George Brent Found! for His March 15 Birthday

Mar 14 2013

Born on this date in 1899, the actor who co-starred with Bette Davis so many times that I thought today was Bette-day on TCM! They don't help matters by capping their 8 movie Brent-Davis marathon with a Davis documentary, but the pair did appear in a total of 11 movies together and a few of them are some of Brent's best remembered performances!

The Turner Classic Movies George Brent (and Bette Davis) birthday schedule for Friday, March 15, 2013:

  • 6:00 am - The Rich Are Always With Us (1932)
  • 7:15 am - So Big (1932)
  • 8:45 am - Housewife (1934)
  • 10:00 am - Front Page Woman (1935)
  • 11:30 am - Jezebel (1938)
  • 1:15 pm - Dark Victory (1939)
  • 3:15 pm - The Old Maid (1939)
  • 5:00 pm - In This Our Life (1942)

Note: TCM US schedule; All times EST

Following that marathon TCM airs the 1983 documentary Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano at 6:45 pm.

And just for trivia's sake, the remaining three movies that Davis and Brent appear in together: Special Agent (1935), The Golden Arrow (1936) and The Great Lie (1941)

George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Bette Davis 1940 Tobacco Card

George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Bette Davis are shown in a scene from Dark Victory on this 1940 tobacco card issued by A and M Wix in Great Britain and South Africa as part of their 250-card Cinema Cavalcade Volume 2 set of cards.

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  • This is a very brief post at Time Machine to the Twenties, but it happens to contain my favorite George Brent fact.
  • There's a bit more Brent biography at this post at GarboForever which, of course, puts the focus on Brent's single occasion co-starring with Garbo in The Painted Veil (1934)
  • She Blogged By Night put together an entire series of Bette Davis posts under the banner of The Bette Davis Project. Here's entry #5 looking at 1934's Housewife which airs at 8:45 Friday morning.
  • Dark Victory airs on TCM this afternoon. Laura's Miscellaneous Musings took a look at it for the first time just late last year.
  • Bette Davis is a favorite at the Classic Movies Digest. Here's a look at the final film of the 2013 Brent-birthday marathon, In This Our Life, airing at 5 pm EST.
George Brent 1934 Wills Tobacco Card

George Brent pictured on a 1934 Wills Famous Film Stars tobacco card issued out of Australia.

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John Carradine Found! for His February 5 Birthday

Feb 05 2013

Born on this date in 1906, horror icon and generally creepy character actor John Carradine in New York City.

The lean and lanky Carradine appeared in over 220 movies plus made another 100-plus appearances on television in a film career that saw releases come from 1930 all the way until 1990, two years after his death!

John Carradine was 82 when he died in 1988.

John Carradine vintage 1936 R95 Linen Textured Premium Photo

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  • Beginning with an essay I found myself nodding my head to, Film Noir of the Week highlights Bluebeard (1944), a PRC feature starring John Carradine.
  • Shadowplay brings "The Carradine Face" into focus as seen in La seƱora Muerte or Madame Death (1969), described by the author as "a low-grade Mexican mad scientist movie."
  • Not entirely Carradine-centric but worthy of note is Frankensteinia's look at Frankenstein on Broadway in 1981 - The production featured John Carradine as the blind hermit!
  • Mary of Scotland (1936) is a John Ford film I've yet to catch, but The Stop Button says that "Carradine's great" in it playing Italian as Katharine Hepburn's secretary.
  • My own two John Carradine entries are wildly different movies, each important in its own way to the Carradine filmography. First there's Stagecoach (1939), no argument there, and from a couple of years back Captive Wild Woman (1943), a Universal horror film that was actually Carradine's first foray into his most familiar genre!

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Gloria Stuart Found! on TCM Friday Night, November 4

Nov 01 2011

Gloria Stuart 1938 Carreras Tobacco CardIt's a strange legacy. You mention Gloria Stuart to the man on the street and they shrug; you add You know, the old lady from Titanic, and they get you then. Well, TCM is doing things up right for Gloria Stuart this coming Friday night, November 4, as it airs four of her films from between 1933-1935 while restraining themselves from their umpteenth Titanic airing.

Gloria Stuart had been one of our few surviving stars from Hollywood's Golden Age until her passing last September at age 100, at which time she, and, er hem, Titanic, were in the spotlight one more time. But Friday night TCM gives classic movie fans an evening of the Gloria Stuart we choose to remember, as do the sites we visit in today's Classic Movie Search found down below. Enjoy:

Gloria Stuart on TCM

Friday night, November 4, 2010

  • 8:00 pm - The Invisible Man (1933) starring Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, Una O'Connor
  • 9:30 pm - Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) starring Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady
  • 11:15 pm - Here Comes the Navy (1934) starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Dorothy Tree
  • 1:00 am - Maybe It's Love (1935) starring Ross Alexander, Gloria Stuart, Frank McHugh

All times EST; TCM US schedule

Gloria Stuart and Ross Alexander

Gloria Stuart with "Maybe It's Love" co-star Ross Alexander on a 1937 tobacco card issued by John Sinclair & Sons

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inside ClassicMovieSearch.com:

  • It's hard to believe it's been over a year already, but many of the classic film sites indexed here published remembrances of Gloria Stuart when she died last September 26 at age 100, including: Comet Over Hollywood, Laura's Miscellaneous Musings, A Shroud of Thoughts, and myself at Immortal Ephemera, among many others.
  • Earlier in 2010 many sites celebrated Stuart's 100th Birthday. TCM's Movie Morlocks blog embedded several videos into their centennial tribute
  • Horror classic The Invisible Man kicks off TCM's Gloria Stuart tribute at 8 pm EST. Here's The Invisible Man as covered on Cinema OCD and recently revived for the season at A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies
  • Chills of another kind come to you courtesy of Busby Berkeley in Gold Diggers of 1935 at 9:30 pm EST. Here's Laura's take at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
  • Cagney and O'Brien star in Here Comes the Navy at 11:15 pm EST, a nominee for Best Picture in 1934 - Edward Copeland on Film tries to figure that one out
  • There's honestly not a lot of info to be found inside the Search on Maybe It's Love, our 1:00 am EST nightcap, but the Movie Mirrors Index has a brief synopsis for us.
  • While I'm sure most of us Classic Film Fans are happy TCM didn't thrust Titanic in our path this evening, many are probably curious as to what happened to The Old Dark House. If you're missing this one too then you can head over to Dave's Classic Films to read all about it.
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The Razor’s Edge (1946) Found! on TCM Wednesday at 8pm

Oct 24 2011

I wanted to get this out by Tuesday for readers in the US and Canada to give a heads-up that 20th Century-Fox's The Razor's Edge (1946) is airing on TCM this Wednesday night, October 26, at 8 pm EST. Again, this is a Fox film, so while it shows up sometimes on Fox Movie Channel this is being listed as its Turner Classic Movies premeire.

As soon as I received my October Now Playing Guide and noticed that TCM was playing The Razor's Edge this month I got to work. This is one of my favorite movies ever and I wanted an article up on my site before TCM aired it. I just posted that up yesterday, so please check out The Razor's Edge on Immortal Ephemera. After getting that all out of my head I thought it'd be nice to use this site to see what others have posted about this beautiful movie in recent years.

To that effect we'll go finding inside the Search just under this vintage image of underrated Razor's Edge star Gene Tierney. Tierney is shown on a printed paper premium photo issued as part of a mail-away set by Motion Picture Magazine in 1946 ... the same year that The Razor's Edge was released:

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The Story of Temple Drake Found! on TCM Wednesday at 8pm

Sep 12 2011

Major DVR alert for Wednesday night, September 14, at 8 pm EST on TCM - the racy and rare pre-code The Story of Temple Drake (1933) starring Miriam Hopkins is premieres on TCM as one of Robert Osborne's picks.

I caught this one a little over a year ago resorting to watching it on YouTube and I've been dying to get my hands on a copy ever since. Below I went searching in our Classic Movie Search Engine and found five posts dedicated to Drake, a movie based on one of the few William Faulkner novels I've ever read, Sanctuary.

Miriam Hopkins 1930s Tobacco Card

The star of The Story of Temple Drake, Miriam Hopkins, pictured with a cigarette in hand on a 1930's Garbaty tobacco card from Germany, one of the most beautiful and in-demand sets of tobacco cards.

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  • Obscure Classics references Miriam Hopkins' "carefree, promiscuous behavior" in their review of The Story of Temple Drake
  • Boiling Sand mentions that The Story of Temple Drake "was so scandalous that the Production Code demanded it never be screened again."
  • The Hollywood Revue catalogs some of the sin found in The Story of Temple Drake: "a loose woman, gangsters, murder, and violence against women," just to name a few!
  • Classic Movies Digest calls The Story of Temple Drake "a pre-code masterpiece ... truly one of the most adult films of the era"
  • Jack La Rue - Sexual Outlaw is Shadowplay's look at The Story of Temple Drake, which it refers to as a "pre-code smut-holocaust"

If you're a fan of pre-code cinema you cannot miss this movie!

Jack La Rue 1930s Real Photo Postcard

Watch out for Jack La Rue's Trigger in The Story of Temple Drake

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