Saturday, November 3, 2012

"What am I Watching" ON TCM: STARRING MERLE OBERON - 11/3

Wuthering Heights(1939). Directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film depicts only sixteen of the novel's thirty-four chapters, eliminating the second generation of characters. The novel was adapted for the screen by Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht and John Huston. The film won the 1939 New York Film Critics Award for Best Film. It earned nominations for eight Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and Best Actor. The 1939 Academy Award for Best Cinematography, black-and-white category, was awarded to Gregg Toland for his work.

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A Night in Paradise(1946).Produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Arthur Lubin. In 560 AD King Croesus of Lydia comes under the wrath of the sorceress Queen Attossa he had promised to marry, when he chooses the beautiful Delarai of Persia instead. Attossa, in disembodied form, mocks Croesus nearly to the point of madness, so he seeks a solution from the fortune-teller Aesop, arrived from the Isle of Samos in disguise. But Aesop also has eyes for Delarai.

The Divorce Of Lady X(1938)British romantic comedy film. It was directed by Tim Whelan and produced by Alexander Korda. The music score was by Miklos Rozsa and Lionel Salter and the cinematography by Harry Stradling. Cast: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Binnie Barnes.The film was made in Technicolor. It was a remake of the 1933 film, Counsel's Opinion, also made by London Films and in which Binnie Barnes appeared in the role played by Merle Oberon.

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The Cowboy And The Lady (1938). western romantic comedy film directed by H.C. Potter. Cast: Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon. Based on a story by Frank R. Adams and veteran film director Leo McCarey. It won an Academy Award for Sound Recording (Thomas Moulton), and was nominated for Original Score (Alfred Newman) and Original Song ("The Cowboy and the Lady" by Lionel Newman and Arthur Quenzer)

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The Dark Angel(1935). Tells the story of three childhood friends, two male, one female. When the woman chooses one of the men to marry, the other, jealous, sends his rival off into a dangerous situation during wartime. Cast: Fredric March, Merle Oberon, and Herbert Marshall. Directed by Sidney Franklin. It won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Merle Oberon) and Best Sound, Recording (Thomas T. Moulton).

The Lion Has Wings(1939). British, black-and-white, documentary-style, propaganda, war film. The film was directed by Adrian Brunel, Brian Desmond Hurst, Alexander Korda and Michael Powell. The film was made at the outbreak of the Second World War.


  1. Your post reminded me of a letter I received when I worked as a secretary for a local TV station. The author of the letter was angry that all we aired was "trash" and that we never showed any Merle Oberon movies. He had very shaky handwriting and it looked like it would have been an effort for him to write...which is the sign of a true fan.

  2. silverscreenings, In a way.. I find that to be a very sweet letter from her "true fan". Thank you, for sharing your memory with us. :)

  3. I spent a few hours with Merle (via TCM. I am always impressed by her exotic beauty. Although I love "Wuthering Heights," it is actually my least favorite performance from her. Love post for a lovely actress.


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