Shining Victory is a 1941 film based on the play, Jupiter Laughs, by A. J. Cronin, it stars James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp, Barbara O'Neil, it was the first film directed by Irving Rapper. Bette Davis makes a brief cameo appearance as a nurse in the film. A brilliant research psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Venner, is driven out of Budapest by another researcher who has taken false credit for Venner's work. After going to London, Dr. Venner is offered a job in a Scottish sanitarium where he can continue his research on dementia praecox, a disease from which his father had suffered. Mary Murray, a young, pretty doctor, becomes his laboratory assistant, they fall in love, though she has plans to go to China to engage in medical missionary work in a year's time. Paul convinces her to remain with him, the two become betrothed. A fire breaks out in the lab and Mary tragically dies in an effort to salvage Paul's valuable records; the distressed doctor turns down several posts at prestigious universities in order to realize Mary's dream of helping the sick in China.
The working title of the film was Winged Victory, but this was changed after it was learned that Moss Hart was writing a play with that title. Hart's Winged Victory was filmed in 1944. List of American films of 1941 Shining Victory at Turner Classic Movies TCM article Shining Victory on IMDb
United Artists Corporation doing business as United Artists Digital Studios, is an American film and television entertainment studio. Founded in 1919 by D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, the studio was premised on allowing actors to control their own interests, rather than being dependent upon commercial studios. UA was bought and restructured over the ensuing century; the current United Artists company exists as a successor to the original. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the studio in 1981 for a reported $350 million. On September 22, 2014, MGM acquired a controlling interest in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's entertainment companies One Three Media and Lightworkers Media merged them to revive United Artists' TV production unit as United Artists Media Group. However, on December 14 of the following year, MGM wholly acquired UAMG and folded it into MGM Television. UA was revived yet again in 2018 as United Artists Digital Studios. Mirror, the joint distribution venture between MGM and Annapurna Pictures was renamed as United Artists Releasing in early February 2019 just in time for UA's 100th anniversary.
Pickford, Chaplin and Griffith incorporated UA as a joint venture on February 5, 1919. Each held a 25 percent stake in the preferred shares and a 20 percent stake in the common shares of the joint venture, with the remaining 20 percent of common shares held by lawyer and advisor William Gibbs McAdoo; the idea for the venture originated with Fairbanks, Chaplin and cowboy star William S. Hart a year earlier. Hollywood veterans, the four stars talked of forming their own company to better control their own work, they were spurred on by established Hollywood producers and distributors who were tightening their control over actor salaries and creative decisions, a process that evolved into the studio system. With the addition of Griffith, planning began; when he heard about their scheme, Richard A. Rowland, head of Metro Pictures said, "The inmates are taking over the asylum." The four partners, with advice from McAdoo, formed their distribution company. Hiram Abrams was its first managing director, the company established its headquarters at 729 Seventh Avenue in New York City.
The original terms called for each star to produce five pictures a year. By the time the company was operational in 1921, feature films were becoming more expensive and polished, running times had settled at around ninety minutes; the original goal was thus abandoned. UA's first film, His Majesty, the American, written by and starring Fairbanks, was a success. Funding for movies was limited. Without selling stock to the public like other studios, all United had for finance was weekly prepayment installments from theater owners for upcoming movies; as a result, production was slow, the company distributed an average of only five films a year in its first five years. By 1924, Griffith had dropped out, the company was facing a crisis. Veteran producer Joseph Schenck was hired as president, he had produced pictures for a decade, brought commitments for films starring his wife, Norma Talmadge, his sister-in-law, Constance Talmadge, his brother-in-law, Buster Keaton. Contracts were signed with independent producers, including Samuel Goldwyn, Howard Hughes.
In 1933, Schenck organized a new company with Darryl F. Zanuck, called Twentieth Century Pictures, which soon provided four pictures a year, forming half of UA's schedule. Schenck formed a separate partnership with Pickford and Chaplin to buy and build theaters under the United Artists name, they began international operations, first in Canada, in Mexico. By the end of the 1930s, United Artists was represented in over 40 countries; when he was denied an ownership share in 1935, Schenck resigned. He set up 20th Century Pictures' merger with Fox Film Corporation to form 20th Century Fox. Al Lichtman succeeded Schenck as company president. Other independent producers distributed through United Artists in the 1930s including Walt Disney Productions, Alexander Korda, Hal Roach, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger; as the years passed, the dynamics of the business changed, these "producing partners" drifted away. Samuel Goldwyn Productions and Disney went to Wanger to Universal Pictures. In the late 1930s, UA turned a profit.
Goldwyn was providing most of the output for distribution. He sued United several times for disputed compensation leading him to leave. MGM's 1939 hit Gone with the Wind was supposed to be a UA release except that Selznick wanted Clark Gable, under contract to MGM, to play Rhett Butler; that year, Fairbanks died. UA became embroiled in lawsuits with Selznick over his distribution of some films through RKO. Selznick considered UA's operation sloppy, left to start his own distribution arm. In the 1940s, United Artists was losing money because of poorly received pictures. Cinema attendance continued to decline; the company sold its Mexican releasing division to Crédito Cinematográfico Mexicano, a local company. In 1941, Chaplin, Orson Welles, Selznick, Alexander Korda, Wanger—many of whom were members of United Artists--formed the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers. Members included Hunt Stromberg, William Cagney, Sol L
Companionate Marriage was a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring Betty Bronson, released by First National Pictures; the film is now considered lost. The film was a collaboration between the company of Asher Small Sam Sax, it was banned by the New York State Censor. Betty Bronson – Sally Williams Alec B. Francis – Judge Meredith William Welsh – Mr. Williams Edward Martindel – James Moore Sarah Padden – Mrs. Williams Hedda Hopper – Mrs. Moore Richard Walling – Donald Moore Arthur Rankin – Tommy Van Cleve June Nash – Ruth Moore Companionate Marriage on IMDb Companionate Marriage at AllMovie
Palooka is a 1934 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Benjamin Stoloff starring Jimmy Durante and based on the comic strip by Ham Fisher. The movie was adapted by Jack Jevne, Arthur Kober, Gertrude Purcell, Murray Roth and Ben Ryan from the comic strip; the film is known as The Great Schnozzle in the United Kingdom. Joe Palooka is a naive young man whose father Pete was a champion boxer, but his lifestyle caused Joe's mother Mayme to leave him and to take young Joe to the country to raise him, but when a shady boxing manager discovers Joe's natural boxing talent, Joe decides to follow him to the big city, where he becomes a champion and begins to follow his father's path of debauchery, much of it including the glamorous cabaret singer and fortune hunter Nina Madero. The film stars William Cagney, the younger brother of actor James Cagney in the role of the adversary prize fighter to Knobby, his mother comes to the city to look after things... Jimmy Durante as Knobby Walsh / Junior Lupe Vélez as Nina Madero Stuart Erwin as Joe Palooka Marjorie Rambeau as Mayme Palooka Robert Armstrong as Pete'Goodtime' Palooka Mary Carlisle as Anne Thelma Todd as Trixie Gus Arnheim as Orchestra Bandleader Franklyn Ardell as Doc Wise Tom Dugan as Whitey, Joe's Trainer Louise Beavers as Crystal – Mayme's Housekeeper Fred'Snowflake' Toones as Smokey William Cagney, brother of James Cagney as Al McSwatt Rolfe Sedan as Alphonse The film was the second movie Edward Small made under an agreement with United Artists.
Small bought the rights to the song "Inka Dinka Doo" for the movie. "The Band Played On" Lupe Vélez - "Like Me a Little Bit Less" Jimmy Durante - "Inka Dinka Doo" Jimmy Durante - "M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World To Me" "Count Your Blessings" "Palooka, It's a Grand Old Name" Palooka on IMDb Palooka is available for free download at the Internet Archive
The Sporting Lover
The Sporting Lover is a 1926 American sports romance film directed by Alan Hale and starring Conway Tearle, Barbara Bedford and Ward Crane. It was based on the British play Good Luck by Ian Hay. During the First World War an American officer and a British aristocrat fall in love but are separated. After the war he returns to find her engaged to another man; the issue is settled by a bet on The Derby horse race. Conway Tearle as Captain Terrance Connaughton Barbara Bedford as Lady Gwendolyn Ward Crane as Captain Sir Phillip Barton Arthur Rankin as Algernon Cravens Charles McHugh as Paddy O'Brien – Connaughton's Servant Johnny Fox as Aloysius Patrick O'Brien – Paddy's Son Bodil Rosing as Nora O'Brien George Ovey as Jockey The Sporting Lover on IMDb The Sporting Lover at TCMDB
The Corn Is Green (1945 film)
The Corn Is Green is a 1945 drama film starring Bette Davis as a schoolteacher determined to bring education to a Welsh coal mining town, despite great opposition. It was adapted from the play of the same name by Emlyn Williams starring Ethel Barrymore. John Dall and Joan Lorring were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. In 1979 the play was adapted once again for a made-for-TV movie, The Corn Is Green, starring Katharine Hepburn. Lily Cristobel Moffatt sets up a school in a Welsh coal mining town, despite the determined opposition of the local squire, she considers giving up. She discovers a promising student, Morgan Evans, a miner destined for a life of hard work and heavy drink. With renewed hope, she works hard to help him realise his potential. Through diligence and perseverance, Morgan gets the opportunity to take an examination for Oxford University with a prized scholarship. Moffatt, the rest of the teachers, their students are hopeful Morgan will pass the Oxford interview, so he does.
However, Bessie Watty, a young woman who has given birth to Morgan's child, blackmails Moffatt for money to help raise the baby. The scheming young woman has designs on another male suitor. Moffatt agrees to adopt the child so that Morgan's academic future will not be ruined and Watty will be free to marry another man, unfettered by her responsibility to the child. Morgan hears about Watty's scandalous, self-serving motives, insists upon raising the child himself. Through a heartfelt and persuasive conversation, Moffatt convinces the young man to continue his higher education and contribute something to the world. Bette Davis as Lily Cristobel Moffatt; the character was supposed to be in her 50s. To help her look the part, the thirty-six-year-old Davis wore a gray wig and a "fat suit" that added 30 pounds. Nigel Bruce as the Squire John Dall as Morgan Evans. Richard Waring was cast for the part, but was drafted for World War II. Rhys Williams as Mr. Jones Rosalind Ivan as Mrs. Watty Mildred Dunnock as Miss Ronberry Arthur Shields as Glyn Thomas Gwyneth Hughes as Sarah Pugh Thomas Louden as Old Tom Joan Lorring as Bessie Watty According to Warner Bros records the film earned $2,202,000 domestically and $1,447,000 foreign.
The Corn Is Green at the TCM Movie Database The Corn Is Green on IMDb The Corn Is Green at AllMovie