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Dancing Lady (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Dancing Lady (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Dancing Lady (1933) ... Crawford & Gable ... Robert Z. Leonard (Director) (2006)", Aug. 31 2011
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "DANCING LADY" (1933) (92 min/B&W) -- Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, May Robson, Fred Astaire, Robert Benchley, Ted Healy, Nelson Eddy, Sterling Holloway, Moe Howard, Curly Howard, Larry Fine

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard

Janie Barlow (Joan Crawford) lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton (Franchot Tone), the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch Gallagher. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve (Ted Healy), the stage manager, has the Three Stooges (Moe, Curly & Larry) helping him manage all the show girls.

A dancer named Fred Astaire makes his official film debut, and Nelson Eddy pops in for a song.

Astaire dances with Joan Crawford and is as light as a feather and as smooth as silk, compared to Crawford's clunky style of dancing.

Gable is muscular, sexy, and rough around the edges.

It is the first film where the three stooges were actually billed as "stooges," and they come complete with their finger-poking and face-slapping antics.

* Special Footnote: -- Fred Astaire's movie debut. Though he was reported to have appeared years earlier in the silent film Fanchon, the Cricket, he and his sister Adele only visited the set; they did not appear on camera in that one.

** Another Special Footnote: -- Ted Healy is actually credited as 'Ted Healy and His Stooges,' but because the Stooges are also credited individually later (as Stagehands), he is listed just as 'Ted Healy'.

BIOS:
1. Robert Z. Leonard (Director)
Date of Birth: 7 October 1889 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 27 August 1968 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Joan Crawford [aka: Lucille Fay LeSueur]
Date of Birth: 23 March 1905 - San Antonio, Texas
Date of Death: 10 May 1977 - New York City, New York

3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

4. Franchot Tone [aka: Stanislas Pascal Franchot Tone]
Date of Birth: 27 February 1905 - Niagara Falls, New York
Date of Death: 18 September 1968 - New York City, New York

5. Fred Astaire [aka: Frederic Austerlitz Jr.]
Date of Birth: 10 May 1899 - Omaha, Nebraska
Date of Death: 22 June 1987 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 92 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 20, 2006)

Night Flight
Night Flight
DVD ~ John Barrymore
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Night Flight (1933) ... Barrymore/Hayes/Gable/Montgomery/Loy ... Clarence Brown (Director) (2011)", Aug. 30 2011
This review is from: Night Flight (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "NIGHT FLIGHT" (1933) (84 min/B&W) -- Starring: John Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, William Gargan

Directed by Clarence Brown

This is quite possibly the least known and seen all-star cast in film history

John Barrymore is strong, as usual, but his older brother Lionel, is the scene stealer in this film.

Gable, just beginning his reign as the King of Hollywood, is almost unrecognizable in his pilot's outfit.

Robert Montgomery manages to have scenes with the most co-stars in the picture, except for maybe John Barrymore.

Helen Hayes is effective as the wife as far as that goes.

Gable and Loy are husband and wife, but they never have a scene together.

Clarence Brown, who has directed Garbo, was one of MGM's most romantic directors, always setting an atmosphere where love either triumphed or ended tragically.

With this all-star cast and the story line and plot, it is a shame there is a shocking waste of talent.

* Special Footnote: -- There was to have been a scene in which Clark Gable jumped out of a plane at an altitude of 25,000 feet. The stuntman Jim Unger, who was to double for Clark, passed out at 20,000 feet from lack of oxygen and the shot never got made.

BIOS:
1. Clarence Brown (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 May 1890 - Clinton, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 17 August 1987 - Santa Monica, California

2. John Barrymore [aka: John Sidney Blyth]
Date of Birth: 15 February 1882, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 29 May 1942, Los Angeles, California

3. Helen Hayes [aka: Helen Hayes Brown]
Date of Birth: 10 October 1900 - Washington, District of Columbia
Date of Death: 17 March 1993 - Nyack, New York

4. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

5. Lionel Barrymore [aka: Lionel Herbert Blythe]
Date of Birth: 28 April 1878 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 15 November 1954 - Van Nuys, California

6. Robert Montgomery [aka: Henry Montgomery Jr.]
Date of Birth: 21 May 1904 - Beacon, New York
Date of Death: 27 September 1981 - New York City, New York

7. Myrna Loy [aka: Myrna Adele Williams]
Date of Birth: 2 August 1905 - Radersburg, Montana
Date of Death: 14 December 1993 - New York City, New York

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 84 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 7, 2011)

Hold Your Man
Hold Your Man
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Hold Your Man (1933) ... Jean Harlow & Clark Gable ... Sam Wood (Director) (1998)", Aug. 30 2011
This review is from: Hold Your Man (VHS Tape)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "HOLD YOUR MAN" (1933) (87 min/B&W) -- Starring: Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Stuart Erwin, Dorothy Burgess, Muriel Kirkland, Garry Owen, Barbara Barondess, Elizabeth Patterson

Directed by Sam Wood

Miss Harlow was a truly great screen artist with the gift of creating rich characters. In this film, Miss Harlow's character is multi-dimensional beyond the traditional 1930's moll. She starts out one place and travels an arduous journey to end up on the other side of life. I loved her tough exterior, her smile, her song at the piano brought tears to my eyes.

Gable and Harlow show their love for acting adding telling nuances and quirks to their characters that send them beyond the typical Gable and Harlow roles. One beautiful shot has Harlow being inducted into the prison, then led out into a surprisingly snowy courtyard as the camera tracks after her. This is one of the best of both the "criminals in love" and "women's prison" genres and has some of the best hard-boiled dialogue ever written.

Gable is well cast as the con man who develops a conscience, a part he'd play often, most notably in another film, Honky Tonk.

And the direction is great from Sam Wood, who lets each character come to life on the screen.

The ending is very dramatic and contains a beautiful message that comes across very well. It's also worth noting that there's a black preacher in the film and I think this is the nicest role I've seen a black actor play in this era of Hollywood. The stereotypes we normally see were thrown out and this is a beautiiful change.

* Special Footnote: -- Third of five films pairings of Clark Gable and Jean Harlow.

BIOS:
1. Sam Wood ;aka: Samuel Grosvenor Wood] (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 July 1883 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 22 September 1949 - Hollywood, California

2. Jean Harlow [aka: Harlean Harlow Carpenter]
Date of Birth: 3 March 1911 - Kansas City, Missouri
Date of Death: 7 June 1937 - Los Angeles, California

3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

4. Stuart Erwin
Date of Birth: 14 February 1903 - Squaw Valley, California
Date of Death: 21 December 1967 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 87 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (September 1, 1998)

Strange Interlude [Import]
Strange Interlude [Import]
DVD ~ Norma Shearer
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Strange Interlude (1932) ... Norma Shearer & Clark Gable ... Robert Z. Leonard (Director) (2009)", Aug. 29 2011
This review is from: Strange Interlude [Import] (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "STRANGE INTERLUDE" (1932) (112 min/B&W) -- Starring: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Alexander Kirkland, Ralph Morgan, Robert Young, May Robson, Maureen O'Sullivan, Henry B. Walthall, Mary Alden, Tad Alexander

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard

Great acting all around, especially from Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, and all the main characters. The kid Tad Alexander who played young Gordon was great.

The film is about Shearer's love for four different men: the idealized "Gordon Shaw" (an unseen World War casualty), darkly passionate Clark Gable (as Ned Darrell), popular and successful Alexander Kirkland (as Sam Evans), and ever unrequited Ralph Morgan (as Charlie Marsden). The men have exquisitely trimmed mustaches. Shearer marries one of them - but, fearing heredity insanity will befall her child, she gets herself pregnant by another. The film does not explicitly reveal that "Nina" aborted her first pregnancy.

In Clark Gable, M-G-M found the perfect compliment to Norma Shearer. Both epitomized the strength of their particular gender, and visually, one could not find a better looking on-screen couple.

Special footnote: -- This was the first film in which Clark Gable's trademark mustache appeared.

BIOS:
1. Robert Z. Leonard (Director)
Date of Birth: 7 October 1889 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 27 August 1968 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Norma Shearer [aka: Edith Norma Shearer]
Date of Birth: 10 August 1902 - Montréal, Québec, Canada
Date of Death: 12 June 1983 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 112 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)

NEW No Man Of Her Own (DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "No Man Of Her Own (1932) ... Gable & Lombard ... Wesley Ruggles (Director) (2007)", Aug. 28 2011
This review is from: NEW No Man Of Her Own (DVD) (DVD)
Paramount Pictures presents "NO MAN OF HER OWN" (1932) (82 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill, Grant Mitchell, George Barbier, Elizabeth Patterson, J. Farrell MacDonald, Tommy Conlon

Directed by Wesley Ruggles

The plot and story line: -- Gable is a gambler/con artist who's forced by circumstance to beat it out of New York and he flees for a small suburb where he meets librarian Carole Lombard and marries her. That's as far as I'm going with the telling of the plot, the rest is up to you!

Gable and Lombard may have gone on individually to greater things, but "No Man of Her Own" remains a thoroughly enjoyable piece of fluff, worth watching for more than just the one-off pairing of its stars. Forget all logic and likelihood, ignore the occasional unevenness, and just sit down and enjoy.

It's very interesting to see a younger Clark Gable who even at this stage was well established in his screen presence. And Carole Lombard couldn't be more beautiful! Great viewing for the fans of Gable and Lombard.

* Special Footnote: -- Although Carole Lombard and Clark Gable later became one of Hollywood's most famous couples, they were completely indifferent to one another during the making of this film. It was not until several years later that they met again and fell in love.

** Another Footnote: -- After filming was over Carole Lombard presented Clark Gable with a ham featuring his picture on it.

BIOS:
1. Wesley Ruggles (Director)
Date of Birth: 11 June 1889 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 8 January 1972 - Santa Monica, California

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

3. Carole Lombard [aka: Jane Alice Peters]
Date of Birth: 6 October 1908 - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date of Death: 16 January 1942 - Table Rock Mountain, Nevada (airplane crash)

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 82 min on DVD ~ Paramount Pictures ~ (May 22, 2007)

Mr. Skeffington (Sous-titres franais)
Mr. Skeffington (Sous-titres franais)
DVD ~ Bette Davis
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Mr. Skeffiington (1944) ... Bette Davis & Claude Rains ... Vincent Sherman (Director) (2005)", Aug. 28 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "MR. SKEFFINGTON" (1944) (145 min/B&W) -- Starring: Bette Davis, Claude Rains, Walter Abel, George Coulouris, Richard Waring, Marjorie Riordan, Robert Shayne, John Alexander, Jerome Cowan, Johnny Mitchell, Dorothy Peterson, Peter Whitney, Bill Kennedy

Directed by Vincent Sherman

The incomparable Bette Davis and the always-charming Claude Rains, in one of those good, solid melodramas - they make quite a marvelous screen pair, both pros from the old school of acting. Their voices, accents, speech patterns are classic, also mesmerizing in this film.

"Mr. Skeffington" is a classic. The film is over two hours, it keeps your interest and a worthwhile film to see. It also features excellent performances by Walter Abel, George Coulouris, and Marjorie Riordan.

Nominated Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Claude Rains), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Davis)

Another in a long list of wonderful melodramas, "Mr. Skeffington" is a very good classic film that I fear has been forgotten throughout the years. Its performances and adequately compelling story are enough to recommend it to classic film lovers, particularly those who are fans of Bette Davis or Claude Rains.

* Special Footnote: -- Bette Davis was not the first choice for the role of Fanny. The part was first offered first to Merle Oberon and then to Hedy Lamarr who both turned it down.

** Another Special Footnote: -- Bette Davis' final Oscar-nominated performance while under contract with Warner Brothers.

BIOS:
1. Vincent Sherman [aka: Abraham Orovitz] (Director)
Date of Birth: 16 July 1906 - Vienna, Georgia
Date of Death: 18 June 2006 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Bette Davis [aka: Ruth Elizabeth Davis]
Date of Birth: 5 April 1908 - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death: 6 October 1989 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

3. Claude Rains
Date of Birth: 10 November 1889 - Camberwell, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 30 May 1967 - Laconia, New Hampshire

4. Walter Abel
Date of Birth: 6 June 1898 - St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Death: 26 March 1987 - Essex, Connecticut

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 145 min on DVD ~ Warner Bros. Pictures ~ (June 14, 2005)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Red Dust (1932) ... Gable & Harlow ... Victor Fleming (Director) (1994)", Aug. 27 2011
This review is from: Red Dust [Import] (VHS Tape)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "RED DUST" (1932) (83 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp

Directed by Victor Fleming

Pre-Production Code days that was pretty far -- Clark Gable & Jean Harlow exude sexuality, openly lusting for each other & spreading hormones around the screen. Harlow's lines of dialogue are both witty & suggestive, while Gable talks with his eyes and his hands. They were a perfect cinematic match and this film was such a big success that they would repeat the same basic plot 3 years later in China Seas (1935), although the Code would cause that film to be a bit more tame.

This film is without a doubt is the best of Harlow and Gable ever made together. Harlow is magnificent and looks like a dream. She puts Gable in his place every time he utters a word. Together, they are magic - such chemistry! The rest of the cast just fades when these two melt together.

Two scenes that are memorable - Harlow bathing in the water barrel and cleaning out the parrot's cage. She is terrific -- There is no other blonde bombshell that even comes close to this original, during her heyday.

Mary Astor's character is also very well done as we see and believe that Clark is just so tempted by her and she by him.

* Special Footnote: -- Greta Garbo was originally cast as Vantine. But when the script underwent drastic re-writes, the role was recast with Jean Harlow.

** Another Special Footnote: -- During filming of the famous rain barrel sequence, Jean Harlow reportedly stood up - topless - and called out something along the lines of "one for the boys in the lab!" Director Victor Fleming quickly removed the film from the camera to prevent any footage from reaching the black market.

BIOS:
1. Victor Fleming [Director]
Date of Birth: 23 February 1889 - La Cañada, California
Date of Death: 6 January 1949 - Cottonwood, Arizona

2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

3. Jean Harlow [aka: Harlean Harlow Carpenter]
Date of Birth: 3 March 1911 - Kansas City, Missouri
Date of Death: 7 June 1937 - Los Angeles, California

4. Gene Raymond [aka: Raymond Guion]
Date of Birth: 13 August 1908 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 2 May 1998 - Los Angeles, California

5. Mary Astor [aka: Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke]
Date of Birth: 3 May 1906 - Quincy, Illinois
Date of Death: 25 September 1987 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

6. Donald Crisp [aka: George William Crisp]
Date of Birth: 27 July 1882 - Bow, London, England, UK
Date of Death: 25 May 1974 - Van Nuys, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 83 min on VHS ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 30, 1994)

Star, the
Star, the
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Star (1952) ... Bette Davis ... Stuart Heisler (Director) (2005)", Aug. 27 2011
This review is from: Star, the (DVD)
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "THE STAR" (1952) (89 min/B&W) -- Starring: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood, Warner Anderson, Minor Watson, June Travis

Directed by Stuart Heisler

Margaret Elliot (Bette Davis) is a bankrupted washed-up Hollywood Oscar winning star living in the past and not accepting the reality. After another great deception trying to get her career back, she gets drunken and is jailed. She is bailed out by Jim Johannson (Sterling Hayden), a young actor promoted by her that gave up the career to buy a repair shipyard. Jim loved her and tries with Margaret's daughter Gretchen(Natalie Wood) to make Margaret see that her glorious days of Hollywood star are over. She needs to be and live with the two people who really love her, him and her daughter.

But Maggie wants to regain her star status on her own terms, and does whatever she needs to for that great ingénue role that has eluded her for so many years

There were some great lines uttered by has-been movie queen, Margaret Elliot. There were many more to come.

Davis turned in a realistic performance as the aging star and conveyed the frustrations that many older performers feel when they realize the truth about their failing careers.

Nominated Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Davis)

Interestingly, this 1952 performance earned Davis her 9th Oscar nomination.

* Special Footnote: -- In the scene where a drunken Margaret Elliot takes her Oscar for a ride in her car, Bette Davis used one of her own Oscars.

BIOS:
1. Stuart Heisler (Director)
Date of Birth: 5 December 1896 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 21August 1979 - San Diego, California

2. Bette Davis [aka: Ruth Elizabeth Davis]
Date of Birth: 5 April 1908 - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death: 6 October 1989 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

3. Sterling Hayden [aka: Sterling Relyea Walter]
Date of Birth: 26 March 1916 - Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Date of Death: 23 May 1986 - Sausalito, California

4. Natalie Wood [aka: Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko]
Date of Birth: 20 July 1938 - San Francisco, California
Date of Death: 29 November 1981 - Santa Catalina Island, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 89 min on DVD ~ Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation ~ (June 14, 2005)

Possessed [Import]
Possessed [Import]
DVD ~ Joan Crawford
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Possessed (1931) ... Crawford & Gable ... Clarence Brown (Director) (2009)", Aug. 26 2011
This review is from: Possessed [Import] (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "POSSESSED" (1931) (76 min/B&W) -- Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Frank Conroy

Directed by Clarence Brown

Marian Martin (Joan Crawford) is a factory worker who hopes to trade the assembly line, for a beautiful penthouse apartment. Mark Whitney (Clark Gable), a wealthy and influential lawyer can make her dreams come true, but there is only one problem, he will give her everything but a marriage proposal. Will this affair ever lead to marriage?

The plot and story line is sharp and believable, the direction by Clarence Brown is good with some incredibly lavish settings. Crawford and Gable are just perfect in their parts looking terrific doing it.

Crawford is strong and likable as she moves from factory girl to "kept woman," apparently without missing a beat.

Gable playing a somewhat subservient role, gets to strut his stuff. He is at once, a "man's man" and "ladies man." Neat trick. Not as easy as it looks.

Well worth viewing for the film lovers in all of us, but a definite must for Crawford and Gable fans

BIOS:
1. Clarence Brown (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 May 1890 - Clinton, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 17 August 1987 - Santa Monica, California

2. Joan Crawford [aka: Lucille Fay LeSueur]
Date of Birth: 23 March 1905 - San Antonio, Texas
Date of Death: 10 May 1977 - New York City, New York

3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

4. Wallace Ford [aka: Samuel Jones Grundy]
Date of Birth: 12 February 1898 - Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death: 11 June 1966 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 76 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)

Susan Lenox [Import]
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Susan Lenox:Her Fall & Rise" (1931) ... Garbo & Gable ... Robert Z. Leonard (Director) (2011)", Aug. 26 2011
This review is from: Susan Lenox [Import] (DVD)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "SUSAN LENOX:HER FALL & RISE" (1931) (76 min/B&W) -- Starring: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt, John Miljan, Alan Hale, Hale Hamilton, Hilda Vaughn

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard

The plot and story line: -- Susan (Greta Garbo), an orphan, lives the life of Cinderella with rustic relatives. She escapes one stormy night when the fiancée her relatives chose to force his attentions. Rodney (Clark Gable), an architect, is the prince who rescues her, but he has to take a trip and the wicked relatives catch up with her again.

Susan Lenox is one heavy handed melodrama and no one would remember it at all today, but for the fact it was the one and only teaming of Gable and Garbo. Being paired with Garbo was a big milestone for Clark Gable. Also he was not paying thugs any longer, charismatic thugs, but thugs nonetheless. He was leading man material after this film.

It started off great, especially in the cinematography department. Greta Garbo looked captivating and there was Clark Gable, sans famous mustache.

The second half signaled a decline as the film turned into a sappy melodrama and finished on a incredibly bad note -- Jean Hersholt and John Miljan provided able supporting help but, in the end, was disappointing.

Garbo gives weight and importance to a character that's not easy to play, forced to do unpleasant things - all this beautifully played by Garbo.

Gable is good but his character is a little too dense to be likable - he should have been a bit more understanding about Susan's circumstances and her background. He will later on in his career display compassion, which was his trademark.

Their chemistry is excellent but the film itself is quite poor - it was almost unwatchable. Only for fans of the two stars.

* Special Footnote: -- This film marked the only teaming of Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, when she was an established star and he a promising young actor whom the studio had just signed. Reportedly, they did not get along well, Garbo considering Gable vulgar and he seeing her as stuck-up and remote.

BIOS:
1. Robert Z. Leonard [Director]
Date of Birth: 7 October 1889 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 27 August 1968 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

2. Greta Garbo [aka: Greta Lovisa Gustafsson]
Date of Birth: 18 September 1905 - Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Date of Death: 15 April 1990 - New York City, New York

3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 3 Stars
Performance: 3 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 3 Stars
Overall: 3 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 76 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (March 2, 2011)

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