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LINDA DARNELL for Star of the Month October 2013


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Just a reminder, on FMC Wednesday, December 23, 7:30am est, 4:30am pst.  Also on Thursday, December 24, at 6:00am est, and 3:00 am pst.

FOREVER AMBER (1947):  Flawed if colorful epic, during the reign of King Charles of Britain, crippled due to censorship issues, and changing director, cast and scripts.  Darnell’s biggest film, its mixed reception did not lead to her expected superstardom, despite being the year’s biggest grosser.  Large cast includes Cornel  Wilde, Richard Greene, George Sanders and Jessica Tandy.

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So  about a year ago I finally saw the one Linda Darnell film that had eluded me, DONNE PROIBITE (1953), which was released in English-speaking countries as ANGELS OF DARKNESS or the more directly translated FORBIDDEN WOMEN.  I found it on YouTube, downloaded onto my laptop, and watched it a few times.  Now it seems to be lost in the clouds.   This was one of two films she made in Italy in the 1950s for producer Giuseppe Amato; the other was the stage comedy GLI ULTIMI CINQUE MINUTI/THE LAST FIVE MINUTES (1955).  This second  one I bought a dvd online some 5 years ago.
 

Anyway the film is not half-bad, considering the reviews it got in the US when it was finally released here in 1956.    Best as my 2 year Italian and fluent Spanish can understand, It tells the story of 3 prostitutes in Rome, their being evicted, and their exploits.  Yes it is a melodrama, but the cast is good.  It is full of atmospheric  shots around Rome, especially at night.   The cast includes Anthony Quinn, Valentina Cortese and Giuletta Masina.  
 

Should Linda Darnell get her SOTM, this and her other Italian film would make for great TCM premieres.  Of course they would have to be subtitled, something I have not seen in either film. Would make the month extra special.

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On 11/30/2020 at 9:45 PM, Arturo said:

Upcoming films with Linda Darnell:

FMC: SUNDAY, January 3, 2021 @ 6am est, 3 am pst; MONDAY January 4 @ 7:35 am est, 4:35 am pst; TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 @  7:20am est, 4:20 am pst; WEDNESDAY, January 13 @ 6am est, 3am pst.

ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM (1946):  Linda plays exotic concubine Tuptin, in a much curtailed role, in the first filming of the classic tale.  Long but colorful, although in black and white, this comedy drama (sans songs) top-billed Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison.  


TCM: Friday, January 8: 6am est, 3am pst:

BLOOD AND SAND (1941): Leisurely telling of the rise and fall of a bullfighter, played by Tyrone Power.  Award willing colorful photography, directed by Rouben Mammoulian.  A large cast has Darnell playing Power’s young wife, Rita Hayworth as the temptress tempting him away from his wife (her star making role)  Also features Nazimova, Anthony Quinn, Laird agregar, Lynn Bari, John agarrado e, among others.  This was the fourth and last film teaming Linda and Tyrone.


TCM: Tuesday January 12 @ 9:45 am est, 6:45 am pst:

THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940):  Rousing swashbuckler with Tyrone Power as the title character,  portraying a foo as he  sets about righting wrongs in Mexican California.   Power tries to woo Linda Darnell as the niece of the corrupt governor he is trying to force out.  Basil Rathbone is his rival in some expert fencing, and the Great cast includes Gale Soondegard, Eugene Pallette, and J. Edward Bromberg.  This was the third teaming of Darnell and Power, and like the last one, BLOOD AND SAND, it was directed by Rouben Mammoulian.  Great fun.

 

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On 1/1/2021 at 8:56 PM, Arturo said:

 

So three of the four films Linda Darnell made with Tyrone Power will be showing in the next week or so.  They are DAYTIME WIFE (1939), THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940) and BLOOD AND SAND (1941).  The one not being shown was the second one, the 1940  epic BRIGHAM YOUNG.  
 

DAYTIME WIFE was only Linda’s second movie, made when she was only 15.  She had just had a promising debut as the lead in HOTEL FOR WOMEN (1939), a film focused on the travails of models, living in said New York hotel, supposedly to keep them virtuous while they maneuver through the wealthy men wining and dining them.  Apparently Fox thought Darnell did well enough here that they decided to fast-track her career.  She had already started a featured role in DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939) ,filming on location in Utah.  She was replaced on that by starlet Dorris Bowden, who had to take over a pared down part; Darnell’s location footage was not refilmed by Bowden.  Some of the footage with Linda unrecognizable in long-shot was left in the released film.

So Linda Darnell stepped into the screwball comedy DAYTIME WIFE, opposite the biggest male star at 20th Century Fox, Tyrone Power.   The title role had been tailor-made for Loretta Young, who had already costarred with Power 5 times.  However, she had refused the part, and refused to renew her contract with the studio, due to how she felt 20th boss Darryl Zanuck had treated her.  Fox thought of reteaming Power with Nancy Kelly, who had played his wife in JESSE JAMES.  Instead Kelly was given another screwball,  HE MARRIED HIS WIFE (1940) with Joel McCrea, before she would soon be consigned to Bs. 

In DAYTIME WIFE, Darnell plays Power’s  young bride, upset that he forgot their wedding anniversary.  He supposedly was staying late at work.  So the Anniversary party guests all went with her to his office, and found it to be dark and empty.  Egged on by friend Binnie Barnes, she begins to suspect Power is having an affair with secretary Wendy Barrie, especially when he comes home sleeping of perfume.  However, she doesn’t confront him, but decides to see what type of attractions there may be for a husband at work.  She gets hired as a secretary for cad Warren William, who literally has business with Power.  
 

This is an enjoyable if minor late screwball, with a game cast that also includes Joan Davis, Leonid Kinsky, Mildred Glover, and Asta the Terrier (I think).  15 year old Linda is passable as the wife (the studio padded her age by 3 years), if still unsure in her comedy timing.    This would be the least substantial of the 4 films she made with Power, but it did well at the boxoffice.  

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29 minutes ago, Arturo said:

So three of the four films Linda Darnell made with Tyrone Power will be showing in the next week or so.  They are DAYTIME WIFE (1939), THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940) and BLOOD AND SAND (1941).  The one not being shown was the second one, the 1940  epic BRIGHAM YOUNG.  
 

DAYTIME WIFE was only Linda’s second movie, made when she was only 15.  She had just had a promising debut as the lead in HOTEL FOR WOMEN (1939), a film focused on the travails of models, living in said New York hotel, supposedly to keep them virtuous while they maneuver through the wealthy men wining and dining them.  Apparently Fox thought Darnell did well enough here that they decided to fast-track her career.  She had already started a featured role in DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939) ,filming on location in Utah.  She was replaced on that by starlet Dorris Bowden, who had to take over apared down part; Darnell’s location footage was not refilmed by Bowden.  Some of the footage with Linda unrecognizable in long-shot was left in the released film.

So Linda Darnell stepped into the screwball comedy DAYTIME WIFE, opposite the biggest male star at 20th Century Fox, Tyrone Power.   The title role had been tailor-made for Loretta Young, who had already costarred with Power 5 times.  However, she had refused the part, and refused to renew her contract with the studio, due to how she felt 20th boss Darryl Zanuck had treated her.  Fox thought of reteaming Power with Nancy Kelly, who had played his wife in JESSE JAMES.  Instead Kelly was given another screwball,  HE MARRIED HIS WIFE (1940) with Joel McCrea, before she would soon be consigned to Bs. 

In DAYTIME WIFE, Darnell plays Power’s  young bride, upset that he forgot their wedding anniversary.  He supposedly was staying late at work.  So the Anniversary party guests all went with her to his office, and found it to be dark and empty.  Egged on by friend Binnie Barnes, she begins to suspect Power is having an affair with secretary Wendy Barrie, especially when he comes home sleeping of perfume.  However, she doesn’t confront him, but decides to see what type of attractions there may be for a husband at work.  She gets hired as a secretary for cad Warren William, who literally has business with Power.  
 

This is an enjoyable if minor late screwball, with a game cast that also includes Joan Davis, Leonid  Kinsky, Mildred Glover, and Asta the Terrier (I think).  15 year old Linda is passable as the wife (the studio padded her age by 3 years), if still unsure in her comedy timing.    This would be the least substantial of the 4 films she made with Power, but it did well at the boxoffice.  

Here is the schedule of Linda Darnell's upcoming movies:

TCM: Tuesday January 12 @ 9:45 am est, 6:45 am pst:

THE MARK OF ZORRO (1940):  Rousing swashbuckler with Tyrone Power as the title character,  portraying a foo as he  sets about righting wrongs in Mexican California.   Power tries to woo Linda Darnell as the niece of the corrupt governor he is trying to force out.  Basil Rathbone is his rival in some expert fencing, and the Great cast includes Gale Soondegard, Eugene Pallette, and J. Edward Bromberg.  This was the third teaming of Darnell and Power, and like the last one, BLOOD AND SAND, it was directed by Rouben Mammoulian.  Great fun.

 

FMC:  Saturday' January 16 @ 6am EST, 3 am pstPST; and Sunday, January 17 at 4:45 am est, 1:45am pst.

DAYTIME WIFE (1939):  Enjoyable late screwball comedy with game cast.  See above for further details.

 

FMC:  Monday, January 18: 3:45 am est, 3:45 am pst; and 9:30am est, 6:30  pst:

BLOOD AND SAND (1941): Leisurely telling of the rise and fall of a bullfighter, played by Tyrone Power.  Award willing colorful photography, directed by Rouben Mammoulian.  A large cast has Darnell playing Power’s young wife, Rita Hayworth as the temptress tempting him away from his wife (her star making role)  Also features Nazimova, Anthony Quinn, Laird agregar, Lynn Bari, John Carradine, among others.  This was the fourth and last film teaming Linda and Tyrone.

 

FMC:  Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:35 am est, 4:35 am pst; and Wednesday, January 20 @ 6am est, 3 am pst.

UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (1948):  Preston Sturges  black comedy, with Rex Harrison as musical conductor, fantasizing as he conducts various ways he can kill young wife Linda, whom he suspects of adultery.   Ahead of it’s time, it did poorly due to the subject matter uncomfortably close to a scandal involving Harrison, when paramour Carole Landis committed suicide over despondency that he wouldn’t get a divorce to marry her.  Interesting nonetheless.  

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