Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Precious Doll » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:14 am

Movielover wrote:I received A Cage of Nightingales from Zeus DVDs in the mail.

It has no English subtitles, so it is still on my unseen Movie list.

Darn it... I thought Zeus would help me here. I do think he should say on his site that there are NO English subtitles for this movie. I mean, for most people, it becomes a pointless DVD.

But for those of you fluent in French, you can order this film from Zeus DVDs.


I'm not surprised it had no subtitles. As I stated below I had had a bad experience with Zeus and to be frank didn't trust them when it came to provided copies of foreign films with English subtitles unless they were on the source of their DVDs.
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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:07 pm

Movielover wrote:I received A Cage of Nightingales from Zeus DVDs in the mail.

It has no English subtitles, so it is still on my unseen Movie list.

Darn it... I thought Zeus would help me here. I do think he should say on his site that there are NO English subtitles for this movie. I mean, for most people, it becomes a pointless DVD.

But for those of you fluent in French, you can order this film from Zeus DVDs.

You could watch The Chorus, the 2004 remake to get the gist of the story.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Movielover » Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 pm

I received A Cage of Nightingales from Zeus DVDs in the mail.

It has no English subtitles, so it is still on my unseen Movie list.

Darn it... I thought Zeus would help me here. I do think he should say on his site that there are NO English subtitles for this movie. I mean, for most people, it becomes a pointless DVD.

But for those of you fluent in French, you can order this film from Zeus DVDs.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:43 pm

I found The Blue Veil streaming free at this site, but you have to register in order to watch.

https://movietao.com/online-movies/372855-the-blue-veil

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:25 pm

Mateo wrote:I found The Dark at the Top of the Steps here: https://ok.ru/video/83555912258

Lansbury is MVP in my book.


Thanks, Mateo.

That one's been there since July of last year without being taken down. Hopefully it will be there long enough for everyone here who's interested to catch up with it.

Lansbury's good, but Eve Arden is even better IMO.

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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:24 pm

Thanks, Mateo.

That one's been there since July of last year without being taken down. Hopefully it will be there long enough for everyone here to who's interested to catch up with it.

Lansbury's good, but Eve Arden is even better IMO.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Mateo » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:12 pm

Reza wrote:
Movielover wrote:Big Magilla,

If The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is on YouTube, I surely cannot find it there. Would you mind posting it in a link below?

Also, does TCM play this one?

Thanks!


I saw this on YouTube fairly recently but I noticed just now they have taken it off.


I found The Dark at the Top of the Steps here: https://ok.ru/video/83555912258

Lansbury is MVP in my book.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Reza » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:37 pm

Movielover wrote:Big Magilla,

If The Dark at the Top of the Stairs is on YouTube, I surely cannot find it there. Would you mind posting it in a link below?

Also, does TCM play this one?

Thanks!


I saw this on YouTube fairly recently but I noticed just now they have taken it off.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:14 pm

The matron was the inimitable Esther Dale, who two years earlier starred in Broadway's Carrie Nation supported by James Stewart, Mildred Natwick and Joshua Logan. Two years later she was Ralph Bellamy's mother in The Awful Truth. She was in many films and early TV shows in supporting roles both big and small and always a pleasure to encounter.

Colbert was a double-threat in 1935. She also had one of her best comic roles in The Gilded Lily opposite Fred MacMurray and Ray Milland.

Hepburn was the only other nominee I would have considered, even though Alice Adams has never been of my favorites of hers. Her five wins in my opinion should have been for Little Women, The Philadelphia Story, Summertime, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Lion in winter.

My other 1935 nominees were Greta Garbo in Anna Karenina, a shocking omission, Madeleine Carroll in The 39 Steps and Ginger Rogers in Top Hat with Margaret Sullavan in The Good Fairy just missing the cut.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Mister Tee » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:35 pm

Big Magilla wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:Many thanks for the direct to Private Worlds, which hadn't been on YouTube the last time I looked. (Quick reaction: with all the wonderful performances Colbert gave that weren't nominated -- Midnight, Smiling Lieutenant, The Palm Beach Story -- they nominated her for this drivel?)


It doesn't hold up very well, but Colbert's performance is still my favorite of the year's very weak nominees. I still maintain that Myrna Loy should have won the 1934 Best Actress Oscar for The Thin Man and that Colbert should have gotten a makeup award for Private Worlds and Bette Davis who won the most famous makeup award in movie history for Dangerous shouldn't have even been nominated.


You'd seriously rate Colbert's performance here over Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams? I think Alice Adams is a better film/Hepburn performance than any of her four wins, and ranks alongside Summertime as her most deserving nomination (I know many would put Long Day's Journey in there, too, but I've always found that a problematic performance).

Colbert barely seems to be the star of Private Worlds -- Boyer/Joan Bennett/even the matron seem to gobble up valuable screen time, leaving Colbert practically secondary. I also simply prefer her comic gifts to this thin-gruel drama.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Precious Doll » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:32 am

Big Magilla wrote:The Blue Veil is involved in a copyright dispute. Occasionally someone will post it on YouTube, but as soon as YouTube discovers it, they take it down, so you have to keep checking. Currently, there's a four minute clip featuring Wyman with Everett Sloane, Harry Morgan and Audrey Totter that you can watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtd25vKPHzc


I was lucky enough to see The Blue Veil back in the 1990s on the big screen at a repertory cinema.
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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:12 am

Mister Tee wrote:Many thanks for the direct to Private Worlds, which hadn't been on YouTube the last time I looked. (Quick reaction: with all the wonderful performances Colbert gave that weren't nominated -- Midnight, Smiling Lieutenant, The Palm Beach Story -- they nominated her for this drivel?)


It doesn't hold up very well, but Colbert's performance is still my favorite of the year's very weak nominees. I still maintain that Myrna Loy should have won the 1934 Best Actress Oscar for The Thin Man and that Colbert should have gotten a makeup award for Private Worlds and Bette Davis who won the most famous makeup award in movie history for Dangerous shouldn't have even been nominated.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:03 am

The Blue Veil is involved in a copyright dispute. Occasionally someone will post it on YouTube, but as soon as YouTube discovers it, they take it down, so you have to keep checking. Currently, there's a four minute clip featuring Wyman with Everett Sloane, Harry Morgan and Audrey Totter that you can watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtd25vKPHzc

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby Big Magilla » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:54 am

The copies of When My Baby Smiles at Me and Valiant Is the Word for Carrie are fairly decent. The copies of The Blue Veil are all from a decades old L.A. TV broadcast - is far from pristine, but decent enough, although I do wish someone would do a restoration of this fascinating film.

Jane Wyman won a Golden Globe for this over Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire and Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen. Although the performance is hardly as iconic as those two, it is a good one, arguably the best of Wyman's career. The only comparable character in film history is probably Marie Dressler's Emma, although the ending is more closely related to Helen Hayes' situation at the end of The Sin of Madelon Claudet. Wyman is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast, including Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell in her only Oscar nominated role and Natalie Wood as Blondell's daughter.

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Re: Rare Films - Can anyone help me?

Postby The Original BJ » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:17 am

Various second-hand sites are selling DVDs of The Blue Veil, When My Baby Smiles at Me, and Valiant is the Word for Carrie, but I've never purchased from any of them so I don't know how reliable they are. (The previously discussed Zeus DVD has Valiant, though Precious suggests that company is hit-or-miss.)

I'm pretty sure The Barker is archive-only (although I know it has publicly screened in LA as well, so it's possible it might show up in another major city at some point.)


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