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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Friday, July 28, 2006


Gloria Swanson

GLORIA SWANSON (1897-1983), born Gloria May Josephine Svensson had a career that spanned 60 years, beginning with Mack Sennett and ending with Airport 1975, a film Sennett could have worked wonders with. In addition to performing, she also produced several films.

Queen Kelly (1929)Haven't you seen Queen Kelly (1929)? Directed by Erich von Stroheim and four others after he was fired, the film was never completed and released, except for a truncated version released in Europe. However in the 1980s the existing footage, combined with stills, was restored and the film released. Swanson's performance is outstanding and one wishes the rest of the film was better.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Sunset Blvd. (1950) Swanson gave an outstanding performance as Norma Desmond, a cracked silent film star. For years she had to put up with people who thought the film was autobiographical.
Male and Female (1919) Cecil B. De Mille directed this adaptation of J. M. Barrie's play The Admirable Crichton. Several upper crusts are shipwrecked on an island and the butler is the only one with the ability to cope with the situation.

Teddy At The Throttle (1917) The real star of this Sennett comedy is Teddy the dog who stands as tall as Gloria. Along for the ride were Swanson, Bobbie Vernon and Wallace Beery. This is the one where Beery ties Gloria to the railroad tracks with chains. Teddy saves the day and Bobbie get the girl, although he doesn't deserve her. What a wuss! Look for this on the DVD set The "Encyclopedia of Slapstick".

Don't Change Your Husband (1919) Before Cecil B. De Mille discovered the epic film he directed a series of sophisticated domestic comedies. This is worth seeing.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Jul 21 2006 / 09:32:33 PST

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Academy Awards®
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1927-1928 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: SADIE THOMPSON
1929-1930 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: THE TRESPASSER
1950 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: SUNSET BLVD.