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  1. Hi metsfan, Are you an Iturbifan as well as a metsfan? :-) If you mean "The Art of Jose Iturbi" DVD yes, I have it and thanks for asking. It's a terrific collection of several of his performances on the Bell Telephone Hour tv show, and has the added distinction of being the only known existing recording of his own composition, Fantasie, which he had written for Amparo several years before. There is another new release I highly recommend to any Iturbi fans, although you will have to go through Amazon FRANCE to get it. It's called Les Rarissimes de Jose Iturbi, and is a two CD set, d
  2. Larry, I do ride a motorcycle -- but I also DO wear a helmet. You got it half right! The gallery section will probably be last. Right now I'm working on Iturbi's radio performances. I'm not even up to 1940 yet! Thanks for the invite to return. I never meant to drop out, it's just that I am ever-so-SLIGHTLY obsessive and when I get to working on something, it's hard to tear me away. Even my Jenny -- motorcycle extraordinaire -- was sadly neglected while I was rooting out Iturbi's story. Trout
  3. Hello all, I hung out here at TCM for a while and then vanished, but now I'm back with an invitation to see WHY I vanished and what I was doing all that time. This seems like a proper place to explain. When I first popped up here, I mentioned my own fascination with pianist Jose Iturbi. He's all-but forgotten now -- the best place to find his name mentioned is right here at TCM -- but there was a time when his name was a household word. He made seven movies for MGM and gave the world a great time in all of them; he also ghosted piano in two movies, I believe for Columbia. I hope yo
  4. "A Tale of Two Cities" is on TCM Tuesday, Aug 23 at 12:15 p.m. A great movie with Ronald Colman as two lookalikes in love with the same woman during the French Revolution, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel. Basil Rathbone -- a terrific actor I've admired for years -- is utterly despicable as a cruel aristocrat. "Tis a far, far better thing I do..." Trout
  5. Mongo, hope I'm not crowding your turf. But recently some people were asking about film preservation and film history. I just got permission from the fellow I talked to to post his e-mail address. His name is Larry Smith, and he works at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, where there's a film vault for the Library of Congress. Larry's exact words were: "I'm just a vault rat, low down on the totem pole, but sure I can answer some basic questions or pass them onto the reading room in DC where they are happy to field questions all day long." From his signature I believe he's called a "nitrate film sp
  6. Larry, did you know either Walter Pidgeon or Ronald Colman? Any good stuff on either of them? Trout
  7. I've never heard of either of these series, but thank you both for telling me. I just went to Amazon and ordered a couple of books from each author. I love a mystery, and I love old movie actors...what could be better than combining the two? Thanks, both of you! Trout
  8. Go ahead and write the book about Nell, Larry. Forget the rest of the family. Just change her name to Fran! If it worked for Sinclair Lewis, it can work for you too. ;-) Trout Just loving these stories...
  9. Holy cow, Larry! What a fantastic story (about Dodsworth, Ruth Chatterton, and "Nell" ... my gosh, the phrase, "this is not your father's grandma" comes to mind) ;-) I've loved Dodsworth since I saw it first (way the heck back when I was 16 or so...) but never had an inkling that it had such a backstory. And up to now the most interesting thing I knew about Ruth Chatterton was that she and Jose Iturbi dated for a while in the mid-1930's! Thanks, and keep these great stories coming! BTW, I contest your notion that there's no market for books like this. I bet everyone on the TCM boards w
  10. Lux, you are very right. I have that "Great Pianists of the Bell Telephone Hour" DVD as well! Iturbi also did the Ritual Fire Dance in two of his movies, "Two Girls and a Sailor" (in a 2-piano arrangement with sister Amparo) and in "Three Daring Daughters" (another 2-piano arrangement with Amparo but also with an orchestra & chorus). He performed it on several radio programs and recorded it at least three times, as well. I've heard it was kind of his signature song. Recently I picked up a 3-CD set of De Falla compositions and the liner notes mentioned nobody had heard of De Falla's
  11. If I may chime in a bit late, here is a great site: http://www.themave.com/ Not so much quantity, but quality. The gal who runs this site has included tons of photos -- and she is an artist who has even painted portraits of some of her favorite actors. Her portrait of Ronald Colman is breathtaking. She includes write-ups of movies, and in many cases audio and even video clips from them. Not only that (I feel like a commercial for IGEA or something, but wait, there's more!) but she also includes such fascinating things as Edward G. Robinson's granddaughter answering questions about her
  12. Youngin, when my kids were little (I have 3, all grown now) I used to watch old movies and encourage them to watch with me. My oldest son Jere watched "Arsenic and Old Lace" with me and although he was a rather stoic type who rarely showed any emotion, even laughter, he was almost rolling on the floor at that movie and was laughing so hard he was crying. From then on he couldn't get enough old movies -- especially Cary Grant movies, and although Jere's 24 now and in the Army he has a huge classic movie library, with an especially large section on...you guessed it...Cary Grant. :-) My middl
  13. Twinktab, I don't know how one becomes a film historian short of simply knowing more than anybody else about the stuff... ;-) BUT about film preservation, I just learned something. I made an ebay purchase today -- a great lobby card from "Two Girls and a Sailor" -- and it turns out the fellow who sold the card to me works in film preservation. He sent me a website with an article about the place where he works (Library of Congress! Woof!). I hope you find it helpful or at least interesting. Here's the article: http://www.leonardmaltin.com/02-11-02/nitrateFilm.htm Let me know if
  14. <> Well, maybe, but I can't imagine Iturbi putting wads of paper into the piano to change the sound like Ferrante and Teicher. ;-) Having the action so fine that the barest touch of the key dropped it like a hammer, that was the limit of Iturbi's gimmickry (if so it was). The rest of the magic was in his (and his sister's) hands. But yes, they played two-piano pieces frequently, as well as Iturbi conducting for Amparo's soloing. Or Iturbi would play and conduct at the same time. <> That's what I find fascinating. His piano playing hits me in a way nobody else's eve
  15. Wow, what a fascinating topic...I'd pick Shirley McClaine in "Some Came Running," I loved her drunken song in the bar. And Greto Garbo in "Flesh and the Devil" -- boy, did she ever get it in the end tho'. I would say Bette Davis in "Of Human Bondage" and Vivien Leigh in "Waterloo Bridge" but looks like everyone else already swooped them up, and why not, they were great? Oh, here's one: Vivien Leigh again, in "That Hamilton Woman." Definitely a tramp, but I loved her last line, "There is no 'after'." Trout
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