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  1. How about Marilyn for The Misfits? Recently read that Clark Gable regarded his performance in The Misfits as his best.
  2. I think Cary Grant should have been nominated for his two Hichtcock's: Notorious and especially North by Northwest,
  3. I never saw a William Wyler movie I didn't like. But my top favorites are (in order of release): Dodsworth, Dead End, Jezebel, Wuthering Heights, The Westerner, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Heiress, Detective Story, Roman Holiday, Friendly Persuasion, The Big Country, Ben-Hur, Funny Girl.
  4. So true! MacMurray was robbed of an Oscar nod for playing Walter Neff in Double Indemnity.
  5. The opening of Funny Girl. We see the back of a woman in leopard skin coat and hat walking up to and past a theater marquee, down the side alley and through the stage door. She walks past the man in the booth who is so engrossed in his newspaper he doesn't notice her, down a hall and stops in front of her dressing room door, then enters. She walks up to a full length mirror. For the first time we see her face, partially hidden by the collar of her coat, reflected in the mirror. She says: "Hello, gorgeous."
  6. As someone said at this year's Golden Globes, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was so long that by the end of the movie, Leonardo DiCaprio's date to the premiere was too old for him.
  7. I have Leonard Maltin's 2015 Movie Guide and the Second Edition of his Classic Movie Guide. In other words, he is my " go-to guy" for movie reviews. So I'm glad to see Maltin is getting some recognition from TCM. And what better way than the Robert Osborne Award! As a side-bar: I am disappointed that his Movie Guide is no longer published in book form. I still look up movie reviews in his last edition which is getting shop worn to say the least. And I must admit I don't always agree with his ratings. Although movies like The Shawshank Redemption, A Place in the Sun, An American in Paris, MGM's version of Show Boat, Ace in the Hole, Gentleman's Agreement, The Yearling, 1959's Ben-Hur, Funny Girl, et al, received good to very good reviews, they are still rated a bit lower than I would rate them. Likewise, some, in my opinion, are rated too high. But that's part of the fun of reading reviews by Maltin and his staff. I can usually depend on his ratings and reviews to guide me to movies worth watching. And 99 times out of 100, I agree or at least appreciate his views. I certainly agreed with his 4 star reviews of some of my all-time favorites: Sunset Blvd., The Best Years of Our Lives, The Grapes of Wrath, Singin' in the Rain, Shane, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, The Caine Mutiny, East of Eden, Giant, The Bridge on the River Kwai, North By Northwest.... plus! Thank you, TCM and congrats to Leonard Maltin!
  8. She's so affected, she was rather painful for me to watch in this interview. Loved her in Vertigo, Picnic, Pal Joey, Man with the Golden Arm, however.
  9. I have nearly 200 of my favorite movies on DVD or Blu-ray. I have them all listed with viewing dates on My Docs so I can keep track. Enjoy watching them once every 3 to 5 years. The longer I wait, the more I enjoy a movie. And I'm amazed at what I've forgotten!
  10. According to one of Betty's best friends, she paid off Harry's Las Vegas gambling debts of $100,000 to save his skin. And this was after their divorce and after he had married a much younger woman.
  11. Good title, yanceycravat. I'm sure Kookie would have liked it!
  12. Sunset Blvd. has my personal favorite opening and closing scenes. Thanks, SansFin!
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