful, but not much of an actress. The same with Hedy Lamarr. From my reading of her biography, I gather she was not really that interested in acting (but more in ideas, inventions, music, etc.); maybe that's why she looks like
  13. Worth a viewing just to hear Claude order dinner at a fancy restaurant before Paul's performance. Talk about psychological abuse! What a master!
  14. I wasn't the only one who thought Amanda Seyfried sounded like Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria?
  15. I watched Cain and Mabel and Page Miss Glory last night, and I must admit that I was underwhelmed by Marion Davies. I couldn't believe how little chemistry there was between Gable and Davies in Cain and Mabel. I don't think I've ever watched a move with two strong leads that was less pleasant (although Gable in gym or boxing togs is worth a look). The "musical" numbers just seemed to be set pieces to show Davies off in a variety of white costumes surrounded by castoffs from Busby Berkeley movies (including recycled Harry Warren tunes); all the "dancing" was in long shot and clearly doubled
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