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    Katherine Hepburn

    I saw Kate on the stage when I was 19 and it was indeed something special. The show was in LA and after the show she came out and talked. She mentioned that LA and her didn't have a 'love afair' but that really wasn't the case and that she had very special memories of the area and its people. It was night I'll never foget. To see someone of her talent live was a treat! I do understand why many of the characters she played could get on someone's nerves; The way she spoke and the 'air' in which she carried herself. But this is also what makes her so special. Bogie said it best when he talked about her and the making of the Queen. Yes, in some ways she was a pain, but the pain was worth it!
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    Odd Couples

    Ava was only a teen and the Mick was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood at the time. According to what Osborne said the other day, Mick went out every night after they were married and Ava stayed home and cryed. I would of been home every night!
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    The World of Alfred Hitchcock

    Eva plays most of her roles with a certain lack of emotion in her expressions and to me this 'fit' NBNW since she was a spy and was the girlfriend of the main bad guy but was really working for the government. Thus she couldn't show how she really felt and Eva was good at this. Not sure Grace would of been as believable.
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    The Blue Dahlia

    I have a Times magazine from December 1948 (because Olivia DeHavilland is on the cover for The Shake Pit), and in the mag is a review of jazz bebop music. It isn't a very friendly review and it implies this type of music wouldn't last. The music in The Blue Dahlia wasn't swing jazz but a faster type of post WWII jazz like bebop and many people didn't like this music because it was too busy. With regards to the term 'monkey music' I wonder if this isn't a racial term, since many of the musicians and band leaders playing bebop were of course black, while swing had a lot of white jazz musicians and most leaders were white (the Duke being the major exception). Anyhow I love movie but I will admit the Glass Key has a better story line. But as you noted with Ladd Lake and this post WWII setting, the plot was secondary!
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    The Blue Dahlia

    Yes, there are many coincidences in the movie but the fact that Ladd runs into Lake may not be one and Ladd mentions this latter in the movie when they drive to a hill and talk. I assume that Lake was following her husband because he was stepping out with Ladd's wife and that she knew what his wife had done to him. Thus she picked him up in the rain on purpose. Now I assume this because if Lake just happened to pick up a guy in the rain that is the husband of the gal Lake's husband is cheating with,,,,, well that is just impossible to believe! As you noted the plot isn't as important as the interactions of the characters and some of the sharp dialog.
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Hatfield fit this part since his face didn't have much expression and that was a key part of Dorian; i.e. no feeling. But I saw him in another movie (don't remember which one), and he didn't have much expression in that either so I can see why he didn't go far.
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Thanks for the enlighting info but I have to admit the over version of the story (i.e. it was a knock on 'the method'), was a lot more fun!
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    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    I believe the comment was 'why don't you try acting', because Dustin told Olivier that he had to 'get in the mood (correct mindset) and try to become the character before he could do the part.
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    The Lion in Winter

    Well maybe 'mostly' wasn't the correct term to use, but there is a lot of verbal sparing in the movie. I happen to enjoy it since both Kate and Peter do it so well, but I could see why others might not find it as enjoyable as me. For example, younger viewers that are used to action instead of dialog. Yes, the movie is like a chess match, but one thing I'm never sure about: Who one? It looks like it was a stalemate!
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    Favourite Ingrid Bergman films?

    Yes, that is interesting. I found the movie 'nice' but I wouldn't rate it as one of my favorites. Just not enough juice to keep me interested. Also as the part is written Ingrid has to act 'silly' and while that often works with younger women (i.e. is funny), it just looks silly with women over 40.
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    Favourite Ingrid Bergman films?

    I agree with your picks but I would add her first American film; Intermenzo with Leslie Howard. Love this movie. So lets make it top 5 favorites!
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    The Lion in Winter

    Very good point. Yes, there are movies, music, and other forms of Art that I don't enjoy but that doesn't mean they are 'junk'. It often just means that I'm not willing to be in the energy to enjoy these art forms (e.g. opera for me or for many people jazz, both which are developed tastes in my view like fine wine). And yes some art might just be of lesser quality but to call something that is respected and value by so many 'junk' is over the top. But, yea, I now remember that Garbo discussion. Like I said I can see why Lion might get on one nerves since there is little action and the movie is mostly just a verbal sparing between Kate and Peter. I happen to get a kick out of it but hey I liked Virginna Woolf also!
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    Frank Sinatra-Actor or no Actor?

    Yes, I did know what you said about Miles and many jazz 'cats' do the same thing. I also learned this many years ago from one of my jazz guitar teachers. Playing the 'head' (melody), on guitar is often difficult to get a hip sound. Yea, I was playing the right notes but not getting the right feeling. My teacher told me to play like Sinatra. Well I hadn't listened to him a lot so I didn't know what he meant. It was all about that great Frank phrasing. So I got some Frank CDs and started to listen and play along with them. At first I would be playing notes when Frank wasn't singing and vice-versa. Well this was because Frank pauses, for just a micro second at the perfect places. Ah, that phrasing.
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    FAvorite Film Director

    Howard Hawks followed closely by Billy Wilder.
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    Who Would You Like to See Featured As Star of the Month?

    I agree that there should be no repeats at least for 3 - 4 years. I would like to see Leslie Howard be SOTM since he never has and he is a first rate actor and star in my view. Yea he died young and thus didn't make a lot of movies like some others but there are enough first rate movies to have him be SOTM. Also a good idea someone here had was for character actors to get their due. Freature a guy and gal one month a year or something like that before repeating someone.
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    Frank Sinatra-Actor or no Actor?

    Yes, Sinatra didn't sing certain types of songs better than other singers and your Beatles examples is a good one. But no one sang the Cole songbook better than Frank in my view and his work with Riddle is one there as some of the best of all time.
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    Who Would You Like to See Featured As Star of the Month?

    What Leslie Howard has never been STOM? Well he should be. Thanks for the list no Leslie Howard is a crime in my view.
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    Who Would You Like to See Featured As Star of the Month?

    What a great idea. Pick a 2 or 3 days each week of the month and feature, say, 2 character actor per each of those days. This would allow for around 16 to 24 actors. I would start with Walter Brennan, to me #1 when it comes to character actors but there are so many and they need to get their due! Jenkins was in so many great movies like Dead End, Balls of Fire, etc... Gail Patrick was a very fine actress and who can forget her as the bad gal in My Man Godfrey or the other women (wife), in My Favorite Wife.
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    The Lion in Winter

    Well I guess it is a matter of taste. Not liking something doesn't make it 'junk' in my view. Anyhow, my wife feels the same way about the movie as you do mainly because she feels everyone is always yelling. I enjoy the movie for its great acting but I can see why it would get on ones nerves.
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    Frank Sinatra-Actor or no Actor?

    Yes, having Bando in a musical was very strange casting but he was the big new box office star and they wanted him to be in the production. But no one sings Luck Be A Lady better than Frank. In fact that is true about most songs! It isn't that Frank had the best voice (I feel that is Nat King Cole), but that he had the best phrasing.
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    Any Gary Cooper Fans?

    I like Deeds more because the ending is better and less of a downer, but both are great movies and I love both Barbara and Jean. Barbara was the better actress but Jean was very funny and was a star in so many funny movies with many different actors, like Cary Grant.
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    Three Greatest Actors in History

    Well if The Bribe was never made then Steve Martin wouldn't of been able to use so much of it in his film noir comedy. The Bribe is at the heart of Martin's movie and the scene that are to be taken seriously are used to great comedic effect in the Martin movie.
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    Fun facts about your favorite stars

    Yes, George was a little 'wooden' in Tiffany but I feel it fits the part. In the situation he was in (i.e. a gigolo and an intellectual but a failure) he didn't have a much to have any emotion about. In other words he hated his life even though it was an easy life. Thus in most of the scenes he is an outsider just watching the action. This is very clear during the great party scene. He doesn't get annoyed or upset but just stands apart from the craziness. But he is decent enough and on the ball guy to help the foreign gettleman get out a jam and George carries this well. Also since Holly was way over the top with her emotions the way George played his role gave the movie just the right balance. George did go on to make some A list movies that were good but he decided to take the easy route and go to TV for the steady paycheck.
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    William Powell

    William Powell is one of my favorite actors. He has so much class and style but is very funny also. Him and Loy have to be one of the top pairs in movie history.
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    Three Greatest Actors in History

    Very solid choices and I see you separate ability (which is how I would define 'greatest'), from favorite (which is only based on personal taste). I would put Roland Coleman as the third major actor in the group you had.

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