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    Margo Channing - All About Eve

    Joan Fontaine could have been phenomenal as Eve Harrington. After I've watched her in ''Born to Be Bad'' I have no doubt. Arturo, Linda was too conspicuously beautiful for the Eve role. Eve was supposed to have nothing going on for her, but her hidden clutches and the hellhole from under she crawled out. And she couldn't harm a fly. And we were supposed to live with that illusion. CineMaven, you're 100% right. There's only ONE Margot. And that's Bette Davis.
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    BURT I LOVE YOU

    Bronxgirl48 , I would offer myself hostage any time. J.J made such a handsome devil and Burt sure was one beefcake. 'From Here to Eternity'' is one of my favs too.
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    Does Anyone Love Ingrid Bergman?

    Ingrid was sublime. And if you had the chance to watch her in ''The Visit'' she would certainly put royal blood to shame. She was totally breathtaking flashing Nina Ricci gowns and Bulgari jewels. IMHO, few men could have held a candle to her in that movie. Anthony Quinn is good at playing her rough at the edges old flame, but the second Ingrid stepped off that Express he only became an accesory to crime, so to speak. She could put that Express to a halt, she could turn back time and of course she could get away with murder. Especially when she came back as the scorned woman with an old score to settle. Even Eve in the Garden of Eden would have stood a better chance at resisting the snake than the poor residents of I can't remember the town's name ever had with Ingrid. And who needs Juliette when Ingrid is looking down that balcony?
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    Unfaithfully Yours

    ''Now to talk about some bad boyzzzz....'' -that's the way to talk, Cinemaven. I don't care going down with a dark, brooding bad boy. Give me a good dosis of Boogie in ''A Lonely Place'' and I'm ready to fall.Bitter and at the end of his rope. Impossible to be saved. The hand you need to push you over the edge. If I can be choosy I will settle for the snake J.J Hunsecker. Wholly loathsome and hopelessly vicious. The poisonous razor of his tongue that never missed its target. ''I remember reading Rita Hayworth saying men wanted to go to bed with Gilda, and then were disappointed when they woke up in bed with her.'' Miss Hayworth was deliciously modest to make this statement. No one in their right mind can ever forget: ''Who, ME?'' Randy, you are a darling. In real life I look for the kind and softer side, too. Beauty can be too tricky to gamble on. But I would take Miss Davis' Jezebel any day over her sweet Henriette Deluzy that wouldn't harm a fly. I guess I'm just lured by the power of evil.
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Welcome, zentropa. The movie is a fine adaptation of Edward Albee's play. And a very chilling glimpse into the ''jollies'' of marriage. I don't know if I would call love what Martha and George felt about each other. It could work as a half-truth. In fact all their married life was made up of lies, half-truths and double talk. They made their bed and they had to lie in it. Thier own private hell and time came when they didn't know better than that. It slowly ripps off any illusion of redemption until the two characters dare throw all the cards on the table and let bygones be bygones. And let me add that la Taylor on a bender is fireworks.
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    Jennifer Jones fans

    We might as well go to hell in tow. I don't mind. Ingrid had an etheral kind of beauty that makes us feel close to heaven anyway. Jennifer and Gregory left their mark on ''Duel in the Sun''. I fail to imagine what the movie would have been without them. Their touching chemistry also ignited in ''The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit''. But I won't leave Joe Cotton out in the cold. He was a darling too.
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    Jennifer Jones fans

    So true, randyshere. Jennifer gets under our skin with her innocent looks and honey voice. Who else could have made a more heart-wrenching Emma Bovary? Long live this wonderful lady.
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    Unfaithfully Yours

    Arturo, maybe Gene would have fitted the part better with her royal looks and the cold sting of her voice could have had Rex's charcater raking over the coals. But Linda was ravishing all the same. She proved her wide range with all those personality slips that she mastered to a T. I liked the movie so much because it was a game of the mind and how it can conspire to set you up for a fall. It makes me so sad to learn about the tragedy that struck Rex's private life. So much for him being a ladykiller. Don't get me started on the glorious Gloria Grahame. She had an icy incandescence that could eat your heart out. Frank, you got yourself in a tight spot with all those beauties fighting for you.
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    Unfaithfully Yours

    Thanks, Frank for cluing me in. I had no idea that Rex made those comments about Linda's acting talent. While it's true that the movie's weight lay on his shoulders, Linda is just the missing ingredient. Without her the film wouldn't have been half as delightful. I simply love Rex' impetuous, over the top performance. ''Damn. I was going to say she was gorgeous in the film. Actually, what I really like about Linda's performance is that it proved to me she could play a sweet, lovable girl, which is the exact opposite of the two other performances that I love of hers: A Letter to Three Wives and Fallen Angel.'' You hit the nail on the head. For a change Linda gives life to an upfront, charming girl with no hidden agenda on the side. And the pics you posted....a match made in heaven. Linda looks DIVINE.
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    Unfaithfully Yours

    Since I?m so besotted with ??The Ghost and Mrs. Muir?? it was impossible to forget Rex Harrison in ??Unfaithfully Yours??. I must confess I had a hard time keeping up with Sir Rex. His voice alone could match the Niagara Falls. No wonder Frank said it must be a tall order to give the man a run for his money. I couldn?t help feeling that Linda was a bit in over her head next to Harrison?s roaring performance. I swear he never jumps off the merry-go-round and there?s a scene in which he verbally tears his brother-in-law to pieces. Preston Sturges ought to have had a magic wand. You need a streak of genius to cook up all those fake scenarios in which Rex?s character plots to get rid of his allegedly unfaithful wife, make your skin crawl while the murderous fantasies play out and then have you burst out laughing when you get to see clumsy Rex struggling to put the perfect crime into practice. If that wasn?t enough the ending is sheer riot. No other man can turn otherwise saccharine and sappy lines into something worldly like Rex Harrison. Any thoughts on Linda, apart that she has a figure to die for and black looks knock-out on her?
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    BURT I LOVE YOU

    Indeed, metsfan, Burt mastered everything from the high-society columnist to the two-bit truckdriver with the same ease. ''Come Back, Little Sheba'' is one of my fav Burt movies. It is so complex on many levels and has an inkling to prove you wrong. You expect Burt to put the moves on his young female tennant but there's more than meets the eye. He actually grows a fatherly affection for her out of his frustration of not having a child of his own. Then, there's his tangled relationship with his mousey and sumbmissive wife. If you wonder why they are stuck with each other if all they do is tear each other apart at the seams you are in for a big shocker. Their feelings run deep and they need each other in order to go on. The film offers a heartfelt glimpse into an odd marriage, splintered hopes, missed out opportunities and human loneliness. And you don't have to be Dr Freud to figure out that little Sheba, the fluffy, white little dog(the youth) that Mrs Delaney has lost is never coming back. The ''Rainmaker'' is equally good. Burt plays the conman so convincingly and the scenes with Catharine in the barn where he helps her to overcome her fear of life and let her emotions run loose are very touching.
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    An Affair to Remember and Other Romances

    Howdy, Frank. You make me blush. ''Leave Her to Heaven'' is the flawless showcase for Miss Gene's acting skills. She was born to play the part.It's not Cornel Wilde's fault that he plays second fiddle throughout the movie. Not even a more versatile actor could have held his own against Miss Gene's bewitching portrayl. She does have that effect on people. Not even the sardonic Cliffton Webb stood a chance in ''Laura''. Even if she meant no harm, she couldn't be more dangerous. And who are we to blame them? Everything is fair in love and... Ellen's game. Do we wait for her to get her comeuppance? Maybe.Do we fall prey to Ellen's mesmerizing beauty? Mostly.But, as you pointed out, it's Ellen's tormented soul and cunning self that have us hooked more than any desire to see her pay her dues. And the sadness and misfortune that seeps into Gene's character only add to her irresistible charm. Ditto again, Frank. Gene drew fire with Rex Harrison in ''The Ghost and Mrs. Muir''. Their tempers made a startling contrast. CineMaven, I'm so glad we have convinced you. Words of praise will pour once you get to watch ''The Ghost and Mrs. Muir''. Message was edited by: miss_bettyidol
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    Crime of Passion (1957)

    Thanks, kimpunkrock for bringing this up. Missy does it so well, doesn't she? She's not the all in your face seductive lush Phyllis Dietrichson for a purpose. Her homely demeanor is no more than a bait to throw you off her trail so that when she strikes it will only hurt deeper. She is so slippery that she makes waves with her husband's life that he can't smell a rat and all in the name of having his best interest at heart. What else can you ask from Barbara? And, man, her showdown with Raymond Burr can leave a weak heart dead in its tracks. Message was edited by: miss_bettyidol
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    Veronica Lake Fans

    She's an absolute doll in ''Sullivan's Travels'' and ''The Blue Dahlia'' and can pull off that smokey voice of hers anytime. Sweetness was her trademark.
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    An Affair to Remember and Other Romances

    Hello, guys. Frank, no truer words have been spoken. I re-watched ''Leave her to Heaven'' and now I can appreciate the movie for what it's worth. Miss Gene is the embodiment of the very things you love her for. A lovely creature with a witch's brain. So charming in evil that I feel sorry for poor Cornel Wilde for being completely overshadowed. Playing the good mug against Miss Gene's captivating, brazen little wench is a win-win. We can't hold our breath until Helen gets what's coming to her or has her own wicked way. It hardly matters. Scarcely anyone cares that he's the injured party. And I still feel there is something in Gene which you wish you could put your finger on, something she always holds back and which makes her all the more fascinating. This is part of the reason for which ''The Ghost and Mrs Muir'' is a Gene masterpiece for me. The elusiveness tha pervades every scene is cut after Miss Gene's nostalgic beauty and matches it to the hilt. CineMaven, don't deny yourself the pleasure of this lovely jem. Trust me, the costumes won't get you into trouble. Oleg Cassini only enhanced Miss Gene's beauty, if possible with his choice of wordrobe. And HUUUGEE thanks for the ''Shanghai Gesture''. Now if the wait won't kill me first. Can I add my two cents on romantic flicks? ''Brief Encounter'' -love that is so simple that it would be a sin to put it into words and so hard to hold. ''Imitation of Life'' - Lana's sophistication and elegance alone make the movie worthwhile. Message was edited by: miss_bettyidol Message was edited by: miss_bettyidol

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