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The Painted Veil Part 2

Part 2
Greta Garbo, Herbert Marshall, George Brent
Other versions:
•       1957 with Eleanor Parker (the Seventh Sin).
•       2006 with Naomi Watts.
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.

Dial M for Murder: Novel/Movie Series

Dial M for Murder
Article: Deconstruction of a Scene
This article is about one scene in the film “Dial M for Murder” that between Tony Wendice (Ray Miland) and Swan (Anthony Dawson). 
After introductions at the door, Swan and Wendice sit down for a conversation.  During this initial segment, the camera goes back and forth between the two men, 20 times in a couple of minutes.

Dial M for Murder: Hitchcock: Deconstruction of a Scene

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.

The Dark Past (1948)

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, Hitchcock's Brain

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 education.
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 the shooting.
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 Rosher.

Three on a Match (1932)

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 help her.

The Bribe (1949)

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 Minnelli
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.
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