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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hollywood My Hometown

Ken Murray's Hollywood My Hometown features home movies of the stars.

W.C. Fields on Universal lot

Gary Cooper

Jean Harlow

Dick Powell

Jack Oakie

Richard Arlen

Myrna Loy

Mary Pickford and friend

Doug Fairbanks and friend

Cary Grant

Rudy Valee and Sally Blaine on set

Buddy Rogers

Clark Gable

Jean Harlow playing golf

Leslie Howard playing polo

Carole Lombard and Russ Columbo at a polo match

Dick Powell playing badminton

Ken Murray and Mary Astor after they pushed each other into the pool

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Norma Shearer by Hurrell

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A Kay Francis Saturday

Kay Francis fans have two events to enjoy this Saturday, September 16th. Scott O'Brien, author of Kay Francis "I Can't Wait To Be Forgotten" Her Life on Stage and Film, will be appearing at the Seventh Annual Sonoma County Book Festival.

The Heights Theatre will present Paramount On Parade 1930 as part of their Viva Vitaphone presentation. Restored by U.C.L.A., Paramount on Parade features the Isadore the Toreador segment, which is the only footage that features Kay Francis in color. Kay is also featured in the Impulses segment, with George Bancroft. Paramount on Parade also features Nancy Carroll, Clara Bow, Evelyn Brent, Maurice Chevalier, and many other Paramount stars, in what may be the the best of the early "All Star Revue" type films.

Also scheduled at Viva Vitaphone is the rare Fox Movietone Follies of 1930, with Marjorie White, El Brendel, and Frank Richardson. See related post #1 and #2

And don't forget the
Viva Vitaphone's Vitaphone Varieties
Trixie Friganza in "My Bag O' Trix" (1929)
Horace Heidt's Californians (1929)

Bernardo De Pace in "The Wizard of the Mandoline" (1927)
Chaz Chase, "The Unique Performer"
Red Nicholds and His Five Pennies (192
Gus Arnheim and His Ambassadors (1928)
Ray Mayer & Edith Evans in "When East Meets West" (1928)
Tal Henry and His North Carolinians (1929)
Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields (1929)
Edgar Bergen in "The Operation" (1930)
Josephine Harmon in "Harmonizing" (1930)

Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) -- 35mm Color (Excerpt)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Ramon, Doug/Kent, Buddy and Lew

Friday, September 01, 2006

Classic Pre-code: Night Nurse 1931

Night Nurse 1931. While featuring Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in various modes of undress, it is also a s&m and fetishist's delight (or maybe it's just me). Besides showing plenty of legs, gloves, uniforms, lingerie, and leather boots, director "Wild Bill" Wellman also provides much punching, slapping and wrist twisting.

The good doctor on one knee for the white gloved lady.

Barbara Stanwyck, looking quite stern.

The good doctor, obviously very pleased with the situation.

Joan and Barbara, what a pair.

"Oh, don't be embarrassed, you can't show me a thing....I just came from the delivery room." (Eddie Nugent)

Joan helps Barbara remove her stockings.

Some sadistic joker leaves a skeleton in the girl's bed.

The girls snuggle after the fright.

"Was he hit anywhere else?"

"Sorry....but that's all.

"That's my story, and a couple a' cops with rubber hoses can't make me change it." (Ben Lyon)

"Hey, that's a bullet wound."
"Hey, nobody sent for you, go rustle your hot water bottles."

"Hey Maloney, don't forget to wash that bedpan....and"

Barbara helps Joan get dressed.

Joan tightly holds Barbara's rubber gloved wrist to help keep her from fainting.

That's Barbara getting undressed in front of Joan...are you keeping count?

Two lifeless creatures. That's the lady of the house in a drunken stupor.(She's the one without the fur)

A caveman tries to force himself on the visiting nurse.

Mysterious stranger in a silk robe and pajamas punches out the caveman.

Mysterious stranger twists the visiting nurses wrist.

"I'm Nick...the chauffeur" (Clark Gable)

Nick...the chauffeur... punches out the visiting nurse.

Dr. Ranger,...a hopped up horse doctor...and a real horse's a#$ (Ralf Harolde)

Joan fitting on a glove...she fiddles with this glove throughout the entire scene.

The bootlegger and his pal.

"I'm a dipsomaniac and proud of it. Do ya hear? IM A DIPSOMANIAC AND I LIKE IT... I LIKE IT.. How do you like that?


The nurse slaps down the caveman.

The caveman is forced to crawl away on his hands and knees.

The nurse wrestles the lady of the house to the ground.

The nurse strikes a dominant pose.

The nurse steps over the lady of the house.

Nick, in uniform and smoking, looks on.

The bootlegger looking through a window...I wonder what this means?

Nick in full uniform, leather boots and all.

Nick twisting an arm.

Nick punches out the good doctor.

Nick roughs up the nurse.

"Some guy got taken for a car ride"
"No...he was wearing a chauffeurs uniform"