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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby silentscreen » April 12th, 2009, 1:54 pm

:) Can't really blame her for having a crush on Colman.I've never read any negatives about him from anyone who knew him. Just a really classy man. I've just ordered the book for a pittance.
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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby moira finnie » September 15th, 2009, 3:11 pm

A good print of the rarely seen movie, Cynara (1932-King Vidor) with Ronald Colman, Kay Francis. Phyllis Barry and Henry Stephenson is available in its entirety on Hulu at the following link:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/95167/cynara

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby feaito » September 15th, 2009, 9:00 pm

Thanks for posting the link Moira, but I'm unable to access it from Chile. A message appears that the movie only can be accessed within the United States. Oh, well :?

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby MissGoddess » September 16th, 2009, 8:26 am

feaito wrote:Thanks for posting the link Moira, but I'm unable to access it from Chile. A message appears that the movie only can be accessed within the United States. Oh, well :?


You're kidding?! I didn't even know they could filter access like that on the internet! :shock:

That's rather scary.
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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby moira finnie » September 16th, 2009, 11:04 am

Yeah, sad but true, but I guess that Hulu.com is not available worldwide. Sorry, Fernando. That's a shame, especially since Cynara's print is in such good shape and it is one of Colman's most interesting roles from the early '30s. There are links on youtube that can't be accessed outside of America too. Of course, there often seem to be some rare movies offered on DVD abroad that we don't get to see here unless we have an all region player.

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby feaito » September 16th, 2009, 6:58 pm

Don't feel too bad April and Moira, I only wanted to compare the print available in Hulu with the print I got from a dear friend some years ago, which is fine but not perfect. This film should be released on DVD.

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby Ollie » September 25th, 2009, 7:13 pm

CYNARA is coming up on TCM, and I'll make sure there's a Chilean availability! ha ha

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby feaito » September 25th, 2009, 8:06 pm

You are always so thoughtful pal :wink:

I had missed you around here...

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby Ann Harding » February 9th, 2010, 5:17 am

And another birthday: Ronald would have been 119 today. :)
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Here is a nice rare still of Ronald with Ruth Chatterton in the play La Tendresse in 1922 when he was still an unknown theatre actor.

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby Ollie » February 9th, 2010, 7:32 am

If anyone ever did anything for mustaches, it was Ronald Colman. Tom Selleck can get a great vote during the '80s, but Colman and his mustache were always great together.

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby feaito » February 9th, 2010, 10:03 am

Happy birthday Ronnie, one of our greatest actors and stars. That still is truly vintage. I did not recognize Ms. Chatterton.

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby Professional Tourist » February 10th, 2010, 12:55 pm

moirafinnie wrote:A good print of the rarely seen movie, Cynara (1932-King Vidor) with Ronald Colman, Kay Francis. Phyllis Barry and Henry Stephenson is available in its entirety on Hulu at the following link:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/95167/cynara

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I would like to express my thanks for this post. The film is still up at Hulu, and I've taken advantage of this snow day to watch. It's a good picture, so obviously a pre-code. :wink: I've enjoyed Ronald Colman's performance very much, though I don't understand the fuss over Kay Francis as an actress (this is my first time seeing her). She's pretty good at the physical/emotional side of acting, but her treatment of dialog is so flat and unnatural most of the time.

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby JackFavell » February 10th, 2010, 1:59 pm

Oh Lordy! A treasury of Ronald Colman! Thanks for pulling up this thread..... what a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon.... trapped in my house with Ronald Colman! (And my daughter..... oh well... )

I saw Cynara last quite some time ago on AMC so thanks for the link.

I didn't like Kay until she was star of the month. Something happened to me watching her in all those films... I realized she had something more than I initially thought. I would give her another try - Confession is super, Jewel Robbery is just plain great - the flat line readings are gone and nowhere will you see Kay as carefree and relaxed. One Way Passage is lovely too. She is very good in the right films. I even like her now in the ones where she is a little arch. But stay away from Guilty Hands!

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby pvitari » February 12th, 2010, 10:59 pm

I'll always be fond of Kay Francis if only because she was in Living On Velvet. :)

As for Ronald Colman... *swoon*

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Re: Ronald Colman

Postby feaito » April 13th, 2011, 8:55 pm

Today I watched the barely "sixty-sth" minutes "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" (1935) a 20th Century/United Artists picture. While not first rate Colman it is still a highly entertaining story of an impoverished Russian Aristocrat who breaks the Bank at a MC Casino, winning 10 million francs (for him and fellow Russian emigrés)...But he commits the error of swearing that he'll never gamble again and saying that people who do so are fools....thus the Casino owners at MC get mad and plot to make Ronnie take his statement back....they'll do anything to lure him back to the Baccarat Tables....enter Joan Bennett and Colin Clive, brothers whom he meet on his way back to Paris...the film kept my attention until the end, although I did not like what happened at the Casino....Joan Bennett is fine as Ronnie's love interest and Nigel Bruce is endearing as Ronnie's valet....Ferdinad Gottschalk plays another of those weird characters....This makes for much better entertainment than most of the garbage being released nowadays.

For those interested I realized that "Raffles" (1930) is available in its entirety at youtube!


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