RedRiver wrote:Some good movies on this list. At least one fantastic one. SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS is one of THE great comedies. An astonishing depth for a romantic comedy. I'd love to see THESE THREE. Based on by far my favorite Lillian Hellman play, I've seen a stage version, the 1961 film. Never this one. We'll see direction by Hitchcock, Sturges, Tourneur and Wyler. The merry month of May!
may suffer a bit due to censorship, but it is so beautifully told, photographed by Gregg Toland and acted under the guidance of a younger William Wyler, I think you may find it quite compelling. McCrea, Hopkins and Oberon are all very good, but I still remember the children most vividly, especially Bonita Granville and Marcia Mae Jones, who were both unnerving. Great part for Alma Kruger too.
mongoII wrote:Thanks, Moira for the listing. Believe it or not I can't wait to see "Frenchie" (among others) a film
which I saw on the big screen and when Shelley Winters became a big favorite of mine.
It's fun, Joe. The part that Shelley plays suits her very well. I hope you enjoy it.
I am looking forward to seeing Woman Wanted
(1935) again, which is a charming little throwaway movie buoyed by McCrea and Maureen O'Sullivan's delightful chemistry and that seemingly spontaneous verve that movies sometimes had in the '30s. I am also looking forward to catching all four of the movies that Joel McCrea
made with Constance Bennett
:Bed of Roses
(1933) May 3rd at 4:15am Born to Love
(1931) May 10th at 4:15amRockabye
(1932) on May 16th at 11:30pmThe Common Law
(1931) May 17th at 9:30am
According to McCrea, at that relatively early stage of his career, his line readings--especially when he was called upon to express romantic fervor in an audition--were awful. No one was more astounded to be chosen for the lead in Born to Love
than Joel McCrea
. According to the actor, "She [Constance Bennett] was supposed to be a b****. She was supposed to be tough on the set. She was tough on deals because she was a shrewd businesswoman...But she was doggone nice to me." Well, she wasn't blind, certainly, though McCrea seems to have been quite modest.
A pre-code aficionado friend of mine claims that all these Bennett-McCrea films are basically all the same movie (!) --and from what I've read about Connie B., that's possible. I've only caught Bed of Roses
in its entirety before, and for me, that movie was stolen by Pert Kelton
(who lifted just about every pre-code she graced back then).