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A major silent film and Old Hollywood fan, André Soares is the author of Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro, about the troubled gay Hollywood star (Ben-Hur, The Student Prince) who was brutally killed in 1968. Google+, Facebook


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Cary Grant Films: Gender-Bending Comedy 'I Was a Male War Bride'

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Cary Grant films on TCM: Gender-bending 'I Was a Male War Bride' (photo: Cary Grant not gay at all in 'I Was a Male War Bride') More Cary Grant films tonight, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its Star of the Month presentations. Right now, TCM is showing the World War II action-drama Destination Tokyo, in which Grant finds himself aboard a U.S. submarine alongside John Garfield. Directed by Delmer Daves, who a decade later would direct a series of classy Westerns (e.g., 3:10 to Yuma, The Hanging Tree), Destination Tokyo is pure flag-waving propaganda, plodding its way through the dangerous waters of war-movie stereotypes and speechifying banalities. The film's key point of interest is Grant himself -- not because of he's any good, but because he has been cast against type as a tough submarine commander. It's always odd to see debonair Cary Grant in a John Wayne or […]


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Cary Grant Movies: 'An Affair to Remember'

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Cary Grant movies: 'An Affair to Remember' does justice to its title (photo: Cary Grant ca. late 1940s) Cary Grant excelled at playing Cary Grant. This evening, fans of the charming, sophisticated, debonair actor -- not to be confused with the Bristol-born Archibald Leach -- can rejoice, as no less than eight Cary Grant movies are being shown on Turner Classic Movies, including a handful of his most successful and best-remembered star vehicles from the late '30s to the late '50s. (See also: "Cary Grant Classic Movies" and "Cary Grant and Randolph Scott: Gay Lovers?") The evening begins with what may well be Cary Grant's best-known film, An Affair to Remember. This 1957 romantic comedy-melodrama is unusual in that it's an even more successful remake of a previous critical and box-office hit -- the Academy Award-nominated 1939 release Love Affair -- and that it was directed by the same man […]


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First Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Award Winners

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First Best Actor Oscar winner Emil Jannings and first Best Actress Oscar winner Janet Gaynor on TCM (photo: Emil Jannings in 'The Last Command') First Best Actor Academy Award winner Emil Jannings in The Last Command, first Best Actress Academy Award winner Janet Gaynor in Sunrise, and sisters Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge are a few of the silent era performers featured this evening on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its Silent Monday presentations. Starting at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on November 17, 2014, get ready to check out several of the biggest movie stars of the 1920s. Following the Jean Negulesco-directed 1943 musical short Hit Parade of the Gay Nineties -- believe me, even the most rabid anti-gay bigot will be able to enjoy this one -- TCM will be showing Josef von Sternberg's The Last Command (1928) one of the two movies that […]


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