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Posts posted by VivLeighFan

  1. On May 7, 2019 at 5:07 AM, Sepiatone said:

    Not too many "lead" roles for Lillian up to that point, so she probably looked at the role( and movie) as more "career move" than a personal social commentary.  As then(and more so) acting, and the still fledgling movie industry and film acting had one of the largest unemployment numbers of all professions, that ANY role in ANY movie was work,  and with bills to pay and eating to survive was certainly MORE important than how society MIGHT react to a movie and it's subject matter some 60+ years later. 

     We'll never know Lillian's side of the story for obvious reasons but this sounds like what most likely happened. It's true that actors and actresses cannot afford to be very picky early on in their careers. Stardom is not achieved instaneously. Heck, Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone were both in pornos when they were first starting out.

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  2. https://mb.ntd.com/trustees-vote-to-remove-actress-name-from-school-theater_325897.html

    The reason is because Lillian starred in The Birth of a Nation, the most racist film ever made and I don't blame them. I'm a black person myself and I personally like Lillian Gish especially for her performances in Broken Blossoms and Orphans of the Storm but I am aware and disappointed that she starred in that film. It's extremely sad that one of the most influential films is also the most racist.

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  3. My family are frequent moviegoers and usually have a good time but every once in a while...

    I recently went to see the new Mission Impossible movie with my family and a woman brought a toddler who was making all kinds of noise throughout the viewing. I had already seen the movie with my father and knew there was one utterance of the f-word so I immediately got worried.

    A full-on fight broke out when my family went to see the newest Spiderman movie when apparently someone kept kicking another person's seat and they started arguing. My brother and father immediately jumped to break it up. The people just let themslves be escorted out afterwards. No one was hurt. Fortunately it was near the end of the movie.

    And there was this one time when my father and I were walking out of the theater when someone threw their drink over our heads in anger at someone else.

    My brother told me that once when he went to a movie theater the movie stopped playing for some reason and he had to leave without finishing it. He doesn't remember what movie it was.

    I've always loved going to the movies and even want to work at one someday but also I have begun to understand why some people prefer to watch movies in the comfort and familarity of their own homes.

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  4. On August 16, 2018 at 11:28 AM, jakeem said:

    The Queen of Soul appeared in "The Blues Brothers" -- the 1980 comedy directed by John Landis -- as the wife of musician Matt "Guitar" Murphy. She performed "Think" in a Chicago diner scene after "Joliet Jake" and Elwood (played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, respectively) -- determined to put their band back together -- showed up to persuade Murphy and saxophone player "Blue Lou" Marini to join their effort. 

    She reprised her role as Murphy's wife in the 1998 sequel "Blues Brothers 2000," which featured John Goodman as a replacement for the late Belushi. Murphy died on June 15, 2018 at the age of 88.


     I think it's safe to assume that TCM will include her in the next TCM Remembers tribute since they did for Prince and David Bowie who also didn't act primarily and the first Blues Brothers movie is regarded as a classic though I could be wrong.

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    Wouldn't Stagecoach be so much better if Dallas (Claire Trevor) got together with Lucy (Louise Platt) instead of brutish John Wayne (John Wayne)? They actually had decent character development and seemed to learn from each other.

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  6. 4 hours ago, VanNorden05 said:

    Helen had a fanatical stage mother and, by the time her career was waning and alcoholism consumed her life, her mother already abandoned her – something she never got over. She was particularly close with her brother, Lee, and her sister-in-law, Geraldine, and had lived with them throughout various points in the 1940s – 1950s. The sister-in-law was divorcing the brother around the time Helen had passed away and did not attend the funeral, but she claims it was a "beautiful funeral, with all the old-time theater and film people." Either way, contrary to what the sister-in-law says, it appears few mourners attended. I know Lillian Roth, a good friend, reached out to her sometime in the early 1960s and even briefly housed her in Palm Springs after being released from the DeWitt State Hospital, but, in the end, the Motion Picture Relief Fund was taking care of her.

    Crap, then I guess Wikipedia lied to me. Glad to know somebody acknowledged her during her final days.

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    Helen Chandler

    (February 1, 1906 - April 30, 1965)

    52 years after her early death at fifty-nine, ardent horror fans remember Helen Chandler as the fragile beauty Mina Howard in the Universal horror film "Dracula" (1931) who is seduced by the famous vampire himself. Although Helen was not impressed by the role she is most famous for, it continues to be a reminder of the talented young woman she was during her short time on this earth.

    Originally born in Charleston, South Carolina, Helen Chandler rose up to become one of the most popular actresses in the Big Apple, and starred in numerous Broadway productions with big names like John Barrymore and Basil Sydney. Like many actresses during the 1920s, Helen decided to make the transition to the growing art form of film. Her first movie role was in the silent film The Music Master in 1927 and then later the film version of Outward Bound starring Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in 1931.

    That same year in 1931, Helen Chandler starred in the Universal production of "Dracula", the role she detested in favor of Alice in "Alice in Wonderland". The film became one of the most successful motion pictures at that time, however, her performance failed to grab audiences' attention. She continued to act in stage, film, and radio productions but by the late 1930s her alcoholism was rampant and as a result her acting career declined. In 1950, Helen suffered severe injuries in an apartment fire resulting in body disfigurement but miraculously, she survived. Her alcoholism continued after the accident. The stage starlet's life ended sadly on April 30, 1965 after going into cardiac arrest during stomach surgery in Hollywood, California. No one came to claim her remains. Helen Chandler was cremated in accordance with her wishes, and is interred at Chapel of the Pines Crematory in a section not open to vistors. She may be gone, but her haunting performance in Dracula will continue to charm horror movie fans around the world.

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  8. This Above All (1942)

    Aristocratic Prudence Cathaway (Joan Fontaine) shocks her family by coming out as bisexual and enlisting in the WAAFs. She then meets and becomes romantically involved with the depressed widow of a fallen soldier (Claire Trevor) who hates the war.

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  9. Noooo!!!!! This is terrible! I loved her so much in Gun Crazy which has become one of my favorite film noirs and movies in general! I think she was one of the Top 10 best femme fetales in film! The studio totally failed her by not seeing her potential. RIP Peggy.

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