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Classic Movies Digest, Volume 1, Issue 4 Kindle Edition
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Classic Movies Digest, Volume 1 issue 4 does no less than place me in the middle of his subject matter in this go round, living with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard in The Cat and the Canary and Brian Donlevy's playing the heavy to an intimate look at Mary Astor in a very private moment in her life. Thank you Rupert for bringing such entertainment to my reading pleasure.
Next up is a fine article on "Character star (and sometimes lead) Brian Donlevy." Mr. Alistair further explains, "The actor had the looks of a dashing leading man but chose instead to focus on playing heavies and tough guys of the first order, particularly in high profile films noirs of the 1940's. He has been described as a durable character player and it is a very fitting summarization of his work in Hollywood during its golden years." Mr. Alistair goes into much detail about Donlevy's life and career, stating that "He would be remembered as a strong actor, whose contributions to film would be solid and significant."
We have a gorgeous publicity portrait of Myrna Loy on the next page with a fine, telling quote from the durable, talented and reliable actress whose professional career lasted from 1925 until 1982. Talk about longevity!
Our next article by the extremely talented and well-read Mr. Alistair is an expert, telling history of the transition from silent movies to sound films, "Silent Transition: Can You Hear Me Now?" "It was a transition famously -- and creatively -- lampooned in the classic musical "Singin' in the Rain' (1952), but the conversion to sound didn't come without its casualties. Talent went to the wayside in droves, some, superstars of their time." Mr. Alistair further explains, "Many of the most celebrated stars of the silent era were of foreign birth and thick accents were given as the major reason for their fall from box-office grace." Aside from the accents of the once-celebrated stars, "Poor sound technology surely didn't help these situations." Mr. Alistair cites one example who had no trouble with her accent, the Swedish star Greta Garbo. "Her reign at MGM was only strengthened, and her famed low profile only caused audiences and fans to want to hear her talk all the more." John Gilbert, one-time lover of Garbo, had a voice that, in his sound debut in 1929's "This Glorious Night," "came across as too high-pitched to make him a viable screen lover." Soon, Broadway and stage performers were recruited by Hollywood and their trained voices were much more suited to the sound era.
The fifth article is about the screen classic, 1935's "Captain Blood" starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in their first movie together. As for Flynn, "Cinematic swashbuckling is the one thing he is most associated with and what made him a star. As Captain Blood, the handsome actor cut his teeth on the genre and along with Olivia de Havilland began a run of adventure/romance films that made them both icons." Further, Miss de Havilland "and Flynn were a natural onscreen match and the two extremely attractive players continued a successful run as Warner Brothers' definitive romantic movie couple into the next decade." Mr. Alistair concludes this article with, "Everyone involved (in the production) played a very large part in the success of 'Captain Blood,' but ultimately Errol Flynn, the new star in town, WAS Captain Blood. . .until he became Robin Hood."
Our final article is about "The Mary Astor Scandal" from 1936. This story involves the leading lady in nasty divorce proceedings from her second husband, Dr. Franklyn Thorpe, who "found his wife's beloved diary in a dresser drawer amidst her undies." The contents of the diary revealed that she was having a long and torrid affair with another man, "urbane and sophisticated playwright George S. Kaufman (who authored "The Man who Came to Dinner," among others)." The diary came into evidence when Miss Astor filed a countersuit to her husband's uncontested (by Astor) divorce to retain custody of their young daughter Marilyn. "Pages pertaining to Kaufman were leaked to the press and the public was titillated to say the least, with passages describing in great detail the lurid romance." The trial took an unexpected turn and "The judge awarded custody of Marilyn to her mother for nine months of each year, with visits to Dr. Thorpe during summer vacations." As Mr. Alistair states, "What could have been a career-ending situation turned out to be just the opposite for Astor."
And there you have it, the fourth issue of EXEMPLARY author Rupert Alistair's emagazine, "Classic Movies Digest: Volume 1." Pleasurable reading by a superb writer!
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