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  1. Today I was reading about his devotion to Montgomery Clift in the latter's biography. By 1955, Roddy's career was in a slump, before he regained his footing in a Broadway success a year or so later. With not much to do, he would stop over at Monty's NYC brownstone and look for chores to do around the house, and run errands. The author claims that McDowall was the only member of Monty's "family of friends" to remain close to him until Monty died on 7.23.1966. Roddy McDowall died on 10.3.1998.
  2. The last movie I saw there was Body Heat in late summer of 1981. As I recall, it was a great audience.
  3. All are terrific except The Arrangement. How could Kazan take his own novel, which I totally enjoyed, and turn it into such a terrible movie?
  4. Enjoyed her interview "In the Spotlight with Mitzi Gaynor" in this month's edition of NOW PLAYING.
  5. I couldn't have said it better myself, 37kitties. Thanks for the great answer.
  6. RIP Belmondo. Born: 04.09.1933. Died: 09.06.2021
  7. Also MGM's musical actress Suzanne Burce changed her name to Jane Powell after playing a young teen named Jane Powell in 1944's "Song of the Open Road."
  8. How could Elia Kazan take his own novel (which I totally liked) and turn it into such a terrible movie? Leonard Maltin rated it with one of his few BOMBS.
  9. Strange that only 2 movies received Oscar nods for Black & White Cinematography, while 2 movies were nominated for Color Cinematography for 1946.
  10. We can thank Bette Davis for turning down this comedy, opening the door for another great performance from Stanwyck.
  11. I think they've already accomplished what they set out to do. To get everyone talking about it.
  12. Love your title. If a western "ain't" fun, it "ain't worth watchin'! I'm a fan of the genre so my list could go on forever. But if you held a gun to my head, my top favorite is 1953's Shane. And here are a few more: 1956's The Searchers 1946's My Darling Clementine 1955's The Man from Laramie 1950's The Gunfighter 1950's The Furies And for a more recent western: 1990's Dances with Wolves.
  13. Some actors naturally look older than they are. Jo Van Fleet was 40 when she played 38 year old Susan Hayward's mother in 1955's I'll Cry Tomorrow. That same year, Van Fleet also played James Dean's mother in East of Eden, but he was 24 so that was a bit more realistic.
  14. Hard to argue with Double Indemnity being Stanwyck's best, but I want to add The Lady Eve. Two perfect performances, one a film noir, the other a comedy; the lady had talent!
  15. For me, Hitchcock's best is 1954's Rear Window. His worst, I think, is 1949's Under (yawn) Capricorn.
  16. Maybe Bankhead was Portman in drag?
  17. Bette Davis once said that she based her character of Margo Channing in All About Eve on Bankhead.
  18. Redford and Natwick recreated their terrific Broadway performances in Barefoot in the Park and this was Gene Saks directing debut.
  19. My top favorites are Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor and All the President's Men. I know his reviews weren't the best for Out of Africa (critics couldn't accept him as an Englishman), but for my money I thought his performance was very good. I don't know how many movies he has directed, but I did enjoy Ordinary People, A River Runs Through It and Quiz Show.
  20. I inherited MGM's 1951 original cast album in 78 rpm from my mother. Ava's vocals was used for her two songs after MGM Records discovered that they would not be allowed to use her name nor her image on the album's cover if the singing voice belonged to Annette Warren! Somewhere in the past I read that Gardner did not discover she had been dubbed until she attended the premiere of Show Boat. If this is true, it's unfortunate that MGM did not have the common courtesy to warn her ahead of time. Recently I received the Blu-ray version of Show Boat. I was happy to see that Ava's vocals
  21. Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in 1950's Sunset Blvd. Sadly forgotten when the Silents turned to Sound. At the beginning of the film, Norma tells hack screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden): "I AM Big. It's the Pictures that got Small." As they watch one of her silent movies in her living room theater: "Talk, talk, talk! We didn't Need dialogue. We had Faces!" Norma, responding to Joe's comment about a 'come-back.' "I Hate that term! I'm Not making a come-back! It's my Return to the screen." At the end of the film, a delusional Norma walks down the stairs
  22. I liked her best in two of her comedies from the 1940s: 1948's Sitting Pretty with Clifton Webb (best actor Oscar nod), Robert Young and Richard Haydn. And especially 1947's Miracle on 34th Street with John Payne, Edmund Gwenn (supporting Oscar) and Natalie Wood. I thought her best dramatic performance was in 1952's The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Barry Fitzgerald. She once said (or wrote) that of all her performances, she would like to have received an Oscar nomination for playing Mary Kate in The Quiet Man.
  23. Same here with Comcast. Extra 10 bucks (or $11.74 with tax) per month. At least it is HD.
  24. Lina Lamont from Singin' in the Rain: "What do you think I am? Dumb or somethin'?"
  25. Recently took a virtual tour of Doris Day's house in Carmel that's been on the market for over a year at $7.4 mil. Betty Thomas has her Hollywood Hills pad for sale at about $8 mil. Oprah's Washington state house would make a nice cabin at a lake. 🤑 Anyone watch Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles? Season 13 premieres Sept 2, 2021 at 8 pm EST on Bravo. If you didn't catch Season 12, try to watch at least the first two episodes at Bravo On-Demand or Peacock. And tour the terrific contemporary cliffside mansion that Josh Flagg & Josh Altman have listed for $25 million.
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