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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

'Rebecca' 1940: Joan Fontaine as the 'successor' and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly returned to Brazilian screens in summer 2016. Since yesterday, Aug. 11, restored 2K digital copies of the Best Picture Academy Award winner starring Oscar nominees Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine are being presented in 12 Brazilian cities. Handled by the newly formed Celeste, an alternative film distribution company based in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, the screenings are scheduled to last at least one week. Among the cities showing Rebecca […]


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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens



Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland in 'The Heiress.' Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. (See previous post: “Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Warner Bros. Legal Fight Changed U.S. Labor Law.”) In 1942, Olivia de Havilland reportedly turned down the colorless leading lady role in Raoul Walsh's Gentleman Jim, which would have paired her with Errol Flynn for the ninth time. Alexis Smith was cast instead. That same year, de Havilland also said no to the Jack Benny comedy George Washington Slept Here. Ann Sheridan had to step in. And she chose to go on vacation instead of playing one of the title characters in Irving Rapper's The Gay Sisters, co-starring Barbara Stanwyck and Geraldine Fitzgerald. Nancy Coleman was de Havilland's replacement. These, […]


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Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit



Vivien Leigh Movies: Scarlett O'Hara of Anglo-Indian-Armenian Descent?

Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films – in about 15 of which as a leading lady or star – in a movie career spanning three decades. Good for the relatively few who saw her on stage; bad for all those who have access to only a few performances of one of the most remarkable acting talents of the 20th century. This evening, TCM is showing three Vivien Leigh movies: Gone with the Wind (1939), 21 Days […]


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Vivien Leigh Movies: Scarlett O'Hara of Anglo-Indian-Armenian Descent?



Robert Walker: Actor Ran Gamut from Hetero Boy-Next-Door to Murderous Gay Psychopath

Robert Walker: Actor in MGM films of the '40s. Robert Walker: Actor who conveyed boy-next-door charms, psychoses At least on screen, I've always found the underrated actor Robert Walker to be everything his fellow – and more famous – MGM contract player James Stewart only pretended to be: shy, amiable, naive. The one thing that made Walker look less like an idealized “Average Joe” than Stewart was that the former did not have a vacuous look. Walker's intelligence shone clearly through his bright (in black and white) grey eyes. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” programming, Turner Classic Movies is dedicating today, Aug. 9, '15, to Robert Walker, who was featured in 20 films between 1943 and his […]


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Robert Walker: Actor Ran Gamut from Hetero Boy-Next-Door to Murderous Gay Psychopath



Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out

Teresa Wright 'The Men' publicity shot. Teresa Wright-Samuel Goldwyn association comes to a nasty end (See preceding post: “Teresa Wright in 'The Best Years of Our Lives': Mammoth Blockbuster Was Career Highlight.”) Whether or not because she was aware that Enchantment wasn't going to be the hit she needed – or some other disagreement with Samuel Goldwyn or personal issues with husband Niven Busch – Teresa Wright, claiming illness, refused to go to New York City to promote the film. Goldwyn had previously announced that Wright, whose contract still had another four and a half years to run, was to star in a film version of J.D. Salinger's 1948 short story “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut.” Instead, he unceremoniously – and […]


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Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out



'A Tale of Two Cities' Review: Ronald Colman Brilliant Charles Dickens Hero

A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1935) Dir.: Jack Conway Cast: Ronald Colman, Elizabeth Allan, Edna May Oliver, Reginald Owen, Basil Rathbone, Blanche Yurka, Donald Woods, Lucille La Verne, Henry B. Walthall, H.B. Warner, Walter Catlett, Fritz Leiber, Isabel Jewell, Tully Marshall, Mitchell Lewis, Robert Warwick Scr.: W. P. Lipscomb and S. N. Behrman; from Charles Dickens' novel Jack Conway's A Tale of Two Cities Although not as widely known as other Old Hollywood spectacles, David O. Selznick's film production of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, set during the time of the French Revolution, is far, far better than most of the other period dramas made during the studio era. Starring former silent-screen heartthrob Ronald Colman; featuring respected supporting […]


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'A Tale of Two Cities' Review: Ronald Colman Brilliant Charles Dickens Hero



Jennifer Jones Movie Memorabilia Auction: 'Duel in the Sun' & 'Gone with the Wind' Screenplays

Jennifer Jones, Duel in the Sun Jennifer Jones' Auction to Include DUEL IN THE SUN Screenplay Lot No: 7025 Golden Globe award for “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing,” 1955 The gold-colored metal globe atop a white marble base with a placard on front engraved “To / Jennifer Jones / For Her / Performance in / Love is a Many-Splendored Thing / 1955 / HFPA” [Hollywood Foreign Press Association]; awarded to Jones in the category of 'Promoting International Understanding.' Included is a receipt for a telegram that David O. Selznick sent to Jones; dated “Feb 22/'56,” it reads in part “…you will receive Henrietta Award from Foreign Correspondents stationed Hollywood for actress having contributed most to mutual understanding.” 9 x 3 […]


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Jennifer Jones Movie Memorabilia Auction: 'Duel in the Sun' & 'Gone with the Wind' Screenplays



Jennifer Jones Auction: Golden Globe, Screenplays and Scrapbooks

Jennifer Jones, the Oscar-winning actress and widow of both Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick and industrialist Norton Simon, will have a number of her belongings auctioned. Jones, who died last year at the age of 90, was best known for her varied roles in old Hollywood blockbusters, chiefly St. Bernadette in Henry King's The Song of Bernadette (1943); the sultry half-breed Pearl Chavez in King Vidor's Duel in the Sun (1946); and the Eurasian doctor in love with journalist William Holden in another Henry King effort, the tearjerker Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955). Though less widely known, Jones was also chairwoman of the Norton Simon Foundation Board, a position she held for years following Simon's death […]


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Jennifer Jones Auction: Golden Globe, Screenplays and Scrapbooks





FILM ARCHIVES

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Robert Thom, Jennifer Jones, ANGEL, ANGEL, DOWN WE GO
THE MISLEADING LADY - Claudette Colbert, Edmund Lowe
Best Films – 1952
Kristen Stewart & Zac Efron Oscar Presenters, 'Mystery Buyer' Returns Bette Davis Oscar
'Gone with the Wind' Actress Cammie King Dies, Rent Katharine Hepburn Home
'Drunken Angel': Akira Kurosawa in 'Unformed' Pre-Masterpiece Stage
National Film Registry Adds Fast-Decomposing 'Star Wars' Sequel & Demon Possession Rarity
Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins & Gloria Swanson: Cinefest
Francesco Quinn Dead at 48: Anthony Quinn's Son Appeared with His Father in Three Movies
Vanessa Redgrave Academy Salute: From Pariah to Honoree
Cinema Paradiso Finale: Valentine's Day Movie Montage
Myrna Loy Movies: THE BARBARIAN
Randolph Scott Westerns: B Movies and Classics
Simone Simon: 'La Bête Humaine' 1938 Femme Fatale