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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Contributing Editor: SARAH BERRY

Janet Gaynor
CONTRIBUTIONS: 2 Performers: Robert Donat, Ray Milland;
1 Behind the Scenes Operator: Don't Know...King Vidor?

E-MAIL CONTACT: SparkoHeaps@aol.com

BIRTHDAY: September 2, 1980

LOCATION: Kansas, U.S.A.


INTERESTS: Classic films of course, esp. films from the 1920s and 30s. I like all sorts of music, jazz, country, rock, pop. I don't like R&B or rap. I collect vintage cigarette cards featuring old movie stars, I have a pretty good collection. If I won the lottery I'd have even more cause they are pricey. ;-) I love to read, I have many many books. I love autobiographies on classic actors/actresses. I just have a lot of interests. I love history period. Antiques. Everything! ha ha!

MOVIE MEMORABILIA: Cigarette cards, sheet music, books and films. I would like to start writing some of the older actors/actresses that are still with us to get some autographs for my collection. That would be very special. :)

FAVORITE MOVIES: SO MANY! I couldn't possibly list 'em all but here are some off the top of my head...SILENT: The Crowd (1928), The Flesh and the Devil (1927), The Big Parade (1925), The Kiss (1929), Ben-Hur (1926), The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927), The Wind (1928), Show People (1928), My Best Girl (1927), Stella Maris (1918), Tol'able David (1930), The Marriage Circle (1924), The Affairs of Anatol (1921), The Cameraman (1928) and other "Buster Keaton" films, The Crowd (1928)"Charlie Chaplin" films, and "Harold Lloyd" films. I love silent comedies! :) TALKIES: The Divorcee (1930), A Free Soul (1931), Private Lives (1931), Smilin' Through (1932), Strange Interlude (1932), Marie Antoinette (1938), Idiot's Delight (1939), The Women (1939), The Big House (1930), The Bat Whispers (1930), Red-Headed Woman (1932), The Gay Bride (1934), Society Doctor (1935), Public Hero #1 (1935), Flight from Glory (1937), Five Came Back (1939), Hide-Out (1934), Forsaking All Others (1934), Piccadilly Jim (1936), Night Must Fall (1937), Three Loves Has Nancy (1938), Trouble for Two (1936), Royal Family of Broadway (1930), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932), The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), Design for Living (1933), Death Takes a Holiday (1934), We Live Again (1934), Les Miserables (1935), The Dark Angel (1935), Anna Karenina (1935), Mary of Scotland (1936), Anthony Adverse (1936), A Star is Born (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), The Buccaneer (1938), Trade Winds (1938), Today We Live (1933), Bombshell (1933), Dancing Lady (1933), Sadie McKee (1934), The Girl from Missouri (1934), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Dangerous (1935), Suzy (1936), The Bride Wore Red (1937), Three Comrades (1938), Fast and Furious (1939), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The "Boston Blackie" series, The "Dr. Kildare" series ....Gosh, I'm getting tired. I have WAY too many favorites and own way too many movies to go through them all. ;-) Basically I like films from the 20s and 30s like I said. Don't count out the other decades though cause I like many from the 40s and 50s. I just prefer the 30s. It's my favorite decade for films. Most of the performers I like got their start in the 30s.

FAVORITE ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Fredric March, Robert Donat, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Chester Morris, Ray Milland, Robert Montgomery, Ronald Colman, Leslie Howard, Gene Kelly, Joel McCrea, William Powell, John Gilbert, Ramon Novarro, William Holden, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Jeffrey Lynn, Lyle Talbot, James Cagney, Frank McHugh, Walter Abel, Cary Grant, Laurence Olivier, Tyrone Power, Don Ameche, Robert Taylor, Warner Baxter, Paul Henreid, Brian Aherne, Phillips Holmes, James Murray, Louis Jourdan, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Laurence Harvey, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Richard Barthelmess, Reginald Denny, The Marx Bros., Robert Young, Alan Ladd, Janet Gaynor, Norma Shearer, Irene Dunne, Miriam Hopkins, Carole Lombard, Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Myrna Loy, Ann Dvorak, Marian Marsh, Claudette Colbert, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland ....

TESTIMONY: They are called classic movies for a good reason. They are classic! I could watch them all day and never get bored. The stories are more interesting and they are told without the smut and bad language that most of today's movie directors think is essential! So you don't have to worry about watching them with your whole family, and mother is never offended. ;-) I can't really explain it, when I was young I used to hate old movies and would never watch them. Then one day I saw a movie called Doorway to Hell starring Lew Ayres and James Cagney and it started from there, I was hooked. Lew Ayres was my first classic actor crush and he wasn't even alive! Ha ha! Pathetic isn't it? ;-) I don't think so! I adored him and just kept watching oldies and the more I watched the more I liked and it's become sort of an obsession now. Takes up most of my time and I love it. Pretty soon I'll have SO many old movies I won't have room in my room to move around. ;-)TCM is the best, I don't know what I'd do without my TCM!

*Contributed by: "Sarah Berry" Date: Thurs, May 16 2002 / 11:40:43 PST

This contributor is represented by a photo of Janet Gaynor.

Movie stills displayed: The Crowd (1928), Marie Antoinette (1938), A Star is Born (1937)

Updated: Fri, May 17, 2002