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About melmac4ou

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  1. And ps ithrowclams: Groucho Marx, Ginger Rogers, Frank Capra, Lucille Ball all wrote very interesting autobiographies.
  2. What I am upset about (as far as autobiographies go) is that Gene Kelly's autobiography has not been released to the public yet! I have read that his widow is preventing it from being published or it might be the publishing company. I wish there was something we could do to let them know that some of us are very interested in reading it!
  3. I have been waiting for five years for this film to be transferred to DVD. If there are any other lovers of this wonderful Natalie Wood/ Steve McQueen film, please go vote for it's TCM Home Video poll. It is worthy! It was nominated for all these Oscars: Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay (1964): (nominated) Academy Awards for Best Art Direction (1963): (nominated) Academy Awards for Best Costume Design (1963): Edith Head (nominated) Academy Awards for Best Actress (1963): Natalie Wood (nominated) Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (1963): (nominated)
  4. Allow me to be incredibly naive for a minute. In movies in the thirties or forties, if a woman says a man was her "lover" does that mean what it would mean today? I mean does it mean that they have had sex? The same with saying "we had a love affair," does that mean "affair" like we mean it? Is it possible that "lover" could simply mean a boyfriend or girlfriend in old movie lingo? Does "affair" simply mean they spent a lot of puritanical time together? I only ask because I want to know how literal everything should be taken. Were the writers or these movies trying to explain a rel
  5. Some of the scenes I am thinking about: On the Waterfront: When Terry breaks down the door and yells at her "you love me!" She shouts back "I didn't say I didn't love you! I said I never want to see you again!" And then they kiss. How about any scene where the guy breaks down the door to get to a woman. I don't know what comes to mind? Hum... How about, uh, Gone With The Wind? Or the "This is one night you're not turning me out." I don't need to go on. Clark Gable, yum. I'll think of more and get back to you.
  6. I can answer that. The language of the characters was a tool the writers used to show these low educated men (people who might be thought of as hoodlums or low brow) as trying to showcase their class and intelligence. Unfortunately they didn't have the proper training in the English Language, so their sentences sound odd and contrived. Basically it was just a tool to show that these gamblers were emulating high class gentlemen through manners and speech. It is to give you the feeling they are civilized and have an honor code, despite your preconcieved notions of gamblers.
  7. Oh I was very happy to read that! I am a huge Bobby Darin fan. I wish I could have seen him in concert!
  8. That is a great story about Burt Reynolds! I wish I would have seen it, it sounds hilarious. Of course, tough guy Burt was also in a musical where he did some singing... The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The only other tough guy I can think of that did a musical would be Clint Eastwood in Paint You Wagon. Maybe when John Wayne went on Laugh-In in a pink bunny suit he could have sang something and then we would have more about which to talk. "From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put" -- Churchill
  9. I was wondering if anybody knew anything about the public's reaction to passionate tough guy, Marlon Brando, being cast in a musical. I know stereotypes around musicals weren't the same then as now... but you can't tell me that some fans weren't a bit disillusioned to see Terry from On the Waterfront singing in a musical. I'm thrilled that he did, but were there any recriminations for casting Brando in a musical? I know that Sinatra loathed that he was passed over for Brando. (I also read that Kazan wanted Sinatra for the lead in On the Waterfront. Could you imagine!? In 1954, I wouldn't
  10. If you had a chance to go to a concert of one of these singers, who would you choose? Would anyone choose Bing? I can't decide. I mean to hear Frank in the Tommy Dorsey years, or right after when his voice had that smooth, deep, and sad. Not that he didn't always have a beautiful voice, but I think it was best in those early years. But Elvis put on the best show in the world, right? I am sure some of you on here have been to a concert of one of these people. Any pertinant information about the experience?
  11. I adore Gene Kelly, and am the biggest fan of his that I have ever met in real life, but I wouldn't want to have lunch with him. He was a hard worker and I'm a lazy slob. According to his first wife, he was also a bit of a traditionalist because of his upbringing. I can't imagine what we would talk about (besides his career which would make me look foolish and probably bore him). So I choose my second favorite. Groucho Marx! I read something Woody Allen wrote that claimed he was just like your crazy uncle who was constantly cracking jokes. I have no doubt Groucho would be happy to take ove
  12. The Apartment and Some Like It Hot are my favorite Billy Wilder movies. I cannot choose between them. You know on the movie Casino Royale (not the upcoming one, the Peter Sellers/David Niven version) Billy Wilder was given screen credit because they used the immortal Joe E. Brown line "Nobody's Perfect" As Woody Allen says "Never steal. And when you do, steal from the best" [paraphrasing]
  13. It Happened One Night was mentioned in the original list. So Capra is represented. Good choice on La Lune. I wish I could have chosen a different movie from Birth of A Nation, but from what I have read... this movie was the representation of Griffith at his height. I've unfortunately seen it twice, and felt sick for the entire length of the movie both times. I choose Spike Lee anyday.
  14. It has Gregory Peck and John Garfield in it. Gregory Peck plays a journalist who, in order to write a difficult piece on anti-semitism, decides to pose as a Jewish person for a period of time. The film is about the problems he and his family encounter in 1950s New York. If you haven't see it, I highly suggest it.
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