Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014

Focusing on Kay's "glory years" at Warner Bros. for this update!

One photo added to Living on Velvet (1935)
One for The Goose and the Gander (1935)
Two photos and a herald for I Found Stella Parish (1935)
Three photos and a glass slide for Give Me Your Heart (1936)
Two photos and one poster for Another Dawn (1937)
Two photos for Confession (1937)
Two photos and a glass slide for First Lady (1937)


I added three entries for the Books page:

Hollywood's Great Love Teams, by James Robert Parish
The RKO Story, by Richard B. Jewel & Vernon Harbin
The United Artists Story, by Ronald Bergan

I'm not the best at predicting the future, but I have a strong feeling that the next update is going to be solely devoted to The White Angel... I can't predict the future, but I'm just saying it's looking like a good possibility.

Michael

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014:

Just a bit more from 1932:

A photo of Kay "concentrating" in Man Wanted.
A herald for Jewel Robbery (shown on left).
Original poster negative for One Way Passage.
A lobby card for Cynara featuring the film's alternate title, I Was Faithful.

Enjoy,
Michael

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014:

Remembering Mary Kennedy, a former coworker of mine who passed away this past week at the full age of 89 years old. I have come to realize she is the last person I will ever know who clearly could remember when my movie favorites were actively making their films. She clearly remembered all of the 1930's greats, including Kay Francis. I used to bring her in my copies of old movie magazines and she would light up and read the issue cover to cover. She was so genuinely appreciative that a kid (I was 17-22 when I worked at the same job as her) had so much respect for her generations film work. We daily spoke about the showings on TCM. I didn't get to see her in the 2 years since I left that job, but I'll remember her for the rest of my life, since these movies have been such a part of mine for a long time.

She was so pleased to know there are people like me keeping her favorites alive.

I added over 10 Tobacco Cards.

For the film pages:

A photo of Kay from Street of Women (1932)
A photo for Jewel Robbery (1932)
Two photos, including one on the set with Ernst Lubitsch and Herbert Marshall for Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Three photos and a herald for Mandalay (1934)
A photo of Kay on the phone from Doctor Monica (1934)

Enjoy,
Michael

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014

Cycling back to Kay's early Hollywood years for this update (1929-1932, her Paramount years). Hopefully I'll be able to keep up a successful chronological update this time!

I added two pictures to the Portraits page of Kay from 1929 and 1930.
Added a photo of Kay and the cast of Dangerous Curves (1929)
Added a photo of Kay and Kay Johnson from Passion Flower (1930)
Added a photo of Kay and Clive Brook from Scandal Sheet (1931)
Added a photo of Kay from Guilty Hands (1931)
Added another picture of Kay with Joel McCrea from Girls About Town (1931)
Added a shot of her in a black gown from Trouble in Paradise (1932)

There are 6 new Magazine Covers which have been added:

Film Pictorial (1938 & 1939)
Motion Picture (1930)
Picture Show (1932 & 1938)
Romantic Movie (1935)

Two interesting stories:

1. In the photo on the above left, that is a Kay with Kay Johnson from Passion Flower. The two had a brief fling before Francis made it to Hollywood, and Johnson confessed to Francis that she was the true love of her life.

2. Yesterday I was having a conversation via text messaging with my friend, Cathy. I was discussing my senior year of college with her (about to graduate this May with a BS in Environmental Sustainability) and mentioned to her that I was "only interested in updating my Kay Francis site" these days, after all the math and science courses. (After 41 credits in 2014 alone, and working 25 hours a week, my brain is basically fried.) She writes "Kay Francis, huh? That's funny because Jesse (her husband) and I just watched Trouble in Paradise the other week." She had no idea that I ran this website, and said this was the first link on Google that came up when she searched for KF. I was so surprised, but then I remembered: I hardly EVER discuss KF or this site in person. At school it's all environmental science talk. At work it's only talk about the hospital or animals (I work in an animal hospital). So in the 6 or 7 years I've known Cathy, worked side by side with her at my former job, or even at her wedding last June, this never came up.

Very interesting how that happened.

Michael

Friday, November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014

Added a bunch of different things to the site.

First of all, I'm revamping the biography, and began by updating the page "One-Way Passage to Stardom". I didn't just add new photos, but I reworded some of the writing that didn't make sense to me, and I also sourced information that needed it. Please acknowledge the way I cited the sources at the bottom of that page. I plan on using that format to just make the writing a tad more credible for other fans/researchers.

For the Kay Francis clippings, I added a 1933 clipping of Kay with a very striking photograph of her. A 1934 clipping with a photograph of her from Mandalay. A 1935 clipping highlighting her success in films. A 1937 clipping of her "authorized life story." And a brief article published after her death.

I added four magazine covers:

1932 Film Weekly
1935 Modern Screen
1938 Philadelphia Inquirer
Photoplay Fashions (Year unknown, shown on the left.)

For the BOOKS page, I added an entry for Charles Winecoff's Anthony Perkins: Split Image bio. I also added some photos to some of the books on the page to make it a little more reader-friendly instead of just endless text.

I also updated the Chronology a bit on the website, I noticed the date entries were in a light text, not easy to read with this background.

On the new Box Office page I added numbers for Transgression, Little Men, Play-Girl, Charley's Aunt, and Four Jills in a Jeep.

Best wishes,
Michael

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014:

I'm beginning the most ambitious project for this site: gathering the financial data for the films Kay Francis made. I have already begun the page here:

Box Office Information

Look for it on the navigation on the right. I will be adding more numbers as I accumulate them, many thanks to the individuals who have helped me so far.

I am truly grateful, especially to Ned Comstock at USC.

Michael

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014:

Added several photos. Two for the year 1941 on the portraits page. One photo I added is the one on the left. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this photo has come about. It's obviously during her post-Warners years and clearly is an extravagant shot. I haven't been able to decide where it's from. Perhaps a movie that was never made? If you know, please email me.

For her freelance years I added photos to the following film pages:


One to It's a Date (1940)
Six screenshots to Little Men (1940)
One to Charley's Aunt (1941)
One to The Feminine Touch (1941)
One for Divorce (1945)

Enjoy,
Michael

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