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Sgt_Markoff

Worst movie from your favorite talents...

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Just for fun. Can be any star from in front of --or behind --the camera.

For example, I like Gene Hackman in almost anything from his heyday but there's a couple flicks of his which I have zero interest in.

"Zandy's Bride" for one. Gorgeous western cinematography, but Hackman plays a hard-nosed and unpleasant SOB. Practically a wife-beater. Even if I could stomach that, the wife in question is the singularly homely Sarah Miles? Vera Miles? (sometimes just can't keep those two straight).

Discuss.

p.s. keep it clean! No expletives, please.

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Jimmy Stewart's worst film is undoubtedly the one where he played the harried father of a young boy (played by Billy Mumy?) obsessed with --and writing letters to --Brigitte Bardot. Its so bad I don't even want to remember the name of it.

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One film contains my least favorite performances from two of my favorite stars. Although in real life, they became good friends on this assignment.

'Rachel and the Stranger' with Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum, and William Holden. A rather pointless frontier romance.

 

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Cary Grant's least-enjoyable performance: he plays an XMAS-minded 'angel' in 'The Bishop's Wife'. Yuck.

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On 12/9/2018 at 7:09 AM, Sgt_Markoff said:

'Rachel and the Stranger' with Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum, and William Holden. A rather pointless frontier romance.

It was RKO's biggest hit in 1948. I've read the short story, by author Howard Fast. It's amazing they were able to get 80 minutes of on-screen drama from it. It's a character study more than anything.

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So odd to learn this. Thx. But y'know its uncannily true that there's some year's harvests of titles where the apparently mediocre flicks were the ones which made the box office percolate and rose --like cream or crust--to the top of the churn. 'Saratoga Trunk' comes to mind, whatever year that was.

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Next: Spencer Tracy. Does he have a real clinker laying in the bottom of the grate?

I'd have to ponder this one a bit; but I'm thinking it may be "Edward, My Son".

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Maybe Cass Timberlane (1948)? It was based on Sinclair Lewis, but the movie was more soap-ish than most of Tracy's films. His love interest (more like infatuation, really) was Lana Turner, who could sometimes pull a performance out of her ***, but struggled in this one, in my opinion. The whole thing didn't make much sense. 

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On 12/4/2018 at 1:51 PM, Sgt_Markoff said:

"Zandy's Bride" for one. Gorgeous western cinematography, but Hackman plays a hard-nosed and unpleasant SOB. Practically a wife-beater. Even if I could stomach that, the wife in question is the singularly homely Sarah Miles? Vera Miles? (sometimes just can't keep those two straight).

The wife you found so ugly is Liv Ullman.

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Elliott Gould--another Brooklyn native like Eli Wallach--I'm a firm fan of the Gould Man. Almost always turns in a fine result.

But without any doubt in my mind, his very worst film is surely an abomination called, 'Little Murders' co-starring Jessica Walter.

Incredible to believe in retrospect but I went to see it on the big screen gambling with confidence that it'd be good. A black comedy.

Instead it made me question whether I could hold down the popcorn I'd consumed.

In a supporting role in the flick, another groan--Doris Roberts. I don't know what it is about this star but she makes me grind my molars. Hate her voice, her whole appearance, cant abide anything about her. 

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