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About Flashalex

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    All actors, actresses, and movies from the 1920s to the early 1960s.
  1. What do you think of Donald O'Connor's dancing technique in "Walking My Baby Back Home" as to that of Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly in any of their routines?
  2. Quinn, Aiden. Loved him in "Practical Magic" with Nicole Kidman.
  3. Sorry for being a little slow but I get the point. The title of the forum is Rich, Young, and Pretty and comments should be directed specifically towards this film. My apologies. I am new to forums, much less actually voicing my opinion in a public fashion. Being disabled, my life pretty much revolves around my twin dogs, movies, books, and television. For the last 10 years I have rarely seen other humans, much less engage in conversation and it appears my communication skills are somewhat rusty. Therefore, I shall refrain from commenting but would still appreciate reading others comments if there are no objections. Thank you.
  4. Amazing film!!! Hard to believe Judy did "The Trolley Song" in one take. She was incredible. I remember crying when heard the announcement of her death on the radio in 1969.
  5. Love this film as well. Couldn't believe Shirley was pregnant with her son Patrick throughout the entire filming of the movie.
  6. You will have to forgive me if I gave you the impression I was comparing the two films. I was trying to state my personal disappointment with Rich, Young and Pretty in that Jane did not have more songs which truly spotlighted her incredible vocal abilities and was not impressed by their pairing her with Vic Damone...hence my "short of the mark" comment. I also stated I preferred her role in 7 Brides and her pairing with Howard Keel, but never discussed the pros or cons of 7 Brides itself. Having watched most of the musicals filmed between 1930 and 1965 and admit I have become somewhat opinionated but, I really do believe that every movie ever made has some intrinsic value...good or bad. Just as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", I feel that the enjoyment of a film is in the eye of the viewer. Everyone has their own perception and opinion and, when backed by reasoning and not just blanket statements, I love discussing them. I also appreciate, and agree with, your Orson Welles analogy. Whereas The Third Man and Citizen Kane are both giants in the world of film noir...there is no fair comparison. Rich, Young and Pretty certainly has its own merits or I wouldn't have bothered watching it at least 8 times over the years. Then again, I have watched 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at least 25 times. LOL We all have our own favorites, just as we all have our own opinions. Obviously a true fan of cinematography, I look forward to hearing your comments in the future. Thanks for responding. By The way, I did like the pairing of Vic Damone with Debbie Reynolds in the movie Athena.
  7. Porgy and Bess is somewhat of an anomaly when it comes to operas. There have been so many adaptations since its original Broadway debut in 1935 (with Todd Duncan and Anne Brown) which lasted 124 performances.at over 4 hours in length. The show went on tour from Jan to Mar 1937, ending in Washington, D.C. where it was credited with being the first ever integrated audience at a performance in that venue. A drastically cut version was revived in 1942 with the original cast. Brown was replaced by Etta Moten, whom Ira Gershwin wanted to begin with, and ran for 9 months with a much better reception and actually made money. Ran in Europe in 1943 with an all-white cast in black-face for 22 sold out performances until the Nazis shut them down. There have been tons of stage productions through the years and continuing to present day...some you can even view online. Sorry for my long-winded way of getting to my point (Bi-Polar you know) which concerns the 1959 Otto Preminger adaptation. Although it won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy, none were for acting. Although they had an amazing cast of dramatic actors and actresses, not one of them could sing. This was an opera for gosh sake!!! Any avid movie musical fan will tell you that lip-syncing, if not performed perfectly, can kill the whole experience. It definitely warranted merit in the area of acting however, in my opinion, it fell short in the musical production department.
  8. In regards to My Fair Lady, are you referring to the 1938 original with Leslie Howard or the 1964 version with Rex Harrison?
  9. The fact she was only 14 (barely) when she did Stage Door is quite true and can be verified by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 1930 Census, Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier (aka Ann Miller) was 7 years old and Stage Door being made in 1937 would put her at the ripe old age of 14. LOL She was always tall for her age and, as witnessed in Stage Door, well "developed" for a child of 14.
  10. Reminds me a lot of Rudolph Valentino.
  11. I'm with you Jamesjazzguitar. Ward Bond is one of my favorite character actors and, regardless of where you place his name in the film or TV credits, he did 22 films with John Wayne and in my book that qualifies him as a sidekick...just like Alan Hale Sr. was to Erroll Flynn.
  12. Sounds like the scene in "Annie Get Your Guns" where Chief Sitting Bull makes her his daughter. There are a couple of versions but the one with Betty Hutton (1950) is by far the best. See if this might be the movie you are thinking of. She sings the song "I'm an Indian Too" which lists Seminole, Navajo, Kickapoo, and Sioux in the first line alone. LOL
  13. Having been named after John Wayne at my father's bequest, I formed an affinity for his films at a very early age. His decision has puzzled me my entire life since his favorite genre of films was westerns and his favorite actor was Randolph Scott. I never did get around to asking him why and it has been a major regret since my father's death in 2009. Anyway, my favorite John Wayne movie was "The Quiet Man" because it showed a bit more depth in his acting ability and, of course, the locale didn't hurt either as Ireland is one of my favorite places. I also loved his films of a more lighthearted nature i.e. McClintock, Donovan's Reef, North to Alaska, Rio Bravo, El Dorado, and Hatari. He was great at playing comedy yet maintaining a macho persona. My favorite female co-star for him was Maureen O'Hara followed by Claire Trevor as a close second. Unlike Trevor, Wayne and O'Hara were never romantically involved . Wayne viewed O'Hara not only as a sister but somewhat a female version of himself, often referring to her (according to IMDB) as “a big, lusty, wonderful gal" and admittedly his favorite leading lady. According to Maureen, there was this one time she and Wayne were at a Christmas party where the "Duke", evidently inebriated and bored, convinced her to go for a ride. With Maureen at the wheel and having driven for a while (no apparent destination in mind), Wayne suddenly had her pull the car over. Maureen in tow, Wayne proceeded to walk up to a complete stranger's house, ring the doorbell, and invite himself and Maureen into these people's home for drinks. LOL My favorite male co-star was, hands down, Ward Bond. Both O'Hara and Bond were his close personal friends and drinking buddies which explains their dynamic compatibility on-screen. He and Bond were both prone to playing practical jokes on one another and making silly bets. My favorite was the time Bond bet Wayne they could lay down a newspaper between them and Wayne couldn't hit him. Bond laid the newspaper down in a doorway and closed the door. While Bond stood there laughing about his outwitting Wayne an assured he had won the bet, Wayne put his fist through the door and knocked Bond to the floor. LOL From the 40s to the 60s, other than the leading lady or primary male co-lead, his co-stars were usually Ward Bond, Victor MacLaglen, Walter Brennan, Barry Fitzgerald, Ken Curtis, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Bruce Cabot, his son Patrick, and The Sons of the Pioneers. You were going to see at least one, if not a combination, of these actors. He was extremely loyal to his friends and I think this gave a sense of familiarity to his films and made them work so well. Okay, enough dribble. I could talk about him for days so I must apologize for my being so long-winded. He was a great actor, a great American, and a great man up until the day of his death. I believe he showed us a little of himself in every film...his integrity, loyalty, moral values, and the inability to surrender...all the characteristics of a great American and worldwide role model. There will never be another "Duke" and, in my opinion, Hollywood, the realm of cinematography, and the world in general has suffered a catastrophic loss in his passing.
  14. I'm sure there are many more but these are the actresses of early Hollywood I really liked. My apologies if some fall outside the category...Clara Bow, Norma Shearer, Jean Harlow, Miriam Hopkins, Dolores Costello, Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, Joan and Constance Bennett, Mae Clarke, Hedy Lamarr, Barbara Stanwyck, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel, Gloria Gaynor, Katherine Hepburn, Carol Lombard, Ginger Rogers, Fay Wray, Marie MacDonald, Kay Francis, Claudette Colbert, and Joan Crawford.
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