Tuesday, November 03, 2015

An Evening With Amanda and Elyot

It's Norma Shearer month on TCM ... all five of Bob and Norma's movies are being shown!  Yes! They're not all great, but they all have young, beautiful Bob to make them all a worthwhile watch.  My favorite is Private Lives (1931).  This is the fourth movie of the pairing, and their comfort level with each other is reflected in their performances.  And, of course, it is an excellent Noel Coward play, so the script is excellent.  I understand Irving Thalberg actually filmed the stage version for the cast to study, a first, I believe.  Additional time was given for studying the script and rehearsals, to assist Norma in developing her role.  A Noel Coward play was not Norma's cup of tea, but she apparently put a lot of effort into it, didn't exactly embarrass herself.  Bob, meanwhile, handled his role superbly.  If only he had gotten more good movies in which to show his stuff.

               Private Lives (1931) with Bob and Norma Shearer

  The movies will be shown on two nights and all times are EST.

          November 10th  -  Private Lives 8:00 p.m.
                                        Divorcee (1930) at 12:45 a.m.
                                        Their Own Desire (1929) at 2:15 am.

          November 17th  -  Strangers May Kiss (1931) at 8:00 p.m.
                                        Riptide (1934) at 3:15 a.m.

And a special bonus, Lady in the Lake (1947) will be shown on the 22nd at 8:00 a.m.  November is a good movie for Montgomery viewing.  More, more, more ...


Debbie said...

November will be a terrific indeed. Not only are there five Bob movies showing this month but for all you fellow Bill Powell lovers like me, TCM is also showing 5 Powell movies (four which also include Myrna Loy!). Check the schedule.

Kathy said...

Debbie - Yes, a great month for movie watching. Must add one more must see: "The Women" with Norma, Joan, Roz, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Marjorie Main, etc., etc. Have to give it to George Cukor for his handling of the all-woman cast, particularly with Joan and Norma in the same scenes!! And, of course, there's Roz as the ditzy Mrs. Howard Fowler. Stealing scenes in that ensemble is quite the accomplishment. Catch the movie on Nov. 24th.