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  1. Jack Lemmon Lee Remick Charles Bickford Edited by: FilmAficionado on Mar 6, 2011 5:50 PM
  2. Julie Andrews and Lesley Ann Warren. And they were in *Victor/Victoria* together!
  3. Henry Travers Next: Dawn O'Day Hint: I first acted under my real name Dawn O'Day, then changed it to the character's name in my first starring role.
  4. * Queen Bee*. The movie her daughter Christina claims in her book to be her mother's most true-to-life role.
  5. Marlene Dietrich was in Morocco with Adolphe Menjou (BTW, I think her number "What Am I Bid for My Apples"? is much more sexual than the one where she dons a tux and gives another woman a small peck on the lips . Everyone goes ga-ga for for that, but the "Apples" number, while not as blatant, is sexy as hell!)
  6. The play *Mourning Becomes Electra* by Eugene O'Neill is an update of the Greek myth *Orestes*. He certainly retained all the elements of a Greek tragedy. The play, and later the movie feature murder, adultery, incestuous love and revenge, and even the townspeople function as a Greek chorus. Based on some of the recent posts, does the movie *Mourning Becomes Electra* then qualify as an epic?
  7. How about this for a definition of an epic movie: a long movie with enough self-importance to make it even longer with "Overture," "Intermission," "Entr'acte," and "Exit Music." And one of those words is French !
  8. That's an interesting twist on the topic, clearskies, TV movie epics. Is there such a thing as episodic epics? The best ones are on PBS, as you mentioned "Upstairs Downstairs." I got hooked on "The Forsyte Saga" on "Masterpiece Theatre." As I recall it was a British import, from only a few of a series of books by John Galsworthy. Shown in the U.S. in the late '60s and early '70s, I think it was 20-30 episodes and in black and white. I was really hooked on that! Does anyone else remember watching it? Most mini-series on network TV are pretty cheesy, but there have been a few excellent ones.
  9. I want to apologize for my crack about Charlton Heston, to those who liked him as an actor, and also those who agree with his political beliefs. I was out of line. It wasn't appropriate for this forum. Sometimes I type before I think!
  10. > {quote:title=Arturo wrote:}{quote} > He lays awake all night wondering if there is a dog. I have only one thing to say about all this, as a grammarian: No one "lays" awake, he lies awake. Only hens lay.
  11. Did anyone catch *The Broadway Melody*, 1929, with Anita Page and Bessie Love? What a hoot! Second "Best Picture" ( *Wings* was the first). I've seen it before and it makes me appreciate how far talkies came in such a short period of time. I love pre-code films. They are true-to-life. The "bad" guy/girl isn't always punished. My father was born in N.Y.C. in 1924. His birth parents weren't married so he was adopted by my grandparents. He always said "things like that happen in life." Everyone was happy (with the possible exception of his birth mother) and no one was punished. But no one was
  12. Many have said the chariot race sequence in 1925's *Ben Hur* with Ramon Navarro is superior to the 1959 version with Charlton Heston. Poor Ramon Navarro! He came to such a sad end. I know this isn't a forum for politics, but I can't help myself. I'm not sad that Heston's self-described "cold, dead hands" are finally cold and dead. Where do you suppose someone is prying guns from those hands, Heaven or Hell? I would guess the latter.
  13. No, I didn't know, but I'm not surprised. Pretty scary stuff! Thanks for the info.
  14. Good topic! I think I feel the same as you, misswonderly. In general I don't care for them, but there are exceptions. First, what exactly is an "epic"? Originally, it meant a long, classical poem (oh, no, let's not open that "what is classic?" can of worms again!). Today, I believe in most minds, "epic" simply means "a really long movie." Roger Ebert said: "The word epic in recent years has become synonymous with big budget B picture. What you realize watching Lawrence of Arabia is that the word epic refers not to the cost or the elaborate production, but to the size of the ideas and
  15. This could be in two different threads, this one or the one I started-- "Name the Johnny." In *They Made Me a Criminal* John Garfield's character's name is "Johnnie Bradfield." Normally if I wake up at 6 a.m. I go back to sleep, but when I saw *They Made Me a Criminal* I got up early for that! Garfield played the character he does best: a "mug." Claude Rains was amusing as a "mug" N.Y.C. detective saying those lines in his British accent! And I always get a kick out of May Robson! All-in-all I enjoyed it. Two bits of trivia from that film. The first is easy. Anyone who ever turned
  16. > What?!?!?!?!? If you love CABARET, that's certainly fine and dandy, but to make statements such as the above, as if there was anything even remotely available to back it up, is just odd. There is nothing (not cast album sales, not Broadway tickets sold, not motion picture box office receipts, not television ratings, not movie rental fees, not show licenses leased) - NOTHING to support that statement. Hmmm... I'm confused. What did I say to upset you? Was it the fact that I compared *Cabaret* to *Show Boat* ? I compared them in popularity and longevity and in no other way. You say th
  17. Last time I saw you you were busy with one son, four daughters, a husband and a father-in-law to take care of. But you had Marjorie Main working full time. She's a real workhorse isn't she? Leon Ames sure is worthless around the house!
  18. I use superlatives when I really like a movie or an actor. I refrain when I dislike something/someone. All I have to say to get my point across is "I didn't care for it," or "it's not the kind of film I like." When I read "I can't stand it! I absolutely hated every minute of it!"... Yeah, we get the idea. If you really want to emphasise your hatred you could say "It made me want to vomit! I like being nauseated so I watched every hundred-twenty-some minutes of it!" In my humble opinion, I love everything about *Cabaret*. First, it was based on a series of short stories by Christopher
  19. I'm not so sure... Isn't the lower left "The End" *Meet Me in St. Louis* ?
  20. Pretty ladies in beautiful gowns you ask? That's a tie in my opinion (I always begin with "in my opinion," others may see it differently and their views just as valid): You can't go wrong with any movie starring Gloria Swanson or Kay Francis! Both actresses were fashion icons considered the epitome of chic. Audiences saw them as the personification of Hollywood glamor and often went to their films to see their wardrobes more so than their performances. Swanson and Francis definitely had the highest wardrobe budgets, on and off the screen, of any actresses before or since. Both were widely
  21. > {quote:title=ValentineXavier wrote:}{quote} > The moral of the story is: watch the credits! Years ago I payed little attention to screen credits. I was mainly interested in the actors. As my interest in classic movies grew, I paid more and more atention to the folks "behind the camera" and began to study them. What interesting things I've learned! I wondered why, in every MGM film, Cedric Gibbons is credited as Art Director. "Wow!" I thought, "Cedric must have been one busy guy!" So I began to read about him. Mr. Gibbons was so highly regarded at the studio that his contract
  22. That reminds me of Betty Grable in *How to Marry a Millionaire*. She is in a cabin in Maine and the radio is playing. "Good ol' Harry James," she sighs. When asked how she knows, she responds, "How do I know it's Harry James!? Because it IS Harry James!" Grable and James really were married and the song playing is Harry James.
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