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  1. Hemingway was said to not like being interviewed. For this televised show, he wanted to see the questions from the reporter in advance so he could prepare his answers. He was reading his responses off cue cards that were placed on the floor (apparently). He was almost catatonic with his speech pattern, as if he were being tortured, then interrogated for the 43rd time. I can't remember the circumstance, but Hemingway was apparently providing information to either British, American, or French intelligence. He had been contacted by Soviet authorities to do the same for them, an
  2. OR...now hear me out on this. Dorothy Lamour lights a cigarette and 'accidentally' sets Mrs. Danvers on fire! More gruesome than your ending for sure, lydecker, but it would be more in keeping with the ending Daphne du Maurier had in mind, don't you think? πŸ˜€πŸš¬
  3. Part 3 to wrap up the documentary "Hemingway" was a real downer! The poor guy cracked his coconut one too many times in his life that by the end, he had a brain that probably resembled mush. Being part of his family, whether he was a youngster or in the twilight of his life would have given those with the strongest necks and backs a most severe case of whiplash. Watching that interview NBC did with him in the mid-50's from Cuba was heart-breaking and painful to watch; far from the hard-drinking, robust, man's man image Hemingway usually conveyed in photos and print interviews. I think his
  4. From "The Thin Man" Nora: I didn't come all the way to New York so you could make me a widow. Nick: You wouldn't be a widow for long. Nora: You bet I wouldn't! Nick: Not with your money!
  5. I seem to recall upon Joan Fontaine's death there were old quotes attributed to Olivia de Havilland where she oftentimes referred to her sister as 'the dragon lady'. If it weren't for their demure and refined upbringing, how cool would it have been to see both women on opposing Roller Derby teams? πŸ˜‰
  6. No Vautrin, no mention of Fitzgerald's nether regions! Part 3 wraps up the series tonight. What's sad is that suicide seems to be embedded in the family's DNA. Of the 8 people in Hemingway's initial family (Mom, Dad, 6 siblings), half of them killed themselves. Sad and shocking at the same time. As usual, I love the style of the presentation which is familiar in a Ken Burns collaboration. The interviews with people who knew him or studied him are most insightful. I think Ernest Hemingway is the kind of guy a lot of people would gravitate to. He could be charming, witty, and sardonic; t
  7. Could you see either of them (Leigh or Sullavan) in the same role that Fontaine played? Sometimes, we see a film and say something like, "Nobody else could have played that part like he (or she) did.". Other times, we could see many different people playing the same part, and playing it rather well.
  8. Yes I did...it was great! Part 2 is coming up shortly. They weren't twins...Ma just decided to dress him and one of his sisters identically as she saw fit; sometimes as boys, sometimes as girls...even though they were 2 years (I think) apart in age! And you're right, his mother was something else. So was his dad, which I attribute to being too 'over the top' on their religious beliefs.
  9. Just like Jimmy Stewart won for "The Philadelphia Story" instead of "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington". I think Cary Grant gave a better performance in "The Philadelphia Story" than Stewart did.
  10. While I like both of these Hitchcock gems, I think "Foreign Correspondent" is too busy with all the ancillary characters in it. That's an interesting take on 'the house' being the star in "Rebecca". I disagree with you though about the beginning of the film. There's something about Joan Fontaine's character that attracts her to Laurence Olivier. He's trying to overcome the pain of losing a wife, although we aren't quite sure at the outset how she died and whether or not suspicious circumstances were involved. He's a lonely guy trying to come to terms. Fontaine is available, and when it's
  11. Not to be contrarian about it, but I think "Rebecca" is far superior to "Foreign Correspondent" in terms of the story and overall acting by the principal players...and I really enjoy watching "Foreign Correspondent". FC has too much going on in it that it can come off as overdoing it on the "McGuffin-ing". The one thing that bugs me about FC is the lame ending. I know the censors were all about the 'happy' or 'justice for justice's sake' endings when both pictures were up for the Oscars, but with FC, the plane is being blasted out of the sky into open water...and practically everyone sur
  12. And he probably uttered to the magazine staff in charge of shipping something like, "Let my people read!" πŸ˜‰
  13. I know. I wasn't going to go through his whole filmography; just the roles that stuck with me for some reason or another. Come to think of it, TCM could do a Star of the Month tribute for supporting or bit part players. The station wouldn't have to devote one night a week for just one man or woman. Show 2 or 3 films a night showcasing the talents of several men and women like Ellen Corby, Leo G. Carroll. Lee Patrick, etc. It might take some doing, but I think there's enough material available in the TCM library that a decent amount of programming could be realized.
  14. I see she was listed in 2007. For that matter, Ann Dvorak was honored in 2011. How about Joan Collins? I know she isn't a favorite of a lot of people here, but I think she's a very good actress. Dame Mae Whitty would be a possibility too, as well as Donald Crisp.
  15. I don't know if they have had days yet, but I'd like to see: Joan Blondell, Joan Bennett, Ann Dvorak, Don Ameche, James Craig, Ralph Meeker, Sydney Greenstreet, Karen Morley.
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