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Remembering the Unjustly Forgotten Tony Winner, Shaw's 'Perfect' Saint Joan and Acclaimed O'Neill Performer

18 May 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In 1936, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations produced on both sides of the Atlantic: Young Madame Conti (co-adapted by Hubert Griffiths), from an original by Bruno Frank, and Madame Bovary, from the Gustave Flaubert novel. Referring to the former performance, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, elegant flop." Cummings' other stage roles in the mid-to-late '30s included Nellie Blunt in Levy and Paul Hervey Fox's If I Were You (1937), which she performed in New York; Katherine Chipping in Goodbye Mr Chips, »

- Andre Soares

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Curse Of Frankenstein

16 May 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Oh, to have been there at the drive-in in 1957 when this came out. Drive-ins were peaking in popularity, with over 4000 far and wide across North America providing countless hours of entertainment for youngsters, teenagers, and parents alike. However, if I was a little one and had seen this lurid and terrifying spectacle bleeding from the enormous outdoor screen, looming over the family car, I probably would have cried for my dad to rip off the attached speaker from the car window and make for the safety of home. And fast.

Released in the early summer of 1957, The Curse of Frankenstein was a huge hit worldwide, delighting audiences and – wait for it – appalling reviewers at the time. This isn’t much of a surprise. Curse is different from the Universal monster films of yore; even though it is set in the 1800’s, it has a direct, hip, and dare I say »

- Scott Drebit

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