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Posts posted by SueSueApplegate

  1. Dude, you rock! I loved that movie. I originally saw it in a theater, not on television.

    One of my all time faves...Barbara Hale just picks up what's left with her

    dignity and marches on in the mink...Hayes and that twinkle in her

    eyes...the dinginess and desperation in Heflin's eyes...the perpetual

    hope of Maureen's character as she presses up to the glass and

    realizes she can't do anything...Seberg was perfect...Lancaster

    typical bragadaccio...

  2. Sorry. Didn't wind it up. The kitty jumped on the boards.


    The first time I viewed The Ladykillers was the first time I fell in love

    with Guinness on the screen. I have the boxed set that also has

    the Lavender Hill Mob.Has anyone read his autobiographies?

    Simply charming, like the man himself.


    I also enjoyed The Ruling Class with Peter O'Toole.

  3. True. I enjoy Sellers when I'm in the mood, but sometimes it's obvious he's

    trying too hard.


    I'm an Ealing fan and was lucky enough to go to the UK last summer. The first

    time I viewed The Ladykillers

  4. I, too, enjoyed his television show. He used to have a little girl visit at the end

    named "Victoria," I think. I was about her age at the time, and he seemed

    so genuinely attuned to the child in himself that he seemed to relate so naturally

    to her and the audience. (At least according to my memory.)

  5. It's so enjoyable to read so many well-informed ideas and opinions about classic movies. There are so many knowledgeable folks on these threads. I'm grateful

    for the insight and the info.

  6. I'd slow down, for sure. I have never forgotten his first role,

    Blackboard Jungle. A stellar inital role.


    He just always exuded the inner turmoil thing, and if I don't have

    my drama up front, I 'll just keep looking while it's lurking beneath

    the surface.

  7. Excellent point about Keel.


    I do , however, have a deep adoration for that song from Calamity Jane that he sings,


    "My love is higher than a hawk..."


    I used to sing it to my son as a lullaby before he went to sleep many moons


  8. I adored Unsinkable Molly Brown and I will never forget sitting in the theater

    with my mom and seeing it in its initial run. I kept thinking it was so LUCY

    of Debbie to hide the money in the stove!


    I also loved Presnell's non-singing role in Sam Peckinpah's The Glory Guys, and I couldn't believe how great he was in Fargo.


    What pipes!


    I heard him onstage when he and Debbie toured with the musical version

    of UMB.

  9. I am quick to agree, WILLKANE, that Brynner, Burton and Harris were higher on the savoir faire scale, but sometimes I just have to check out the double-wide.




    I thought Presnell never sounded better on film.

  10. Paint Your Wagon obviously does not have the cohesion that

    Seven Brides does, but I find much to love in it.


    One of the pinnacle songs, Harve Presnell's "They Call the Wind Maria,"

    is a rousing plea for a simple change in the weather and a lament about

    lost love, but it is emotionally stirring. Presnell is on his pipes here. Can't deny it.


    As for Lee Marvin "speaking" his song, why are there no complaints about

    Rex Harrison talking the chalk in My Fair Lady? Harrison was the perfect man for the part. Marvin simply met the demands of his character like Harrison did with verve and alacrity, while embodying ambivalent human need for change and divining impetus for the plot. The need to roam may be found in every

    trailer park in America and in every wagon headed West, but the ability

    to carry a tune is not always a gift given to every restless alcholic,

    onscreen or off


    As a whole, PTW does lack drive, but it does allow the frontier spirit

    to bubble. And its production period allowed the social theme of the

    film to coalesce with the times.


    I can dance to it, and I give it at least a 6. Just for the catering on location.

  11. Carne Tremula is translated Live Flesh and is also about

    social misfits finding acceptance but might be more accurately translated

    as Trembling Flesh, but Atame! (Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down)is the more obvious choice with the less than desirable translation.


    Thanks for the great questions! :)

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