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#21 Jlewis

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:36 PM

Please don't hate me because of my looks!

 

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:11 PM

John Gavin was so beautiful - so beautiful - who cared if he could act or not?


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 02:10 PM

John Gavin was so beautiful - so beautiful - who cared if he could act or not?


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#24 Terrence1

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:42 AM

I thought he was a little better in "Back Street".


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 08:30 PM

He was OK in other movies like Imitation Of Life, if a little stiff there too. He was better as a model than an actor. Obviously he had the looks.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 05:36 PM

The cast was great except for John Gavin. He was way too poker faced when he learned officially of Marion's death despite all of the hotel wooing that took place before she disappeared. I mean... SHE was the one who had to lick the stamps for his alimony checks! She should at least be mourned. (I am OK with Vera Miles' Lila being a bit poker faced, but she worked hard getting answers and vengeance already. John's Sam just tagged along.) Also he seemed entrenched in 1950s sensibilities. "Why did he... dress... like that?" What? Didn't he watch Bugs Bunny cartoons? Nothing wrong with a little drag, as long as you don't carry a knife with you stabbing people.

 

John McIntire as the local sheriff was great simply because of his voice. I love all of the Old Time Radio stuff he did, like Suspense on CBS.

Gavin was a cold fish and Hitchcock needed Janet Leigh's help in order to make their romantic scenes work.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 09:05 PM

The cast was great except for John Gavin. He was way too poker faced when he learned officially of Marion's death despite all of the hotel wooing that took place before she disappeared. I mean... SHE was the one who had to lick the stamps for his alimony checks! She should at least be mourned. (I am OK with Vera Miles' Lila being a bit poker faced, but she worked hard getting answers and vengeance already. John's Sam just tagged along.) Also he seemed entrenched in 1950s sensibilities. "Why did he... dress... like that?" What? Didn't he watch Bugs Bunny cartoons? Nothing wrong with a little drag, as long as you don't carry a knife with you stabbing people.

 

John McIntire as the local sheriff was great simply because of his voice. I love all of the Old Time Radio stuff he did, like Suspense on CBS.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 07:40 PM

No, I disagree, you really needed to know what was going on.

 

The psychiatric revelations were fascinating ones.

 

And the end shot of "Norma Bates" - talking, talking, talking - is a stunning finish.

Hitchcock thought he needed this to explain the plot- but the final fade out with Mother and the fly is unforgetable


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 06:35 PM

The clinical description of Bates' condition by Simon Oakland at the end of the film is not a great ending. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the film.

No, I disagree, you really needed to know what was going on.

 

The psychiatric revelations were fascinating ones.

 

And the end shot of "Norma Bates" - talking, talking, talking - is a stunning finish.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:08 PM

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" must be the greatest horror film of all time.

 

It is just so disturbing - and so scary.

 

The casting of Tony Perkins as a maniacal killer was a stroke of genius.

 

You hear so much about the coming-together of this movie and all of the "stories" are very interesting ones, too.

 

The most bizarre, if true, is that Hitchcock wasn't at all sure about the film and even thought about cutting it up into segments for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".

The clinical description of Bates' condition by Simon Oakland at the end of the film is not a great ending. It doesn't fit in with the rest of the film.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:47 PM

I thought everyone was so well cast in this, esecially Anthony Perkins.  And if you've read the original novel, the description of the Norman Bates character is nothing like Perkins.  Originally, he was middle aged and quite heavy.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 08:46 AM

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" must be the greatest horror film of all time.

 

It is just so disturbing - and so scary.

 

The casting of Tony Perkins as a maniacal killer was a stroke of genius.

 

You hear so much about the coming-together of this movie and all of the "stories" are very interesting ones, too.

 

The most bizarre, if true, is that Hitchcock wasn't at all sure about the film and even thought about cutting it up into segments for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".


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"I was born the day she kissed me.  I died the day she left me.  I lived a few weeks while she loved me." - Humphrey Bogart in "In A Lonely Place".





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