THE PAINTED VEIL (1934)
Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent
• 1957 with
Eleanor Parker (the Seventh Sin).
• 2006 with Naomi
Directed by Richard Boleslawski
Screenplay: John Meehan, Salka Viertel and Edith Fitzgerald
Based on the novel by Somerset Maugham (1925)
Film Editor: Hugh Wynn
Costumes by Adrian.
During the early 20s, Garbo made an extraordinary amount
money for the studio.
This article is a fascinating deconstruction of one scene in
Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder." The scene is the one where Milland
talks to Swan, the man he is recruiting to murder his wife. This scene
lasts over 20 minutes, a substantial part of the film. The article
takes apart the interesting camera work and the positioning of the
actors and the camera. It's well worth a read.
William Holden in "The Golden Boy."
The Dark Past (1948)
William Holden (1918-1981), Lee J. Cobb (1911-1976)
According to TCM, Lee J. Cobb was not happy making this film. His daily crabbiness and dissatisfaction
evidently so affected William Holden (who was trying to put back together a
film career after his service in WWII) Nina Foch (the female lead) started
having Holden come to her trailer for breakfast. She supposedly consoled Holden and convinced
him that in a few years, he would be more famous than Cobb.
Alma Reville (1988-1982)
It’s Alma’s birthday today.
Alva Reville was an English screenwriter and film editor and
a large part of Alfred Hitchcock’s brain.
Charlie Champlin wrote in 1982: "The Hitchcock touch had four
hands, and two were Alma's."
Alma actually started in the film industry before Hitchcock
and probably would have surpassed him had she been a man.
Hitchcock, however, was smart enough to recruit her as a
film editor on the first film where he had any say.
EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949) JAMES MASON:
James Mason (1909-1984).
James Mason did not train as an actor. He took it up as an aside during his
In 1933, Mason was given a small film role by Alexander
Korda in “The Private Life of Don Juan,” but Korda sacked him three days into
In 1935, on the set of his second film, “Troubled Waters”
Mason met Pamela Kellino. Pamela’s
husband, Roy, was the cinematographer on the film. Mason not only became fast friends with Pamela,
he moved in with Pamela and her husband and collaborated with them on several
stage and screen plays.
EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949)
It’s always such a pleasure to come across a black and white
movie I haven’t seen. “East Side, West
Side” is one of them.
The cast itself is enough reason for watching. Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Van Heflin,
Ava Gardner (looking absolutely stunning), Cyd Charisse, Nancy Reagan, Gale
Sondergaard, William Conrad, and William Frawley among other faces familiar
from later television programs.
The music is by Miklos Rozsa, cinematorgraphy by Charles
Three on a Match (1932)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Starring - Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Lyle Talbot, Humphrey
Bogart, Allen Jenkins, Edward Arnold, Warren William
Glenda Farrell plays a small part which is uncredited as
Vivian’s friend in prison. Jack La Rue,
Ann Shirley and Jack Webb are also in the film in small parts.
Gowns by Orry-Kelly
The little girl with the best grades winds up in the worst circumstance
in later life. Her two friends try to
The Bribe (1949)
Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price,
John Hodiak, Samuel S. Hinds (doctor)
Directed y Robert Z. Leonard and uncredited Vincente
Based on a short story by Frederick Nebel. Screenplay by Marguerite Roberts.
Despite the stellar cast, this film was not a hit with the
public or the critics when it came out. Bosley
Crowther called the film “…as lurid as it is absurd.” Crowther argued that if the film didn’t have
big name stars in it, it would be low man on a “grind house triple bill.