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  1. THE CORN IS GREEN (1945) And one for us Protestants: MR. LEMON OF ORANGE (1931) Message was edited by: coffeedan (who's wearing orange today)
  2. THE RIVER is on the flip side of the SEVENTH HEAVEN disc. It's the same presentation as on the Edition Filmmuseum disc released last year.
  3. Over the years that I've been posting on the TCM boards, I've noticed that most of the complaints about TCM fall into two basic categories: 1. TCM plays too many "new" movies. 2. TCM repeats too many movies. If you think about it, the first complaint is the result of the second, and vice versa. When TCM plays new movies, they rarely repeat. When TCM shows a lot of old movies at any given time, many of them are repeats, especially if you've been watching TCM for a long period of time. I look at it this way: When TCM repeats, I'm thankful that they're showing older movies. When t
  4. > {quote:title=musicalnovelty wrote:}{quote} > "His Glorious Night" does exist in a nice restored 35mm print that was shown in August 2007 at the Capitolfest in Rome, New York (and boy is it creaky! But you do have to see it once.) As was just posted, MGM sold the remake rights to Paramount, but I don't think it ever was remade. > Paramount remade HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT in 1960 as A BREATH OF SCANDAL, and it's available on DVD.
  5. Yes, back in the summer of 2000, TCM ran an exhaustive Bowery Boys retrospective (I remember they called it "The Bowery Boys of Summer"). I never knew they made so many movies!
  6. kbofu, First of all, how long ago did you cancel the threads? Depending on the time of day of your cancellation, sometimes you can still get updates for one or two days, then they stop. If that's not the problem, go back into "Your Watches," click "Save" on all your remaining threads, and hit "Update." That should take care of the problem -- it worked for me!
  7. > {quote:title=faceinthecrowd wrote:}{quote} > About that four person performance in HUMORESQUE, that was also done in DECEPTION, in which Paul Henreid was a cellist playing a concerto written by an egotistical composer named Hollenius (reportedly based on Jean Sibelius), who was played to the hilt by Claude Rains. > > The concerto was written by Erich Korngold and performed by Eleanor Aller Slatkin. As in HUMORESQUE, two performers crouched behind Henreid, each one extending an arm around him. > Oh NO! This is more of a howler than HUMORESQUE! In the case of DECE
  8. A reminder to all that DOWNSTAIRS, definitely John Gilbert's best talkie (and the most fun) is airing tomorrow at 7:15 am EST on TCM. In anticipation of that event, I thought I would post Frederick James Smith's review of the film from the Nov. 12, 1932 issue of Liberty magazine: * * 1/2 (out of four) DOWNSTAIRS Jack Gilbert was one of the first stars to climb recklessly into the movie machine and ride into a crash. He has yet to live down that first vocal joy ride. Worried by the sort of stories he has been getting, Gilbert decided to write his own. He provides himself with the
  9. I love HUMORESQUE, having been a working violinist who was something of a troublemaker myself, just like John Garfield. And for that reason, I don't believe the stories I've heard about John Garfield and the two violinists who are supposed to have played for him. True, Isaac Stern did actually play the music in the film, and you can see close-ups of just his hands playing the violin in some scenes. But three people could never play the same violin -- get together with two of your friends and try it some time. Playing the violin is a very tactile endeavor. You not only have to hold the
  10. I think all you have to do is examine the chronology and surrounding facts to realize that the reported Gilbert/Mayer fracas at KIng Vidor and Eleanor Boardman's wedding probably didn't happen Vidor and Boardman were married on September 8, 1926. John Gilbert and Greta Garbo had started shooting FLESH AND THE DEVIL on August 9. As Lynn pointed out earlier, that's only a month from first meeting (supposedly) to wedding bells, which seems out of step for the shy and retiring Garbo -- especially since she was still grieving over her sister's recent death. She had just finshed working on he
  11. The absence of SAFE IN HELL on this set may be due to lack of pre-production materials. According to Richard P. May, former head of preservation at MGM and Turner Entertainment, the only source for SAFE IN HELL is a print in the Library of Congress that "had seen better days." TCM's broadcast print is a duplicate of that LoC print. Knowing Warner Home Video's usual high standards of quality, we may have to wait for better materials to surface before we get SAFE IN HELL on DVD.
  12. Well, I can't argue with most of the titles here. WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD, HEROES FOR SALE, MIDNIGHT MARY, and even FRISCO JENNY (I will watch Ruth Chatterton in anything) are all good choices I like THE PURCHASE PRICE more for George Brent than Barbara Stanwyck; she's good, but not quite believable as a torch singer. Brent gives his most atypical performance here -- a decent guy with post-nasal drip, and he makes the most of it. Only George . . . The ringer here is OTHER MEN'S WOMEN, but I can see why it was included in a William Wellman package: it's an early film for both Wellman (
  13. > {quote:title=Scottman wrote:}{quote} > I don't believe that MGM actively tried to sabotage Gilbert's career. Since they were saddled with Gilbert's enormous salary, I would expect that being reasonably good business men Mayer and Thalberg would not purposely try to throw money away making bad pictures. The fact that MGM hired Mervyn LeRoy to direct GENTLEMAN'S FATE shows that they were willing to borrow a "hot" director (LITTLE CAESAR and FIVE STAR FINAL) to try and make the film a success. > I feel that on some level, MGM did not know what to do with John Gilbert after his "gre
  14. I'm really glad to see so many John Gilbert fans posting here! I think if we all got together and lobbied TCM, we'd see a John Gilbert feature on TCM in a few months' time -- especially so if they get the broadcast rights to BARDELYS THE MAGNIFICENT! But at the same time, I'm disheartened to see so many of the old myths and misperceptions about Gilbert's career in this thread, and I think it's time to clear the air. I've found through research dating back almost 30 years that about half of what people here know about Gilbert either isn't true or needs clarification. This is my attempt t
  15. Adela Rogers St. Johns wrote a biography of Barbara La Marr that was serialized in four parts in Liberty magazine in 1928. Although I have all four installments, I've read only the first two. So far as I know, it's the only substantial biography of La Marr -- great assortment of pictures, too . . .
  16. Finally watched GENTLEMAN'S FATE yesterday, and found myself fascinated by John Gilbert all over again. I think the brotherly relationship between him and Louis Wolheim worked better on film than it did on paper -- a real tribute to both men's talents. The fight scene in the hotel room worked particularly well, despite some choppy editing. After I watched this film, I got out Mervyn LeRoy's previous film, LITTLE CAESAR, and noticed a great similarity in his direction of both films. Lots of low angle shots, and at least one framing shot in GENTLEMAN'S FATE, where LeRoy shot a scene with
  17. coffeedan

    Wallace Reid

    > {quote:title=gagman66 wrote:}{quote} > Yes, that's the guy. The studio doctors were to blame, for keeping him supplied with the stuff in the first place. I'm not so quick in blaming the studio doctors. True, they did administer morphine to Reid after he injured his neck and back, so that he could complete the film he was working on. But when he was finished, it was all too obvious Reid was hooked on the morphine, so the studio checked him into a sanitarium for treatment. The only safe way to quit a morphine habit is to take gradually smaller and smaller doses of the drug und
  18. > {quote:title=mdffyx wrote:}{quote} > Haven't checked the Vitaphone films site lately, but was always under the impression that Warners/First National was all-talking by 1929 even though not sound-on-film, but vitaphone discs. Same for MGM in US, but dont know if their sound medium was cylinder or disc. Not quite. In fact, Warner Brothers took a giant step backward at one point. In an item in the December 19, 1928 issue of Variety, they announced that they were going back to part-talking films after releasing several all-talking features, saying that in the future, their pictur
  19. > {quote:title=Scottman wrote:}{quote} > HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT is held up from viewing because of some rights issues, otherwise MGM still has the film. I believe it was supposed to play at a Cinecon here in LA several years ago, but was not shown due to the rights entanglements. Paramount bought HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT from MGM not long after its theatrical run, and remade the film as A BREATH OF SCANDAL in 1960. A clip of HGN was included in the 1993 documentary MGM: WHEN THE LION ROARS. One of the closing credits reads: "HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT -- courtesy of Paramount Pictures." The fi
  20. I'd like to see a "live" Silent Sunday Night. Bring in one of today's noted silent film accompanists like Phil Carli, James Drazin, Donald Sosin, or even 95-year-old Bob Mitchell. (Or maybe even the Mont Alto Orchestra. with arranger/conductor Rodney Sauer and a couple of his fellow musicians speaking for the group.) Let them talk about the film in general and especially the musical principles they will use to accompany this particular silent film. Then they take their places, the lights go down, and we watch the film with their LIVE accompaniment, right there in the studio. The prime-
  21. > {quote:title=shearerchic04 wrote:}{quote} > Can someone tell me what the promotion code is for the Deep Discount sale? I tried PRICESEARCH, but it didn't work. It'd me much appreciated. Thanks. The sale code for DVD Planet is 20OFFSALE. UPDATE: Sorry! I was reading this wrong. Some other codes that work for the Deep Discount sale are JUNEDEAL and DEAL. Message was edited by: coffeedan
  22. George Feltenstein, Warner Home Video's senior VP in charge of programming, said in a live chat in 2007 at the Digital Bits website that he'd like to release two Forbidden Hollywood collections each year, so maybe we'll see another FH collection soon.
  23. Well, just as not every day can be Sunday, not every day can be a pre-code day. Remember that TCM has a large and diverse audience to please. But you do have a few days that lean heavily toward pre-codes. And you missed a couple. On August 4, HOLLYWOOD REVUE features John Gilbert, William Haines, and Marion Davies among the many. And Haines and Leila Hyams also star in THE GIRL SAID NO later that same day. But better times are comin' -- Kay Francis will be Star of the Month for September . . .
  24. I remember one time, about eight years ago, that AMC and TCM showed THE LITTLE PRINCESS with Shirley Temple in almost exactly the same time slot! It started on AMC at 7:15 am and on TCM at 7:30 am. I caught it on AMC, and liked one musical number so much I switched over to TCM to see it again!
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