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Everything posted by filmnoirguy

  1. After Dean Stockwell died in November, I watched, once again, Compulsion. Both Bradford and Dean were brilliant, as was the movie.
  2. I would like to know the story behind the quote on Fred Astaire's marker. I imagine he's buried next to his first wife of 21 years, Phyllis. Was he directing the quote to her? Or she to him? Or was it written by his second wife of about 7 years, Robyn, and directed to Fred? And who is the Thank You directed to? Was it his own quote directed to Phyllis or maybe to his fans? Or, if written by Robyn, which would be unusual if he is buried next to Phyllis, directed to Fred?
  3. Of the two, my choice is 1939 for all the films listed above. Granted, 1957 was a great year, but my personal favorites of the 1950's decade are: 1950 & 1951. One more 1957 movie that's a favorite of mine is A Hatful of Rain directed by the great Fred Zinnemann.
  4. I guess I'm all Godfathered, or Codfathered, out. Enough is enough. Great poster, though.
  5. Esther Williams, married to Fernando Lamas in 1969 until his death in 1982, was cremated and her remains were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
  6. The Ronettes were the best. Rest in peace, Rest in paradise, Ronnie Spector.
  7. Many people today are choosing cremation, and if the remains aren't buried there usually is no marker (although some still choose to have one at a cemetery). William Holden was cremated and his ashes were distributed from a plane over the Pacific Ocean. Sounds like a good plan to me.
  8. Rooney Mara is also a producer for the biopic. According to the New York Post, Lily Collins' fans are furious that she wasn't cast. The article states: "Hell hath no fury like an "Emily in Paris" fan scorned."
  9. Hud is also my favorite Newman movie and performance. It's on my all-time Top 10 List. Runners-up: The Hustler and The Verdict.
  10. 1. Rear Window (1954) 2. Strangers on a Train (1951) 3. North by Northwest (1959) 4. Vertigo (1958) 5. Rebecca (1940)
  11. Show biz deaths do come in threes: Rest in peace, rest in paradise Betty White, Peter Bogdanovich, Sidney Poitier.
  12. I watched a matinee of The Last Picture Show today and it's just as good as when I saw it in a theater in 1971. Loved all of his pictures, but this one was my all-time favorite. Rest in peace, rest in paradise, Peter Bogdanovich.
  13. Eileen Brennan who played the waitress at the greasy spoon in The Last Picture Show. All the others received the great reviews and accolades (well deserved) but Brennan steals every scene she's in. Directed and co-written by Peter Bogdanovich who died today at age 82.
  14. Inglewood Park Cemetery Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, director Walter Lang, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Edgar Bergen, Gypsy Rose Lee, silent comedian Louise Fazenda, cowboy star Allan "Rocky" Lane, Sugar Ray Robinson, singer-songwriter Billy Preston, LA Mayor Tom Bradley.
  15. I believe that little boy in the dress and the mustache was Darryl Hickman.
  16. Last night I watched an excellent print of the 1947 version (I had recorded it recently from Movies!) and once again it blew me away. I hadn't seen it in a couple of decades. In my opinion, 1947 was one of the best years for film, but I still am amazed it didn't receive one Oscar nod. I understand it didn't do very well at the box office and may have been ahead of its time for movie goers. Tyrone Power never received a nomination in his career, and I've read that Nightmare Alley was his personal favorite. He certainly was at the top of his game. Any of the supporting actresses could als
  17. I also enjoyed Elisha Cook, Jr's performance as the hotel desk clerk in the film noir I Wake Up Screaming (1941).
  18. I realize what the post was trying to say. I was simply making a comment.
  19. Unfortunately, Bogie and Bergman didn't win their Oscars for Casablanca. Likewise with Claude Rains who never took the gold guy home.
  20. That "high stepping dame" reminds me of MGM's Virginia O'Brien who was a tall woman. Very good colorization. The only black & white feature film I've seen that is actually better after being colorized is 1942's Holiday Inn that should have been filmed in color to begin with. The color, I believe done by an Austrailian company, is surprisingly beautiful.
  21. Another one was Jane Powell. Born Suzanne Burce, she played the character of Jane Powell in her first film musical, Song of the Open Road (1944) and took it as her professional name prior to the release of this film.
  22. A friend of mine worked for a major airline in charge of VIPs back in the day. He said the worst person he ever had to deal with was Lucille Ball. She was throwing the "f" word around right and left. Guess it didn't help that she was half in the bag.
  23. Somewhere in the past I read that Harry Cohn bought Born Yesterday for Rita Hayworth. But when she married Prince Aly Khan on May 27, 1949 he was forced to replace her. Jean Arthur had been in rehearsals for the Broadway play, when she suddenly insisted that the playwright Garson Kanin re-write her character so that Billy Dawn would not come across as a kept woman. He refused, she quit. Enter her understudy, Judy Holliday, who had 3 days to memorize the entire role. So I can understand Arthur not taking the movie role, if offered, because Dawn was still a kept woman in the film. Lana T
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