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  1. I will say Marilyn Monroe was effective in what she was asked to do for most of her career but I do believe she played the dumb blonde over and over again. A lot of the movies were the same version of the dumb blonde with something new to do. Again she was great at it but they were literally playing on her sex appeal in just about every movie. She was top billed in Niagra but yet I'm still loving Jean Peters performance over hers. With Gentlemen Prefer Blondes I'm looking at Jane Russell. We can't be naive and say that these vehicles weren't made to show of Marilyn's figure and poke fun at it a bit can we? Now look at Kim Novak's career. Can you imagine Marilyn in Picnic? Totally different movie and not for the better. Same with Vertigo.
  2. I will say just about any Hitchock movie used music to move the story forward. Spellbound, Psycho, North by Northwest, and Stage Fright come to mind as excellent examples. The Thin Man might have been the movie most affected by music if not by a single instrument. Kiss Me Deadly Home Alone
  3. What are your favorite musical acts in non-musicals? I'll post a few of mine below. I'll warn you that some of these are campy but I like them haha. Vanity performing Seventh Heaven in The Last Dragon - She wasn't the greatest singer but she was absolutely beautiful. This scene sets her up just like it's supposed to as the alluring celebrity that's close enough to touch but just out of reach. Rita Hayworth - Put the Blame on Mame (Acoustic) - I've heard somewhere that this is actually her voice in this one. I can't find the the interview she did when she mentioned that her voice was used a couple times. I like this better than the "striptease." Rita Hayworth - Please Don't Kiss me Beetlejuice! I also liked Ingrid Bergman performing See Me Dance The Polka in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. (Couldn't find a clip)
  4. Hi Lady Lewyn. If you have Comcast/Xfinity you can always watch all the movies On Demand for probably a 4 days to a week after. So this weeks movies you should be able to watch them to the end of this week and the beginning of next. I'm not sure how any other cable provider works but maybe it works the same way.
  5. I don't think the blackface in Swing Time was nearly as bad as Holiday Inn. If Bing had the same makeup style that Fred used in Holiday Inn, it may not have been as cringe-worthy. I also think it's the fact that it's Bing Crosby (Mr. All American Guy, Mr. Always on the Right side of things) is using blackface that causes a lot of the problem. What are we to think of Bing for this? What did he really feel about it? I think the Louise Beavers character is horrible in the film and completely unnecessary to be honest. But, again black performers were put in these situations for easy comic relief. I have to comment on the person that said some of the black performers were put in the credits right along with the white performers. As far as their movie careers would go that wouldn't help them a bit because they were only allowed a few roles and no one was going to say "Let me see the next Dorothy Dandrige movie when it comes out." There may have been some lasting impact outside of the movies, but as far as their movie careers I'm sure it was minimal. I'd also like to bring up the horrible ways Asians/Hispanics/Native Americans are also being portrayed in this time and for many years to come. It seems that even as black performers began to gain more positive roles, these races were still portrayed in a bad light or portrayed by white actors instead. The one that sticks out most in my mind is the Shanghai Gesture but of course Mickey Rooney's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's takes that movie from being a perfect 10 to about an 8 or 9 for me. I've seen Jennifer Jones (Duel in the Sun) and Gene Tierney (Song of Fury/Shanghai Gesture) used because of their exotic facial features to portray a different ethnicity. What do you guys think about the portrayal of Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans well into the 60's?
  6. I was hoping we'd hear more about Rita during the 1940's decade. I love to watch her dance. Hopefully we'll hear a lot about Cyd Charisse in the '50s decade!
  7. You're not alone in this. How about more Rita Hayworth and less Judy Garland? I love Judy and all but I'd prefer to hear Helen Forrest or Anita Ellis sing haha. The Nicholas Brothers were great and it's a shame they weren't able to be in films a bit more. I would've also loved to see them with Dorothy Dandridge as well (I believe she was married to one of them at some point.) It must have been a tough life on some of the black performers back then because on one hand you want to be in the films but on the other hand you know you're kind of being used as a novelty act and have to go home to face your family. People thought poor Rochester was an Uncle Tom, but without him we might not have seen Sidney Poitier a few years later.
  8. Well it's just a fictional novel not a movie script. Although it's kind of written like a an old radio play. It definitely wouldn't have been made back then but now I think people are more accepting so I guess it could work
  9. My manuscript, JUST A COUPLE OF DAMES, about two actresses that fall in love with each other during 1940s Hollywood is in a contest for the Backspace Writers Conference. Of course with being classic film fans I'd like your vote, but if you don't like what you see and you like to read please vote for others on the site! JUST A COUPLE OF DAMES is entry #94 but as I said there are a lot of great entries and you may enjoy being a "judge" in your own right. http://www.backspacewritersconference.com/2013-backspace-writers-conference-scholarship-contest/ Thanks in advance and enjoy! Akilli
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