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Everything posted by rtemilynguyen

  1. I've added 3 new entries to blog. Here's a little breakdown: - A bizarre 1 minute clip of Singapore Woman - Charlie Chan was somewhat progressive for its time - "The Picture of Dorian Gray" with Hurd Hatfield--It's also quite a personal entry. More entries to come!
  2. I've added 3 new entries to blog just a few weeks back. These roles are a little more pronounced than the previous entries. One from a Fritz Lang film, one with David Niven and Arthur Treacher, and one with Spencer Tracy. Also since today is Veteran's Day, Douglas Walton played a lot of military soldiers in his career (at least 12 roles). In actuality, he did served in the US Army during World War II. In 1941 he joined the US Army and trained in Camp Roberts where he was a member of Company D, 76th Infantry Battalion. He did very well and gained the rank of Private First Class (PFC) in only 4 months since he enlisted. It usually would take at least a year to get to that point, so he was AWESOME. He reached the rank of SECOND LIEUTENANT by the end of his military service. Thank you for your service, Douglas Walton!!
  3. Thank you, Wayne! I'm trying my best to tell Douglas Walton's life story through my blog. Probably not a lot of people will read it, but at least the material is out there now. Perhaps someday someone or a group will tell the stories and achievements by Dwight Frye, James Gleason, and Vera-Ellen!
  4. I've added 2 new entries into the blog. Basically more Douglas Walton bit parts, but one has a clip with Fred Astaire in it and the other is an entry that's somewhat Sessue Hayakawa focused. Also I see that The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) will be airing on TCM on October 16 AND November 15. That's a WEIRD COINCIDENCE!!! Douglas Walton's birthday is on October 16 and the day of his death is on November 15. I don't know if TCM did this on purpose or what, but I find this quite unusual. But for the record, his actual birthday was on October 17, 1909. Not October 16, 1910. I know because I looked through many records that confirmed this. IMDB have to fix this lol. Also, The Picture of Dorian Gray was my first exposure in seeing Douglas Walton in a film. My impression? I remember noting the very subtle homoerotic tension between his Allen Campbell and Hurd Hatfield's Dorian Gray. That scene was AWESOME! But to be honest, I didn't think much of him at the time...probably because all I saw was a middle-aged guy with a creepstache lol (I'M SORRY DOUGLAS!!!). Many years later I decided to look up on Douglas Walton and didn’t realize that he used to be a cutie back then lol. There you have it, I'm a shallow person.
  5. I've added four new entries into the blog, mostly of Douglas Walton's tiny appearances in films. So far I'm just putting out the small roles first as they're easier to write lol; chunky ones will be for later. These entries also have video clips of Bette Davis, Ronald Reagan, Lloyd Bridges, and Yvonne De Carlo. If anyone is interested, enjoy! https://douglaswaltonactor.blogspot.com/
  6. That's right! He essentially played the same roles in both those movies. Though I felt he had more character development in BAD LANDS considering that he stayed around up until the end of the film as oppose to THE LOST PATROL where he was one of the first to get killed off. There was also a small side conflict between him and Noah Beery Jr.'s character in the story. And I thought Robert Barrat was a bit too...friendly towards Walton lol. Also I notice a lot of internet sources stated that John Ford directed BAD LANDS. In actuality it was Lew Landers who directed it, not John Ford. John Ford did THE LOST PATROL. I just want to let that out there lol.
  7. Remember Douglas Walton as Percy Shelley (left) in the prologue scene of "Bride of Frankenstein?" Maybe lol. He also appeared in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Count of Monte Cristo (1934), Mary of Scotland (1936), Murder, My Sweet (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). Considering that I've watched him in more than 45 movies (there's an estimated total of 60) and have done a considerable amount of research on his life, I decided to create a blog dedicated to him. Check it out below! https://douglaswaltonactor.blogspot.com/ I know this seems like boasting, but this is probably the most comprehensive blog dedicated to this obscure actor on the Internet thus far. It will be continually updated and revamped as long as I stay interested (lol). The very first entry is a good start to get to know his life, works, and achievements. https://douglaswaltonactor.blogspot.com/2018/08/douglas-walton-aka-john-douglas-duder.html I know he's not the most famous actor since a good chunk of his filmography were mostly bit parts, but he did had some big roles and worthwhile performances in his works. Certainly he's mostly overlooked, but I guess that's why I made this blog for him. He actually did lived a rather interesting and inspirational life, and I want his story to be told. Anyway, hope you enjoy! And if you have any more info on him, let me know or you can make a comment on one of the blog's entries! Thanks!
  8. I thought this may be a good time to give this thread a boost. Major thanks to those who've seen the Hurd Hatfield Tribute and liked this thread
  9. This may sound silly, but I've made a tribute video to Hurd Hatfield who was best known as the title character for "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945). This video is a compilation of selected "available" works that showcases some of his best performances and versatile acting career. With so many brilliant scenes, composing this video proved to be quite difficult when limiting it to under 15 minutes. It's not the most perfect thing in the world and definitely has some technical flaws, but it's still a labor of love! Here's the vid (right-click and open in new tab/window) : http://dai.ly/x3lacpr I simply just want to show the world that Hurd Hatfield was more, so much more, than just Dorian Gray...
  10. Thanks for the appreciation everyone! With full honesty, I didn't think this picture would be sold at such a high price because of some of the spotted damages and the worned condition of the canvas (and yes I was pretty frustrated when I saw the fold on the corner). But lo and behold, there are people out there who understand the significance of this painting, meaning I guess this movie along with Hurd Hatfield isn't completely swapped over by Ben Barnes' 2009 Dorian Gray (Ben did a great job as Dorian, but the movie was completely horrendous!). Plus, it's still a very nice painting, especially seeing it in real life. And I must say, and I'll still say it...the painting made Hurd look better than he really looked haha! And as for Hurd Hatfield's portrayal of Dorian Gray...it's Albert Lewin's fault lol. Hurd is actually WAY BETTER in everything else he's in Just to name a few titles, watch him in "King of Kings," "The Left Handed Gun," any of his episodes on "Alfred Hitchcock," "Murder, She Wrote," "The Wild Wild West," or any other thing that isn't Dorian Gray.
  11. BOTTOM LINE: "Emotionless" Dorian Gray was 100% on Albert Lewin's direction. Lewin would stop rolling the cameras once Hurd makes a slight movement on his face (that's what Angela Lansbury said in the Bluray/DVD commentary). And yes, Hurd didn't like his experience with Dorian Gray because he wanted to give a more emotional performance, but alas the director's power overrides that of the actor's. Hurd was actually a very good actor and was WAY BETTER in a lot of other things he's in (I can make that assessment because I've watched well over 40 things this guy is in). Also, it took Albert Lewin well over a year to find the Dorian that he was looking for, and end up choosing Hurd Hatfield, so obviously the decision was deliberate. And Hurd had some sort of emotional fit when he auditioned. He said his lines and threw the script across the room out of frustration because he surely thought he wouldn't get the role and it didn't help that he was surrounded by a whole bunch of blond and blue eyed guys (the "true" Dorian Grays) that were better looking than him! Because of that, Lewin found the Dorian of his vision.
  12. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the photos. The Dorian Gray painting meant a lot to me. I researched on the whereabouts of it for a couple of months only to find info on where it used to be. When I found out about where the picture would be auctioned at back in March of this year (it was through Pinterest lol), I knew I had to see it in real-life for myself; it was a once in a life time opportunity. I don't know exactly why I feel so strongly over this painting. I guess it's just simply a really pretty picture that captured (or accentuated) the beauty of Hurd Hatfield. Where it went after Hurd's death is still a mystery to me. I heard it ended up on ebay afterwards and only sold for about $15,000 at the time, but I don't know if that's true. All I know is that the last owner of the painting was Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, who was an acclaimed Art Collector for Asian artifacts and was also a relative to Hurd Hatfield. The Picture of Dorian Gray film will be on TCM tonight at 8:00 pm EST :D
  13. Everyone knows that the frightfully spectacular Ivan Albright painting of Dorian Gray is permanently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. What about the beautifully exquisite Henrique Medina version? BEATS ME!!! BUT it was briefly on display from March 11 to March 20, 2015 at Christie's in the Rockefeller Center in NYC...and sold for a whopping $149,000!!!! During that time period, I took the opportunity to see it live. I was so close to the picture that I could fully marvel at all of the soft paint strokes. Plus, it's a real treat seeing all of the details that were essentially missing when watching the 1945 Picture of Dorian Gray movie. I took many photos of the painting itself and also video recorded it. Here's my vid of the painting: If you just want to see the photos (all HD), go here: http://hurdhatfieldluv.tumblr.com/tagged/henrique-medina Enjoy!!!
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