Turquoise & General Crack!!

03 Oct

Anya Seton’s TURQUOISE & John Barrymore’s GENERAL CRACK




— Tim


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  1. Maria

    October 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Interesting Tim! I read some reviews of this book and it is quite a good read. Very popular in its time. I guess there must have been business reasons as to why Errol did not proceed with it – I wonder if he felt he was too old for the part of the husband? Anyway I had never heard of this story.

    I also found a review of “General Crack” from 1929:…

    I would love to see this one! Never heard of it either.

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 5, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Thank you, Maria! What a marvelous review, especially I think the evaluation of how well JB excelled in his first “vocalized feature”, The Times more technical terminology for talkies, which apparently never caught on with the “talkie-going” public!! Interestingly, Anya Seton’s father was a notable writer & artist, friend of Rudyard Kipling, and founder of the Boy Scouts of America!

      Evidently, Anya’s historical novels were extremely well researched and written.


  2. zacal

    October 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Fascinating stuff, thank you Tim. Actual films slated for Flynn. And another Barrymore remake. Here’s a scene from General Crack, the talkie version(with some color scenes) of which is considered a “lost film”.…

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

      That is Fabulous, zacal!! Thank YOU. Really funny
      ! Barrymore obviousy had a good time making this one! The boy reminds me some of the Mauch twins.

      I wonder if the name crack derives (as word play) from the Irish “craic”, which is pronounced the same and refers to having a great fun time & laugh (at least that’s how I interpret it when my Irish friends use it.) “The Duke of Kurland” is obviously some wonderful word play.…

  3. Lollie

    October 4, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Wonderful find!

    • Gentleman Tim

      October 5, 2014 at 7:05 am

      Thanks, Lollie. I think Errol would have been hysterical in this, Barrymore’s first talkie!!