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West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far

West End stage actress Constance Cummings also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood and British movies. West End theater star: Constance Cummings in 'Saint Joan,' Shakespeare (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband […]


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West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far



Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is […]


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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type



Best British Movies of All Time?

Best British movies of all time: Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Best British Movies of All Time? Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster, was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by […]


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Best British Movies of All Time?



'Ryan's Daughter' Actor Christopher Jones Who Turned Down 'Pulp Fiction' Dead

'Ryan's Daughter' actor Christopher Jones dead at 72: Quit acting following nervous breakdown after Sharon Tate murder, in later years turned down Quentin Tarantino movie offer Christopher Jones, who had a key role in David Lean's 1970 romantic epic Ryan's Daughter, died of complications from gallbladder cancer last Friday, January […]


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'Ryan's Daughter' Actor Christopher Jones Who Turned Down 'Pulp Fiction' Dead



Alec Guinness Movies: 'Star Wars' Star's Fagin Caused Stir

Alec Guinness. Alec Guinness movies: Pre-'Star Wars' Guinness runs the gamut from Dickens' Fagin to Japanese businessman romancing Rosalind Russell Alec Guinness is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The bad news: No Alec Guinness TCM premieres or lesser-known Guinness movies, e.g., A […]


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Alec Guinness Movies: 'Star Wars' Star's Fagin Caused Stir



'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Young Winston': TCM Films

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Lawrence of Arabia Turner Classic Movies' “Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film” continues this evening with four movies about European powers and their difficult relationship with “the Arab races”: Lawrence of Arabia, Lion of the Desert, The Four Feathers, and Young Winston. In David Lean's […]


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'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Young Winston': TCM Films



'A Passage to India' Review - Judy Davis, Peggy Ashcroft

Judy Davis, A Passage to India Synopsis: In the early 20th century, Miss Quested (Judy Davis) and her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft, right), arrive in India, where they're met by Ronny Moore (Nigel Havers), a young and self-righteous representative of the British Empire. During their stay, a local […]


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'A Passage to India' Review - Judy Davis, Peggy Ashcroft



'Brief Encounter' Capsule Review: David Lean Romantic Classic About Sympathetic Adulterers

Brief Encounter one-line synopsis: A married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a housewife (Celia Johnson) have an adulterous (and platonic) affair. The Pros: Shadow-bathed, smoke-enshrouded railway stations (cinematography by Robert Krasker) to the strains of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. Enough to turn the jadedest among us into a wide-eyed romantic. […]


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'Brief Encounter' Capsule Review: David Lean Romantic Classic About Sympathetic Adulterers



MGM Files for Bankruptcy + the History of Hollywood & 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Marion Davies in King Vidor's Show People Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which decades ago was the most financially stable of the Hollywood studios, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. MGM – initially Metro-Goldwyn – was formed through the amalgamation of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924. Goldwyn, […]


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MGM Files for Bankruptcy + the History of Hollywood & 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'



Peter O'Toole Movies: 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'The Last Emperor'

Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia Peter O'Toole on Turner Classic Movies on Saturday, Aug. 28., '10, TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series has only four more days to go. (See TCM's Peter O'Toole movie schedule further below.) O'Toole isn't one of my favorite actors – […]


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Peter O'Toole Movies: 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'The Last Emperor'



John Mills Movies: 'Ryan's Daughter' Oscar Winner

John Mills. Unfortunately, nine of the ten John Mills films to be shown on Turner Classic Movies as part of their month-long “Summer Under the Stars” series on Sunday, Aug. 22, '10, are reruns. The one exception is I Was Monty's Double, a 1958 John Guillermin-directed World War II drama. […]


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John Mills Movies: 'Ryan's Daughter' Oscar Winner



'The Poseidon Director' Director Ronald Neame Dead at 99

Jack Albertson, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons in Ronald Neame's The Poseidon Adventure Ronald Neame, best-known for the 1972 blockbuster The Poseidon Adventure, died on Wednesday, June 16, '10, at a hospital in Los Angeles. Neame, who never recovered after suffering a fall, was 99. In the grandiose and technically impressive […]


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'The Poseidon Director' Director Ronald Neame Dead at 99



Maurice Jarre: 'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Doctor Zhivago' Composer Has Died

Maurice Jarre, best known for his Oscar-winning association with David Lean in films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984), died in his sleep on March 28 at his home in Malibu after a brief illness. Some reports claimed that Jarre had […]


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Maurice Jarre: 'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Doctor Zhivago' Composer Has Died



David Lean's A PASSAGE TO INDIA Screening

A Passage to India, David Lean's final film as a director and a 1984 Best Picture nominee, is the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The sweeping drama will screen on Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's […]


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David Lean's A PASSAGE TO INDIA Screening



'Doctor Zhivago': Romance & Revolution Blockbuster Screening

When bigger isn't better: Doctor Zhivago is no masterpiece. Bloated and overlong, it fails as both historical epic and love story. And this is a film directed by the man - David Lean - who handled one of the best romantic movies ever, Brief Encounter. Anyhow, Doctor Zhivago is at […]


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'Doctor Zhivago': Romance & Revolution Blockbuster Screening



Michael Caine 'Get Carter': Best British Film Ever?

Michael Caine in 'Get Carter.' Michael Caine 'Get Carter': 1971 gangster thriller the Best British film ever made? Get Carter, Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller starring a young Michael Caine and some scary-looking weaponry, was selected as Britain's very best movie ever according to 25 British film critics polled by Total […]


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Michael Caine 'Get Carter': Best British Film Ever?