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Everything posted by bhryun

  1. Thanks! I remember seeing a little bit of the movie and a commercial I saw on TCM (I had taped a movie from a while back) that reminded me. Thanks again! - Gina
  2. Eh, your right. He was a drinker, but wasn't everyone? - Gina
  3. I saw a movie a while ago in which a woman (I think) opens up a door and all of these people come tumbling out. I can't for the life of me figure out what the movie was called. If it helps, the closet door was on the right side of the hallway and the screen. Please reply if you have an idea! Thanks! - Gina
  4. Hey, Carrie! I've been searching for Jean's novel for long time now. I read mixed reviews about it, but I can never go by that. Its so great she had the skill to even "attempt" to write a book, although Eve Golden basically ruined the entire story for me. *sighs impatiently* I will have to look closer at the Stenn book, it seems interesting and I'm glad to hear its accurate. Also, the Clara Bow book. I'm fascinated with her, also. I feel like sometimes people try to churn out things so fast on Jean and its not accurate. I just got to see the new Harlow documentary with Sharon Stone and one par
  5. Joe, I can help with the aircraft, but like you the name of the movie is lost in my wayback. The aircraft is a P-(later F-)82. It was a post WW II aircraft designed by North American Aviation as a night fighter. It was essentially 2 P-51s with the fuselages joined by a wing center section. It never saw action but a number were released to ANG units in the early 50's. There was nothing remarkable about the aircraft beyond the sound two Merlin engines make at full chat. Hope someone else can remember the name of the movie. Good luck! John
  6. These are really interesting! I've seen them in multiple books about Classic Hollywood, but I've never seen a place where you could buy them. I usually only see them on eBay. I now am so excited for Christmas! Thanks for sharing. - Gina
  7. Fred Astaire's face and eyes were very expressive in some of his dances. For instance he emoted great pathos, longing, and sadness in "Never Gonna Dance" In "Caught in the Rain", his face expressed a school-boy-like amusement and mirth. In "The Shorty-George" his eyes sparkled, and he had a big smile on his face (he seemed to be very happy). In "My Shinning Hour" his face and eyes emoted great tenderness. However, Fred's eyes and face were not very expressive in "Let's Face the Music and Dance", nor were they very expressive in "Cheek to Cheek"--I could't detect what he was thinking or feeli
  8. The people here are so nice! I have relatives who live in California and my aunt's brother works at MGM. I would love to know where Jean Harlow & Clark Gable had their dressing rooms, that would be great. I live in New England, but I have some friends on the West Coast who took pictures of Harlow and Gable's handprints for me. That is so great you got to go into Harlow grave, harlow1085. I only wish I was so lucky to get to visit them. People can be so rude to go gravestone rubbings, although a picture or two would be nice. Kidding! I would just love to see where they were finally laid
  9. I'll just say that Catherine is a 1st class lady, I watched the Bio on HBO about Kirk and Michael Douglas and she has her head together. She always made sure her brother stopped by when Michael came over because she had heard the stories about his escapades. If she could straighten him out and put him back on the right foot to his Jewish heritage, than she can shine in anything. Lana Turner is not some holy grail to me though so anybody can really play her and do fine.
  10. Maybe I've just been missing it - I'd love to see "The Goddess" where Kim Stanley plays a role loosely based on Marilyn Monroe. I haven't seen it years. - Madge
  11. Hi - I think that Doris Day and Rock Hudson both had great smiles - especially when they were smiling at each other - their eyes smiled as well as their mouths ... I loved Vivien Leigh's dainty "Cheshire Cat" smile. Leslie Caron had a playful smile as well .... BUT - for me the knee buckle smile of all time was Elvis Presley's - WOWIE!! - Madge
  12. Hi Mongo - This is in 2 parts - it's not "Show and Tell" - more like "Share" and "Ask!" ... #1) I think that I may have a piece of the puzzle regarding the silence of Virginia Weidler's family following her early passing. In Doris Day's autobiography, she talks about her second husband musician George Weidler (not 1st husband abusive Al Jordan) - older brother of Virginia Weidler. She says that George was a Christian Scientist and introtuced her to the religion. Doris in turn introduced her next husband Marty Melcher to the religion. When Marty (in his early 50's) suffered from a seri
  13. Has anyone ever heard of TCM or any other cable network having a Ronald Colman Film Festival? He starred in "A Tale of Two Cities" and "The Prisoner of Zenda" and had such a flair and sophistication that I have seen matched by few others. I would say that he has a 'jene se quoir' but I don't know how to spell it in the French and know that I screwed it up, but you get the drift! I really think he is an unknown and/or underappreciated by those of us who follow the movies and really understand how much more was done with so much less in the days before computer imaging and one movie stardom
  14. I forgot to mention that I searched and searched and did find a copy of this film on VHS. The movie was copyrighted by LORIMAR in 1984 and released by a company called KEY VIDEO in Mississauga,Ontario. Tim
  15. Well, I can fill you in from 1996 up until about 2 years ago. She had lived a couple years in New Hampshire in a condominium near the University that one of the University directors (graciously) let her stay in. He needed the unit again so she moved to Palm Springs to stay with a couple guys who had extra room. After a year or so they decided the situation was unworkable, so she got an apartment on her own. Her Screen Actor's Guild pension and Social Security together afforded her enough to provide a modest living. She had a maid/helper come in every day for a couple hours, make coffee, fix
  16. Everyone thinks that Robert Aldrich is a really fine director and that Burt Lancaster is a outstanding actor. Why haven't I ever seen the movie "Twilight's Last Gleaming", made in 1978, on any network? It's got a stellar supporting cast. Thanx, Tim
  17. Here's some information on John Payne's musical background in case you are interested. John's mother, a former opera singer who had performed at the Metropolitan, made him take singing lessons as a child to help him overcome his shyness. (Another relative, his great-uncle and namesake John Howard Payne, wrote the words to the song "Home, Sweet Home.") Payne's first job in show business was as a singer in burlesque, one of many odd jobs he took while studying at Columbia University. After graduation he was featured as a solo vocalist on several radio programs. I always thought it was
  18. The original post sparked some very interesting and enlightening information. I missed whatever was deleted and that's quite alright. To the original poster - I hope it won't be your last post! Stay, relax and enjoy! To Madge - My sympathies on the passing of your Lucky. I think you have a wonderful sense of humor; I hope you don't mind that I did get a giggle out of what you shared.
  19. There is a very good book on Fatty's life and the Rappe case called Frame-Up: The Untold Story of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle by Andy Edmonds. It is probably out of print now but worth looking for. It offers a persuasive argument that, as the title suggests, Arbuckle was innocent. Furthermore, the book presents evidence that Miss Rappe was not a sweet, virginal young thing and that she was seriously ill before she even came to the party. Another, newer biography has just been published called Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle: A Biography of the Silent Film Comedian, 1887-1933 by Stuart Oderman. This o
  20. Hi Harlow! I think one of the reasons it has been hard to find information on Virginia Rappe prior to Fatty Arbunkle is because she really hadn't experienced much career success before she died - her roles were small. Not to be gruesome, but it's sort of like how Ron Goldman became a household name during the O.J. trial ... I do have two good sources of info to point you to: #1) www.crimelibrary.com - If you look under the "Celebrity" section there is lengthy coverage of the trial - plus a section on just Virginia. #2) www.newspaperarchive.com - This site is GREAT!! You have to joi
  21. Hi Larry - Today in the L.A. Times there was a letter to the editor from Audrey Totter regarding an article on the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills. I originally missed the article in the actual paper - but I found it on line for anyone who is interested. The article was dated August 25th - it's called "Recasting the actor's studio - How to turn a sterile institutional setting into a stylish retirement retreat" - it's written by David A. Keeps. The easiest way is to go to "Google NEWS" and use "motion picture woodland hills" in the search. - Madge
  22. I'm not so sure If an introduction to the film is important, maybe if ones going into a grahpic desgin field, but other wise ditch it.
  23. Wow! That is so cool you got to visit her. I didn't think you could get in. I have a book where every star is buried and I hope one day to get there and visit Clark Gable & Jean Harlow. I think they are quite close. I have a website, also, I have a tribute to Jean on there: classicstardust.com. My baby! I have a forum there also, so feel free to join up. I will definetely have to check out those Tarzan movies. I go through the TCM "Now Playing Guide" like a maniac and I never see it. Huh! I'm reading another Harlow biography now by Eve Golden and she has some inaccurate description of Red
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