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Movie queens of the ’40s

Movie queens of the ’40s

This columnist was told that young people, even young movie writers, have little idea who reigned as queens in the movies through the years. And so Highspeed is writing about movie queens of the decades past. Some kind of “lessons in cinema history.”

Strictly onscreen

JaDine, LizQueen, and KathNiel are said to be lovers onscreen and offscreen. But much to the disappointment of their many fans, AlDub (Alden Richards and Yaya Dub…or Maine Mendoza) are strictly onscreen lovers.

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First golden years of PH cinema (1936-1941)

Film historians and authorities, among them the revered Nestor U. Torre, consider 1936 to 1941 the First Golden Years of Philippine Cinema. Yet those years seem to have been forgotten by today’s filmbuffs and cineastes, Perhaps, because many of the films produced during those years are no longer existing, save for three or four.

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More ‘forgotten’ directors

Let’s start with women behind the camera, the earliest of whom was Carmen Concha, pioneer producer and director in the ‘30s. She was also costume designer. Concha was the aunt of Armida Siguion Reyna.

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Poetic, unusual showbiz names

A dear friend from Makati, Benjie Henson, called up to say how much she enjoyed reading Highspeed items on the movies and stars of yesteryear. Her all-time favorite is Susan Roces, “The Face that Refreshes.” And yes, Benjie watches regularly “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” where Susan plays the grandma of Coco Martin.

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Top actors of the ’30s and ’40s

Readers note that Highspeed writes mostly about movie queens, “neglecting” their partners. Agree. Very well then, Highspeed will concentrate on actors this week. Let’s start with the top actors of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

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