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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

Constance Cummings: Actress went from minor, long-eyelashed Hollywood leading lady in Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra movies to starring in West End plays by Eugene O'Neill, Noël Coward and William Shakespeare. Constance Cummings: Vastly underrated actress should be better remembered Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades on stage, in films, and on television in both the U.S. and the U.K., died ten years ago on Nov. 23, '05. Unlike other Broadway imports such as Ann Harding, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins, and Claudette Colbert, the pretty, sincere, and elegant Cummings – who could have been turned into a less edgy Constance Bennett had she landed at RKO or Paramount instead of Columbia – never became a Hollywood […]


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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill



Rare African-American Film, Frank Capra 'Accidental Silent': San Francisco Silent Film Festival

African-American film 'Bert Williams: Lime Kiln Club Field Day' with Williams (in blackface) and Odessa Warren Grey: Early 20th century rarity.* Rare, early 20th-century African-American film among San Francisco Silent Film Festival highlights Directed by Edwin Middleton and T. Hayes Hunter, the Biograph Company's Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) was the film I most looked forward to at the 2015 edition of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. One hundred years old, unfinished, and destined to be scrapped and tossed into the dust bin, it rose from the ashes. Starring entertainer Bert Williams – whose film appearances have virtually disappeared, but whose legacy lives on – Lime Kiln Club Field Day has become a rare example of African-American life […]


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Rare African-American Film, Frank Capra 'Accidental Silent': San Francisco Silent Film Festival



Jean Arthur Films: Three Frank Capra Classics Starring Progressive-Minded Actress

Jean Arthur. Jean Arthur films on TCM includes three Frank Capra classics of the 1930s Five Jean Arthur films will be shown this evening, Monday, Jan. 5, '15, on Turner Classic Movies. Among these are three titles directed by Frank Capra, the man who helped to turn Arthur into a major Hollywood star. They are the following: Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – in addition to George Stevens' The More the Merrier (1943) and Frank Borzage's History Is Made at Night (1937). (See TCM's full Jean Arthur film schedule further below.) One the most effective Hollywood performers of the studio era, Jean Arthur – […]


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Jean Arthur Films: Three Frank Capra Classics Starring Progressive-Minded Actress