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Bette Davis Movies: Danger Ahead

Bette Davis movies: TCM schedule on August 14 (image: Bette Davis in 'Dangerous,' with Franchot Tone) See previous post: “Bette Davis Eyes: They're Watching You Tonight.” 3:00 AM PARACHUTE JUMPER (1933). Dir.: Alfred E. Green. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Bette Davis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd, Harold Huber, Leo Carrillo, Thomas E. Jackson, Lyle Talbot, Leon Ames, Stanley Blystone, Reginald Barlow, George Chandler, Walter Brennan, Pat O'Malley, Paul Panzer, Nat Pendleton, Dewey Robinson, Tom Wilson, Sheila Terry. Black and white. 72 min. 4:30 AM THE GIRL FROM 10TH AVENUE (1935). Dir.: Alfred E. Green. Cast: Bette Davis, Ian Hunter, Colin Clive, Alison Skipworth, John Eldredge, Phillip Reed, Katharine Alexander, Helen Jerome Eddy, Bill Elliott, Edward McWade, AndrĂ© Cheron, Wedgwood Nowell, John […]


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Bette Davis Movies: Danger Ahead



Barbara Payton: Q&A with Biographer John O'Dowd

"Promising careers that don't pan out, I always want to find out what caused it,” John O'Dowd told the Star Ledger. “Superstars [of today in particular] are written about all the time. I find that their [those whose careers were cut short due to tragedy or hardships] stories are more fascinating.” O'Dowd is the author of Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story (softcover - 480 pages, US$29.95), which has been recently published by BearManor Media. (O'Dowd's Barbara Payton Website includes a sample chapter of the book.) Now, Barbara Payton? According to O'Dowd, Barbara Payton was a star in the making in the early 1950s. While under contract with Warner Bros., Payton was earning $10,000 a week. She was James […]


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Barbara Payton: Q&A with Biographer John O'Dowd



Franchot Tone Biographer Discusses Oscar-Nominated Actor & Joan Crawford Husband

If remembered at all, the name Franchot Tone usually comes up only when someone lists Joan Crawford's series of husbands. Never mind the fact that Franchot Tone appeared in about 60 films, countless plays, and dozens of television shows. Though never a major Hollywood star, Franchot Tone (born in Niagara Falls on Feb. 27, 1905) was a reliable leading man and second lead in numerous motion pictures of the 1930s and 1940s. He was also a respected Broadway actor, playing (in roles of varying importance) opposite stage luminaries such as Katharine Cornell (in The Age of Innocence), Ruth Gordon (in Hotel Universe), and Lenore Ulric (in Pagan Lady). In the early 1930s, Tone was a member of Lee Strasberg and […]


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Franchot Tone Biographer Discusses Oscar-Nominated Actor & Joan Crawford Husband