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Episode 50: Jezebel (1938)

"I'm thinkin' of a woman called Jezebel who did evil in the sight of God!"

The late 1930's were quite a popular time for dramas about Southern belles.  Bette Davis had just come off winning an Academy Award for Dangerous (1935) when she jokingly passed on the role for Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), Jack Warner offered her the lead role in Jezebel (1938).

The film is the story of Julie Marsden, a New Orleans debutante who is shunned when she dares to wear a red dress to a ball.  For me, the film succeeds not as a drama, but as a showcase for Bette Davis, who seems to take so many more chances that her costars.  Jezebel would earn her a second Academy Award.

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Direct download: Episode_50_Jezebel_1938.mp3
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Episode 49: The Unknown (1927)

"No one will get her...no one but me!"

Filmmaker Tod Browning and actor Lon Chaney were a professional match made in heaven.  With part of his youth spent in the circus, Browning's stories centered mostly about the freaks and lowlifes of criminal society.  Chaney, who had thrilled thousands with The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) was known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces", and his abilities uniquely matched the needs of Browning's bizarre little scripts.

The Unknown (1927) was one of several collaborations between Browning and Chaney and, aside from being the film that began Joan Crawford's road to stardom, it's also a film that remains deeply murderously morbid to this day.

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Direct download: Episode_49_The_Unknown_1927.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am CST

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