Arliss Alert! THE KING’S VACATION (1933) on TCM Fri 11/14 @ 6:00 AM EST

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will show The King’s Vacation on Friday, November 14 at 6:00 AM EST. The cast includes Dick Powell, Patricia Ellis, and Florence Arliss (Mrs. George Arliss). The film was based on an original story written specifically for Mr. A by Ernest Pascal. See the listings on the right to locate our special post on this film.


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Happy 4th of July from George Arliss (as Alexander Hamilton) and Alan Mowbray (as George Washington)!

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Pastiche compliments of Yours Truly.

Published in: on July 2, 2014 at 10:06 PM  Leave a Comment  

THE DEVIL (1920) Returns!

THE DEVIL has the distinction of being two “Firsts” for George Arliss. In 1908, it became his first starring play, then twelve years later the story was his first motion picture. Mr. A’s six silent films collectively serve as a “dress rehearsal” for his later sound film successes but, alas, only two of the silents appeared to have survived: THE GREEN GODDESS (1923) and TWENTY DOLLARS A WEEK (1924). Then a sole 35mm print of THE DEVIL was found in Canada by a gentleman named Larry Smith, who generously donated the film to the Library of Congress (LOC) where it has been copied and preserved. Recently, Larry uploaded THE DEVIL to Youtube and thus returned this long-lost Arliss feature to general circulation for the first time in over 90 years!
These images are screen caps from the Youtube upload of THE DEVIL, and as a result are low resolution. Your blogmeister has viewed a 35mm copy at the LOC and can assure you that the image quality is excellent.
Mr. A as the “helpful” Dr. Muller adroitly plants all sorts of carnal temptations in the thoughts of his friends.
A young Edmund Lowe seem skeptical of the good doctor’s advice. Lowe would become a popular silent screen star during the 1920s and successfully transitioned to talkies in the 1930s.
Florence Arliss (Mrs. A) also played a role as the aunt of the heroine.
Lucy Cotton and Edmund Lowe as the lovers
Dr. Muller has his own plans for the lady and they’re not honorable.
As powerful as the Devil is, there’s Someone who is stronger.
The Devil goes to Hell-literally.
Hopefully, by now you’d like to see THE DEVIL so here’s the Youtube link. Enjoy!

2013 Arliss Archives in Review

The 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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Click here to see the complete report.

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.

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)

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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.”

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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:

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