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  1. I think there would definitely be a market for a WW box set, especially of his pre-code films. I agree he epitomizes the era. TCM also needs to have a Warren William day next August! I'd most like: The Mouthpiece (his breakthrough role) Skyscraper Souls The Dark Horse Employee Entrance The Mind Reader All different takes on his scoundrel persona, some funny, some dramatic. Somebody on EBAY is selling a couple of WW sets, one is the Perry Mason films, and the other is some of his rare pre-code titles like Bedside and Under 18.
  2. Love the face powder. I'm not sure why it's called "black and white" either. Lots of people collect face powder though, so maybe someday you'll have an answer. I collect old compacts just because I like the design of them. I keep planning to fix them up and fill them with new makeup but that never happens. Helena is a pretty progressive town, I think because it's the capital. Also they've taken care to preserve some of the older parts of the city which are a hundred and fifty years old, which is ancient for that part of the world. Thanks for the comment on my blog. I remember
  3. I have stacks of pre-codes to get through, thanks to TCM and a few good sellers on Ebay. Also, Barbara Stanwyck day has a bunch of pre-codes to look forward to. Looking over the September schedule, it looks pretty good for pre-codes because the star of the month, kay francis worked a lot in that era. Kay Francis is an actress I only know through her films in the late 30s, early forties, which I understand are a lot different from her earlier stuff. September 4th Shere are two Kay francis pre-codes being shown, One Way Passage and I Loved a Woman. September 16th There are a coupl
  4. The whole Gary Cooper and small towns thing got me to thinking about gary and his hometown, Helena, Montana. It's one of my favorite places. It's a small town, looks like a storybook western town since it's built into the hills and canyons. It's also the state capital so it's got a touch of the urbane about it as well, just like Gary. I've often been amazed thinking that both Gary Cooper and Myrna Loy came from the same tiny place in the middle of nowhere. A year or so ago, some Cooper owned ranch land outside Helena came up for sale. I really wanted it, but I think my husband and I both
  5. I think you are right about Olivier. I love him so much in this era, though, it's difficult for me to be rational about him. His performances aren't the best of his entire career but they are my favorite. I almost don't even watch any Olivier movies after 1950. I like this period, what I call his matinee idol period the best. In many ways I think he suffers as a movie star because of his reputation as a great stage actor. Other stars of the same era aren't held to this high standard. I think Janeites can be converted to liking P&P1940. I have one friend who really liked the Lady
  6. Okay cue wavy screen edges and daydream music. What if Gary Cooper dropped by my hometown and hung out? How COOL would that have been. Wow. Great article. It's interesting that he sense the Fountainhead would illicit strong reactions for and against and that's what made him do it. I wonder if he felt the same about High Noon?
  7. Thanks for the article Coops Girl. I will read it. I'm interested to read what he has to say about the movie. I am soooo bummed I missed Double Harness when it was a few weeks back. I almost always check the TCM schedule once a week, but I forgot. Glad you enjoyed it. I will keep an eye out for it. Hopefully they'll show it again. I agree William Powell does seem like a nice happy guy. And Lombard was a tom girl by all accounts and that is so cool. I added another Coop photo to my eye candy of the day on my blog: It's getting to be a challenge not to be Gary in ever
  8. I think that had I not watched the movie first for this and the 1939 Wuthering Heights, I would have not liked them. They do take liberties with the story. However I think both of these movies capture some essence of the novel that none of the more faithful adaptations have. maybe its something about the movies in the late 30s early forties but they could just make something iconic and add to the book without diluting its substance. Olivier stars in both, which helps because I love him in this period. He was sooooooo beautiful and even though I think he didn't really take the movies
  9. They've shown it twice in the last couple of months. It is part of Essentials Jr., so they may yet show it again.
  10. That photo is great. Yeah, you can see that he is barely holding her. He is doing the teacup pinky extension thing as if she were literally made of porcelain. It was the first thing I noticed about the pic. That shyness comes through in his scenes with her, I think. Is there an actress that he didn't have chemistry with? I can't think of one. I liked Powell in it, cause I figured out he was the baddie right away and I'd never seen him in a movie where he was the bad guy, so it was interesting from that standpoint. I'm so glad he didn't get locked into this mode. I love P
  11. Awesome, Nevada photo. I just watched it for the first time yesterday. The copy I got off of ebay wasn't the greatest, but I imagine that's to be expected from many films of this age. Still it's watchable. I was amazed by how entertaining it was. I loved William Powell as the villian. He really had that powell panache even though he was dispicable guy. I loved it at the end when he pulled out his cigar instead of his gun and said his aim was slipping because he hadn't killed Cawthorne with the first shot. That was great. Coop was fantastic of course. The scene when Cash dies was r
  12. Oh one more thing. When you quoted the speech from the Casino. I hadn't realized that he said "grave." I thought he said "brain." Grave makes way more sense and is far better. I had a hard time understanding both Taylor and Garbo at times. In many ways Taylor was worse. They don't always enunciate all that well.
  13. Oh this is awesome. I'll admit yesterday made me a Garbo fan. I'd never seen Camille. At least not all of it. I'd seen the end. I knew it was a three hankie number, but the thing that got me was the humor. I hadn't expected the movie to be so funny. I love the grotesque caricatures of her demi-monde friends. I want to go to that party where the ladies wear outrageous dress, dance the can can till they literally fall over and smoke cigars. I love that they ignore dying Camille. And she wouldn't have it any other way. She says she's no better than them and the audience knows that's wr
  14. I love the ambulance scene as well. I agree. It is one of the best things in the movie! I like modern architecture. I just think the drawings that are presented in the movie aren't particularly great examples is all. Your point about Michaelangelo is well-taken. The whole problem with the plot about Roark using the weaker architect as a beard for his work is ridiculous because the idea of that critic having that much power and that much maniacal hatred for him is silly. He is definitely a mustache twirling villain. I love Mr. Smith goes to Washington too mostly because J
  15. Thanks for the pictures of Gary drawing coops girl. The top looks real, the middle one looks a little faked to me.
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