Monday, October 24, 2011

Life This Week: October 24, 1938


This week's Movie of the Week is the Tyrone Power vehicle Suez. It costars frequent love-interest Loretta Young and Annabella, who would become the first Mrs. Tyrone Power. It seems I say this a lot, but like many other films made in 1938, this isn't a great film, but it is mildly entertaining. I wasn't terribly impressed, but I also didn't feel like it was an hour-and-a-half of my life I couldn't get back. Suez is supposed to be the true story of Ferdinand de Lesseps, but I couldn't possibly vouch for the veracity of the film, since it's not a period in time I've studied at any length. We talked a bit about Napoleon III in a couple of my French literature classes, but really only to provide context for Zola's Le Ventre de Paris. Anyway, you don't want to hear about my French studies! Bottom line: Tyrone Power is very handsome, Loretta Young and Annabella are very pretty and "Egypt" is very exotic. Good enough for me.


Suez is unavailable on DVD, but you can get it from Amazon Instant Video. Also, if you do some sleuthing, you just might be able to find it on YouTube.

Images from Doctor Macro

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In other news, watch out if muffs come back in style. These photos are from the article "A New Epoch Sets in for Muffs: History Shows They Presage War."

4 comments:

  1. I never even heard of Annabella before. Was she the first one name star (even before Cher)?

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  2. I don't know if she was the first-ever, but definitely before Cher! :-)

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  3. How gorgeous was that Loretta Young. Wow!

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  4. Loretta Young was so beautiful! So strange about fashion and war and peace times. I heard last night on a TCM doc with Stephen King that the more stressed the population the more horror movies get produced...

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