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Lionel Barrymore film - but what was it called?

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  1. Joe Pineapples

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    I am trying to find the title to a film starring Lionel Barrymore. Here is what i remember -

    Besides Barrymore (in a wheelchair), there was a boy and his dog, and the story was something to do with the after-life. I also think the film was in black & white

    anyone remember?

    Dean
     
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    Well he was In my favourite film in a wheelchair and some sort of mention of the afterlife and it was B&W but no dog. It was, It’s a Wonderful Life made in 1946 and he was Mr Potter who was after everybody’s money or property.

    If not it will be on this list http://us.imdb.com/Name?Barrymore,+Lionel
     
  3. Joe Pineapples

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    thanks for the link Garrett - it turns out to be this

    'On Borrowed Time (1939)'

    description here

    *no mention of the dog, buts its def. in it :)

    cheers
     
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    Great little fantasy movie. That's the one where he traps death in a tree when he comes to claim him isn't it?
     
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    yep, thats the one

    i dont think its not been on television for years either - sky or terrestrial
     
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    I taped it off C4 in the '80s, and certainly haven't seen it anywhere since. There are a lot of little gems like this knocking about that will probably never see the light of day on DVD, which means we'll probably be holding on to our VCRs for a while yet.

    On the subject of vintage Hollywood fantasy movies, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (aka "Alll That Money Can Buy"), without doubt one of the greatest movies ever made, is being prepared for release by Criterion. Not only is it being digitally spruced up, but footage considered lost and unseen since its initial release is being restored.

    If you've never seen this you're in for a treat - its as close to perfection as cinema gets.

    There is a remake in the works, but with Dan Ayckroyd in the cast and the Devil being "re-interpreted" as a foxy babe, we won't hold our breath.
     
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    excellent news - Walter Houston was brilliant in it.

    Dont think i'll bother with the remake - i'd chuck it in the same bin as a remake of 'the ladykillers' - regardless of how good it is (or bad by the sounds of it).
     
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    Apparently Criterion is also preparing its usual splendid set of extras for the disc from archive materials in the RKO vaults. Will be interesting to see if they confirm Orson Welles uncredited involvement in the movie.

    Judging by the finished movie it would hardly be surprising as it seems to have seem to have his hand all over it in terms of both visuals and dialogue.

    If you like this type of movie there's another little gem from the same director William Dieterle available as a R2 disc. "Portrait of Jennie" is a classic ghost story, absolutely dripping with atmosphere, and well worth having for fans of classic Hollywood movies.

    It tends to be among the £5.99 discs a lot of stores seem to carry in budget racks these days. If you have a Music Zone store near you, they tend to have it - that's where I got mine.

    Failing that Play have it at £9.99.
     
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    is it called "Play Your Cards Right - the Movie"?
     

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