………Is this in the top ten of the worst posters ever?! Hardly recognisable are Ray Milland and Barbara Stanwyck. I’ve clipped off the bottom of the picture in order to get a closeup of the two faces. It’s from a Spanish dvd release.

Here’s a decent one.


Victoria Mature, Alan K. Rode

…………I enjoyed on You  Tube the 2018 interview Alan K. Rode had with Victor Mature’s only child, Victoria .

Victoria’ s mother, Loretta Sebena, was Victor’s  5th wife. Married in 1974, Victor and Loretta  remained together until his death in 1999.

Victoria was born in 1975. Her mother was an opera singer and Victoria is a trained singer too – and nice to hear her sing.

Victoria Mature


Victor Mature, Loretta Sebena.

Victor was good friends with Jim  Backus ( from childhood days.)

Victor virtually retired from movies in his late 40’s and was happy to enjoy his family, friends and golf.

There’s a good website devoted to Victor –


Two of my favourite Mature films:

Jane Russell, Victor Mature, ?(Brad Dexter) .THE LAS VEGAS STORY.


Lee Marvin. j.Carrol Naish, Victor Mature, Stephen McNally. VIOLENT SATURDAY.


……….Good news for Jean ARTHUR fans. There’s a new mural (47 by 40 feet) which has been unveiled in Jean’s home town, Plattsburgh, New York. The mural is by Brendan Palmar Angell.

My only complaint – why such a serious pose?



……….Good to see blu-ray release of BLACK ANGEL (1946) from Arrow Academy on 27th January,2020. Price £15. Extras include audio commentary by Alan K. rode, a video appreciation by Neil Sinyard, gallery of stills, trailer. The first pressing will also have an illustrated collectors booklet.


………..And from The Criterion Collection in January,2020 comes HOLIDAY on blu-Ray and dvd (Region A and Region 1).

Extras include the 1930 version of the film, audio of George Cukor at the AFI In 1970/71.


Katharine Hepburn, Lew Ayres.  Cary Grant.



…………Lovely colour shot of Grace Kelly in HIGH NOON.


A foreign poster for HIGH NOON, but does that little insert of Grace Kelly  and the body on the ground reveal too much about the ending!


………..Cable channel Showtime has announced a new mini  series will be made about the life of HEDY LAMARR, starring Gal Gadot.
No doubt it will feature prominently Hedy’s involvement in inventing a radio guidance system during the Second  World War.

There is also an exhibition about Hedy in Vienna’s Jewish Museum.

The exhibition will run from November 2019 until May 2020 and focus on her time in Vienna (where she was born) and on Berlin where her acting career began.

Hedy Lamarr


……..And another great quote from that terrific book, LETTERS FROM HOLLYWOOD:

It’s 1928 and Talkies are on the horizon. Ronald Colman writes to studio executive Abe Lahr:

……”Except as a scientific achievement, I am not sympathetic to this ‘sound’ business. I feel, as so many do, that it is a mechanical resource , that it is a retrogressive and temporary digression in so far as it affects the art of motion picture acting – in short that it does not properly belong to my particular work (of which naturally I must be the best judge.)……”


Ronald, we are all glad you changed your mind (quickly!) and allowed us to hear that marvellous voice!

I think BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1928) was Colman’s first sound film.

11 responses »

  1. Did you spot they’ve put Stanwick in the first poster?

    “The Rescue” was Colman’s first released sound film (both were released in 1929).

  2. I didn’t say Victor retired in the 1940s – he was in his late 40s when he stepped back from films. He didn’t make any films between 1961 and 1966 and then only made about half a dozen appearances after that.

  3. So glad to read about Black Angel. I think June Vincent is terrific in the film yet Universal dropped her contract . Perhaps she got caught up in the changeover to U-I which happened the same year.

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