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    TWO word titles

    From 1958
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    TWO word titles

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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Yes, indeed. They made nine films together at Universal: HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL? (1952) MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954) TAZA SON OF COCHISE (1954) ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT (1955) WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956) NEVER SAY GOODBYE (1956) THE TARNISHED ANGELS (1957) BATTLE HYMN (1957)
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    Name the Western

    MCLINTOCK! (1963) Next: Frank Sinatra
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    FLIPPER (1963)
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    Michael Cimino was a fan of CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT (1955). So it obviously inspired his later film. I am glad you referenced this since I didn't include that bit of trivia in the review.
  7. Thanks for explaining. Is that where you limit the number of premieres? It's been a long time since I've done one of these, and I'd forgotten some of the rules. I might try one of these again...they're fun. A lot of work, but still fun.
  8. What are Mandatory Challenges? I didn't understand what this phrase meant.
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Essential: CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT (1955) Universal went to Ireland to produce this picture. None of it was filmed in Hollywood, and the scenery is must-see. While the leads were Americans, the supporting cast was entirely comprised of top Irish actors. So the performances are particularly authentic. Even Rock Hudson, an Irish-American, does a convincing job playing the title character-- a rogue highwayman in the early 1800s. This wasn't the first time Hudson had worked with director Douglas Sirk, and it certainly wouldn't be their last collaboration. By the mid-50s the handsome actor had become a household name, thanks to his appearance in Sirk's remake of MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION. As a result, he is extremely confident and every bit the star. Barbara Rush is on hand as his leading lady, and she exudes great confidence in her scenes, too. Like Hudson, she did several films with Sirk. The beginning of the story tells us that Ireland in the early 19th century is a place "bitter with resistance against foreign rule." In this case, foreign rule is English rule. But while the story might expectedly lapse into political drama, Sirk and screenwriter Oscar Brodney wisely keep the narrative focused on action, romance and the struggle of people to maintain their own identity. In that regard, the material is similar to Sirk's earlier effort, HITLER'S MADMAN. However, this is not so much a tale of oppression, but a tale of overcoming adversity. Hudson's character Michael Martin (a.k.a. Lightfoot) is presented somewhat amiably. In fact, he's rather foppish at times, making foolish mistakes. As a result there is comedy and lightness mixed in with the dark deeds of rebellion. Lightfoot and his pal Thunderbolt (Jeff Morrow) belong to a secret society intent on overthrowing outside rule. Together they commit crimes, mostly robbing from the rich, to finance the resistance efforts of the downtrodden. And while they might be bad men, they're not evil men. The more vulnerable aspects of Lightfoot's character are shown when he falls in love with Thunderbolt's daughter (Rush). It's obvious the studio spent a lot of money making this film, and it's a very entertaining romp. In some ways, it reminds me of family entertainment that Disney's live-action unit made during this time. The characters are larger than life, and their glorious adventures are fun in a most endearing way. It's a rousing spectacle. CAPTAIN LIGHTFOOT may currently be viewed on YouTube.
  10. You're thinking of a Paramount film from 1954 called SECRET OF THE INCAS. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_of_the_Incas
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    A to Z of Characters

    Jetson, George -- voiced by George O'Hanlon in JETSONS: THE MOVIE (1991)
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    *A to Z of Movies*

    DRIVE (2011)
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    Adapt Ability

    THE ODD COUPLE (1968) Next: Rose Franken
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    Adapt Ability

    20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954) Next: Wilkie Collins
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    Double Feature

    FOOTSTEPS IN THE DARK (1941) Next: THE SEA HAWK (1940) Flynn-Marshall double feature.

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