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Everything posted by Flashalex

  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 t
  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 opiniona
  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
  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 lighthea
  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.
  15. What amazed me about the pre-code movies was not only the "sex" scenes (straight and lesbian), but the amount of actual nudity by some of the female "greats" of stage and screen...i.e. Clara Bow, Jean Harlow, Dolores Costello, Joan Blondell, Louise Brooks, Hedy Lamarr, Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, and Joan Crawford just to name a few. The "Roaring Twenties" really lived up to their name. LOL
  16. Two of my favorites are 1) The "6-shooter" that never seem to need reloading and 2) The "Winchester" rifle capable of killing 3 to 8 Indians with one shot. LOL By my calculations, there should be no Indians left in the "Old West". LOL
  17. Thank you so much for the pictures of Ella Raines. Although I have about 170 pictures of her, I did not have any of these. I was wondering where you found them as I would love to add them to my collection. I always loved Ella found her looks to be "mysterious" and her eyes absolutely hypnotic. I thought she was an excellent actress, and not just her western performances...although it seemed a natural progression since she was discovered by Howard Hawkes. LOL Hawkes formed a film company with Charles Boyer (B-H Productions) and Ella was in their first film called "Corvette-225". She did a lot o
  18. Thanks for the photo of Ann Miller. I have been in love with her since a little boy. Everyone raves about Eleanor Powell being the best female tap dancer of all time but my vote goes to Ann in the categories of ability and beauty. My hobby is taking old photos of actresses from the 20s to the 60s, repairing, cleaning, resizing, and turning them into full color. I have accumulated about 78,000 photos...600 of just Ann Miller.
  19. Fred always prerecorded his singing...and his tap dancing. I think his impeccable lip-syncing ability may be contributed to his insane sense of timing as an accomplished drummer. Although he started playing piano, accordion, and clarinet at a very early age, his passion was always the drums, as evidenced in films such as "Lady in Distress", "Easter Parade", Daddy Long-Legs", to name a few. Just my opinion of course.
  20. As I read all these posts, it tickles me because everyone is essentially right in their own way. My belief is that Hollywood, like everything and everyone, has fallen victim to "progress". What were once great studios with great star potential and talented writers have gone the way of so many things in the name of progress. Studios merged, true "star-quality" diminished, plagiarism won out over originality, and then came hundreds of independent filmmakers and movie producers. Leave us not forget the invention of television as well. There are just too many contributing factors to list, but they
  21. "If I were King" was made a record 4 times.The original was released in 1920 with William Farnum (as Francois Villon), Betty Ross Clarke (as Katherine de Vaucelles), and Fritz Leiber (as King Louis XI). The first remake was released as the musical "The Vagabond King" in 1930 starring Dennis King (as Francois Villon), Jeanette MacDonald (as Katherine de Vaucelles), and O.P. Heggie (as King Louis XI). The second remake reverted back to "If I Were King" in 1938 and starred Ronald Coleman (as Francois Villon), Frances Dee (as Katherine de Vaucelles), and Basil Rathbone (as King Louis XI). The 3rd
  22. I disagree about Gig Young. His film career was beginning its decline about this time. He was rarely considered a leading man and rarely scored a "lead" part...usually the comedic second lead. He did 13 movies under the name "Byron Barr" before taking the name Gig Young...based on the character he portrayed in "The Gay Sisters" in 1942. He was already 50 years old when Kid Galahad came out. I personally believe he had a much more successful television career. As for Elvis, he was a singer...never a great actor...which is quite evident. Although predominantly lighthearted and non-thought prov
  23. Gig Young was no "Spring Chicken" either...he was born in 1913. Gable in 1901 and Doris in 1922.
  24. I have always enjoyed Jane Powell. It was fun watching her "grow up" in the film industry and go from child vocal prodigy to polished, yet somewhat stereo-typed, actress. Rich, Young and Pretty was made as she turned the corner to adulthood. Although both accomplished vocalists and their voices complimented one another, I personally did not care for the pairing of Jane with Vic Damone from an acting standpoint. Maybe it was due to this film being Vic's introductory role. He did a fine job but undeniably gave the weakest performance out of the cast. I was also disappointed in the recognizab
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