Edna May Oliver remembered in David Copperfield (1935) and Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Today is the birthday of my favorite 1930’s scene stealing actress, Edna May Oliver, who as Aunt Betsey in director George Cukor’s David Copperfield (1935) firmly stood up to all the Dickensian bullies in defense of her nephew David (Freddie Bartholomew) and as the outspoken kindly Mohawk valley widow Mrs. Mc Klennar befriending newlyweds Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert in John Ford’s Drums Along the Mohawk (1939).

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Burt Lancaster directed by Robert Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, Louis Malle

Remembering on 11/2/16 what would have been his 103th birthday-Great directors brought screen great Burt Lancaster to the ocean: Robert Siodmak directs Burt as the master of Caribbean in The Crimson Pirate (1952); Fred Zinnemann brings Burt to a juicy rendezvous with Deborah Kerr at the shores of the Pacific in From Here to Eternity; and in Atlantic City (1980) Louis Malle directs Burt as a supposedly aging “has been” Atlantic shore front gangster who reminiscing about his past says: “you should’ve seen the Atlantic ocean in those days….”

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Brief Encounter (1945)- David Lean directs Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard

On TCM 11/12/16 on TCM and shown at the 2016 TCMFF –Brief Encounter (1945) -Master Director David Lean captures the sparks of an unexpected romantic rendezvous at a railway station between married strangers Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. I love the seemingly routine railway station refreshment room scene at the beginning where the couple run into a talkative acquaintance of Celia who monopolizes the conversation – but catch the repeat of this same scene later in the action after we learn about the couple’s inner misery and the significance of this moment which certainly was not routine!

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