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Any affection out there for Colin Clive?


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I'd really like to see the new,  CRITERION version of HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT, as well as the 1930 Version of JOURNEY'S END.  Two other very fine films are ONE MORE RIVER, which  was based on the last entry of THE FORSYTE SAGA.  (This one  was also directed by James Whale, ( who knew his Star well, and also knew how to  get questionable   content  past the Hays Office.)  It also had the nerve to shine the light on Spousal Rape, as  well as England's antiquated Divorce Laws..... (Essentially, a woman couldn't get a Divorce,  unless the husband was willing to allow it....even if she had been battered and Raped.)  The other Film was THE RIGHT TO LIVE, made by Warner Brothers.  This  one was  was the exact opposite, with a gentle  young man with a  broken back.  He knows , (in spite of his Doctor's hopeful stories) that he  will NOT Recover, and doesn't want his wife tied down to "half a man".    He sends for his brother to come and visit, and take her to all the  places he would have.  Mix up a Healthy Younger Brother-in-law, A  forlorn and jealous nurse, a Wise Mother,  and Sir C. Aubrey Smith, and you have a real GEM!

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Oh, yeah, I'd watch anything he's in. Over the top, a bit hammy by today's standards... Maybe even by 1930's standards as well. I wonder what type of parts he'd have been playing had he lived into his 60's or 70's.

Would have been fun to see he and Henry Daniell playing brothers!

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I finished reading "The Life and Death of Colin Clive" a few months ago. It was a very interesting bio that I'd strongly recommend to anyone who has any interest in Colin Clive. He was a tortured soul. His life was unhappy and he was a hopeless alcoholic.  But he was brilliant in his roles as Captain Stanhope in "Journey's End" and as  Dr. Frankenstein. 

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The first time I saw Frankenstein when I was probably a teenager, Colin Clive really stuck out to me as being a fascinating person. Now years later, I recently watched Journey's End (1930) and am again finding myself with that same feeling. I am wanting to watch more of his films. His performance as Capt. Stanhope in Journey's End was so compelling and made me feel so much compassion, both for this character and for the man himself who, from what I have read, struggled with similar issues in his real life.

One movie I have been looking for is one you mentioned, The Right To Live (1935). His character seems similar to Capt. Stanhope in a way and I'd love to see that portrayal. I just haven't been able to find it anywhere.

@Iris10 I saw that you were interested in watching Journey's End. A copy of it is available on YouTube, though it is a rather poor copy.

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