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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Richard Thorpe-right, Johnny Weismuller-left

You really should know who RICHARD THORPE (1896-1991) is! Diverse in his topics, this director worked with the likes of Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger.

The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) Poster

A fine place to start is by viewing: The Prisoner of Zenda (1952). With the above named Granger, talk about your classic case of mistaken identity.

See that and pay attention to the following four films.

Ivanhoe (1952) Striving for action, he brought out the best in Robert Taylor and Liz Taylor.
The Knights of the Round Table (1953) Again with Taylor, plenty of action, but not as good as Ivanhoe. I'm just a sucker for the Arthurian tales.
The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) Not one of the better ones in the series, but still entertaining.
The Black Hand (1950) A good turn of the century Mafia flick, with Gene Kelly.

*Contributed by: "Tim Smith" Date: Feb 17 2002 / 15:21:50

Portrait displays Johnny Weismuller (standing, left) and Richard Thorpe (seated, right)