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filmnoirguy

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  1. Maybe Bankhead was Portman in drag?
  2. Bette Davis once said that she based her character of Margo Channing in All About Eve on Bankhead.
  3. Redford and Natwick recreated their terrific Broadway performances in Barefoot in the Park and this was Gene Saks directing debut.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Same here with Comcast. Extra 10 bucks (or $11.74 with tax) per month. At least it is HD.
  9. Lina Lamont from Singin' in the Rain: "What do you think I am? Dumb or somethin'?"
  10. 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.
  11. Yes. Pat's favorite Hitchcock film was 1946's Notorious. She was especially impressed with the performances of Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. She claimed that her father's favorite was 1943's Shadow of a Doubt. It tickled him that a small town like Santa Rosa, CA could welcome a popular visitor with open arms, not realizing he was the Merry Widow murderer. Scripted by his wife, Alma Reville, Thorton Wilder and Sally Benson from Gordon McDonell's story.
  12. Of course, that's not Pat Hitchcock but rather Kasey Rogers who played Guy Haines' (Farley Granger) flirty wife. But the glasses played a key role when Bruno (Robert Walker) sees a similar pair on Barbara Morton (Pat Hitchcock) at a party which prompts him to try to strangle Mrs. Cummingham (Norma Varden). One of Hitchcock's best films noir! Tragically, Pat's house burned in Southern California's Woolsey fire in 2018.
  13. Well, at least she got an Oscar nod for The Night of the Iguana!
  14. Besides Night Court, I remember Markie Post in one of my favorite episodes of Cheers. She played Diane's best friend who comes for a visit and hits it off with Sam at Diane's dinner party. When Markie's character and Sam have a spaghetti sucking contest, Diane loses her cool and totally explodes.
  15. The billing was: Olivia de Havilland in Daphne du Maurier's "My Cousin Rachel" with Richard Burton (below the tile) which, back in the day, automatically put him in the Supporting Category by the Academy.
  16. Yes, with the exception of 1964's The Night of the Iguana and probably his best ever performance as George in 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ( He was robbed of the Oscar for that one!) My Cousin Rachel was his first American movie and he received a Supporting Oscar nod, although it seems he does have as much screen time as Olivia de Havilland.
  17. She's hiking and looking good in the Swiss National Park. Way to go, Ashley!
  18. My favorite Don Murray performance was as Johnny Pope in 1957's A Hatful of Rain. In my opinion he deserved the Oscar nod more than Anthony Franciosa as his brother, Polo. Unfortunately, this movie has only been released by 20th Century Fox on DVD-r and it's a pathetic pan and scan print. If Fox doesn't want to restore it to Blu-ray, maybe they can allow another company to do so. (Well, I can dream, right?)
  19. I'm a fan and love all of his pictures you listed. Recently re-watched and enjoyed two of his later movies: 1955's Mr. Roberts with Henry Fonda, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon and 1953's How to Marry a Millionaire with Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall. Besides The Thin Man series, 1936's Libeled Lady with Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy is a favorite.
  20. "The horror, the horror!" Col Kurtz's last words in Apocalypse Now. "If you stop telling lies about me, I'll stop telling the truth about you." Wendell Corey to Walter Huston in The Furies. "Pull up a bed and make yourself at home." William Holden to Nancy Olson in Force of Arms. "What's the matter? You look unhappier than usual." Zoey in Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.
  21. I suppose movies from this century would be too recent but I'll mention a couple anyway: Frida (2002) Bio-pic of painter Frida Kahlo (Selma Hayek) and her husband considered the greatest Mexican painter of the 20th Century Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). Big Eyes (2014) Bio-pic of American painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) who in the 1950s painted children with large doe eyes. And one from the late 20th Century: Basquiat (1996) Bio-pic of Jean-Michael's (Jeffrey Wright) rise from graffiti artist to neo-Expressionist painter in the New York art world. David Bowie plays Andy
  22. I believe you're referring to another Doris Day musical 1949's My Dream Is Yours in which she plays a record hostess who answered phone requests (rather than 1952's I'll See You in My Dreams, where she played composer Gus Kahn's wife). Doris certainly had her share of "Dream" titles in the movies!
  23. Okay, I believe you did correct yourself. It was not John Hurt but William Hurt who starred in Broadcast News. Of the three leads, I think Albert Brooks was robbed of a Supporting Oscar win. And, of course, Geena Davis won her Supporting Oscar for another favorite of mine, The Accidental Tourist.
  24. I'm assuming the Barbara Stanwyck movie you're referring to is 1945's Christmas in Connecticut?
  25. Whale also directed the 1936 musical Show Boat.
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