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Everything posted by neilelmhr

  1. Too bad TCM wasn't able to get a hold of her best films. I think the tribute is somewhat lacking, don't you? I mean without Jane Eyre, Frenchman's Creek, The Affairs of Susan, Letter from an Unknown Woman (her greatest, IMO), Something to Live For and Ivy, what's left are mediocre at best--including the B-films. She had exactly five seconds of screen time in No More Ladies which began the tribute. They've shown Rebecca and Suspicion over and over again. On the bright side, at least even the minor films show that Joan Fontaine was certainly lovely in her prime. Neil
  2. Today is the first time in weeks that I've been able to post in the Forums. Every time I try to post I get the LogIn request all over again, even after giving correct password. Very discouraged. Had to change my screen name in order to resume posting and even now it's only once in awhile that I'm able to actually post anything. Today was a rare exception! Somebody really has to fix this thing. Neil Doyle Elmhurst, NY
  3. All I can say is it's about time! Bette Davis was getting these kind of tributes when she was in her seventies. De Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner and the woman who fought WB for her freedom and changed the studio contract system forever, had to wait until two weeks before her 90th birthday! I love Olivia and hope her fans will be pleased with the long overdue tribute from the Academy. De Havilland was also overlooked by the AFI in its selection of top stars. I love Jack Matthews comment in the Daily News when she was omitted: "Ava Gardner, but not Olivia de Havilland? Are the
  4. The book is a pitiful bit of trash, full of errors and typos. Don't waste your money on it. Writer wrote some fan letters to Joan, got a few thank you replies. That about sums up his knowledge of Fontaine (and de Havilland). Neil
  5. Well said, Gypsy. I too hope that Larry doesn't quit. His love for movies is obvious--but it's also about time that someone had enough gumption to suggest that he put a little more effort into his posting habits. And you did that job brilliantly. Certain posters here and on the IMDb board are notoriously bad when it comes to expressing themselves in simple sentences. And usually it's more than just a typo here and there. The art of communication seems to be disappearing and it's exasperating to read some of the posts here. And yet, I bet plenty of you are just shrugging and saying, so what
  6. I'm sorry you're here "to disuse films". It would be better if you were here to discuss them!!! In other words, Gypsy has a point. Neil P.S. - And by the way, "I'am" is not correct either. The contraction is "I'm". Yours for better grammar and spelling...so good luck!
  7. Same old thing. I log in and then it goes to "Guest" and says I can't post message I've written. What the hell is going on here? I'm really disgusted and it's like talking to a stone wall to complain about anything. Very bad service here! Neil Doyle (neilelmhr)
  8. I've seen it too, feaito, after ordering it from some "hard to find" outlet. Disappointed though. The film itself is murky looking, the soundtrack is bad and I got the opposite impression from the film after expecting it to be quite a gem. I like Joan Fontaine but thought her other best works were far better than her awkward Tessa here. LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN remains my favorite. Hard to say whether a good print of THE CONSTANT NYMPH would change my mind, but I wasn't impressed. I understand Fontaine considers it her favorite film but I found it a tedious letdown. I thought Alexis S
  9. What bothers me most about KATHARINE HEPBURN is that she seemed to received her Oscars for the wrong movies. For example, ON GOLDEN POND or THE LION IN WINTER--neither one, in my opinion, qualified for an Oscar. As Bette Davis once remarked, Hepburn should have won for ALICE ADAMS over Davis in DANGEROUS. Whatever the prevailing sentiment in Hollywood was at the time, Hepburn won but, for some reason, not in her best roles. I think SUMMERTIME and THE AFRICAN QUEEN were much more deserving of Best Actress awards. And, no, I don't think she was a great actress if, by that definition, you
  10. My favorite ARTHUR KENNEDY performance is in a film nobody sees any more unless they have TCM--the one in which he plays Branwell Bronte in DEVOTION. The film stars Ida Lupino and Olivia de Havilland as Emily and Charlotte Bronte--but Arthur Kennedy is superb as the brother who wastes his talent.
  11. It was David Opal. His picture can be seen if you do a Google search under the heading "Streaker at '74 Oscar awards." They spell his name Opal, with an "a".
  12. You mean you sat through a musical when you don't like ALW's music in order to watch the relatively unknown Gerard Butler with a mask over his face??? Give me a break! Neil
  13. Speaking of twin sisters in A STOLEN LIFE ('46), that same year Olivia de Havilland played twins (one of whom is psychotic) suspected of murder in THE DARK MIRROR with Lew Ayres as the psychiatrist who falls in love with the normal twin. Well worth watching but rarely ever shown on TV these days. Amazing trick photography, although I think the stunts were done even better in A STOLEN LIFE. Neil
  14. Give it time. Like many films that received less than enthusiastic reviews when first released (for whatever reasons), PHANTOM will do well in DVD sales because the show itself has a huge following...and many ALW fans loved the movie. As for myself, I plan on getting the DVD sometime this month. I thought it was deserving of much higher praise than the critics were willing to give it. The sets and costumes were clearly among the year's best.
  15. Flynn was never nominated for an Academy Award although many think that his legendary ROBIN HOOD deserved a Best Actor award nomination. ELIZ. AND ESSEX was nominated for several Oscars in technical categories including color cinematography, sets and music. Speaking of ROBIN HOOD, I think Basil Rathbone certainly deserved an Oscar nomination as Sir Guy of Gisbourne. He was fantastic. Neil
  16. I find CITIZEN KANE a very uneven film and the story not as engrossing as it ought to be. I certainly don't agree with the status it has as "the greatest film of all time" despite some then innovative techniques in story-telling. The whole film has the cold, clinical feeling of a documentary and the Rosebud ending is a letdown for me.
  17. I find CITIZEN KANE a very uneven film and the story not as engrossing as it ought to be. I certainly don't agree with the status it has as "the greatest film of all time" despite some then innovative techniques in story-telling. The whole film has the cold, clinical feeling of a documentary and the Rosebud ending is a letdown for me.
  18. Always admired Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine but prefer Olivia as far as beauty and talent is concerned. Joan had a few good films in the '40s but Olivia outdistanced her with a greater number of excellent roles. The new Flynn DVD ought to bring Olivia lots of new fans since she is at her most beautiful in some of those Warner films with Flynn--and always delivers a fine performance.
  19. I'm surprised in view of all the publicity over the new ERROL FLYNN SIGNATURE COLLECTION DVD that no one has even mentioned Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Just finished watching a few of their films and agree with the film historians that they were two of the most romantic duos during the '30s and early '40s. Others that I like: Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel Gene Kelly and Judy Garland Neil
  20. hollyholt1986: Agree about DODGE CITY--and how she was always able to make so much more out of those ingenue roles with Flynn than was in the script. Her Abbie Irving in that one was a delight. Always so much expression in her eyes. And yes, I did see THE MALE ANIMAL although it's not one of my favorites. I thought she was photographed even more flatteringly in IN THIS OUR LIFE with those huge close-ups of her reactions to Bette Davis' tantrums!
  21. Watching CAPTAIN BLOOD, I'm reminded of a remark Basil Rathbone made in his bio on working with Olivia de Havilland on that film: "You couldn't possibly imagine a more enchantingly beautiful young girl." She gets my heart. As anybody who has seen CAPTAIN BLOOD, ROBIN HOOD, or any of those films she did with Flynn, will probably agree. She also happened to be a fine actress, even at an early age and with just a little stage experience behind her. Neil
  22. Everybody is always saying how much they "love" Olivia de Havilland but then they forget to include her when it comes to posts like this. She won a lot of hearts with CAPTAIN BLOOD and ROBIN HOOD, not to mention loads of other films. Anyway, my personal favorite brunette is Olivia de Havilland. Seems like she's getting a lot of extra mention these days what with the Flynn celebration going on! Neil
  23. I wouldn't say RONALD REAGAN was breathtakingly beautiful, but he was certainly handsome in many of his Warner films, no matter what you think of him politically. And OLIVIA de HAVILLAND, in all of her films with Errol Flynn, certainly fit the definition of breathtakingly beautiful. Who can forget the balcony scene from THE ADV. OF ROBIN HOOD where Lady Marian has an unexpected visitor. Olivia was radiant in that scene especially. Years later, she was still very much the beauty when RICHARD BURTON climbed to her balcony in MY COUSIN RACHEL to give her the family jewels. (Tiara and all!
  24. Favorite heroic Captain is, of course, Errol Flynn as CAPTAIN BLOOD. Favorite "baddies" are Captain Queeg (especially when he starts playing with marbles) in THE CAINE MUTINY and Captain Bligh, as played by the great Charles Laughton in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. Another memorable skipper was Edw. G. Robinson in THE SEA WOLF. Neil
  25. I have his commentary on the DVDs of THE ADV. OF ROBIN HOOD and GWTW--as well as his books INSIDE WARNER BROS. and MEMO FROM DARRYL F. ZANUCK--and my only criticism is that he tends to be almost too detailed in his film commentary. Not only that, but instead of directing his comments toward the scene taking place on the screen he goes off on a tangent describing production costs, history of a performer, etc. at a time when you want him to make a comment on the current scene where you know there is an anecdote that he is failing to mention. Do you know what I mean??? Does anyone else f
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