Alan Ladd, Ella Raines, Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Jeanette MacDonald on TCM

Ella Raines, Franchot Tone in Robert Siodmak's Phantom Lady (top); Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier in Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight (middle); Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn in Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon (bottom) Pre-1948 Paramount talkies are owned by Universal (or whichever conglomerate owns Universal; I've lost track of them by now — Comcast? NBC? General Electric?). For the most part, Universal couldn't care less about the movies in their archives. Relatively few have been released on DVD and most of them are hardly ever shown on cable. Well, Turner Classic Movies has leased the Universal library — whether all of it or only some titles, I don't know. That's why the early Mae West movie This Is the Night (1932) was shown a couple of weeks ago, and that's why we now have Lucky Jordan (1942), the film that helped turn Alan Ladd into a star. I've never seen this
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