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filmnoirguy

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  1. After my son and I attended Debbie's show at her Las Vegas Hotel in 1998, we went to her Movie Museum also located in the hotel. Her employee in the museum, Bob Isoz, gave a presentation of her many costumes complete with revolving stage. We saw Betty Grable's dress from The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, Gene Kelly's and Donald O'Connor's suits from the "Fit as a Fiddle" number in Singin' in the Rain (they looked so small!), Marilyn's pleated dress in The Seven Year Itch (Bob pointed out that it was similar to a yellow dress Grable had worn in 1951's Meet Me After the Show) Charlton
  2. I'm quite sure that 3 years ago, back in October, 2017 there was an announcement thread about her death.
  3. I recently read that Clark Gable regarded his performance as Gay Langland in 1961's The Misfits as his best and his favorite. It was also his last.
  4. My favorites include her Best Actress Oscar nod playing Alice Tripp in A Place in the Sun, Charlotte Haze with her cherry pies in Lolita, Ruby in Alfie, and Lola Manners in Winchester '73.
  5. It's like losing an old friend. I watched Jeopardy most every day at 4:30 pm. Goodbye, Alex Trebek. It's been quite a ride.
  6. What I enjoy about Macy's Thanksgiving Parade are the Broadway show tunes performed by the current New York casts. Three movies we like to rotate (one per year) are 1947's Miracle on 34th Street, Hannah and Her Sisters, and even though it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving, The Trip to Bountiful.
  7. How about Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein? Maltin writes: "All-time great horror-comedy still works beautifully, mainly because the monster's play it straight." 😱 On Halloween, we're watching the director's cut of The Exorcist with 11 additional minutes that add something creepy-crawly to the film. 👹 Neither is really a ghost story, but beggars can't be choosers on Halloween 2020 (or something like that!). 😷
  8. Saxon was also good in This Happy Feeling with Debbie Reynolds and Unforgiven with Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster.
  9. Somewhere in the past I've read that while filming Vertigo Hitchcock was talking to Stewart about starring in North By Northwest. When Vertigo wasn't the expected hit, Hitchcock decided that maybe it was because Stewart looked too old for not only the role of Scotty Ferguson, but also for Roger Thornhill. Enter Cary Grant who was 4 years older than James Stewart. Personally, I'm glad Stewart was cast in Vertigo, and equally glad Grant was cast in North By Northwest.
  10. Rear Window is not only my favorite Hitchcock mystery, but also my fourth favorite film of all time. Having said that, I think James Stewart was robbed of an Oscar nod for Vertigo. In my opinion, it was the Best Actor's performance of 1958. I own both movies on Blu-ray and watch each once a year. Other Hitchcock films that are favorites include Strangers on a Train, North By Northwest, Psycho, Rebecca. In fact, I've never seen one of his movies I haven't liked. His daughter Pat wrote that putting Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant together in an espionage story set in post WW2 South
  11. My favorite MGM musical is 1951's Show Boat, thanks in part to the brilliant dancing of Marge and Gower Champion. They have two numbers---"I Might Fall Back on You"," an original song that was written especially for this movie version, and "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" that was written for the 1927 Broadway show. The teams dancing to "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" in 1952's Lovely to Look At is also superb. A third musical movie of theirs that I like is 1955's Three for the Show from Columbia. Marge and Gower received star billing with Betty Grable and Jack Lemmon. While the story is rather
  12. I love Top 10 Lists so much, I usually expand it to a Top Baker's Dozen List. Since Gregory Peck is one of my favorites from the Golden Age, here is mine (in order of release): 1. The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) 2. Spellbound (1945) 3. The Yearling (1946) 4. Gentleman's Agreement (1947) 5. Twelve O'Clock High (1949) 6. The Gunfighter (1950) 7. Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) 8. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) 9. Roman Holiday (1953) 10. The Big Country (1958) 11. On the Beach (1959) 12. The Guns of Navarone (1961) 1
  13. Arlene Dahl graduated from the same high school my two (now adult) children graduated from. So, of course, I had to show them a couple of her movies at the time. Will try to find Slightly Scarlet if its available.
  14. Both Rhonda Fleming and Arlene Dahl were ravishing redheads. I wish they could have played sisters in a film. Both Rhonda and Doris Day (2019) were 97 when they died. Will this age be the new norm? A good long life!
  15. Boy, did this thread veer off course. To get back on track, Shane is my all-time favorite western. My all-time favorite movie is Sunset Blvd. Which would also make it my favorite film noir and favorite drama and favorite black comedy. So I'll go with Sunset Blvd. as my personal perfect movie.
  16. When Gene Kelly's wife, Patricia, asked him about other dancers, Kelly replied "The best all-around dancer we had over at MGM was Tommy Rall. He could do anything and do it better than any other dancer."
  17. Betty Grable first wore this style of dress with the "strong pleating" in 1951's Meet Me After the Show. I think it may have been yellow.
  18. You mean the least attractive to lease?
  19. I Believe in Music became Mac Davis's signature song. He would end all of his shows singing it. RIP Mac Davis.
  20. RIP Helen Reddy. Singer-songwriter Mac Davis also died yesterday at age 78.
  21. Haven't gone through all 27 pages, so if this has been mentioned, please excuse me: Opening of Sunset Blvd. with Joe Gillis's dead body floating in the swimming pool as the cops arrive to fish him out. Closing of Sunset Blvd. with a seriously delusional Norma Desmond coming toward the camera for her final close-up.
  22. Thelma received Supporting Oscar nods for All About Eve, The Mating Season, With a Song in My Heart, Pickup on South Street, Pillow Talk, and Birdman of Alcatraz. Unfortunately, no wins.
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