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> {quote:title=Dothery wrote:}{quote}

> I watched The Shanghai Gesture ... I saw it many many years ago and had forgotten how over the top it was.


I believe that is one of its charms. The story is greatly histrionic. Josef von Sternberg's settings demanded people in them to be dramatic, seductive and daring. It is most definitely a world where self is all-important. Self craves attention and stimulation. The actors became their desires.


This is not a story or a setting in which subtlety earns respect. :)


I believe all the roles were performed with great skill. It would have been very easy for one or all of them to fall to chewing the scenery.

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I just watched one of my favorites, Eddie Albert, with Gale Storm in "The Dude Goes West." The movie was cute, rather original in theme, though it was a western, like most westerns.


It's hard for me to pay attention to any leading man, though, when the second lead is Gilbert Roland. What a gorgeous man he was, even into his later years.


I loved listening to Eddie sing in the pictures where he did it. I always remembered him singing "I met her in Venezuela, with a basket on her head," from some long-ago picture where he was a sailor. Soft melodic voice, but strong too.

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> This photo of JMB goes straight to my heart.>

>>I must wonder if you are in need of a lesson in anatomy. ;)>>























LOL! Johnny has every part of me.


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> I see Leslie Howard. In polo togs. Ok, now love polo.

> > > Did he play golf too?>>>

















































Not sure if he played golf, 1968. I'm just surprised he had time for polo, lol.


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Hi, Dothery! Welcome to the TCM Message Board. I share your feelings about Gilbert Roland.


Unfortunately JBM didn't age too well -- looked a bit stocky and tired from still photos I've seen of his 1940's westerns. I don't think I've ever seen any one of those movies -- maybe when I was younger, but don't really remember him as a screen cowboy.


Didn't know Eddie Albert could sing! He was a good dramatic actor, and of course as a Baby Boomer I watched "Green Acres" back in the day, lol. "My Little Margie" too, even though I never really thought it was funny, probably because I had barely hatched.


Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Sep 27, 2012 5:01 PM

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JMB was certainly adorable when younger, SueSue. And I adore his Southern drawl, which was part of his gentlemanly charm. Unfortunately that's what seemed to "doom" him for the talkies in the eyes of the Metro suits. They wanted the snappy "Mid-Atlantic" accent.


Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Sep 27, 2012 12:37 PM

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Sounds like the start of a joke: So Robert Stack walks into a doctor's office....


.....and tells receptionist Lauren Bacall he's got insomnia which is making for a very tense neck...


....whereupon Baby starts massaging it and then Elliot Ness asks her out for dinner...



....her "prescription" is a couple of martinis, which for the moment does the trick, along with letting him ogle her legs....



...what follows is a montage of neck-rubbing, meant to convey "compatibility" and "passion" but making the two lovers look like they've been sniffing glue...



....all this happens before the credits, then Vic Damone croons "The Giiiiiiiiiftttttt of Looooooooove......."






....five years pass in happily wedded bliss. Stack is one of those "eccentric geniuses" who is a constant embarrassment in social situations, and so needs extreme nurturing by Lauren, but -- sob! sob! the good wife discovers she has, in her words, a "heart thing", despite the fact that Lauren Bacall looks about as fragile as King Kong. This is an actress whose persona does not convey vulnerability in any believable way.



....so Ms. Persky forges a bond with a creepy sad/wise little movie orphan who can't seem to find a home. Lauren knows that Robert will need someone to take care of him after she's gone...



....but Robert is not enthralled by Evelyn Rudie. He is too busy formulating and calculating his mathematical theories -- his immature, self-centered ways leave him in a world of his own...



....although TGOL is a remake of SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, the filmmakers also seem to be channeling the bittersweet, quirky romantic schmaltz of AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, but fail miserably. Someone must have held a gun to Jean Negulesco's head to finish this production, because there is nothing his direction can do to help...



....When you think of an actor who is supposed to portray some sort of absent-minded Albert Einstein character, Robert Stack does not immediately leap to the forefront of one's mind....



...needless to say, the inevitable happens, and reptilian-eyed Lauren Bacall (with flattering hairdo) who up until this time had been looking sturdy like some species of a hardy desert female lizard, suddenly clutches her chest and, with very little fanfare, expires. This is not a deliciously flamboyant leave-taking like Clifton Webb's in THE RAZOR'S EDGE...



....Bob is inconsolable at the gravesite. He can't let go of Lauren's memory, and his bereavement turns pathological, giving us plenty of chuckles as only a wooden actor let loose with "emotion" can. Is there anything more laughable than Robert Stack going "wild"?



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































....he is so into his grief that Evelyn cannot make a dent. The imaginative girl claims to "see" and "hear" the late Mrs. Bogart, but Bob keeps telling her to face reality, much in the same inept way Kent Smith does with his daughter in CAT PEOPLE...



....you know how this all ends, but wish it had been much sooner, like five minutes into the film...



....Lauren's doctor thoughtfully lights her cigarette, which I'm sure he does with all his heart patients...



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Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Sep 28, 2012 12:21 PM

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Poster for the original 1946 SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (remade as the hideous THE GIFT OF LOVE) with lovely Maureen O'Hara, underrated John Payne, wistful child actress Connie Marshall, and the always appreciated William Bendix. I don't remember the movie all that well as I've only seen it in bits and pieces throughout the years.




Just found it on YouTube! Will watch soon and report back.


Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Sep 28, 2012 3:08 AM

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Ah, merci Miss G., for uploading SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, now everyone can watch! I've always enjoyed the chemistry between Maureen and John in their film pairings, and can't wait to see this one. I know I'll love it.


Poor Lauren and Robert. First WRITTEN ON THE WIND, then THE GIFT OF LOVE, lol.


Edited by: Bronxgirl48 on Sep 28, 2012 12:23 PM

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In depth analysis concerning Neguleso's obvious lack of control over a project that needed actors with more chemistry, writers with more time to tweak the scenarios, and more heart and less schmaltz in the cocktail shaker of fulfilled contractual obligations.


I feel much more sympathetic to little Evelyn Rudie and agree with Jackie about her viability.


Loved that Kent Smith/ *Cat People* reference that highlights Rudie's desperate attempt to overcome impotent supernatural entities who should have tried to salvage this savage remake.


Big Betty Perske looked stunning in some of those outfits even with her lack of emotional vulnerability.



Thanks, Bronxie. :-)


And thanks to Miss G for the *Sentimental Journey* link.



And, thanks for the chuckle, Moira!

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