Archive 381 - August 2017
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Michael Constantine - 1964
Case of the Blonde Bonanza - broadcast Dec 17, 1964. Perry Mason TV Show
The Big Store - 1941
The Big Store - Released June 20, 1941. Directed by Charles Reisner
Backfire - 1950
Backfire - Released Feb 11, 1950. Directed by Vincent Sherman
Barbara Stanwyck 1961
The Golden Acres - Broadcast March 13, 1961 - The Barbara Stanwyck Show
The siblings Avis (Stanwyck), Collins (John McGiver) and Ben (Robert Emhardt) are all unmarried and living in a modest Midwestern town, circa 1905, when Dexter Willis (Kent Smith), a former childhood friend, returns to the area for a visit from his law office in Chicago. He is recently widowed and particularly desires to visit with Avis. We soon see that the two had a past infatuation that each are keen to pick back up again, however, the original issue that drove them apart in the past looks like it may do it again.
Avis thinks the hurdle is that her family comes from a far more humble background and that she simply is not moneyed enough to be in Dexter's social class, but she's got a solution for that, and pressures and blackmails her way toward executing a clever land purchase for a future factory site that will pay off spectacularly. Dexter is peripherally involved in the land deal, much to Avis' ignorance, and the two will soon collide on opposite sides of the bargaining table.
More than a bit like the 1941 Bette Davis film The Little Foxes, this episode of the Barbara Stanwyck show (script by Jerome Gruskin) stirs the elements of the original Lillian Hellman story around with an ending that is entirely of 1961 American television.
Stanwyck modulates only slightly from playing a hard-edged middle-aged woman who is relentlessly trying to overcome the disadvantages she imagines her social station represents, and Kent Smith does what he was known for over several decades of performing, playing a steady and patient fellow who usually perseveres.
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- The Stand In - 1937 - Leslie Howard, Bogart and Blondell
- The Black Book - 1949 - Robert Cummings and Arlene Dahl
- Who Done It? - 1942
- Cat-Women of the Moon - 1953
- The Viking Queen - 1967
- Little Miss Marker - 1934
- Get Out - 2017
- Man's Favorite Sport
- Braveheart 1995
- Bringing Up Baby - 1938
- The Comedy of Terrors - 1963
- Day of Anger - 1967
- Central Park - 1932 - Joan Blondell has trouble on her hands when she gets suckered into helping a gangster to rob a charity event. Though this film stars Joan and Wallace Ford, it also features the American Great Depression which is the background for the hunger and desperation that flavors the film.
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