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Wallace Beery Movies: Anomalous Hollywood Star Was Oscar Winner AND Runner-Up in Same Year

Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in 'Min and Bill' Wallace Beery movies: TCM offers a glimpse into Beery's extensive filmography According to the IMDb, the Wallace Beery Filmography features nearly 240 movie titles, including shorts and features, spanning more than three decades, from 1913 to 1949 – the year of his death at age 64. You'll be able to catch about a dozen of these Wallace Beery movies on Saturday, August 17, 2013, as Turner Classic Movies continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. (TCM's Wallace Beery movie schedule further below.) Wallace Beery, much like fellow veteran Marie Dressler, with whom he co-starred in Min and Bill and its sequel, Tugboat Annie, was a Hollywood anomaly. At age 45, […]


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Wallace Beery Movies: Anomalous Hollywood Star Was Oscar Winner AND Runner-Up in Same Year



Cinecon Capsule Reviews: Gender Contraints, Charles Chaplin

There was a lot of complaining about the line-up at Cinecon 2008, held on Labor Day Weekend, which was affected by the Univeral fire and other matters, including the deaths of Rusty Casselton and Bob Nudelman. Still, the films were some of the best I have seen in the Egyptian Theatre in years. TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE (1914, Keystone) The UCLA restoration of the Charles Chaplin-Marie Dressler feature is interesting, if only to see how many different pre-prints were used to construct it. Still, longer isn't necessarily better, and it's undeniably primitive with far too much of the over-acting Marie Dressler. Tillie's Punctured Romance was my least favorite film of the whole festival. ACQUITTED (1929, Columbia) Margaret Livingston falls for very […]


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Cinecon Capsule Reviews: Gender Contraints, Charles Chaplin



Marie Dressler, Claude Rains & Anne Bancroft Movies

Monday-Wednesday, August 4-6, highlights on Turner Classic Movies: Monday is Marie Dressler Day. What could be there not to recommend? Well, Emma, for one, is an appallingly sudsy melodrama, and Dressler herself is quite weak as the nanny who gives it all – and still must pay for her (sort of) good deeds. Even so, Emma is one of those bad movies that should be watched at least once, if only for historical reasons. Emma was one of MGM's biggest hits of 1932, Dressler received a best actress nod for the period 1931-32 (she lost to Helen Hayes in the equally cataclysmic The Sin of Madelon Claudet), while the cast includes Jean Hersholt (after whom the Academy's humanitarian award was […]


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Marie Dressler, Claude Rains & Anne Bancroft Movies