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4 December 2011
I hope you all have a great Holiday season and New Year. We're going to start the new year off the right way, with a boatload of Marion movies on Turner Classic Movies! On Marion's birthday (January 3rd) TCM is airing 9 Davies films in a row. Starting at 3am PST, they are showing THE FLORODORA GIRL, NOT SO DUMB, THE BACHELOR FATHER, FIVE AND TEN, BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES, PEG O' MY HEART, OPERATOR 13, CAIN AND MABEL, and HEART'S DIVIDED. Tune and see our facorite gal in some of her best films!
Be be sure to check out the Warner Brothers Archives at:
They have dozens of classic movie titles for sale, including several of Marion’s films. For the first time you may purchase studio quality DVD’s (no Blu-Ray yet, sorry) of OPERATOR 13, THE BACHELOR FATHER, HOLLYWOOD REVUE OF 1929, CAIN AND MABEL, THE PATSY, and THE RED MILL. You may also purchase a copy of QUALITY STREET, which is included with the DVD of “Captured on Film – The True Story of Marion Davies.”
The remains of Marion’s beach house, frequently nick-named “Ocean House” has opened to the public after much refurbishing. It is now known as the Annenberg Beach House, and for a small fee you may swim in Marion’s 110 foot long Italian marble pool! The servants quarters, which the proprietors are incorrectly calling “The Guest House” has been restored, with photos of Marion everywhere, it’s really a nice tribute.
I had to laugh when I saw the servant’s quarters being billed as the guest house. I might remind you that the beach house could have made the White House blush, it was massive and extremely elegant. It had 34 bedrooms and over 60 bathrooms if my memory prevails. Marion would not have allowed any guest to stay in that little house and use those tiny bathrooms when the mansion was right there with ultra luxurious digs. The property had the servant’s quarters, a changing room for the pool and the main house (and garages and tennis courts). Of course the main house is gone and all that is left is the pool and the servant’s quarters. But they have built a nice club house which I believe may be rented out for special occasions. If you find yourself in the Santa Monica area you really should check it out.
As for beating the proverbial dead horse, there have been no new developments on the "It's A Wise Child" front. I recently tried to email my UCLA contact and didn't hear anything back. I will be down there on a business trip in February so I'll try to contact him then and see if I can't get something going.
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