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*Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks*

 

It started with JOE VS. THE VOLCANO...then, it was SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE.

 

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*Could There Ever Be a Remake?*

 

The unthinkable occurred when Universal allowed a remake of PSYCHO. What if someone wanted to remake CITIZEN KANE...?

 

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*Early Marilyn Monroe*

 

She plays a waitress in Fox's DANGEROUS YEARS and is an uncredited square dancer in the studio's GREEN GRASS OF WYOMING.

 

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*Bit Part James Dean*

 

Early film roles include a part as a soda fountain customer in Universal's HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY GAL? and as a boxing opponent in Paramount's SAILOR BEWARE.

 

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*Femme Fatale: Jean Gillie*

 

The British beauty comes to Hollywood to do DECOY and an equally interesting role in THE MACOMBER AFFAIR.

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*Jean Simmons & Stewart Granger*

 

I love watching this magnetic couple act together on screen. They have the perfect chemistry and energy in films like ADAM & EVELYNE and YOUNG BESS.

 

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> Jean Simmons & Stewart Granger

 

and she threw Stewart Granger over for Richard Brooks.

 

Go figure.

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They both appear in CAESAR & CLEOPATRA (he has a much more prominent role than she does in that picture).

 

And they are very good together in a later British effort called FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOG. I wish TCM would dedicate a night to them.

 

Her movies with Brooks are interesting, too, but I think she works best with Granger.

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*Played Both Holmes & Watson*

 

Reginald Owen was one of a few select actors who portrayed Sherlock Holmes as well as Holmes' assistant, Dr. Watson. First, he is Watson in Fox's 1932 version of SHERLOCK HOLMES, then he is Holmes a year later in A STUDY IN SCARLET.

 

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*Anne Shirley as Anne Shirley*

 

Actress Dawn O'Day took the name of the popular literary character and played her in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and ANNE OF WINDY POPLARS.

 

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*Rich Girl in the Military*

 

This is a fun subgenre. Lana Turner goes from spoiled brat to team player in KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY, while Goldie Hawn pretty much does the same as PRIVATE BENJAMIN.

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*Wallace Beery & Marie Dressler*

 

The unlikely duo are a memorable team in MGM's MIN AND BILL and TUGBOAT ANNIE.

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*Show Boats*

 

Irene Dunne in the 1936 version; or Ava Gardner in the 1951 offering?

 

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*In Hollywood: Rene Claire*

 

The French director tries his luck in America. He works with Dietrich on THE FLAME OF NEW ORLEANS and with Linda Darnell in IT HAPPENED TOMORROW.

 

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*Barbara Hale & Robert Young*

 

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LADY LUCK...AND BABY MAKES THREE. Isn't she gorgeous!

 

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*Jean Arthur Directed by George Stevens*

 

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Starting with THE TALK OF THE TOWN and concluding with SHANE, which was her last feature film.

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*Unlikely Duo: Peter Lawford & Sammy Davis Jr.*

 

SALT AND PEPPER return ONE MORE TIME.

 

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*Doctor Robert Taylor*

 

Taylor went to college to become a doctor but dropped out. Instead, he became a glamorous movie star who played medics in several films like SOCIETY DOCTOR and the original MAGNIFICIENT OBSESSION.

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*Jim Bannon as Red Ryder*

 

It's time for THE FIGHTING REDHEAD, then THE COWBOY AND THE PRIZE FIGHTER.

 

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*Bette Davis & Ernest Borgnine*

 

They headline A CATERED AFFAIR with Debbie Reynolds, then hit the road in BUNNY O'HARE.

 

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*James Stewart Directed by Alfred Hitchcock*

 

It started with some ROPE and ended with VERTIGO.

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Am I the only one who actually liked ROPE while hating Stewart in it?

 

And I usually love Stewart in just about everything.

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I thought Stewart was acceptable in ROPE, though he did seem slightly miscast. Personally, I would've cast Robert Donat in the role, sort of a reverse twist on Mr. Chips and his boys.

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