Lillie Sterling comes with her husband, John, on a business trip to Java, expecting a second honeymoon. Read More »
Tag Archives: Sidney Franklin
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
In 1845 London, the Barrett family is ruled with an iron fist by its stern widowed patriarch, Edward Moulton-Barrett. Read More »
Largely fictionalized biopic of turn-of-the-century nightingale Jenny Lind Read More »
An old classics teacher looks back over his long career, remembering pupils Read More »
A Vienna based acting couple make magic when they perform together on stage. Read More »
The daughter of a Chinese mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American. Read More »
Elizabeth Barrett’s tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Read More »
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917) Chester M. Franklin, Sidney Franklin, Francis Carpenter, F.A. Turner, Virginia Lee Corbin
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was another of Fox’s lavishly produced “Sunset Kiddies” series, wherein most of the principal roles were enacted by children. Read More »
The story of a farmer in China: a story of humility and bravery. His father gives Wang Lung a freed slave as wife. Read More »
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, George Barraud, Comedy, Drama
There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. Read More »
Private Lives (1931) Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Elyot and Sibyl are being married in a big church ceremony. Amanda and Victor are being married by a French Justice of the Peace. Read More »
The Dark Angel (1935) Sidney Franklin, Fredric March, Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall, Drama, Romance
Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War I before finally choosing Alan. Gerald graciously gives them his blessing. Then, Gerald and Alan go to war. Angered over a misunderstanding involving Alan and Kitty, Gerald sends Alan on a dangerous mission that will change all their lives forever.
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Devil-May-Care (1929) Sidney Franklin, Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Marion Harris, Musical, Romance
Silent screen heartthrob Ramon Novarro (Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ) sounds off in his all-talking debut, a romantic musical adventure directed by Sidney Franklin. When Napoleon is exiled to Elba, loyal officer Armand de Tr?ville (Novarro) manages to elude the firing squad only to find his heart captured by Leonie de Beaufort (Dorothy Jordan), the lovely Royalist who turns him in. Making a daring escape, Armand hides with the Countess Louise (Marion Harris), unaware that Leonie is her cousin. Leonie’s sudden arrival forces him to choose between love and war as he awaits the emperor’s return. Featuring a two-color Technicolor® ballet sequence scored by future Oscar®-winner* Dimitri Tiomkin, plus seven new songs by Herbert Stothart and Clifford Grey, Devil-MayCare was one of M-G-M’s earliest musicals, a box-office hit that ensured that Novarro’s career as a leading man would continue well into the ’30s.
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John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were lost at sea. Kathleen is five, but the years pass and now she is a young woman who is the image of Moonyeen. Willy wants Kathleen for his wife, but Sparks fly when she meets Kenneth Wayne one dark and stormy night. John is horrified for it was Wayne’s father who shot Moonyeen dead on her wedding day and John has never found him or forgiven the family. When Ken goes off to war, John forbids any marriage and Ken agrees, while Kathleen does not. When Ken returns four years later when the war is over, he is crippled. He conceals his condition and makes plans to leave for America.
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