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  1. I finished reading "The Life and Death of Colin Clive" a few months ago. It was a very interesting bio that I'd strongly recommend to anyone who has any interest in Colin Clive. He was a tortured soul. His life was unhappy and he was a hopeless alcoholic. But he was brilliant in his roles as Captain Stanhope in "Journey's End" and as Dr. Frankenstein.
  2. I enjoy watching the old reruns of "Dennis The Menace" on Antenna TV and I definitely prefer Joseph Kearns as Mr. Wilson vs. Gale Gordon. Apparently the viewers at the time also preferred Kearns as ratings plummeted after Kearns died and Gordon took over the role.
  3. As expected, TCM won't ever show Bette's first film (Bad Sister-1931) even though it's out there. Probably because it's a Universal film.
  4. Yes, it's 84 years exactly as Jean died on Monday June 7, 1937. I was thinking about it yesterday.
  5. Or Spencer Tracy. He made several films for Fox between 1931-1935 and they all survive. Instead of showing his same old films why not feature at least one or two Fox films?
  6. I wish TCM could at least have one evening dedicated to her. They could showcase three of her films. Although mostly forgotten now she was quite popular during her day.
  7. I am curious as to why TCM mainly shows WWII films during its Memorial Day Marathon. Memorial Day is a tribute to fallen soldiers from all wars, not just WWII.
  8. Well, I learned from my mistake and made sure I recorded Doctor X early this morning. Hopefully TCM will show Mystery of the Wax Museum in the not too distant future.
  9. I totally forgot about the airing this morning of "Mystery Of The Wax Museum" until it was too late. I planned on recording it. I could kick myself. Did anyone watch it and if so was it the restored color version? Just curious.
  10. Jean Harlow and Cary Grant. They appeared together in "Suzy" a WWI melodrama. Hal Roach wanted Jean Harlow as Marian Kirby in "Topper" but she was unavailable and soon thereafter died. Constance Bennett did a great job in the role but personally I think Jean would have been funnier. It's a shame that Cary and Jean never appeared in a screwball comedy together.
  11. They almost did pair up in "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" three years later. But Joan Crawford bowed out "due to illness (rumor was that they couldn't get along) so Olivia de Havilland took over the role.
  12. Does anyone know if TCM will be showing the restoration versions of these two films? I know they were originally filmed in two strip technicolor and I had also heard they they had both been recently restored. They had originally been thought as "lost" until copies were found in Jack Warner's possession after his death.
  13. I just thought of Lupe Velez ; another tragic figure. Single and pregnant she was devastated that the father of her unborn child wouldn't marry her and so committed suicide. She was 36. She was also having financial problems. Legend has it that she was found dead with her head in the toilet. Her bizarre death tale (whether it be true or not) was even mentioned in the first episode of the TV series Frasier.
  14. I've been watching reruns of "Dennis The Menace" on Antenna TV and find many of its episodes hilarious. I especially like the first Mr. Wilson (Joseph Kearns). He had a great rapport with Dennis. I also liked Gloria Henry as his Mom. She had a warmth and loving nature. I never cared for Barbara Billingsley. I thought she was cold and very formal with Beaver and Wally. She lacked the warmth that Gloria Henry displayed. Even though she was 98 and I'm sure led a full life it was still sad to hear that Gloria Henry had died.
  15. So many tragic actor/actress deaths: Colin Clive- very talented actor yet a tormented soul. Died of pulmonary tuberculosis and alcoholism at 37 Ross Alexander-Warner Bros actor died of suicide at 29 Charles Emmett Mack -tragically killed in an auto accident on his way to film a scene for "The First Auto". He was 26 Barbara Lamarr- "The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful" died at 29 of tuberculosis Alma Rubens-died at 33 of hepatitis brought on by her continued drug use Jeff Chandler-died at 42 after complications from surgery for a spinal disc Judy Tyler-died at 24 i
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