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In anticipation of TCM's Summer Under the Stars in August, I will be featuring some artists (and their films) that usually do not get chosen but are ones, nonetheless, that I feel merit recognition. This thread will kick off tomorrow. Why tomorrow? It's the first official day of summer!

 

I previewed a few of these in the General Discussions forum a month or so ago, so forgive me if the first ones seem like repeats. I assure you there will be plenty of new ones, and this will continue until July 31st, the last day before SUTS.

 

Plus, in a few days, fellow poster ginnyfan has promised to stop by and share some thoughts and recommendations about Virginia Weidler's impressive film resume. You will not want to miss that!

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> Today (Paul Muni):

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> http://reelcharacter.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/summer-stars-festival-2013-paul-muni/

 

I found it odd that you state that he was born in Ukraine. Lviv is in a region where nationality is most often determined by looking at a map made in the date of birth. I believe Paul Muni was born when it was Austria-Hungary. The city is now in Ukraine but I feel it is distinctly a Polish city.

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I chose both Ms. Signoret and Mr. Huston for my own SUTS line-up, so - first, I must just compliment you on your excellent taste. ;)

 

Simone Signoret had such a compelling on-screen presense and just radiated fierce intelligence. I haven't seen as much of her work as I would like, but I'm working at it. One movie you didn't select that I would recommend seeking out is Jaques Becker's Casque d'Or. Such a gorgeous film, and Ms. Signoret positively glows. Yes, it's another "loose lady" type role, but very special. Such lovely almond eyes, too . . .

 

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Walter Huston makes almost anything worth watching. He could be quietly-effective ( Dodsworth ) or a colorful character treat ( The Devil and Daniel Webster ). Dragon Seed is hard for me to take just by virtue of the painfully-Caucasian cast, but it is interesting as an American film actually spotlighting the Chinese in the lead-up to WWII.

 

By the way, have you seen all the films you have selected or do you have some wishlist choices (assuming there *are* still any films out there you haven't yet viewed :) )?

 

 

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Thanks, Nora, for the comments. I think we both chose Joan Bennett, too, and I will be featuring her tomorrow.

 

I have seen all the Walter Huston films I selected, and about half the Simone Signoret films. Some of them are wish list.

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*Joan Bennett* - Interesting going with all Wanger collaborations. Famously, he went to prison for 4 months after shooting Joan's agent (suspecting the pair of having an affair)!

 

The Reckless Moment and Trade Winds are both airing on the evening of July 10 as Bob's Picks. The former film features excellent performances from both Bennett and James Mason as well as Max Ophuls's direction. Apparently, it was an experience during filming that inspired Mason to pen this verse about the famed director and his love of fluid camerawork:

 

*"A shot that does not call for tracks*

*Is agony for poor old Max,*

*Who, separated from his dolly,*

*Is wrapped in deepest melancholy.*

*Once, when they took away his crane,*

*I thought he'd never smile again."* :x

 

{font:sans-serif}I did a double-take when you pointed out that Ms. Bennett became a grandmother the year of this film! {font}:0{font:sans-serif} {font}

 

{font:sans-serif}Oh - and I'm so excited at the prospect of finally seeing her in Zoltan Korda's {font}The Macomber Affair{font:sans-serif} on August 15 (Gregory Peck's SUTS day)! {font}:D{font:sans-serif} {font}

 

*John Barrymore*{font:sans-serif} - I like that you decided to feature both his silent and early 30s work. I love Mitchell Leisen's {font}Midnight{font:sans-serif} (1939), which features an increasingly-alcoholically-impaired Barrymore and Mary Astor as a married couple. It's fascinating to remember the pair's history (both professional and personal). {font}

 

{font:sans-serif}I know from the recent "Ham" thread that not all are fans of {font}Twentieth Century {font:sans-serif}(as the Olivia de Havilland title says "{font}To Each His Own"{font:sans-serif} {font}:){font:sans-serif} ), but I adore the film and Barrymore's wonderfully-outrageous performance. Lombard had stronger comedic work to come, but this was an important milestone for her career trajectory, too.{font}

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Lena Horne's MGM tenure always depresses me - her appearances made to be easily edited out for the consumption of the more-overtly bigoted audiences. Because, of course, seeing a gorgeous and talented black woman on-screen was just too hideous a prospect to bear, right? :0

 

But I suppose we should be grateful that we have at least these performances to savor. I think "The Lady is a Tramp" from Words and Music is a particular treat:

 

 

 

Edited by: NoraCharles1934 on Jul 5, 2013 8:15 AM

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I was surprised that MGM used her as much as they did. Though they seldom built a story around her, she gets plenty of specialty numbers in films tailored for other contractees.

 

As much as I enjoy Ava's performance in the remake of SHOW BOAT, I feel that part should have gone to Lena. And wouldn't it have been great if Fox had borrowed Lena instead of using Jeanne Crain for PINKY? These were roles she should have had, and would have had if it were the late 1960s.

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