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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Ladies Of The Chorus (1948) Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe
Ladies of the Chorus is a 1948 Hollywood film produced by Columbia Pictures. It stars Marilyn Monroe in an early role as Peggy Martin a dancer who falls in love with a wealthy man. Her mother, May, a former burlesque star (Adele Jergens) worries about the class difference between the two and wonders if her daughter will be happy. The film was directed by Phil Karlson.
Marilyn sings Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy and Anyone Can See I Love You.
This film was not a success, and thus Marilyn's contract was not renewed.
Directed by Phil Karlson ... Produced by Harry A. Romm
Written by Joseph Carole (screenplay), Harry Sauber (story and screenplay)
Starring Adele Jergens, Marilyn Monroe, Rand Brooks, Eddie Garr, Nana Bryant, Melinda Plowman, Gladys Blake
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff ... Cinematography, Frank Redman ... Editing by Richard Fantl
Distributed by Columbia Pictures ... Release date: 22 October 1948 (U.S. release)
Catherine Hicks as Marilyn Monroe: The Untold Story (1980)
ABC Movie original air-date: 28th Sept 1980 starred Catherine Hicks with Richard Basehart,
Jason Miller, Sheree North. Miss Hicks was nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal of Marilyn.
It was based upon Norman Mailer's best-selling novel of the same title.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
Vampyr : Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932) DVD
A 1932 horror film directed by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer.
The film was written by Dreyer and Christen Jul based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's collection of supernatural stories In a Glass Darkly.
Vampyr was funded by Nicolas de Gunzburg who starred in the film under the name of Julian West among a mostly non-professional cast.
Gunzburg plays the role of Allan Grey, a student of the occult who enters the village of Courtempierre, which is under the curse of a vampire.
Vampyr was challenging for Dreyer to make as it was his first sound film and had to be recorded in three languages. To overcome this, very little dialogue was used in the film and much of the story is told with silent film-styled title cards. The film was shot entirely on location and to enhance the atmospheric content, Dreyer opted for a washed out, fuzzy appearing photographic technique. The audio editing was done in Berlin where the character's voices, sound effects, and score were added to the film.
Directed & Produced by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Julian West Assoc. Producer
Screenplay by Christen Jul, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Story by Sheridan Le Fanu
Starring Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Jan Hieronimko, Sybille Schmitz, Rena Mandel, Henriette Gerard
Cinematography, Rudolph Maté
Editing by, Tonka Taldy, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Distributed by Germany:
Vereinigte Star-Film GmbH
Release date(s): Germany: May 6, 1932
France: September 1932
Denmark: March 1933
Runtime: 73 minutes
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Tangled Trails (1921)
Corporal Jack Borden (Neal Hart), of the Northwest Mounted Police, trails the man who killed his partner to New York City.
The killer is an unscrupulous promoter who is selling worthless stock in a gold mine.
Borden, with the help of Blanche Hall (Gladys Hampton), locates the man in a Bowery dive, but he escapes and Borden tracks him back to Canada.
Along the way, he discovers that Blanche and his sweetheart, Milly (Violet Palmer), are long-separated sisters and brings about a reconciliation.
Stars: Neal Hart, Violet Palmer and Gladys Hampton
Director: Charles Bartlett
Writers: Charles Bartlett (story), Charles Bartlett (scenario)
Production Co: Neal Hart Productions
Release Date: December 1921
Runtime: 56 min
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J.B. Warner in Big Stakes (1922) & Arizona Days (1928) Bob Custer
Big Stakes (1922) J.B. Warner
"In BIG STAKES Elinor Fair, the proud Castillian daughter of Don Enrico, master of a large Mexican rancho, is betrothed to the Commandante of Sonora, Mexico, Capitan Robert H. Gray, but she shows a romantic interest in devil-may-care Americano J. B. Warner who is not taking life too seriously until he meets Fair.
Infuriated with Fair’s interest in Warner, Gray has Warner and his tubby comedic sidekick, H. S. Karr, captured and brought to Sonora. Gambling for his life, Warner challenges Gray to a deadly contest with the victor winning Fair and the loser forfeiting his life to the bite of a poisonous Gila Monster. A secondary plot has an American enemy of Warner’s, bullying Les Bates, leading a band of Klan-like night-raiding marauders.
To wreak vengeance on Warner, Bates has captured an American girl, Wilamae Carson (who is also fond of Warner), in order to lure Warner into a revengeful trap. There are several surprises, and big stakes, in order before it’s over.
Talented producer/director Clifford S. (Sanford) Elfelt, born February 15, 1890, in Chicago, Illinois, was a former cigar salesman and operator of a movie exchange who became a director at Universal in 1916 and Fox in 1917. It is Elfelt who spotted Warner when the cowboy made several two reelers at Universal, saw great potential in him and signed him to star in features for Elfelt’s East Coast Productions. (Incidentally, Elfelt cast his former wife, minor actress June La Vere [real name Gladys Elfelt], in Warner’s DANGER in ‘23.)
When Warner then signed with Sunset, Elfelt hooked up with fledging Davis Productions to produce Ken Maynard’s first westerns (including $50,000 REWARD. DEMON RIDER, etc.). Unfortunately, Davis floundered and Elfelt went bankrupt. He left films altogether in 1926 after directing Bill Patton in UNDER FIRE for Davis. (Thanks to Evy Patrick for early years research.)
James B. Warner was born in Chadron, Nebraska. His father was William H. Tobias but J. B. was raised by his mother’s parents whose name was Warner. J. B. legally changed his name to Warner, considering his grandparents his father and mother. He was not the brother of film star H. B. Warner as is often reported. J. B. entered the Army in 1917 and was discharged as a Corporal two years later. It was then he came to the attention of Universal, probably at first as a riding extra." Boyd Magers
Warner's career remains a "What if", as the handsome young actor never did mature into one of the "wax works" of the silent era his brother H.B. played in Billy Wilder's 1950 Hollywood classic, Sunset Blvd. (1950). Not yet 30, J.B. died on November 9, 1924, in Los Angeles, California, from tuberculosis.
Arizona Days (1928)
Bob Custer, cowboy star of the 1920s and '30s, fights rustlers and saves the heroine from a Fate Worse Than Death in this typical B western from the last days of the silent era. Directed and co-starring J.P. McGowan, sadly overlooked personality who was actively involved in movies from their dawn until his death in the '50s.
Bob Custer, Peggy Montgomery, J.P. McGowan
Bob Custer stars in this rare silent western. Pretending to join a gang of rustlers in exchange for the protection of his herd, a rancher is really a spy for the cattlemen's association.
When Bob comes along on a similar mission, the rancher's daughter mistakes him for one of the gang. She soon changes her mind when Bob rescues her father and goes after the leader of the gang.
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
Alla Nazimova Salome (1923) & Camille (1921) restored DVD
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Camille (1921) Alla Nazimova, Rudolph Valentino, Rex Cherryman & Patsy Ruth Miller
Camille is a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino & Alla Nazimova and introduces former Nazimova protege Patsy Ruth Miller (the gypsy Emeralda of Lon Chaney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1923) to the screen.
It is one of numerous screen adaptations of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The original play opened in Paris in 1852. The first Broadway production of the play opened on 9 December 1853. There have been 15 Broadway revivals of the popular play, the last in 1935.
The film moves the setting of the story to 1920s Paris, and includes many lavish Art Deco sets, including that of Marguerite's apartment. Natacha Rambova, who would later become Valentino's second wife, was the movie's art director.
Director: Ray C. Smallwood
Writers: Alexandre Dumas fils (novel), June Mathis
Release Date: 26 September 1921 - Production Co: Nazimova Productions
Running time: 1hr4min32sec
Salome (1923) Alla Nazimova, Rose Dione, Mitchell Lewis, Nigel De Brulier, Earl Schenck, Arthur Jasmine, Frederick Peters ... Directed by Charles Bryant ... Faithful adaptation (including costumes - Beardsley) of the Oscar Wilde play ...
Salome seduces her step-father Herod with a sensual dance. In return - he promises her the head of John The Baptist.
Produced by Alla Nazimova. Screenplay and Art Direction by Natacha Rambova ...
RESTORED Running time: 1hr8min34sec
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