The Power of Love

In which Tyrone Power takes a trip back in time, powered by a lightning bolt, like a Marty McFly avant la lettre. Over at BritMovie. Enjoy!

This can also be seen as a continuation of our study of the mighty Roy Ward Baker’s Hollywood period, begun with a look at INFERNO, and who knows, perhaps to be continued with NIGHT WITHOUT SLEEP?

The movie can be purchased here:

Tyrone Power Matinee Idol Collection (Cafe Metropole/Girls Dormitory/Johnny Apollo/Daytime Wife/Luck of the Irish/Ill Never Forget You/That Wonderful Urge/Love Is News/This Above All/Second Honeymoon)

UK Readers can obtain Baker’s finest hour-and-a-half here:

A Night To Remember / The Making Of A Night To Remember [DVD] [1958]

And here is Ann Blyth ~

19 Responses to “The Power of Love”

  1. Ah, the lovely Tyrone Power! Such a relief after Jean Gabin and the like…

  2. He IS a fine figure of a man. And very good in this. Just a shame that it WANTS to be a love story for the ages, and winds up an intriguing curate’s egg.

  3. Noel Coward wrote “Mad About the Boy” in tribute to Tyrone.

    I find Ann Blyth weirdly fascianting. Her good looks suggests a conventional leading lady, but as Mildred Pierce shows she had dark undercurrents. I also reccomend Our Very Own where Ann discovers her nice middle-class parents aren’t her parents at all, and that her “brith mother” ( as the kids say these days ) is actually Ann Dvorak who needless to say lives “on the wrong side of town.”

    A truly terrifying situation for poor Ann, but in the end Farley Granger marries her anyway.

  4. Mildred Pierce is of course incredible… the remake had BETTER BE GOOD!

    Our Very Own sounds good. Love Ann Dvorak in anything. She does carry an indefinable air of disrepute about her at all times. Those eyes!

  5. david wingrove Says:

    I’d always heard that Sir Noel wrote “Mad About the Boy” in honour of Louis Hayward, with whom he was romantically involved at some stage. The Tyrone Power connection is a new one. But if you have to be torn between two men, you could do a whole lot worse…

    Is it true that Cole Porter wrote “Night and Day” about Cary Grant?

    The MILDRED PIERCE remake sounds too terrifying for words. Kate Winslet isn’t up to one of Joan’s stiletto heels – never mind Joan herself! Still, Todd Haynes has yet to direct a film I didn’t like.

  6. Noel could well have had both Louis and Tyrone.

    Really love Louis, and I’m truly surprised that he never made it into the “A” pictures. But then we wouldn’t have had him in such gems as Ruthless, House By The River and The Man in the Iron Mask

    As for Cole none of the good bios mention Cary as a love interest. There was however a dancer named Nelson Barclyft for whom me wrote “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To.”

  7. That Kate Winslet isn’t Joan Crawford is I think the whole point of the remake. As it’s a mini-series it covers far more ground than the Curtiz. Plus Todd is doing it period without Sirkian quotes around everything as he did in Far From Heaven

  8. I second the love for Our Very Own!

    (and Ann Blyth in general—she made a number of fantastic/hard to see films during the late 1940s/early 1950s–including A Woman’s Vengeance, adapted by Aldous Huxley from his own fantastic short story “The Gioconda Smile” and ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST, the incredible prequel to The Little Foxes–in which Blyth had the Bette Davis role, and carries it off very well)

  9. Ah, I’ve actually got that one, and have been hankering to see it. I’ll certainly watch out for A Woman’s Vengeance. Have already traced a just-about-passable copy of Our Very Own.

    James M Cain is good enough that I would think we can allow multiple versions of his books to exist. Although I would be dubious at any attempt at a revised Double Indemnity. Indeed, I’m somewhat dubious of Kasdan’s Body Heat, which basically is that.

  10. Kasdan is Cain with all the socio-political criticism drained off.

    I’d love to see a remake of Gypsy Wildcat

  11. Tony Williams Says:

    I’d like to add something about A NIGHT TO REMEMBER saying that Roy Ward Baker is still with us at the age of 93 and living in Kensington. I helped get him a film he directed but had not seen for ages which ends with Sidney James (of all being) being a tragic romantic hero.

  12. Serenade would make a great remake for the right filmmaker too, as previously discussed.

    Yes, it’s a joy that RWB is still with us and able to reminisce about his amazing career. Who else can offer memories from the set of The Lady Vanishes?

    Was the Sid James film Paper Orchid?

  13. Tony Williams Says:

    Yes, David C. A film that looks like going in one direction then takes an unexpected turn with Sid becoming the UK equivalent of a Cornell Woolrich character.

  14. Wow.

    No, David E, haven’t had a chance to see the RWB doc, although he did appear in Paul Merton’s Hitchcock doc last year (mentioned during Hitchcock Year).

  15. RIP Norman Wisdom.

  16. “I’d love to see a remake of GYPSY WILDCAT.”

    David E – I long to see the original of GYPSY WILDCAT!! It’s one of those Maria Montez movies you can’t find anywhere. And the lovely Maria is an infinitely more compelling screen presence than Kate Winslet.

    Ann Blyth used to play a loving mother and housewife in TV commercials when I was a kid. Frankly, she scared the life out of me. “When I say it’s time for lunch, I make sure my kids eat something healthy.” Joan Crawford herself could not have made that line sound more chilling!

  17. Interesting, I’ll keep an eye out for the Montez. An evening with Maria is never wasted.

    I can imagine Blyth aging in a scary way, exspecially if she tried to withhold the process. She has that elfin thing which is charming when natural, but could easily mutate into the chilling wrongness of a Nicole Kidman.

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