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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.
  15. Just watched "Professional Soldier" for the first time. I thought there was a nice chemistry between the two. I don't know if McLaglen gets the recognition he deserves.
  16. I would agree insofar as her film career was concerned. Although to be fair, she did get much better in time. But she was a star on Broadway, so she probably had great personal charisma. There were other stars on Broadway who never were able to transfer that ability to connect with a live audience to the screen.
  17. With Fred and Ginger, there are so many great numbers to choose from, that when I think I have a favorite, I think of another. I would have to agree that the ones mentioned are among their best. It's funny that Top Hat has one of my favorites, Cheek to Cheek, and what might be their most absurd number, simply because of the lyrics; and one that I love, The Picolino.
  18. I never tire of watching 42nd Street. It is fully deserving of its iconic status; snappy dialogue which still holds up after so many years, a great performance by Warner Baxter; and singing and dancing which may be dated, but remain entertaining. The only part of this film which I find to be substandard (although I guess at this point it may have become part of the charm of the movie) is the incredibly bad acting of Ruby Keeler. It seems to be more glaring when contrasted with the fine performances of just about everyone else in the film. There is one scene where Baxter is trying to teach Keeler to speak her lines with more emotion, and he rolls his eyes at her attempts. Although this is taking place within the story; it always looks to me as if he is critiquing her acting in the film itself. All the same, a true classic.
  19. One scene that I have always found touching is when Fred's father reads his son's citation. As many times as I have seen it, it still maintains its emotional impact. Great acting; great direction. On my top ten list.
  20. As someone who always looks forward to seeing the list of cast members after a film, I'm puzzled as to why sometimes this list appears and sometimes not. Is this because of a whim on the part of TCM, or because such lists are not extant for every movie?
  21. Bad acting can kill the best writing. As someone once said, " Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounc'd it to you, trippingly on the tongue, ......."
  22. So much memorable dialogue in one film; right up to the final line.
  23. > {quote:title=willbefree25 wrote:}{quote}Since I only pay attention to movies from the 1930s and 1940s, I have to thank TCM for showing me junk from those decades. Stuff so bad that I have to turn them off. And I don't mean the ones where the women are getting - oh the hilarity! - spanked or otherwise abused or the horses are going off the cliffs. > > I mean the ones with actual genuine top notch actors that I revere that have awful, awful, AWFUL dialogue. Of course I can't think of any right now, but they are out there and no one was more shocked than I. To realize that gorgeous clothes - Orry Kelly even!!! - and venetian blinds and cityscapes, all in beautiful, wonderful black and white are NOTHING without excellent dialogue is garbage? > > > Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather when I had to stare dumbstruck at my television and, regrettably, turn off the movie because the dialogue was so bad. > > > So, to answer your very, very good question? Yes, writing MAKES the movie. You can have a wonderful, glorious actor and gorgeous, beautiful sets and costumes and the ever ethereal black and white, but if the writing is junk? > > > The movie is garbage. > > But if the writing is good - you mention film noir, and Murder My Sweet and Double Indemnity and The Big Sleep come to mind where the writing is very good, but Maltese Falcon was too confusing to be very good - and there are venetian blinds and Orry Kelly and it is set in a city, any city, well you've made my day. > > > On the other hand, IF you have a John Waters or Ed Wood movie and the cast members of MST3K in the audience? All bets are off. > The Maltese Falcon was too confusing to be very good? I disagree. The Maltese Falcon had great writing.
  24. There is no doubt that the lack of opportunity afforded black americans cost this country in all fields across the board. I am saying that I would prefer to become acquainted with performers whom I have never heard of, without tearing down other stars on the basis of their color. I rather think the great white stars would still have been stars, but they would have been joined by black performers whom we will never know.
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