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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



Barbara Kent Dead at 103: Last Adult Hollywood Silent Film Performer

Barbara Kent, a minor leading lady during the transition from silent to sound films, died October 13 in Palm Desert, in Southern California. A resident of the local Marrakesh Country Club, Kent was either 103 or 104. No cause of death was given. Barbara Kent was never a star. Not even close. In fact, most of her 35 movies were probably forgotten the week after their release. Paradoxically, Kent has become one of the most important performers of the silent era. No, not because she was Harold Lloyd's leading lady in his first talkie, Welcome Danger (1929). Or because of her career highlight: romancing Glen Tryon in Paul Fejos' naturalistic drama Lonesome (1928), frequently compared to F.W. Murnau's Sunrise. Barbara […]


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Barbara Kent Dead at 103: Last Adult Hollywood Silent Film Performer



Marion Davies & Clara Bow on TCM

Clara Bow, known as the “It” Girl, stars in the appropriately titled It Part III of Moguls & Movie Stars, A History of Hollywood, “The Dream Merchants,” narrated by Christopher Plummer, continues today (a rerun of Monday's presentation) on Turner Classic Movies (website). Accompanying features and shorts focus on 1920s comedies. Charles Chaplin's The Pilgrim is on right now. Following “The Dream Merchants,” TCM will show two Buster Keaton comedies: the short One Week and the feature Steamboat Bill Jr.; Harold Lloyd's best-remembered effort, Safety Last!; the Marion Davies vehicle Show People; the Clara Bow vehicle It (in which Gary Cooper has a bit part); and the Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle short Fools' Luck. I'm usually not a silent-comedy fan. I've […]


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Marion Davies & Clara Bow on TCM