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  1. Whew!! Saturday received my subscription copy (April issue of "Classic Images") and Part 2 of my Olivia article. Nice photo layout (32 photos) and hope those of you who read Part 1 (still on the website at this writing) will tune in for Part 2 when it appears--probably some time during next week. Anyway, for those Olivia fans interested, here's the website again for the article (without photos): http://www.classicimages.com Enjoy!! Neil
  2. When I look at the list of stars under that Greenbriar search index, that's a fantastic site. I can spend hours looking up data there. Thanks for the great tip! Neil
  3. Better hurry if you want to read Part 1 of the article. It will be replaced by Part 2 within a matter of days. Neil
  4. She has a lot to say about him in my Olivia de Havilland article at the "Classic Images" website. Hurry if you want to read it before the end of the month, when it's replaced by Part 2 of the article. It's at: http://www.classicimages.com She tells how she felt about Errol in quite a bit of detail. Click onto "Current Issue" when you get to the website--and then Olivia's name. Neil
  5. Will do... Just want folks to know that I've been struggling for several months to post on this board but can only do so at certain times of day (for some strange reason unknown to me!!) So, if you don't get a response to a post within a reasonable amount of time, chalk it up to my inability to post whenever I want to. Can't even get through to the Technical board to post problems. Figure that one out. Neil
  6. For sheer melodrama, nothing surpasses the the wildly romantic ending of MY COUSIN RACHEL ('52), with Richard Burton dashing toward the footbridge after asking Audrey Dalton to ring the bells to summon help. He knows that Rachel (Olivia de Havilland) has fallen to the rocks below. The camera follows him as he makes haste toward the scene of the accident, with Franz Waxman's music swelling in the background as he climbs down the rockside cliff, crying out her name. For some it may seem hokey and over the top, but It's gotta be a very dramatic ending--gives me goosebumps just thinking about
  7. Thanks for the comments and glad you approved of Part 1 of the piece. I agree that Errol's problems were much more complex than I had time to suggest. Whatever happened after the rape trial that led to his downward spiral of self-destruction could also be described as a kind of existence that burned him out prematurely without thoughts of consequence. He did continue patterns of behavior that led him to abuse the drugs and alcohol that destroyed his health. But the "playboy" label applied more, as you suggest, to his earlier years. At any rate, I think Olivia's fans will really apprec
  8. True. Most actresses were afraid of technicolor and stayed away from it. Even Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich and Claudette Colbert only had one technicolor film to their credit in the '30s. Most believed that it would not flatter them the way B&W photography did. Olivia was a rare exception--altogether five films in technicolor within a two-year period. Most agreed with a critic on "Dodge City" who said that she was "prettier than ever" now that she was in technicolor. Neil
  9. No further comments??? I'm starting to wonder if anyone has read the article yet. Neil
  10. He was the personification of the word "bland". Personally, I always liked him--a nice guy, always affable, especially in lightweight roles. And he was impressive in a few "different" parts in films like NORTHWEST PASSAGE, WESTERN UNION and THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME. But overall, he was usually just as bland as the role he played as the minister in Shirley Temple's ADVENTURE IN BALTIMORE or in one of the early Temple movies called STOWAWAY. Nice, but hardly memorable. Neil
  11. IT HAPPENED ON FIFTH AVENUE (1947) is the name of that movie with Gale Storm, Don deFore, Charles Ruggles. Neil
  12. CineSage, you didn't read my first post on this subject??? My two-part article called OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND: LIVING LEGEND (Part 1) is the lengthy feature article in the March issue of "Classic Images" (Issue #369). It concludes in next month's April issue with Part 2. However, I'm glad you asked because now it's also online at: http://www.classicimages.com which gives all non-subscribers a chance to read it while it's posted for a month. Glad to give you this additional information. I hope it leads to a better response than this subject has had so far. Neil
  13. I'm surprised there isn't more of a response from Olivia de Havilland fans on this one. I realize that Part II (which comes out in April) deals more with the pinnacle of her career and all the award-winning performances, but I did think that Part I (which shows her struggle as an actress at Warner Bros. fighting for better roles) would evoke more of a reponse from all of you classic movie fans who are so anxious to talk about Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck and Ingrid Bergman. I guess Olivia's career doesn't have the same fireworks (in her personal life) that Bette's and Joan's an
  14. At least Ruby Keeler was well aware of her limitations. I can't understand how audiences back in the '30s were so easy to please when it came to musical talent. She's really a triple threat in FOOTLIGHT PARADE--can't sing, dance or act. She was much better in FORTY-SECOND STREET, but still deficient as far as her singing and acting was concerned. The camera loved her and she looked nice opposite Dick Powell (he had a wobbly tenor and neither one of them had legit voices for a Broadway musical), but you're not the only one aware of a certain lack of talent...but she certainly was pretty.
  15. You're not alone. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD is still, after all these years, one of my all-time favorite films. I love the new DVD version with the Ultra-Resolution restoration giving the Technicolor new life. Hard to separate Olivia from the role of Lady Marian. Critics said the role "had the grace to suit her", as if it was tailor-made for the actress. As much as I like HOLD BACK THE DAWN, I don't like the abrupt ending. Must have had something to do with Boyer's uncooperation for the final scene but it ends much too quickly with just a hint of a reunion before the quick fade-out.
  16. I feel the same way about THE SNAKE PIT--a brilliant film with appropriate touches of humor throughout and an excellent cast. I'm grateful that Fox Movie Channel shows it now and then. Personally, I think she should have won her second Oscar for THE SNAKE PIT and her third for THE HEIRESS...and I'm sure many of her fans would agree. Neil
  17. Please...don't even mention that one. Her "Bringing Up Baby" role was one of the most irritating of all time in my opinion. I know it has a cult following today but that doesn't change my mind one bit. She deserved whatever pushing she got in that one!! I confess I'm not a Hepburn fan and have only really liked her in a few films, but can't stand that screwball comedy. Neil
  18. It comes down to a matter of personal mannerisms. I always found Hepburn strident and hard to take for an entire film. (Sorry, all you Hepburn fans). I only genuinely liked her in a few films: "Summertime", "The African Queen" or "Suddenly, Last Summer" where I felt she fit the roles perfectly. Never liked those formula Tracy/Hepburn romantic comedies. Bette, despite all her mannerisms, always fascinated me more with the variety of parts she played, especially in her films of the '40s at Warner Bros. She must have been a really difficult person to know or be with in real life, but she
  19. I suspect that she will have her autobiography published posthumously, since it has been in the works since the 1970s. I won't even speculate on why she wishes to do this but apparently that is why it hasn't appeared yet. In my article I say that "Whatever the private reasons are, it is clear that she has been unable to come to terms with finishing the project." Neil
  20. She certainly couldn't have asked for more flattering close-ups!! She looked radiant in this one--Ernie Haller must be one of her favorite cinematographers. He also did GWTW and was one of Bette Davis' favorite cameramen. The upswept hairdo was to make her look older than Bette who was playing "young" when she was eight years older than Olivia. I enjoyed the confrontational scenes between them. Poor Dennis Morgan didn't have much of a role but he was excellent. And I liked George Brent as the dependable guy who watches all the stormy stuff going on around him. Neil
  21. Bette Davis was never fond of IN THIS OUR LIFE--she battled with first time director John Huston--and demanded the kind of flattering close-ups he was giving de Havilland (Olivia and John were having a romantic fling) when she saw the rushes. Critics called her performance too over-the-top while praising de Havilland for "a warm and easy performance" as the good sister. However, fans of Davis and de Havilland seem to enjoy this one. Neil
  22. $369 is ridiculous! Forgive the typo. I meant March Issue #369--but you probably knew that, shearerchic04!! (LOL)
  23. Even TCM doesn't seem to have THE WELL GROOMED BRIDE among its possessions. The only way to see it nowadays is to order it from one of those "hard to find" retail outlets on the web. It's amusing but only important because it marked Olivia's return to the screen after her legal battle--it's no great shakes as a comedy. Neil
  24. And BTW, it's online at the "Classic Images" website. Just click onto "Current Issue" and de Havilland's name. (But, of course, without all those photos!!) The URL is: http://www.classicimages.com Neil
  25. Agree re SHIRLEY TEMPLE. Strictly in terms of box-office popularity, she was at the top of the Ten Box-Office Favorites four years in a row (1935-38) and was still among the top favorites in 1939 with THE LITTLE PRINCESS. She was practically a national institution and no other child star has ever matched her in terms of sheer popularity. Neil
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