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Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Slipper & The Rose and The Blue Bird (1976) Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Chamberlain









The Blue Bird (1976) starring Elizabeth Tayor, Jane Fonda, Cicely Tyson and Ava Gardner

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The Slipper & The Rose (1976) starring Richard Chamberlain

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Divine! GRETA GARBO ~ As You Desire (1932) & The Painted Veil (1934)



Divine! GRETA GARBO ~ As You Desire (1932) Me & The Painted Veil (1934)

When Hollywood was young! The first “talking motion picture” was in 1929.

Making one million dollars was the American dream. Work hard and with luck, you prosper. You too could be a self-made millionaire.

America was recovering from the Great Depression. World War I was over.

Amerca was exceptional.

Garbo - from silent film star to a world-wide phenomenon!

Garbo - name above the title guaranteed success.

There can only be one.
There has only been one ~ GARBO.

The Painted Veil is a 1934 drama film made by MGM. It was directed by Ryszard Bolesławski and produced by Hunt Stromberg from a screenplay by John Meehan, Salka Viertel, and Edith Fitzgerald, adapted from the 1925 W. Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil. The music score was by Herbert Stothart, the cinematography by William H. Daniels, the art direction by Cedric Gibbons and the costume design by Adrian. It made $1,658,000.

As You Desire Me is a 1932 film adaptation of the play by Luigi Pirandello made by MGM. It was produced and directed by George Fitzmaurice with Irving Thalberg as co-producer. The adaptation was by Gene Markey, the cinematography by William H. Daniels, the art direction by Cedric Gibbons and the costume design by Adrian.

The film stars Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas with Erich von Stroheim, Owen Moore and Hedda Hopper. Its running time is less than 71 minutes, making it the shortest of all Garbo's Hollywood films.

This is also the only film in which Garbo appears as a blonde. It made $1,362,000.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rare 1913 silent film classics ~ Suspense (USA) Lois Weber, Raja Harishchandra (India), Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Russia)




Rare 1913 silent film classics ~

Suspense (1913, USA) Lois Weber

Silent drama film directed by Phillips Smalley and Lois Weber. The film features an early example of a split screen shot. A print of the film survives at the film archive of the British Film Institute.

A tramp stalks Mother and child while her husband is pursued by cops ...

Directed by Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Written by Lois Weber
Starring Lois Weber, Val Paul
Release date: July 6, 1913
Running time: 10 minutes
Country: United States

Raja Harishchandra (1913, India)

Raja Harishchandra (translation: King Harishchandra), is a 1913 silent Indian film directed and produced by Dadasaheb Phalke, and is the first full-length Indian feature film. The film was based on the legend of King Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

The film revolves around the noble and righteous king, Harishchandra, who first sacrifices his kingdom, followed by his wife and eventually his children to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra. Though, in the end, pleased by his high morals, the Gods are pleased and restore his former glory, and further bestow him with divine blessings.

Directed by Dadasaheb Phalke
Produced by Dadasaheb Phalke for Phalke Films
Written by Dadasaheb Phalke
Story by Ranchhodbai Udayram
Starring D. D. Dabke, P. G. Sane
Cinematography, Trymbak B. Telang
Release date: 1913
Running time: 53 minutes 49 seconds
Country: India

Twilight of a Woman's Soul (Russia, 1913)
Stars: Vera Chernova, A. Ugrjumov and V. Demert
Director: Yevgeni Bauer
Writer: V. Demert
Running time: 48 minutes 37 seconds
Country: Russia

In Bauer’s earliest surviving film Twilight of a Woman’s Soul (1913), a bored society woman finds some spark in charity work until she is raped by one of the poor and cynical recipients of her compassion.

Some time later when, troubled by conscience, she tells her new husband of her past and he cannot accept the thought of it and abandons her.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Carol Lynley as Jean HARLOW (1965) & Cat & The Canary (1927 & 1978)









Cult icon ~ Carol Lynley!

Harlow (1965) very low budget, electrovision (video-type) version of the Jean Harlow saga. Purposely rushed in order to compete against the lavish multi-million dollar epic “Harlow” with Carroll Baker and Angela Lansbury as Mama Jean. In this version Ginger Rogers plays Mama Jean.

On a competitve level, both received mixed reviews and both did quite well at the box office.

Silent film classic 1927 and 1978 camp-cult classic ...

The Cat and the Canary (1978) Carol Lynley

Also in the cast in “golden girl" from Goldfinger) Honor Blackman and Petr McEnery, Michael Callan, Olivia Hussey, Edward Fox.

Directed by Radley Metzger.

Frank Willard's 1927 stage play The Cat and the Canary was filmed several times before this 1978 version saw the light of day.

In the story, Annabelle West (Carol Lynley) is one of several potential heirs to a huge fortune. Brought to his foreboding mansion to learn who will benefit from his death, the anxious heirs must sit still for the deceased's taped recitation of his bequests. The dead man, Cyrus West (Wilfred Hyde-White), takes advantage of the occasion to scold his greedy and unpleasant relatives. He leaves behind several posthumous practical jokes which drive his points home. It's a rainy night, the mansion is full of surprises, most of the heirs are an anxious, unpleasant lot, and at least one of them is not above committing murder to have his way. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide




The Cat and the Canary (1927) is an American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni, the film stars Laura La Plante as Annabelle West, Forrest Stanley as Charles "Charlie" Wilder, and Creighton Hale as Paul Jones. The plot revolves around the death of Cyrus West, who is Annabelle, Charlie, and Paul's uncle, and the reading of his will 20 years later. Annabelle inherits her uncle's fortune, but when she and her family spend the night in his haunted mansion they are stalked by a mysterious figure. Meanwhile, a lunatic known as "the Cat" escapes from an asylum and hides in the mansion.

The Cat and the Canary is part of a genre of comedy horror films inspired by 1920s Broadway stage plays. Paul Leni's adaptation of Willard's play blended expressionism with humor, a style Leni was notable for and critics recognized as unique. Leni's style of directing made The Cat and the Canary influential in the "old dark house" genre of films popular from the 1930s through the 1950s. The film was one of Universal's early horror productions and is considered "the cornerstone of Universal's school of horror." It has been remade five times.

Original Score by Brian Pinette


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Joan Crawford ~ Silent film star to Box-Office Queen - Female on the Beach (1955), Montana Moon (1930), Across to Singapore (1928)



Legendary Joan Crawford - three films spanning her silent film stardom, early talkie and 1950s box office Queen!

Female on the Beach (1955) Joan Crawford & Jeff Chandler

Joan Crawford & Jeff Chandler in a story about a widow and her beach bum lover. The screenplay by Robert Hill and Richard Alan Simmons was based on the play The Besieged Heart by Robert Hill. The film was directed by Joseph Pevney and produced by Albert Zugsmith. Co-starring Jan Serling, Cecil Kellaway and Natalie Schafer.

Montana Moon is a 1930 film starring Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown (billed as "John Mack Brown"), and Ricardo Cortez.

Montana Moon (1930)
Plot
Joan Prescott, (Crawford), a vacuous daughter of a wealthy, Montana rancher, meets Larry (Brown), a Texas cowboy. Joan and Larry fall for one another and are engaged. At their engagement party, Joan meets Jeff, (Cortez),a handsome suitor, whom Joan does a daring dance with. As they finish dancing, Joan and Jeff share a lingering kiss. After Jeff and Larry come to blows, Joan takes the train back to New York. En route, the train is held up by masked cowboys, who take Joan as their only hostage, but one of the masked cowboys is Larry who's come to take Joan back to their new life.

Starring Joan Crawford, John Mack Brown, Ricardo Cortez, Dorothy Sebastian, Benny Rubin
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair
Produced by Malcolm St. Clair
Written by Sylvia Thalberg, Frank Butler ... Dialogue: Joe Farnham
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: March 20, 1930
Running time: 89 minutes

& W.C. Fields "The Golf Specialist" (1930)

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Ramon Novarro ~ The Red Lily (1924) & Road to Singapore (1928) Joan Crawford

The Red Lily (1924) silent drama film starring Ramon Novarro, Enid Bennett and Wallace Beery.
Directed, produced & written by Fred Niblo
Release date: 8 September 1924
Running time: 81 minutes

Across to Singapore is a 1928 silent film by director William Nigh starring Ramon Novarro and Joan Crawford.

The plot involves a love triangle between a woman and two brothers, set on board ship and in Singapore. The screenplay was written by Ted Shane based on the novel All the Brothers Were Valiant by Ben Ames Williams.

This was the second film based on this novel; the first was All the Brothers Were Valiant (1923, now lost), and it was remade again in 1953 under the title All the Brothers Were Valiant.

Directed & produced by William Nigh
Release date: April 30, 1928
Running time: 78 minutes
(TCM airing)


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Metropolis (1927) by Fritz Lang


Metropolis (1927)

Metropolis is a 1927 German
expressionist science-fiction film
directed by Fritz Lang.
The film was written by Lang
and his wife Thea Von Harbou
and starred Brigitte Helm,
Gustav Fröhlich, Alfred Abel
and Rudolf Klein-Rogge.

A silent film, it was produced
in the Babelsberg Studios by UFA.

Made in Germany during the Weimar Period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia, and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city's ruler, and Maria, whose background is not fully explained in the film, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classist nature of their city. Metropolis was filmed in 1925, at a cost of approximately four million Reichsmarks.

The film was met with a mixed response upon its initial release, with many critics praising its technical achievements while deriding its simplistic and naïve storyline. Due both to its long running-time and footage censors found questionable, Metropolis was cut substantially after its German premiere; large portions of the film were lost over the subsequent decades.

Numerous attempts have been made to restore the film since the 1970s-80s, and music producer Giorgio Moroder released a version with a soundtrack by rock artists such as Freddie Mercury and Adam Ant in 1984. A new reconstruction of Metropolis was shown at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001, and the film was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in the same year.

In 2008, a print of Lang’s original cut of the film was found in a museum in Argentina. After a long restoration process, the restored film was shown on large screens in Berlin and Frankfurt simultaneously on 12 February 2010.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Connie Stevens, Catherine Hicks as MARILYN MONROE & Carol Lynley, Carroll Baker as JEAN HARLOW ~ 4 DVDs Free Ship USA


Marilyn Monroe & Jean Harlow - biopics

Carol Lynley as HARLOW (1965) Ginger Rogers as Mama Jean

NY Times, May 1965
"The "Harlow" based on Mr. Shulman's handiwork still lurks around the bend, trumpets blaring. Meanwhile, at the Paramount, is the race-winner penned by Karl Tunberg and shot, in the short-cut Electronovision process, apparently before the ink dried. The picture took eight days for filming, the last two due to inclement weather. It didn't rain long enough.

There is, front, center and anything but alluring, Carol Lynley as the nation's movie sex goddess of the thirties. She squeaks, occasionally furrows her youthful brow and twitches her nostrils.

Let's round out the cast. There's Ginger Rogers, as the star's whining, pushing mother; Barry Sullivan, as the girl's lazy, avaricious stepfather; Efrem Zimbalist Jr., as a lofty-nosed actor the heroine finally loves. Hurd Hatfield plays Paul Bern, her "incapable" producer-husband, and Jack Kruschen is Louis B. Mayer, depicted here as a kind of realistic, owlish Santa Claus.

All these, and unfortunates, under Alex Segal's direction, lope through the vignettes of this bony, bargain-basement appraisal of a famous, misguided and tragic young woman. The story, at least as souped up here, never suggests the evolution of a fine comedienne—an actress who learned—whose radiant, white-hot image brightened the screen, glowed and dimmed.

The picture has the tough-minded young heroine falling into her choice "Hell's Angels" role and then battling her mother, stepfather and studio over her sex synonymity, seeking solace in a doomed marriage and finally expiring, rather mysteriously, attended by true love (Mr. Zimbalist) as "Mr. Mayer" intones, "May God rest her soul." Most of the dialogue is atrocious. The picture hovers over the sequence of her tragic alliance with the suicidal Mr. Bern—a brief, amoral aftermath—with peephole solicitude.

Hermione Baddeley totters in with motherly advice to the heroine, playing Marie Dressler. Michael Dante, as a professional lover, clips off the film's most telling line to Miss Lynley: "Everybody has problems. But you stars are the ones who can afford to have them."

The Electronovision rush job on Miss Harlow's life and career is also a dimly-lit business technically. Maybe it's just as well. This much is for sure: Whatever the second "Harlow" picture looks and sounds like, it can't be much worse than the first.

B/W - Overall good quality for this low budget opus filmed in 8 days in EARLY videotape style media.

FOR FILM buffs - Ginger Rogers in my estimatation gives a better performance in this version than Angela Lansbury in the Carroll Baker big-budget opus. It could be the script OR the fact that Miss Rogers had more decades of experience under her belt.

Carroll Baker is HARLOW (1965) Angela Lansbury is Mamma Jean
Million dollar Big screen adaptation of the life of Jean Harlow .

Sex Symbol (1974) Connie Stevens
Co-starring Shelley Winters. A thinly disguised version of the life of Marilyn Monroe, detailing her ups and downs in life and how her erratic behavior contributes to her deteriorating career. TV movie released on DVD overseas with nudity. Two releases combined (occasional English sub-titles) to get a full Complete/un-cut movie (addtl. footage from USA TV release). Quality good.

Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980) Catherine Hicks
Miss Hicks won an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn based upon Norman Mailer's best-selling novel of the day. DVD is the ABC Sunday Night Movie premiere airing.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Tainted Blood (1993) Raquel Welch, Alley Mills & Joan Van Ark






Tainted Blood (1993) Raquel Welch
Alley Mills
& Joan Van Ark

Raquel Welch is an author researching a new book, when she comes across the story of a surprising double murder-suicide...

Release Date: 3 March 1993(USA)

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Painted Veil (1934) Greta Garbo



The Painted Veil is a 1934 drama film made by MGM. It was directed by Ryszard Bolesławski and produced by Hunt Stromberg from a screenplay by John Meehan, Salka Viertel, and Edith Fitzgerald, adapted from the 1925 W. Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil. The music score was by Herbert Stothart, the cinematography by William H. Daniels, the art direction by Cedric Gibbons and the costume design by Adrian. It made $1,658,000.


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The Ten Commandments (1923) & King of Kings (1927)





Cecil B. DeMille - Silent film “masterpieces!”

The Ten Commandments is a 1923 American epic silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Theodore Roberts as Moses, Charles de Rochefort as Pharaoh Ramesses, Estelle Taylor as Miriam the sister of Moses, and James Neill as Aaron, the brother of Moses. The cast also included notable silent film actors Nita Naldi, Leatrice Joy, Rod La Rocque, Richard Dix, Edythe Chapman and Agnes Ayres. The film is a grand spectacle of early Hollywood filmmaking, running 136 minutes, with the Exodus scenes photographed in early Technicolor. While the first half of the film tells the biblical story, the second half is a morality parable set in modern times. The film is the first in DeMille's biblical trilogy followed by The King of Kings (1927) and The Sign of the Cross (1932). The movie was released by Paramount Pictures and premiered at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on December 4, 1923.

The King of Kings (1927) is a silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is a religious movie about the last weeks of Jesus before his crucifixion. H. B. Warner starred as Jesus. One of the last sequences of the movie, the Resurrection, is in Technicolor.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Silent films, talkies, classics, TV specials 2 for $9.99 Free ship USA over 1000+ titles to choose from ....













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