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rosebette

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  1. I think I recall reading that Fonda refused to make another film with Ford after Mr. Roberts. I also remember reading that Fondahad words with Ford after Ford humiliated John Wayne on the set of Fort Apache. Apparently, Ford made a practice of humiliating actors on sets and Fonda would have none of it.
  2. I wish Strawberry Blonde was on the list of films being shown. I remember that French film retrospective where the speaker spoke of American films and said everything by Raoul Walsh was crap except for Strawberry Blonde. I happen to disagree with that statement about Walsh, but that French film directors recognized this little gem is significant.
  3. I remember watching it when my son was about the same age as David Ladd and getting all choked up. I also think Olivia is perfect in it. She begins a bit on the hard side -- she's survived out West after all-- but her marvelous face softens as the film goes on. It's almost a reverse from The Heiress, where she begins demure and pliable and ends up hard-hearted.
  4. This is one of my favorite films, and I think one of Alan Ladd's best. I think he's even better in this than in Shane.
  5. That phrase is used for someone who has a special quality that can't be explained. I'm still trying to find out what Brent's special quality is -- although apparently, Bette Davis also had a romantic relationship with him.
  6. What on earth did she see in him? You don't have to ask the question in reverse, though!
  7. Yeah, I can't imagine anyone pining over George Brent, but so many actresses are in roles where that's called for -- Bette Davis (several times), Olivia, Barbara Stanwyck...
  8. I just tried to watch the new Perry Mason on HBO, which apparently is extremely popular and has been renewed. I wasn't a huge fan of the TV series with Raymond Burr, but I thought the new series might be closer to the original intent. The idea of this new version appealed to me because of the 30s period flavor, but I was both shocked and disappointed. I never thought I was a prude, and I do occasionally see a well-reviewed R-rated film in a theater (prepandemic of course), but haven't watched too many "premium" network series. The level of sex and gratuitous violence was beyond what I've seen in many theater films (except for maybe Tarantino's), and the dialogue was poorly written, as well as occasionally inaudible. I don't mind an occasional F-bomb, but the script was littered with them; is that word just a substitute for actual adjectives? Even though I didn't learn "whodunnit" in the first episode, I chose not to watch further. I think I'm going to crawl back to my comfort zone -- PBS and BBC mysteries and TCM. I'm already thinking fondly of The Case of the Curious Bride with Warren William, Margaret Lindsay, and a host of Warners' contract players, which compared to the HBO series, sounds like it was performed by Shakespearean actors. Dammit, they talk fast in those Warners' flicks, but you can understand every word. Plus, Errol Flynn turns up as a handsome corpse.
  9. Gold is Where You Find It is still on TCM On Demand. A very entertaining film, great technicolor, directed by Michael Curtiz. I just wish her leading man was the guy pictured rather than dud George Brent who looks old enough to be her father.
  10. Many of the films that they had on her day a few weeks ago weren't among her best. However, I recommend Gold is Where You Find It both for the early technicolor and for her charm in a fine ingenue role. For some reason, that film shows how petite she was. The first scene she has with George Brent, it's like this little sprite running across the great room. Her waist is a tiny as a hummingbird.
  11. Since the great lady just passed, the final scene from The Heiress, with one of the greatest lines. “You’re cruel Catherine.” “Yes I have been taught by masters.””
  12. The lady was 104 so this is not unexpected. Yet I’m still crying like a baby. It’s like losing a piece of my childhood, since I first saw her in The Adventures of Robin Hood on syndicated TV when I was about 10. Yet she was more than Maid Marian. A powerhouse advocate for herself and other actors as a result of her battle with Warner’s and a masterful actress herself, The Heiress one of the finest performances in film history.
  13. I watched Arrowsmith (1931) the other evening on TCM On Demand. It was very well done, not typical John Ford, and I thought Ronald Colman was fine in it. However, not the best movie to watch during a pandemic.... I had trouble sleeping that night.
  14. Did you know that Tim Conway's name was actually Tom, but he changed it because of Tom Conway?
  15. Has anyone seen Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)? I saw it several years ago on a cable station and thought it was delightful, an undiscovered gem, and an ode to classic Hollywood. I know it was a critical flop, but if TCM can dig it up, it would be a real treat.
  16. I had a bad day Thursday with a bit of heat exhaustion and ended up in bed watching the FALCON series with Tom Conway. These cheaply made programmers were full of snappy dialogue , plot twists, and interesting costars. I found them and the infinitely charming Tom Conway irresistible and curative.
  17. I discovered Keeping up with the Steins and found it laugh out loud funny. I would say Mel Brooks movies are my guilty pleasure, especially Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and High Anxiety. I even like Men in Tights.
  18. I just watched Gold is Where You Find It (1937). The technicolor was beautiful and the outdoor photography and special effects were stunning. I found it an interesting story (apparently partly based on true incidents), pitting the mines' destruction of the environment against the ranchers' concerns for the land and their crops. Michael Curtiz directs this one briskly, and Olivia gives an engaging performance, initially girlish, but emerging as the moral center of the film (along with Claude Rains, who with her and the landscapes and flood scenes, pretty much steals the picture). I wish the lead was someone else (maybe Errol Flynn -- then we'd get some fireworks!) -- a Henry Fonda type, Jimmy Stewart, really anyone other than George Brent with the lacquered hair who, frankly, looks old enough to be Olivia's father. Some nice catty support by Margaret Lindsay in an array of striking gowns. I've never seen her in a technicolor film.
  19. 'Fffraid not... This doesn't represent any accent I've heard anywhere! Very funny, though. The French-Canadian vs. Parisian French accent differ mostly in pronunciation of vowels. French-Canadian accent has more of a long "A" sound in words like bien, demain, etc. We also say "Eh" a lot. By the way, Banff is in Western Canada, whereas my folks all came from Quebec.
  20. What about all those French-Canadians with their peculiar accents? I'm of 100% French Canadian descent, with some of my grandparents speaking only French. However, it had a peculiar accent, and when I studied French in high school and college, I couldn't get trained out of the accent. Sometimes, people would say "bien" as "bane", for instance, and mix lots of French with Americanisms. However, when I visited the very cosmopolitan Montreal a few years ago, I was surprised at the beautiful French the people spoke and realized that my French grandparents, mostly millworkers and resettled rural folk, were speaking the French version of Cockney English.
  21. My father always had a crush on Olivia, and always favored the "Amy" type for Stawberry Blonde, as attested to by his 50+ years marriage to my mother. The way Olivia says, "'Zactly!" in that film won his heart. He also always loved brown-eyed girls. I remember when a young woman from the local environmental department who came to survey cleanup of a gas leak on their property, and he said, "She looked so cute with the dirt smudged on her cheeks and those big brown eyes, just like Olivia!" Unfortunately, Dad passed in 2012 at age 86, so she has outlived him, which I never would have believed.
  22. Charisse was still beautiful, what a figure! Her role is smaller than Garbo's, I would say. Krakowski wasn't in the version I saw, but she's on the original cast recording.
  23. My guess is that Olivia would have played the Sheridan part, since she is more of an open, honest type versus the "all-for-me" type, if you think of the role she played in The Strawberry Blonde vs. Rita Hayworth's acquisitive redhead. I found Myrna Loy charming in The Animal Kingdom, but have never been able to warm up to Ann Harding in any role. Dennis Morgan is no Leslie Howard; Morgan just plays as the bland, all-American wealthy hunk.
  24. I just saw Silver River (1948) for the first time. An interesting performance by Flynn as an anti-hero, and the film is a bit of a mess, but a delicious one, kind of like when you have the leftover corned beef (or better yet, ham) and potatoes and fry it up with some eggs and sauce. Raoul Walsh directed, with Thomas Mitchell in an excellent supporting role. According to Alicia Malone and other sources, both Flynn and Sheridan were "in their cups" throughout the film. Flynn doesn't show it, but I think Sheridan does. At times, she seems to be "mailing it in," and her make-up is much heavier than I've seen on her in comparison to other movies. I think the film is worth it just to see Flynn in an array of fancy waistcoats swinging his gambler's cane. I tried to watch One More Tomorrow, but couldn't stay up any later. I had seen the first version, The Animal Kingdom, and the scene stealing Jack Carson is definitely superior to William Gargan in the previous version. Alexis Smith is stunning in an array of white gowns and one black negligee. Annie is more of a down-to-earth gal.
  25. I've mentioned before on a different thread on Cyd Charisse that I saw the musical version of Grand Hotel in the 90s, which I really enjoyed. In that version, Grusinskaya was an older woman and the Baron was a younger man. Preysing is on the verge of having non-consensual sex with Flaemchien when the Baron breaks in on them, and she is pleading for the Baron's help. The Baron is then shot by Preysig. The character of Krigelein is clearly the closest to the hero of the story, and his song is later echoed by that of the Bellhop at the end of the play. Anyway, the stage version sounds much closer to the original novel. BTW, in the broadway version, Jane Krakowski had her debut as Flaemchien.
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