Robert Taylor and Draft Deferments

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The Truth About Hollywood Deferments By “Fearless,” Photoplay Magazine, December 1942, reprinted on OldMagazineArticles.com Yes, a lot of stars have been deferred—and they haven’t been able to tell the public why! Here’s the inside information. While it is true that … Continue reading

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“Flight Command” 1940 Is Playing on TCM on August 3 (USA)

Flight Command (1940) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday, August 03, 2014 10:30 AM est. Closed captioned.

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Lots of fun. Wells Root and Commander Harvey Haislip penned this screenplay from an original story Haislip also co-authored about an eager Naval Flight School cadet (Robert Taylor) in Pensacola flying solo out to Southern California to join Hellcat Fighters who have just lost one of their beloved teammates; he makes a colorful entrance (having to ditch his plane and parachute into the ocean because of fog!) and finds an early friend in a somewhat-emotional woman…the Skipper’s wife! Camaraderie between the pilots on the ground is enjoyably written and played, with Taylor’s charming self-assurance an interesting dynamic within the group (he isn’t cocky, he’s careful–though anxious to fit in). Subplot with Ruth Hussey’s lonesome wife is soapy yet surprisingly skillful, while the aerial maneuvers are nicely photographed. An extra bonus: Red Skelton as a joshing lieutenant…and Walter Pidgeon looking younger than I have ever seen him.  Review by monspinner55 on IMDB

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“A Wicked Woman,” 1934, Is Playing on TCM on July 31 (USA)

“A Wicked Woman” (1934) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Thu, July 31, 2014, 08:30 AM est. Not closed captioned.

Jean Parker, William Henry and Robert Taylor.

Jean Parker, William Henry and Robert Taylor.

Naomi is almost to term with her fourth child when Ed decides to leave taking all their money and the oldest son Curtis. With the sheriff after him, he is in no mood to think of his family. When he struggles with Naomi, he is killed. Naomi dumps his body out in the swamp and keeps tells no one. She then moves to town and finds works. When the sheriff comes lookin’ for Ed, she moves to Waldo and changes her last name. She starts sewing at home and eventually has her own shop called ‘Naomi’s’. She is tough on the kids, but loving, to make them strong as she promises herself that she will one day go back and stand trial for what happened to Ed. When the kids are of age, and all have good jobs, she finds that she has fallen in love with a newspaperman named Naylor. Circumstances then conspire to make her take that train ride back. ( Written by Tony Fontana tony.fontana@spacebbs.com).

Robert Taylor has a small part as the boyfriend of one of Naomi’s children.  For Taylor fans, it is a chance to see him very early in his career.

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The Faith That Is Helping Me Conquer Cancer

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Modern Screen, March 1969 The Faith That Is Helping Me Conquer Cancer Robert Taylor and His Wife Tell of the Greatest Battle of His Life by Frank Dunne (The first photo is original to the article.  I added the rest.) … Continue reading

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“Personal Property,” 1937, Is Playing on TCM July 24 (USA)

Personal Property (1937) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Thu, July 24, 2014 05:00 PM est. Closed captions have been added.

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Robert Taylor, Jean Harlow and Reginald Owen

I’m a sucker for this movie. I’ve watched it many times and never fail to enjoy the excellent visuals, the superior acting and just the general silliness of it all. Robert Taylor is wearing much too much makeup but looks great anyway, especially in the bathtub scene!  Harlow’s cough is real and is a sad reminder of her fatal disease. The hat “business” with the bailiff is truly charming as is Raymond’s reaction to the news that the bailiff is expecting a baby that night. The centerpiece is, of course, the dinner party. The superb timing by all the actors pulls off a series of sight gags (pepper in the cocktail, the over-filled wine glass, the missing dinner, the dressing). I especially like the interaction between Raymond and his mother. It seems so natural. Highly recommended.  Review I wrote for Amazon.com.

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Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor

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“Waterloo Bridge” Is Playing on TCM on July 25 (USA)

Waterloo Bridge (1940) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Fri, July 25, 2014 10:15 PM est. Closed captioned. This was both Robert Taylor’s and Vivien Leigh’s favorite movie.

????Robert Taylor was an inspired choice for the role… Not only does he have an imposing screen presence, but he brings the perfect mix of enlightenment, humor, compassion and emotion to the part…

Opposite him, Oscar Winner Vivien Leigh, perfect in her innocent lovely look, radiantly beautiful, specially that evening in a trailing white chiffon gown… Leigh floods her role with personal emotion giving her character a charismatic life of its own… As a great star, she delivers a heartfelt performance turning her character into a woman who undergoes an emotional awakening…

In this sensitive motion picture, Mervyn LeRoy captures all the tenderness and moving qualities… He makes every small thing eloquent, concentrating the highly skilled efforts of many technicians on the telling of a very simple bittersweet love story… Vivien Leigh paints a picture that few men will be able to resist… Her performance captures the audience to the point of complete absorption… Robert Taylor (carrying sympathy all the way) quietly throws all his vitality as an ambition actor into the task… Their film, a credit to both, is a heavily sentimental tale about the vagaries of wartime…

Love is the only thing this movie is about… The story is simple: Myra Lester (Leigh) is a frail creature, an innocent young ballet dancer and Roy Cronin (Taylor) is an aristocratic British army officer… When their eyes met it took no time at all for their hearts to feel the loving call… They meet on London’s Waterloo Bridge during an air raid, and fall deeply in love… Their romance is sublime, and they soon agree to marry…

The lover’s marriage has to be postponed when the handsome officer is suddenly called to the front… Sadly, the sweet ballerina misses her performance to see her captain off at Waterloo Station… Fired from the troupe, she is joined by her loyal friend, Virginia Field (Kitty Meredith), and the two vainly try to find work, finally sinking into poverty and the threatening fear that goes with it…

The film is replete with beautiful and poignant scenes, specially the ‘Auld Lang Syne’ waltz scene in the Candlelight Club, before Taylor leaves for France…

Seen today, ‘Waterloo Bridge’ has retained all its charm and power, all its rich sentiment, and tragic evocations…  Review by Righty-Sock (robertfrangie@hotmail.com) from Mexico for the IMDB.

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Flesh Sculptors: Keeping Healthy in Tinseltown

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Literary Digest March 6, 1937 FLESH SCULPTORS: Screen Players Find It’s Fun to Keep Healthy—Here’s How. Various healthy activities are demonstrated by Mr. Robert Taylor The girl with the piquant face, a movie star in the making, watched the studio … Continue reading

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