Thursday, January 31, 2013

Collinwood Cast Alert!

Joan Bennett and Anthony Bushell in 1929's DISRAELI, set to air this week on TCM.

The 1929 film DISRAELI is scheduled to air 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 on Turner Classic Movies. I haven't seen the film for twenty years and can't speak authoritatively about it, but there's lots of information on the film circulating the intertubes. I mention the film primarily because it features a 19-year-old JOAN BENNETT. It wasn't her first movie (Wikipedia claims that film was 1916's THE VALLEY OF DECISION, which featured a number of the Bennett family members) but it was one of her first films of note.

DISRAELI  stars George Arliss as British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. His performance won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The story revolves around the British plan to buy the Suez Canal and the efforts of two spies to stop it (thanks, Wikipedia!) It's not an easy movie to find these days, and I expect the print to be aired by TCM will look and sound much better than most of the versions of this film that have been circulating on home video since the 1980s.

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