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Melvyn Douglas as SOTM September 2014


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September 3

BEING THERE (1979), with Peter Sellers

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948), with Cary Grant & Myrna Loy

A WOMAN'S FACE (1941), with Joan Crawford

HOTEL (1967), with Rod Taylor

THE GORGEOUS HUSS-Y (1936), with Joan Crawford

 

September 4

ANNIE OAKLEY (1935), with Barbara Stanwyck

THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA (1943), with Ann Sothern

A WOMAN'S SECRET (1949), with Maureen O'Hara

 

September 10

NINOTCHKA (1939), with Greta Garbo

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937), with Freddie Bartholomew

THEODORA GOES WILD (1936), with Irene Dunne

SHE MARRIED HER BOSS (1935), with Claudette Colbert

THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933), with Fay Wray

TWO-FACED WOMAN (1941), with Greta Garbo

 

September 11

ON THE LOOSE (1951), with Joan Evans

ARSENE LUPIN RETURNS (1938), with Virginia Bruce

THE TOY WIFE (1938), with Luise Rainer

 

September 17

BILLY BUDD (1962), with Robert Ryan

THE GREAT SINNER (1949), with Gregory Peck

THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING (1941), with Merle Oberon

FAST COMPANY (1938), with Florence Rice

THIRD FINGER, LEFT HAND (1940), with Myrna Loy

DANGEROUS CORNER (1935), with Virginia Bruce

 

September 18

PRESTIGE (1932), with Ann Harding

TELL NO TALES (1939), with Gene Lockhart

THE SHINING HOUR (1938), with Joan Crawford

 

September 24

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (1970), with Gene Hackman

HUD (1963), with Paul Newman & Patricia Neal

THE SEA OF GRASS (1947), with Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn

ADVANCE TO THE REAR (1964), with Glenn Ford

THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964), with James Garner & Julie Andrews

 

September 25

MY FORBIDDEN PAST (1951), with Robert Mitchum & Ava Gardner

ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER (1972), with Janet Leigh

WE WERE DANCING (1942), with Norma Shearer

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September 3

BEING THERE (1979), with Peter Sellers

MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE (1948), with Cary Grant & Myrna Loy

A WOMAN'S FACE (1941), with Joan Crawford

HOTEL (1967), with Rod Taylor

THE GORGEOUS HUSS-Y (1936), with Joan Crawford

 

September 4

ANNIE OAKLEY (1935), with Barbara Stanwyck

THREE HEARTS FOR JULIA (1943), with Ann Sothern

A WOMAN'S SECRET (1949), with Maureen O'Hara

 

September 10

NINOTCHKA (1939), with Greta Garbo

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937), with Freddie Bartholomew

THEODORA GOES WILD (1936), with Irene Dunne

SHE MARRIED HER BOSS (1935), with Claudette Colbert

THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933), with Fay Wray

TWO-FACED WOMAN (1941), with Greta Garbo

 

September 11

ON THE LOOSE (1951), with Joan Evans

ARSENE LUPIN RETURNS (1938), with Virginia Bruce

THE TOY WIFE (1938), with Luise Rainer

 

September 17

BILLY BUDD (1962), with Robert Ryan

THE GREAT SINNER (1949), with Gregory Peck

THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING (1941), with Merle Oberon

FAST COMPANY (1938), with Florence Rice

THIRD FINGER, LEFT HAND (1940), with Myrna Loy

DANGEROUS CORNER (1935), with Virginia Bruce

 

September 18

PRESTIGE (1932), with Ann Harding

TELL NO TALES (1939), with Gene Lockhart

THE SHINING HOUR (1938), with Joan Crawford

 

September 24

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (1970), with Gene Hackman

HUD (1963), with Paul Newman & Patricia Neal

THE SEA OF GRASS (1947), with Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn

ADVANCE TO THE REAR (1964), with Glenn Ford

THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964), with James Garner & Julie Andrews

 

September 25

MY FORBIDDEN PAST (1951), with Robert Mitchum & Ava Gardner

ONE IS A LONELY NUMBER (1972), with Janet Leigh

WE WERE DANCING (1942), with Norma Shearer

Can't complain.  First time for him?

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Melvyn Douglas is a good choice.   First time one if my records are correct.

 

As one can see he was in many good films (even if he wasn't always the male lead or when the film is built around the lead actress).

 

With regards to a point made in the miscasting thread about Ninotchka and if Cary Grant would have worked better:     Well in any light comedy one could say Grant would have been better then actor XYZ,   but I feel the Douglas persona worked very well here.   

 

When a film is designed around the lead actress it often works better if the male lead isn't a super star like Grant but someone like Douglas,  Van Heflin or even our man George Brent.  

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Glad they are showing Prestige with Ann Harding (another star who deserves a SOTM slot) I missed it the last time around......Supposedly Harding hated it so much she offered to buy up all the prints (and burn them) but RKO wouldnt go for it. But I still want to see it!

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Melvyn Douglas is a good choice.   First time one if my records are correct.

 

As one can see he was in many good films (even if he wasn't always the male lead or when the film is built around the lead actress).

 

With regards to a point made in the miscasting thread about Ninotchka and if Cary Grant would have worked better:     Well in any light comedy one could say Grant would have been better then actor XYZ,   but I feel the Douglas persona worked very well here.   

 

When a film is designed around the lead actress it often works better if the male lead isn't a super star like Grant but someone like Douglas,  Van Heflin or even our man George Brent.  

I have to go with JJG on this one.  Picking a SOTM and limiting choices to only leading actors can limit the pool for choices.  Melvyn Douglas played strong supporting roles in many films over a long time span and this gives an impressive listing of films to broadcast.

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I am so happy with this choice.  I was hoping he would have been a SUTS this year but this is even better.   The first film I remember seeing him in , about 20 years ago, was Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House.    What an outstanding cast; Loy and Grant are perfection and yet I can not imagine this film without Douglas in it.   More or less :), in "...Blandings"  he is the stand out for me.  Definitely looking forward to September. 

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I'm glad about this too. For any film buff, Douglas somehow wriggles his way into our hearts.

 

He doesn't HAVE to be the lead actor, he adds strength & often charm to supporting roles, not easy to pull off. James Gleason comes to mind as another oft supporting actor who we always notice & love. 

 

What IS it about him? He's handsome, has a great voice, seems "everyman" but usually very thoughtful & mannered. Hey, Garbo falling for him is wholly believable! 

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I'm glad about this too. For any film buff, Douglas somehow wriggles his way into our hearts.

 

He doesn't HAVE to be the lead actor, he adds strength & often charm to supporting roles, not easy to pull off. James Gleason comes to mind as another oft supporting actor who we always notice & love. 

 

What IS it about him? He's handsome, has a great voice, seems "everyman" but usually very thoughtful & mannered. Hey, Garbo falling for him is wholly believable! 

He co-starred in arguably the most significant film in 2 great actress' careers------NINOTCHKA with Garbo, and THEODORA GOES WILD with Irene Dunne.

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I'm thrilled Melvyn Douglas is getting his month! I really like him. He's good in everything and his movies really span the decades. My faves are MR. BLANDINGS... , NINOTCHKA, THEODORA GOES WILD and HUD. I only wish TCM would have included THE OLD DARK HOUSE, the James Whale classic with a great cast and early Douglas.

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I'm thrilled Melvyn Douglas is getting his month! I really like him. He's good in everything and his movies really span the decades. My faves are MR. BLANDINGS... , NINOTCHKA, THEODORA GOES WILD and HUD. I only wish TCM would have included THE OLD DARK HOUSE, the James Whale classic with a great cast and early Douglas.

Ahhh yes "The Old Dark House";  another favorite.  I was disappointed to not see it included in September but I am hoping it will pop up during October.   

 

This is only the second time this year I am excited for a SOTM selection ( Crawford in January ).  Hopefully October will be another ( keeping fingers crossed for great selection ).  

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Am I dreaming or is this really going to happen?!?! I can't wait!!

It's really happening. :)

 

And THE OLD DARK HOUSE has made it on to the October schedule. Though it will probably be the public domain print that TCM tends to broadcast.

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