Ronald Colman Actor: From Mad Killer to Lovestruck Amnesiac & Should Humankind Be Spared?

Updated: Following a couple of Julie London Westerns*, Turner Classic Movies will return to its July 2017 Star of the Month presentations. This evening, July 27, Ronald Colman can be seen in five titles from his later years: A Double Life, Random Harvest (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942), The Late George Apley (1947), and The Story of Mankind (1957). The first three titles […]

Ronald Colman Movies: 'A Tale of Two Cities' & 'The Prisoner of Zenda'

Ronald Colman: Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in two major 1930s classics Updated: Turner Classic Movies' July 2017 Star of the Month is Ronald Colman, one of the finest performers of the studio era. On Thursday night, TCM presented five Colman star vehicles that should be popping up again in the not-too-distant future: A Tale of Two Cities, The Prisoner of Zenda, Kismet, […]

Ronald Colman Movies: From 'A Tale of Two Cities' to 'Random Harvest'

Ronald Colman fantastic in A Tale of Two Cities Ronald Colman is Turner Classic Movies “Summer Under the Stars” performer on Thursday, August 4. One of the finest film actors ever, at ease in both heavy drama and light comedy, Ronald Colman will have his extensive career represented by 13 films. Among those are three TCM premieres: the silent comedies Kiki (1926) and Her Night […]

Ray Milland Movies: 'Reap the Wild Wind' & 'Kitty' + 'The Uninvited'

Ray Milland, John Wayne, and Paulette Goddard in Reap the Wild Wind Debonair Ray Milland is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in April 2011. This evening, beginning at 8 p.m. ET, TCM will show a couple of Milland's biggest box office hits: Mitchell Leisen's period drama Kitty (1945), co-starring Paulette Goddard, and Cecil B. DeMille's color adventure Reap the Wild Wind (1942), with […]

'A Tale of Two Cities' Movie: Ronald Colman Brilliant as Dickens Hero

A Tale of Two Cities movie. Although not as widely known as other Old Hollywood spectacles, David O. Selznick's film production of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, set during the time of the French Revolution, is far, far better than most of the other period dramas made during the studio era. Starring former silent-screen heartthrob Ronald Colman; featuring respected supporting players such as […]

Greer Garson Movies: From 'Random Harvest' to 'The Singing Nun'

Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in Random Harvest Greer Garson, one of the most underrated actresses of the studio era, will have her day – and I mean “day” as in morning and afternoon – on Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Garson would have turned 106 years old on that date. Now, when I say “underrated” I mean Garson is underappreciated today. Had […]

Silent Era Superstars Norma Talmadge & Constance Talmadge DVDs

Silent era superstars Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge at Norma's Santa Monica beach house Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge are the stars of two recent Kino International releases. Talmadges who? Well, just two of the most popular stars of the silent era. In fact, in terms of popularity they were two of the biggest stars of any era. Many more people today would be aware of […]

Marion Davies & Ronald Colman + Fritz Lang 'Metropolis' Screening

Buster Keaton, Norma Talmadge, Constance Talmadge: Kansas Silent Film Festival Buster Keaton's Our Hospitality will be introduced by Keaton's granddaughter Melissa Talmadge Cox at the opening of the 14th annual Kansas Silent Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, in White Concert Hall, Washburn University.  The Festival continues Saturday, Feb. 27. Admission is free both days.   According to the KSFF press release, Talmadge […]

'The Prisoner of Zenda' 1937: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Centennial Academy Screening

The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. vs. Ronald Colman. A moderately popular leading man in the early 1930s, mostly as either obnoxious or lackluster “heroes” in forgettable fare such as Loose Ankles and I Like Your Nerve, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. reached what could well be the peak of his career in a supporting role: as the villainous Rupert of Hentzau in 1937 […]

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. + Monty Woolley & Mary Wickes: Christmas Cheer & Horror Mix at Packard

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Prisoner of Zenda 1937. The son of silent screen superstar Douglas Fairbanks and a middle-league – and generally lackluster – leading man in the first half of the 1930s, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was at his very best as the villainous Rupert of Hentzau in John Cromwell's 1937 classic The Prisoner of Zenda, based on Anthony Hope's 1894 Ruritania-set novel. Unfortunately, […]

'The Marines Are Coming': Gay Actor's Swan Song + Edgar Allan Poe Biopic

'The Marines Are Coming': Gay star's final movie The Marines Are Coming was a last-minute substitution for the 1936 version of M'Liss, starring Anne Shirley, which was originally scheduled but didn't arrive in time for Cinesation 2009. Gay actor William Haines' last film, The Marines Are Coming follows Haines' usual formula: a cocky, womanizing soldier (Haines) vies with his superior officer (Conrad Nagel) for the […]

Japanese Horror Classics 'Goke' & 'Hausu' Screenings

House by Nobuhiko Obayashi. Schedule and synopses from the American Cinematheque website. Wednesday, September 23 – 7:30 PM Japanese Cult Classics Double Feature: HOUSE (HAUSU), 1977, Janus Films, 87 min. This long-lost fantasy/horror masterpiece from director Nobuhiko Obayashi has finally surfaced in America. Oshare can't wait to spend the summer with her father…until he informs her that he plans to remarry. She decides to go […]

'Lady Windermere's Fan': Ernst Lubitsch Classic Classy Comedy

Bert Lytell is the nice husband, May McAvoy the jealous wife, Ronald Colman the other man, and Irene Rich (above) the scene stealer in Ernst Lubitsch's delightful film version of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan. In the film, Rich plays Mrs. Erlynne, a woman of the world in search of a lordly husband. McAvoy is her clueless daughter, Lady Windermere: she doesn't know her […]

Constance Talmadge & Norma Talmadge: Silent Era Superstar Sisters Remembered

Constance Talmadge in Her Sister from Paris. Adapted to the screen by frequent Ernst Lubitsch collaborator Hanns Kräly, Sidney Franklin's 1925 comedy Her Sister from Paris is a great showcase for one of the silent era's foremost light comediennes, Constance Talmadge, cast as both the bourgeois Viennese wife of a well-known novelist (Ronald Colman) and her worldly sister from Paris. Following some identity switching and […]