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15 October 2008 @ 03:14 am
Lost Horizon (1937)  
Here are some screencaps from Capra's Lost Horizon. I re-watched this film recently, and I liked it much more the second time around.

Also, someone recently added a video of that lovely kiss between Ronnie and Jane Wyatt to youtube.

mercystreet1986 on October 15th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
just_wait: Oh, Lost Horizon rocks! Juliet Colman said the character of RC in Lost Horizon was the most similar in personality to the real Ronald Colman. I'm sorry if I'm repeating stuff you already know about Ronald Colman. I'm talking to a gal who's in the middle of reading a book on Colman! :) So you must already know a lot about Mr. Colman.
gladys zybiscojust_wait on October 15th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, but I haven't read Juliet's book! Keep telling me what you know, a lot of it is totally new to me. The Sam Frank book that I'm reading has a brief biography, but is really more an annotated chronicle of his career. Very informative (did you know Colman wrote two episodes of The Halls of Ivy? I didn't!), but far more about Colman the actor than Colman the man. Same goes for nearly everything else I've read about him. He was something of an elusive character, I think.

The first time I saw Lost Horizon, I wasn't in love with it. It took me awhile to watch it again, but I love it now. He was so...dreamy in it. Oh, what a fangirl I am!
mercystreet1986 on October 15th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
just_wait: Oh, girl, Ronald Colman as Robert Conway was so dreamy--looking at this beautiful screen captures of yours makes my knees knock. When you mention Colman's writing credits on the Halls of Ivy ... are you talking about the radio or the television version? :)
gladys zybisco: ronnie!just_wait on October 16th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm referring to the radio show. I think most of the TV scripts were modified versions of the radio scripts, and I *think* one of Ronnie's was converted to TV, but I'm not sure.

I haven't been able to find any episodes of the TV version, though I know there are some out there!
mercystreet1986 on October 16th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
just_wait: I wonder if there are any prints of the TV version in existence.

Things I Learned from reading Juliet's bio (bear in mind that I read this biography back in 2006, so my memory is hazy about the details of the book):

1. Ronald Colman's first wife, Thelma Todd was a bitch. She was physically abusive towards Ronnie. How DARE she slap our Ronnie across his face in a room full of people! After she slapped him, he must have been both PISSED and humiliated. But he didn't slap her back or say anything to her; he just kept his cool and exited the room full of people to get away from this crazy bitch. She was prone to fits of jealous anger. One time Thelma burst out of a hotel room on a film location screaming something like, "Oh my god! I killed him!" to startled people in the hallway. The people entered the hotel room to find Ronnie unconscious or at least woozy in the head. The people suspected Thelma might have hit him over the head with an object or pushed him hard enough where he lost his balance and hit himself over the head with furniture. After Ronnie and Thelma got divorced, he was forced to pay her alimony for the rest of her life.

2. One time Ronnie was waiting for one of his movie star friends (think it may have been David Niven or Douglas Fairbanks Jr or William Powell--er, I can't remember) to come and pick Ronnie up at the Colman house. Ronnie saw a car down the hill and walked down, opened the car door casually, and sat right in the seat without looking. Oops! He sat down in the lap of a woman he has never seen before in his life. Oh crap! It was the wrong car! Ronnie was totally embarrassed by his faux pas. The woman looked startled that it was RONALD COLMAN sitting in her lap.

3. Another time Ronnie was at a store (or was it a bank?) counter waiting to pick up his wife Benita from the store (or bank?). He saw a woman who was wearing the same exact outfit as his wife from behind. Naturally, he assumed it was his wife. He goes to pick up her purse like a polite gentleman. Unfortunately it wasn't his wife! The purse owner turned around and looked at this strange man holding her purse and screamed THIEF! He dropped that purse like it was a hot potato and hauled his ass like a scared maniac out of there! He ran into his real wife out on the street.

4. Another time he was at the shoe store. The shoe salesman stepped away to get a pair of proper shoes for Mr. Colman while Colman sat in the chair with his sock exposed. During the wait, people outside the store kept coming up to the window to stare at this dude who looked like the movie star Colman. Of course, this made Ronnie nervous. He began fiddling with a piece of string on his sock out of nervousness. More and more people crowded outside the window to stare at him. This made him more and more uncomfortable so he kept unconsciously pulling at the string from his sock. And yet more people showed up to gawk at him. The shoe salesman returned and exclaimed in surprise something like, "Mr. Colman! You have a huge hole in your sock at the bottom of your feet!"

5. Ida Lupino had a HUGE crush on Ronnie Colman when she was a little girl. He was her childhood idol. As an adult, her wish came true and she got to work opposite Ronald Colman in the flesh. Unfortunately, she kept flubbing her lines in front of Ronnie because she was so nervous to be in front of her ultimate childhood movie star crush. The director became impatient with Ida. But Ronnie pulled her aside and gently calmed her nerves.
gladys zybisco: ronnie!just_wait on October 16th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
I know at least some of the episodes still exist. I found this DVD set, which includes (at least) one episode of Ivy on Amazon awhile ago, but I can't really spare ~$40 to see one half hour of television, even if Ronnie is involved. I've looked elsewhere, but Amazon is the only place that seems to carry it.

Thanks for the anecdotes. Most of them are totally new to me. Mistaking a stranger for his wife, how embarrassing! :-) Ronnie's first wife's name was Thelma Raye, not Thelma Todd (Todd was the wonderful blonde actress who met an unfortunate, early, and mysterious death through carbon monoxide poisoning). Raye must have been a very unstable person to treat him the way she did. Apparently she was quite jealous of him professionally. I actually happened across this page about Thelma the other night. I had seen the second picture before, but not the first. It seems the whole experience with Thelma made Ronnie a bit weary of marriage and relationships for quite some time afterward.

Edited at 2008-10-16 05:49 am (UTC)
mercystreet1986 on October 16th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
just wait: Oh yeah! Duh! My brain said "Thelma Raye" but my fingers said, "Screw you brain! Thelma TODD!" Oh yes, I read about Thelma Todd in some Hollywood book. Sad.

WTF? No one should have to pay ~$40 to see one DVD?! Pfft! I love you, Ronnie--but DAMN! I ain't paying that!

You're right about Ronnie feeling apprehensive about marriage after his divorce from Raye. But I found it odd that he asked Mary Astor to marry him--this was before Benita of course. You may have read R. Dixon Smith's "Ronald Colman, Gentleman of the Cinema" book that had Mary Astor's direct quote which said she rejected Ronald Colman's proposal of marriage. Whoa, I didn't even know they dated.
gladys zybiscojust_wait on October 16th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read about the proposal to Mary Astor. Seems a bit strange to me. And she must have been simply crazy to turn him down! ;-)

I'm hoping I can find a DVD of Ivy without having to pay all of that money! I really want to see it, but within reason, you know. Apparently it wasn't as good as the radio program, but that doesn't make me any less curious about it.