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Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

The rise of A.J. Raffles, gentleman thief, was perfectly timed to take advantage of the new medium of motion pictures. Still fresh in the memory of readers, Raffles made his earliest known screen debut in 1905. 2,376 more words

Gentleman Thieves

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I’ve been fascinated by Old Hollywood since I was a kid, so I was very surprised to learn that I know almost nothing about the legendary Barrymore family. 179 more words

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20th Century

John Barrymore as stage director Oscar Jaffe in Twentieth Century (1934), his greatest performance in the sound era.  John was one of the biggest stars of the silent era, was known as The Great Profile, starring in action, romance and drama, but his film career was largely undistinguished.  22 more words

Twentieth Century

20th Century

Carole Lombard and John Barrymore in a publicity still for Twentieth Century (1934), Howard Hawks’ first film for Columbia Studios.  Howard would work at every major studio throughout his career, never making more than three in a row at any one studio.

Twentieth Century

20th Century

John Barrymore autographed a publicity still for Carole Lombard from their work together on Twentieth Century (1934).  Carole’s career had been floundering until her big break with Howard Hawks.  18 more words

Twentieth Century

20th Century

Oscar Jaffe with his minions on board the Twentieth Century (1934).  It was Howard Hawks’ first comedy, and demonstrated the versatility that characterized his career.  By 1934 Hawks had also distinguished himself in the gangster genre with Scarface, the action genre with The Dawn Patrol, and drama with The Criminal Code.  14 more words

Twentieth Century

20th Century

Oscar Jaffe, the hammy and narcissistic stage producer, and his leading lady Lily Garland in Twentieth Century (1934).

Twentieth Century