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  1. I have lots of Billy Wilder favorites, including Witness for the Prosecution Stalag 17 The Apartment Double Indemnity Sabrina and of course, Sunset Boulevard I've never seen Irma La Douce--it was on TCM a day or two ago, though, and it's waiting on my DVR. Can't wait! I think Witness for the Prosecution is terrific--it smacks equally of Agatha Christie and Billy Wilder. I don't know if he adapted the screenplay from her stageplay or wrote his own based on the story. Anyone know?
  2. Howard Hawks made so many fantastic films it's hard to choose a favorite, but I think Rio Bravo comes close--this is on my top five westerns list. This is a perfect western, and I think one of John Wayne's best performances. I agree with the comment that though the Duke and John Ford had the more celebrated partnership, Howard Hawks got the best performances out of him. Anyway, I LOVE this movie. It's long but you hardly notice the length because the action is so continuous; the storyline is great and no more predictable than any other western (ie, you can assume the bad guy gets his in the end); the cast is awesome include Duke, Dean Martin as a drunken deputy struggling with his demons, Ricky Nelson as the cool Colorado, the beautiful Angie Dickenson as the unnamed "Feathers" and John Wayne's love interest, and the ever-memorable and ever-reliable Walter Brennan as the jail-keeper. I believe this one was also written by the talented Leigh Brackett. Not sure why the team chose to rehash this beautiful film in "El Dorado". . . .also enjoyable but made less so by th fact that I can't help but compare it to Rio Bravo.
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