June 21, 1991 |
Jean Arthur, her longtime pal Roddy McDowall said this week, was "absolutely unique." Grammatically speaking, someone or something is unique or isn't; no qualifications allowed. But McDowall was absolutely right. No other actress in the Hollywood galaxy was even remotely like Jean Arthur.
December 27, 2012 |
The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre has the perfect antidote for holiday blues -- a series of classic comedies from the golden age of Hollywood. "Screwball Comedy Classics for the 2013 New Year" serves up 1947's "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" Thursday evening. Cary Grant stars as the bachelor and Shirley Temple is the bobby-soxer who has a crush on him. Myrna Loy plays her older sister who also thinks Grant is quite dishy. Sidney Sheldon won an Oscar for his screenplay. Rounding out the double bill is an even funnier romantic comedy, 1943's "The More the Merrier," directed by George Stevens and starring Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and supporting actor Oscar winner for the film, Charles Coburn.
June 24, 1993 |
Fifty years after it first played in theaters, "The More the Merrier" remains a charming mix of romance and comedy, despite some major handicaps. Not only does the movie manage to survive more idiotic plot devices than a week's worth of "Three's Company," but it withstands a conclusion that hinges on the incredibly dated notion that an unmarried man and woman discovered sleeping in the same apartment (not even in the same room!) must marry one another to avoid scandal.
June 21, 1991 |
Actress Jean Arthur, who died Wednesday at 90, made more than 70 films in a career stretching from the silents to the early 1950s, but only a dozen are available on home video. Luckily, however, nine of these films, made mostly between the late '30s and early '40s, are among her best. Nearly all are for rent or for sale in the $10-$20 range. The nine: * "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (RCA/Columbia, 1936).
October 31, 2011
Turner Classic Movies and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are collaborating on a line of DVD sets as part of the TCM Vault Collection. This new partnership gets off to a rollicking start with "The Jean Arthur Comedy Collection," which features four newly restored films starring one of the most admired comedy actresses in the 1930s and '40s. The new collection features some of her lesser-known films — 1935's "The Public Menace," 1936's "Adventure in Manhattan" and "More Than a Secretary," and 1944's "The Impatient Years.
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January 23, 2000 |
Jean MacArthur, widow of the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who won admirers around the world with her friendly, unassuming manner and "stand by her man" reticence, died Saturday in New York City. She was 101. The former Jean Marie Faircloth, who had lived in the city's Waldorf Towers, died at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said Col. William Davis, director of the MacArthur Foundation in Norfolk, Va. Jean MacArthur was at her general's side in war and peace.