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  1. Hey, I have been meaning to find this out forever. In The Graduate, which is one of my favorite movies, there is that legendary line when Mr. McGuire is talking to Ben about his future and he says "One word... Plastics." Now, this is a famous line from the movie and I don't know if I'm missing something or what, but I don't get what's so funny about it. Is it just that it's goofy, or is there something I'm missing?
  2. Forgot one: Bing Crosby in Going My Way
  3. I think maybe the way I worded my reply was a little sketchy, because it's not that I'm not giving her credit at all. I knew she started taking the pills as a child, and that is what I meant by disgust. It's not that I'm disgusted by her, but by the adults who gave her pills to keep her awake when they wanted and make her sleep when they wanted, etc. Basically disgust for giving a teenager a workload that would be taxing even for an adult, thus creating the need to artificially force her body into a schedule it couldn't handle using pills that she would ultimately become addicted to, through no fault of her own. It's because she's such an immense talent that this even happened to her, which is such a shame. Instead of nurturing her prodigious gifts, they exploited them. I also knew that Meet Me In St. Louis was quite possibly the happiest time in her adult life, with Vincente Minnelli, and it certainly shows in her performance-- particularly in The Trolley Song, which, in my opinion, is one of the great scenes in film history thanks to Judy Garland. And, like you, The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie growing up. (Over the Rainbow was one of the first songs I learned to sing, I was Dorothy one year for Halloween, the whole get-up.) Unfortunately, with all that said, I am sorry to say that I really find myself unable to really enjoy her movies because I just associate her with her unfortunate life so closely that I can't separate the actress from the person. I wish I could enjoy her movies more, but, like I said, I find her movies sort of depressing, thinking what a shame it is that such a talent had such a difficult life. You're right, ideally she should be remembered as simply a beautiful, talented actress/singer. Unfortunately, for me, I can't help adding "... who led a very sad life."
  4. I'm not a huge sci-fi fan either, and I think that if they devoted an entire day or evening weekly, I would be disappointed because that seems a little too often to devote to one genre. But I do think that it would be a good idea to have a designated time to have one movie a week. For example, if you knew every Monday night at 9 there would be a sci-fi movie, you could know to tune in. That I could deal with... and maybe I'd tunein occasionally too!
  5. Personally, I sufficiently like Judy Garland, but I have to admit that it is difficult for me to watch her without getting sort of depressed thinking of what happened to her as an adult. My favorite Judy movie is Meet Me in St. Louis, which I really love. And I really think that her performance of "Get Happy" is great. But I really don't like seeing her performances later in life simply because watching her just makes me feel such pity and disgust. I don't mean that I'm disgusted with her, I am just disgusted with the circumstances under which she became addicted and with the fact that she was such a talent, and she was so unhappy for much of her life. It's just such a shame and it really makes it difficult for me to enjoy her movies.
  6. Good topic-- but difficult! I guess I'll have to go with... Cary Grant in anything, Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate William Daniels in 1776 David Niven in The Bishop's Wife Sidney Poitier in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins Gordon McRae in Carousel Robert Preston in The Music Man Donald O'Connor in Singin' in the Rain Katharine Hepburn in anything Audrey Hepburn in anything Grace Kelly in anything Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly (this may be controversial, I know) Hermione Gingold in Gigi and The Music Man ... and I gotta go with Vivien Leigh in GWTW Also, special award for superior screen chemistry goes to... (you guessed it!) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy! (I know it's obvious, but I felt it had to be said or I wouldn't have been able to sleep tonight)
  7. Hey, give me a break, nickdimeo! I'm new to this forum! Besides, I wasn't "in doubt," I was just wondering! (Don't worry, I'm not really insulted-- I know you meant it in good fun. )
  8. Don't hate me, but I cannot stand Renee Zellweger. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I've seen her in Bridget Jones' Diary and Jerry Maguire and I didn't like her at all in either. Also, everyone seems to have a preoccupation with her beauty, and I have to say that I am not impressed with that either. I don't know if I'm missing something or what, but she really annoys me and I don't see the appeal.
  9. I have another question. I know that this is probably pretty much impossible for most people to answer, but for those who can, what is your favorite movie of all time. Personally, I can't come close to answering this question myself. My best attempt (which I know I will regret later when I think of a million other movies I should have listed) would probably be The Bishop's Wife, My Fair Lady, The Graduate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Rear Window, Going My Way, Hannah and Her Sisters, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and I'm going to stop now before I get too carried away.
  10. I was wondering what everyone's favorite Hitchcock movie was. I'd have to say that for me, North by Northwest and Rear Window tie. Predictable, I know. How about everyone else?
  11. The movie is full of beautiful images (thank you Gregg Toland). Freeze frame any shot and something about it is just so tender and sentimental. The very last scene, in which David Niven is giving his Christmas Eve sermon, and everyone Cary Grant's character has touched during his short time comes into the church with no memory of him, is so wonderful. I don't know if you remember the very last shot, but it's of Cary Grant looking at the church from right outside the gate with a pleased, although sort of sad look on his face that just says it all perfectly. From that look, you can see that he was satisfied with the work he'd done and was glad that everyone was happy, but that he still felt isolated and lonely because he was to leave all these people whom he came to care about (or love), and they would lose all recollection of him. After standing at the gate, he reluctantly, but resolutely turns and walks away in the snow, and we are left with the image of him walking off the screen with that smile, until all we see are his footprints in the snow. As far as I?m concerned, it is just perfection.
  12. Oh, man, I could go on forever about Christmas movies! But I wanted to add A Charlie Brown Christmas and Muppet Christmas Carol-- if you haven't seen it, it's adorable, especially if you like musicals. Although the girl playing Belle is awful. Anyway, other favorites of mine include It's a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, the 1951 A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim (which is actually technically called Scrooge), Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, and, of course, The Bishop's Wife. Oh, and bggalaxy, just wanted to let you know that I love the 1951 Christmas Carol too, and I actually do have it on video. I found it at a used cd/video store for, like, $2 and couldn't believe it! But it's really cheesy. On the beginning of the video, it says that the tape was recorded in EP mode. But, whatever, at least I have it on tape.
  13. Basically, I just wanted to see if there's any other classic movie fans who love this movie. I grew up watching "The Bishop's Wife" every year at Christmas and was disappointed to learn at some point in high school that this wasn't a tradition with most people. I thought it was up there with "White Christmas" and "A Christmas Carol" as a universal Christmas tradition. It makes me sad to think that this is not the case, and that many people have never seen this great movie. Today, it remains one of my favorite movies (I am reluctant to pick a favorite because it's pretty much a 50-way tie, but this one is pretty much on top), and I watch it all year round, several times a year. I think it is one of the best stories, with some of the most inspired casting, and impeccable execution. However, I just watched a biography on Cary Grant (which I'm pretty sure was on TCM a few days ago) in which they were discussing his sort of "dark years" in which he made a lot of mediocre movies geared toward a mass audience, but which had no lasting appeal. One of Grant's friends came on and said something to the effect of "He made one film with Loretta Young called 'The Bishop's Wife' and I just asked him 'Why would you choose to make this of all movies?" I was so upset to hear this movie spoken of as an example of exactly what Grant should have stayed away from, an example of a movie that was beneath him. I was just wondering if everyone else sees this movie as a mistake Grant made or a film that gets lost in the pile of other Grant movies, or if anyone out there agrees with me that it is, in fact, a diamond in the rough.
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