Tuesday, August 31, 2010
"Wayne Morris says emphatically that even though his mother-in-law desires it, he and "Bubbles" Schinasi will not reconcile." (Film Fun, 1941)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
"THEY AIM TO PLEASE: In Deanna Durbin's Nice Girl, Universal had three different finales recorded - one for the United States, one for Great Britain, and the last for Latin-America. For the U.S., Deanna will sing "Thank You America"; for Britain: "There'll Always Be England"; and for Latin America, "Thank You America" will be sung in Spanish." (Film Fun, 1941)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
- Stars Clark Gable and Joan Crawford
- This film is included on one of the Joan Crawford DVD collections
- Joan Crawford wore 3 ready to wear dresses in the film which cost less than $40
- It was condemned by the Legion of Decency because scripture was quoted incorrectly in the film and there was a lot of lust in the film
- According to IMDB: After Clark Gable and Joan Crawford shot a scene with a snake hanging from a tree, Joan realized that the snake was real. "That son-of-a-bitch is alive!". When informed that the snake's mouth had been tied shut with a rubber band, she said "And what happens if the f**king rubber band snaps!" and refused to shoot the scene again.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
When Artie Shaw was bandleader at the Hollywood Palladium ballroom cafe, the sign on his dressing room door read: "Stay Out."
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
"MEOW: Said one gal to another as she watched Lana Turner go by: "Take away her sweaters, and what has she got?" Well, there are a lotta folks who'd rise up and say "Pu-lenty." (Film Fun, 1941)"
"IT SHOULD BE GOOD: Movietown's police commissioner has gone literary, a la Hollywood: he's writing a book on the town." (Film Fun, 1941)
Monday, August 23, 2010
I'm assuming that Orson thought this film was bad. I have not seen the film myself, and it appears to be somewhat obscure. It does not even warrant a summary on TCM. For what's it's worth the film was written by Stanley Rubin, Directed by John Rawlins, and Produced by Marshall Grant. From Universal in 1941, this thriller B film stars Lloyd Nolan, Irene Hervey, and J. Carrol Naish (whom I adore in OTR's Life With Luigi). It sounds like a fun thriller. Lloyd Nolan plays Tommy N. Thornton, aka Mr Dynamite, who is a dynamite baseball player. He follows a girl, Irene Nesbitt, into a theater. When the show is over, she's next to a dead man. Nasty characters become involved, and for some reason Shemp Howard as a fortune teller. I guess it's just one of those films I'll have to keep my eyes open for.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I couldn't find a 1940s picture of Eddie Norris, so the above is a more recent image. Eddie passed away in 2002. Eddie was an actor in his own right, active from 1933 until 1963. He appeared in such films as Boys Town, Scandal Sheet, Decoy, The Kentuckian, and the cheesetastic sounding Killer Shark.
Friday, August 20, 2010
- This film has a fabulous cast: Dick Powell, Olivia De Havilland, Mickey Rooney, Anita Louise, James Cagney, Arthur Treacher, Ian Hunter
- The immortal bard
Thursday, August 19, 2010
"If anyone is interested in how boy met girl a century ago, in 1840, they can find out when the re-make of Jane Eyre is released". (Film Fun, 1941)
Guess what 1940 film this song is from:
- If "Angry Fruit" is Grapes of Wrath; "He sank his teeth into her apartment" is what film?
- It stars Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald, George Sanders, and Ian Hunter
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I assume this is tongue and cheek. I adore Citizen Kane. The search for childhood happiness speaks volumes to me. It seems like people either love or hate this film. One of my top favorite films - a must on any list of great films.
For those of you TCM addicts like myself, Citizen Kane is on TCM October 6, 2010 at 8 PM est.
- If "Angry Fruit" is the film Grapes of Wrath, then "A digit on the port side" is this film
- It's from 1940
- Stars Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas
- It's on TCM October 7, 2010 6AM est
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
"Hold Onto Your Hats! 'Tis rumored that John Barrymore and Mae West may be teamed shortly for a picture. What a field day for censors that will provide!" (1941 Film Fun)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
First: Edward G. Robinson gets a citation from the American Legion for his sustained contribution to the cause of Americanism, the first actor to rate it.
When Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt rode at the annual Fort Myer Horse show this year, Preston Foster had the honor of accompanying her and was a guest of the president afterward.