Discovering Mae Clarke

I’m currently watching The Good Bad Girl, starring Mae Clarke. I’ve realized that she is listed as a star in two other films I will be watching today: Final Edition and Three Wise Girls. I also realized that I had no idea who she was.

Born Violet Mary Klotz in 1910, Mae Clarke starred in several films for Universal Studios in the 1930s. She appeared as Dr. Frankenstein’s fiancee in Frankenstein (1931) as Myra Deauville in Waterloo Bridge (1931).
However Mae Clarke is best known as the girl on the receiving end of James Cagney’s grapefruit in the face, an iconic and much parodied scene from The Public Enemy (1931). It is reported that her ex-husband enjoyed this scene so much that he had the movie timed, just so he could see the scene over and over again.
By the mid-1930s her career her star began to dim and her last leading role was in 1949’s King of the Rocket Men. She then acted in small roles, sometimes uncredited roles until the 1960s. Clarke died in 1992 at the age of 81.

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

The Roaring Twenties, directed by Raoul Walsh, is widely considered one of the greatest gangster films and is an homage to early gangster films of the 1930s. It stars James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in their third and final film together. This is also Cagney’s last gangster film until he appeared in White Heat in 1949.

The film begins at the end of World War One, when three friends Lloyd (Jeffrey Lynn), George (Bogart) and Eddie (Cagney) attempt to return to normal life. Lloyd becomes a lawyer, George becomes a bootlegger and Eddie becomes a cab driver. Since it is the era of prohibition, Eddie builds a business that delivers bootleg alcohol. When George becomes his second in command, tensions build and a power struggle results. over power and romance.

The Roaring Twenties is part-gangster film, part-documentary. It utilizes newsreels, which provide historical context and pleasantly recreate the Jazz Age. Like other classic gangster films, The Roaring Twenties shows the fatalistic rise and fall of a manwho is bound to die in a final act of heroism.

My TCM Marathon Begins

It is 6:45 AM and I am armed with a cup of coffee, ready for the TCM marathon to begin.

First up is The Roaring Twenties, a 1939 crime thriller starring James Cagney, Priscilla Lane and Humphrey Bogart. This film is a part of TCM’s 39 from 1939 spotlight event. It is widely considered a classic gangster film.

Although I have seen The Roaring Twenties advertised several times, I have never seen it before today.

TCM Fest: The Rundown

There are less than 12 hours to go before the 24 hour TCM marathon begins.

The day starts at 6:45 AM with The Roaring Twenties (1939). This is followed by 1939: Hollywood’s Greatest Year at 8:45, which is a 2009 documentary about 1939.
Here is the rest of the morning and afternoon’s schedule:
The Good Bad Girl (1931)
Attorney for the Defense (1932)
Final Edition (1932)
Three Wise Girls (1932)
Virtue (1932)
Miss Annie Rooney (1942)
Little Miss Pinkerton (1943)
The Young in Heart (1938)
Knight is Young (1938)
Beginning at 8, TCM is airing a memorial tribute to Karl Malden. Three films, On the Waterfront (1954), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) will be broadcast.
The day wraps up with Beyond the Fog (1972) at 2:45 AM. This is followed by two shorts Booked for Safekeeping (1960) and The Bottle and the Throttle (1962).
This all day marathon is easily the craziest thing I have ever done. Wish me luck!

A TCM Marathon

This summer I have absolutely nothing to do. Not that I’m really complaining. This is probably the last time I’ll ever get to sit around for three months and do nothing (except when the recession prevents me from getting a job post-college, but I’m thinking positively here). Although I am enjoying my unemployment/lack of internship/laziness, I am quite bored. So I’m giving myself something to; something very important to do.

I’ve decided that on July 10, I will attempt to watch 24 hours straight of TCM programming for no other reason than because I can.

Back in my youth (aka four years ago when I was in high school) I used to watch hours upon hours of TCM. I would spend so much crafting my Robert Osbourne impression that my parents didn’t believe me when I said I had friends. But once I got to college I mastered the art of the all-nighter and kind of forgot about by unnatural ability to watch eight movies a day.

So now the time has come for me to combine what I do best: watching TCM and pulling all-nighters. And you are are welcome to join in on this somewhat crazy idea. if you tune into TCM at any point during the day and want to write about what’s on, go for it and I’ll post a link on my blog. Oh yeah, I’ll be blogging/tweeting the entire time. Honestly, why else would I watch TCM for 24 hours straight?

So here’s hoping this works out!