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List's Title. List's Description. Delete List. ALL 38 Hardcover 19 Paperback Stock Status. ALL 38 English Publication Year. Display 1 - 20 from 38 results. Joan Blondell: A Life between Takes is the first major biography of the effervescent, scene-stealing actress who conquered motion pictures, vaudeville, Broadway, summer stock, television, and radio.
Born the child of vaudevillians, she was on stage by age three. With her casual sex appeal, distinctive cello voice, megawatt smile, luminous saucer eyes, and flawless timing, she came into widespread fame in Warner Bros. Read More. Add to My List. Added to Cart.
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Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews. Retrospectives of his work often elicit high praise for an underrated actor, a master of the minimalist style. His image personified the "male mask" of the s in classic films such as Laura, Fallen An.. Walter Brennan was one of the greatest character actors in Hollywood history. He appeared in over two hundred motion pictures and became the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting, which celebrated the actor's unique role as the voice of the American Western.
His life journey from Swampscott, Massachusetts, to Hollywood, to a twelve thousand-acre cattle ranch in Joseph, Oregon, is one of the great American stories. In the first biography of this epic figure, Carl Rollyson reveals Brennan's consummate mastery of virtually every kind of role while playing agai.. Moviegoers know her as the housekeeper in White Christmas , the nurse in Now, Voyager , and the crotchety choir director in Sister Act.
This book, filled with never-published behind-the-scenes stories from Broadway and Hollywood, chronicles the life of a complicated woman who brought an assortment of unforgettable nurses, nuns, and housekeepers to life on screen and stage. Wickes was part of some of the most significant moments in film, television, theatre, and radio history.
On that frightening night in when Orson Welles recorded his earth-shattering "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, Wickes was waiting on another soundstage for him for a reh.. Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, a Life. Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles , Madeline Kahn was one of the most popular comedians of her time--and one of the least understood. In private, she was as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy. Almost a Method actor in her approach, she took her work seriously. When crew members and audiences laughed, she asked why--as if they were laughing at her --and all her life she remained unsure of her gifts.
Madison examines Kahn's film career, including not only her triumphs with Mel Brooks and Peter Bogdanovich, but also her overlooked performances in The Adventure of.. Her haunting rendition of "You'll Never Know" has never been surpassed by any other singer. In the s and s she reigned as queen of 20th Century Fox musicals. See our disclaimer. Her haunting rendition of "You'll Never Know" has never been surpassed by any other singer. In the s and s she reigned as queen of 20th Century Fox musicals.
To a select cult, she remains a beloved star. In at the pinnacle of her career she chose to walk out on her Fox contract. This remarkable episode is unlike any other in the heyday of the big-studio system. Her daring departure from films left Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck and the rest of the movie industry flabbergasted. For years she had skirmished with him over her roles, her health, and her private life. His heavy-handed film editing of her fine work in Otto Preminger's drama Fallen Angel, a role she had fought for, relegated Faye to the shadows so that Zanuck could showcase the younger Linda Darnell.
After leaving Fox, Faye devoted herself to her marriage to radio star Phil Harris, to motherhood, and to a second career on radio in the Phil Harris' Alice Faye Show, broadcast for eight years. She happily gave up films in favor of the independence and self-esteem that she discovered in private life. She willingly freed herself of the "star-treatment" that debilitated so many of her contemporaries. In the s she emerged as a spokeswoman for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, touring America to encourage senior citizens to make their lives more meaningful and vital.
This book captures her special essence, her work in film, radio, and popular music, and indeed her graceful survival beyond the silver screen. Kingsbury's Correspondence with James Josiah Webb, Specifications Series Title Hollywood Legends. Customer Reviews. Write a review. The film concerns a Max Sennett type, Michael Connors Ameche who brings an actress to Hollywood, Molly Adair Faye and makes her a big silent comedienne, eventually moving her into more dramatic roles.
He becomes extremely successful with her as his star. Obsessed with his work, he's absolutely shocked when she and her leading man Alan Curtis run off and get married. He's so shocked, he dumps her.
She and her husband go off and continue to be more and more popular while Connors' studio starts losing money at an alarming rate. Before you know it, he's through. Molly wants to help and asks that Connors direct her next film. There's lots of Keystone Kop type footage, which is quite funny, and some fantastic slapstick by Buster Keaton, who is wonderful.
The film also has a scene from "The Jazz Singer" when the talkies take over. The in-joke, of course, has to do with Rin Tin-Tin, for whom Zanuck used to write. In one scene, Rinny's trainer brings him in as a potential contract player for Connors' studio. Connors throws both of them out of his office. A few scenes later, Rin-Tin-Tin is shown to be 1 box office. Fortune smiled on him even at the end.
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Alice Faye is very pretty and does a fine job, as does Ameche, who turns in an energetic performance. Edward Bromberg and Stuart Erwin provide very good support. Unfortunately, this film isn't quite sure what it is - history, comedy, romance, or drama. However, "Hollywood Cavalcade" is still quite watchable. JohnHowardReid 28 April New York opening at the Roxy: 13 October Australian release: 1 February Copyright length: 9, feet.
Australian length: 8, feet. The photographers have treated her most kindly and director Cummings has allowed her numerous attractive close-ups.
She looks great in her Herschel costumes too. And her acting is nothing short of utterly entrancing. Unfortunately, however, Alice doesn't get to sing a single note. But they are no longer in the film. Presumably they were deleted merely to shorten the running time.
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What is worse is the fact that the script for Hollywood Cavalcade - for all its good intentions - is not really worthy of her talents. Don Ameche comes over as a boringly brash and unendingly garrulous lead, while the rest of the cast is strictly second-rate. Even the Keystone Cops lack the verve, the vitality, the split-second timing of the originals. After about a year of this being on the "long wait" list on Netflix, the DVD was finally delivered a couple of days ago and I finally got to see this after about a couple of decades being curious about it because I read about Buster Keaton throwing a pie in the face of Alice Faye in his bio in an encyclopedia of movie comics called "Funsters".
Seeing Keaton years after he seemed to have fallen on hard times due to his alcoholism was refreshing when he performs his silent antics especially when he does those pie scenes. Oh, and Ms. Don Ameche isn't bad as her director who guides her through slapstick comedies and then dramas but can't see the forest for the trees, if you know what I mean.
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