2013 Arliss Archives in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

“Can’t you at least pretend to want to kiss me Happy New Year?” THE GREEN GODDESS on stage at the St. James Theater, London, in 1924:
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Published in: on December 31, 2013 at 3:47 PM  Leave a Comment  

New Arliss Film on DVD! THE WORKING MAN with Bette Davis

If your blogmeister had to name only one George Arliss film to somebody who had never seen any, unquestionably that film would be THE WORKING MAN (1933). Never before available on home video, Warners Archive just released this clever comedy on DVD and remastered the film to help make it look brand new!
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THE WORKING MAN was made at the height of the Great Depression when, under the circumstances, it was popular to attack Capitalism and America’s free market economy. But this film shows how Capitalism can be fun and how the free market creates new jobs:
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Mr. A plays a shoe manufacturing tycoon who sees his chance to take over a rival’s business. Complications ensue and Mr. A ends up competing with his own company.
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Romance also ensues as Bette teaches Mr. A’s stuffy young nephew a few lessons in love:
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The film’s back story is even better: Mr. A discovered Bette and launched her successful film career. See it all happen in THE WORKING MAN:
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Happy Birthday, Mr. A!

April 10, 1868 fell on Good Friday -
an appropriate date for the birthday of the Man Who Played God.

“If I could imagine a nice birthday party, I would invite…..

“Thank you, gentlemen, for attending my 144th Birthday party. I’m glad to find that we still fit into our Disraeli wardrobe.”

David Torrence, Mr. A, and Ivan Simpson in DISRAELI (1929)

“Mr. Disraeli, I promise not to wear this hat if you promise to invite me to your birthday party.”

Doris Lloyd and Mr. A in DISRAELI

“Bungler! This birthday party invitation is addressed to Disraeli and I’m Voltaire.”

Alan Mowbray and Mr. A in VOLTAIRE (1933)

“Bungler! That birthday party invitation is addressed to Voltaire.”

“Rothschild, I told you that I’m not signing Mr. A’s birthday card!”

Mr. A and Boris Karloff in THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD (1934)

“After ten years of lessons you don’t know how to play, ‘Happy Birthday’?”

Mr. A and Bette Davis in THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD (1932)

“When we arrive at the party, I’ll introduce you as my niece, do you understand? My niece!”

Mr. A and Lesley Wareing in THE IRON DUKE (1934)

“Sir, this is, uh, my niece, yes that’s it, my niece.”

Mr. A, Margaret Lockwood and John Loder in DOCTOR SYN (1937)

“I wonder if Rothschild could get me into this party?”

Mr. A as Shylock in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (1928-on the stage)

Published in: on April 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM  Leave a Comment  

Arliss Archives Surpasses 10,000 Hits!!

“Congratulations, George. Ten Thousand hits on your blog in barely a year! And here I thought you’d been forgotten! I should have known they can’t keep you off the Internet.”

Published in: on February 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM  Leave a Comment  

Arliss Alert! THE KING’S VACATION (1933) on TCM, Monday, Nov. 14 @10:30am ET

If you can’t be there, set your dvr, tivo or vcr for Turner Classic Movies to catch this poignant, humorous film showing why we can’t go home again. THE KING’S VACATION co-stars include Dick Powell, Patricia Ellis, Dudley Digges, and Florence Arliss.



To view more photos and read more info, visit our post on THE KING’S VACATION listed in the column on the right.

Published in: on October 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM  Leave a Comment  

Breaking 5,000 Visits!

“Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a toast to celebrate our surpassing 5,000 visits, or ‘hits’ as the young people prefer to call it, to the Arliss Archives.”

Published in: on August 14, 2011 at 7:04 PM  Comments (1)  
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Arliss Alert! THE WORKING MAN on TCM, Wednesday, Aug 3 @ 6am EDT

Get your dvr, tivo, or dvd recorder ready for this coming Wednesday morn, August 3, at 6 AM eastern daylight time for one of Mr. A’s most delightful (and clever) comedies – THE WORKING MAN (1933). Added bonus: Bette Davis co-stars:

Published in: on July 28, 2011 at 12:11 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Arliss Archives Announces New Companion Site

The Arliss Archives is pleased to announce the establishment of a companion site called OLD HOLLYWOOD IN COLOR. Why? Please visit our new site for the details and to subscribe so you won’t miss a single post. http://OldHollywoodinColor.com

In the meantime, watch for our newest post on the Arliss Archives titled THE ARLISS STOCK COMPANY – PART ONE. Thanks.

Published in: on July 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM  Leave a Comment  

Winning New Friends-Alexander Hamilton (1931): Another Coming Attraction!

Somehow the caption, “Hamilton is the hero of the people,” doesn’t quite work with this photo. But with George Arliss in the the title role, find out how he turns those jeers into cheers. Film buffs will recognize veteran character actor Russell Simpson on the far left playing an old Revolutionary War veteran. To his right most prominently tall is Charles Middleton, a well-known supporting actor usually cast as villains (e.g., Emperor Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon serials). Curiously, the cast log for HAMILTON lists Middleton as playing John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, but this character never appears in the finished film and all we have of Mr. M is this uncredited bit (he’ll never get to the Supreme Court this way!):

CHECK BACK SOON for more Coming Attractions as our launch date of July 4th for ALEXANDER HAMILTON nears!

Published in: on June 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM  Leave a Comment  

More HAMILTON Coming Attractions!

Mr. A was understated, among many other things. In ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1931) his two great adversaries are Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Yet all three men number among our heroic Founding Fathers – so how can Mr. Tom and Mr. Jim possibly be villains? They certainly don’t DO anything villainous within the context of the film. The solution for Mr. A was as simple as it was ingenious – cast actors well-known for playing bad guys as Jefferson and Monroe. Movie audiences tend to bring their perceptions of actors in character with them from film to film, especially when the actor in question is almost always cast as the villain.

Here is typecast bad guy Morgan Wallace, as James Monroe, and super villain Montagu Love (he was killed off by the best including Rudolph Valentino and John Barrymore) as Thomas Jefferson. Mr. A as Hamilton probably would prefer to keep company with Aaron Burr:

Please check back here throughout June for more updates as our target date to launch – July 4th – nears!

Published in: on June 11, 2011 at 11:07 AM  Leave a Comment  
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