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Postby movieman1957 » August 27th, 2008, 3:01 pm

Some more Arthur films coming up are -

Sept. 5, 8:15am EDT - "If You Could Only Cook."
Sept. 5, 9:30am EDT - "Adventure in Manhattan."
Sept. 5, 10:45am EDT - "More Than A Secretary."

And her birthday is not until October.
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Postby knitwit45 » August 27th, 2008, 3:21 pm

Is the one "If You Could Only Cook" about a rich man who masquerades as a butler? If so, it is charming and silly, and I'll be recording it.
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Postby movieman1957 » August 27th, 2008, 3:49 pm

It's close. I have a book that says Jean thinks he is unemployed and offers him a job. Sounds a little "My Man Godfrey-ish."

I haven't seen this one either so it will be on my machine too.
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Postby traceyk » August 27th, 2008, 7:38 pm

movieman1957 wrote:Some more Arthur films coming up are -

Sept. 5, 8:15am EDT - "If You Could Only Cook."
Sept. 5, 9:30am EDT - "Adventure in Manhattan."
Sept. 5, 10:45am EDT - "More Than A Secretary."

And her birthday is not until October.


Oh good. I'll have to set the DVR. I haven't seen any of those! I wish they would show Easy Money. I have a so-so DVD copy of it, but I'd like to see it as TCM presents it, maybe with RO comments befre and after.
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Postby traceyk » August 27th, 2008, 7:39 pm

And movieman--
Thanks for the referral. I'm not a huge Keaton fan--I've only seen The General. I'll have to look for the other one.
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Postby knitwit45 » July 13th, 2011, 7:11 pm

I wanted to bump this thread up, I just watched, for the very first time, Only Angels Have Wings
I know, I'm usually late to the party, but wow. what a movie. I've never really watched Richard Barthelmess before, read lots of reviews and discussions, but not seen his work. Everyone was so good in this. Allynn Joslyn without sarcasm, a heartbreakingly young Noah Beery Jr, Thomas Mitchell without alcohol, Sig Ruman as a good guy, Jean Arthur without nervous twitches, John Carroll without 'attitude' and Cary Grant with it. Don't misunderstand, I really like Jean Arthur, but sometimes her mannerisms get to me. She and Rita Hayworth really had their work cut out for them, holding their own very well against all that Machismo.
Wouldn't you have loved to be an observer on THAT set?? Me too.

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Postby Rita Hayworth » July 13th, 2011, 9:40 pm

Me too. I'm a Jean Arthur fan ... :D

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Postby charliechaplinfan » July 14th, 2011, 12:41 pm

knitwit45 wrote:I wanted to bump this thread up, I just watched, for the very first time, Only Angels Have Wings
I know, I'm usually late to the party, but wow. what a movie. I've never really watched Richard Barthelmess before, read lots of reviews and discussions, but not seen his work. Everyone was so good in this. Allynn Joslyn without sarcasm, a heartbreakingly young Noah Beery Jr, Thomas Mitchell without alcohol, Sig Ruman as a good guy, Jean Arthur without nervous twitches, John Carroll without 'attitude' and Cary Grant with it. Don't misunderstand, I really like Jean Arthur, but sometimes her mannerisms get to me. She and Rita Hayworth really had their work cut out for them, holding their own very well against all that Machismo.
Wouldn't you have loved to be an observer on THAT set?? Me too.


I love Only Angels Have Wings, in this film I think Jean is marvellous, she has all the obvious reactions when the flyer dies and the men are so touching. It's one of my favorite Cary Grant movies, instead of playing his screwball self, he's a real macho man, I like it when cary is allowed to play macho, those roles usually went to Gable or Tracy. Richard Barthelmess is really good, it made me seek out some of his earlier work which is always worth seeing.
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Postby Gary J. » July 14th, 2011, 8:33 pm

It's a terrific Howard Hawks film - part of a run of exceptional movies he made starting with BRINGING UP BABY up through RED RIVER.
He and Grant made a great creative team.
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Postby movieman1957 » January 13th, 2015, 10:24 am

History Is Made At Night has been lovingly covered by Fernando in a Charles Boyer thread but I watch it for Jean. I agree with most of what he says, particularly that Jean is lovely. This 1936-1939 time frame she was especially so.

She and Boyer are wonderful together. They really seem to enjoy each other's company on a real level which makes their scenes together plenty of fun and heartfelt.

Colin Clive is Jean's husband so consumed by jealousy that his fear of Jean's loving another man only comes to fruition after he plots against her. Clive is properly slimy and takes being jealous to a level that takes a little believing that Jean's character could love him. It's hard to imagine that he hasn't always been this way no matter how successful he is in business.

It is fine throughout but the ending of the picture is a little hard to swallow. Even at that though the ending is well done. It walks the line of tragedy and some fun quite well.

Nice to see it is popular here.
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Postby feaito » January 13th, 2015, 10:52 am

Thanks for bringing it up again Chris. I'll make a point of revisiting it ASAP. :D
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Postby Rita Hayworth » January 13th, 2015, 11:16 am

I agree with you Chris. :)

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Postby Fossy » January 13th, 2015, 4:18 pm

I am a big fan of Jean Arthur. I have 27 of her films. My comments on the movie It Happened At Night (1937) , and the comments of others may be found in the Drama section, Sat Jun 01 2013.

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Postby movieman1957 » January 14th, 2015, 8:40 am

Thanks for pointing it out. I did a search but couldn't quite find it so I came here. I don't like spreading stuff all over the board. Now we have comments in three places. It should be easy to find.

Apparently, it is well liked by the group.
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Postby rerun » August 24th, 2017, 11:36 pm

Oh my I feel flattered. I cannot remember how many people said I sounded just like Jean Arthur in the many years I worked in films. I too was a fan of hers.
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