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Everything posted by smokey15

  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 alon
  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 Paramou
  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
  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
  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
  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!
  16. Does anyone know if there was some footage or possibly even a reel missing from the Unknown last night? TCM had the film listed at about 67 minutes but I don't even think it ran more than about 50 minutes. Also, I didn't understand the part when Lon Chaney blackmails the surgeon by threatening to expose him if he doesn't amputate his arms. It seems like there's more to the story than what was shown.
  17. Gloria Swanson was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in "The Trespasser". Now why can't TCM show this film in February during their academy month? It's a United Artists film and they have shown numerous UA films. Usually I avoid February as TCM shows too many recent movies and too many repeats. Now if they'd only show this film and "The Letter" with Jeanne Eagels I'd be glued to the tube.
  18. I have to agree as well. I can't believe Fredric March was never made SOTM on TCM. He has an entire vault of films dating back to the early talkies and moving forward thru the 30's, 40's and 50's. He should definitely be on TCM's roster as a future SOTM soon.
  19. I surely enjoy viewing the candids. Keep up the great work Mongo. A few observations on the last set of photos: It looks like Bridgette Bardot didn't go thru the plastic surgery/botox routines like most of our Hollywood stars. Clark Gable: I read where his teeth were terrible and although his first wife Josephine spent a small fortune to get them fixed they still looked bad. When he went to MGM they finally pulled them all out and gave him dentures. Joan Crawford: I believe this was the photo along with another similar ghastly photo of Joan back in 1974 in some of the papers and magaz
  20. I also enjoyed the film. Great acting from everyone involved and a lot of plot, action and twists in a film that was only over an hour long.
  21. Any ideas on when this movie will premiere on TCM? I sure don't want to miss it.
  22. It is so ridiculous to have these "rights issues" over films almost 80 years old. Surely all the principal parties involved in these issues are long dead. In the meantime these films which so many of us are anxious to view are collecting mothballs or slowly disintegrating into dust.
  23. I would also love to see more of Nancy Carroll's films but unfortunately most of them are early Paramount features owned by Universal. TCM has shown a few of her Columbia films. UCLA showed "Close Harmony" with Nancy and Buddy Rogers in February and Film Forum showed the restored technicolor film "Follow Thru" with Nancy and Buddy a few years ago. I hope TCM is looking to get some of these for viewing. The TCM programmer keeps on saying that they are working on getting some of these old Paramount films from Universal.
  24. Great site; very interesting news stories and tidbits on the stars. Wish you the best of luck on the site. Keep up the great work!!! I really enjoy reading these types of stories and news items.
  25. I am a huge fan of Jean Harlow. I do post but not as much as some people on these boards. I don't think we have to worry about there not being enough Jean Harlow fans. I sure hope TCM is planning ahead for her 100th birthday. Wouldn't it be wonderful if TCM could get permission from some of the other studios to loan out her early rare films for viewing on this special day? How about showing The Saturday Night Kid, Iron Man, Goldie and Three Wise Girls in addition to the MGM Harlow movies? Wouldn't that be great!!! How about us Harlow fans uniting and suggest to TCM via the "suggest a movie"
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