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filmnoirguy

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  1. I guess I would call both Alien (1979) and its sequel Aliens (1986) space-age horror films. At least, they scared the hell out of me.
  2. Somewhere in the past I read that Linda was indirectly responsible for Alice Faye tearing up her contract at 20th Century Fox. Alice starred in 1945's Fallen Angel with Linda cast as the second female lead. When Zanuck saw the rushes, he realized Darnell was giving a provocative performance as the sultry waitress and ordered the film re-cut to feature more of her character. Faye's mousy heiress, in fact, doesn't appear until the movie is well underway. After watching the finished film at the studio, Faye, in a fit of rage, drove off the lot, tossing her dressing room keys to the guard at t
  3. If you've ever seen any of the old Sid Caesar shows from the 1950s (Caesar's Hour), Nanette was his comedic partner. I thought she was a good as his first partner Imogene Coca who was on Caesar's "Your Show of Shows." She was sensational as the "play's" co-writer Lily Marton (along with Oscar Levant) in "The Band Wagon," one of MGM's best musicals of the golden age. And later, she played Katherine Romano, the mother of lead character Ann Romano on the TV series "One Day at a Time." She also played the mother of niece Shelley's character on "Coach."
  4. Jan Clayton was in Spreadin' the Jam. It's about a young woman who is unable to pay her rent and gets help from her fellow tenants who organize a rent party with swing music and dancing.
  5. Most of their stage musicals adapted to the screen very well. The one exception is South Pacific. I do like the only musical the team ever wrote directly for the screen, 1945's State Fair.
  6. The house built for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (yes, an actual house!) still stands in the Malibu, CA. hills. The land is now part of Malibu Creek State Park, and the house is used for the administrative offices for park employees. Recently I read that several such houses were built across the USA. But back in 1948 (if I were alive) I would like to have lived there, with its red, green, yellow, blue, and white rooms. Speaking of Cary Grant, I also like the set for the house in 1947's The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. The bedrooms are so huge, as I recall each with a firep
  7. Bette Davis was forever criticizing her co-star Errol Flynn for his performance in 1939's The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Many years later, after Flynn's death, she watched the movie on TV and stated that Errol was a lot better than she had remembered, in fact he was very good. Upon hearing this, the late Flynn's wife, Patrice Wymore, said in an interview on TCM that she wished Errol could have heard her comment as it would have meant so much to him.
  8. When I saw Pulp Fiction in the theater, just as Eric Stolz plunged the needle into Uma Thurman's heart, the guy across the aisle stood up and let out a blood-curdling scream. I think everyone in the theater jumped about 10 feet. I know I did!
  9. I don't know if they necessarily look alike, but when I was getting into classic movies I would confuse Dana Andrews with Cornel Wilde. (Maybe you can supple the photos, Tikisoo?)
  10. Russell Arms was also a singer on the old TV show "Your Hit Parade" (1950-59) along with Dorothy Collins, Gisele MacKenzie and Snooky Lanson.
  11. So good in 1950's The Cage, 1951's Detective Story and 1955's Interrupted Melody, receiving Best Actress Oscar nods for all three. Also great performances in Scaramouche, The Man with the Golden Arm, The Woman in White, The Voice of the Turtle, Home from the Hill and Above and Beyond. Plus her supporting role as the Baroness in The Sound of Music. Great actress who deserves to be better remembered today.
  12. I prefer both. Love Stanwyck in her comedies, my favorite being her performance as Jean Harrington in The Lady Eve. Also laughed at her in Remember the Night, Ball of Fire and Christmas in Connecticut. Somewhere in the past, I read that Bette Davis turned down Connecticut opening the door for another great Stanwyck performance. Also Stanwyck was born for film noir as witnessed in Double Indemnity, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Sorry Wrong Number, The File on Thelma Jordan. Plus romantic dramas like My Reputation. Favorite Bette Davis performance is her Margo Channing in All Abou
  13. AFI's Top 100 Funniest Movies listed The Apartment at #20 and The Seven Year Itch at #51. No Animal Crackers, but the Marx Bros. scored with Duck Soup at #5, Night at the Opera at #12, A Day at the Races at #59 and Horse Feathers at #65. Buster Keaton in The General at #18, Sherlock, Jr. at #62 and The Navigator at #81. Chaplin in Gold Rush at #25, Modern Times at #33, The Great Dictator at #37 and City Lights at #38. Harold Lloyd in The Freshman at #79. Laurel and Hardy in Sons of the Desert at #96.
  14. My favorite movie of 1956 is Giant. Top Actor: Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life Top Actress: Elizabeth Taylor in Giant Top Supporting Actor: Tony Perkins in Friendly Persuasion Top Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind
  15. The AFI named Some Like It Hot as the #1 comedy in their 100 Funniest Movies of All Time, Any thoughts?
  16. I'm quite sure Jane Fonda got naked in Coming Home. I remember the first time they showed it in the middle of the night on TCM, it was the sanitized version for television. Guess who she was married to at the time.
  17. Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News had a very nice tribute to Willie Garson tonight.
  18. After leaving MGM, my favorite Jane Powell movie was 1957's The Girl Most Likely produced at RKO. Also starred Cliff Robertson, Keith Andes, Tommy Noonan, Kay Ballard and Una Merkel. Apparently it was the only film being produced at RKO before the original studio closed. Kay Ballard used to joke: "Our picture shut RKO down!"
  19. Then you absolutely don't want to see the 1974 musical version, "Mame" with Lucille Ball. Leonard Maltin rates it as a Bomb. More like an Atom Bomb.
  20. Ann Blyth was under contract to MGM in the 1950s. She sang beautifully in a few musicals: The Great Caruso, The Student Prince, Rosemarie and Kismet. Still with us at 93 years!
  21. As a sidebar: After most of the cast, director and producers had died, Lucille Ball was making the rounds of the TV talk shows claiming that DeMille had cast her in the female lead as Holly, but she had to drop out when she discovered she was pregnant. That is, until someone important to the film came forward and revealed that Ball had been cast in the supporting role as Angel, the Elephant Girl. Of course, Ball was replaced by Gloria Grahame. After this information was published, Lucy stopped bragging about it.
  22. Jane Powell must have been the last of the famous MGM musical stars from the Golden Age. She introduced her signature song, "It's A Most Unusual Day," in 1949's A Date with Judy, based on a famous radio program. But she claimed her favorite of her musicals was 1950's Two Weeks with Love because it was the first movie that allowed her to play an adult. After June Allyson dropped out of Royal Wedding because of her pregnancy, and Judy Garland dropped out because of illness, Jane Powell was handed the role, proving she could hold her own dancing with Fred Astaire. Her rendition of "Too Late
  23. Gilda is my favorite Hayworth movie. But I also like 1944's Cover Girl and 1945's Tonight and Every Night.
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