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STAGE DOOR

STAGE DOOR

OK. It’s Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, Eve Arden but not as we know them in STAGE DOOR.

Kate’s picture looks to be from  KEEPER OF THE FLAME.

Ginger’s may be  from the 50s, as does Eve’s.

Lucille’s picture could be from the 60s.

What were they thinking. Presumably a re-issue poster.

At least Adolphe Menjou and Ann Miller are the right period.

 

 

John Wayne,Constance Towers

John Wayne,Constance Towers

I love this picture from THE HORSE SOLDIERS.It’s  almost like a painting, with the red skirt, and the glimpse of red in Wayne’s shirt. And that dark wooden roof with the light coming through.

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO

You can see Clark Gable in the bottom right corner of this photo,showing the aftermath of the impressive earthquake sequence in SAN FRANCISCO.

PUBLICITY SHOTS 7

Van Heflin,Judy Garland.PRESENTING LILY MARS

Van Heflin,Judy Garland.PRESENTING LILY MARS

George Brent,     THE RAINS CAME

George Brent, Brenda Joyce THE RAINS CAME

 

 

Eleanor Parker,Ruth Roman,Patricia Neal.THREE SECRETS

Eleanor Parker,Ruth Roman,Patricia Neal.THREE SECRETS

 

 

Lauren Bacall,June Allyson,Arlene Dahl.A WOMAN'S WORLS

Lauren Bacall,June Allyson,Arlene Dahl.A WOMAN’S WORLD

 

 

Kirk Douglas,Lana Turner.THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Kirk Douglas,Lana Turner.THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

 

 

Charlton Heston,Eleanor Parker.THE NAKED JUNGLE

Charlton Heston,Eleanor Parker.THE NAKED JUNGLE

 

 

Phil Silvers,,Rita Hayworth,Gene Kelly.

Phil Silvers,,Rita Hayworth,Gene Kelly.COVER GIRL

 

 

Lana Turner

Lana Turner,Gene Kelly,Van Heflin,June Allyson,Angela Lansbury – KeenanWynn

 

 

Deanna Durbin,Franchot Tone.HIS BUTLER'S SISTER

Deanna Durbin,Franchot Tone.HIS BUTLER’S SISTER

 

 

Tyrone Power,Linda Darnell

Tyrone Power,Linda Darnell THE MARK OF ZORRO

 

 

 

FOREIGN CONFLICT

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RETURN TO THE ABYSS

 

 

MISTS

MISTS

 

 

DEATH WAS NOT AT THE RENDEZVOUS

DEATH WAS NOT AT THE RENDEZVOUS

 

 

FATAL FOOTPRINT

FATAL FOOTPRINT

 

Fascinating foreign titles for Bogart’s 1945 film,CONFLICT( a film Bogart didn’t want to make). None seem to relate much to the plot. No mention of a rose!

CONFLICT has a perfectly straightforward translation in French (CONFLIT): German (KONFLIKT):  Italian (CONFLITTO): and Spanish (CONFLICTO).

I guess they wanted something more colourful!

The second poster could have been a winner but for that depiction of Alexis Smith. Don’t know how they could get it so wrong when Bogart and Greenstreet are so well painted.

And  in case anybody thinks I can speak 4 European languages, Google Translate does all the work.

BIG TOWN AFTER DARK. 1947

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With a title like BIG TOWN AFTER DARK and the lead played by Hillary Brooke,I imagined a hard-hitting crime story probably set in New York and full of gangsters and molls.
Well,I can only say this was a minor B and it showed. An acceptable, not great cast and a script which scraped by with a fast pace which kept it moving at least.
What I found most interesting was not the film itself, but the history associated with it.
The plot concerns a newspaper editor (Philip Reed),his reporter/girlfriend (Hillary Brooke) and a kidnapping which isn’t what it seems.

Phillip Reed,Hillary Brooke

Philip Reed,Hillary Brooke

It was interesting to see Hillary in one of her very few leading lady roles .
As usual, the actress who played the devious character (Ann Gillis) had the best part. And 20 year old Ann,whom I only know as a child actress in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, made the most of her role. This was her very last film role.
Ann’s history is interesting – she became a Belgian citizen and lived in Belgium from 1972 till 2014.
As far as I know, she moved to the UK in December,2014.
If it were possible,Ann would make a good guest at a TCM Festival.

Richard Travis,Ann Gillis

Richard Travis,Ann Gillis,Philip Reed

 

I didn’t recognise Richard Travis as the chief heavy. ( He was the nice guy whom Bette Davis fell for in The Man Who Came To Dinner.) He did very well as the gambling house owner who sets up a blackmail scheme.

Hillary Brooke and Philip Reed starred in 4 films about Big Town in the late 40s. They were made by the Pine-Thomas production unit and I watched Big Town After Dark at Free-Classic-Movies.com which also has Big Town Scandal (1948) which I’ll watch in the hope Hillary Brooke has a bigger role.

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Big Town Scandal

 

BIG TOWN  originated as a radio series in 1937, starring Edward G.Robinson and Claire Trevor as the editor and his star reporter. Amazingly, Edward G.made 6 films during the 1937-1938 season of the radio show; and Claire made 10 movies during that period! And they costarred in The Amazing Dr.Clitterhouse (1938).

 

Claire Trevor,Edward G.Robinson

Claire Trevor,Edward G.Robinson

 

The show was very successful and when Claire left in 1939, Ona  Munson replaced her. ( I always confuse Ona’s name with Osa Massen).

Ona was Belle Watling in Gone With the Wind and her papers are held at the New York Public Library – another instance of public access being limited to visits to the library in person.

I didn’t know Ona had been a singer and dancer. She introduced the song”You’re The Cream in my  coffee” in the 1927 Broadway show, “Hold Everything.”

 

Ona Munson,Edward G.Robinson

Ona Munson,Edward G.Robinson

 

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Big Town

 

When Robinson finally left the show in  1942, the show survived for another 8 years, with two radio actors Edward Pawley and Fran Carlon.

i could only find one episode with Edward G. on Archive.org.

But you couldn’t kill this show!  From 1950 to 1956, Big Town became a TV series starring Mark Stevens ( who also directed 40 episodes). Various actresses including Jane Nigh co-starred.

I was surprised to read that Busby Berkeley directed 4 episodes.

Lots of good character actors found work in the TV series – Louis Jean Heydt,John Dehner,Steve Brodie,Elisha Cook,Steven Geray,Ted De Corsia.

I couldn’t find any episodes to watch.

 

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

 

So, quite a history, illustrating again that a successful format can go on and on!

 

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Hillary Brooke,Philip Reed

 

 

 

 

 

MEMORABLE SHOTS

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Ginger  would have been a dream in the Kander and Ebb musical of CHICAGO.
Love this shot.

 

 

 

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Another shot from NOTORIOUS after Claude Rains and Leopoldine Konstantin discuss how they will deal with the fact that he married an American spy (Ingrid Bergman). Love Leopoldine. This was her only American film and her first in 11 years. She was born in 1886 and died in 1965.

 

 

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Cagney trusts Edmond O’Brien. Big mistake. WHITE HEAT.

 

 

 

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Great noir shot of Paul Stewart in THE WINDOW.

 

 

 

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Cary,just as well you don’t know what’s in front of you. Beware that crop duster.

 

 

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At last,Roger Thornhill finds out what it is all about.
Cary Grant, Leo G Carroll.NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

 

 

Gail Patrick

Gail Patrick

That hat looks as if it is about to take off.

 

 

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Eve Arden,Katharine Hepburn.STAGE DOOR

Love that cat. Wonder if Eve did!

SEARCHLIGHT

Films I’m searching for. I don’t know if they are good or bad,I just fancy what I’ve read about them in IMDB, and stars like Claire Trevor, Ann Sothern,Cesar Romero,Zachary Scott.

Who’d have thought Philip Dorn would get billing above Mary Astor.

And I couldn’t resist that title, SHE HAD TO EAT. I have to see it.

I hope they are not all missing presumed lost. My spies are out there. Any information will be gratefully received. Contact Spade and Archer c/o Warner Brothers,Hollywood.

I may be wrong but they all seem to be in colour except for that final title about the girl who is looking for her next meal.

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PHIL CAREY INTERVIEW

Phil Carey

The Archive of American Television at Emmy TV Legends is a wonderful resource for interviews with many stars .
Just some of the interviewees include Mitzi Gaynor,Patricia Hitchcock,Betty Garrett,Angela Lansbury,Jack Lemmon,A.C.Lyles,Hume Cronyn,Abraham Polonsky,John Frankenheimer. The list runs to several hundred.
And most of these interviews run two to three hours.

The interviews touch on movie careers, but are mainly concerned with TV output. I am not aware that any similar archive is available for motion pictures, more’s the pity.
I didn’t know that Phil Carey (1925-2009) had been in a daytime soap opera, ONE LIFE TO LIVE for 28 years.
Phil was interviewed in 2002:
I got the part in OPERATION PACIFIC – the first movie I had ever done – and I was co-starring with Duke Wayne,Pat Neal and Ward Bond.”
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Warners put me under contract and the next movie I did was with Gary Cooper, called SPRINGFIELD RIFLE…..
I did PUSHOVER with Fred MacMurray and Kim Novak. It was a remake of DOUBLE INDEMNITY, only we were two cops.”
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I did a movie with Rock Hudson,GUN FURY.
By the way, when you’re under contract to the studio in those days, you had to ride. The guy that was directing this movie, Raoul Walsh, said anybody that’s in this movie must ride. The movie was in 3D – Walsh only had one eye so he could never see the 3D.”

Phil played Philip Marlowe on TV, 1959/1960 and the western series LAREDO IN 1966. He also did an amusing TV advertising campaign in the 1960s – for Granny Goose potato chips. He was Granny Goose!
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Phil Carey,Allyn Ann McLerie.CALAMITY JANE

Phil Carey,Allyn Ann McLerie.CALAMITY JANE

Another interesting interview I watched was from 2004, with Harry Morgan when he was 89 years old.
Harry said:
“I moved to Hollywood in 1942. I got a contract at Fox – 6 months or a year – $600 a week. My first film was SHORES OF TRIPOLI with Randolph Scott.
I did a lot of comedy parts at Fox, but then I did THE OX-BOW INCIDENT which I think is maybe my favorite picture of all that I have done.
I never have been pidgeon-holed – I’ve played a variety of things.
Jimmy Stewart couldn’t have been greater to me – I did 5 pictures with him- a pleasure to work with.”

Harry said he liked working with Joan Crawford in TORCH SONG.

Henry Fonda, Harry Morgan.THE OX BOW INCIDENT

Henry Fonda, Harry Morgan.THE OX BOW INCIDENT