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Everything posted by rosinryanz

  1. This one has been bugging me for the longest time. My late German uncle served in WW2 and he insisted on watching every TV program about WW2 that ever aired. I remember watching a color movie probably made in the late 80s/early 90s with him on TV in the early 90s, and not remembering the title has been bugging me. All I remember is a scene where the German or Italian soldier delivers boxes filled with poison to various people being targeted by the government. At each house, when the person opens the box, they are killed from inhaling whatever substance is contained in the box. At some poi
  2. Thank you so much for all the great information on the topic. Who would have ever thought that there would be such a backstory on a prop. And to answer your question ThelmaTodd, I have indeed been an infrequent poster over the past 8 years. Chalk it up to having too many interests to ever focus on one full-time.
  3. Does anyone know why the paper money that is shown in old movies looks so odd? At first I figured that the designs have changed over the years, but I've done some searching on the internet, and it doesn't appear that much has changed to the design of paper money in the last century. In so many movies and TV shows from the 1940s and 1950s, the paper money appears to have a totally differnet design and look to is. Any guess as to why?
  4. I recently read an article that said "Mrs. Minniver" was the top earning movie in the UK during 1942. How did Hollywood movies get to Europe during WWII? Surely the troopships had more important things to transport across the ocean than American melodramas.
  5. Whenever I open up a link on the multimedia page to view a trailer, it never loads. It just says "ready" but never plays. Does anyone else have this problem?
  6. What were some of the films that Jusy Garland was selected for or wanted for, but for various reasons, did not select? By the Beautiful Sea (with Bing Crosby) Valley of the Dolls The Three Faces of Eve Harlow Bloodhounds of Broadway The Barkley's of Broadway Annie Get Your Gun Royal Wedding Any others?
  7. Last night, a friend of mine who is a former stewardess was telling her stories of serving upon some of the great stars of the past. She glowed when she told of how kind most stars were to her - including Lee Remick, Jacqueline Bisset, Shelley Winters (who refused to eas at her seat and then during the movie went to eat in the galley), Nanette Fabray, Lee Marvin, and so many others. However, in her twenty-five years of work, only two stars were rude and unfriednly to her: Bob Dylan and Lucille Ball. In recent times, so many people have talked about how Ball either loved you or loathed you.
  8. I disagree. Some remakes have been much better than the original. They include The Maltese Falcoln (1941), A Star is Born (1954), and recently, Ocean's 11 (1960).
  9. Check out her website, www.mamievandoren.com , and you'll see what she's been up to lately!
  10. Yes, we all know that great films should not be remade. However, there are many old films that had a good premise but were flawed by poor scripts, direction, acting, or other. What are some films that you think actually could be good candidates for being remade? I've been thinking that some of the following are far more worthy candidates that Casablanca or Breakfast at Tiffany's: Torn Curtain Portrait in Black Do Not Disturb Ruby Gentry Tender is the Night Take Her, She?s Mine Paris ? When it Sizzles Bloodline The Sound and the Fury
  11. Last night, I was fortunate enough to attend a wonderful fiftieth anniversary screening of Giant at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I'd never before attended an Academy screening, so I didn't know what to expect. The film was presented in the beautiful Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, and the lobby was filled with lobby cards, one sheets, and still photographs from the set. At 7:00 PM they started with a new documentary about the celebration that took place this July in Marfa, Texas. The next short was an oddly out of the place Columbia cartoon about some kid who's voice emitted "bong
  12. Peyton Place (1957) Imitation of Life (1959) Madame X (1966
  13. Can we start a thread that lists different stars and the years they were under contract to various studios?
  14. I would have liked to see Jean Arthur, Mae West, and Tyrone Power, but based on library holdings, I guess that was wishful thinking.
  15. For the first time, I viewed Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (1966). Was I the only one disappointed by its mediocrity? Despite the huge talents of Newman, Andrews, Kedrova, and others, the film died a painful death with its campy dialogue and outlandish plot. I expected so much, especially as an admirer of Hitchcock's masterpieces, but sadly I found Torn Curtain a bitter letdown. Does anyone else feel the same way, or differently?
  16. How does one contact Bob Board to make a visit to his Marion Davies museum which he appearantly runs from his Hollywood house?
  17. Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001791/bio
  18. Dorothy Dandridge could have been one of the greatest stars of all times. What are some projects that you think would have been perfect for her, but never were? Immediately, it comes to mind that she should have been cast in Kings Go Forth instead of Natalie Wood.
  19. The Helen Morgan Story (1957) Mame (1974) (yeah, I know it stinks too)
  20. Are there any trailers you would like to see, but have not been able to as of yet? My list: Tender is the Night A Hatful of Rain The Helen Morgan Story Ryan's Daughter
  21. Unique Beauty - how about Veronica Lake? Also on my list: Linda Darnell Rita Hayworth Lena Horne Cyd Charisse Betty Grable
  22. What year was Robert Taylor employed by MGM at $35,000/ week? That sum seems so huge for that period, considering at 40 weeks a year, it would equal $1,400,000 annually! Out of curiosity, what were some other huge, huge salaries for the times? The ones I can think of were: Greta Garbo - $500,000 for Camille, again for Conquest Marlene Dietrich - $450,000 for Knight Without Armour Deanna Durbin - $400,000 for It Started with Eve Gary Cooper - $300,000 for Unconquered Mae West - $400,0000 for Belle of the Nineties Ava Gardner - $17,500/week for Knights of the Round Table
  23. Many films are shown in clip forms on a television during a sex scene in Midnight Cowboy. I think Dark Victory was one of them. Many, many classic Fox films are played in clips in the awful Myra Breckinridge. Loretta Young successfully sued to have her clips removed from the picture.
  24. Movies we like do not define us - completely. Out of the hundreds of films I enjoy watching, included on the list are Cabaret, Funny Girl, and A Star is Born. Does that make me as a homosexual? No - I'm just a classic movie fan who enjoys those pictures. Now, character wise, a person who's favorite film is Zoolander probably is quite different than the person who's favorite picture is Citizen Kane. Sort of the difference between the person who reads Plato and the person who reads cheap, tawdry romance novels.
  25. The incredibly beautiful Suzy Parker was a top model, a TC-F contract player, and ended her acting career with an appearance on Night Gallery in 1970. She died in 2003. Does anyone know what happened in her later life? What did she do for those last thirty years?
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