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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:18 PM
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There is a William Powell marathon on TCM....
Every thing except the Thin Man.

My Man Godfrey, a movie about the forgotten men of the Depression as well as the forgetable people roaming about the upper caste....

It's fun to see Robert Montgomery as a handsome leading man and not the kindly elderly Marcus Welby. He is in the movie playing now. Frank Morgan is as well. (The Wizard from Oz.) The Last of Mrs. Cheyney.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:21 PM
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1. Thanks for the heads-up!
You mean Robert Montgomery was young?

:wow:
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tinymontgomery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:46 PM
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2. Loved the Thin Man Shows
They were really funny. The dog was great.
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OriginalGeek Donating Member (589 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 09:56 PM
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3. I remember watching the Thin Man movies with my mom when I was a kid
We even had a dog named Asta for a while.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 11:53 PM
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4. The repartee is extraordinary...
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whistler162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:29 PM
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5. George Bailey is a killer!
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 12:29 PM by whistler162
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:46 PM
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6. Thanks! I'll tune in. I have a
question that I hope someone here can answer: Why do so many of the actors (both men and women) in old movies have a quasi English accent, even when the actors are Americans portraying Americans?
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 12:51 PM
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7. Probably because they were classically trained would be my guess...
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:53 PM
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10. Thanks. I've always wondered. nt
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:05 PM
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8. that "accent" was considered a class marker, but many regular folk...
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 01:06 PM by grasswire
...adopted it to seem more highbrow. It wasn't just on the screen -- people just spoke differently then than they do now. Listen to the old newscasters, and listen to old interviews with regular peeps.

Our language and speech have undergone a transition.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:07 PM
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9. another example
Waltons.

Think Coralee -- the city cousin. Very precise speech, highbrow pronunciations and inflections.

The others: not so much.
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frogmarch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:55 PM
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11. Very stilted. I see what you mean. nt
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:06 PM
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12. Robert Montgomery was Elizabeth Montgomery's father. Robert Young was Dr. Welby.
That said, I think they are all great, especially William Powell.
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solara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:08 PM
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13. Robert Montgomery was best known for his roles in Night Must Fall and Here Comes Mr Jordan
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 06:09 PM by solara


He was also a "friendly witness" before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.

and father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery


:hi:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:30 PM
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14. Uh, Robert YOUNG was Marcus Welby. No? Before that...
He was 'Father Knows Best'.
Geezers remember stuff like that.
We just can't find our glasses or the car keys.
;-)
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 06:41 PM
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15. Powell planned to marry Jean Harlow.
"In 1935, he starred with Jean Harlow in Reckless. Soon it developed into a serious romance, but Harlow died at the age of 26 in June 1937, before they could marry. His distress over her death, as well as his own battle with colon cancer around the same time, caused him to accept fewer acting roles."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Powell

Nominated for best actor Academy Award 3 times.
Never won.
He should have.
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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 08:13 PM
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16. I LOVE William Powell. That is all. Thank you.
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