Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910 – April 23, 1990), an Oscar-nominated American film and theatre actress. A former child fashion model and in several Broadway productions as Ziegfeld Girl, she was a major star of the Paramount Studio in the 1940s. Her exceptional beauty and fame led to several marriages to notable men, including Charlie Chaplin, Burgess Meredith, and Erich Maria Remarque, although she never had any children.
Paulette Goddard's birth name is Marion Pauline Levy. She was an only child, born in Whitestone Landing, Queens, Long Island, New York. Her father, Joseph Russell Levy, was Jewish, and her mother, Alta Mae Goddard, was Episcopalian. Her parents divorced while she was young, and she was raised by her mother. Her father virtually vanished from her life, only later to resurface in the 1940s after she became a star. At first, their relationship seemed genial as she used to take him to her film premieres, but then he sued her over a magazine article that claimed...
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A Stranger Came Home is a 1954 English film based upon a novel of the same name by George Sanders. It was directed by Terence Fisher and starred American actor Paulette Goddard. It appeared in the United States under the title The Unholy Four....
So Proudly We Hail! is a 1943 film made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mark Sandrich, and starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard (who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance), George Reeves and Veronica Lake.
An effective sample of wartime propaganda, the film follows a group of military nurses sent to the Philippines during the early days of World War II . The movie was based on a book written by nurse Juanita Hipps a WWII nurse who served in Bataan and Corrigedor during the time when McArthur withdrew to Australia which ultimately led to the surrender of US and Philippine troops to Japan. Those prisoners of war were subjected to the infamous Bataan Death March. The movie was based on LTC Hipps' true story "I Served On Bataan."
The story covers many day to day events, and contrasts the brutality of war against the sometimes futile efforts of the nurses to provide medical aid and comfort. There are several striking moments in...
Hold Back the Dawn is a 1941 romantic film in which a Romanian gigolo marries an American woman in Mexico in order to gain entry to the United States, but winds up falling in love with her. It stars Charles Boyer, Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard, Victor Francen, Walter Abel, Curt Bois and Rosemary DeCamp.The movie was adapted by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder from the book by Ketti Frings. It was directed by Mitchell Leisen.It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Olivia de Havilland), Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay....
The Great Dictator is a film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. First released on October 15, 1940, it is a satire of Adolf Hitler and Nazism. Chaplin's film is highly exceptional for the period before the American entry into World War II, when the United States was still at peace with Nazi Germany. Well before the full extent of the horrors of Nazism were known, this movie presented a fearless satire and condemnation of both Hitler and Nazism along with a vivid portrayal of the plight of Jews in Europe. It holds the distinction of being both Chaplin's first "talkie", and his most commercially successful film.The film begins during World War I. Chaplin, as an unnamed private in the army of the fictional nation of Tomania, valiantly attempts to rescue an officer named Schultz (Reginald Gardiner), only to lose his memory when the plane the two had taken off in crashes into a tree. Schultz escapes from the wreckage, and Chaplin spends the next 20 years in the hospital, thoroughly...,
Second Chorus is a 1940 Hollywood musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire, Burgess Meredith, Paulette Goddard, Artie Shaw and Charles Butterworth, with music by Artie Shaw, Bernie Hanighen, Hal Borne and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was directed by H.C. Potter and produced independently for Paramount by Borris Morros.
In a 1968 interview Astaire described this effort as "The worst film I ever made"; from a dance perspective, however, it greatly surpasses either Dancing Lady (1933) or Finian's Rainbow (1968) and benefits from the musical presence of a leading swing band in its prime: Artie Shaw and his orchestra. Astaire admitted that he was attracted to the film by the opportunity to "dance-conduct this real swingin' outfit". From a musical standpoint, the film contains a fine partnered dance, an important Astaire tap solo, an Academy Award nominated song and a classic extended piece by Artie Shaw and his orchestra.
In an interview shortly before his death, Shaw admitted this...,
The Bohemian Girl is a 1936 feature film version of the operetta The Bohemian Girl by Michael William Balfe. It was produced at the Hal Roach Studios, and stars Laurel and Hardy and Thelma Todd in her last role before her mysterious death.Laurel and Hardy are a hen-pecked pair of Gypsies in 18th Century Austria. When Oliver is out pickpocketing, fortune-telling or attending his zither lessons, his wife (Mae Busch), has an affair with Devilshoof (Antonio Moreno). A cruel nobleman, Count Arnheim, persecutes the Gypsies, who are forced to flee, but Mrs. Hardy kidnaps his daughter, Arline (Darla Hood), leaves Hardy holding the baby, and elopes with Devilshoof.12 years later, the Gypsies return to Arnheim's estate. When grown up Arline (Julie Bishop) trespasses in Arnheim's garden, she recognises the place, but is arrested by a constable (Jimmy Finlayson) and sentenced to the torture chamber. Stan and Oliver try to save her, but Stan is too drunk and both are arrested. Arline is rescued in...
Modern Times is a 1936 comedy film by Charlie Chaplin that has his famous Little Tramp character struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great Depression, conditions created, in Chaplin's view, by the efficiencies of modern industrialization. The movie stars Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford and Chester Conklin. It was written and directed by Chaplin, and marked the final screen appearance of the iconic Tramp character.
In 1989, this film was deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Modern Times portrays Charlie Chaplin as a factory worker, employed on an assembly line. After being force-fed by an experimental feeding machine and constant overwork at screwing nuts onto pieces of machinery, he suffers a mental breakdown and is sent to a hospital....
Kid Millions is a 1934 American film directed by Roy Del Ruth.
The story features Eddie, a kid from Brooklyn, New York City, United States who suddently inherits $77 million dollars from his lost father, an archeologist that had looted Egypt of its treaures. In order to reclaim the inheritance, Eddie begins his boat ride to Egypt. However, on the boat he meets various characters who claim also to receive a part of the inheritance, though their stories are doubtful. Later on, Eddie learns that the Sheik Mulhulla has threatened to kill anyone who tries to claim the treasure, and that Princess Fanya has fallen deeply in love with Eddie and wants Eddie's hand in marriage.
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Roman Scandals is a 1933 film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, and David Manners.
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, this lavish musical tells the story of Eddie (Cantor), a small-town boy who believes himself to be somewhat of an authority on ancient history. He falls asleep after being thrown out of his corrupt home town, West Rome, and being hit on the head.
In his dream, he finds himself in Ancient Rome. Sold as a slave, he soon becomes involved in palace intrigue involving the corrupt Emperor Valerius, who is every bit as crooked as the politicians in his hometown.
After a series of adventures, which include avoiding being poisoned by the Emperor's wife (Cantor is also the Emperor's food-taster), wooing the captured Princess Sylvia (played by Stuart), a stint in a torture chamber, and an escape in a chariot, Eddie awakens to discover that he "has the goods" on the crooked politicians in his town.
The film features a number of intricate production numbers...,
Berth Marks is a 1929 short comedy starring Laurel and Hardy. The story involves Stan and Ollie as two musicians attempting to travel by train to Potsville.It was only their second sound film,but a silent version was also made for cinemas at the time that were not equipped to show talkies....,
Paulette Goddard was born in Queens, New York, New York