“All the Brothers Were Valiant,” 1953, Is Playing on TCM on November 6 (USA)

All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 03:45 PM est. Closed captioned. This film was very successful, bringing in $4,628,000.00 or $41,258,706.67 in today’s money.

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Robert Taylor and Ann Blyth.


This film has quite a good story by Ben Ames Williams, which was competently brought to the screen. Robert Taylor is the “good” brother and Stewart Granger the “bad” one. Ann Blyth is the woman who marries Taylor thinking Granger is dead. Three years later Granger and Taylor would star in “The Last Hunt” with a reversal of roles: Granger as the “good” guy and Taylor the “bad”. There are two aspects of this film which create a strong impression:1)the destructive relationship between the brothers, which started in childhood with Granger always taking for himself Taylor’s toys. Now Granger wants to take away Taylor’s ship and also his wife. 2)How Granger is able to seduce Ann Blyth by making her think her husband is a coward. Blyth is a bit too “angelical” for her role, when you see the ship you have the feeling you are seeing a miniature on MGM’s tank, but both Granger and Taylor are excellent. Great entertainment. Review for the IMDB by tmwest from S Paolo, Brazil.

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“Ivanhoe,” 1952, Is Playing on TCM on November 6 at Noon (USA)

Ivanhoe (1952) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Thursday, November 06, 2014 12:00 PM est. Closed captioned.  Ivanhoe was one of the most successful films of the year and brought in over $10 million at the box office, about $89,823,018.87 in 2014.

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Robert Taylor and Liz Taylor in Ivanhoe.

Wonderful movie! This film is an exciting adventure-romance which never once loses its pace or feel. Robert Taylor brings depth to a potentially dull lead character. Jean Fontaine is great as his love, the Lady Rowenna. Elizabeth Taylor, though, steals the show with her stunning portrayal of Rebecca of York! This film has aged very well and shows first-hand to a young generation just why Elizabeth Taylor was such a star.

Although this film is an extremely enjoyable adventure, it also has the guts to tackle some complicated issues and resolve them in a very non-Hollywood fashion. As Ivanhoe feels his love for the beautiful Rebecca grow will he defy convention and pursue the lovely Jewish girl or remain with the safe charms of the blond, Anglo-Saxon Rowena The answer is intelligently handled and surprising. This film is one of the greatest examples of the classic adventure.  Review by David Arbury for the IMDB

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Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck at Home

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Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor Ranch Living and Beverly Hills Glamour for the Stars of Stella Dallas and Ivanhoe Text by Richard Schickel Architectural Digest April 1990 Scandal!  It was January 1939 and suddenly there was Photoplay, one of the … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor’s Letter to Mrs. Cahn

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My estimate is that this letter was written in the forties, possibly when Mr. Taylor was in the Navy.  I base this on the fact that he is going to write to Barbara rather than just tell her.   It’s a … Continue reading

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In the Beginning: “A Wicked Woman” 1934

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A Wicked Woman (1934) was Robert Taylor’s first feature film for MGM.  Previously he had played a small part in Will Rogers’  Handy Andy (1934) for Twentieth-Century Fox.  This was followed by the lead in an MGM short, Buried Loot. … Continue reading

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“The MGM Story”– a Terrific Book

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I just bought a book called The MGM Story: the Complete History of Fifty Roaring Years.  It is by John Douglas Eames, published by Crown Publishers Inc, New York, 1975. The subtitle is: All 1713 films of MGM described and … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor Working With Dishpan Hands + “Undercurrent” (1946)

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Robert Taylor Working With Dishpan Hands St. Petersburg Times April 2, 1946 by Virginia McPherson Hollywood–UP–Robert Taylor, that handsome lady-killer, gay dog, and ex-dashing flier-into-the-wild blue yonder, is slaving over a hot stove. The pride of MGM is chief chef … Continue reading

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