The Golden Age of Hollywood

..Ok..so its not HOLLYWOOD..but its sure is close!..
Alexander Korda founded the british production company in 1932...They produced many memorable films from the 30s-50s(they merged with RANK in the 1940s)...Many featured stars that worked both sides of the Atlantic such as ..Vivian Leigh...Raymond Massey,Charles Laughton,Leslie Howard,Conrad Veidt.Merle Oberon...and many supporting type players as well..
As a child it was hard to tell a London Film(especially the 30s ones)from a Hollywood production,they blended so well in those late night lineups...I just felt a need to give a tip of the hat to one of the finest production companies of that bygone era of celuloid fantasies...

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Comment by Christopher on January 17, 2009 at 3:03pm
I Know Where I'm Going is more like one of those personal pleasures that you're not likely to get someone else to enjoy the way you do..especially if its a noisy enviorment or with alot of distractions..Pamela Brown plays my favorite character in it

..A very young Petula Clark also appears in the film

Speaking of Michael Powell films ,one of his best,A matter of Life and Death with David Niven and Kim Hunter,was FINALLY released to DVD in the US on a disc with one of his later films,Age of Consent..whee you can SEE!!!! a young Helen Mirren..

Comment by LadyMadeleine on January 17, 2009 at 5:11am
Ah - finally someone else who likes I Know Where I'm Going! It's on my all-time favourites list and I have tried to turn people on to this film, but they are just stubborn or clueless, I guess, lol. I saw it once and waited for years for it to come out on DVD... Yes, it's definitely a cold night/warm fire movie!

Have you seen The Edge of the World? They did great photography on that one as well.
Comment by Christopher on January 16, 2009 at 10:12pm
The Third Man really stands apart from the rest..and contains one of my top 10 all time favorite movie endings!..The Four Feathers was always a favorite ..as was The Thief of Bagdad..partly for their great color!..Another film I like is "I know where I'm going"..a good one for a cold night by the fire!
Comment by LadyMadeleine on January 16, 2009 at 10:04pm
My favourite London Films productions are Dark Journey... I really love the mood of that one, and the way Conrad Veidt and Vivien Leigh play off each other... and The Divorce of Lady X - probably the second film I saw Olivier in, after Wuthering Heights, and one of my first exposures to 30's Technicolor. But my absolute favourite is The Third Man, which is one of the most classic, well-done films of all time.

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Comment by Christopher on January 16, 2009 at 3:15pm
I'm surprised Criterion hasn't jumped on The Scarlet Pimpernel by now!..Altho It would be nice if a more "affordable" outfit would release it....I was surprised when they did restorations on The Lady Vanishes and The Thirty Nine Steps..The prints they have aired on TV here for years are criminal!..barely understandable when dialog is a major factor of these films..
Comment by Classic Movie Man on January 16, 2009 at 2:57pm
I completely agree about The Scarlet Pimpernel, a very entertaining film and a much more lively Leslie Howard than say how he was in Gone with the Wind. Thankfully most of the others have been restored and those versions are available at least in the UK.
Comment by Christopher on January 16, 2009 at 2:12pm
...THose are 3 very good films..My intro to London Films...was when we lived in Australia in the early to mid 60s..with things like the Man who could work Miracles, and the Sabu films..I later was introduced to The Scarlet Pimpernel,That Hamilton Woman,Things to Come and THe Private Life of Henry the Eight back here in the States in various tv viewings..Some of these films,like Scarlet Pimpernel are long overdue for a print restoration!
Comment by Classic Movie Man on January 15, 2009 at 1:51pm
There is no geographical restriction to Hollywood here as far I'm aware, you can discuss all of world cinema and I've also never believed in cut off dates either. When I started the messageboard just over 3 years ago I just thought The Golden Age of Hollywood was a good catchy name thats all, obviously classic cinema is the main focus but nothing stopping you posting about the latest releases.

Interesting London Films never for me developed a distinctive brand like any of the Hollywood studios (not for me anyway) and as you say it was sometimes hard to tell them apart from US releases or even other British films. Korda is what I remembered oddly enough rather than London Films as the link between the 102 films he worked on in various capacities between 1933 and 1956.

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) was the big international success, the later films more expensive in general did less well. Korda got financial help from United Artists who distributed his films in the US and the City of London Prudential Assurance Company. With their help he built Denham studios the most up to date in Europe but UA didn't have their own theatres and Korda's attempts to rival Hollywood failed. He had to do cheap films along with the prestige productions and get other producers in to fill the Denham soundstages. Eventually he lost control and became as has been said just another producer using Denham under J Arthur Rank.
Comment by Christopher on January 14, 2009 at 10:59pm

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