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A United Artists Retrospective Scrapbook: 1941


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Louis Hayward, Joan Bennett, and George Sanders started 1941 going with a swashbuckler, The Son of Monte Cristo.

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Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis, and Patsy Kelly were off to the circus in Road Show.

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Martha Scott was a dedicated teacher in Cheers for Miss Bishop.

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Fredric March, Margaret Sullivan, Frances Dee, Glenn Ford, Erich von Stroheim, and Anna Sten  astarred in So Ends Our Night, which was another one of the early anti-Nazi (and one of the most outspokenly so) films to come out before America joined the war.

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Topper returns was the final of the ghost comedy series, again with Roland Young, just this time with Joan Blondell.

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Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard were teamed for the musical Pot O' Gold

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Merle Oberon, Fredric March, and Burgess Meredith starred in That Uncertain Feeling, a comedy from Lubitsch.

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Vivien Leigh was the notorious Lady Hamilton and Laurence Oliver was her Lord Nelson in a sweeping and engrossing saga of their involvement with one another. (The stars married off screen around this time)

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Major Barbara was a piece of barbed satire from George Bernard Shaw's play, well acted by Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton, and film-debuting Deborah Kerr.

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Broadway Limited was the saga of much  mayhem that occured on a train.

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Kukan was a documentary about how China was fighting against Japan.

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Sailors Three was a war comedy from England.

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Alan Curtis was Franz Schubert in the biopic The Great Awakening.

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Tanks a Million was what was known as a streamliner, a short film, in this case a war comedy, made quickly and on a low budget. Hal Roach made many of these in the war years.

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Merle Oberon played the gamut in Lydia going from being a young girl to an elderly woman. Joseph Cotten and Edna May Oliver were also in the cast.

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Ilona Massey was an enemy spy in International Lady.

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Niagara Falls was another short streamlined comedy.

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Gene Tierney and George Sanders were in Sundown, a war-set film that was a big critical hit.

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All American Co-Ed was another streamliner comedy, this one also a war film, and a musical, thus hitting three nails simultaneously.

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Miss Polly was one of the shortest streamliners. Only 45 minutes.

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The Corsican Brothers found Douglas Fairbanks Jr. appearing in the type of swashbucker his father was famed for.

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Gaiety (also known as Fiesta) was another musical quickie that was only 45 minutes.

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1941 closed with Von Sternberg's The Shanghai gesture, a film noir with Gene Tierney, Victor Mature, Walter Huston, and Ona Munson.

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Lots of product from Hal Roach's studio. I read something where his most frequently used working title was "Road Show" which had been used for ZENOBIA. Only this time, he couldn't think of a better title so the Adolphe Menjou comedy remained as ROAD SHOW.

I haven't seen INTERNATIONAL LADY but it looks interesting.

MISS POLLY was a pseudo-sequel to a streamliner earlier in the year called NIAGARA FALLS. Miss Polly was 45 minutes and NIAGARA FALLS was 43 minutes. They were edited together later, and Roach re-released them as a full feature-length comedy.

The streamliners were created to give audiences a double bill where the main film was over 2 1/2 hours long. 

BROADWAY LIMITED is a great comedy with a superior cast. There's a very funny scene where ZaSu Pitts and Patsy Kelly are in bed together with a baby.

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