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Joyce Howard obituary

29 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor whose 1940s heyday featured two films as co-star to James Mason

The 1940s was a ripe period for women in British films, when stars such as Margaret Lockwood, Phyllis Calvert, Valerie Hobson and Jean Simmons had a chance to shine. Although Joyce Howard, who has died aged 88, was never in their league, she had her moments of glory in a relatively short career which lasted from 1941 to 1950. Howard's high spots were the two films in which she co-starred with the up-and-coming matinee idol James Mason: The Night Has Eyes (1942) and They Met in the Dark (1943).

Howard was the ideal foil for the saturnine Mason. In the former film, she is the vulnerable, repressed heroine whose passions are aroused by Mason's brooding, secretive composer, the kind of relationship so beloved of wartime British melodramas. The film, directed by Leslie Arliss, creates a pervasive sense of danger, with the characters »

- Ronald Bergan

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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #16: 'Bride of Frankenstein'

30 October 2010 10:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Halloween, Horror, Cinematical

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the column in which I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies we all know I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!

The Film: 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935), Dir. James Whale

Starring: Boris "?????" Karloff, Colin "It's Alive!" Clive, Ernest Thesiger and Valerie Hobson.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: When I was but a fresh-faced youth with his whole life still in front of him, a certain cable channel that shall not be named would run marathons »

- Jacob Hall

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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #16: 'Bride of Frankenstein'

30 October 2010 10:05 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Halloween, Horror, Cinematical

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the column in which I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies we all know I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!

The Film: 'Bride of Frankenstein' (1935), Dir. James Whale

Starring: Boris "?????" Karloff, Colin "It's Alive!" Clive, Ernest Thesiger and Valerie Hobson.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: When I was but a fresh-faced youth with his whole life still in front of him, a certain cable channel that shall not be named would run marathons »

- Jacob Hall

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The Forgotten: Seduced and Abandoned

26 May 2010 7:56 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Monsieur Ripois (1954), directed by René Clément, is a rather wonderful and sophisticated drama/character study which deposits scheming philanderer Gérard Philipe into the heart of austerity-era England, where he ruthlessly hoovers up all the stray birds who are hanging around waiting for London to start swinging. The story unfolds one evening as Ripois has lured his soon-to-be-ex-wife's attractive friend to his flat, and recounts the story of his amorous adventures to her in hopes of proving the sincerity of his affections. But since his story is nothing but a catalogue of lies, seduction, betrayal and headlong flight, it's hard to see whether his cause can be won...

One of the pleasures of this film, a decently budgeted affair nevertheless doused in an air of poverty and gloom endemic to the UK at that time, is that it's a French movie made in Britain. So we get to hear the dashing, »

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 10

30 March 2010 1:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

50 Films in and 200 films to go!

So far so good with the IMDb250 project with little problem so far getting the films from the list and a whole lot of fun watching them. Barry has been making great use of his films recently by watching his movies in categories with the New Hollywood and War sections being brilliant to read.

It’s something I wish we planned at the start as putting the films in some sort of order or genre category would have made connecting the films really interesting but on the other hand watching such a random collection of films in a short space of time really is fascinating to experience different actors in different genre’s lead by different directors proving why they apparently deserve to be in the top 250 films of all time.

My next five films showcase the pleasure in my randomness of choice as »

- Gary Phillips

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Remembering Jean Simmons

26 January 2010 5:59 PM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Like most film buffs, I was upset to hear about Jean Simmons’ passing over the weekend…but I felt incredibly lucky to have met her at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day Weekend in 2008. In his program notes for her tribute, Scott Foundas wrote, “It is one of the few serious shortcomings, don’t we all agree, of David Lean’s otherwise exemplary version of Great Expectations (1946) that Jean Simmons leaves the screen much too soon, to be replaced by Valerie Hobson as the grown-up version of the Estella character. Martita Hunt and Jean Simmons in David Lean’s Great Expectations.… »

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