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I totally dig Warner Baxter! All day Friday, Mar 29 on TCM!!!


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I'm totally grooving to today's full day lineup of Warner Baxter flix!!! I totally dig this dude, he's not the greatest actor and doesn't have the greatest film persona, but there is just something about him that rocks my world whenever I see him! I wish TCM would one day get hold of some of his Fox flix, but what we do have rocks totally! I'm especially, thanks to my man, Fred Dobbs, looking forward to SQUAW MAN (1931), directed by Cecil B DeMille himself!! I've never seen that one! And of course the pre-codes, and the B-mystery flix, including 3 Crime Doctor flix (one of my favorite all time series!!) and Warner's final film, STATE PENITENTIARY (1950)!! Dig this day, thank you SO much, TCM!!!


Here's the groove-a-licious lineup--->


h1. 6:00 AM

h2. [squaw Man, The (1931)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/91199/Squaw-Man-The/]



After saving the life of a British aristocrat, an Indian maiden bears his child.



*Dir*: [Cecil B. DeMille|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/48461%7C28676/Cecil-B-DeMille/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Lupe Velez|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/197936%7C102616/Lupe-Velez/] , [Eleanor Boardman|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/18034%7C45996/Eleanor-Boardman/] .



BW-107 mins, TV-G,


h1. 8:00 AM

h2. [Robin Hood of El Dorado, The (1936)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/88476/Robin-Hood-of-El-Dorado-The/]



A Mexican turns bandit when his wife is murdered.



*Dir*: [William A. Wellman|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/204015%7C156757/William-A-Wellman/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Ann Loring|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/116391%7C13351/Ann-Loring/] , [bruce Cabot|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/26666%7C24265/Bruce-Cabot/] .



BW-85 mins, TV-PG,


h1. 9:30 AM

h2. [42nd Street (1933)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/616/42nd-Street/]



The definitive backstage musical, complete with the dazzling newcomer who goes on for the injured star.



*Dir*: [Lloyd Bacon|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/7798%7C99867/Lloyd-Bacon/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [bebe Daniels|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/43927%7C161736/Bebe-Daniels/] , [George Brent|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/21881%7C58299/George-Brent/] .



BW-89 mins, TV-G, CC,


h1. 11:15 AM

h2. [Penthouse (1933)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/3279/Penthouse/]



The mob frames a lawyer for murder, so he enlists a call girl's help in finding the real killer.



*Dir*: [W. S. Van Dyke|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/349773%7C152809/W-S-Van-Dyke/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Myrna Loy|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/117023%7C115512/Myrna-Loy/] , [Charles Butterworth|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/26311%7C29110/Charles-Butterworth/] .



BW-89 mins, TV-G,


h1. 1:00 PM

h2. [Adam Had Four Sons (1941)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/27862/Adam-Had-Four-Sons/]



A governess becomes the center of a wealthy family after her employer's wife dies.



*Dir*: [Gregory Ratoff|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/158231%7C63514/Gregory-Ratoff/] *Cast*: [ingrid Bergman|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/14558%7C72764/Ingrid-Bergman/] , [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [susan Hayward|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/83586%7C143368/Susan-Hayward/] .



C-80 mins, TV-G, CC,


h1. 2:30 PM

h2. [Crime Doctor (1943)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/71783/Crime-Doctor/]



A blow on the head forces a renowned psychologist to remember he was once a criminal.



*Dir*: [Michael Gordon|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/74023%7C111514/Michael-Gordon/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Margaret Lindsay|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/114306%7C105241/Margaret-Lindsay/] , [John Litel|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/114762%7C86260/John-Litel/] .



BW-66 mins, TV-G,


h1. 3:45 PM

h2. [Just Before Dawn (1946)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/80035/Just-Before-Dawn/]



A criminal psychologist is tricked into injecting a diabetic with poison instead of insulin.



*Dir*: [William Castle|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/30764%7C155314/William-Castle/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Adelle Roberts|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/162726%7C7504/Adelle-Roberts/] , [Martin Kosleck|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/104803%7C108003/Martin-Kosleck/] .



BW-66 mins, TV-G,


h1. 5:00 PM

h2. [Millerson Case, The (1947)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/83501/Millerson-Case-The/]



While on vacation, a criminal psychologist investigates a murder during a typhoid epidemic.



*Dir*: [George Archainbaud|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/5141%7C58135/George-Archainbaud/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Nancy Saunders|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/170452%7C116065/Nancy-Saunders/] , [Clem Bevans|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/15660%7C32993/Clem-Bevans/] .



BW-72 mins,


h1. 6:15 PM

h2. [state Penitentiary (1950)|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/27456/State-Penitentiary/]



A man wrongly accused of a crime must decide between getting involved in a prison break, or remaining in jail until his wife can prove his innocence.



*Dir*: [Lew Landers|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/107941%7C98534/Lew-Landers/] *Cast*: [Warner Baxter|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/11781%7C154002/Warner-Baxter/] , [Onslow Stevens|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/184474%7C119344/Onslow-Stevens/] , [Karin Booth|http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/19227%7C92002/Karin-Booth/] .



BW-66 mins,



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Totally agree Mark. I wish I could stay home and watch. I'll have to catch up with the DVR'd stuff tonight.


The best stuff Warner Baxter did at Fox was "Six Hours To Live", "Such Men are Dangerous:, and "Wife, Husband, and Friend". Only the latter has been on TCM, I believe. "King of Burlesque" is pretty good, as well as "Slave Ship" but neither has shown up on FMC in a long time. I've seen "I Love You Wednesday", but I was somewhat disappointed - it was just too chatty.


At any rate, have a grooving Good Friday Mark!

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It's a terrific lineup, but the one that really stands out is Penthouse, which begins at 11:15. It's a great pre- Thin Man role for Myrna Loy, a good vehicle for Baxter, and if anyone besides me is a big Nat Pendleton fan, you will *love* the character he portrays here. Don't miss it.

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It was good, especially the very realistic (and sad) ending. I can't remember too many old movies where blood actually flows.


Baxter and Loy were very good together, and her double-take on him not taking advantage of her was delightful.


Not so much him with Bergman, but I just knew it would be blech.


No matter, there are the Crime Doctor flix to anticipate.


Rock on, mark!

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I certainly enjoy Warner Baxter's performances, especially his work at 20th Century Fox in the late 1930s.


By the time we get to STATE PENITENTIARY, he looks a little worn out. However, we do have Karin Booth, an underrated leading lady of B films, who looks sensational. She is even sexier in Technicolor westerns later in the 1950s.

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Years ago I saw BEHIND THAT CURTAIN (1929) on TCM and I recorded it. This is a great early sound film with Warner Baxter and Lois Moran.


A real murder mystery, adventure story, and love story. He and Lois Moran were very good together.


Mercedes De Valasco was very good in this film. She played the native Indian girl, Nuna. This was her ONLY film.


A Chinese guy briefly plays in a sequence as Charlie Chan.


Here is a crude print of the film:



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It's not good and it's not bad. You're going out a nobody but you've got to come back a star. That was great, I remember loving it back in nineteen hundred and five.


Warner Baxter got to say some of the greatest stock lines (herein reproduced imperfectly from memory), in theater history in 42nd Street, and he was convincing. Generations of theater people have been inspired by the many such lines in that movie, most spoken by him. It's exciting to see the man who first spoke them. And he was old enough to remember 1905 well. Incredibly, he was also an inventor.

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