A Farewell to Arms (1932 film)
A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 American pre-Code romance drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. Based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Benjamin Glazer, the film is about a romantic love affair between an American ambulance driver and an English nurse in Italy during World War I. The film received Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound, in 1960, the film entered the public domain due to the failure of the last claimant, United Artists, to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication. The original Broadway play starred Glenn Anders and Elissa Landi, on the Italian front during World War I, Frederic Henry, an American serving as an ambulance driver in the Italian Army, delivers some wounded soldiers to a hospital. There he meets his friend, Italian Major Rinaldi, a doctor and they go out carousing, but are interrupted by a bombing raid. Frederic and English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley take shelter in the same place, the somewhat drunk Frederic makes a poor first impression.
Rinaldi persuades Frederic to go on a romantic date with him. However, Rinaldi becomes annoyed when Frederic prefers Catherine, the woman the major had chosen for himself, away by themselves, Frederic learns that she was engaged to a soldier who was killed in battle. In the darkness, he seduces her, over her half-hearted resistance. At Rinaldis suggestion, Catherine is transferred to Milan, when Frederick is wounded by artillery, he finds himself in the hospital where Catherine now works. They continue their affair until he is sent back to the war, Frederics letters to her are sent to the hospital which she has abandoned. After a time, Frederic cannot stand being away from Catherine any longer and he deserts his post and heads out in search of her. Returning first to the hospital in Milan, he attempts to convince the reluctant Ferguson to reveal Catherines whereabouts to him, displaying animosity toward Frederic, all she reveals finally is that Catherine has left and is pregnant with Frederics child.
Rinaldi visits him at the hotel where he is hiding, upon hearing of Catherines pregnancy, out of remorse for having interfered with their correspondence and he rows across a lake to her. Meanwhile, Catherine is delighted when she is told she has received some mail. She is taken to the hospital, where her child is delivered stillborn and she herself is in grave danger. Frederic arrives, and just as an armistice between Italy and Austria-Hungary is announced, Catherine tragically dies, with him at her side. The film account skips too quickly from one episode to another, Gary Cooper gives an earnest and splendid portrayal Helen Hayes is admirable as Catherine
Peter Paul Fix was an American film and television character actor, best known for his work in Westerns. Fix appeared in more than a hundred movies and dozens of shows over a 56-year career spanning from 1925 to 1981. Fix was best known for portraying Marshal Micah Torrance, opposite Chuck Connorss character in The Rifleman from 1958-1963, Fix appeared with Chuck Connors in the 1966 western film Ride Beyond Vengeance. Paul Fix was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York, to Wilhelm Fix, a brewmaster, and the former Louise C. Walz, though sources say he was born Paul Fix Morrison His mother and father were German immigrants who had left their Black Forest home. A veteran of the United States Navy during World War I, by the 1920s, he had moved to Hollywood, and performed in the first of almost 350 movie and television appearances. In the 1930s, he became friends with John Wayne and he was Waynes acting coach and eventually appeared as a featured player in about 27 of Waynes films. Fix worked in films such as Lucky Star and Ladies Love Brutes.
Fix appeared as Richard Bravo in the 1950s cult classic, The Bad Seed, The Sea Chase playing Heinz the cook, though Fix is best-remembered for his recurring role as Marshal Micah Torrance on ABCs The Rifleman, he worked in many other series in guest-starring roles. Ron Hayes, Charles Fredericks, and Stuart Randall appeared in this episode, seven months later, Byrnes was cast in the new 77 Sunset Strip ABC/WB production. On Christmas Day,1958, Fix appeared in the episode Medal for Valor on CBSs Dick Powells Zane Grey Theater. Manning, who won a Medal of Honor, returns three years in the United States Army with an affidavit certifying that he was a military substitute so that he can claim western land. Rufus Stewart reneges on the promise because the son, the sheriff, is running for the United States House of Representatives. Oddly, Rufus ends up being shot to death in a confrontation that he caused, the episode does not reveal if the sheriff was elected to Congress but considers the political liability of one having hired a substitute in the war.
Fix played the role of U. S. President Zachary Taylor in the 1960 episode That Taylor Affair of the NBC western series, Riverboat. Arlene Dahl was cast in this episode as Lucy Belle, in 1961, Fix appeared as Ramsey Collins in the series finale, Around the Dark Corner, of the NBC crime drama Dante. That same year he played Dr. Abel in the episode The Haven on The DuPont Show with June Allyson, other television credits included Adventures of Superman and the adventure series, Northwest Passage. Fix played Dr. Mark Piper, Leonard McCoys predecessor in the pilot episode of Star Trek
Fifi DOrsay was a Canadian-born actress. Fifi dOrsay was born Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier in Montreal, as a young typist filled with the desire to become an actress, she went to New York City. There, she found work in the Greenwich Village Follies after an audition in which she sang the song Yes and we Have No Bananas in French. In a burst of creativity, she told the director she was from Paris, France. The shows impressed director hired her, billing her as Mademoiselle Fifi, while working in the show, she became involved with Ed Gallagher, a veteran actor who joined her in putting together a vaudeville act. Gallagher was half of the successful Broadway comedy team of Gallagher and Shean, after touring in vaudeville, she headed west to Hollywood. There, she adopted the surname DOrsay and began a career in movies, while never a superstar, she worked hard at her craft, headlining with the likes of Bing Crosby and Buster Crabbe. She was a contestant in the February 23,1956 television edition of Groucho Marxs You Bet Your Life, at the age of sixty-seven, she returned to the stage in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Follies.
Fifi DOrsay died from cancer on December 2,1983 at the age of seventy-nine at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills and she was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Saturday night she went to San Pedro and boarded the Dutch steamship Drechtdyk to bid some friends adieu, the steamship sailed at 9 oclock, and some time later, when she went to the deck, she saw the ocean where the gangplank had been. The next stop is Cristobal, Canal Zone, February 4 and they Had to See Paris Women Everywhere Hot for Paris Those Three French Girls On the Level Women of All Nations The Stolen Jools Young as You Feel Mr
For the 19th-century New York politician, see James F. Pierce. James Hubert Pierce was the actor to portray Tarzan on film. He appeared in films from 1924 to 1951, Pierce was born in Freedom, Indiana. He was an All-American center on the Indiana Hoosiers football team, following his graduation in 1921, he coached high school football in Arizona, and began acting in his spare time. After he was cast in the 1923 production of The Deerslayer, he remained in California, pierces life changed when he attended a party given by Edgar Rice Burroughs and his daughter Joan. Burroughs, the creator and author of the Tarzan books, immediately wanted Pierce to star in the next Tarzan movie, Pierce gave up a role in the film Wings to accept the Tarzan role. His part in Wings was given to a newcomer named Gary Cooper, the silent Tarzan film Burroughs talked him into accepting was released in 1927 by RKO Radio Pictures, and entitled Tarzan and the Golden Lion. Pierce wed Joan Burroughs on August 8,1928, his 28th birthday, from 1932 to 1936, James and Joan Pierce were the voices of Tarzan and Jane on national radio in Tarzan.
They remained married until Joans death in 1972, both are buried in Shelbyville and their tombstones bear the inscriptions Tarzan and Jane. They had a daughter Joanne II Anselmo née Pierce and a son James Michael Pierce, Pierce is remembered for playing Prince Thun of the lion men in the 1936 movie serial Flash Gordon. He acted in roles in several films, mostly westerns, through 1951. He was a pilot, active during World War II with the National Airmens Reserve. For many years, near the end of his life, Pierce attempted, to no avail, to find a print of Tarzan and the Golden Lion, after his death, a copy was found in a foreign archive. Leatherstocking Her Man James Pierce at Find a Grave James Pierce at the Internet Movie Database
Lucile Browne was an American film actress. She starred opposite John Wayne in the 1935 films Texas Terror, while filming The Airmail Mystery in 1932, Browne met her future husband, actor James Flavin. They married soon after and stayed together for more than 40 years until his death April 23,1976, devastated over his death, Browne died seventeen days on May 10. She had one son, William James Flavin, a professor
7th Heaven (1927 film)
7th Heaven is a 1927 American silent romantic drama directed by Frank Borzage, and starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. The film is based upon the 1922 play Seventh Heaven, by Austin Strong and was adapted for the screen by Benjamin Glazer, 7th Heaven was initially released as a standard silent film. On September 10,1927, Fox Film Corporation re-released the film with a synchronized Movietone soundtrack with a musical score, upon its release, 7th Heaven was a critical and commercial success and helped to establish Fox Film Corporation as a major studio. It was one of the first of three films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 1st Academy Awards held on May 16,1929, Janet Gaynor won the first Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. Director Frank Borzage won the first Academy Award for Best Directing while screenwriter Benjamin Glazer won the first Academy Award for Best Writing. In 1995, 7th Heaven was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being culturally, when the play was adapted for the screen, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell were cast in the lead roles.
The pairing proved to be so popular, the two went on to star in 11 more films together and were dubbed Americas Favorite Lovebirds, 7th Heaven features the song Diane by Ernö Rapée and Lew Pollack, who wrote the song specifically for the film. The song is included on the version of the film. 7th Heaven initially premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles replacing another Fox melodrama What Price Glory. which had been playing since November 1926, a second opening was held at the Sam H. Harris Theatre in New York City on May 25. Both openings earned a total of $14,500, a series of Movietone shorts featuring Ben Bernie and his Orchestra, Gertrude Lawrence, Raquel Meller, and Charles Chic Sale preceded the film. Upon its release, 7th Heaven was a critical and commercial success, the critic praised Borzages direction, stating that the director has given it all that he could put through the medium of the camera. The film went on to play for 19 weeks in New York City, the re-release version premiered at New York Citys Roxy Theatre on September 10,1927.
By 1932, 7th Heaven had become the 13th-highest-grossing American silent, a comparatively unknown 1937 remake of the film was produced as a sound feature, starring Simone Simon, James Stewart, Jean Hersholt, and Gregory Ratoff, with Henry King directing. Unlike the 1927 version, the remake was not as financially successful. On October 17,1938, a adaptation of 7th Heaven aired on the Lux Radio Theatre, starring Don Ameche as Chico. A television adaptation was aired on October 26,1953, on the anthology series Broadway Television Theatre, the episode stars Hurd Hatfield and Geraldine Brooks and was directed by Robert St. Aubrey. On May 26,1955, a musical version of the film opened at the ANTA Theatre starring Gloria DeHaven. It closed on July 2,1955, after 44 performances, on December 9,2008, 7th Heaven was included in the Murnau and Fox DVD box set released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Cecilia Parker was a Canadian-born American film actress. Parker was born in Fort William and she was brought to southern California as a child by her mother, Mrs. Naudy Anna Parker. Her father was an English soldier, Parker graduated from the Convent of the Immaculate Heart in Hollywood in June 1931. At the time she resided with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Parker, at 546 North Fuller Street in Los Angeles, Parker was selected from among a group of extras to attend the Fox Film studio training school for younger players. Soon she was selected to play opposite George OBrien in The Rainbow Trail, the Rainbow Trail, written by Zane Grey, was the novelists sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage. Parker starred with Tom Tyler and Carmelita Geraghty in a 1932-1933 movie serial produced by Universal Pictures entitled The Jungle Mystery, in July 1933, she was chosen to play the heroine in the Ken Maynard western, The Trail Drive. That same year, she was John Waynes leading lady in the first singing cowboy movie, after playing the sister of Greta Garbo in 1934s The Painted Veil, Parker signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The studio wanted a blonde who resembled Garbo as a young girl and her new contract called for a starting salary of $75 a week and scales up to $1000 a week for the seventh year. In November 1935, Parker purchased a new home in Beverly Hills, the following year she joined the ballet school of Dave Gould at MGM, along with Maureen OSullivan. By the fall of 1936, Parker was studying singing and she played Marian Hardy in the extremely popular Andy Hardy movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She was in the original Hardy film, A Family Affair, in 1937, mickey Rooney played the main character in the series, supported by such Hollywood pros as Lewis Stone, Ann Rutherford, and Fay Holden. The movies were directed by George one take Seitz, out West with the Hardys features the entire Hardy family on a western trek to a large ranch. Youre Only Young Once was the entry which revolved around Parkers romance with a lifeguard on Catalina Island. Parkers character, appeared in most of the movies, all was apparently forgiven, though, as she made five more pictures at MGM before she retired in 1942.
Though she and the character she played were absent from the last two Andy Hardy films of the 1940s, Parker came out of retirement to play Marian Hardy in one more movie, in 1958. Andy Hardy Comes Home was an attempt to revive and update the series, Parker returned to the real estate business that she and her husband operated in Ventura and she acted only very rarely afterward. Parkers sister, was an actress who appeared in a number of uncredited roles in the early 1930s, both sisters once tested for the same part in David Copperfield. Parker was a friend of actress Anne Shirley