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One Robert Ryan film I wish TCM would show is House of Bamboo.   This 20th Century foreign noir film has a fine cast,  with top notch Japaneses actors.    Ryan plays a character named Sandy Dawson.      I don't wish to give the plot away but Sandy's love interest in this film is all over the map.

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Brian Donlevy

I'm eternally getting this guy confused with Brian Aherne, but I'm trying to think Aherne usually as a little more jaunty, a little Errol Flynn-y, while Donlevy is more of a tough guy, sometimes a lovable lunkhead. Fair enough? I don't want to reduce either actor too much. This looks like it would be a really fun SUTS day, pretty much all genre/not have to think too hard films: Westerns, war, noir/crime, romantic comedy. Many of these films are outside "the library", though. I don't know how easy they would be to assemble. Beau Geste is the only one of these I've ever seen.

Half Angel (20th Century Fox, 1936) - A woman (Frances Dee) is acquitted on charges of poisoning her father, but then her benefactor (Henry Stephenson) is also poisoned. A reporter (Donlevy) has faith in her innocence.
TCM Airings: 0

High Tension (20th Century Fox, 1936) - A brawling lawyer (Donlevy) doesn't want to marry his girlfriend (Glenda Farrell) but also doesn't want her to date other men.
TCM Airings: 0

Beau Geste (Paramount, 1939) - Three adopted English brothers (Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston) join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa after one of them steals the adopted family's famous heirloom sapphire. Donlevy plays the sadistic Sergeant Markoff, leader of the fort (now I know where that former board member got his name from).
TCM Airings: 11

Behind Prison Gates (Columbia, 1939) - A police detective (Donlevy) assumes the identity of a dead bank robber so he can enter a prison and figure out the identities of three other bank robbers the police are looking for. Things are going fine until his also undercover partner (Richard Fiske) ends up dead in his cell with a bullet in his head. He pits the three men he now suspects of being both the robbers and the murderers (Paul Fix, George Lloyd, Ernie Adams) against each other hoping their greed and paranoia will cause them to turn on each other and rat each other out.
TCM Airings: 0

Two Yanks in Trinidad (Columbia, 1942) - Two partners in petty crime (Pat O'Brien, Donlevy) have a falling out. To escape the wrath of the other, one enlists in the US Army, but so does the other, along with his two bodyguards (Frank Jenks, Frank Scully). They're all shipped out to Trinidad, where a Nazi spy ring operation causes the two ex-partners to pool their resources and work together again, as their sense of patriotism outweighs their outrage at each other. A cafe entertainer (Janet Dare) provides female attraction and distraction.
TCM Airings: 0

A Gentleman after Dark (United Artists, 1942) - A greedy woman (Miriam Hopkins) turns in her husband, a jewel thief (Donlevy), for the reward. Her husband's friend, a detective (Preston Foster), adopts the couple's child and raises her as his own. Eighteen years later, the husband, still in prison, finds out his ex-wife is trying to blackmail their daughter (played as an adult by Sharon Douglas). He vows to break out and put a stop to her once and for all.
TCM Airings: 0

Our Hearts Were Growing Up (Paramount, 1946) - Two college students in the early 1920s (Gail Russell, Diana Lynn) have trouble meeting up with their beaus (James Brown, Bill Edwards) and requiring a male escort to the football game, recruit a kindly bootlegger (Donlevy) after a chance meeting. The naivety just before the eruption of the Roaring Twenties is gently poked fun at.
TCM Airings: 0

Canyon Passage (Universal, 1946) - A businessman (Dana Andrews) is torn between his love for two very different women (Susan Hayward, Patricia Roc) in 1850s Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line (Donlevy).
TCM Airings: 2

Kansas Raiders (Universal, 1950) - Outraged by the atrocities of violent abolitionists, the James and the Younger brothers join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes. Sounds a bit like the plot of the following year's Best of the Badmen, which I included in my Robert Ryan SUTS day, both films based very loosely on real-life incidents.
TCM Airings: 0

Fighting Coast Guard (Republic, 1951) - Story of how the Coast Guard helped train to win World War II. Donlevy plays the commander of the Coast Guard Training School
TCM Airings: 0

Never So Few (MGM, 1959) - During World War II, the American OSS launches covert operations with the native Kachin against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma. Donlevy plays a general.
TCM Airings: 35

Pit Stop (Distributors International, 1969) - A wealthy man (Donlevy) sponsors drivers on a new type of track called the "Figure Eight". The rise and fall of one of those drivers (Richard Dvalos) makes up the bulk of the story. Donlevy's last film.
TCM Airings: 0

 

 

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On 4/23/2020 at 7:24 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

One Robert Ryan film I wish TCM would show is House of Bamboo.   This 20th Century foreign noir film has a fine cast,  with top notch Japaneses actors.    Ryan plays a character named Sandy Dawson.      I don't wish to give the plot away but Sandy's love interest in this film is all over the map.

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HOUSE OF BAMBOO is airing on TCM this Sunday evening. That's tomorrow night.

It's part of a theme called Tokyo Crime.

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1 minute ago, TopBilled said:

HOUSE OF BAMBOO is airing on TCM this Sunday evening. That's tomorrow night.

It's part of a theme called Tokyo Crime.

Thanks for the tip.    I admit I'm surprised given the film is from 20th Century Fox.   The other film that came to mind when I read your post,  was the Bogie film Tokyo Joe,  and yea,  that one is showing also.   This is a Columbia film,  which was shown often on GET-TV.      

Funny the schedule says 'Tokyo Crime' but they only show those two films.       I wished they were also showing the Columbia film The Crimson Kimono;  a fine 1959 noir film. 

Ok it isn't set in Tokyo but instead Little Tokyo in Los Angeles,  but that isn't too much of a stretch (ha  ha).      My mom and I used to go to many of the places seen in the film when I was a child especially the Buddhist temple featured in the film,  in the 60s.

 All three films feature fine Japaneses actors.     Sadly I can't go watch the film with my mom due to social distancing.   But I'll give her a heads up.  

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David Niven

The first movie I probably saw him in was Candleshoe, and then about the time we got HBO at home, they were playing Death on the Nile a lot, and I found him very debonair and charming in that. At some point, I'm sure I saw The Pink Panther. And then those early '80s mashups Blake Edwards put together with some leftover Peter Sellers footage. So, I was already a fan of his long before I started watching TCM. I'm reading on imdb he served in the Rifle Brigade during World War II and received the Legionnaire of the Order of Merit from Dwight Eisenhower, the highest US honor awarded to non-citizens. Although he also got time out of combat to make two propaganda films. He worked both in Hollywood and in the UK/continental Europe. I picked a selection that combines some TCM chestnuts and some more obscure films I'd like to see. I skipped his Oscar win for Separate Tables. The only films below that I've seen are Raffles and Around the World in 80 Days. I know Niven was SOTM fairly recently, but I'm unsure if he's had an SUTS day.

The Charge of the Light Brigade (Warner Bros., 1936) - A major (Errol Flynn) countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women and children. This is a controversial film, because the use of trip wires in the final scene caused 25 horses to be injured and ultimately put down. Congress subsequently passed a law to ensure the protection on animals on movie sets. Because of the public furor, the film was never re-released in theaters. Niven, at the age of 26, plays a doomed fellow officer.
TCM Airings: 54

Thank You, Jeeves! (20th Century Fox, 1936) - An erudite manservant (Arthur Treacher) tries to keep his frivolous employer (Niven) out of harrowing adventures, but a damsel in distress (Virginia Field), carrying half of some mysterious plans, intrudes on their London flat one rainy night. The employer follows her to a manner, prepared to do slapstick battle with crooks posing as Scotland Yard men. From the P.G. Wodehouse novels.
TCM Airings: 0

Raffles (United Artists, 1939) - A man about town and first class cricketer (Niven) keeps himself solvent by committing daring robberies. He meets a young woman from his schooldays (Olivia DeHavilland) and, falling in love with her all over again, accepts an invitation to spend the weekend at the estate of her parents (May Whitty, Lionel Pape). A fabulous necklace may prove to be an irresistible temptation, but Scotland Yard's finest are also in attendance, finally on his trail.
TCM Airings: 10

Eternally Yours (United Artists, 1939) - A woman (Loretta Young), swept off her feet by a magician (Niven), finds the long-term results less than magical.
TCM Airings: 2

The Fighting Pimpernel (Dist. in the US by Carroll, 1950) - A British aristocrat (Niven) goes in disguise to France to rescue people from the terror of the guillotine.
TCM Airings: 0

The Toast of New Orleans (MGM, 1950) - A snooty opera singer (Kathryn Grayson) meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman (Mario Lanza) in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent (Niven) lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret his rash decision when the singers fall in love.
TCM Airings: 34

Around the World in 80 Days (United Artists, 1956) - A Victorian Englishman (Niven) makes a bet that with modern steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.
TCM Airings; 62

Oh, Men! Oh, Women! (20th Century Fox, 1957) - A bored housewife (Ginger Rogers) seeks help from a psychiatrist (Niven) who also solves his own emotional problems.
TCM Arings: 0

Conquered City (Dist. in the US by AIP, 1962) - An Athens hotel populated by refugees and expatriates is occupied by Allied forces near the end of World War II. A British major (Niven) has to protect a cache of hidden weapons from falling into the hands of renegade troops.
TCM Airings: 0

The Shortest Day (Dist. in the US by Medallion, 1963) - Two jerks (Ciccio Ingrassia, Franco Franchi) enlist in the Italian army during World War I and by pure chance help win an important battle. Niven has an uncredited cameo as an English soldier.
TCM Airings: 0

The Statue (Dist. in the US by Cinerama, 1971) - A British linguist (Niven) develops a universal language, wins the Nobel Prize and becomes a sensation. An ambitious diplomat (Robert Vaughn), hoping to capitalize on his publicity, arranges for the U.S. to pay for a statue to be erected in a London square to honor his achievement. The linguist's Italian wife, a renowned artist (Verna Lisi), sculpts an 18-foot nude statue. Because he's paid little attention to her while engrossed in his work, she gives the statue a spectacular **** and tells him he wasn't the model. Thinking he's been cuckolded, he goes on a jealous search for the model who matches that part of the statue. The diplomat wants to censor the statue, afraid it will tarnish his conservative image.
TCM Airings: 0

Better Late Than Never (Warner Bros., 1983) - Two men (Niven, Art Carney) show up, each claiming to be the grandfather of a child heiress (Kimberly Partridge).
TCM Airings: 0

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Another one worth mentioning is Jimmy Durante.

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He's never had a day in August, and because his birthday is in February, he gets overlooked each year (due to 31 Days of Oscar programming). The Great Schnozola appeared in many MGM films.

Fortunately, though, he is receiving a tribute on TCM tomorrow morning.

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Ginger Rogers

I don't know a whole lot about her personal life, and her imdb bio is overwhelming a bit with no paragraph breaks anywhere - it's a formidable wall of text. I have heard about her domineering showbiz mother before. I see she was married a whopping five times, once to the actor Lew Ayres. Funny, I read a biography of his, and I'd forgotten he was married to her. I guess they were divorced shortly before he filed to serve in World War II as a medic rather than participate in combat. I'm going to assume she wouldn't have approved of that. No children, it looks like? There was one unfortunate stillbirth from her first marriage when she was very young - 18, I think. A couple of posters claim she was the victim of the "reverse blacklist" for her support of HUAC and the first blacklist and so didn't get as many film roles from the mid-50s on. Although she did work in television quite a bit, I see.

So, I opted to be a little perverse and compile a list of Rogers films from mostly outside the TCM lilbrary. I only included one of her WB Busby Berkely musicals and three films from RKO, two of them Astaire collaborations. I didn't include Kitty Foyle. Otherwise, I threw in movies she made at Paramount, Fox, Columbia and a couple of poverty row efforts. As of typing these paragraphs, I've yet to see how many of these have aired on TCM or how many times they've aired (that's usually the last thing I do). I will be interested to learn this information. She was a big star, obviously, and a TCM-friendly one, so I assume she's had both SOTM and SUTS designations before. But someone back on Page One mentioned her, so I decided why not. I've only seen 42nd Street and Top Hat all the way through, though I've seen portions of some of the others.

Honor among Lovers (Paramount, 1931) - A businessman (Frederic March) is in love with his secretary (Claudette Colbert), but she deserts him for another man (Monroe Owsley). When she realizes she's made a mistake, she goes back to him. Meanwhile, her friend (Rogers) is in love with a stockbroker (Charlie Ruggles).
TCM Airings: 0

The 13th Guest (Monogram, 1932) - The murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer. Spoiler alert! Rogers, playing an heiress, appears to get murdered early on the movie, but it turns out it was someone who altered their face to look like hers.
TCM Airings: 0

42nd Street (Warner Bros., 1933) - A director (Warner Baxter) has to put on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment, a newcomer (Ruby Keeler) has to replace the star (Bebe Daniels). Just getting in before the stricter enforcement of the Production Code, this film has Rogers' chorus girl character named "Anytime Anny"!
TCM Airings: 86

A Shriek in the Night (Allied  Pictures Corp., 1933) - Rival newspaper reporters (Rogers, Lyle Talbot) are always trying to outscoop each other.  They join forces to solve a series of murders occurring in the same apartment building.
TCM Airings: 0

Change of Heart (Fox Film Corp., 1934) - After graduating from a West Coast college, four friends (Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, Rogers) fly to New York City to seek employment.
TCM Airings: 1 (During a SUTS day for Gaynor in 2016)

Top Hat (RKO, 1935) - An American dancer (Astaire) comes to Britain and falls for a model (Rogers), and she starts to fall for him until she mistakes him for his married producer (Edward Everett Horton).
TCM Airings: 79

Carefree (RKO, 1938) - A psychiatrist (Fred Astaire) agrees to hypnotize the girlfriend (Rogers) of his friend (Ralph Bellamy) in order to get her to accept his proposal of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.
TCM Airings: 48

Lucky Partners (RKO, 1940) - Two strangers (Ronald Colman, Rogers) share a sweepstakes ticket and agree to go an imaginary honeymoon with their winnings.
TCM Airings: 19

Lady in the Dark (Paramount, 1944) - The editor-in-chief of Allure magazine (Ginger Rogers) continually suffers from headaches and daydreams and seeks psychoanalysis to learn why.
TCM Airings: 1

It Had to Be You (Columbia, 1947) - A woman (Rogers) is known for leaving her bridegrooms at the altar until a dashing fireman (Cornel Wilde) walks into her life.
TCM Airings: 9

Forever Female (Paramount, 1953) - An aging actress (Rogers) refuses to admit she's too old to play ingenue roles anymore.
TCM Airings: 0

Teenage Rebel (20th Century Fox, 1956) - A woman (Rogers) gets custody of her teenage daughter (Betty Lou Keim) back from her ex-husband (John Stephenson) after she remarries, but she must win her love.
TCM Airings: 0

 

 

 

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Ginger Rogers

Honor among Lovers (Paramount, 1931) - A businessman (Frederic March) is in love with his secretary (Claudette Colbert), but she deserts him for another man (Monroe Owsley). When she realizes she's made a mistake, she goes back to him. Meanwhile, her friend (Rogers) is in love with a stockbroker (Charlie Ruggles).
TCM Airings: 0

The 13th Guest (Monogram, 1932) - The murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer. Spoiler alert! Rogers, playing an heiress, appears to get murdered early on the movie, but it turns out it was someone who altered their face to look like hers.
TCM Airings: 0

42nd Street (Warner Bros., 1933) - A director (Warner Baxter) has to put on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment, a newcomer (Ruby Keeler) has to replace the star (Bebe Daniels). Just getting in before the stricter enforcement of the Production Code, this film has Rogers' chorus girl character named "Anytime Anny"!
TCM Airings: 86

A Shriek in the Night (Allied  Pictures Corp., 1933) - Rival newspaper reporters (Rogers, Lyle Talbot) are always trying to outscoop each other.  They join forces to solve a series of murders occurring in the same apartment building.
TCM Airings: 0

Change of Heart (Fox Film Corp., 1934) - After graduating from a West Coast college, four friends (Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, James Dunn, Rogers) fly to New York City to seek employment.
TCM Airings: 1 (During a SUTS day for Gaynor in 2016)

Top Hat (RKO, 1935) - An American dancer (Astaire) comes to Britain and falls for a model (Rogers), and she starts to fall for him until she mistakes him for his married producer (Edward Everett Horton).
TCM Airings: 79

Carefree (RKO, 1938) - A psychiatrist (Fred Astaire) agrees to hypnotize the girlfriend (Rogers) of his friend (Ralph Bellamy) in order to get her to accept his proposal of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.
TCM Airings: 48

Lucky Partners (RKO, 1940) - Two strangers (Ronald Colman, Rogers) share a sweepstakes ticket and agree to go an imaginary honeymoon with their winnings.
TCM Airings: 19

Lady in the Dark (Paramount, 1944) - The editor-in-chief of Allure magazine (Ginger Rogers) continually suffers from headaches and daydreams and seeks psychoanalysis to learn why.
TCM Airings: 1

It Had to Be You (Columbia, 1947) - A woman (Rogers) is known for leaving her bridegrooms at the altar until a dashing fireman (Cornel Wilde) walks into her life.
TCM Airings: 9

Forever Female (Paramount, 1953) - An aging actress (Rogers) refuses to admit she's too old to play ingenue roles anymore.
TCM Airings: 0

Teenage Rebel (20th Century Fox, 1956) - A woman (Rogers) gets custody of her teenage daughter (Betty Lou Keim) back from her ex-husband (John Stephenson) after she remarries, but she must win her love.
TCM Airings: 0

The best of these is FOREVER FEMALE. Maltin gives it 3.5 stars (out of 4 stars) and I agree. The success of the picture rests on her, and to make it work, she has to set her own vanity aside and go without make-up in the last section. It contains some of her best acting (better than KITTY FOYLE) and she seems to be playing something she knows very well...what happens when actresses reach a certain age and find their looks fading. In the story, her character is having to compete with ingenues who are taking the roles that used to be given to her. It's a much more thoughtful update on the All About Eve drama.  Her costars include William Holden and Paul Douglas. Must-see all the way.

 I also like TEENAGE REBEL because she plays the mother of an older daughter, so it's a more age-appropriate part for Ginger. And I think she has good chemistry with Michael Rennie.

LUCKY PARTNERS, which casts her opposite Ronald Colman and Jack Carson, should be much better than it is. The script's a bit too formulaic and weak in spots though all three stars are great. She teamed up with Carson again later, in THE GROOM WORE SPURS.

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There's something very odd in regards to Leonard Maltin's review/reviews of FOREVER FEMALE (1953).

In the 1990 and 1997 Leonard Maltin Guides I noted the 3½-star review out of 4 possible stars is there.   

However, in the "Leonard Maltin Classic Movie Guide:  THIRD EDITION" the review for "Forever Female" is completely rewritten and offers up only 2 stars out of 4. 

Weird that Maltin's review changed that much. 

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I think Maltin's staff -- whom he names at the beginning of each of his review Guides -- wrote the majority of the reviews in his books.  I reckon Maltin wrote some of them . . . but which ones?  Who knows. 

Anyway, on the front cover of the 1990 Edition it says:

"FEATURING A TOTAL OF 18,500 FILMS, INCLUDING OVER 500 NEW ENTRIES" (and then it says "MORE THAN 7,000 VIDEOCASSETTE LISTINGS").   

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24 minutes ago, Mr. Gorman said:

There's something very odd in regards to Leonard Maltin's review/reviews of FOREVER FEMALE (1953).

In the 1990 and 1997 Leonard Maltin Guides I noted the 3½-star review out of 4 possible stars is there.   

However, in the "Leonard Maltin Classic Movie Guide:  THIRD EDITION" the review for "Forever Female" is completely rewritten and offers up only 2 stars out of 4. 

Weird that Maltin's review changed that much. 

It's definitely not a two star film. I'd give it three stars at least, but the last section where Ginger's performing totally from her real-life experience without any artificiality pushes it up to 3.5 stars for me. On a scale of 1-10 on the IMDb I thought it was at least an 8.5 and rounded it up to a 9.

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I reckon for the sake of completeness I will type out the Leonard Maltin review from the CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE:  THIRD EDITION.

FOREVER FEMALE (1953) 93m.

Stars awarded:  ** out of ****

"Slick but hollow tale of Broadway show people:  cynical producer Douglas (who has all the best lines), his glamourous leading lady and ex-wife Rogers, newly minted playwright Holden, and frightfully ambitious young actress Crowley (featured here in a bid for movie stardom).  Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein based their screenplay on James M. Barrie's play Rosalind.  Best thing about the film is the elaborate set re-creating Sardi's Restaurant."

Who knows what review will show up if there's a CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE:  FOURTH EDITION!

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51 minutes ago, Mr. Gorman said:

I reckon for the sake of completeness I will type out the Leonard Maltin review from the CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE:  THIRD EDITION.

FOREVER FEMALE (1953) 93m.

Stars awarded:  ** out of ****

"Slick but hollow tale of Broadway show people:  cynical producer Douglas (who has all the best lines), his glamourous leading lady and ex-wife Rogers, newly minted playwright Holden, and frightfully ambitious young actress Crowley (featured here in a bid for movie stardom).  Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein based their screenplay on James M. Barrie's play Rosalind.  Best thing about the film is the elaborate set re-creating Sardi's Restaurant."

Who knows what review will show up if there's a CLASSIC MOVIE GUIDE:  FOURTH EDITION!

Thanks.

Definitely had to be written by a different person than whoever wrote the review with 3.5 stars. Going from "top notch show business comedy" to "slick but hollow tale of Broadway show people" is just too much of a jump.

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On 4/23/2020 at 10:24 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

One Robert Ryan film I wish TCM would show is House of Bamboo.   This 20th Century foreign noir film has a fine cast,  with top notch Japaneses actors.    Ryan plays a character named Sandy Dawson.      I don't wish to give the plot away but Sandy's love interest in this film is all over the map.

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James, what yr though was THE HOUSE OF BAMBOO?

& given your a fellow ROBERT RYAN-(l909-l973) whats your opinion of GOD'S LITTLE ACRES & ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW?

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James, what yr though was THE HOUSE OF BAMBOO?

& given your a fellow ROBERT RYAN-(l909-l973) whats your opinion of GOD'S LITTLE ACRES & ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW?

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW I first took notice of late one night in the late '80's & seems to finally have caught more attention

 

& don't know if you remember this great mag or not FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE & CLASSIC IMAGES-(a companion piece newspaper) Back when they still seemed to have a lot of magazine's I had a subscribtion to both  Well they did a great article on ALDO RAY ()l926-l99l) & he was honest I guess & said he wasn't impress by THE DUKE during the awful GREEN BERETS even refusing to call him DUKE & went further & said bluntly he though RYAN deserved the Oscar for '58' GOD'S LITTLE ACRE & so on

Please send your comments when you can

(P.S. A role I think HOLLYWOOD & THE AMPAS missed the boat on with ROBERT RYAMN was the great 4 star BILLY BUDD (l963)

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^ most that aren't followers of him or even old movies like us on here always point out at how he looks-(BORGNINE was famous for saying this after watching the dailies) & BAD DAY AT BLOCK ROCK (l955) which seems to  gain incredible momentum with each day

& especially the sequence at the gas station between TRACY & RYAN & as BORGNINE said ROBERT looked like he was doing everything to try and steal the scene, but there was Spence just talking to the ground and underplaying him, as you would in a regular normal conversation

To me it's about the only scene & film RYAN kinda came off weak & the terrific l966 Western THE PROFESSIONALS (strong (***1/2)

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9 hours ago, spence said:

James, what yr though was THE HOUSE OF BAMBOO?

& given your a fellow ROBERT RYAN-(l909-l973) whats your opinion of GOD'S LITTLE ACRES & ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW?

I like The House of Bamboo.   It was made the same year my brother was born in Tokyo to my Japanese mom,  who lived there until coming to the states with my American dad in 1956.

Love Odds Against Tomorrow as well as most films Ryan was in,  but I'm not a fan of God's Little Acres.   I just don't like the culture of the people portrayed in the film. 

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Victor Jory

I'm unable to definitively place him in anything other than Gone With the Wind and The Miracle Worker, in which he seems to be playing the exact same character. Although I have a sense I saw his name in the credits of something I watched on TCM recently and had a sort of "It's the same guy!" reaction. I'm unable to figure out what movie that was. I don't think he was wearing a mustache in it, so I didn't recognize him until the closing credits. One of my pleasures in my  nearly 20 years of watching TCM has been connecting the dots slowly on actors I couldn't identify by name before after watching them in a certain number of movies until I finally recognize them. Anyway, I left out the two movies mentioned above and picked 12 I've never seen before, so I can't vouch for their quality.

Smoky (Fox Film Corp., 1933) - There's not a plot description on imdb. But it has something to do with the bond between a man and a horse. Fox remade it in 1946 with Fred MacMurray, Anne Baxter and Burl Ives in his film debut. Jory plays the lead in this earlier version.
TCM Airings: 0

I Believed in You (Fox Film Corp., 1934) - No imdb plot description, but it's some kind of romantic drama. There's a surviving print in the UCLA Film Archives. Jory is third-billed.
TCM Airings: 0

The King Steps Out (Columbia, 1936) - A princess (Frieda Inescort) is fated to marry the emperor (Franchot Tone) until her sister (Grace Moore) steps in. Based loosely on real-life events in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Jory plays some sort of captain. He's seventh-billed.
TCM Airings: 2

Hell-Ship Morgan (Columbia, 1936) - Spoiler Alert! This synopsis pretty much tells the whole story. After getting into a fight in a waterfront cafe over a girl, Captain "Hell-Ship" Morgan (George Bancroft) hires a sailor (Jory), and they become good friends. He befriends a desperate girl (Ann Sothern), and out of gratitude, she agrees to marry him. He gives her a magnificent pearl as a wedding present, but she and the sailor fall in love and are discovered together one night by another sailor (George Regas) who demands the pearl in exchange for keeping silent. The captain finds out about the affair anyway. A terrible storm comes up, and the captain taunts the sailor into going over the side to make repairs. The sailor falls overboard and is injured. The captain saves his life but breaks his back in the process.
TCM Airings: 0

Each Dawn I Die (Warner Bros., 1939) - A corrupt DA with political ambitions (Thurston Hall) is angered by news stories implicating him in criminal activity and decides to frame the reporter who wrote them (James Cagney) for manslaughter in order to silence him. Jory plays the crooked assistant DA.
TCM Airings: 33

Susannah of the Mounties (20th Century Fox, 1939) - An orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian Northwest (Shirley Temple) is taken in by a Mountie (Randolph Scott) and his girlfriend (Margaret Lockwood). There are more Indian attacks, and the Mountie is only saved after the girl intervenes with the Indian chief (Maurice Moscovitch). Jory plays one of the Indians.
TCM Airings: 1  (It was last year during Temple's SUTS day)

Lady with Red Hair (Warner Bros., 1940) - A messy divorce leaves a woman (Miriam Hopkins) shunned by Chicago society for being an adultress and forbidden from having custody of her son (Johnny Russell). She plans to take a couple of years to become a success then return to her hometown with enough money to fight to get her son back. To attain this goal, she travels to New York City intending to become a great actress. She has no training but draws the attention of a producer (Claude Rains) who intends to make her a star and win her heart. I can't find any information about Jory's role. He's eighth-billed.
TCM Airings: 28

Give Us Wings (Universal, 1940) - The Dead End Kids desperately want to fly and get mixed up with crooked crop dusters whose planes are flying deathtraps. Once again, I have no info on the nature of Jory's role. He's eighth-billed.
TCM Airings: 0

Leather Burners (United Artists, 1943) - As cattle have mysteriously disappeared, apparently the victims of rustling, a rancher (Jay Kirby) sends for his friend, Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd). Upon arrival, Hoppy immediately finds a suspect (Jory). When he realizes his telegraph wasn't sent to the authorities, he locks up the telegraph operator (Hal Taliefero) but intentionally makes it easy for him to escape. He tails the operator to a mine with a secret entrance and finds the missing cattle inside. But the villain's men find him just as the cattle begin to stampede through the mine shaft.
TCM Airings: 0

The Highwayman (Allied Artists, 1951) - During the 1700's, a masked bandit (Philip Friend) robs the rich and gives to the poor to the chagrin of the authorities and the corrupt nobility, prompting the king (Charles Coburn) to task a ruthless man from the colonies (Jory) to capture the outlaw.
TCM Airings: 0

Last Stagecoach West (Republic, 1957) - The coming of the railroad to Cedar City means the end of the stagecoach, as the government gives the mail contract to the faster means of delivery. The owner of the stagecoach line (Jory) loses his business in a gambling match with a prospective buyer (Grant Withers). He has enough money left to buy a ranch and some cattle but still wants more. He organizes a gang to rob the railroad and express offices and to steal cattle. The railroads send out a special agent (Jim Davis) to end his reign of violence.
TCM Airings: 0

The Adventures of Pinocchio (?, 1978) - A wooden puppet (Patricia Paris) is brought to life with the assistance of a fairy (Ginny Tyler). His creator, a woodcarver (Dal McKennon), tries to teach the boy about acting responsibly. The puppet has many adventures that teach him the valuable lessons about life he needs to learn before he can become a real boy. Lying proves to be a particular problem. I have no company info about this non-Disney animated version from the late '70s. It might be an American-dubbed version of a foreign film. I don't know. Jory is the narrator.
TCM Airings: 0

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William Powell

He started as a silent film villain and eventually became the debonair, witty leading man who was almost always the smartest character in whatever film he was in. He rose to increasing fame through contracts at Paramount (he was almost always second male lead until the very end of his time there), Warner Bros. and MGM, then I assume was a freelancer for the last few years of his career. He had a short marriage to Carole Lombard (they remained friendly enough that Powell recommended her to co-headline with him in My Man Godfrey) and a short affair with Jean Harlow and was apparently very broken up by her sudden death. Then he was married to the same woman from 1940 until his death. Having done it all, I guess he didn't have much interest in transiting to more senior roles and retired after 1955's Mister Roberts, then lived nearly another 30 years (Cary Grant retired at just about the same age and for the same reasons 10 years later). He made 13 movies (I think) with Myrna Loy and liked to point out they made more non-Thin Man movies together (seven) than Thin Man movies (six). He never won a competitive Oscar (and I'm not finding him as Thalberg winner, although Loy was) but was nominated three times for The Thin ManGodfrey and Life with Father. That last movie is an example of one where he really submerged himself in a part. Most of his movies, he let his natural personality largely shine through.

For my selections, I leaned heavily on his (mostly) silent work at Paramount and ignored most of the films that get played all the time on TCM. I left off his three Oscar-nominated roles. I included one Thin Man picture and One Way Passage (a personal favorite) but otherwise picked 10 movies I haven't seen.

Too Many Kisses (Paramount, 1925) - A modern Lothario (Richard Dix) has so many sweethearts that his father (Frank Currier) doesn't know what to do with him. Tired of paying to get his son out of one romantic entanglement after another, he sends him to the Basque region of France, believing the women there will only accept attention from the local men. Almost immediately, however, a local girl (Frances Howard) becomes infatuated with the young man, whom she sees as an opportunity to use to break free of the attentions of an ardent local guardsman (Powell). A rivalry grows between the two men.
TCM Airings: 0

Sea Horses (Paramount, 1926) - A print ad from the time of its release indicates it's a romantic adventure about three seamen and a girl who by wacky circumstance ends on their ship while they must contend with native soldiers and a storm. I would assume Powell is one of the sailors. He's third-billed. Jack Holt and George Bancroft are also in it.
TCM Airings: 0

Nevada (Paramount, 1927) - A gunslinger (Gary Cooper) looking for a quiet place to settle down becomes entangled in a romantic triangle and the hunt for a gang of cattle rustlers. Powell plays the villain, and it's his only on-screen pairing with Cooper. One IMDB user says the existing prints are in terrible condition, but I wouldn't mind TCM airing for historical value like that one John Ford-Spencer Tracy-Humphrey Bogart collaboration they show sometimes (Up the River, I think), even though it's in bad shape too.
TCM Airings: 0

Love's Greatest Mistake (Paramount, 1927) - Spoiler alert! This is pretty much the whole movie. It was so steamy, I couldn't stop typing. On a train bound for New York City where she hopes to find work, Honey (Josephine Dunn) catches the appreciative eye of William (Frank Morgan), a financier who offers her a job. At the apartment of her married sister, Jane (Evelyn Brent), Honey renews her acquaintance with her childhood friend, Sara (Iris Gray), now a worldly New Yorker who's jealous of Jane. Honey is disappointed after a humdrum date with the architect Harvey (James Hall) and turns down numerous proposals. Honey also rejects the married William, despite the luxuries he offers. Sara and her male acquaintance Don (Powell) try to obtain love letters William has written Honey, so as to blackmail him. Honey refuses to give them up, and Don beats her brutally. Realizing William doesn't love her, Honey also dismisses Harvey, who doubts her virtue. Jane leaves her husband and elopes with Don. Honey is eventually reunited with Harvey, who has won a prize for designing a church.
TCM Airings: 0

Forgotten Faces (Paramount, 1928) - A gentleman thief (Clive Brook) is tossed in jail for killing the lover of his wife (Olga Baclanova). Before turning himself in, he leaves his baby girl on the doostep of a rich, childless couple. He tasks his former partner (Powell) to keep his lush of a wife away from the girl and make sure she grows up okay. Once he's out of clink, he impersonates the wealthy couple's butler to ensure he can keep his ex from getting her hands on their daughter's money.
TCM Airings: 0

Charming Sinners (Paramount, 1929) - The marriage of a woman (Ruth Chatterton) is threatened when she discovers the longstanding affair between her husband (Clive Brook) and her best friend (Mary Nolan) but surprises everyone when she uses the moment to create a new life for herself. Sounds a lot like The Divorcee from the following year. Powell plays a former beau of Chatterton's who's still in love with her.
TCM Airings: 0

Man of the World (Paramount, 1931) - A young American girl  (Carole Lombard) visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee (Lawrence Gray) and her wealthy uncle (Guy Kibbee). There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist (Powell). What she doesn't know is he's a blackmailer who's using her to get to her uncle.
TCM Airings: 1 (It actually hasn't aired yet but is scheduled to make its TCM premiere in June!)

One Way Passage (Warner Bros., 1932) - A terminally ill woman (Kay Francis) and a debonair murderer facing execution (Powell) meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each not knowing the other's secret. 
TCM Airings: 46

The Key (Warner Bros., 1934) - A British officer assigned to duty in Ireland (Powell) gets embroiled in Anglo-Irish battles and an old girlfriend (Edna Best) who's now married to an Irishman (Colin Clive). He learns more than he wanted to know about the "Irish problem".
TCM Airings: 14

Rendezvous (MGM, 1935) - In World War I, a lieutenant (Powell) is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with the niece (Rosalind Russell) of the assistant secretary of war (Lionel Atwill). Finding out he's an expert on codes, she gets her uncle to cancel his combat orders and have him reassigned to the intelligence division. In his new assignment, he becomes involved with a beautiful Russian spy who's working for the Germans (Binnie Barnes). He must juggle the affections of one woman and his pursuit of the connections of another in order to retrieve a stolen code book.
TCM Airings: 18

Shadow of the Thin Man  (MGM, 1941) - The Charlses, Nick (Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy), investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.
TCM Airings: 46

Dancing in the Dark (20th Century Fox, 1949) - A conceited actor (Powell), on a mission to recruit a Broadway star for a film at 20th Century Fox, picks an unknown (Betsy Drake) instead.
TCM Airings: 0

 

 

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I took a two-day break. I finally got to see my home for the first time in seven weeks after looking after my elderly parents during the corona virus threat. My brother and sister-in-law spelled me for my absence (my brother's job is considered essential, while I'm presently not working, so I've had a lot more time on my hands to look after my folks than he has). I emptied out my mailbox and refrigerator. I also watched TCM for the first time in seven weeks other than an occasional glance at my parents' TV and caught The Magnificent Ambersons and Network. I'm now back at my parents' house and with little to do. So, I"m resuming my little dream SUTS days. 

Esther Williams

Having worked almost entirely at MGM, she's certainly been represented for this honor before. I only had two goals in mind in compiling a list: limiting the number of MGM films and specifically limiting the number of movies with "water ballet" numbers. I threw in a couple of cameos and tried to get as diverse a representation of her work as possible. I've sort of avoided her work, but I have seen four of the films listed below (two of which she only has cameos in).

Till the Clouds Roll By (MGM, 1946) - Biopic of songwriter and Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern (Robert Walker). Unable to find immediate success in the US, he travels abroad, journeying to England where his career dreams come true and he meets his future wife (Dorothy Patrick). Williams is not one of the MGM stars who gets to do a number in this one, but she does make an uncredited cameo as herself, signing autographs.
TCM Airings: 40

This Time for Keeps (MGM, 1947) - A young man (Johnny Johnston) is expected to follow his opera star father (Lauritz Melchior) into the business but is discontent with his life. Instead, he pursues a career in popular music and romances the aquatic ballet dancer he meets during his time in the service (Williams).
TCM Airings: 22

Fiesta (MGM, 1947) - When a matador (Ricardo Montalban) leaves the profession to focus on his music, his twin sister (Williams) takes on his identity in the bullfighting ring.
TCM Airings: 37

On an Island with You (MGM, 1948) - While shooting on an island in the South Pacific, a movie star (Williams) is pursued by a handsome naval officer (Peter Lawford) who's convinced she's the girl for him.
TCM Airings: 41

Neptune's Daughter (MGM, 1949) - A swimsuit fashion designer (Williams) is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister (Betty Garrett) from a South American heartbreaker (Ricardo Montalban), but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters.
TCM Airings: 47

Take Me Out to the Ballgame (MGM, 1949) - Two turn-of-the-century baseball players who work in vaudeville during the off-season (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra) run into trouble with their team's new female owner (Williams) and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant (Edward Arnold).
TCM Airings: 66

The Tender Trap (MGM, 1955) - A successful theater agent (Frank Sinatra) is also successful with young ladies. He's visited by an old friend (David Wayne) who's married with three children. The friend falls in love with the agent's girl (Celeste Holm), but the agent is busy spending his time with a young actress (Debbie Reynolds). Williams has an uncredited cameo as an actress in a movie called Easy to Love playing on Sinatra's TV.
TCM Airings: 77

Juipter's Darling (MGM, 1955) - A Roman (George Sanders) loves his beautiful but vulnerable city and also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancee (Williams). Fascinated by the tales she's heard about Hannibal (Howard Keel), who's about to attack Rome, she's driven by curiosity to the edge of his camp. Captured, she makes one request of the indifferent Hannibal - spare her city. She offers to lead him to a hilltop where she can show him the city isn't worth taking. He goes with her, even though she has to cup her hand under his chin and float him because he can't swim. Before long, Hannibal is doing more surveying of her than of Rome. The Roman finds he can neither defend his city nor his fiancee against the advances of Hannibal, especially after Hannibal paints his elephants bright colors because the woman thinks gray is drab.
TCM Airings: 20

The Unguarded Moment (Universal, 1956) - A beautiful teacher (Williams) is protective of a high school boy (John Saxon) even though he sexually harassed her. Then he becomes a murder suspect.
TCM Airings: 1

Raw Wind in Eden (Universal, 1958) - On a small Mediterranean island, a young woman (Rossana Podesta) lives with her father (Eduardo De Filippa) and a beachcomber she plans to marry (Jeff Chandler). Into this Eden come two plane crash survivors, a supermodel (Williams) and her playboy friend (Carlos Thompson). The model proves to be a bad influence, especially as romantic triangles begin to develop. Beyond this, the model and the playboy begin to wonder what's going on and who the beachcomber really is.
TCM Airings: 0

The Big Show (20th Century Fox, 1961) - The owner of a German traveling circus (Nehemiah Persoff) is power-mad and exploits everyone in his path, including his family. Williams plays an American businesswoman who once had a romantic relationship with the younger son (Cliff Robertson). The story is a variation on the previous Fox release Broken Lance.
TCM Airings: 0

Magic Fountain (Dist. in the US by Davis Film Distributors, 1963) - A financier (Fernando Lamas) decides to take a vacation where nothing can disturb him. He travels to a small village in the south of Spain where he lives a primitive life. A chance meeting with a young American sociologist (Williams) who's trying to teach women to lead more healthful and satisfying lives makes his own life considerably more hectic. Williams made this Spanish movie with her husband Lamas, her last film.
TCM Airings: 0  

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On 4/28/2020 at 2:01 PM, sewhite2000 said:

William Powell

Dancing in the Dark (20th Century Fox, 1949) - A conceited actor (Powell), on a mission to recruit a Broadway star for a film at 20th Century Fox, picks an unknown (Betsy Drake) instead.
TCM Airings: 0

This is an enjoyable film, one that TCM should air.

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