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Kay Francis & William Powell, Myrna Loy & Jean Harlow Movies: LoC Screenings

William Powell, Kay Francis, Jewel Robbery Kay Francis, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor are some of the stars featured in September at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virg. Kay Francis and William Powell can be seen together in Jewel Robbery (1932), a charming pre-Code comedy directed by, of all people, William Dieterle. Dieterle would become closely associated with some of Warner Bros.' most tedious biopics, usually starring Paul Muni. The year of 1932 was a good one for the Francis-Powell combo, who also starred in Tay Garnett's highly successful – and quite moving – melodrama One Way Passage. William Powell can also be seen in another charming comedy, Libeled Lady (1936), […]


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Kay Francis & William Powell, Myrna Loy & Jean Harlow Movies: LoC Screenings



Rachel Weisz & Johnny Depp in 'The Thin Man' Remake?

Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener Rachel Weisz, Oscar winner for The Constant Gardener, may join Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp in the Warner Bros. remake of The Thin Man. Depp is set to play dipsomaniac detective Nick Charles; according to reports, Weisz is being considered for the role of Nick's equally dipsomaniac partner in crime-solving, Nora Charles. William Powell and Myrna Loy became first-rank stars after playing Nick and Nora in W. S. Van Dyke's 1934 film adaptation – which is quite different from Dashiell Hammett's considerably darker book. That was back in the day when MGM was a major Hollywood powerhouse. The Thin Man earned Oscar nominations in the Best Picture, Best Actor (Powell), Best Director, and […]


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Rachel Weisz & Johnny Depp in 'The Thin Man' Remake?



Jean Harlow Book: Author Mark Vieira Discusses the 'Blonde Bombshell'

One of MGM's brightest stars of the 1930s, Jean Harlow died of uremic poisoning in 1937. At the time, the 26-year-old actress had been playing opposite Clark Gable in what turned out to be her last film, Saratoga. Perhaps because she died so young, Harlow has remained a well-known film personality from that era. Her MGM vehicles – Dinner at 8, Bombshell, China Seas, Wife vs. Secretary, Libeled Lady – are often shown on Turner Classic Movies; David Stenn has written a well-regarded biography; and now comes Mark Vieira and Darrell Rooney's Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital 1928-1937 (Angel City Press, 2011). Celebrating Jean Harlow's centenary (she was born on March 3, 1911), Harlow in […]


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Jean Harlow Book: Author Mark Vieira Discusses the 'Blonde Bombshell'