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Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby charlestranberg » October 24th, 2013, 1:31 pm

We all know his classics (DR JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, A STAR IS BORN, NOTHING SACRED...) but here are some lesser known titles worth checking out, IMO:

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby pvitari » October 24th, 2013, 1:55 pm

When speaking of Fredric March and classics, let's include Design for Living and The Best Years of Our Lives, the latter of which I believe is finally on the way to Blu-ray. :)

I especially love The Eagle and The Hawk, and March is devastating in it.

Besides ALL the films Charles listed, these titles are also high on my Fredric March list:

Les Miserables
Smilin' Through
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
The Dark Angel
Anthony Adverse
I Married a Witch (just released by the Criterion Collection)
Executive Suite
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Inherit the Wind
Seven Days in May

That's quite a filmography. :)

While March is revered by (most) classic cinephiles (I am sure somewhere out there is someone who doesn't like him), he doesn't have the iconic status of, say, a Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart. Is that because he disappeared into his roles ("A Consummate Actor" indeed!), appeared in many different genres of film, and did not have an easily-grasped screen persona? That is what occurs to me when I think about him, which I do on a fairly frequent basis as some movie of his is always popping up on TCM -- or in my DVD player. :)

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby Professional Tourist » October 24th, 2013, 2:20 pm

Here is another lesser-known FM film:

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby charlestranberg » October 24th, 2013, 3:01 pm

Professional Tourist wrote:Here is another lesser-known FM film:

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True. Now how could I have forgotten that one? It's very good.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby movieman1957 » October 24th, 2013, 3:10 pm

When I first saw "Tomorrow The World" I was amazed by Skip Homeier's performance. I thought he and March worked well together. An unusual film. (Always looked forward to Homeier as an adult actor.)

I saw "One Foot In Heaven" years ago and I remember that I enjoyed it but couldn't tell you any details.

If an "Act of Murder" is the one where he plays a doctor and his wife is ill then that was a very good film.
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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby charlestranberg » October 24th, 2013, 3:20 pm

movieman1957 wrote:When I first saw "Tomorrow The World" I was amazed by Skip Homeier's performance. I thought he and March worked well together. An unusual film. (Always looked forward to Homeier as an adult actor.)

I saw "One Foot In Heaven" years ago and I remember that I enjoyed it but couldn't tell you any details.

If an "Act of Murder" is the one where he plays a doctor and his wife is ill then that was a very good film.


Yes, An Act of Murder is a film where a husband (he is actually a judge) causes an automobile accident to kill his wife who suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. It's an interesting early look at euthanasia. Florence Eldridge, March's real-life wife, plays opposite him.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby kingrat » October 24th, 2013, 4:48 pm

Charles, I believe that One Foot in Heaven will air in the next few months on TCM--January, perhaps. They also showed Middle of the Night for Kim Novak's recent turn as Star of the Month.

Thank you for posting your list of films to watch out for. I've always been curious about Another Part of the Forest, the prequel to The Little Foxes. An Act of Murder certainly sounds interesting.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby movieman1957 » October 24th, 2013, 7:56 pm

Thanks for the clarification Charles.
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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby Rita Hayworth » October 25th, 2013, 9:29 am

I Married a Witch - 1942 Film

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This Fredric March and Veronica Lake Classic is a gem of a movie and its really appropriate movie to see this time of the year when Halloween is at full swing of things. This is a romantic comedy - that is part fantasy and part revenge that really cast a spell of a witch that in a supernatural screwball classic ...

I don't know whether this movie is lesser known or not - but I just wanted to share about this movie and this is one of the March's great work in comedies.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby charlestranberg » October 25th, 2013, 9:55 am

Rita Hayworth wrote:I Married a Witch - 1942 Film

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This Fredric March and Veronica Lake Classic is a gem of a movie and its really appropriate movie to see this time of the year when Halloween is at full swing of things. This is a romantic comedy - that is part fantasy and part revenge that really cast a spell of a witch that in a supernatural screwball classic ...

I don't know whether this movie is lesser known or not - but I just wanted to share about this movie and this is one of the March's great work in comedies.

Excellent choice and also very happy with the recent Criterion blu-ray and DVD release of the film.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby Professional Tourist » October 25th, 2013, 10:25 am

kingrat wrote:I believe that One Foot in Heaven will air in the next few months on TCM--January, perhaps.

A 45-minute radio adaptation with the same stars, Fredric March and Martha Scott, was broadcast 20 April 1942 by Lux Radio Theater.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby loureviews » December 8th, 2013, 4:26 pm

Count me in as another big fan of Fredric's - I can definitely add to the recommendations for 'Middle of the Night' in which he provided an exceptional performance as the man who finds love late in life (with Kim Novak, I think?).

He was excellent in a late role in 'The Iceman Cometh' (the same film has Robert Ryan in his final role, another big favourite of mine); and going back a few years he was a memorable Willy Loman in 'Death of a Salesman'.

He's not a name known to everyone these days but he was a decent leading man - 'A Star is Born'. 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', 'Anthony Adverse' as well as a fine character actor in later years - 'Hombre', for one. His only misfire was in 'Inherit the Wind'; a great film, but I just feel he is a bit too over the top as the lawyer fighting for the Word of God against the theory of evolution.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby RedRiver » December 8th, 2013, 5:02 pm

Still...haven't seen that Mark Twain thing! I never seem to get around to it! I MARRIED A WITCH is hilarious. Especially Benchley and Kelloway.

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby Rita Hayworth » December 8th, 2013, 8:09 pm

RedRiver wrote:Still...haven't seen that Mark Twain thing! I never seem to get around to it! I MARRIED A WITCH is hilarious. Especially Benchley and Kelloway.



Thanks for your ringing endorsement here!

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Re: Some less known Fredric March films worth seeing

Postby Fossy » December 9th, 2013, 4:42 am

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I have always admired Fredric March. I know I have some of his films, But I have not specifically set out to collect his movies. He just happens to be in films with actresses whose films I collect.

I have these

Another Part Of The Forest—Ann Blyth (30)
Smilin`Through—Norma Shearer (21)
The Barretts Of Wimpole Street—Norma Shearer (21) and Maureen O`Sullivan (40)
Anthony Adverse—Olivia de Havilland( 41)
Tomorrow The World—Betty Field (I do not actually have a Betty Field collection. I think I may have bought this film as part of a set).
A Star Is Born—Janet Gaynor (12)
The Affairs Of Cellini—Fay Wray (27)
Anna Karenina—Maureen O`Sullivan (40)
There Goes My Heart—Virginia Bruce (31) and Nancy Carroll (9)
Susan And God—Gloria DeHaven (24)
Best Years Of Our Lives—Virginia Mayo (34)


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