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Stuart Palmer's immortal crime-solving school teacher Hildegarde Withers came to the screen courtesy of a series of mysteries from RKO Pictures. Memorably played by character great Edna May Oliver in three features, Hildegarde was ably paired with her flirty foil of Inspector Piper in the person of James Gleason. Gleason would go on to anchor the series, appearing in all six, alongside Helen Broderick for one and Zasu Pitts for the final two.

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Ladies of the Jury (1932)


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Ladies of the Jury (1932)
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The inimitable Edna May Oliver takes over both trial and deliberations in this effervescent legal comedy-drama. When society dame Yvette Gordon (Jill Esmond) stands accused of shooting her sugar-daddy husband, it appears that the French chorus-girl gold digger is getting the comeuppance her class-hopping self richly deserves. Save for one member of the jury – the utterly, freely outspoken society matron Mrs. Livingston Baldwin Crane (Oliver), who senses that Yvette is innocent. It’s intuition and judge of character versus chauvinism and assumption as Mrs. Crane – the sole “not guilty” vote – sets about swaying her fellow jurors’ opinions and solving a murder mystery. Replete with double (and triple!) entendre, one-line zingers, comical accent confusion and a barrel of well-timed suggestive eye rolls, this courtroom cutup is a prescient satire on societal sexism – and high society!

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movie review: a tale of two cities

When I was studying A Tale of Two Cities in school a few years ago, my grandfather asked me to watch the 1935 movie adaption (which is the one I’m reviewing today) with him. Fresh from watching the Greer Garson version of Pride & Prejudice (to this day, I bemoan the lack of literary and historical accuracy in that movie) and thinking that black-and-white movies were boring (I didn’t know anything back then, eh. ), I... Two boring hours spent watching a bad adaption of what was, at the time, my favorite classic. Maybe old movies weren’t so bad after all. (Imagine that…) While Casablanca was the first b&w film to make me truly love Old Hollywood and its awesomeness, A Tale of Two Cities (1935) almost did the same. No ‘old movie’ had made me cry before, so that was a new experience (and I do love books and movies that make me cry) and the whole thing was extremely well-done. Anyway…fast-forward to the present day, in which about seventy-five percent of all movies I watch come from the 30’s-60’s, and where I’ve just re-read ATOTC, and now I’m eager to re-watch the movie and see if it measured up to how I remembered it.... It turned out to be just as good as I’d remembered (if not better), made me cry lots, and also fall in love with Sydney Carton all over again. In terms of book-to-film accuracy, I’d say this movie is one of the best adaptions (especially for such an old one) – nearly every line of dialogue is taken straight from the pages of the book, scenes that are changed or combined or added flow... Let’s talk about book-to-movie changes first (though I’m sure I won’t be able to touch on all of them). Firstly, the resemblance between Sydney and Charles isn’t really a major part of the plot. “Isn’t that one of the biggest parts of the book. But in the context of the movie, everything makes sense – Sydney wheedles everything out of Barsad (everything concerning the false accusations about Charles being a spy, I mean) the night before the trial, so when he stands up in court, it’s more... – Sydney hides his face quite a bit and keeps to the shadows (don’t worry, it’s not contrived or anything), so that all makes sense. And I actually appreciate the change because, yes, it works perfectly in the book, but movie versions either have Charles and Sydney played by the same actor (ugh) or have them look nothing alike and pretend that they do (double ugh). Source: coffee, classics, & craziness

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  • Woman films moment tourist boat tips over killing three people

    04/22/16 ,via Metro

    The incident took place in January last year and claimed the lives of three elderly people, including Briton Ivor Stanley Hopkins, 80, Edna Oliver, 68, and Sharon Johnson, 70. Alexis Esneault, who was 21 at the time, sat on the upper deck when she saw ...

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    04/17/16 ,via Star-Press

    Mark Otto Moery, 50, 2400 block of West Oliver Drive, burglary. Cathy and Stephen Burns vs ... 14th St., complaint. Dissolution of marriage Edna Carey, Muncie, vs. Thomas Carey, Muncie. Brenda Irelan Conley, Muncie. vs. Paul Ray Conley, Muncie.

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Edna May Oliver, Actress: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger. She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid ...

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Edna May Oliver (November 9, 1883 – November 9, 1942) was an American stage and film actress. During the 1930s, she was one of the better-known character actresses ...

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She was born Edna May Nutter, a child of solid New England stock, on 9th November 1883 in Malden, Massachusetts. The daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter ...

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Today is the birthday of Edna May Oliver (Edna May Nutter, 1883-1942).

Today is the birthday of Edna May Oliver (Edna May Nutter, 1883-1942).

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