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  1. How is she? Anyone know from the news? Thanks!
  2. BLINDFOLD is one of those fun 1960's films with a huge, fine cast that has possibly been forgotten. It's a blast to watch, and also interesting. But most of all, it's GREAT Rock Hudson. Fans! Don't miss this thriller. Also starring Claudia Cardinale, Jack Warden, Guy Stockwell, Brad Dexter, Anne Seymour, Vitto Scotti, Hari Rhodes, Ned Glass, Mort Mills, and best of ALL, Alejandro Rey, who would soon star in the tv-series "The Flying Nun".
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    DARKEST HOUR - "underground folks" meet Churchill

    Very true (or untrue!) I know-they talked about it in the commentary track. Fiction tells truth that reality obscures, though. IRL, Churchill was constantly drinking, and because of this asthma/emphysema (or simply his smoking) he was unable to negotiate the stairs up and down to the basement "war rooms" and had to be carried both ways. They have never referred to this in films about Churchill, but it is the truth. Or, at least, what they told us when we toured the actual "war rooms" in London. (I LOVE the underground scene, though Churchill probably couldn't have negotiated the steps up and down into the Underground system. But that doesn't mean it isn't true)
  4. This somber, sometimes GRIM movie has some bright spots. A marmalade cat under Churchill's bed, a corgi dog begging at the King's lunch table. But the "epic" adventure scene is Churchill getting on the Underground from St. James Park station to Westminster station. There he meets a cross-section of Londoners, with TONS of "subtext" about them that the Director's commentary hints at, to leave us wondering. An inter-racial couple --- a woman who is "obviously" a Socialist because she wears a plaid shirt and a beret (?) -- --- an adorable infant who looks like Churchill ---- other folks of various accents that are imperceptible to an American audience, as well. But again, Churchill dominates the scene (as he did everywhere in life.) A great addition (esp. "underground") to WW2 movies set in London.
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    the heavenly misery of MIDNIGHT LACE (1960)!

    Actually, there is something so WONDERFUL about a gorgeous, perfectly styled and dressed wealthy woman coming unglued for no reason at all. It's just so darned feminine. You want to tell them "call your lawyers right now!" They (esp. Doris Day!) are so sweet. The smallest things during their days drive them nuts -- answering the phone, or the doorbell, or dealing with Cops with pity in their eyes. I just LOVE them, and want the best for them---like a second marriage to adorable John Gavin! WHERE is the movie we want to see---? Poor (gorgeous) Kim Kardasian getting threatened, bound up with duct tape, and robbed in her exclusive Paris hotel. "Kim!" we want to say---"call your lawyers right now and sue the pants off this fancy hotel!".
  6. as "fem jep" films go, this is probably the best ever. (Films in which a lovely woman is in jeopardy!) The right mix of wardrobe, stunning star, jewelry, and beautiful sets. Doris Day looks fantastic, acts her heart out (especially in the gut-wrenching, very brief "elevator scene"). And, of course, is simply living her life---USED by her own husband (Rex Harrison / Martin Melcher) to make money, innocent of his machinations. EVERYONE in the cast has something of an agenda, and likes to "play" other people. The stars never are in London, but who cares? This film is a total blast, creepy, very entertaining, and wonderfully silly at the same time. Best of all, it's a showcase for JOHN GAVIN, who deserved much more from Hollywood. He steals it.
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    the heavenly misery of MIDNIGHT LACE (1960)!

    Thanks, fans! ANOTHER totally neglected "pretend we're in London" film is 23 PACES TO BAKER STREET (1956). it would make a fantastic double-bill with MIDNIGHT LACE, too. Stars: Van Johnson and Vera Miles---Directed by Henry Hathaway! And, sort of like MIDNIGHT LACE, this is a "jeopardy" film, but the one in jeopardy is dear Van Johnson, who is blind, although he is a successful playwright renting a fine apartment in London, he stumbles across an adventure and a bunch of vicious crooks. As in MIDNIGHT LACE, the British police are amused and dismissive. So Van and Vera and his English butler (Cecil Parker) have to solve the case all on their own, with a climax that is sort of a mix of MIDNIGHT LACE, and WAIT UNTIL DARK.
  8. Doris Day predicts her own life in this wonderful crazy film. Attentive husband (Martin Melcher/Rex Harrison) who loves not his wife, but his wife's MONEY (or, in real life, his wife's earning potential in Hollywood.) Toss in a slew of wonderful, interesting, has-been stars who happen to be on contract and you have a blast of escapism to the harsh reality of marriage for a rich woman. That is, vicitimization! Get out, Doris, while you can! Found an animal shelter and deal with non-humans, who won't stab you in the back or call you crazy. Run, Doris!
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    Hooked on...The Letter!

    DON'T miss the Jeanne Eagels version of THE LETTER. Just before she died (1929), she gave the performance of her life in THE LETTER (1929.)
  10. I love "Dr. Blake Mysteries" (an Australian series set in 1959). In the first episode of the series ("Still Waters"), teenagers in Ballarat Australia are gathered in front of a movie theatre showing IMITATION OF LIFE, starring Lana Turner, released in 1959. In a later episode (season 2, episode 5, "Crossing the Line"), a murder takes place in a movie theatre during the showing of VERTIGO, released in 1958, but probably not shown in Australia until 1959. But in Season 1, episode 3 ("Death of a Travelling Salesman") of "Dr. Blake Mysteries", the Doctor points to a magazine article featuring William Holden, promoting his "new" film THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR, released in 1962. A magazine from the near future? Or a goof in the props department.???
  11. AMERICA lyrics, West Side Story, film version ANITA Puerto Rico, My heart’s devotion-- Let it sink back in the ocean. Always the hurricanes blowing, Always the population growing, And the money owing. And the sunlight streaming, And the natives steaming. I like the island Manhattan, Smoke on your pipe and put that in. The governor of Puerto Rico was saying on tv that they didn't want MORE people leaving the island. Isn't it time for everyone to face the DECADES of disrespect that have been leveled at our own Territory? Leonard Bernstein has a lot to answer for, doesn't he? Other Caribbean locales have (or had) a reputation as a gorgeous fun vacation paradise. Isn't "talking up" Puerto Rico in the American interest? Why doesn't this island territory have all the luxuries and infrastructure that a stunning resort deserves? Where is the Marketing Team?
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    Finally! I Have Seen All Of Cary Grant's Films

    Super to hear from a REAL FAN (of anyone!) (IMHO, i'm sick of star "biography" writers who don't even bother to watch their subject's movies!) Great to read your post. I would have to say FATHER GOOSE, because that role was the hardest for him to film and to "sell" to an audience, and still make wonderful after many years. A selfish, hermit, alcoholic who has hidden away in Micronesia, and who is still wonderful to watch and to get to know. Cary nails it.
  13. watching the "extras" for DR. STRANGELOVE, it seems that Kubrick is totally supported and styled by British crew and experts. Shouldn't we see his work as a "hybrid"? And why the MASSIVE fascination and hilarious treatment of DEATH? Artistry, or just weirdness?
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    Seven Days In May

    Thanks very much! it's strange that "big-budget" films are devoted to this in the 1960's. You would think some GREAT ones could be made right now! The only contender (and I may have missed some) is the TV-SERIES "Designated Survivor". It's grand, it's terrifying, and it's detailed.
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    Ranking 144 1954 Movies

    1954 was really Grace Kelly's year! thanks for this interesting list.....
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    Seven Days In May

    b&w---OF course, the real answer may be in Kirk Douglas' autobiography, (ditto Burt Lancaster, etc. etc.) but i would think the B&w treatment would be because this is a pretend "documentary." it was meant to excite fear, in the great tradition of 2 classic tv-series, "Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Black and white means SERIOUSNESS. it's also easier to make locations seem proper if you just use B&w. There is the long tradition of "film noir", where a minus (low-budget) was turned in to a plus (realism, fear, angst, etc.) by the use of black and white film. This is US government "noir" in a big way, like MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE BEST MAN, ADVISE AND CONSENT and DR. STRANGELOVE.
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    What I've Seen - 1943

    as to the "correctness" of THE LETTER (Bette Davis version)--- I meant that this is a "movie" movie---lots of entertainment, great camera angles, hard work by all the cast members. It is easier to watch than the pre-code version. The Pre-code version (Jeanne Eagles) is more like an "indie" film.
  18. Betting that CHARLES sticks as the new prince's name. How do the ENGLISH posters feel about LOUIS? Honestly?
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    What I've Seen - 1943

    When you get in the "mood", you won't be disappointed in THE LETTER (1929) A role that Eagles was born to play. She was a babe. And her VOICE!!!!--weird, abused, lovely. The later version is "correct", but the 1929 one is thrilling!
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    What I've Seen - 1943

    About: GONE WITH THE WIND---it is a film of women's liberation, and always will be. Can you understand Scarlett's journey to consciousness and self-reliance? It's epic. If it bores you, read the BOOK---period details, personalities (including the Slaves) and battles. ----->Thanks for these gorgeous posts and the photos and video---especially of A NOUS LA LIBERTE! --------------------- How is it possible not to get hold of THE LETTER? Do you mean the JEANNE EAGLES version, or the Bette Davis one?
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    Favorite movie fashions?

    Ali McGraw in GOODBYE, COLUMBUS (all clothes supplied by "The Villager" line.) Perfection.
  22. Thanks, fan for posting about Marlene Dietrich! Of course she is and will always be a STAR. She also worked hard to entertain the troops during WW2---touring Europe during the fighting! She did so much touring on the "front" that Richard Conte's character in A WALK IN THE SUN jokes about it--that they might see her coming down the road in Italy during their maneuver....
  23. In the mystery novel set in 1920's Hollywood, RENTING SILENCE, by Mary Miley, (2016) it is revealed that Mary Pickford, famous for playing children even when she was middle-aged, had her sets and set furniture built larger than life, and used very "tall" actors for the adults in her films.
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    Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    Has anyone seen: THE PUPPET MASTERS (original book by Robert Heinlein) I just read the book, and was wondering if the film/tv-show was worth seeing. thanks if you know!
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    Strange things in 50s and 60s sci-fi movies

    The horror that can never say it's name----COMMUNISM. Aren't the 1950's s/f films all about the Communist takeover of the USA? this anguish was "REAL" in the 1950's, and commies could arrive in many secretive forms: plants, space dust, aliens who crawled through the desert leaving sparkly trails, and even your own PARENTS! The main thing was to be AFRAID. they were here to eat, kill, and enslave us!

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