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What are your favorite movies?
Many films from the silent era to current films. I especially love the era of the late 20s through the 30s.
Who are your favorite stars?
Jean Harlow, Marion Davies, Norma Shearer, Sylvia Sidney, Nancy Carroll, Ann Harding, Maureen O'Sullivan, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow, Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Bette Davis, Marie Dressler, Dorothy Mackaill, Alice White, Betty Compson, Phillips Holmes, Helen Twelvetrees, Eric Linden, Fredric March, George Brent, etc.!
Who are your favorite directors?
Ernst Lubitsch, Alfred Hitchcock, Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Frank Capra, etc.
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
I always loved old films as long as I can recall. It began with Laurel & Hardy on Sunday mornings and then there were a lot of 30s Warner Brothers shown on TV and I became more intrigued. Our PBS station had a show called Marquee Theatre in the 80s and I was a die-hard film fan. I do enjoy films from all eras but that pre-code era is my favourite!
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Jill Clayburgh

Posted on November 7, 2010 at 3:25am 5 Comments

It is with sadness that I learned of the passing of the great actress Jill Clayburgh. She was a major screen actress in the last half of the 70s and well into the 80s. Jill took risks in choosing her screen roles and the resulting films were not always great but Jill Clayburgh always gave a great performance. In the late 70s and into the 80s, Jill was up there with Jane Fonda, Sally Field and a newcomer named Meryl Streep who was a close friend for many years. The TV film… Continue

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At 6:44pm on October 21, 2011, Charissa said…

Dennis - Thank you for your comment, and for accepting my friend request! Usually the photos I upload are into my album of movies I'm watching - to keep track of the movies I watch I upload a photo from the movie. It's kind of a fun way for me to keep track of what I've watched or re-watched this year. :) I haven't seen any of Nancy Carroll's movies yet! I've seen one of Helen Twelvetrees and found her absolutely charming. Phillips Holmes is another actor I've read about and wanted to see, but haven't yet. Your recommendation just makes me want to seek him out even more!

I envy you your movie collection - mine isn't nearly as large as I'd like, but I'm working on it. :) Talk to you soon!

~Charissa

At 3:54pm on June 15, 2011, diane said…

Hello dennis,

Just read your little speech over on "Name that Star" and I

think that describes the feelings of us all.  I need your

expert help with a photo on the Jean Harlow page.

Do you know anything about it's origins. Jean Harlow

is sitting there smiling and beautiful, in the midst of

the glummest kids I have ever seen. The little blonde

girl is the spitting image of Jean when she was little,

so maybe, as Marcus says, she may be a relative. It

looks as though, just out of camera range, someone

is eating all their ice cream. It is really puzzling me -

I just don't buy the theory that it was the depression

etc. Can you help dennis??

At 4:44am on May 2, 2011, diane said…

Hello dennis,

I think we all did silly things in our youth. I know whenever

I needed extra cash, I would grab a few records and go

to the local record barn that bought and sold. Fortunately

I have managed to buy them back (not my own copies)

at record fairs but I have always thought it was fortunate

that I actually remembered what I sold!!!!

At 2:10am on May 2, 2011, diane said…

Your photos are beautiful - I would never have known

that was Aileen Pringle, she looks so youthful.

At 2:08am on May 2, 2011, diane said…

Hello Dennis,

I don't think I have been around here since the last

quiz. I received "Dorothy and Lillian Gish" as a gift - when

it was still in the bookshops. I just popped onto Amazons

and there are a few copies going extremely cheap - like

about $2!!! if you are interested.

At 1:27pm on March 6, 2011, Gregg Nystrom said…
Thank you, kind sir! ;-)
At 2:46pm on March 3, 2011, diane said…

Hello dennis,

I was so fascinated to read your reply. Especially

interviewing Jean's childhood friends - you would

have learned a lot about her that no one has ever

bothered to research before. I know it is all very

easy to say "Be true to yourself, always believe in

yourself" etc and I mean it sincerely but it is harder

to put things like that into practise. My daughter is

a writer and she has always felt she didn't get a

lot of encouragement - now we are definately

trying to make up for it, trying to give her a lot of

self belief. Her brother is a paranoid schizophrenic

and her memories of childhood are not always happy,

she feels she was never given as much attention etc.

Getting back to Jean Harlow, a couple of months I

saw her in "The Saturday Night Kid" - I had read that

Clara Bow (she is a star I really admire) saw something

in her and tried to do things for her. Obvously the

cameraman didn't get the message - in one scene

there was a roof party and Jean was photographed

from the back!! So everyone got their "picture in the

paper" except Jean.

At 1:22am on March 1, 2011, diane said…
Almost time for another "Name That Star" competition.
At 1:22am on March 1, 2011, diane said…

Hello dennis,

Congratulations on being part of the "team" for the

book "Harlow in Hollywood". I think you probably

had the most fascinating job - interviewing her

old school friends - was she as beloved as she is known

to be? Did you find many still living? I am ordering

"The Love Parade" next month so I will keep a look

out for her!!

Cheers Diane

At 3:58pm on February 9, 2011, diane said…

hello dennis,

The thing I really loved when I first saw Ann Harding in a

movie  (I think it was "The Animal Kingdom") was how

down to earth she was and that voice - I think a movie

fan could really fall in love with her voice.

"Enchanted April" was remade in 1992. I went to the

movies and saw it and it is a movie I really loved - I

would definately recommend it.

 
 
 

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