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  1. The replacement for my Kings Row DVD came yesterday and, I'm sorry to say, has the same problems as the first. The flaws are minor and easily overlooked when one becomes engrossed in the film, but I'm surprised they would exist at all, knowing the high standards of WBHV. Is it possible that a batch of the Kings Row DVDs could be flawed and the others be perfectly normal?
  2. Thank you so much. I've processed a request for replacement with Amazon.com; I'll let you know what comes of it.
  3. I received my DVD of Kings Row last Friday, and was I thrilled! I placed it into my DVD player, watched the special features and settled in for a look at the movie. But, alas (sniffle), the picture wiggles, and is disturbed four or five times by a small, grey, horizontal line running through it (one appears during the scene in which Reagan announces his intentions towards Ann Sheridan to her father). This trouble occurs during the run of the feature film only; the special features are quite all right. Has anyone else experienced this, or have I just gotten hold of a faulty DVD?
  4. feaito, A dream reminded me to dig up this thread, and lo, there is your description of Ladd's Great Gatsby, to which I never responded. Thanks so much for posting it. The film sounds so interesting; I hope I can see it sometime.
  5. I just realized yesterday that Victor Kilian is the mustachioed policeman who nearly nabs Claudette Colbert for stealing artichokes in Tovarich (1937). I remember him mostly as the male nurse in This Gun for Hire (1942). Morris Carnovsky, also in Tovarich as the bald and bearded representative of the Bank of France, is forever rooted in my memory as Papa Gershwin in Rhapsody in Blue (1945). He was terrific as the villain of Saigon (1948).
  6. Sue Carol, Alan Ladd's agent and second wife, was the driving force behind his being cast in This Gun for Hire. She had been promoting Ladd for several years, and saw Gun as his big chance. Following is an excerpt from The Films of Alan Ladd by Marilyn Henry and Ron DeSourdis: When Sue brought Alan in for the for the appointment [with director Frank Tuttle], Tuttle wasn't impressed. "He looks too much like a kid who would say, 'Tennis anyone?' He's just not right for the part." Small, blond and boyish, Alan had always looked younger than his age, especially when he smiled. He looked nice.
  7. Character actors are often described as being the faces you know, and the names you can't remember. Thankfully, many of us do now remember their names, but they are often endeared to us through the characters they play. For instance, whenever Irving Bacon comes on the screen, I think "There's Gus!" for Gus was the character he played in Holiday Inn (1942), my favorite movie. Following are several more examples of my illogical memory of character actors. Erik Rhodes is likely to be "skuzee please", the fractured version of "excuse please" he keeps uttering in The Gay Divorcee (1935) Al
  8. What a wonderful thread, songbird2! Two character bits come to mind immediately; both from my favorite film, Holiday Inn (1942). The first is the wonderful comedy scenes performed by Irving Bacon (He will forever be "Gus" to me, the name of his character in the film). A veteran of the horse and buggy age, Gus just can't get the hang of driving a car, prompting Bing Crosby, after much tire screeching and whiplash stops, to remark "This thing will go up and back, but not sideways." Bacon's scenes throughout Holiday Inn are priceless. Next remembered is Louise Beavers, who gives Bing Cros
  9. annelindley, Glad to meet another fan of the great Alan Ladd! The TCMdb is the TCM Movie Database, which can be gotten to by clicking Movie Database at the top of this page, or by using this address: http://tcmdb.com/index.jsp Once there, type Alan Ladd into the searchbox. That should bring you to his page in the database. Then click on any of his film titles. A new page for the specific title will load, and on the right-hand column of that page is the Home Video Vote box. Click "Vote" and enter your e-mail address (which will be kept confidential if you so desire). That's all
  10. Favorite? Oh, I'll have to think about that. But I did see The Snake Pit (1948) for the first time on the day before yesterday, and thought the opening was pretty amazing.
  11. feaito, I'm so eager to hear your thoughts on Ladd's Great Gatsby. Have you seen it yet?
  12. Imitation of Life (1934), with Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers - My goodness, I've never cried so hard over a movie before! Usually I find movies about lives misspent or unfulfilled to be the most sorrowful... Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), Joan Fontaine They Won't Believe Me (1947), Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Rita Johnson, Jane Greer ...but there are some movies that I find inexplicably sad. Nothing Sacred (1937), Carole Lombard and Fredric March Eternally Yours (1939), Loretta Young and David Niven There's a good kind of sad too. So Ends Our Night (1941
  13. Oh, just remembered Reed Hadley. What a wonderful voice!
  14. Lucille Ball had a very distinctive voice; you could pick her out of the crowd in Stage Door while blindfolded. These voices are beautifully distinctive: Alan Ladd Bing Crosby Dana Andrews Myrna Loy Claire Trevor (Can't get over her voice. What did they call it in the TCM Confidential? "Like steel on satin"?) As for slightly annoying, I hate to say it because I love the man, but I've never found Joel McCrea's voice to be particularly wonderful. But it is recognizable.
  15. Rita Hayworth's introduction in Affair in Trinidad (1952) is a knockout. It was her return to the screen after three years of absence: The conga drums begin to beat "Trinidad Lady". A spotlight is cast, and Rita slinks out from behind a lattice with a sultry stare.
  16. Some dance scenes are so wonderful that they make me cry: Never Gonna Dance by Fred and Ginger in Swing Time (1936) Down Argentina Way by the Nicholas Brothers in Down Argentine Way (1940) On the other hand, there are several dance scenes I love to watch after having cried. These make me giddy: Hard to Handle by Fred and Ginger in Roberta (1935) Put Me to the Test by Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly (and later Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers) in Cover Girl (1944) The Boogie Barcarole by Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) They All Laughed by Fred and Ginge
  17. Thank you for your reply, patful! I was kind of hoping someone could tell me which name Mark Stevens was credited under in these shorts. You see, I'm writing an article on Stevens, and wondered if I could use the screen credit as a "plot point". But thanks. It was very kind of you, patful, to provide those links for me. Liz
  18. I'm looking for information on two short films: Food and Magic (1943) and Roaring Guns (1944). I need to know if there is a Richard Stevens or Stephen Richards given screen credit. Can anyone help me? Thanks! Liz
  19. The sister publication of Classic Images once ran an article on Dana Andrews. The magazine is called Films of the Golden Age; the article, "Dana Andrews: Flawed Hero" by Neil Doyle, appeared in issue number 25 (Summer 2001). You can visit the FGA website at www.filmsofthegoldenage.com Isn't Dana Andrews wonderful?! One of my favorites, says she with a sigh. His performance in Night Song was incredible (though I have to warn you, the aforementioned article pans that film). For his scenes as the blind pianisit, Dana wore contact lenses which actually rendered him sightless. He was a great ac
  20. Looking through the TCMdb, I notice that one of my favorite actors, Mark Stevens, is listed as being in the cast of Destination Tokyo as an "Admiral's aide". Try as I might, I can't see anyone who looks even remotely like Mark Stevens around any of the Admirals in the film. The closest match to the Stevens profile, that I can find, is the fellow who records John Ridgley's broadcasted message on the U.S.N. Hornet. Can anyone confirm this? Also, I need to know where Mark (then billed as Stephen Richards) appears in The Doughgirls. Is he the handsome soldier that Craig Stevens drags in to be
  21. There are so many ways to play a romantic scene: with a look, a kiss, with dialogue or a song. While it's certainly not the "most romantic", one of my favorite scenes is from It's Love I'm After (1937). Leslie Howard is trying desperately to disillusion a twitterpated Olivia de Havilland. So, he points out a beauty mark on her cheek, saying, "I cannot abide a woman with moles." Olivia tells him off and runs to her room in tears, where she is followed by fianc? Patric Knowles. As he enters, she is studying her reflection in the mirror, deciding that Leslie Howard must be right after all. "
  22. RespectShemp, I don't really know much about Old Time Radio, just a bit about Ladd on the radio. You're right, it is grand to hear the stars reprise their screen roles for the Radio Theatre. In some cases, the Lux Radio Theatre has enabled me to listen to the listen to the adaptation of a film I haven't been able to get hold of; for instance, And Now Tomorrow starring Ladd and Loretta Young. On the other hand, it gives fans a chance to see what a film might of been like with different players, as with the radio version of Casablanca with Ladd, Hedy Lamarr and John Loder. My favorite pa
  23. You're right, Shemp. Alan did have a great voice. I love listening to the Box 13 radio shows. I understand Alan contributed to the scripts of the shows quite a bit. His appearances on the Burns & Allen Show are hilarious! And, as always, he was wonderful on the Lux Radio Theatre, doing all kinds of different voices for the various characters he played. I was hardly able to recognize him at the start of the Lux Radio version of Coney Island. Thanks for listing your favorites! You know, that's the second time you've mentioned Drum Beat, so this time I'm going to pick up on your cue and
  24. Regarding Alan's height, was it something talked about by the public in the days of his stardom, or was it like vocal dubbing, which has come to light only recently? There's a bit written about it in Director Tay Garnett's book, Light Your Torches and Pull Up Your Tights: "He [Alan] was generous, gentle, considerate, possessed of both a fantastic screen personality and a delightful spontaneous wit. He wasn't the tallest man ever to face a camera, but he was superbly built--an Atlas in miniature. Like many a talented man who feels Nature has shortchanged him, Alan had a hangup about his
  25. moirafinnie6, Thank you for your excellent and thought-provoking post. It's true, there was great sadness in the man, an angle of his personality which may have been made popular because of the apathetic sort of roles he played on the screen. But I don't believe Alan Ladd would have wanted to be remembered as a tragedy. Wanda Henrix once said of him, "He was a charming, sweet man, and he was nine feet tall to those who knew him." That's how I like to remember him. RespectShemp, Thank you for telling me about Red Mountain. The stills I've seen from Red Mountain in my copy of The Fil
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