Unsung movie classic "Midnight"
Posted 26 August 2002 - 02:50 PM
Also noted: On television, Joan Crawford month on Turner Classic Movies is wrapping up this coming Thursday. This week's offerings provide an orgy of camp: Mildred Pierce (Joan sacrifices her marriage for love of daughter Ann Blyth); Humoresque (Joan sacrifices her life for love of musical genius John Garfield); Possessed (Joan sacrifices her sanity for love of architect Van Heflin. From memory: "Why don't you love me like that? I'm a lot nicer than a girder.") If you're in the mood....
Posted 26 August 2002 - 03:42 PM
My childhood in New York was punctuated regularly by Million Dollar Movie which I believe was on every afternoon... Joan Crawford, ah yes...used to get her confused with Victor Mature all the time - must have been the chin...or was it the shoulder pads? ;) Which reminds me, there is an exhibit right now, or was, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC that is devoted to a famous clothing designer, whose name escapes me at the moment, and Joan C. often wore his creations.
Posted 26 August 2002 - 04:01 PM
I never thought of Joan and Victor Mature, but you're absolutely right. She wasn't always like that, though. One of the interesting things about retrospectives of this kind is seeing how different she was way back when -- a fetching little flapper in the 20s, then this saucy chit flirting with John Barrymore in "Grand Hotel" -- it's too bad.
Posted 26 August 2002 - 07:11 PM
I do recall seeing Joan C. in her earlier days, but most of my memories are of her when she was a bit tougher looking...and I have to admit that "Mommy Dearest" does come to mind, at times. I think I'll stick with Claudette Colbert!
Posted 26 August 2002 - 10:12 PM
Joan Crawford--"Rain" from 1932 is quite a movie. It is (I think) from just before the Hayes Office clamped down and Joan, as the prostitute Sadie Thompson, is perfect. The tape I have seen is very dark--but she shines through.
Claudette Colbert--"It Happened One Night" is truly a classic. And it was her 23rd or 24th feature.
Don't forget Irene Dunne, who made two hilarious screwball comedies with Cary Grant, "My Favorite Wife" and "The Awful Truth."
My all time favorite, though, is Barbara Stanwyck, who could do anything. American Movie Classics used to run "Stan-week" in which they would show many of her movies during a week. She was not only great in film noir ("The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers", "Double Indemnity") but great in screwball comedies.
She starred opposite two leading men who were not know as comic actors in two very funny movies: "The Lady Eve" with Henry Fonda and "Ball of Fire" (as Sugarpuss O'Shea!) with Gary Cooper.
A great book to consult or read at leisure (or both) is "The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s" by Elizabeth Kendall, who many will recognize as a dance writer of significant gifts.
Posted 27 August 2002 - 05:05 AM
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Posted 04 September 2002 - 08:53 AM
Claudette was a really wonderful actress. I've always kind of wondered what "All About Eve" would have been like if she'd done it instead of Bette Davis (she was the first choice). The versatility of some of the great actresses was really something.
One of my favorite screwballs is still "Theodora Goes Wild" with Irene Dunne (get your mind out of the gutter). Can be hard to find, but it still shows up from time to time. There are so many wonderful lesser known ones, "Love Crazy" with William Powell and Myrna Loy, "Remember the Night" with Barbara Stanwyck, so many great ones with Jean Arthur... Sigh.
Posted 07 September 2002 - 11:33 AM
Midnight is one of my favorites as is Palm Beach Story.
Posted 09 September 2002 - 04:32 PM
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