Animals, Too, Are Movie Stars: the “Quo Vadis” Menagerie

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Animals, Too, Are Movie Stars Billboard Magazine April 7, 1951 by Sam Abbott Quo Vadis Teems with Lions, Horses, Other Rare Stock Scouted by George W. Emerson thru Europe Quo Vadis means “Whither goest thou?” and George W. Emerson, of … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor Behind the Scenes: “High Wall,” 1947

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After Robert Taylor was discharged from the Navy in November 1945. He resumed his film career at MGM but moved into darker, more challenging roles than he’d had before the war. His first film was Undercurrent, co-starring Katharine Hepburn. It … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor: the Perfect Star

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  Robert Taylor The “Perfect Star” Picturegoer Magazine by Margaret Hinxman February 4, 1956 In a little over twenty-two years, no star has given M-G-M better cause to thank its lucky stars than a lean, dark, perennially young, young man … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor: Gone Fishing

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The Compleat Angler, first published in 1653 by Izaak Walton is a “celebration of the art and spirit and fishing in prose and verse.” (Wikipedia).  The subtitle is The Contemplative Man’s Recreation. For centuries people have commented on the sport, … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor Behind the Scenes: “Valley of the Kings,” 1954 (updated)

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Valley of the Kings 1954 Valley of the Kings was a difficult shoot for several reasons:  Robert Taylor and director Robert Pirosh had differences; Eleanor Parker and Robert Taylor were having an affair; the physical conditions in Egypt were harsh. … Continue reading

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“The Gorgeous Hussy,” 1936, Is Playing on TCM on September 3 (USA)

“The Gorgeous Hussy,” 1936, is playing on Turner Classic Movies at 4:15 a.m. Closed captioned.  *NOTE*:A TCM programming day begins at 6:00am EST on the calendar day listed and runs to 5:59am EST in the morning on the next day. Hours listed at 12:00am to 5:59am EST in your reminder will be shown on the NEXT calendar day

RT and Joan Crawford in "The Gorgeous Hussy." 1936

Robert Taylor and Joan Crawford in “The Gorgeous Hussy.” 1936

It’s a story about Washington D.C. It’s about dirty tricks, sleazy operatives, scurrilous personal attacks and lies. The 2012 presidential campaign? No, “The Gorgeous Hussy.”

The story centers around Peggy O’Neill, Joan Crawford, an innkeeper’s daughter called “Pothouse Peg,” for her politics and her men. The men are a list of Metro’s best—Robert Taylor, Jimmy Stewart, Franchot Tone, Melvyn Douglas and Lionel Barrymore. Robert Taylor dominates the first quarter of the picture with his enormous energy, his playfulness, his rapport with Crawford and his skin-tight costume. Taylor even sings and dances.

After Bow Timberlake’s (Taylor’s) heroic off screen death, things settle down. Andrew Jackson (Barrymore) dominates every scene he’s in. Beulah Bondi, as Rachel Jackson, is equally good. She won an Oscar nomination for her role. Joan Crawford is usually criticized for appearing in an historical picture because she was too “modern.” Here she handles her costumes beautifully, using her skirts to express a range of emotions. While her acting is fine, she is overwhelmed by the male contingent.

Franchot Tone, Crawford’s husband at the time, is quietly effective as Peg’s second husband John Eaton. Melvyn Douglas brings strength and intelligence to his role as Virginian John Randolph. Jimmy Stewart is wasted as Peg’s failed suitor. “The Gorgeous Hussy” is fun, sometimes moving and a reminder that political behavior wasn’t all that different in the 1820s.  Review by me for the IMDB.

 

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Calling All Robert Taylor Fans

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RT4640I am asking my fellow Robert Taylor fans to contact Turner Classic Movies to ask them to include Robert Taylor on next year’s “Summer Under the Stars,” preferably on his birthday, August 5.*  TCM appears to like snail mail letters although they also accept phone calls.

 

 

You can write to:

Robert Osborne or Ben Mankiewicz
TCM
1050 Techwood Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Charles Tabesh
Sr. Vice President of Programming
TCM
1050 Techwood Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

or You can leave TCM a message via phone at 404-885-5535, but please note that due to heavy volume of calls and letters, they are unable to answer all questions.

Use your own words but I would thank them for the two times in 2001 and 2010 that Mr. Taylor was Star of the Month.  Just let them you know you appreciate the many Taylor films that they show.  Then make your request pleasantly.  You know how to do this.

After all, we don’t want to see the end of Robert Taylor.????

*This year TCM honored Barbara Stanwyck on Robert Taylor’s birthday.

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