feaito wrote:Dear Ali, I can see that you are not fond of some British actors (Brian Aherne, Stewart Granger -whom my wife's grandmother adored- and others); I'm realizing you like actors with a kind of devilish, mischievous quality (Mason, Raft, Cary Grant, Chevalier...). But then, being an English lass you're perhaps supposed not to be taken by English actors....Christine does not like Louis Jourdan (whom I know you love); you're indeed partial to Frenchmen (especially Boyer)
By the way I get the "fanny" stuff in Britain Did you know that "Fanny by Gaslight" was banned in the USA because it transgressed the Hays Code? I bet that this was due to the fact that Calvert did not want to marry Granger for a while and they lived together as lovers, and besides, slept in a queen bed!!
Today I saw another vintage British film -love your films from the 1930s and 1940s Ali- "Love Story" (1945) with Margaret Lockwood, Stewart Granger and Patricia Roc. Lockwood is a famous pianist who suffers from heart failure and who's supposed to die in about three months; she goes to the Cornish coast and meets devil-may-care engineer Kit (Granger) who also has some dark secret concerning his future. Enter lovely Patricia Roc, an actress who's Kit's childhood pal, but who secretly carries a torch for him. A melodramatic, soapy film in the "Dark Victory" (1939) vein, with an impressive performance by Roc as a real human being; her character is definitely the most interesting, although I had a great time watching the film, which holds up quite well.
BTW, I was confused when the film began: The Rank Gong appeared; then, the Eagle-Lion logo; then, the beautiful, kitschy Gainsborough lady and when it ended it read "made at Gaumont-British" studios!! What a confusion of film companies!!
RedRiver wrote:As for vulgar language, I'm like Uncle Stevie. I cuss when I'm mad. I don't use "F-ing" to describe all concepts, good and bad. "My F-ing roommate made an F-ing pot roast that was F-ing awesome!" I don't get it.
moirafinnie wrote:Ida was great in this movie ["DEEP VALLEY."] Give Dane Clark an inch and he'll take a mile in this movie. He might even grow on you, Theresa. Unfortunately, we can't have John Garfield 24/7, and Clark is really effective in this movie. I should mention to look out for one of Fay Bainter's best performances as she and Henry Hull are cast as a married couple who would make Strindberg happy. Run, Ida, run. Run far, run fast!
kingrat wrote:In NIGHT SONG Merle Oberon pretends to be blind to get closer to a blind composer and pianist (Dana Andrews). Sounds awful, doesn't it? John Cromwell, who did such a good job with THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE, does it again here. Music is extemely important in this film.
moirafinnie wrote:Keep your eye on Hoagie Carmichael and Ethel Barrymore's byplay in this one. They do a lot with a few glances and their minimal but pithy dialogue. The two had chemistry. It's not a bad love story for Merle and Dana either.
kingrat wrote:Oh no, it's Maven's challenge to me to name 10 American delicate romantic films from the 1940s. Me and my big mouth...
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