Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29

"Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it." Don Marquis, born this day in 1878

So, Clara Bow, the girl who had "IT" would have been 105 years old today. She'd had it, I'll bet, by the time her life came to an end, rather sadly & too soon, I seem to remember, by way of a documentary I saw a long time ago.
And, according to Wikipedia, this is the anniversary of the birth of William Powell.Go to this link and you'll see how handsome he was.... If you have nothing better to do today, this hot, steamy day, one of Mr. Turner's channels is showing his films today. Right this minute they're showing Reckless w/ Jean Harlow, another IT girl, beloved by her costar, blue-eyed Wm. P., soon to have his heart busted, so the old gossip goes, when Jean dies young in '37, about a year & a half after that movie came out .... When I was a kid, old black & white movies came on after the local news, at 10:15 P.M. ....watched them on summer nights. Wm. Powell & Myrna Loy in The Thin Man Jeanette Macdonald, Spencer Tracy & Clark Gable in San Francisco. Don Ameche in Swanee River. It was a film about the life of Stephen Foster, who wrote songs & died the hard way. The movie was made in 1939, the magic year. Twenty years later found 8-year-old me, sitting in the dark with my mom, not wanting to start crying in front of her, when poor, handsome Don/Stephen kicked the bucket, too sad, too broke, too drunk, too soon. Sigh....

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