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About Dmallon

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  1. I always liked her in 42nd Street, (she was able to put over some difficult dialogue), but I didn't realize that she went as far back as she did. I've been watching her shorts with Harold Lloyd when she was a teen. Retired early but lived an interesting life after hollywood. She deserves a little more attention.
  2. Jackie Cooper said that Beery was the most sadistic man he ever met. I love seeing him and Harlow go at it in Dinner at Eight, since in real life they hated each other. Is there any truth to the story that he beat the Three Stooges' mentor to death in a parking lot, or is that another Hollywood made up tale.
  3. Some story. I guess he took his role as the King very seriously.
  4. It's interesting, in that Yul Brynner was also a supposedly difficult man to deal with. I've heard that Charles Bronson, although still a minor player at the time was nonetheless a problem on the same set. Back in the day, I know that Lombard and Stanwyck were both popular among their co-workers whereas Miriam Hopkins not so much. Charles Laughton was another star who did little to endear himself to those he worked with. Obviously many of the most endearing on screen personalities were not so pleasant in person, and some screen "villians" were the nicest people around.
  5. I noticed a comment on another thread that Paul Muni was not particularly popular with cast and crew. I've always wondered, which actors were the most difficult and disliked by the rest of their coworkers on the set.
  6. Although Lincoln is usually portrayed as having a deep baritone voice, he actually had a much higher voice. This was an advantage when speaking before large audiences without the benefit of electronic amplification.
  7. I've always loved the last frames of the Maltese Falcon; Bogart staring at Mary Astor while she looks staight ahead, the elevator begins to descend as he heads down the stairs while the music kicks in. Such a well directed scene. The final moments of The Godfather 1, where the door closes on Diane Keaton is another favorite.
  8. I'm curious, are there any lost Stanwyck films. I mean movies to which no usable print exists.
  9. Dolores Hart, a starlet from the late 50"s and early 60's, gave up acting to become a nun. That certainly impacted her career. Actually I wouldn't call her a star, but I believe there have been others who have given up acting to pursue a religious vocation. Edited by: Dmallon on Sep 7, 2012 10:23 PM
  10. When it comes to conflicted sexual identity in films, I always think of Mercedes McCambridge in that incredibly over the top western, Johnny Guitar.
  11. Thank you MovieProfessor. What I have always found most enjoyable about these boards is learning movie history and behind the scenes stories that I was not familiar with. It has always been a pleasure to read your posts and those of others who have first hand experience with the industry.
  12. It was interesting that at the end of the MGM short about film (which actually was a promo for their stars), they showed a list of projects for 1941, then checked each one off. All were movies that were made except for the last one which had "The Yearling", starring Spencer Tracy. I wonder what happened. It's hard to picture anyone but Peck in the role.
  13. He lived quite an exciting life before his film career and surprisingly wasn't Irish. I'd like to see more of his early work.
  14. I couldn't agree more. Whenever I think of McLaglen I automatically think of that same character played over and over again. I was surprised to see how appealing he was with a gentler characterization, not over the top.
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