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  1. Has anyone seen the new book on GRETA GARBO: A CINEMATIC LEGACY by Mark Vieira? I just purchased a copy. I know TCM is running a contest for this book, but I never win and didn't want to wait. Every one of her films is covered in depth by Vieira. This beautiful book is lavishly illustrated with many rare stills. A must have for anyone interested in Garbo and her films.
  2. I am going to be spending big bucks this month for DVD's: BEN HUR (Special Edition) THE INNOCENTS CAMILLE A MAN CALLED PETER HOUSE ON 92ND STREET WHIRLPOOL SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT CASANOVA'S BIG NIGHT ANYTHING GOES RED GARTERS TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD OLIVER! (Special re-release with CD soundtrack) ....and there are more biggies for October: WIZARD OF OZ VAL LEWTON COLLECTION CINDERELLA LIFEBOAT DETECTIVE STORY
  3. MGM has announced a number of films starring Marlon Brando. The films include BURN!, A DRY WHITE SEASON, THE FUGITIVE KIND and THE MISSOURI BREAKS to make their DVD debuts on November 8th. BURN! will be released in its 112-minute version and not the complete 132-minute cut.
  4. Paramount has just released this film on DVD.
  5. Let's face it, Dolly is basically a silly story. I thought it silly as THE MATCHMAKER with Shirley Booth and again sillier as HELLO, DOLLY. Although Streisand was miscast in HELLO, DOLLY its not entirely her fault, I think director Gene Kelly is to blame. Too much of everything, dancing, singing, etc. The musical numbers were endless, they went on and on. When Streisand sings "look at the old girl now" this line becomes ridiculous. Channing is so un-photogenic, I don't know if she could have carried it off. Would have loved to see either Betty Grable (in a grand return to her home studio
  6. Kelly was to star opposite Kathryn Grayson in TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME. Apparently Williams wasn't happy making this film or with Kelly and director Stanley Donen. I think the casting is perfect in ON THE TOWN.
  7. I also spotted Sid Grauman in the early part of this film as William Powell was putting his footprints in cement.
  8. I have always been curious about this film since it uses the wonderful Dietz & Schwartz score from THE BAND WAGON. Having never seen DANCING IN THE DARK, I decided to take a look when FMC ran the 1949 film. William Powell is effective as usual as an ego-driven, obnoxious, washed up movie star who redeems himself by promoting the career of an up and coming actress by having her star in a film called BAND WAGON. The only problem with this is the up and coming star is played by the triple threat Betsy Drake, who can't sing, can't dance and can't act. Not only is Ms. Drake's singing dubbed
  9. These films are all from different studios. Paramount will be releasing DETECTIVE STORY on October 25. I WALK ALONE is also a Paramount release, LUST FOR LIFE is an MGM release and the other two are from UA. So much for a box set.
  10. Ball was a very controlling person. When Joan Blondell was to have made an appearance on The Lucy Show, Ball got on Blondell's nerves, telling how to act, among other things. Blondell got so **** off that she told Ball where to get off and walked.
  11. Supposedly, Holman was attracted to gay men. I don't know what kind of relationship the two had.
  12. The problem with new films is how many do you really want to watch more than once. I can think of very few. This is why is never buy current films on DVD. If interested I usually rent the film. I find myself going less and less to see current motion pictures. The last new film I saw was BATMAN RETURNS.
  13. Haven't seen this book at all. On November 30 McFarland is to release KAY FRANCIS: A PASSIONATE LIFE AND CAREER. Unfortunately this book carries a hefty list price of $45.00.
  14. I think Crain was far from gorgeous in LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN. I always found her to be a very sweet, girl-next-door type, in her FOX films. The studio would not let her grow up. Even in such films as PINKY, LETTER TO THREE WIVES she was still essentially sweetness and light. I know Crain wanted a new image and asked to be cast as Loreli Lee (the role Monroe played) in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. After she left the studio Crain's image changed drastically becoming one of the screen's most beautiful and sexy woman of the 50s and made such films as GENTLEMEN PREFER BRUNETTES, THE JOKER IS WILD and
  15. Clift was involved with stage star/older woman Libby Holman at the point he was offered SUNSET BOULEVARD. It was thought that this relationship was too close to home and Holman convinced Clift to backed out of the film. Although in the book MONTY by Robert LaGuardia it states that Clift said he had trouble playing love scenes to an older woman. But to director Billy Wilder, the actor stated the reason he backed out of the film is that audiences would never accept Clift making love to a woman thirty-five years his senior.
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