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  1. Hi, everyone: "Payment on Demand" is now available through the TCM website archive. This was Frances Dee's second film with Bette Davis. Take care. Happy New Year. Deborah
  2. Dear Cine Maven and Featio: "So Ends Our Night" is a wonderful film. My only complaint is that Frances is not in the film enough. There is a picture in one of my movie magazines of Fredric March and Frances eating ice cream together on the set of the film. Freddie is hysterical, wearing top hat and tails, but with long girls' pigtails hanging from the back of his head. It was a very serious movie, so I guess it lightened the mood on the set. Based on stills and pictures I've seen, I'm guessing Frances had a much larger role than was seen in the final film. I've seen pictures of he
  3. Dear CineMaven: I also adore Frances Dee. I have purchsed several of her films, even her first starring role in "Playboy of Paris." Frances was an original, as was her husband, Joel McCrea. I you have Fox Movie Channel, look out every so often for both "Blood Money" and "Half Angel." With the latter, you have to be careful that it is the 1936 version, since there are several movies of the same name. The name of the precode special was called "Complicated Women." She talked about making "Blood Money" right after "Little Women." No characters could be more different than Meg and
  4. Hi, Fernando: Long time no talk to. I've been busy with school? I just wanted to tell you that I finall got see "Playboy of Paris" and was totally enchanted. Even though it was popular when released, not as popular as other Chevalier fare like "Big Pond." LaBelle Frances was just so funny and charming, as were Chevalier and Stu Erwin, everyone's favorite sidekick. The critics were so-so, but liked Frances' performance. However, Frances was kind of hard on herself in one interview, thinking she should have been more demure in the part. For my part, I think the way she played th
  5. I would have to say the IMAX version of the "Nutcracker." What an extremely hideous film, and a waste of celluloid space. The little girl playing Klara was a spoiled brat who needed to be grounded a good, long time. But then, the music was even destroyed. And, in the famous battle of nutcracker and the mouse king, they are not playing the piece played in the ballet at that moment. Instead, of all things, they are playing the "1812 Overture." I was laughing my head off. Then, there is the Sugar Plum Fairy. Instead of a dainty little creature, you get a baker who looks suspicously
  6. Hi, feaito: Sorry for so long for reply. Have been busy with school. Hope everything is fine with you.] Just to let everyone know: Fox Movie Channel has been showing "Blood Money" this year, which features la belle Frances in one of her few turns as a bad girl, bedeviling George Bancroft and everyone around her. The next showing of the film will be on December 1 (this Saturday) at 6:00 a.m. EST, I believe. Will have to check to be sure. Take care. Deborah
  7. Hi, everyone: Critics are okay, but their word is not law. I mean, let's face it. All critics tell you are their opinions. What all of us like is a matter of taste. Critics, to me, have one use: that is to give someone an idea of what the film is like, if nothing else. Do they deserve an exalted position, no? I can always tell when a certain local critic is going to like a movie, no matter what. Deep down, they may not like it, but if they think it showing something that coincides with their belief system, they will give it thumbs up. I really don't watch them that much anym
  8. Hi, SPTO: Anything to make a buck in Hollywood, even if they don't make a buck doing it. Jennifer Garner is going to remake "Christmas In Connecticut." I've also heard a rumor of Jim Carrey remaking "Sullivan's Travels." Give me a break. One person asked, 'Whati s the difference between what Milli Vinilli did and actors who were lipsynched in the movies?" Well, in some ways it is the same, but in one big way it is different. The actors in films who were lipsyhnced by others were doing at least half of the job on screen: they were doing their own acting. I mean, let's face, ho
  9. Hi, SPTO: Anything to make a buck in Hollywood, even if they don't make a buck doing it. Jennifer Garner is going to remake "Christmas In Connecticut." I've also heard a rumor of Jim Carrey remaking "Sullivan's Travels." Give me a break. One person asked, 'Whati s the difference between what Milli Vinilli did and actors who were lipsynched in the movies?" Well, in some ways it is the same, but in one big way it is different. The actors in films who were lipsyhnced by others were doing at least half of the job on screen: they were doing their own acting. I mean, let's face, ho
  10. Hi, everyone: Update on "One Man's Journey." It will air twice on April 4 in primetime on TCM. The film stars Lionel Barrymore as a small-town country doctor, Joel McCrea is his son, and Frances Dee is Joel's love interest. Dorothy Jordan plays Barrymore's ward and the other female lead RKO Studios cast Joel and Frances in this film to capitalize on their burgeoning romance at the time. Interestingly enough, Joel introduced Dorothy Jordan (his costar in "Lost Squadron") to her future husband, producer-director-actor Merriam C. Cooper. The three actors spent Fourth of July weekend
  11. Hi, everyone: I got a Google email recently talking about six lost RKO films purchased by TCM, to be restored and shown in 2007. One of them stars Lionel Barrymore as a small-town country doctor. It is called "One Man's Journey." The film also costars Joel McCrea as Barrymore's son, Dorothy Jordan as Barrymore's ward, and Frances Dee as Joel McCrea's love interest. This is one film I have been dying to see for years, but had given up ever seeing it. Then in 2004, a couple of days before Frances Dee passed, it was shown at a New York City Film festival, which I found rather ironic.
  12. Hi, Pintorini: I second your admiration for Joel McCrea. While his career lasted a good 35 years, and he is best known for westerns today, somehow I like his 1930's stuff the best, especially some of the precode stuff. I just love the "Most Dangerous Game." Also, seeing Joel running around in as little as the law allowed in "Bird of Paradise" is also great fun, even though the plot is rather silly. And, there is that famous scene with Joel and Dolores Del Rio swimming under water together. Dolores had a stunt double (who, yes, did have a bathing suit on), but Joel did his own underwa
  13. Hi, everyone: It's been ahwile since I've posted. As I said in another thread, I have had trouble with my computer. I recently got to see another one of Frances Dee's early films, one in which she had a very prominent role, although only about fourth or fifth billing. The film is called "This Reckless Age." It is the sound picture of a silent and stage film called "Goose Hangs High." Frances plays the role Constance Bennett played in the silent version. Of course, Constance dated Frances' husband, Joel McCrea, before Joel and Frances met. The story is about a couple of rich
  14. Hi, everyone: I noticed this thread awhile back and wanted to respond, but have been having trouble with my computer. It's a shame that Constance Bennett isn't more well known today, but that is part of the purpose of these boards, to introduce Classic-Hollywood stars to new audiences. Thanks for that wonderful story on Constance, Larry. I hope your surgery went well. Welcome back. It shows the other side of Constance, the kindhearted, sweet side. Her children seem to have had a high regard for her; so, she couldn't have been that bad. Part of the problem, too, is the stupid
  15. Hi, Michellej: No, you didn't miss the two-minute tribute to Virginia Mayo. TCM didn't do the individual one for Virginia, like they did for Frances Dee. Robert Osborne actually knew Ms. Mayo. So, one morning, shortly after her passing, they changed their programming for a bunch of their films, something they didn't do with Frances. Part of that probably had to do with the fact that Frances did a lot of her screen work at Paramount. For some reason, a lot of the Paramount films are in movie limbo from Universal. Go figure. I'm figuring Mr. Osborne must have known Frances Dee a
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