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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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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 – […]


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Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out



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

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 […]


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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, 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, […]


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



Jennifer Jones: Best Actress Oscar Winner & 'Duel in the Sun' Star Dead at 90

Jennifer Jones in Portrait of Jennie. Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Jones dead at 90: Best remembered for her portrayals of troubled, complex women Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Jones, the star of the 1940s blockbusters The Song of Bernadette and Duel the Sun, and the wife of Gone […]


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Jennifer Jones: Best Actress Oscar Winner & 'Duel in the Sun' Star Dead at 90



'The Prisoner of Zenda' 1937: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Centennial Academy Screening

The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. vs. Ronald Colman. A moderately popular leading man in the early 1930s, mostly as either obnoxious or lackluster “heroes” in forgettable fare such as Loose Ankles and I Like Your Nerve, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. reached what could well be the peak […]


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'The Prisoner of Zenda' 1937: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Centennial Academy Screening



Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Monty Woolley: Christmas Cheer & Horror Mix + Silent Blockbuster at Packard

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Prisoner of Zenda 1937. The son of silent screen superstar Douglas Fairbanks and a middle-league – and generally lackluster – leading man in the first half of the 1930s, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was at his very best as the villainous Rupert of Hentzau in John […]


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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Monty Woolley: Christmas Cheer & Horror Mix + Silent Blockbuster at Packard



'Gone with the Wind' Screening

“Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939” is the title of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' summer series, which kicks off next Monday, May 18, with a big-screen presentation of Gone with the Wind. “Hollywood's Greatest Year” will showcase all of the best picture nominees […]


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'Gone with the Wind' Screening



'Gone with the Wind': A 70th Anniversary Celebration

Among the special events at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival, which runs April 16-25, is “Gone With the Wind: A 70th Anniversary Celebration,” with the presence of Turner Classic Movie's host and film historian Robert Osborne, Baltimore Sun critic Michael Sragow, and author/critic Molly Haskell. On Saturday, April 18, at […]


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'Gone with the Wind': A 70th Anniversary Celebration



B Film Noir Actress More Frightening Than Bette Davis? + The Savage Doppelgänger

B film noir Detour with Tom Neal and Ann Savage, looking more like your usual femme fatale. In the U.K., the Monthly Film Bulletin reviewer thoroughly dismissed Detour – but not Ann Savage – writing, “This very poor story has little to commend it. It tries the unusual by interspersing […]


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B Film Noir Actress More Frightening Than Bette Davis? + The Savage Doppelgänger