Go West, Young Man
Go West, Young Man is a 1936 American comedy film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Mae West, Warren William, Randolph Scott. Released by Paramount Pictures and based on the play Personal Appearance by Lawrence Riley, the film is about a movie star who gets stranded out in the country and trifles with a young man's affections; the phrase "Go West, Young Man" is attributed to New York Tribune founder Horace Greeley, misattributed to Indiana journalist John B. L. Soule, but the latest research shows it to be a paraphrase. Mavis Arden, is a movie star, she makes plans to meet him at her next tour stop but her Rolls Royce breaks down and she is left stranded in the middle of a rural town. Her manager arranges, she set her eyes on the young mechanic, fixing her car, Bud Norton, played by Randolph Scott. West sings the Arthur Johnston/John Burke song, I Was Saying to the Moon as she is trying to seduce Scott. Mae West as Mavis Arden Warren William as Morgan Randolph Scott as Bud Norton Alice Brady as Mrs. Struthers Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Kate Barnaby Lyle Talbot as Francis X. Harrigan Isabel Jewell as Gladys Margaret Perry as Joyce Struthers Etienne Girardot as Prof. Herbert Rigby Maynard Holmes as Clyde John Indrisano as Chauffeur Alyce Ardell as Jeanette Nick Stewart as Nicodemus Charles Irwin as Master of Ceremonies Walter Walker as Andy Kelton Raquel Torres Rico's girlfriend The New York Times wrote that the film had "lost little" from the play and called the supporting cast "uniformly excellent."
Variety wrote that "Miss West, in her own way, is excellent" though her persona "tires a bit and no longer is quite the novelty it once was." "Excellent Mae West vehicle filled with laughs", reported Film Daily. Motion Picture Daily wrote that "the film is farce comedy and, while noticeably different from previous West features, it does not fail to deliver all, expected." "The play was tough. "We mustn't, of course allow anything to curb Mae West, so it is with relief that we find her in this film no more shy than before." Go West, Young Man on IMDb
Eugenie Besserer was an American actress who starred in silent films and features of the early sound motion-picture era, beginning in 1910. Born in Watertown, New York to French Canadian parents, she was taken by her parents to Ottawa, Ontario, as a girl, spent her childhood there, she was left an orphan and escaped from her guardians at the age of 12. She arrived at Grand Central Station with only 25 cents in her pocket, she managed to locate a former governess, with the assistance of a street car conductor, who helped Eugenie locate an uncle, with whom she lived. She continued her education there. Besserer's initial theatrical experience came with McKee Rankin when the producer had Nance O'Neill as a star. Soon, she appeared with stage luminaries such as Wilton Lackaye; as a youth, she played a juvenile part with Maurice Barrymore. She performed a season at Pike's Opera House in Oregon. Another season, Eugenie acted in a drama opposite Henry Kolker; the illness of her sister brought her to the West Coast, she came to Hollywood in 1910 when films were just starting to be made.
In motion pictures, Eugenie was cast in mother roles, most famously as the mother of Al Jolson's character in The Jazz Singer. Eugenie became associated with the Selig Polyscope Company. A significant part for the actress was her role as Aunt Ray Innis in The Circular Staircase, based on the novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart, she shared a home with her husband, Albert W. Hegger, an art dealer, from the time she came to Los Angeles, they lived in a hilltop home above Silver Lake. They had Amorita. Eugenie Besserer died in 1934, aged 65, from a heart attack at her home. A funeral mass was held at St. Theresa's Church, with a rosary service at Edwards Brothers Colonial Mortuary, Venice Boulevard, in Los Angeles, she is buried in East Los Angeles. To the Last Man as Granny Spelvin Six Hours to Live in undetermined role Scarface as citizens committee member Du Barry, Woman of Passion as Rosalie/prison matron In Gay Madrid as Doña Generosa A Royal Romance as Mother Seven Faces as Madame Vallon Mister Antonio as Mrs. Jorny Illusion as Mrs. Jacob Schmittlap Fast Company as Mrs. Kane Speedway as Mrs. MacDonald Whispering Winds as Jim's mother Madame X as Rose, Floriot's servant Thunderbolt as Mrs. Morgan The Bridge of San Luis Rey as a nun Mister Antonio as Mrs. Jorny A Lady of Chance as Mrs.'Ma' Crandall Lilac Time as Madame Berthelot Yellow Lily as Archduchess Two Lovers as Madame Van Rycke Drums of Love as Duchess de Alvia The Jazz Singer as Sara Rabinowitz Slightly Used as Aunt Lydia Captain Salvation as Mrs. Buxom When a Man Loves as the landlady The Night of Love as gypsy Wandering Girls as Peggy's mother Flesh and the Devil as Leo's mother The Fire Brigade as Mrs. O'Neil The Millionaire Policeman as Mrs. Gray Winning the Futurity as Mary Allen Kiki as landlady The Skyrocket as wardrobe mistress Bright Lights as Patsy's mother Wandering Footsteps as Elizabeth Stuyvesant Whitney The Circle as Lady Catherine "Kitty" Cheney The Coast of Folly as nanny Confessions of a Queen as Elanora Friendly Enemies A Fool and His Money as Mother The Price She Paid as Mrs. Elton Gower Bread as Mrs. Sturgis Enemies of Children Anna Christie as Marthy The Rendezvous as Nini Her Reputation as Madame Cervanez The Lonely Road as Martha True The Strangers' Banquet as Mrs. McPherson June Madness as Mrs. Whitmore The Hands of Nara as Mrs. Claveloux Kindred of the Dust as Mrs. McKaye Penrod The Rosary as Widow Kathleen Wilson The Light in the Clearing Molly O' as Antonia Bacigalupi The Sin of Martha Queed as Alicia Queed Good Women as Mrs. Emmeline Shelby The Breaking Point as Mrs. Janeway What Happened to Rosa as Madame O'Donnelly The Scoffer as Boorman's wife 45 Minutes from Broadway as Mrs. David Dean Seeds of Vengeance as Judith Cree Fickle Women as Mrs. Price The Brand of Lopez as Señora Castillo For the Soul of Rafael as Dona Luisa The Gift Supreme as Martha Vinton The Fighting Shepherdess as Jezebel The Greatest Question as Mrs. Hilton Scarlet Days as Rosie Nell Turning the Tables as Mrs. Feverill Ravished Armenia The Sea Flower as Kealani The Road Through the Dark as Aunt Julie The Eyes of Julia Deep as Mrs. Lowe A Hoosier Romance as the squire's wife The Still Alarm in undetermined role The City of Purple Dreams Little Orphant Annie as Mrs. Goode Who Shall Take My Life? as Mrs. Munroe The Curse of Eve as the Mother The Witness for the State Her Salvation Little Lost Sister as Mrs. Welcome The Crisis as Mrs. Brice Beware of Strangers as Mary DeLacy In After Years The Garden of Allah as Lady Rens Twisted Trails as Martha, the housekeeper The Temptation of Adam The Woman Who Did Not Care A Social Deception The Grinning Skull Thou Shalt Not Covet as my wife The Devil-in-Chief I'm Glad My Boy Grew Up to Be a Soldier as Mrs. Warrington Just as I Am The Bridge of Time The Circular Staircase as Aunt Ray The Rosary as Widow Kelly Ingratitude of Liz Taylor The Carpet from Bagdad
Esther Ralston was an American film actress, popular in the silent era. Ralston was born Esther Worth in Bar Harbor, one of five siblings, she was the older sister of actor Howard Ralston, who appeared in nine films between 1920-24. She began her career as a child actress in a family vaudeville act, billed as "The Ralston Family with Baby Esther, America's Youngest Juliet". From this, she appeared in a few small silent film roles including a role alongside her brother in the 1920 film adaptation of Huckleberry Finn. Ralston gained attention as Mrs. Darling in the 1924 film version of Peter Pan. In the late 1920s she appeared in many films for Paramount, at one point earning as much as $8000 a week, garnering much popularity in Britain, she appeared in comedies portraying spirited society girls, but received good reviews for her forays into dramatic roles. Despite making a successful transition to sound, she was relegated to supporting roles by the mid-1930s, her last leading role was in To the Last Man in 1933, directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Randolph Scott.
Ralston chose to retire from films. She continued working on the stage and in radio throughout the 1940s, including being the leading lady for part of the run of Woman of CourageShe returned to the screen in the early 1950s with guest roles on television series including Kraft Television Theatre and Tales of Tomorrow. In 1962, she had a leading role in the short-lived daytime drama, Our Five Daughters, her final onscreen role. In 1985, Ralston released Some Day We'll Laugh. First marriage On December 25, 1925, Ralston married her manager, the actor George Webb Frey in Manhattan, New York, he was credited in films as George Webb. They had a daughter, Mary Esther, who, at birth was known as the "$100,000 Baby" because her mother turned down a substantial film contract while pregnant. George and Esther divorced in 1934. George filed for bankruptcy in Los Angeles in March 1934. Second marriage On June 16, 1935, Ralston married actor Will Morgan a former New York stage actor and singer, they divorced in 1938.
Morgan led the saxophone section for eight years for Fred Waring. Third marriage On August 6, 1939, Ralston married radio announcer and columnist Ted Lloyd in Greenwich, Connecticut. Music publisher Jack Robbins was Lloyd's best man; the couple had two children and Ted, Jr.. Ted and Esther divorced in 1954. Before marrying Ralston, Lloyd had worked for a trade magazine, Radio News. In 1942, Lloyd became director of radio for 20th Century Fox. In 1946, with Hal Horne and Armand Deutsch, Lloyd formed Ted Lloyd, Inc. to manage personalities and to produce radio programs. He produced several radio dramas, including My True Story for the NBC Red Network, Adventures of the Abbotts on NBC Red Network, Whispering Streets for CBS Radio, Escape for CBS-TV. On January 14, 1994, Ralston died of a heart attack at age 91 in her home in California; the family held services January 1994, in Ventura, the day of the Northridge earthquake. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Esther Ralston had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6664 Hollywood Boulevard.
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Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film studio based in Hollywood, a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world, the second oldest in the United States, the sole member of the "Big Five" film studios still located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood. In 1916, film producer Adolph Zukor put 22 actors and actresses under contract and honored each with a star on the logo. In 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first major Hollywood studio to distribute all of its films in digital form only; the company's headquarters and studios are located at 5555 Melrose Avenue, California, United States. Paramount Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America. Paramount is the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world after the French studios Gaumont Film Company and Pathé, followed by the Nordisk Film company, Universal Studios, it is the last major film studio still headquartered in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles.
Paramount Pictures dates its existence from the 1912 founding date of the Famous Players Film Company. Hungarian-born founder Adolph Zukor, an early investor in nickelodeons, saw that movies appealed to working-class immigrants. With partners Daniel Frohman and Charles Frohman he planned to offer feature-length films that would appeal to the middle class by featuring the leading theatrical players of the time. By mid-1913, Famous Players had completed five films, Zukor was on his way to success, its first film was Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth. That same year, another aspiring producer, Jesse L. Lasky, opened his Lasky Feature Play Company with money borrowed from his brother-in-law, Samuel Goldfish known as Samuel Goldwyn; the Lasky company hired as their first employee a stage director with no film experience, Cecil B. DeMille, who would find a suitable site in Hollywood, near Los Angeles, for his first feature film, The Squaw Man. Starting in 1914, both Lasky and Famous Players released their films through a start-up company, Paramount Pictures Corporation, organized early that year by a Utah theatre owner, W. W. Hodkinson, who had bought and merged several smaller firms.
Hodkinson and actor, producer Hobart Bosworth had started production of a series of Jack London movies. Paramount was the first successful nationwide distributor. Famous Players and Lasky were owned while Paramount was a corporation. In 1916, Zukor maneuvered a three-way merger of his Famous Players, the Lasky Company, Paramount. Zukor and Lasky bought Hodkinson out of Paramount, merged the three companies into one; the new company Lasky and Zukor founded, Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, grew with Lasky and his partners Goldwyn and DeMille running the production side, Hiram Abrams in charge of distribution, Zukor making great plans. With only the exhibitor-owned First National as a rival, Famous Players-Lasky and its "Paramount Pictures" soon dominated the business; because Zukor believed in stars, he signed and developed many of the leading early stars, including Mary Pickford, Marguerite Clark, Pauline Frederick, Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Wallace Reid. With so many important players, Paramount was able to introduce "block booking", which meant that an exhibitor who wanted a particular star's films had to buy a year's worth of other Paramount productions.
It was this system that gave Paramount a leading position in the 1920s and 1930s, but which led the government to pursue it on antitrust grounds for more than twenty years. The driving force behind Paramount's rise was Zukor. Through the teens and twenties, he built the Publix Theatres Corporation, a chain of nearly 2,000 screens, ran two production studios, became an early investor in radio, taking a 50% interest in the new Columbia Broadcasting System in 1928. In 1926, Zukor hired independent producer B. P. Schulberg, an unerring eye for new talent, to run the new West Coast operations, they purchased the Robert Brunton Studios, a 26-acre facility at 5451 Marathon Street for US$1 million. In 1927, Famous Players-Lasky took the name Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation. Three years because of the importance of the Publix Theatres, it became Paramount Publix Corporation. In 1928, Paramount began releasing Inkwell Imps, animated cartoons produced by Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios in New York City.
The Fleischers, veterans in the animation industry, were among the few animation producers capable of challenging the prominence of Walt Disney. The Paramount newsreel series Paramount News ran from 1927 to 1957. Paramount was one of the first Hollywood studios to release what were known at that time as "talkies", in 1929, released their first musical, Innocents of Paris. Richard A. Whiting and Leo Robin composed the score for the film. By acquiring the successful Balaban & Katz chain in 1926, Zukor gained the services of Barney Balaban, his brother A. J. Balaban, their partner Sam Katz (who would run the Paramount-Publix theatre chain in New York City from the thirty-five-stor
Peter Ibbetson is an American black-and-white drama film released in 1935 and directed by Henry Hathaway. The picture is based on a novel of the same name by George du Maurier, first published in 1891. In 1917, du Maurier's story was adapted into a successful Broadway play starring John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Constance Collier and Laura Hope Crews; the story had been filmed in 1921, as a silent film called Forever, directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring the popular Wallace Reid. In the years that followed, a Ford Theater television Peter Ibbetson starring Richard Greene, a Campbell Playhouse radio Peter Ibbetson directed by and starring Orson Welles were produced; this tale of a love that transcends all obstacles relates the story of two young lovers who are separated in childhood and drawn together by destiny years later. Though they are separated in real life because Peter is unjustly convicted of murder, they discover they can dream themselves into each other's consciousness while asleep.
In this way, they live out their life together. The transitions between reality and fantasy are captured by the cinematography of Charles Lang, as discussed in the documentary Visions of Light. Gogo is a young boy of English extraction growing up in Paris, he is friendly with Mimsey. After his mother dies, Gogo is taken to England by his uncle who gives him an English name based on his mother's maiden name, transforming Gogo into Peter Ibbetson. "So ended the first chapter in the strange foreshadowed life of Peter Ibbetson." Now an adult Englishman, Ibbetson is an architect working in Yorkshire on a restoration job for the Duke of Towers. A peer of the realm, he falls in love with Mary, Duchess of Towers, she with him, although she is married. When the duke discovers this, he callously demands they explain themselves. Peter realizes that Mary is his childhood sweetheart. All these years, Mary has kept, in the dresser beside her bed, the dress she wore at their last childhood meeting; the Duke pulls a gun on Ibbetson.
Ibbetson manages to kill the Duke in self-defense. "So Death ended the second chapter. And in a prison on the bleak English moors..." Ibbetson is unjustly convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison, despairs that he will never see Mary again. However, the lovers are reunited in one. Peter can leave prison to join Mary in sunlit meadows, but only in his slumbers. "...and so, many years went by." Though the years pass and Mary remain youthful in their dreams. Mary dies of old age, but she goes to her usual dream rendezvous one last time and speaks to Peter from beyond. Peter joins her there. Gary Cooper as Peter Ibbetson Ann Harding as Mary, Duchess of Towers John Halliday as The Duke of Towers Ida Lupino as Agnes Douglass Dumbrille as Colonel Forsythe Virginia Weidler as Mimsey Dickie Moore as Gogo Doris Lloyd as Mrs. Dorian Gilbert Emery as Wilkins Donald Meek as Mr. Slade Christian Rub as Major Duquesnois Elsa Buchanan as Madame Pasquier Marguerite Namara as Madame Ginghi Leonid Kinskey as Quarrelsome Prisoner The film was well received by film critics, including Andre Sennwald, in The New York Times, who liked Henry Hathaway's adaptation of the novel on film, his direction, the acting.
He wrote: "Mr. Hathaway bridges the spiritual gulfs between Lives of a Bengal Lancer...and the fragile dream world of du Maurier's sentimental classic with astonishing success. With his directness and his hearty masculine qualities, he skillfully escapes all the lush pitfalls of the plot and gives it a tenderness, always gallant instead of soft; the photoplay, though it scarcely is a dramatic thunderbolt, possesses a luminous beauty and a sensitive charm that make it attractive and moving. Under Mr. Hathaway's management Miss Ann Harding, losing prestige gives her finest performance, while Gary Cooper fits into the picture with unexpected success." The fact that the American Gary Cooper was playing an Englishman without an English accent did not seem to bother critics. Nominations Academy Awards: Oscar; the film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – Nominated An opera, Peter Ibbetson with music by Deems Taylor from a libretto by Constance Collier and Deems Taylor, based on the same 1891 novel by George du Maurier.
It was performed at the Metropolitan Opera 55 times from 1931 to 1935. Orson Welles's The Campbell Playhouse program performed a one-hour radio adaptation, broadcast on CBS on September 10, 1939; the musical Dream True, by Ricky Ian Gordon and Tina Landau, is a loose adaptation of the novel, reset in the United States from the 1940s through the 1980s, with a gay subtext. It played at the Vineyard Theatre in New York in 1999; the cast was led by Jeff McCarthy, Daniel Jenkins, Judy Kuhn. The 1947 movie The Guilt of Janet Ames, starring Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas, makes reference to Peter Ibbetson and utilizes the concept of projecting in the plot. Peter Ibbetson at American Movie Classics Peter Ibbetson on IMDb Peter Ibbetson at AllMovie
To the Last Man (1923 film)
To the Last Man is a 1923 American silent western drama film based on a novel by Zane Grey, produced by Famous Players-Lasky, distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Victor Fleming. It stars Richard Dix, Lois Wilson, Noah Beery. Richard Dix as Jean Isbel Lois Wilson as Ellen Jorth Noah Beery as Colter Robert Edeson as Gaston Isbel Frank Campeau as Blue Fred Huntley as Lee Jorth Ed Brady as Daggs Eugene Pallette as Simm Bruce Guy Oliver as Bill Winifred Greenwood as Mrs. Guy Tom London as Leonard Clapham A print is held in the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow; the picture was remade in 1933 under the direction of Henry Hathaway starring Randolph Scott, Esther Ralston, Noah Beery repeating his role, Buster Crabbe, an unbilled Shirley Temple. To the Last Man on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie
Heritage of the Desert (1932 film)
Heritage of the Desert is a 1932 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Randolph Scott and Sally Blane. Filmed on location in Red Rock Canyon State Park in California, Heritage of the Desert provided Randolph Scott with his first starring role. Released by Paramount Pictures, the film is a remake of Paramount's successful silent version from 1924 which utilised early two-strip technicolor. One of hundreds of Paramount films made between 1929 and 1949, tied up in legal limbo by Universal which controls them. Based on the novel Heritage of the Desert by Zane Grey, the film is about a rancher whose spread includes the only way out of the valley where an outlaw is hiding a huge herd of stolen cattle; when the outlaw decides to challenge the rancher's claim to the land, the rancher stays one step ahead of him and hires a surveyor to remap and confirm the property lines. Randolph Scott as Jack Hare Sally Blane as Judy J. Farrell MacDonald as Adam Naab David Landau as Judson "Judd" Holderness Gordon Westcott as Snap Naab Guinn'Big Boy' Williams as Lefty Vince Barnett as Windy Heritage of the Desert on IMDb Heritage of the Desert at the TCM Movie Database Heritage of the Desert at AllMovie