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Saturday, April 23, 2016

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Song of the South (1946) Ruth Warrick, Bobby Driscoll, James Baskett (Special Academy Award for this role), Luana Patten, Lucile Watson, Hattie McDaniel, Glenn Leedy, Johnny Lee, Nick Stewart

The Horsemasters (1961) Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Janet Munro, Donald Pleasence

For the Love of Willadean: A Taste of Melon & Treasure in a Haunted House (1964) Terry Burnham, Roger Mobley, Michael McGreevey, Billy Mumy & Ed Wynn

Sammy, the Way-Out Seal (1962) Jack Carson, Robert Culp and Patricia Barry, Elizabeth Fraser, Billy Mumy, Michael McGreevey

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lillian Gish & Robert Harron in D.W. Griffith’s Romance of Happy Valley & True Heart Susie (1919)




True Heart Susie is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish. A print of the film survives in the film archive of the British Film Institute.



A Romance of Happy Valley is a 1919 American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish.

Believed lost for almost 50 years, a print was discovered in 1965 in the State Film Archives of the Soviet Union, which donated it to the Museum of Modern Art.

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Lillian Gish in Top Man (1943) Donald O'Connor, Richard Dix & Miss Susie Slagle’s (1946) Veronica Lake





Top Man (also known as Man of the Family) is a 1943 American black-and-white film starring Donald O'Connor, Susanna Foster, Lillian Gish, Richard Dix, and Peggy Ryan.  

This was Universal’s attempt at replacing Mickey Rooney a/k/a Andy Hardy Franchise.  American family ... gang buster male juvenile lead ... Veterans of the silent film legendary Lillian Gish and Richard Dix also appear, stealing the show.

This was O'Connor and Ryan's first film away from the third of their trio, Gloria Jean.






Miss Susie Slagle's is a 1946 film directed by John Berry. It was based on the popular novel by Augusta Tucker. The film was Berry's directorial debut and first starring role for Joan Caulfield.

The New York Timmes
The Screen in Review
'Miss Susie Slagle's,' With Joan Caulfield, Lillian Gish, Sonny Tufts and Veronica Lake, Is New Bill at the Paramount
By BOSLEY CROWTHER
Published: February 7, 1946

As a gentle and soothing mitigation from Danny Kaye's madness on the stage, the Paramount Theatre is offering on its new bill which started yesterday a sweetly sentimental little picture, "Miss Susie Slagle's" by name. (At least, that's the best explanation for the swift change of pace that we can see.) And assuming that all your nerve-endings will be tattered by the thwacks of Mr. Kaye, you should find it a pleasant refresher—and moderately charming, at times.

Based on the reminiscent novel which Augusta Tucker wrote—a humored and wistful reflection of life in a boarding house for medical students in Baltimore—it follows the episodic pattern of Miss Tucker's flavorsome book, with a couple of romantic by-plots worked in by the Hollywood scribes. There is nothing exciting about it, nor is it hung on a line of strong suspense. Just a half dozen medical students check in at Miss Slagle's domicile, a dignified diggings for young gentlemen with good recommendations back around 1910. And, through four long years of med school, which are bridged in less than an hour and a half, they indulge in many student shenanigans, personal problems and proper amours.

A coolly responsive critic might observe that the film fails to give a full and impressive comprehension of the ardor of a medical neophyte. And the mixing of love into the doings keeps it all in a familiar romantic groove. (Also, a reader of the novel might wistfully object that some of the most flavorsome episodes have been needfully left out.) But the playing is genial and winning and, except for some oddly rough jumps, the story lines flow together entertainingly.

Sonny Tufts is disarmingly amiable in the principal student role—that of a good-natured plodder who has an unaccountable phobia of death. And Renny McEvoy, Lloyd Bridges, Bill Edwards and Billy De Wolfe are amusing, too—the latter dominating deliberately with fancy, theatrical airs. Joan Caulfield is winsome but sturdy as the little lady who encumbers Mr. Tufts, while a respectably modest performance as a student nurse is given by Veronica Lake. Lillian Gish is decidedly limited by the script as the boarding-house marm but she manages to give an impression of respectability and pride personified. And Ray Collins, Morris Carnovsky and J. Lewis Johnson are picturesque in other roles.

One would refrain from recommending "Miss Susie Slagle's" as a fine drama of medical school. But it is a cheerful, nostalgic and personally engaging little picture of fabricated life.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

1946 Fan Faves: Dorothy McGuire, Gregory Peck, Veronica Lake, Rhonda Fleming, Jane Wyman

 

The Spiral Staircase (1946) Dorothy McGuire, Ethel Barrymore, George Brent

The Spiral Staircase is a 1946 American psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, from a screenplay by Mel Dinelli based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch (1933).

Variety wrote, "This is a smooth production of an obvious, though suspenseful murder thriller, ably acted and directed. Mood and pace are well set, and story grips throughout."[6] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, "This is a shocker, plain and simple, and whatever pretensions it has to psychological drama may be considered merely as a concession to a currently popular fancy."

Adaptations:

The Spiral Staircase was adapted as a half-hour radio play on the November 25, 1949 broadcast of Screen Director's Playhouse, starring Dorothy McGuire in her original role.

It was remade in 1975 as a feature film with Jacqueline Bisset (The Spiral Staircase) and again in 2000 as a television movie with Nicollette Sheridan (The Spiral Staircase).

The Yearling (1946) Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman

The Yearling (1946) is a Technicolor family film drama directed by Clarence Brown, produced by Sidney Franklin, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about a young boy who adopts a trouble-making young deer. The screenplay by Paul Osborn and John Lee Mahin (uncredited) was adapted from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's novel of the same name.

The film stars Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman, Jr., Chill Wills and Forrest Tucker.

The story was remade in the 1994 TV film The Yearling starring Peter Strauss and Jean Smart.

Miss Susie Slagle's (1946) Joan Caulfield, Sonny Tufts,Veronica Lake & Lillian Gish

Miss Susie Slagle's is a 1946 film directed by John Berry. It was based on the popular novel by Augusta Tucker. The film was Berry's directorial debut and first starring role for Joan Caulfield.

The New York Timmes
MOVIE REVIEW
THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'Miss Susie Slagle's,' With Joan Caulfield, Lillian Gish, Sonny Tufts and Veronica Lake, Is New Bill at the Paramount
By BOSLEY CROWTHER
Published: February 7, 1946

As a gentle and soothing mitigation from Danny Kaye's madness on the stage, the Paramount Theatre is offering on its new bill which started yesterday a sweetly sentimental little picture, "Miss Susie Slagle's" by name. (At least, that's the best explanation for the swift change of pace that we can see.) And assuming that all your nerve-endings will be tattered by the thwacks of Mr. Kaye, you should find it a pleasant refresher—and moderately charming, at times.

Based on the reminiscent novel which Augusta Tucker wrote—a humored and wistful reflection of life in a boarding house for medical students in Baltimore—it follows the episodic pattern of Miss Tucker's flavorsome book, with a couple of romantic by-plots worked in by the Hollywood scribes. There is nothing exciting about it, nor is it hung on a line of strong suspense. Just a half dozen medical students check in at Miss Slagle's domicile, a dignified diggings for young gentlemen with good recommendations back around 1910. And, through four long years of med school, which are bridged in less than an hour and a half, they indulge in many student shenanigans, personal problems and proper amours.

A coolly responsive critic might observe that the film fails to give a full and impressive comprehension of the ardor of a medical neophyte. And the mixing of love into the doings keeps it all in a familiar romantic groove. (Also, a reader of the novel might wistfully object that some of the most flavorsome episodes have been needfully left out.) But the playing is genial and winning and, except for some oddly rough jumps, the story lines flow together entertainingly.

Sonny Tufts is disarmingly amiable in the principal student role—that of a good-natured plodder who has an unaccountable phobia of death. And Renny McEvoy, Lloyd Bridges, Bill Edwards and Billy De Wolfe are amusing, too—the latter dominating deliberately with fancy, theatrical airs. Joan Caulfield is winsome but sturdy as the little lady who encumbers Mr. Tufts, while a respectably modest performance as a student nurse is given by Veronica Lake. Lillian Gish is decidedly limited by the script as the boarding-house marm but she manages to give an impression of respectability and pride personified. And Ray Collins, Morris Carnovsky and J. Lewis Johnson are picturesque in other roles.

One would refrain from recommending "Miss Susie Slagle's" as a fine drama of medical school. But it is a cheerful, nostalgic and personally engaging little picture of fabricated life.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Disney: The Horsemasters (1961) Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Janet Munro, Donald Pleasence





The Horsemasters was a 2 part episode of the Disneyland TV show from 1961 which screened theatrically in some countries. It was shot on location in England.

Written and Directed by William Fairchild
Based on novel by Don Stanford
Starring Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Janet Munro, Donald Pleasence
Walt Disney Productions
Release dates: October 1961

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nijinksy (1980) Alan Bates & George De La Peña and Helmut Berger as Ludwig (1972)




Nijinsky (1980) Starring Alan Bates & George De La Peña with Leslie Browne, Alan Badel, Jeremy Irons

Starring Alan Bates & George De La Peña with Leslie Browne, Alan Badel, Jeremy Irons

Nijinsky is a 1980 American biographical film directed by Herbert Ross. Hugh Wheeler wrote a screenplay that explores the later life and career of Vaslav Nijinsky; it was based largely on the premier danseur's personal diaries (a bowdlerized 1936 version was edited and published by his wife, Romola de Pulszky), and her 1934 biography of Nijinsky, largely ghostwritten by Lincoln Kirstein, who later co-founded the New York City Ballet.

The film suggests Nijinsky was driven into madness by both his consuming ambition and self-enforced heterosexuality. He became involved with Romola de Pulszky, a society girl who joined impresario Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes specifically to seduce Nijinsky. After a series of misunderstandings with Diaghilev, who is both his domineering mentor and possessive lover, Nijinsky succumbs to Romola's charms and marries her. After this, his gradual decline from artistic moodiness to a diagnosis of schizophrenia begins.

Helmut Berger is Ludwig (1972) Luchino Visconti 

Ludwig is a 1972 film directed by Italian director Luchino Visconti about the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Helmut Berger stars as Ludwig, Romy Schneider reprises her role as Empress Elisabeth of Austria (from the 1955 film Sissi and its two sequels).

The film was made in Munich and other parts of Bavaria at these locations: Roseninsel, Berg Castle, Lake Starnberg, Castle Herrenchiemsee, Castle Hohenschwangau, Linderhof Palace, Cuvilliés Theatre, Nymphenburg Palace, Ettal, Kaiservilla and Neuschwanstein Castle. Visconti suffered a stroke during filming.

Helmut Berger as Ludwig II of Bavaria
Trevor Howard as Richard Wagner
Silvana Mangano as Cosima von Bülow
Gert Fröbe as Pater Hoffmann
Romy Schneider as Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Helmut Griem as Count Dürckheim

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nijinsky (1980) Alan Bates & George De La Peña with Leslie Browne




Starring Alan Bates & George De La Peña with Leslie Browne, Alan Badel, Jeremy Irons

Nijinsky is a 1980 American biographical film directed by Herbert Ross. Hugh Wheeler wrote a screenplay that explores the later life and career of Vaslav Nijinsky; it was based largely on the premier danseur's personal diaries (a bowdlerized 1936 version was edited and published by his wife, Romola de Pulszky), and her 1934 biography of Nijinsky, largely ghostwritten by Lincoln Kirstein, who later co-founded the New York City Ballet.

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Helmut Berger is Ludwig (1972) Luchino Visconti 
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