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  1. I saw Burton twice during the 1980’s tour in San Francisco. Would have loved to see his performance filmed for prosperity. Same with the rest of the cast. Robert Goulet as Lancelot....Roddy McDowell. So much better that what the film turned out to be.
  2. Not quite true...Mickey was their first choice, and Walt was fine with it. It was his brother Roy that put the kabooms on the deal.
  3. I know I’m in the minority but I don’t like Vera-Ellen. Especially in White Christmas where she’s paired with Danny Kaye. Watch their first dance number together - why is she always looking at the camera? Compared to the other three she’s unneeded. Not a great actress, not a singer...
  4. I agree. My favorite Astaire - Cyd number is not the Girl Hunt ballet but the elagent and simple Dancing in the Dark number in the Park.
  5. Cary Grant couldn’t see it either....he told they should get Rex Harrison! btw. Harrison did a MFL tour in early 80’s with Cheryl Kennedy as Eliza. Cathleen Nesbit, who originated the role of Henry’s mother on Broadway and in the film, was also in the cast! Rex made sure everyone knew that in his curtain speech. She was, or close to 90. Died in Aug of 1982.
  6. So another remake is coming out. Actually this is a remake of a remake with the basic story intact. Boy finds girl, girl becomes bigger than the boy, boy ends up dying so girls can state for all to hear... My name is Mrs. Norman Maine. for God’s sake, can’t anyone think outside the box anymore? You want an updated story? Fine. Here’s your payoff line - “My name is Mrs. Norma Maine.” Have some guts Hollywood.
  7. You could start with the 70s and go to modern day. Musicals part 2. The disco years, the animated 90s ....
  8. All that Jazz has become my favorite Fosse Musical I wish we could have seen, and I wish they would release the Roadshow version of Dr. Doolittle. They cut out one of my favorite Leslie Bricusse songs - “Something in your Smile”. You can it on the Soundtrack album.
  9. In today’s lecture, cabin in the sky was compared to other supernatural films of the time, as in Here comes Mr. Jordan, etc. I think a better example, especially thematically, would be the 1950’s musical Damn Yankees, in which the Devil tries to lure a basically decent man with a good, loving, caring wife away with the help of a temptress. walt3rd
  10. I rather like the idea, after all, the first talking picture was a musical! But I would narrow it to Musicals from 1920's to 1990. Week one, 1927 - 1939 Beginnings (emphasis on Song and Dance) Week two - 1940 - 1950 (The War Years) Week three - 1950-1960 (The Golden Age of Musicals) Week four - 1960 - 1975 (The waning of the film musical) Week five - 1975 - 1990 (the live action musical at the end of the 20th Century) Problems I foresee. Notice I left off in 1990, After that, Disney seems to have ruled the musical, especially ANIMATED Musicals, and we all know TCM would have problems getting Disney films....so Mary Poppins would be out as well in week 4. OR Musicals is such a LARGE Subject, it might be better to pare it down from Genre to subject: All Singing, All Dancing: The popular actors/actresses/ influencers of the screen musical. Week one Al Jolson, Busby Berkley, Fred and Ginger, Nelson Eddy and Janette MacDonald Week two AND three Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams, The Nicolas Brothers, Mark Eden and the MGM Production team Week four Van Johnson, Doris Day, Gene Kelly, Gene Nelson, Ann Miller, Howard Keel, the teams - Bob and Bing, Jerry and Dean. Week five, The transition to teenagers and rock and roll. Thoughts, anyone? Walt3rd
  11. Hello, I enjoyed being part of the fan panel today, thought you might like my "lecture notes" - Walter Twitter handle: @popcornbytes Alfred Hitchcock and the James Bond films.pdf Alfred Hitchcock and the James Bond films.pdf
  12. Collaborators in today's cinema? Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The current two main writers for the James Bond franchise. They would be able to translate well, I think. There is a sequence of an escape in Spectre when Q realizes that he is trapped in a funicular with the bad guys that I feel would be right in place in a Hitchcock film. I agree on some of the actors I've seen in other posts, and have added a few others: Clive Owens, Christian Bale, Michael Caine (especially as the villain), John Cusack, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, and Ben Whisaw. Scarlett Johanson, Lea Seydoux for blondes, and Julienne Moore or Amy Adams for redheads, and Sandra Bullock or Ann Hathaway for brunettes and Patrick Stewart as a Professor type. Walter3rd My dream cast for the Frenzy? Anthony Newley as Richard Blaney (a very underrated actor) Michael Caine as Robert Rusk and Sean Connery (with mustache) as C.I. Oxford.
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