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No 78: Edmund Gwenn 1877-1959
He was born Edmund Kellaway in Wandsworth, London (or possibly the Vale of Glamorgan), grew to be 5ft 4in, was described over the years as "endearing", "cherubic", "portly", "elfin", with "a twinkle in his eye" and a seductively "soothing voice". All these attributes contributed to his appearance as Kris Kringle, the New York department store Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) who believes he's Father Christmas and convinces a Manhattan court to agree with him.
This brought him an Oscar as best supporting actor and a kind of immortality. In 1951, he was nominated for a similar role in Mister 880 as a sweet-natured counterfeiter who only forges dollar bills when he needs them. But there's much more to Gwenn than this.
Gwenn's stern Victorian father kicked him out of the house for wanting to go on the stage and he travelled around England and »
- Philip French
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece DVD Collection for $53.99, 55% off the $120 list price. The collection features "14 of the finest works from the universally acclaimed Master of Suspense come together for the first time in one collection." Packaged in a velvet box, the individual discs inside come four to a case, decorated with original poster art. A 36-page booklet is filled mostly with stills and poster art. As with all the gold box deals, this deal is only good until midnight. The titles include: The Birds; Marnie; Vertigo; Rope; Rear Window; Psycho; The Man Who Knew Too Much; Torn Curtain; Frenzy; Shadow of a Doubt; The Trouble With Harry; Topaz; Saboteur; and Family Plot. Each of the 14 films is supplemented with numerous documentaries, commentaries, and other bonus materials: 14 documentaries; 9 featurettes; Commentaries; Newsreel footage; Production photos, sketches and notes; Storyboards; Theatrical trailers; Masters »
- Peter Sciretta
Hermann joking with frequent collaborator Alfred Hitchcock.
Cinema Retro reader and film historian Bruce Crawford gave us the head's up that he recently collaborated with Robert Osborne on a month-long tribute to composer Bernard Hermann. Films relating to the maestro will be presented every Tuesday in September on TCM. Here is a look at the schedule:
12 August 2009Tcm (USA) - Spotlight on HerrmannSource: Bill Huelbig, Bruce Crawford Every Tuesday in September Turner Classic Movies (Us Version) will show several Herrmann scored films.
The spotlight will be hosted by Robert Osborne.
The Herrmann consultant is Bruce Crawford.
Devil and Daniel Webster
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
The Naked and the Dead
3 Worlds of Gulliver
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3 items from 2009
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