Skip to comments.TCM Classic Movie Alert 4/9/14
Posted on 04/09/2014 9:47:48 AM PDT by Vision
This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert!
Tonight...Waterloo Bridge(1940), 8pm est
A ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War I.
Overview & Cast
Or it should be called The Obamacare Bridge
I’ve been wanting to see the 1931 version, with Mae Clarke. TCM has apparently shown it a few times, but I always miss it.
With Vivien Leigh. Turns out, Vivien Leigh really was a nymphomaniac.
Hollyweird has sexual deviants? no way...
I’m always wary of these ‘modern’ biographies. There’s been a whole cottage industry of fag authors who write ‘biographies’ on movie stars. Their prime interest tends to be in peddling sleazoid rumors and gossip (which they usually get from oldster fruits in the industry, who wallow in such slime) on their subjects, no matter how far-flung. These things keep getting repeated over the years, and then gradually get accepted as “fact.” Especially as modern culture has primed peoples mindsets down this path of normalizing perversions and deviancy.
Oh, old-time Hollywood had its share of debauchery, of course. But a lot of things you read nowadays are just ludicrous. I mean, really... Vivian Leigh and George (homo) Cukor going around together cruising for male prostitutes?? Yeah, right.
The 1931 version is better.
I figured it would be.
Plus, I’m a fan of Clarke’s. Even met her once.
If I see a listing for a movie with Mae Clark in it, I watch it.
“Hollywood Babylon” was a hoot, but it was also pure crap. Another snotty gay author.
I wish TCM would lease and show “Night World” (1932) from MCA-Universal. That’s a good Mae Clarke item.
I always found her an interesting actress. Low-key and understated in her performances, which is probably the reason she never really hit it big with stardom. But it gave her a certain intriguing realism. She played a lot of hard-edged dames, but had a certain sad, sympathetic undercurrent going on, which added an interesting diminsion.
Thanks for the heads-up.
The only quibble I have with this film—and I admit it’s a small one—is that while most of the film is set in WWI, the women wear 1940s era clothes throughout.