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  1. When Hayley Mills was at one of the early TCM Festivals, she said that the producer offered her parents a Matisse if they would let her play Lolita. The Pollyanna-to-Lolita switch would have made for huge publicity. Her parents refused. As she said, she can't know if her life and career would have been better or worse had she played Lolita, but they certainly would have been different. By the way, Hayley Mills, who introduced Whistle Down the Wind at the festival, seemed delightful, with an excellent head on her shoulders and a sense of perspective.
  2. I, on the other hand, now understand why you have mentioned several times on these boards how much you love How To Steal a Million. That Audrey Hepburn is lovely, a wonderful comic actress who looks great in Givenchy, didn't surprise me, though seeing Audrey is always a delight. That Peter O'Toole has a flair for light comedy equal to his flair for playing T. E. Lawrence: now that did surprise me. That Hepburn and O'Toole have great romantic chemistry surprised me, although Audrey almost always has chemistry with her co-stars. Hugh Griffith is an added delight, and I would not have guessed th
  3. "We will barf no wine before its time!"
  4. Bing, Frank and Elvis are all baritones. Apparently the early recording devices were more suited to picking up tenor voices, but in the late 20s the new microphones were able to capture the lower, richer tone qualities of the baritone voice. By the time the Beatles became superstars, the tenor voice was once again the preferred pop sound. The tenor and falsetto registers (as with the Four Seasons) sounded more youthful. I must confess that I've never seen an entire Elvis film. Part of Jailhouse Rock, where he's not too bad, and the first half hour of Blue Hawaii, where he's pretty bad, b
  5. Once past the bloody opening, which is what everyone remembers, Saving Private Ryan plays out like a conventional, even somewhat corny, 40s war film. It is suggested by the story of the Niland brothers, but filtered through Spielberg's fondness for old movies.
  6. I read it exactly the same way. Not only are they sharing the room, but it has a double bed.
  7. Robert Osborne once did an intro with that theme, so you are in excellent company.
  8. No. Two Weeks in Another Town is a color film. The cast overacts in vivid color.
  9. My husband and I watched Brokeback Mountain on Showtime last night. We hadn't seen it in a few years, and in light of the recent discussions here I was struck by what a Hardyesque film it is, with uneducated characters living in a rural landscape which is all they know. Hardy is a master at writing stories of love which are, in spite of everything, big enough to be felt as tragedy, and Brokeback is Hardyesque in that way. Class differences are less marked in the United States than in Hardy's England, but Brokeback is also very much a film about class.
  10. The only one I know is Trade Winds, and it's a lot of fun. This is the film where Joan Bennett goes brunette midway in the film, and it's such a good look for her that she stays brunette. Ann Sothern is fun, too. Fredric March makes a nice hero, Ralph Bellamy has a better-than-usual chance of getting a girl, and there's a cobra! There's a plot, too.
  11. The thought of Judith Anderson as "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" and Julie Andrews as Mrs. Danvers has made my day!
  12. Yes, moving the story to western North Carolina is quite reasonable, though the shocking twist only works in Victorian times. Victorian propriety is deadly, which is very much the point. By the way, Proust was a great admirer of The Well-Beloved, a perverse story even by Hardy's standards. Hardy almost always uses sex as a way to write about class, and class as a way to write about sex. The Woodlanders has interlocking love triangles, where no two people are social equals. Marty South is the poorest of the poor. She loves Giles Winterbourne (similar to Gabriel Oak in Far from the Madding
  13. According to the obituary in the local paper, B.J. Thomas began using "B.J." as his name because so many other boys in Little League were also named Billy Joe. Only in the South! Thomas was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Houston.
  14. I am also a huge fan of both books, and a big fan of Hardy in general.
  15. There are many Southern accents. For instance, "Tidewawtuh Vuhginya"; a "Chahlston" accent, which is also non-rhotic; the very liquid accent of central Georgia; the nasal Inland South accent (SW Virginia, East TN, western NC, NW Georgia, northeast Alabama down to Birmingham), and so on. "Ourn" and "yourn" are more common in the mountainous parts of the Inland South and southeastern Kentucky. A more rural or mountain form of "y'all" is "you'uns," as opposed to "we'uns." "You'uns" is the ancestor of Pittsburgh's "yinz." A friend swears that he has heard natives of Philadelphia call the city
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