virtually any short or feature produced 1929 - 45 that has the fabulous huge production numbers, George Whites Scandals 1934, Busby Berkeley, Broadway melody of 1936, Hollywood Review of 1929, Showgirl In Hollywood, I have many rare shorts and features from this period, mostly good prints, Ben Hur (1925), Noahs Ark (Part talkie), Intolerance, Cleopatra (Colbert), King of Kings (1927), The Ten Commandments (1923) and many others.
Who are your favorite stars?
Myrna Loy, Alice faye, Betty Grable, Dorothy Lamour, Buster Crabbe, Phillips Holmes, Ramon Navarro and many others
Who are your favorite directors?
Cecil B de Mille, Michael Curtiz, Busby Berkeley
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
I've spent a lifetime collecting Film Sheet Music, Soundtracks some rare in their original recordings (78 rpm) Snow White 3 x 78rpm set, Laurel & Hardy Columbia 12" 78 rpm recorded on their trip here in London, England, 1932, Many Lp's, Literally thousands of MP3 radio shows of the 30's, 40's and 50's. also have many golden era feature films, movie annuals, press books and more, I''ve loved the different aspects of collecting movie memorabilia for about 40 years + still get the same kick out it as when I first got interested in my early teens, now nudging 60 I still love it.
Listened to that show Phil. It was very funny. You were right though, the audio quality wasn't very good. That's the problem with so many OTR shows. However there are some with excellent audio that sounds like they were recorded yesterday. Good or bad, at least they were preserved! Thanks again for the recommendation!
Fine suggestions you've given me. All of the films you mentioned i have yet to see, but i am not unfamiliar with them. REACH FOR THE SKIES stars Kenneth More as an RAF Pilot taken prisoner by the Germans who, despite having lost his legs, never gives up his freedom and love for the air. WENT THE DAY WELL sounds mighty interesting after having read the synopsis. TIGER BAY was made in 1959 and stars John Mills acting with his daughter Hayley. I have seen her in POLYANNA and THE PARENT TRAP, as well as IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS, and must say that she was quite a natural and charming actress for one starting out so young, for POLYANNA she won her juvenile academy award.
Regarding YELLOW CANARY, i alwasy enjoy a good unexpected twist at the end of film. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, one of the great British-American productions, is a perfect example of that. I'll admit that it disappointed me at first, but then on a second viewing i realized how appropriate it was to show the "unexpectedness" and cruelty of war by ending the picture that way. And who can forget the famous "Colonel Bogey" march that the P.O.W.s whistle?
One more thing i'd like to add. I have always enjoyed the music of your country, especially when it comes to Military marches like those of Kenneth Alford or the classics by Edward Elgar and William Walton and the lot. His ''Crown Imperial'' coronation march, written for King George VI in 1937, is a truly stirring piece of music. And i will catch your beloved WARSAW CONCERTO without a doubt!
Happy New Year to you. I realize that one thing we've never discussed is British Cinema. You Brits certainly have a talent for a whole lot of things, and filmmaking is one of them. yesterday i saw, for the second time, Powell & Pressburger's THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP. if you haven't seen it, i recommend it highly. It is a beautiful technicolor epic spanning a quarter of a century, from 1902 to 1943 (the year it was made), starring Roger Livesey and a young Deborah Kerr in her only her film debut playing three roles!
I am proud to say that i am an Anglophile. my country, The United States, may have have had to fight yours TWICE for our independence (in 1776 and 1812), but in the end we all became allies and helped each other in more ways than one. Great Britain is ineed a very interesting nation with a rich history. The "Island" empire that conquered not like the Romans or the Mongols did, but with a pen and with stiff-upper lipped civilization. as the song by Vera Lynn says: "There'll always be an england, and england shall be free...."
hello Philip, and sorry for taking this long to answer your comment from monday. i got interested in this site because i was searching for folks who appreciate all the classic/vintage movies and music and the lot. i couldn't have found a better website. i consider it a blessing to be absorbed in this stuff from a very early age and follow my own old-fashioned trends.
radio shows are indeed a number one for me. the actor's voices of the day were so colorful that it gave them a certain dynamism even if you couldn't see them. people my age may criticize the actor's acting styles of the day, but i don't give a hoot. sure, there were a good deal of over the top actors who could be melodramatic depending on the scripts they were given. but i still think they were better than what passes for today's cinema, in my humble opinion. the amazing directors/producers and talents behind th great motion pictures of the day and all the black and white and technicolor are peerless. throughout history there's always been A great deal of naturalistic actors in movies. Errol Flynn was exceptional considering the action/adventure typecasting they gave him. my two favorite actors, Gary Cooper and James Stewart, always gave a great performance and brought effortless all-american charm and skill. one could go on and on about underrated actors and actresses, such as Jean Arthur and Barbara Stanwyck. the world of classics is filled with many hidden gems and treasures.
and since you're from the UK, Phiip,i ought to mention some of the great british actors like Laurence Olivier (the definitive shakespearean actor in my opinion), as well as Richard Burton and Ronald Colman and Basil Rathbone. but i've said all i had to say. :-)
howdy Philip: forgive me for confusing you with Dave. that was 11 days ago. and if calling you Mr. Binestead is a bit too formal for you, then that's fine. anyways, we were discussing old time radio.......... :-)
thanks for the information, Dave. and i certainly agree tht the old classics from the golden age are a great escape. they certainly were for the depression-weary/war-weary audiences of 1930-1946. the more i see films and newsreels and just about anything, down to the fashions, of the era, the more i wish i could go back to those times. but the good lord/heavenly father put us in this century for a good reason.
any good classics you've seen lately? or recommendations? name me just about any star/director.producer/ film composer of the day it'll at least be familiar by name. a fine conversation is always welcome. :-)
by all means, Mr. Binestead. i'm a fan of the Lux Radio Theatre, which is hosted by Cecil B. Demille, one of my favorite directors. great to hear great actors/actresses recreate their movie roles on the old radio, or other actors to recreate those roles for them. the 1937 radio production of THE PLAINSMAN is a good example. in the film version, Gary Cooper had played Wild Bill Hickok. but in the radio adaptation, Fredric March gives voice to the legendary Western hero. Jean Arthur plays Calamity Jane in both versions. i'm also a fan of ESCAPE (especially the Three Skeleton Key episode starring Vincent Price), as well as SUSPENSE and any great western radio series such as TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS, with Joel McCrea.
i own a whole collection of classic radio shows from the 30s to the 50s, but all on tape. i hope to get me a nice tape player soon and play them whenever i want to escape with my imagination to a bygone era: the old radio has always done that as much as Films or Books have.
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