Posts Tagged ‘Victor McLaglen’

The Informer production photo, 1935

September 7, 2010

John Ford directing Victor McLaglen

If Charlie Parker…

20 Actors (encore)

June 4, 2009


Not one to leave well enough alone, and long after the train has left the station, I’ve assembled 20 more worthies for your consideration.

Lee Marvin, Ricardo Montalban, Adrien Brody, Victor McLaglen, Alain Delon, Anthony Hopkins, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, John Cassavetes, Maurice Chevalier, Michael Caine, Desi Arnaz, Basil Rathbone, Sean Connery, Harold Lloyd, Clark Gable, Gene Kelly, John Barrymore, Roscoe Arbuckle,  Gerard Depardieu.

While we’re at it may I draw your attention to:

Glenn Kenny’s great post on 10 influential film books. Love the inclusion of The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film (a masterpiece compilation of left-field movies), plus many others that now need to be tracked down by me.

Give Me The Good Old Days, a film blog by Louie with many incredible scans of unseen vintage photos of movies and actors both celebrated and unjustly obscure. (El Brendel? Who knew?) (Thanks where thanks are due: The Victor McLaglen crop above comes from a wealth of McLaglen shots there.)

(related posts: 20 Actors, 20 (more) Actors, 20 Actors (coda), 20 Actresses, 20 (more) Actresses, 20 Actresses (grand finale))

20 Shots: Murder At The Vanities (1934)

April 21, 2009


Glenn Kenny has already weighed in on the sublime strangeness that is Murder At The Vanities (part of Universal’s new Pre-Code Hollywood Collection). For me it reinforces the powerful attraction of even middling movies from this period. Despite its sometimes ham-handed acting (Carl Brisson, leading man?), a few terrible songs, and paint-by-numbers murder mystery plot, the film got under my skin. It’s overloaded with sleek deco imagery, the dialog is often pointed and funny, and tough guy mugs Victor McLagen and Jack Oakie prove to be great foils. I also have a soft spot for backstage stories and this one has a lot of enjoyably choreographed bustle. And it has Duke Ellington!