Although not the first actor to don the scrubs of Max Brands Dr. Kildare, Lew Ayres soon became synonymous with the young intern, playing the unconventional doctor in nine films for MGM from 1938 until 1942. Lionel Barrymore starred opposite as the curmudgeonly mentor Dr. Gillespie while lovely Laraine Day played love interest nurse Mary Lamont.
One year after 1933s Queen Christina, Greta Garbo again portrays a heroine faced with irrevocable choices. She plays Katrin in The Painted Veil, an exotic love triangle loosely based on W. Somerset Maughams novel. The story unfolds in China, where Katrins marriage to busy M.D. Walter Fane (Herbert Marshall) is in trouble. Lonely and neglected, Katr..
The folks who live in the teeming tenements lining Manhattan's Tenth Avenue could sure use an angel. And they have one ' Flavia Mills, a little girl with big dreams who touches the lives and hearts of everyone in her run-down neighborhood. Margaret O'Brien plays Flavia with the endearing earnestness that made her the leading child star of the 1940s..
A heartwarming look at family and friendship, The Human Comedy is the poignant story of high school student Homer Macauley (Mickey Rooney) and the lives he touches while delivering telegrams throughout his small California town during the troubling years of World War II. Based on an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William S..
Cecil B. DeMille's The Squaw Man is a first and a last. The 1914 version is widely regarded as the first feature film made in Hollywood. And DeMille makes the final film under his MGM contract with a 1931 Talkie of the oft-told tale (DeMille lensed a second silent version in 1918) about a British outcast in the West, his Native American bride and e..
Slap him once, slap him 100 times ' the Big Top crowd roars. The clown known to delighted throngs as HE has made a comedic art of getting batted around. Life has battered him even more. Behind the mask, HE hides the torment of once being a brilliant scientist whose research and wife were stolen by a colleague. And behind the mask, when the time com..
From the author of The Citadel and in the grand epic tradition of MGM's adaptations, The Green Years is the moving story of a boy's difficult growth to manhood. When young Robert Shannon is orphaned, he leaves his home in Ireland and travels to Scotland, home of his maternal grandparents. Growing up in the home of his stern grandfather (Charles Cob..
The Mortal Storm is the story of Hitler's rise to power as seen through the microcosm of one German family. What may seem small and personal is instead towering, a bold revelation of the brutality of the Nazi regime that so infuriated propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels that he banned all MGM movies in Germany. In their fourth and final teaming, Ma..
Long before the word charisma became a clich?, Garbo was its quintessence (James Robert Parish and Ronald L. Bowers, The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era). To generations of fans and critics, Greta Garbo is the screen's greatest actress, greatest beauty...and greatest mystery. The Swedish Sphinx conquered silents and talkies, and Wild Orchids show..
Mimi and Rodolphe's tragic love has been immortalized as a novel, a play, a Puccini opera, the inspiration for Broadway's Rent and in film ' including this superb version. King Vidor (The Big Parade) directs two of the greatest stars of the silent-film era: Lillian Gish, frail and lovely as Mimi, and John Gilbert, all artistic fire as the aspiring ..
Sporting Blood is a key work in Clark Gable's 1931 leap to stardom, a film in which he plays a race-fixing underworld gambler who rediscovers his inner decency. It marks the first time Gable tops a cast list, although the future Hollywood King doesn't appear until midway in the film's story. Even more, it proved [Gable] could carry a picture to pro..