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  1. I read somewhere that while on the ship coming from Europe to the US, Audrey actually put on some weight, due to all the food she ate there, after having been starved. She went on a diet of steak tartar when she got to Hollywood in order to lose the weight (I wouldn't think it could have been very much, but apparently it was too much for the cameras). I'd also love to have Norma Sherarer's clothes, both her movie wardrobes (but where would I wear the Marie Antoinette gowns?) and her personal wardrobe. She was one of the best-dressed women in Hollywood, or anywhere else (she never succumbed to movie-star overkill, which was the enemy of chic), and she had a fabulous jewel collection. I have good copies of four of her rings, including the padparadscha sapphire she wore in "The Women".
  2. All of Grace Kelly's wardrobe from "Rear Window, including her peignoir, and her Mark Cross overnight case too. And all her clothes from "High Society". And her clothes from "To Catch A Thief". All of Norma Shearer's clothes. ETA-And all of Joan Leslie's wardrobe from "The Sky's The Limit". Some of the most attractive war-time clothes I've seen (I don't care for too many of the women's clothes, or hairstyles, from that era). Joan's were pretty and not too "hard-edged", but not big and ruffly either like so many. Message was edited by: daddysprimadonna
  3. I'm loving her in this movie "Romance On The High Seas". I can't believe it was her first film role, she really hit the ground running. And I don't think I ever saw her look more attractive in a movie than in this one. Janis Paige looks good too. Those updos are very becoming, and so are the clothes they wear. The clothes somehow remind me of Moira Shearer's clothes in the movie "The Red Shoes". That strange short little period between the utilitarian clothes and strange hairdos (pompadours, for one thing, and those big bangs!) of the WWII period, and Dior's "New Look". It's very elegant.
  4. I will be happy if either TCM shows Disney's "Ballerina", a charming little movie from the early Sixties, set in Denmark, or Disney releases it on DVD. I only saw it twice on the Disney Vault program, before The Disney Channel changed its program and stopped showing their older stuff. I love that movie, and I've been unable to find it anywhere else.
  5. I didn't see any Hollywood Hotel scenes in the movie. I must have missed that part. LOL, Fred!
  6. I watched it, and it hadn't been on long when I realised that I recognised this movie. i've seen it somewhere before-obviously not TCM, as it was premiering there-I can't think where I could've seen it before! Anyway, I liked it, because I love movies from this era, especially the ones set in "Society" (partly to see the clothes!), and because I love Joan in this period-she still has a freshness, besides that of youth-that dissipates like a leak as her career progresses.
  7. Hi Cinemaven truth be told, I got REALLY REALLY aggravated that my spam mail is being indeed SPAMMED to death with post updates, and I just didn't feel like posting becasue I was annoyed with TCM But I can hardly see a thread about my girl Norma and not comment, LOL-though all I really have to say is, I love her, I lover her, I lover, LOL. Yes, I must admit that Norma was as "actressy" (I know just what you mean, hehe!) in her own way, as Joan was in hers. I suppose it really is just a matter of taste-Norma's mannersims endear her to me, while Joan's annoy me. Bottom line, since I can't defend Norma's and not excuse Joan's, it's just what you like. To me, Norma's mannerisms are Norma being Norma--and with all I've read about her, I know that in real life she worked just as hard at her image as Joan did. But she didn't seem to have the same, I don't know, chip on her shoulder that Joan did-she felt the same , that the world was a place that she must defy and overcome to succeed, but she didn't seem to think it was out to get her personally. She seemed more to accept it as just a fact of life, rather than a personal slam against her. I suppose the difference in backgrounds gave her that basic self-confidence and vision of success that Joan didn't seem to have. Norma never felt like an outsider, the world was there for her to conquer. Joan seemed to have looked at it more as a grudge fight where she already didn't belong. "If she couldn't join 'em, she'd beat 'em". That's my amateur analysis of it all, anyway As for the difference in acting styles-that's a thought, but for the very very few contemporary films I've seen in the last so many years-it seems to me that even the more "naturalistic" style preferred these days has its own kind of "mannerisms". There was a period in which I wondered, "is it more realistic because everyone curses?", LOL. Because in my world (and we're not "Bible-thumpers", though we're mostly Christians), everyone and his brother doesn't naturally just curse (I've been known to let a few fly under extreme duress, LOL!) But how realistic do we want our film? I mean, we could go as far as including bathroom scenes (after all, no human ever born doesn't go), and such. I prefer the glamor, I'm sure that's plain
  8. Thanks for the nice post It's funny, both Norma (before the Hays Code went into effect) and Joan (after the Hays Code) made versions of "Mrs Cheney"-naturally, I prefer Norma's--but that's not entirely due to Norma--it's also because I prefer the character actors in her version, and because I prefer the truer atmosphere that was possible without the interference of the Hays code But as always, I admit that I also prefer Norma's lighter style, and she seemed more the type who could've actually fooled high English society into accepting her as a woman of breeding.
  9. Actually, there are a quite a few films along the same lines from that era-they all genrally have the requisite happy ending, but it's also just ambiguous enough that it doesn't make me disgusted with them (which is how I would feel at such perfect cheeriness and unambiguous perfection at such a time). The people have problems, but they grasp the nettle and twist and form life, as much as is possible, to their own shaping, with style and grace and wit, but not any chirpiness which would just annoy me at times like that (other times, I like chirpy cheeriness in movies). I'm thinking of Norma Shearer in "The Last Of Mrs Cheney", Norma and Robert Montgomery in "Private Lives", particularly. They recognise that they made their choices, and the piper must be paid--but they find a way to pay him, and they do it with grace and awareness.
  10. "Man In Possession" with Irene Purcell and Robert Montgomery. I'm not sure I could even begin to explain why, even to myself. On the surface, it appears to be a romantic comedy. At the very end, it's as if the cat is "let out of the bag"-these two people are fighting the odds, their own natures, the world, to attain happiness, or at least peace of mind or security, in life. They've both gone with the tide, taken the easiest way, or at least the only way that they thought they could, to get those things. They've both tried to stay true to themselves on some level, not totally sell out. I don't want to give it away if someone here hasn't seen it, but the ending, to me, just changes the film from a light frothy romance into something deeper and completely different. It's almost motivational, but it's so well done that it's not the least "preachy". Perhaps it's even only me who sees this in it, I don't know. But I do, and I love watching it when I'm feeling a bit blue and blase and fatalistic about things.
  11. I adore Norma, she's my all-time favorite actress and Hollywood personality. I too think that she shines as "Mary Haines", which wouldn't have been easy. Every actress knows that generally speaking, "bad girl" roles just fundamentally have more interest "built-in" to them thahn the good-girl roles. Norma made all her roles interesting in some way. I liked Joan Crawford in the movie too, except two parts really get on my nerves-when she's having the phone conversation with Stephen Haines at the department store--some of her speech mannerisms really annoy me in this conversation--and when she's talking to Buck Winston on the phone in her bathroom and she goes from being flirtatious with him, to angrily annoyed-she almost gave me whiplash, the change was so sudden and disconcerting. F Scott Fitzgerald made some remark, in Joan's early career, about her problem with changing facial expresion without over dramatisation (I forget how he worded it), and these two scenes exemplify that for me. Norma had her own mannerisms, but they seemed so natural to her, so really her, that they just don't annoy me. And she brought a lightness and ease of manner to everything she did-sometimes Joan could be too overbearingly intense. I sometimes wonder if that was a result of their differing life experience--Norma's life was comparative sunshine to Joan's---she didn't seem so intense about everything. Norma could never have made movies such as "Torch Song"---I'll leave that there Anyway, as you can tell, I'm nuts about Norma But I greatly admire Joan especially in her earlier career. I just feel that "spark" with Norma, that compatability, as an actress and a person. It's merely a question of taste. One of my favorite movies to "replay" mentally is Norma in "Private Lives" and as "Mrs Cheney". Such attractive, compelling frothiness that Norma has in those films,with acting substance supporting the bubbles-she just makes it look easy
  12. I've done that--I've blocked their address, the domain, everything--I keep getting inundated with the stupid emails
  13. AGAIN, PLEASE cancel my membership to these forums!!!!!! I can NOT access my "Your Watches" page from ANY computer, so the glitch is on YOUR end, I therefore can NOT change my email address or unsubscribe to the Watches, and I am TIRED of being spammed with THOUSANDS of emails from TCM!!!!! I am TIRED of slogging through emails to find the ones I need! PLEASE unsubscribe me from TCM, I have NO interest in being subscribed to forums from which I can't stop this flood of emails!!!! JUST UNSUBSCRIBE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. PLEASE either stop sending me tons of emails, or else just delete my account!!!! I CANNOT access "My Watches" STILL< to change the settings myself, and my email account is being spammed with tons of Watch update emails. I have changed the email I use, but that didn't work. I CANNOT access the "Your Watches" page, STILL< so either change my settings yourselves to no email, or just delete my darn account. I am FED UP with wading through tons of "tcm@turnerclassicmovies.com" emails to get my own mail!!!! I have blocked you, set you as "spam", everything else, but you're STILL clogging up my account!!!! I'd do it myself if you'd fix the darn Forum so that I could access my Watch page, but you never have!!!!! I can't access it from ANY computer, so it's not me, it's you!!!!! Either disable email to me, or delete my account, either one!!!! Thank you!!!!!!
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