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Seen Recently: A Free Soul (1931), Whirlpool (1949), The Women (1939)

A Free Soul directed by Clarence Brown A daring (to say the least) pre-Code film, starring Norma Shearer (very good, for the most part, here), a ferocious and sexy Clark Gable, a sympathetic and noble Leslie Howard, and a masterful … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Weird WTF-Ness of Sylvia Scarlett

Sylvia Scarlett (1935, George Cukor) is such a weird movie. There. That is my critical assessment. Sylvia Scarlett has a strange charm, a weird dark magic, and it’s one of those films I actually want to live in. I want … Continue reading

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The Books: “Kate Remembered” (A. Scott Berg)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Kate Remembered, by A. Scott Berg The publication of this book was an event. It appeared only 13 days after Miss Hepburn’s death, so it seemed a bit iffy to me at first, like: Was … Continue reading

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The Books: “Me: Stories Of My Life” (Katharine Hepburn)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Me : Stories of My Life, by Katharine Hepburn If there was an editor within a 10-mile radius of Katharine Hepburn’s manuscript for this book, you would never know it. It’s full of dashes, interruptions … Continue reading

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Judy Holliday: “She Dominates”

David Thomson wrote: The story goes that Adam’s Rib was a conspiracy between Cukor, Katharine Hepburn, and Garson Kanin to convince Harry Cohn, the boss of Columbia, that Judy Holliday should play the dumb blonde in the film of Born … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Face (1941); Dir. George Cukor

Combining the impeccable aesthetic of MGM, the meticulous lighting and atmosphere George Cukor is known for, and some kick-ass performances by all the leads (Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Conrad Veidt, Osa Massen), A Woman’s Face is a psychological melodrama with … Continue reading

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Archie Leach day: “He suddenly seemed liberated.”

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Jack Lemmon: “Mr. Cukor, for God’s sake, you know pretty soon I won’t be acting at all.”

Billy Wilder on Jack Lemmon, one of his favorite actors – the perfect “everyman”. While I was in New Mexico, Stevie showed me the delectable It Should Happen To You – with Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon in his film … Continue reading

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Lew Ayres, A Dissipated Elegance

I love this image. Lew Ayres. Except for film buffs and Dr. Kildare buffs, Lew Ayres is one of those forgotten actors. But he gave some marvelous performances, had a terrific career. In particular, I love his performance as the … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart’s Hiccup in The Philadelphia Story

Jimmy Stewart says in re: Philadelphia Story: I play a writer who falls in love with Katharine Hepburn. The night before her wedding I have a little too much to drink. This gives me the courage to go and talk … Continue reading

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