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About smokey15

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  1. If we start to eliminate movies from the past because of today's social correctness (or however you want to call it) then we might as well destroy most all of them. We might as well eliminate "Gone With The Wind" since it sympathizes with the South and naturally the South wanted to maintain slavery. And we also loath the character of "Mammy" with her perennial rag on the head and slang. Lets also get rid of "The Jazz Singer". Even though it's a landmark film and known as the birth of the talkies it portrays a Jewish man in blackface. Both versions of "Imitation Of Life" should be banned along with "Birth Of A Nation". We should also destroy the "Our Gang" shorts since they also portray blacks in an unflattering manner. Don't stop there! What about movies which glorify war and movies which show war from the German side? We also should get rid of all westerns which glorify the American cowboy and show the American Indian as a "scalper". We should also get rid of any movies which show gays as "pansies" (ie. Franklin Pangborn). Any movies showing overweight people in an unflattering way should also be banned. And on and on and on. Naturally I'm being sarcastic. These movies need to be taken in the proper context. They are a part of history. Most of us I would assume are intelligent enough to know that they are not always flattering to certain groups but we can still watch them without getting so outraged. Lighten up!! I have watched "Showboat" several times and never once did I get all hell-bent and angry. It is a musical based on a popular play and so I enjoy it for the music, singing and dancing.
  2. I agree with "Sweet Mauritius". Please, no Katherine Hepburn this August. We see enough of her. It was a rare treat to get a day with Marie Dressler as we did last August. I was glued to the TV all day that particular day. Even took a day off from work to make sure I'd be around to not only tape but watch. More seldom shown stars especially pre code stars would be much appreciated.
  3. Marion Davies Constance Bennett Janet Gaynor Jean Harlow Anita Page Joan Blondell Thelma Todd Nancy Carroll Clara Bow Alice Faye Tyrone Power William Haines John Gilbert Ramon Novarro Will Rogers W.C. Fields Fredric March Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
  4. I had always thought that "The Trial Of Mary Dugan" with Norma Shearer was not shown due to some type of legal or copywright issues. I was shocked to hear that TCM did show it. Unfortunately my cable system didn't offer TCM until late 1995 so I missed out on a lot of rare oldies from TCM's first year. Since it has been shown why doesn't TCM show it anymore? It's Norma's first talkie and TCM has always shown Norma's films on a regular basis. If anyone remembers seeing it what was the print like? Did anyone tape it?
  5. I sure would love to go to Film Forum again to see some of the movies they'll be showing. Unfortunately I can't due to the short notice as I live in another state. But I did get to go twice in the last three years for a few of their festivals and it was awesome. I went for their respectives on "Paramount Pre Codes" and "Fox Pre codes" in July 2005 and December 2006 respectively. They showed several rare films. During Paramount's festival there I went primarily to see Clara Bow but also got to see W.C. Fields and Miriam Hopkins. Among the rare gems they showed was "Kick In" Clara's last Paramount film in which it was said during filming she suffered a nervous breakdown. The film was a failure at the time and tanked at the box office. It had not been shown in more than 70 years when it was finally dusted off and restored. The print was of pristine quality and Clara's performance was top rate. More can be read about the film and user's comments in the Internet Movie Database but I will say I wish they would release this film on DVD as it's one of the earliest forms of "film noir" popular in the late 40's. During Fox's Pre Code festival I saw many other rare gems such as "Goldie" with Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy and "Hoopla" Clara's last film. Twentieth Century Fox rarely if ever shows any of it's Fox films so this festival was especially appealing. What I also loved about these festivals were the people. It was so exciting to be talking with other old film lovers as myself. I don't have anyone here in my city who enjoys these films as much as I do so it was a treat to discuss many aspects of the films and their stars with other old movie lovers. I was also very impressed by the diverse group of people there. There were people of all ages; from college students to golden agers and everything in between. It was very heartwarming to see that these films appeal to such a wide age range, not just to older adults. If anyone has a chance to go and see these films on the big screen I would sure encourage them to attend. Not only will they enjoy these films but they'll also enjoy the company of other old movie lovers.
  6. I know that TCM has shown "Aggie Appleby: Maker Of Men" because I recorded it several years ago. TCM has never shown the MGM movies "Caught Short" and "Christopher Bean" with Marie Dressler, "The Trial Of Mary Dugan" with Norma Shearer and "His Glorious Night" with John Gilbert". From what I read at one time or another "Christopher Bean" and "The Trial Of Mary Dugan" are not shown due to some legal/copywright issues as is the case with "Letty Lynton" (also an MGM movie).
  7. It's sad that John Gilbert wasn't able to re-invent himself as other stars had done. I can imagine him in sophisticated comedy such as "The Thin Man" series which went to William Powell. Powell himself started off in villainous roles while at Paramount. He was let go from Paramount and went to Warner Bros where he played in heavy handed drama such as "One Way Passage" with Kay Francis. Warners also let him go and he went to MGM who at first did not know what to do with him. By the time he arrived at MGM in 1934 he was already 42 years old (7 years older than Gilbert). By coincidence or luck or whatever he suddenly became "hot" again in the genre of sophisticated comedy. Had Gilbert still been under contract with MGM at that time maybe he might have landed the role as Nick Charles and gone on into a new phase of his career. Sadly, this was not to be.
  8. Does anyone else think that actor Richard Cromwell resembles Leonardo DiCaprio? I sure do. Thanks again Mongo for all your candids. It's my favorite thread. I always check this thread first before I go to any of the others.
  9. I have to admit that I wasn't too enthused about viewing this movie from what I had read about it. I didn't think I'd care for it considering the religious overtones and other than Marie Prevost I had never heard of any of the other principal actors. But I did decide to watch it and record it too. I am so glad I did. Once I began watching it I couldn't keep myself away from the TV set. It was fabulous. The movie itself was in pristine condition. The recorded music was pretty good and I thought all the principal actors were marvelous.The scenes with the fire kept me spellbound as it was all so realistic. After the movie was over I couldn't wait to check the Internet Movie Database to find out more about the actors. All in all I am very glad I decided to stay up and watch it. Even better, I have a copy recorded to watch it again and again whenever I want.
  10. I always enjoyed Ginger Rogers in her films with Fred Astaire along with a few of the Warner Bros. musicals she made in the 1930's. But I really grew to enjoy her even more after watching a few of her other films. Last night I watched "Kitty Foyle" and "Bachelor Mother" and loved both of them. She certainly deserved the Oscar for her performance in "Kitty Foyle". She was multi talented: she could dance, sing, play comedy and play drama. Very few actresses have that range of talent. I really don't think she gets the credit she deserves.
  11. I love this thread! Many times I try to guess who the people are before I read the captions below the photos. When I saw the photo of Marie Ouspenskaya I at first thought it was Wallace Beery in some weird costume or even in drag. LOL. She resembles him in that photo.
  12. smokey15

    Wallace Reid

    I have been reading a biography on Wallace Reid. He was a very popular actor in the late 1910's and early 1920's. Sadly, he is only remembered as one of the earliest actors to die from the effects of drug use. Most of his films are considered "lost". I was wondering if anyone on these boards might know what films with Wally still survive? His bio gives a listing of all his films but doesn't state which ones are still in existance. Message was edited by: smokey15
  13. Even though I love Jean Harlow I do agree that in her earlier years she had a "hard look" to her. I really liked the way she looked in her last few years; she was toned down and her natural beauty was allowed to shine thru. I also enjoyed watching Louise Closser Hale in this movie. I had wondered why I don't see or hear much of her. I went to the Internet Movie Database and found out that she died in 1933 at the age of 60; the cause of her death was listed as heat prostration (whatever that is). It's a shame that she died so early. She had her own unique brand of humor as did Marie Dressler and May Robson.
  14. Yes, I did notice this. I was expecting the usual lady with the torch along with the familiar background music at the opening. I also noticed the ending didn't have the Columbia logo either. After I viewed the movie I even checked the Internet Movie Database to see if this was some independent or United Artists movie. Does anyone know why this movie lacks the familiar Columbia labels?
  15. Did anyone see "Platinum Blonde" this morning on TCM? It is one of Frank Capra's early efforts; a great early screwball comedy. It's too bad they chose to air it early in the morning. A movie such as this by the great director should have received a prime time viewing. But I'm happy they aired it!
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