Arliss Alert! THE KING’S VACATION (1933) Tuesday, Sept. 27 on TCM at 6:30 AM EDT

Arliss Alert! THE KING’S VACATION (1933)
– starring George Arliss, Patricia Ellis, Dick Powell, Florence Arliss, Marjorie Gateson and Dudley Digges.

TCM (US) Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:30 AM EDT
An Ernest Paschal story written especially for Mr. A showing that you can’t go home again, or can you?

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Published in: on September 23, 2016 at 8:29 PM  Comments (2)  

George Arliss Grave Site Restored!

It is with great pleasure that we can announce at long last the restoration of the final resting place of George and Florence Arliss. Their grave site at Harrow Weald Cemetery, located outside of London at Middlesex, has long been in need of refurbishment and its restoration has been a long-cherished ambition of your blogmeister. Now on the 70th anniversary of Mr. A’s passing, this project has been accomplished. Many thanks are due to the help and cooperation of Mr. Andrew Hall, a relative of Mr. A, especially with his providing the family permission to the cemetery to enable the work to be performed. Funding was provided through the generosity of an American funeral company, Service Corporation International. My request for its support was readily granted and I shall always be grateful to the officials of this company.

Now for the unveiling, at least electronically. To dramatize the restoration we shall show Before and After photographs. I am sure you will know which is which:
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Many thanks should also to be given to the fine work of the stonemasons, P. Brant and Sons, Ltd.

Published in: on July 1, 2016 at 2:35 PM  Comments (6)  

Arliss Alert! – ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1931) on TCM (US) Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM EDT

ALEXANDER HAMILTON (1931) – George Arliss, Doris Kenyon, Montagu Love, June Collyer, Dudley Digges, Lionel Bellmore.

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has nicely timed this showing to coincide with the current hit Broadway musical, HAMILTON that is rapidly collecting every award known to humanity. But Mr. A covered this territory a century ago (1917) in his Broadway hit (co-authored with Mary Hamlin) also called HAMILTON. The film’s title was lengthened to ALEXANDER HAMILTON. This film is not shown very often so don’t miss it!

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Published in: on June 7, 2016 at 12:41 PM  Comments (1)  

Arliss Alert! A SUCCESSFUL CALAMITY (1932) with Mary Astor & Randolph Scott – Monday, May 3 @ 6:30 AM EST

Mr. A stars in this gossamer-light comedy of a wealthy man who feigns poverty so his family will stay home with him evenings. Mary Astor plays his wife(!) and much is made of the big difference in their ages. And is Mary playing around with her Italian music teacher?arl-succ-cal-6 copy_edited-1 copy

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and a son played by William Janney:arl-succ-cal-9 copy_edited-1

Will the family rally around Mr. A? All I’ll tell you at this point is that Mary Astor leaves and takes her jewelry with her, leaving behind a note for Mr. A. How will Mr. A resolve this dilemma?Successful Cal Poster_edited-1

Now enjoy the original preview trailer and catch the feature on Monday morning, May 3, at 6:30 AM eastern time!

Published in: on April 30, 2016 at 1:55 PM  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday, George Arliss! – April 10, 1868

Birthday greeting to our favorite actor, author, playwright and filmmaker

– and broadcaster too!
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Mr. A with Edward Arnold at the January 17, 1938 live broadcast of DISRAELI that was heard around the world and on ships at sea via shortwave.

A Commemorative postmark for Mr. A’s 70th the Birthday in 1938:
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To celebrate, let’s watch what happens to Boris Karloff when he tries to take on Mr. A in this excerpt from THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD:

One word sums it up:
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Published in: on April 10, 2016 at 12:22 PM  Comments (1)  

Restored – THE DEVIL (1920) – Mr. A’s First Film!

I have been learning my way around new digital video programs and have been able to refresh and restore some films that needed help. At the top of the list is Mr. A’s very first film, THE DEVIL, which until it was posted two years ago had been almost entirely unseen since its original release in 1920-21. Grateful for this significant event, we were aware of some shortcomings: the film speed was too fast, the image was rather faded, the opening titles were out of order, the the climatic ending was chopped up and way too abrupt. At the time there was little I could do to remedy these challenges but I’m pleased to unveil a better looking and sounding (music) version. I’ve beefed up the ending a little but I think Mr. A might approve. Please let me know what you think.

The director and the star of THE DEVIL (respectively):
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A little bit of imaginative promotion by a theater owner:
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Original lobby cards with hero Edmund Lowe, who later became a major film star in the 1930s:
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and now the motion picture itself!

Published in: on February 19, 2016 at 11:31 PM  Leave a Comment  

Arliss Alert! – THE GREEN GODDESS (1930) – on TCM Thurs. Feb. 4 @8AM

THE GREEN GODDESS was Mr. A’s first talkie and was produced during the summer of 1929. At his suggestion, TGG was withheld from release until Mr. A’s second talkie, DISRAELI, had been released first, in October 1929. Mr. A felt that DISRAELI was the better of the two films, an opinion generally shared by most film reviewers of the day. That said, THE GREEN GODDESS is a highly enjoyable film and is quite topical to the 21st century with its story of eastern intrigue, jealousy, and terrorism. George Arliss was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award together with DISRAELI. It marks the only time in Academy history that an actor competed against himself in two separate films. The voting selected DISRAELI alone, meaning of course, that Mr. A won out against himself. But he also won over other nominees including Ronald Colman and Maurice Chevalier.

THE GREEN GODDESS is wonderful entertainment with Mr. A as the slinkiest of villains. His closing line alone is worth the price of admission!

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Published in: on January 31, 2016 at 11:44 PM  Comments (1)  

Happy 2016 and Best Wishes for the Year

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Published in: on January 1, 2016 at 9:25 PM  Comments (1)  

Wishing You the Best of Seasons Greetings!

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Published in: on December 24, 2015 at 2:27 PM  Leave a Comment  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 from Mr. A

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Published in: on December 11, 2015 at 7:56 PM  Comments (1)  
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