Monthly Archives: November 2013

Quo Vadis: The Spectacle of Ancient Rome

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Left: the arena set; it’s only one story high; the other two stories were paintings. Right: Filming the triumphal procession. The following is from the program book published in 1951. The more spectacular scenes of the film including the triumphal … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor in “The Hangman” 1959

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The Hangman was Robert Taylor’s first independent film after leaving MGM. In later years, he would describe it as one of his failures. Like many Taylor movies, it’s an unusual twist on a familiar subject. Mackenzie Bovard, a Deputy Marshal, … Continue reading

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A Happy Man (Updated)

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In the summer of 1961 LIFE Magazine sent well-known photographer Dmitri Kessel to photograph the Taylor family at their cabin in Wyoming.  The photos are an extraordinarily charming look at a man at peace with himself.  After a turbulent marriage … Continue reading

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Johnny Eager Is Playing on TCM on Sunday November 17 (USA)

Johnny Eager (1942) is playing on Turner Classic Movies on Sunday November 17 at 8:00 PM est.  Closed captioned. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Van Heflin, Robert Sterling, Patricia Dane, Glenda Farrell, Barry Nelson. … Continue reading

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Robert Taylor’s Coffee Commercial

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Around 1960 Robert Taylor and Ursula Thiess made a commercial for Maxwell House Instant Coffee.  It ran regularly on his show “The Detectives” and probably other places.  The commercial is charming.  It starts with Mr. Taylor introducing his ranch and … Continue reading

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