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Hotel Berlin

Grand Hotel. Nazis come. Nazis go. Nothing ever happens.” That’s a paraphrase from 1932’s Grand Hotel, indicating that the hallowed halls once occupied by Greta Garbo are now overrun with Warner Bros. contract players. As defeat looms, German officers, crooks, fugitives and ordinary citizens fumble for a way to survive. Writer and fervent anti-fascist Alvah Bessie almost didn’t — he would later be politically scourged as a member of The Hollywood Ten. Get set for a soap opera with swastikas.

Hotel Berlin

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The Warner Archive Collection

1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 98 min. / Street Date March 6, 2018 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Faye Emerson, Helmut Dantine, Raymond Massey, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Alan Hale, George Coulouris, Henry Daniell, Peter Whitney, Helen Thimig, Steven Geray, Kurt Kreuger, Erwin Kalser, Torben Meyer, Jay Novello, Frank Reicher, John Wengraf.

Cinematography: Carl Guthrie

Film Editor: Frederick Richards

Original Music: Franz Waxman

Written by Alvah Bessie,
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Largely Forgotten, Frequent Cagney Partner Remembered on TCM

Pat O'Brien movies on TCM: 'The Front Page,' 'Oil for the Lamps of China' Remember Pat O'Brien? In case you don't, you're not alone despite the fact that O'Brien was featured – in both large and small roles – in about 100 films, from the dawn of the sound era to 1981. That in addition to nearly 50 television appearances, from the early '50s to the early '80s. Never a top star or a critics' favorite, O'Brien was nevertheless one of the busiest Hollywood leading men – and second leads – of the 1930s. In that decade alone, mostly at Warner Bros., he was seen in nearly 60 films, from Bs (Hell's House, The Final Edition) to classics (American Madness, Angels with Dirty Faces). Turner Classic Movies is showing nine of those today, Nov. 11, '15, in honor of what would have been the Milwaukee-born O'Brien's 116th birthday. Pat O'Brien and James Cagney Spencer Tracy had Katharine Hepburn.
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David Louis Edelman – Introduction to Mervyn Peake’s Titus Alone

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Did Mervyn Peake go mad writing Titus Alone, or does Titus Alone merely predict his madness? Is it a work of dystopian science fiction, or a work of psychological symbolism? Is the book a terse masterpiece, or is it just the half-formed ravings of a crumbling mind?

What the heck is this book you’re holding?

Let’s start with the facts. Mervyn Peake was a noted artist and illustrator of children’s books who spent his formative years in China. He published the novels Titus Groan (1946) and Gormenghast (1950) to excellent reviews, though not resounding commercial success. After the failure of his play The Wit to Woo (1957), Peake suffered a nervous breakdown. Parkinson’s disease, electroshock therapy, and brain surgery would follow over the next decade. Peake spent his last years in institutions, finally passing away in November of 1968. His works would dip briefly into obscurity and academic disfavor — Kingsley Amis
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3 more join 'The Big Valley'

Lorraine Nicholson, Lee Majors and Bruce Dern have joined the cast of the indie drama "The Big Valley." They join Jessica Lange and the recently cast Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"). Filming is set for shooting in Baton Rouge, La., on July 26th. Lange will play Victoria Barkley in the role originally played by Barbara Stanwyck in the 1960s TV series. Based on the TV series created by Louis F. Edelman, the story is set in the 1870s and tells of a wealthy ranching family. Nicholson will play the daughter Audra. Dern is in as Judge Adams and Majors, who actually played Heath Barkley on the TV series, will now play Tom Barkley. Stephen Moyer plays the eldest son Jarrod. Also cast are Jason Alan Smith and Travis Fimmel.
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Stephen Moyer goes down to the 'Valley'

Stephen Moyer will co-star in the feature version of the 1960s ABC series "The Big Valley." The Western television series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, revolved around the Barkley ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley.Jessica Lange has been cast as Victoria Barkley, the matriarch of the Barkley family. Barbara Stanwyck originated the role on the TV show. Moyer will play the role of the eldest son Jarrod Barkley. Richard Long played the part on the TV show.According to Variety, production starts July 26 in Baton Rouge, La.Daniel Adams is writing and directing the film.Straw Weisman and Steven Brandman are producing. Kate Edelman Johnson, whose late father Louis F. Edelman created the series along with A.I. Bezzerides, is
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Lange heads for the 'Valley'

Jessica Lange will star in the feature version of the 1960s ABC Western series "The Big Valley." Lange will play Victoria Barkley, the matriarch of the wealthy Barkley family, originally played by Barbara Stanwyck.Susan Sarandon had been previously attached to the role.The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, revolved around the Barkley ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley.According to Variety, the film will be directed by Daniel Adams from his own screenplay.Straw Weisman and Steven Brandman are producing. Kate Edelman Johnson, whose late father Louis F. Edelman created the series along with writer A.I. Bezzerides, will executive produce. The film will start shooting on July 19 in Baton Rouge, La.Lange recently won an Emmy Award for
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Jessica Lange returns to the big screen for 'The Big Valley' adaptation.

Jessica Lange will star in a feature version of the 1960s Western TV series "The Big Valley." The actress will have the role of the matriarch of a wealthy ranching family in the 1870s. Barbara Stanwyck starred in the series. Filming is scheduled to start on July 19 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Daniel Adams will helm from his own screenplay inspired by the original ABC TV series pilot Straw Weisman and Steven Brandman are producing. Louis F. Edelman created the series and his daughter Kate Edelman will now serve as an executive producer. Arclight Films is handling foreign rights sales. Lange won an Emmy for HBO's "Grey Gardens."
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Susan Sarandon Out, Jessica Lange in for 'The Big Valley'

Despite being in negotiations to star as matriarch Victoria Barkley in Daniel Adams' and Kate Edelman Johnson's big screen remake of the '60s TV oater The Big Valley, Susan Sarandon is no longer involved. Instead, actress Jessica Lange will don the corset originally worn by the late, great Barbara Stanwyck.

Production will begin on July 19 on location in Baton Rouge. Set in the 1870’s, The Big Valley is the dramatic story of a wealthy ranching family and their conflicts.

Written and directed by Adams, the screenplay was inspired by the original pilot from the TV series, but also employs new material. The new film is being executive produced by Kate Edelman Johnson, whose late father Louis F. Edelman created the series, and produced by Straw Weisman and Steven Brandman.

20th Century Fox has a "first look" deal with the production company for all North American rights and Arclight
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Susan Sarandon looking at 'Big Valley'

Susan Sarandon is in negotiations to join the film version of "The Big Valley."Kate Edelman Johnson is producing the film, based on the TV show created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, revolved around the Barkley ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. Sarandon would play Victoria Barkley, the matriarch of the Barkley family, originally played by Barbara Stanwyck.Edelman Johnson's producing partner, Daniel Adams wrote the screenplay and will direct.According to The Hollywood Reporter, a May start date has been planned in Michigan and New Mexico.
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Susan Sarandon & Big Valley?

Susan Sarandon as Victoria Barkley. Sarandon won’t make me forget Barbara Stanwyck, but that would be a great casting coup. I’m talking about a big-screen remake of the 1960s Western series Big Valley, in which Stanwyck played the widow matriarch of the Barkley Ranch in California’s San Joaquin Valley of the 1870s. Her grown children were Richard Long, Peter Breck, and a pre-Dynasty Linda Evans, and there was also a pre-Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors as Big Mama Barkley’s stepson. According to The Hollywood Reporter / Reuters (via Cinematical), Sarandon is "in talks" to play the tough widow who feared nothing. Kate Edelman Johnson, daughter of one of the show’s creator, producer Louis F. Edelman (writer A.I. Bezzerides was [...]
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Susan Sarandon joins 'Big Valley' film?

Susan Sarandon joins 'Big Valley' film?
Susan Sarandon is reportedly in talks to join a movie version of The Big Valley. The film is based on the 1960s television series, which followed a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. The movie is being made by Kate Edelman Johnson, whose father Louis F. Edelman created the television show, The Hollywood Reporter says. Sarandon has been linked to the role of Victoria Barkley, originally played by Barbara (more)
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Susan Sarandon in Talks for The Big Valley

Susan Sarandon is in talks to star in a feature adaptation of ABC's '60s TV series "The Big Valley." Sarandon would play the role of Victoria Barkley, the character played by Barbara Stanwyck in the original. Kate Edelman Johnson is producing the film, based on the show created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. In the Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, Stanwyck played the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. Edelman Johnson's producing partner, Daniel Adams, has written the feature screenplay and will direct. Filming will start in May on location in Michigan and New Mexico.
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Susan Sarandon Heads Into A "Big Valley"

Susan Sarandon is in talks to join a film version of classic late 60's Western TV series "The Big Valley" for Panther Entertainment says The Hollywood Reporter.

Sarandon will take over the role of Victoria Barkley, played by Barbara Stanwyck in the original. Stanwyck starred as the matriarch of a San Joaquin Valley ranching family in the 1870's.

Daniel Adams ("The Lightkeepers") penned the screenplay and will direct while Kate Edelman Johnson, daughter of the show's creator Louis F. Edelman, will produce. Filming kicks off in May in Michigan and New Mexico.
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Susan Sarandon Takes a Look at The Big Valley

Susan Sarandon might reprise the role from the ABC show that was made famous by Barbara Stanwyck According to The Hollywood Reporter, Susan Sarandon is circling the role of Victoria Barkley in the big-screen version of The Big Valley.

Kate Edelman Johnson is producing this feature version of the TV show that was created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Big Valley ran on ABC from 1965-69. It starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley.

Sarandon would take on the role originated by Stanwyck.

Daniel Adams (The Lightkeepers) has penned the feature screenplay and will also direct.

The plan is for The Big Valley to start shooting in May for principal photography in Michigan and New Mexico.

"I am so thrilled to be filming this project, not only to honor my father and Miss
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'Big Valley' Feature Film Could Star Susan Sarandon

With CBS Films working on a feature film version of Gunsmoke, it seems Hollywood has classic '60s TV Westerns squarely in its crosshairs.

The latest Western that's headed for the big screen is The Big Valley, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 1965-69 series that starred Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors and Linda Evans.

According to the trade, Susan Sarandon is in talks to play the role of Victoria Barkley, the character originated by Stanwyck in the ABC television series.

Stanwyck's Victoria Barkley was the matriarch of a ranching family in California's San Joaquin Valley during the 1870s. Together with her three sons — one of whom was illegitimate — and her daughter, Victoria Barkley ran the ranch, assisted those in need, and often found herself embroiled in controversy of one kind or another.

Guest stars on the series included Charles Bronson, Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Dennis Hopper,
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Sarandon Might Enter “The Big Valley”

Susan Sarandon is in talks to become the matriarch of the Barkley clan. Kate Edelman Johnson is producing a feature film version of “The Big Valley,” based on the TV show created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. Sarandon would take on the part of Victoria Barkley, originated by Stanwyck. Edelman Johnson’s producing partner, Daniel Adams has written the feature screenplay and will direct. Johnson and Adams’ Panther Entertainment will produce.

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Susan Sarandon eyeing 'Big Valley'

Susan Sarandon eyeing 'Big Valley'
Susan Sarandon is in talks to become the matriarch of the Barkley clan.

Kate Edelman Johnson is producing a feature film version of "The Big Valley," based on the TV show created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley.

Sarandon would take on the part of Victoria Barkley, originated by Stanwyck.

Edelman Johnson's producing partner, Daniel Adams ("The Lightkeepers"), has written the feature screenplay and will direct. Johnson and Adams' Panther Entertainment will produce, with a May start date planned for principal photography in Michigan and New Mexico.

"I am so thrilled to be filming this project, not only to honor my father and Miss Stanwyck but to bring a great woman's part to the screen as head of this historical family saga,
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'Big Valley' to make big screen roots

.The Big Valley. is headed to a much bigger screen.According to Variety, the 1960s television Western that starred Barbara Stanwyck is being adapted into an independent feature by Kate Edelman Johnson and Daniel Adams through their Panther Entertainment banner.Adams will direct the film from his own script, whose storyline was developed with series creators Louis F. Edelman and A.I. Bezzerides. Plot borrows elements from the show.s pilot and several episodes.Roles have not yet been cast.In the show, Stanwyck played the widowed matriarch of the wealthy Barkley family living in 19th-century Stockton, Calif.The series, which ran from 1964-69 on ABC, also starred Richard Long, Peter Breck and Charles Briles, and launched the careers of Linda Evans and Lee Majors.Pre-production on .The
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'Big Valley' film rolls out

'Big Valley' film rolls out
Kate Edelman Johnson is planning a return to "The Big Valley."

The producer is spinning a feature film out of the 1960s TV show co-created by her father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Western series, which ran on ABC from 1965-69, starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching clan in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley. Lee Majors, Richard Long and Linda Evans were among the regulars.

Daniel Adams ("The Golden Boys") has written the screenplay and will direct. Johnson and Adams' Panther Entertainment will produce, with an April start date planned for principal photography in Michigan and New Mexico.

Brian and Ethan Gilmore of Capitoline Global Finance, Anthony Gudas of Tax Credit Finance and Scot Butcher are financing.

Edelman produced such films as "White Heat" (1949) and "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942) as well as such TV series as "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" and "The Danny Thomas Show.
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