Monday, June 11, 2012

What N and CF will be watching this coming week.

ON TCM JUNE 10TH: A 13 HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOVIE TRIBUTE FOR JUDY GARLAND! Please click picture on side bar to learn more. In 1935, Garland was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, supposedly without a screen test, though she had made a test for the studio several months earlier. It did not know what to do with her, as at age 13 she was older than the traditional child star but too young for adult roles. Her physical appearance created a dilemma for MGM. At only 4 feet 11.5 inches (151.1 cm), her "nice" or "girl next door" looks did not exemplify the more glamorous persona required of leading ladies of the time. She was self-conscious and anxious about her appearance. "'Judy went to school at Metro with Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, real beauties,' said Charles Walters, who directed her in a number of films. 'Judy was the big money-maker at the time, a big success, but she was the ugly duckling ...I think it had a very damaging effect on her emotionally.

Video: Barbara Walter's interview part 1.


ON TCM JUNE 11TH: THIS MAN IS MINE(1934). A film directed by John Cromwell and starring Irene Dunne.

ON TCM JUNE 12TH: FLASHBACKS IN NOIR. Possessed(1947), They Wont Believe Me(1947), Dead Reckoning(1947), The Mask of Dimitrios(1944), The Bribe(1949) and Killers Kiss(1955).

ON TCM JUNE 13TH: A 9 MOVIE BASIL RATHBONE TRIBUTE. Please click picture on side bar to learn more. The Flirting Window(1930), The Lady of Scandal (1930), Sin Takes a Holiday(1930), Anna Karenina (1935), A Feather in her Hat(1935), Kind Lady(1935), Confession(1937), The Dawn Patrol(1938) and Fingers At The Window(1961).

ON TCM JUNE 14TH: THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE(1945). Please click picture on side bar to read review for a psychological thriller film directed by Robert Siodmak, based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch. The novel was adapted for a radio production starring Helen Hayes before reaching the screen. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEANETTE MACDONALD !! Please click picture on side bar to learn more. Jeanette MacDonald (June 18, 1903 – January 14, 1965) was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier (Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour with You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in opera, concerts, radio, and television. MacDonald was one of the most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of singers.

Article of the week is from Birthday girl Dorian: doriantb. who "proudly proclaims that as of this writing, it is her birthday! She is now a fresh-faced lass of 49 summers! Director Fritz Lang’s 1944 film adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1943 suspense novel Ministry of Fear (MoF) struck her as the perfect movie to blog about today. It’s got everything this birthday girl could want in a suspense movie blog post: suspense; paranoia; atmospheric lighting and cinematography by Henry Sharp (Duck Soup; The Crowd; It Happened on Fifth Avenue); offbeat comedy, and most importantly for any celebration, cake! Please click on link to read more.


  1. Dawn, as if your wonderful treasure trove of great movies and interviews weren't already reason enough to look forward to this week's programming from TCM and such (I'm especially keen on seeing Bogart in DEAD RECKONING again in prime time), I am truly bowled over at your very kind birthday wishes for me with your generous spotlight on my latest TotED blog post, MINISTRY OF FEAR! You're a sugar bowl with two handles, my friend! Thanks a million, and be happy and well!

  2. DorianTB, you are very welcome!! I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!!


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