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  1. FRANCES FARMER (nut house, alcoholic) HAROLD LOCKWOOD (Spanish Influenza) RUDOLPH VALENTINO (peritonitis) MARION DAVIES (citizen kane) WILLIAM HAINES (louis b. mayer) BESSIE SMITH (jim crow) MAE MURRAY (talkies) CHARLIE CHAPLIN (politics) LILYAN TASHMAN (cancer)
  2. Whether the filmmakers changed Shaw's ending is one thing, but droning on and on about the "subservient" aspects of a character in a story is a waste of time. The ending of the play was changed during its run in London in 1914 against Shaw's wishes because audience wanted a happy ending. Eliza was never meant to marry Higgins. Mrs. Patrick Campbell was the original Eliza and she was in her late 40s when she debuted the role. The character of Eliza has been consistently sentimentalized (younger and prettier) over time and is not at all what Shaw imagined.
  3. OK. Nearly every article, review, etc of the film Mank refers to Marion Davies as a starlet. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore. https://silentroomdotblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/24/marion-davies-was-no-starlet/
  4. Of course there's no video of June Havoc's 1963 Broadway production of Marathon '33 but here's a shot of Julie Harris and Lee Allen from that show.
  5. June Havoc, sister of Gypsy Rose Lee, wrote Early Havoc and published it in 1959 recalling her experience with dance marathons when she was a has-been and broke in 1933. The book became the Broadway play Marathon '33, in 1963 starring Julie Harris. Whether this had any influence on the Horses novel by Horace McCoy and the film is anyone's guess.
  6. Not a big fan of Red Buttons, but he's terrific in this film. He scored a Golden Globe nom but didn't get the Oscar bid. Interesting that if he had been nominated along with Gig Young, the winner might have been someone different. Young and Buttons would have been up against Jack Nicholson for EASY RIDER, Anthony Quayle for ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, and Elliott Gould for BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE. Buttons would likely have replace Rupert Crosse for THE REIVERS. Nicholson and Gould were in "counter-culture" films and Quayle for an historical drama. Ig Buttons and Young had cancel
  7. Fonda was coming off Barbarella. What a sea change in her career!
  8. One of the best films to capture the look and feel and sound of the Great Depression. And one of the few films to center on a dance marathon. I read that the film holds the record for the most Oscar nominations without getting a best film nomination. Superb performances by Jane Fonda as the beaten-down Gloria, Gig Young as the cynical host, Red Buttons as the old sailor, Susannah York as the actress, Bonnie Bedelia as the pregnant woman, and there's also Michael Sarrazin, Robert Fields, Bruce Dern, Allyn Ann McLerie, Michael Conrad, Madge Kennedy, Al Lewis, Mary Gregory, Jacqueline
  9. Not really...... but they get way more exposure in general than the other silent stars. Could also have added Pickford, Fairbanks, and Valentino. Maybe a salute to D.W. Griffith.
  10. More silents stars: Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson, William Haines, John Gilbert, Richard Barthelmess, Betty Compson, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge, Colleen Moore, Carlyle Blackwell, Lillian Gish, etc.
  11. Ya those fatties sure need that vat of popcorn and synthetic butter glop.
  12. and as I predicted MANK leads with 10 nominations, including Amanda Seyfried as MARION DAVIES.
  14. Let me make it simple for you. Worry more about what's happening now WHICH YOU CAN CHANGE and not so much about old movies WHICH YOU CAN'T CHANGE.
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