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Music Is Magic (1935)
Starring Alice Faye and Ray Walker

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Bebe Daniels, all of 34, portrays an ageing movie star who refuses to admit she's too old for the ingenue role in an upcoming musical. Alice Faye is a hopeful chorus girl, while Ray Walker is a would-be director. All the young people get their deserved breaks when Daniels gets wise to herself and settles for a character role in the film--and also admits that the young girl (Rosina Lawrence) whom she's been passing off as her sister is really her daughter. Both Alice Faye and Bebe Daniels are given plenty of opportunities to sing and dance, which is as it should be. But Music is Magic falls short of perfection thanks to the doggedly unfunny comic relief of Frank Mitchell and Jack Durant, who may well be the worst team in motion picture history.
Director: George Marshall

Writers: Edward Eliscu (screenplay), Lou Breslow (screenplay), Gladys Unger, Jesse Lasky Jr., Robert Ellis, Houston Branch, Sonya Levien, Henry Johnson, Helen Logan

Stars: Alice Faye, Ray Walker, Bebe Daniels, Mitchell And Durant, Rosina Lawrence, Thomas Beck, Luis Alberni, Hattie McDaniel
Songs include:

Honey Chile
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Alice Faye

Love is Smiling at Me
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung by Alice Faye

Music is Magic
Sung by Alice Faye
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sidney Clare

La Locumba
Sung by Alice Faye
Words and Music by Raul Roulien
English Lyrics by Sidney Clare

California, Here I Come
Words and Music by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva and Joseph Meyer

This movie was Daniels' last American screen appearance.  She had been in more than 225 films since 1910.
Post-Hollywood, she would act in just five English films released from 1936-55. In all of these features but one--The Return of Carol Deane (1938)--she co-starred with her husband and partner on British records, radio and television, Ben Lyon.
Gladys Unger wrote and copyrighted a play in 1930 entitled Private Beach. This film, however, was based on the play of the same name, which she co-wrote with Jesse Lasky, Jr. In a letter dated in 1937, Lasky noted that the the play enjoyed a successful run in California and would have gone to New York if Fox had not brought it to the screen. In his autobiography, Lasky commented that the character of the producer in the play resembled his boss Sol Wurtzel, who, when he saw the play, thought the character was based on Samuel Goldwyn.
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New Additions At Zeus:
Born To Be Bad (1950)

Stars: Mel Ferrer, Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan

One of the most oft-revived of the pre-Technicolor Nicholas Ray efforts, Born to Be Bad offers us the spectacle of Joan Fontaine portraying a character described as "a cross between Lucrezia Borgia and Peg O' My Heart". For the benefit of her wealthy husband Zachary Scott and his family, Fontaine adopts a facade of wide-eyed sweetness. Bored with her hubby, she inaugurates a romance with novelist Robert Ryan. All her carefully crafted calculations come acropper when both men discover that she's a bitch among bitches. She might have gotten away with all her machinations, but the censors said uh-uh. Originally slated for filming in 1946, with Henry Fonda scheduled to play the Robert Ryan part, Born to Bad was cancelled, then resurfaced as Bed as Roses in 1948, this time with Barbara Bel Geddes in the Fontaine role. RKO head Howard Hughes' decision to replace Bel Geddes with the more bankable Fontaine was one of the reasons that producer Dore Schary left RKO in favor of MGM. Based on Anne Parrish's novel All Kneeling, Born to be Bad is so overheated at times that it threatens to lapse into self-parody; though this never happens, the film was the basis for one of TV star Carol Burnett's funniest and most devastating movie takeoffs, Raised to be Rotten.
Born To Dance (1936)

Stars: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce

A never-completed stage musical was the source for the MGM superproduction Born to Dance. The plot is another three-sailors-on-leave affair, with Ted (James Stewart), Mush (Buddy Ebsen) and Gunny (Sid Silvers, who also co-wrote the script) romancing the eminently romanceable Nora (Eleanor Powell), Peppy (Frances Langford) and Jenny (Una Merkel). Nora aspires to become a dancing star, but her career nearly ends before it begins when she inadvertently comes between Broadway luminary Lucy James (Virginia Bruce) and her producer-lover McKay (Alan Dinehart). If anyone watching back in 1936 really cared about the plot, they probably weren't music lovers. The lovely Cole Porter score (his first written directly for the screen) includes "I've Got You Under My Skin", sung by Virginia Bruce to James Stewart, and "Easy to Love", warbled by Stewart to Eleanor Powell. Highlights include Reginald Gardiner's impersonation of a symphony-conducting traffic cop (a routine he'd previously performed on stage) and Eleanor Powell's climactic tap routine on board an art-deco battleship (a sequence later re-deployed for the climax of 1944's I Dood It).
Born To Kill (1947)

Stars: Claire Trevor, Lawrence Tierney, Walter Slezak

Somehow the titles of the films of hardcase actor Lawrence Tierney seemed to be extensions of the man's personality, as witness such films as The Devil Thumbs a Ride and Born to Kill. In the latter picture, Tierney starts the ball rolling by committing a double murder in a jealous pique. Claire Trevordiscovers the bodies, but says nothing to the police; she's leaving town and doesn't want to be impeded. Trevor and Tierney meet and fall in love on the train to San Francisco. Unfortunately, Trevor is married, so Tierney shifts his affections to her sister, Audrey Long (later the wife of director Billy Wilder). He marries Long, though he keeps up his illicit affair with Trevor. When detectives investigating the murders come snooping, they are bought off by Tierney's pal Elisha Cook Jr.--who is then murdered by Tierney, who suspects that Cook is carrying on with Trevor (Cook seldom survived to the end of any of his films). When Tierney finally does face arrest, it's at the instigation of the jealous Trevor, who is shot full of holes for her trouble. Born to Kill was based on James Gunn's novel Deadlier Than the Male.

Born To Sing (1942)

Stars: Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Leo Gorcey

This happy musical chronicles the exploits of a suicidal composer who is desolate after someone swiped his newest musical comedy. He is saved by three young people who join up with the writer's daughter and put on the production. With the help of a pugnacious cab driver, they manage to draw their audience from the composer's rival. Featured in the show is the extravaganza number "Ballad for Americans", which was directed by Busby Berkely. Other songs include "I Hate the Conga", "Alone", "You Are My Lucky Star", and "I Love Ya".
Abie's Irish Rose (1948)

Stars: Joanne Dru, Richard Norris, Michael Chekhov

Abie's Irish Rose, the surprise hit of the 1922-23 Broadway season, was old-fashioned when it was first filmed in 1928, and this 1946 remake, though updated by playwright Anne Nichols, was even more anachronistic. It's the story of what happens when Jewish-American Abie Levy (Richard Norris) marries Irish-Catholic Rosemary Murphy (Joanne Dru, in her film debut). At first, Abie and Rosemary try to hide their ethnic differences from their feuding fathers Solomon Levy (Michael Chekhov) and Patrick Murphy (J. M. Kerrigan). When the truth comes out, the couple attempts to molify their families by going through three wedding ceremonies: Jewish, Catholic and Protestant. But the Cohens and the Murphys are reconciled only when Rosemary has a baby. Produced by Bing Crosby, Abie's Irish Rose was a terrific flop when first released, which may be one of the reasons why director Eddie Sutherland never again worked in Hollywood.

Born Yesterday (1950)

Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford

Garson Kanin's Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in his pocket (the better to lay the groundwork for an illegal cartel), the rude-and-crude Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie will prove an embarrassment. Thus he hires idealistic but impoverished Paul Verrell (William Holden) to pump some intelligence and "class" into Billie. Paul does his job too well; by awakening Billie's social and political consciousness, he turns the girl into Brock's most formidable foe in his efforts to buy influence in DC. Along the way Paul and Billie fall in love.

James Garner

Alfred Adam

Edie Adams
(on falling in love with Ernie Kovacs) Here was this guy with the big moustache, the big cigar, and the silly hat. I thought, "I don't know what this is, but it's for me."

Ernie Adams

Gerald Drayson Adams

Jill Adams

Julie Adams
No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, "Oh, Julie Adams - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)."

Maud Adams
I had never been in a situation of this scale before; it was pretty nerve-wracking. I had never received this kind of attention. I was just completely overwhelmed when they had the first press conference before we'd even started shooting The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). I remember walking in just expecting a few journalists to talk to me but instead it was this giant room crammed full of journalists from around the world. Suddenly I realized just how big the Bond world was. I was pretty intimidated and beleaguered. But Roger Moore had handled this in the past and was pretty cool about it all. He was very sweet and supportive.

Nick Adams
I dreamed all my life of being a movie star. Movies were my life. You had to have an escape when you were raised in a basement. I saw all the James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield pictures. Odds against the world ... that was my meat.

Dawn Addams

Richard Addinsell

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