Monday, November 10, 2014

Another chance to see MGM's Studio Tour

It's been well over two years since I last mentioned the 1925 MGM Studio Tour, but it's coming up again tomorrow morning at 6:43 AM, or just after He Who Gets Slapped (5:30 AM, 72 min). It's part of the second night of silent stars as the TCM "Star of the Month", this time looking at the male stars.

The nihgt kicks off at 8:00 PM with The Sheik, which might be the role with which Rudolph Valentino is most associated, even if it's probably not his best. (I haven't seen enough of his surviving work to judge.) Valentino obviously plays the title role, the Arab sheik who falls in love with a refined English lady (Agnes Ayres) when he sees her, and so kidnaps her to his place in the desert. And the two ultimately fall in love despite the fact that she was kidnapped! Yeah, it's a nutty story, but an enduring one. A similar talkie would be The Barbarian, which stars Ramon Novarro as the Arab and Myrna Loy as the lady. But, that movie is actually a remake of a 1915 movie called The Arab. Both of the stars can also be seen tonight in Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Novarro is of course the star of that one; Loy shows up briefly as a slave girl.

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