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About mitchellleisen

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  1. I know that it may not be the ideal way to see Lang's Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956), but I did stumble across the entire movie on youtube. Since I don't regard this film as terribly interesting visually, the limitations of youtube don't affect my enjoyment of the suspense, or the ethical and psychological questions explored in this movie, though of course, others may disagree. You can see it in sequence by clicking on the following links: [beyond a Reasonable Doubt Part 1|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWuXngJ2pkw] [beyond a Reasonable Doubt Part 2|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4K
  2. I agree on the questionable substance to the Garbo "mystique". She seems almost wholly a product of the hype machine whose dupes hang on with the ferocity of a pit bull. Well, I should learn to be less cute with my choice of words, although I stand by all of the above. The disputed sentence clearly, in my view, excludes fans of her films and suggests that those fans are out-numbered by those duped by hype. IMO.
  3. I agree on the questionable substance to the Garbo "mystique". She seems almost wholly a product of the hype machine whose dupes hang on with the ferocity of a pit bull.
  4. Film makers today appear, IMO, to be working under a code as rigid and inflexible as the old Production Code, only different. Unless some gratuitous sex, violence or potty humor is included in the screenplay it's not deemed bankable amongst the desired demographic and can't be made. I find that with classic films I do have to bring some attention span to the viewing, be a bit perceptive, and most of all, gather up my adult sensibilities 'cuz not everything is going to be crudely signalled or telegraphed to me.
  5. I forgot one of the very best ever: Alexander Scourby
  6. Douglas Fairbanks Jr had the most annoying faux-Brit accent. Very distracting.
  7. William Conrad, David Janssen, Frank Lovejoy,Charlton Heston, C Aubrey Smith, are a few good ones.
  8. Irene Dunne, whose hair color seemed to change with her lighting.
  9. George Brent! Meek, nasal, and annoying, his voice stamped him as an ineffectual loser. How did he get to Hollywood?
  10. Probably unknown to most here, and more notable for her work on radio and TV, the very much still-with-us Shirley Mitchell, once Leila Ransom to Harold Peary's Great Gildersleeve, had the most enchanting southern voice I've ever heard.
  11. I spotted him in A Guy Named Joe using the same sort of schtick he displayed in Shop Around The Corner.
  12. Davis is definitely the better actress but acting is not what I want most from a film; it's entertainment. And Crawford is more likely to entertain me than Davis.
  13. Irene Dunne, for her charm and sophistication, and that twinkle in her eye and lilt in her voice.
  14. It seems to me that, on film boards especially, people define themselves through lists of favorite performers. Some personalities seem to offer validatation to certain political or psycho-sexual subsets of their audience who don't necessarily have to watch their films to label them with a greatest ever tag.
  15. I value entertainment most and if I notice any acting going on I consider it a director's failure. Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur, William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Frank Morgan, Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Claude Rains, Charles Boyer, Olivia DeHavilland, Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr, and Bette Davis when she restrains herself, are all actors I appreciate.
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