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Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From 'The Smiling Lieutenant' to TCM premiere 'Skylark' (image: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in 'The Smiling Lieutenant') Claudette Colbert, the studio era's perky, independent-minded – and French-born – “all-American” girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies' star of the day today, August 18, 2014, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” film series. Colbert, a surprise Best Actress Academy Award winner for Frank Capra's 1934 comedy It Happened One Night, was one Paramount's biggest box office draws for more than decade and Hollywood's top-paid female star of 1938, with reported earnings of $426,944 – or about $7.21 million in 2014 dollars. (See also: TCM's Claudette Colbert […]


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Claudette Colbert & Alla Nazimova, Marion Davies & Charles Boyer: Cinecon

Director Allan Dwan, actor George O'Brien, cinematographer George Webber, East Side, West Side Are you a movie lover in Los Angeles, unable to travel either to Venice or Telluride? Don't despair. L.A. has its own glamorous film festival this weekend. It's called Cinecon, now in its 47th year. What's more: unlike the vast majority of movies screening at the more highly publicized Venice and Telluride – which will shortly be made available at theaters, DVD stores, or online streaming services – most Cinecon movies are nearly impossible to be seen anywhere else. In other words, it's September 1-5 at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at Grauman's Egyptian on Hollywood Boulevard or (quite possibly) never. This year's Cinecon rarities includes the […]


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Claudette Colbert & Alla Nazimova, Marion Davies & Charles Boyer: Cinecon



Claudette Colbert Career & Lesbian Rumors: Q&A with Veteran Author James Robert Parish

Claudette Colbert, Paramount star Those who remember Claudette Colbert, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” featured player today, will likely picture a woman raising her skirt so as to hitch a ride in Frank Capra's 1934 Academy Award-winning comedy It Happened One Night. After all, Colbert's left leg immediately succeeds where Clark Gable's left thumb failed. Colbert, however, could get her way without having to resort to displaying her ankle to helpless oncoming drivers. In fact, during her nearly three decades as a film star – a film superstar during more than half that period – Colbert almost invariably got her way in both dramas and comedies, whether in modern dress or in period costumes. All she needed to […]


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Claudette Colbert Career & Lesbian Rumors: Q&A with Veteran Author James Robert Parish



Colbert Movies: From 'It Happened One Night' to 'Parrish'

Mostly a Paramount star, Claudette Colbert hasn't been a frequent presence on Turner Classic Movies – that is, apart from reruns of her relatively few movies at MGM, Warner Bros., and RKO. Unfortunately, TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” day dedicated to Colbert – Friday, August 12, 2011 – won't rectify that glaring cinematic omission. (See Claudette Colbert Movie Schedule below.) Despite the fact that dozens of Claudette Colbert movies remain unavailable – thanks to Universal, owner of the old Paramount movie library – TCM is only presenting one Colbert premiere, Ken Annakin's British-made 1952 drama The Planter's Wife / Outpost in Malaya, co-starring Jack Hawkins. Of course, one rarely seen movie is better than none, but still… Think The Wiser […]


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Colbert Movies: From 'It Happened One Night' to 'Parrish'



'It Happened One Night' Review: Frank Capra Directs Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert to Oscars

Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night It is a very rare thing when a light-hearted comedy, something that is quintessentially the stuff of a “good movie,” breaches into that territory where the term “good film” can also be applied, but Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934), adapted by Capra's longtime collaborator Robert Riskin from Samuel Hopkins Adams' short story “Night Bus,” may be such an exception. Today, most people know Capra solely for his rediscovered classic It's a Wonderful Life, made a dozen years later, but It Happened One Night was his first stab at what most critics would label greatness. The fact that the film is a comedy is all the more striking for It Happened […]


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'It Happened One Night' Review: Frank Capra Directs Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert to Oscars



Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins & Gloria Swanson: Cinefest

William Gargan, Miriam Hopkins, Jack La Rue in Stephen Roberts' The Story of Temple Drake Cinefest 2011, a four-day festival of rare American films, kicked off earlier today in Syracuse, NY. According to organizers, Cinefest features “great films … from the vaults of the world's greatest libraries and obscure specialties we are noted for from private collectors!” [Cinefest 2011 schedule.] Among the highlights at this year's Cinefest are the East Coast premiere of the Museum of Modern Art's restored print of the racy pre-Code Miriam Hopkins vehicle The Story of Temple Drake (1933), based on William Faulkner's Sanctuary; the Dolores Costello vehicle Glorious Betsy (1928), which earned Anthony Coldeway an Academy Award nomination for Best Adaptation; and Norman Taurog's The […]


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Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins & Gloria Swanson: Cinefest



Greta Garbo and Claudette Colbert: Getty Museum Movies

Alla Nazimova, Salome (top); Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Mata Hari (bottom) Alla Nazimova's Salome, Claudette Colbert's Cleopatra, Hedy Lamarr's Delilah, and Greta Garbo's Mata Hari are the four temptresses featured in the “Ornament and the Enchantress” film series presented by Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum. Charles Bryant's Salome (1923); Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra (1934), co-starring Warren William and Henry Wilcoxon; DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949), co-starring Victor Mature; and George Fitzmaurice's Mata Hari (1931), co-starring Ramon Novarro, will be screened at the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center June 26-27. “Ornament and the Enchantress” will serve as a complement to the exhibition “The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme,” on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at […]


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Greta Garbo and Claudette Colbert: Getty Museum Movies



THE MISLEADING LADY - Claudette Colbert, Edmund Lowe

While hardly a cinematic masterpiece, Paramount's 1932 romantic comedy The Misleading Lady (filmed at New York's Astoria studios) is an amusing romp that makes no special demands on its audience and has no pretensions about having something “profound” to say. Although the premise – taken from Charles W. Goddard and Paul Dickey's 1913 Broadway play – is fairly predictable about ten minutes into the film, The Misleading Lady still offered enough wit to keep this viewer interested. At a brisk 67 minutes, the film doesn't wear out its welcome, but rather has the effect of a genial, casual acquaintance who momentarily engages you in pleasant, idle chatter – and who is gracious enough to take their leave just as the […]


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THE MISLEADING LADY - Claudette Colbert, Edmund Lowe





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