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Everything posted by filmnoirguy

  1. Happy Go Lucky (1943) Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Rudy Valee, Eric Blore. Happy minor musical with Martin chasing millionaire Valee on Caribbean cruise. Betty Hutton scores by introducing her hit song "Murder He Says."
  2. I suppose the great Ethel Waters wasn't in enough movies to be Star of the Month. My two favorites are her Supporting Oscar nod for Pinky (1949) and her lead role in The Member of the Wedding (1952). Also enjoyed her in Cairo (1942), Cabin in the Sky (1943) and her turn in Stage Door Canteen (1943). Maybe TCM could have (or has had) a special day honoring her.
  3. The one saving grace for Beymer's performance was Jimmy Bryant (not to be confused with the famous guitar player) who provided the singing voice of Tony. And what a voice it was! While he received no screen credit (it was not allowed in those days) Bryant states that Beymer was "a nice guy, and every time he did an interview he would mention my name."
  4. Hitchcock originally wanted William Holden to play tennis player Guy Haines. But Holden, who was under contract to both Paramount and Columbia, declined. So the role went to WB contract player Farley Granger who gives what many critics think is his best performance. Over Hitchcock's objections, Jack Warner cast Ruth Roman as Anne Morton. The director, who preferred to cast blondes for his lead actresses, found her "bristling" and "lacking sex appeal" and said that she had been "foisted upon him." Roman became the target of Hitchcock's scorn throughout the filming. Granger said, "He had t
  5. I used to work in a grocery store as a kid. This store has always looked like a studio set with some canned goods on shelves. I just can't shake it!
  6. This past week I watched 3 films noir on Movies! Network. Of the 3, the one I enjoyed most was 1953's Dangerous Crossing with Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Casey Adams, Carl Betz and Mary Anderson. A thriller that takes place on an ocean liner with Crain playing a wealthy widow who is now on her honeymoon with new husband, Betz. Rennie is cast in the leading male role as the ship's doctor. Well acted by all and a surprise finish, to boot. In second place is 1941's Johnny Eager as played by Robert Taylor with Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Robert Sterling, Glenda Farrell, Barry Nelson an
  7. Awards season is ignoring Nightmare Alley. The Golden Globe nominees were announced today and not one nod. Nor the others like the New York Film Critics Circle. Oscar nods, anyone? New after I posted: Nightmare Alley earned 8 nominations for the Critics Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Visual Effects, Score, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup, Production Design. But no acting nods.
  8. Of course, in Stalag 17 Animal was pining for WW2 pin up Betty Grable.
  9. For musical pairs, I enjoy... Betty Grable and Dan Dailey in Mother Wore Tights, When My Baby Smiles at Me, My Blue Heaven, Call Me Mister Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel in Show Boat, Lovely to Look At, Kiss Me Kate Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes in State Fair Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye in Wonder Man, The Kid from Brooklyn, White Christmas Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor in Singin' in the Rain, I Love Melvin
  10. Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell introduced my favorite Christmas song "Silver Bells." It's the only one I can still play on the piano!
  11. Adding on to my previous posts: For 1972, I would add Deliverance, The Emigrants, Sleuth, The Ruling Class, Pete 'N' Tillie, Fat City, The Poseidon Adventure, The Candidate. For 1977, I'll add Annie Hall, Equus, Saturday Night Fever, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Pete's Dragon. For 1982: Missing, My Favorite Year, An Officer and a Gentleman, Das Boot, Diner, Blade Runner. For 1987: Fatal Attraction, Wall Street, Dark Eyes, Ironweed, Good Morning Vietnam,. The Untouchables, Throw Mama from the Train. For 1992, A Few Good Men, Scent of a Woman. For 1997: I'll add Good Wi
  12. Adding on to my previous post: For 1937, I would add Captains Courageous, Dead End, In Old Chicago, Lost Horizon. For 1942, Wake Island, The Pied Piper, Johnny Eager, Holiday Inn. For 1947, The Best Pic Oscar winner and a personal favorite, Gentleman's Agreement. Crossfire, Great Expectations, Kiss of Death, Smash Up---the Story of a Woman, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. For 1952, (see previous post). For 1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Hatful of Rain, Witness for the Prosecution, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. For 1962: Days of Wine and Roses, Whatever
  13. For 1952, I would add The Bad and the Beautiful, Sudden Fear, The Five Fingers, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Greatest Show on Earth, My Cousin Rachel, Viva Zapata! and The Member of the Wedding. I'll add to other years later.
  14. Being a Barbara Stanwyck fan (and Fred MacMurray, as well) my favorite holiday films include Remember the Night and Christmas in Connecticut with Dennis Morgan. Speaking of Preston Sturges, I also like Christmas in July which he both wrote and directed. Not really a holiday movie but a lot of fun all the way. Come to the Stable with Loretta Young and Celeste Holm as nuns from France who travel to Bethlehem, NY to build a children's hospital is a warm, sentimental comedy-drama. Oscar nods to Young, Holm and Elsa Lanchester as an artist who works in a stable. The original Mirac
  15. In addition to The Best Years of Our Lives and Laura, Dana Andrews is quite captivating in the 1945 musical State Fair (filmed 3 times, this is by far the best version). Even though his singing was dubbed, he plays the wise-cracking newspaper reporter Pat Gilbert with tongue firmly planted in cheek, adding a comedic touch that truly elevates his performance.
  16. I suppose in the mid 1940s when Columbia announced they were filming The Jolson Story, fans may have speculated that there wasn't enough drama to tell his story (other than his divorce from Ruby Keeler) and no one could possibly play Jolson, who was regarded as one of the top entertainers of the 1930s. The bio-musical opened to long lines at the box office earning 5 Oscar nods and 2 wins, including Larry Parks for Best Actor and William Demarest for Supporting Actor. Granted Jolson was still in good voice to sing the soundtrack which Parks lip synced. In 1952, when Susan Hayward played
  17. I don't recall whether Fred said that or not. But I do recall his second wife, former jockey Robyn Smith Astaire, did not allow his image or movie clips to be used without payment to her. In fact, when Ginger Rogers was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 1992, Robyn refused to allow any film footage of Astaire & Rogers dancing unless she was paid her price. Since the producers at the Kennedy Center never pay anyone for film clips or photos used in the program, they didn't agree and, of course, no film footage was used. As I recall, they showed stills of Ginger dancing with Fred cropp
  18. When I was writing/producing TV commericals in L.A., I was working on an ad with an actress who was in the cast of a rather well known TV show of the day. I mentioned something about the 1940s-50s movie actress, Jane Wyman. She said that the only show she had ever seen her in was Father Knows Best. I didn't bother to explain.,
  19. The New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture for 2021 went to Drive My Car. Other awards: The Power of the Dog, House of Gucci, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Licorice Pizza, The Worst Person in the World, The Lost Daughter and West Side Story.
  20. Compared with today's Beverly Hills' properties, it wasn't much of a house. But the large backyard was fantastic. I believe the woman who bought it was planning on tearing it down and building new.
  21. On its website, Doris Day's realtor had a tour of her house and grounds high on a hillside overlooking a golf course near Carmel. I visited it often and enjoyed the tour each time.
  22. The National Board of Review Best Picture for 2021 is Licorice Pizza. Runners-up are Belfast, Don't Look Up, Dune, A Hero, King Richard, Last Duel, Nightmare Alley, Red Rocket, The Tragedy of Macbeth and West Side Story. I haven't seen any of them so can't comment.
  23. I saw this in color on MOVIES! awhile back. The flesh tones were especially bad. It's a film noir that works best in black & white (as with most films noir).
  24. I've read that it bombed when released in 1948, but the fantasy musical Lubitsch was directing when he died, That Lady in Ermine, plays much better today. This past year I borrowed a friend's DVD and found myself laughing in all the right places. It had the Lubitsch touch up to a point, but after his death it was taken over by the rather heavy handed direction of Otto Preminger. Ernst Lubitsch was given sole directing credit.
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