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Pat O'Brien Actor: James Cagney Partner Was Movies' Favorite Catholic Priest

Pat O'Brien: Actor was James Cagney's partner in eight Warner Bros. movies. Pat O'Brien: Actor was Hollywood's prolific 'Resident Irishman' and favorite priest Remember Pat O'Brien? In case you don't, you're not alone despite the fact that O'Brien was featured – in both large and small roles – in about 100 films, from the dawn of the sound era to 1981. That in addition to nearly 50 television appearances, from the early '50s to the early '80s. Never a top star or – despite his stage training – a critics' favorite, O'Brien was nevertheless one of Hollywood's busiest leading men and second leads of the 1930s. Throughout that decade, mostly at Warner Bros., he was seen in nearly 60 films, […]


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Pat O'Brien Actor: James Cagney Partner Was Movies' Favorite Catholic Priest



Jean Harlow Book: Author Mark Vieira Discusses the 'Blonde Bombshell'

One of MGM's brightest stars of the 1930s, Jean Harlow died of uremic poisoning in 1937. At the time, the 26-year-old actress had been playing opposite Clark Gable in what turned out to be her last film, Saratoga. Perhaps because she died so young, Harlow has remained a well-known film personality from that era. Her MGM vehicles – Dinner at 8, Bombshell, China Seas, Wife vs. Secretary, Libeled Lady – are often shown on Turner Classic Movies; David Stenn has written a well-regarded biography; and now comes Mark Vieira and Darrell Rooney's Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital 1928-1937 (Angel City Press, 2011). Celebrating Jean Harlow's centenary (she was born on March 3, 1911), Harlow in […]


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Jean Harlow Book: Author Mark Vieira Discusses the 'Blonde Bombshell'



Jean Harlow on TCM: THE PUBLIC ENEMY, LIBELED LADY, BOMBSHELL

William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Spencer Tracy in Jack Conway's Libeled Lady Turner Classic Movies' Jean Harlow film series continues this evening with four of Harlow's MGM vehicles – Bombshell, Personal Property, Reckless, and Libeled Lady – and one supporting appearance in Warner Bros.' The Public Enemy. Harlow really doesn't have much to do in The Public Enemy (1931). She looks about as out of place in this otherwise solid William A. Wellman crime drama as she is in Frank Capra's melodrama Platinum Blonde, released that same year. James Cagney, however, looks anything but out of place as a sociopathic gangster. Cagney, in fact, was so right for that particular role that early on in the production he exchanged […]


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Jean Harlow on TCM: THE PUBLIC ENEMY, LIBELED LADY, BOMBSHELL