Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014:

First of all I redesigned the site a bit, I hope you all approve.

I added a bunch of fun things to the page for In Name Only. This includes two photos, a German program, a Danish program, a glass slide, and a sheet for the 1939-1940 RKO pressbook with the original title of the film still written on it.

And speaking of In Name Only, it's playing on TCM in December, so I updated the Television page with the viewings of Kay's movies for November and December.

Enjoy,

Michael

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014:

I know I'm cycling out of the chronological order that I normally follow for updates, but after my chem exam last night I got home to find my DVD copy of Behind the Make-Up in the mail. Since I have never seen this movie before, I HAD to watch it and review it after studying so hard all week.

So for Behind the Make-Up I not only added a review, but also added background information about the making of the movie, and also 14 screenshots from the DVD copy I received. The film was very dark and interesting. But the only major flaw it had was the lack of musical score. Aside from the stage scenes, there's no music for the film, just talky dialogue and static from the early sound film microphones.

In continuing with this part of Kay's career I added:

Two photos to For the Defense (1930)
A photo and two advertisements for Passion Flower (1930)
A photo of Kay, Lilyan Tashman, and the silhouette of a wine glass for Girls About Town (1931)


Also, I found a shot of Kay, George Bancroft, and a man who I think is Ernst Lubitsch but I'm not too sure. I know Kay and George are costumed the way they are in the "Impulses" sketch in Paramount on Parade (1930), so I added it there. And speaking of Parade, since it is such a rare, interesting film I think I'm going to add more photos as I find them from that movie, even if they do not feature Kay Francis.

Here's another one of the 14 screenshots from Behind the Make-Up:


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014:

BIG NEWS! The Universal Vault Series has released For the Defense (1930) on DVD. It appears this happened back in July and I didn't get a chance to notice because I was in the middle of summer math hell (8 credits of college math, including statistics and trigonometry).

This is HUGE news because this is the first of Kay's films made when she was a contract player at Paramount to make it to home video!

I'll post the normal updates on Friday, I have a chem exam to study for.

Click here for the TCM Shop page for the film.

Michael

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014:


Added a glass slide for Jewel Robbery (1932)
Added three photos for One Way Passage (1932)
Added a glass slide for The Keyhole (1933)
Added two photos for The House on 56th Street, and the film poster seen on the left.
Added a photo for Mandalay (1934)
Added a photo and a program for British Agent (1934)

Enjoy,
Michael

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014:

For the Halloween season, five creepy clown shots from Behind the Make-Up (1930). This is one of 12 movies Kay Francis made I haven't yet seen. She made a total of 68 movies, I've seen 82% of her film work. This is the one I most want to see. It isn't available on DVD or shown on TV. From what I read it is a very well directed drama about vaudeville. It stars Hal Skelly, William Powell (Thin Man), Fay Wray (King Kong), and Kay. It was the first of seven movies Kay and Bill Powell made, and she plays a dark vamp who's behavior ultimately forces him to kill himself.


For the other pages:

One photo for Scandal Sheet (1931)
One for Strangers in Love (1932)
Two for Man Wanted (1932)
Four for Street of Women (1932)

Man Wanted was on TCM two days ago. I didn't get the opportunity to see it. Remember to check out the DVDs page for films of Kay's which are available for your own personal collection.

Michael

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014:

I added seventeen portraits to the Portraits page. The newer portraits have been placed first under the year they were approximately taken. This just makes it easier for everyone to know what's new and what's not. I follow this same way of updating for everything.

I added two for 1929, two for 1930, three for 1934, four for 1935, one for 1937, three for 1938, one for 1948 and one for 1949.

Hope you have a great week,

Michael

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014:

The real focus on today's update would be Between Us Girls, for which I not only added a background article on the film's production, but also added FIVE movie posters, a lobby card, the entire movie program, and two photos from the film. So today Between Us was the main priority.

In keeping with a chronological order, I also added:

A movie poster, glass slide, and lobby card to Little Men (1940)
A movie poster for Play Girl (1941), which titled the film Debutantes, Inc.
A photo of Kay for The Man Who Lost Himself (1941).

I have a lot of work to do to many of the film pages on this site, since I found a tool that removes the unsightly watermarks and because I just want them a little more organized as I collect more and more images from the internet.

Michael

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 05, 2014

October 05, 2014:

Today it's all about Kay's lesser films from Warner Bros!

To the film pages:

Three lobby cards, three film photos, and a glass slide for My Bill.
Two photos for Comet Over Broadway.
Five lobby cards and a film photo for Women in the Wind.

Added a cover to the Magazines page for the 1938 Warner Bros. Song Folio. And added a clipping to 1933 for Kay, billing her as a top Warner Bros. star.

I know that Kay's post-1937 Warner Bros. films are not her most critically acclaimed films by any means, but they are some of her most popular among her biggest fans. I know Robert Osborne has expressed his weakness for Comet Over Broadway, but I really like Women in the Wind.


Best,
Michael

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 4, 2014

October 04, 2014:

Focusing on Kay's biggest years for this post. I normally try to go in chronological order but I when I find stuff I want to get up I just post it because I find it fascinating.

I found a software that removes unsightly watermarks so I've been going about fixing the pictures I have saved on my computer that have been branded by online auctioneers, who do not own these photos by the way.

First, I added three covers to the Magazines page: Film Weekly, Il Mio Libro Favorito, and a 1936 cover from Picture Play.

For the film pages I have added:

Three photos for Stranded, and a Spanish film poster
Three photos to Give Me Your Heart
One photo, one print ad, and one movie poster for Stolen Holiday
Four photos to Confession
One print ad for Secrets of an Actress
Two photos for In Name Only

I added information behind the productions of Illusion and The Marriage Playground.

Email me with YOUR thoughts about Kay and her work. I'm always eager to hear what others think.

Best,

Michael

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014:

Today it's all about British Agent. I added an article I wrote this morning regarding the production of the movie. I added three photos, one English movie poster, FIVE foreign ads, and a centerfold from the October, 1934 edition of Photoplay with wonderful pictures and notes about the film (from my own personal collection).

I have to get around to reviewing the film, and a few others. In time, in time.


Michael

Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014:

Christmas has come early for the Kay Francis fans who follow this website!


I found so many photos, lobby cards, and movie posters from Kay's Paramount years (1929-1932), even more than I previously mentioned a few updates ago.


To the film pages I added:

One photo for Gentlemen of the Press (1929)
One movie poster for Dangerous Curves (1929)
Two movie posters for Illusion (1929)
Two photos for The Marriage Playground (1929)
Two lobby cards, a Swedish poster, and a film photo for Behind the Make-Up (1930)
One poster for Let's Go Native (1930)
One lobby card and one photo for Virtuous Sin (1930)
One photo and a poster for Ladies' Man (1931)
One photo and one movie poster for 24 Hours (1931)
One photo for Girls About Town (1931)
One photo for The False Madonna (1931)
One foreign poster for Strangers in Love (1932)

I was so excited to get all these photographs up here for you all to see. So many of the films Kay made for Paramount have been basically forgotten about, which is unfortunate. I think The Marriage Playground (1929) is on YouTube, though.

ALSO!

Added an entire page for Ads, Articles & Clippings from magazines so be sure to check it out!

Enjoy,

Michael

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014

September 25, 2014:

Hello, all!

Today it's all about Kay's stage career since I found a couple of interesting photographs from her later theater days. I added a photo of Kay and Ralph Bellamy from "State of the Union" and also added a photograph (seen at left) of Kay from "Let Us Be Gay."

There was also a playbill added for "State of the Union."

It's very unfortunate that (A) Kay's Paramount movies are so rarely seen and are not available on DVD formats like the Warner Archive collection. (B) It's very unfortunate that her television work is all lost, and I have yet to find a photograph in the 5+ years I have been working on this site to go on that page.

In terms of Kay's stage career I feel that the movie that probably gives us the best idea about what she was like on the stage was probably First Lady (1937). For me the film's dead. I just don't see any light in it, and I felt it was directed very badly and nobody really stands out except for Teasdale. But that gives me the best example of what she probably was like to view in person performing.

It's a shame but I can see why First Lady (and actually Confession, too) ended Kay's really top-notch days in Hollywood. And for Tovarich, I mean, how many people outside the classic movie world have actually heard of that anyway?

It's all just very understandable from today's point.

Good day,

Michael

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 20, 2014

September 20, 2014:

Some big news: I finally got a page together for Portraits of Kay Francis. These photos are just publicity photos of Kay made throughout her career. I'm currently working on another photo page for candid photos of Kay, while also adjusting the galleries on the film pages to make the pictures a little more organized like they are on the new page I created tonight.

I added several movie advertisements to the following film pages (and also adjusted the photo galleries to the best of my ability):



Man Wanted (1932)
One Way Passage (1932)
British Agent (1934)
Stolen Holiday (1937)
Another Dawn (1937)
When the Daltons Rhode (1940)
Allotment Wives (1945)
Wife Wanted (1946)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014:

Added three photos:

One to The Goose and the Gander.
Two for I Found Stella Parish.

Updated the TCM schedule for Kay Francis (includes October and November showings).

Added an entry on the Books page for a paragraph regarding Kay's work with Busby Berkeley from "Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley" by Jeffery Spivak.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 14, 2014

September 14, 2014

I added a book entry for Irene Mason's "Kay Francis: Everything You Need to Know." Please see the Books page for more info.

Today it's all about Kay's work at Paramount! Added a total of 8 photos to the following pages:

One to Dangerous Curves
One to Illusion
One to Let's Go Native
Two to Virtuous Sin
One to Scandal Sheet
One to Vice Squad
One to False Madonna

I believe I have a DVD copy of The Virtuous Sin but I don't think I have ever seen it. I have to poke around in the 'vault' to see for sure. If I do I should review it since it seems to be one of Kay's more known Paramount movies. There are always posters and photos from the film lingering around. I try to steer away from using watermarked photos (I have many lovely pictures saved to my computer with them) but I don't know how to remove them exactly.

I have to contact my friend Lisa. She's good with Photoshop.

I missed the TCM airing for For the Defense on Friday, but I hope some of you were able to see it!

Good-day,

Michael