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  1. Great topic! For all you Sinatra fans out there, I believe that the hysterical reaction to young Frank's performances at NYC's Paramount Theater in 1942 was a harbinger of the teenage rebellion that was to come. Although there were other singing idols of that era; Rudy Vallee, Russ Columbo, and Bing Crosby had never elicited the display of pent-up emotion directed at Sinatra. What societal change had allowed these young people the freedom to express themselves so openly? During World War Two, with many of their fathers in service or involved in war production, often joined in the workplace by their mothers, increasing numbers of children found themselves unsupervised . The round-the-clock work schedules of the defense industry gave the adults an opportunity to earn overtime pay, which was a godsend to many after suffering through the lean years of the Great Depression. This only contributed to their lack of time spent with family. The boys' loneliness spawned the youth gang culture and the girls' longing for male companionship was evidenced in the unprecedented reaction to young "Frankie". When the war ended, men returning from service or from long hours working in the defense industry expected their wives and children to revert to their traditional family roles. Many women, however, had come to take pride in their ability to earn money and their children were often reluctant to relinquish their war time freedom. This power struggle within the family eventually lead to the Youth Movement in the 1960s and the rise of Feminism in the 1970s. While the aforementioned films; "Blackboard Jungle", "Rebel Without A Cause" and "The Wild One", sensationalized this 1950s youth rebellion, I prefer the earlier "City Across The River" with a young Anthony Curtis, (not pictured here) as it touchingly uncovers the conflict between post war teenagers and their bewildered parents.
  2. Some years ago. The Motion Picture Academy hosted a weekly program entitled "It's Great To Be Nominated" showing classic films that were nominated by the Academy for Best Picture but did not win. Nancy Olson along with her husband Alan Livingston and her brother-in-law Jay Livingstone were invited guests for 1950's "Sunset Boulevard". The original opening scene, in the Los Angeles County Morgue was shown, as well as an alternate take of the New Years' Eve party scene featuring Jay Livingstone and Ray Evans' original song "The Paramount Don't Want Me Blues", that was replaced by "Buttons and Bows" in the final cut (also wrote by Mr. Livingstone and Ray Evans).
  3. Yes, it was expensive! We followed Frank in Las Vegas from Bally's to The Desert Inn to the Riviera to the MGM, from 1988 to his last Las Vegas performances in May 1994. I must have put these MaitreD's kids through college with bribes but it was worth it. We always had reservations at ringside. Knowing that time was growing short, we would see him two or three nights in a row! We were also at the Shrine Auditorium for his 80th Birthday which was taped for TV. The best book on Frank is "Sinatra, The Song Is You" by Will Freidwald. My Mom was a professional singer and musician and she swiped the book when she visited me. Had to buy another. Later, I ran into Frank, Jr. and told him that my Mother was the piano player at the club San Su San on Long Island when he made his singing debut there in 1963. Also spent time with some of Frank's friends after the shows. Great stories!
  4. HUGE Sinatra fan here! From 1988 to 1994 we saw him over 40 times in Las Vegas from ringside!
  5. "The Bachelor Party" 1957 And "Bachelor Party" 1984
  6. "Don't Worry We'll Think Of A Title". "The Spy Who Dumped Me" Jack Benny wondered how the Hollywood censors missed the title "The Tender Trap".
  7. No, there is too much evidence that Buddy Holly's band was the impetus for Lennon and McCarthy naming their band "The Beatles". McCartney instituted a "Buddy Holly Week' music festival in England beginning in 1976. First of all, Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets, inspired the Beatles own insectoid name.Quoting Paul McCartney: "I remember talking to John about this. 'Cricket. What a fantastic idea, it's a little grasshopper, and it's a game.' Well, they came over, they had no **** idea cricket was a game, to them it was just a little chirping grasshopper from Texas, so it was actually quite a boring name. But we were turned on like nobody's business by the idea of a double meaning, so with our wit and wisdom and whatever, we wanted something that would have a double meaning. Beetles were little insects, so that took care of that, but with an 'A' it became something to do with beat" (Miles, page 52). Lennon confirms this: "I was looking for a name like The Crickets that meant two things, and from crickets I got to beetles. And I changed the BEA, because 'beetles' didn't mean two things on its own. When you said it, people thought of crawly things; and when you read it, it was beat music" (Anthology, page 41). Buddy Holly had a major impact on The Beatles, right down to the naming of the band. Holly’s band was The Crickets, and the Beatles thought naming a band after an insect was quite smart. Paul McCartney noted that Buddy Holly’s group was unfamiliar with the actual cricket game (Krerowicz, par.1). However, The Beatles were appreciative of the double meaning in the name, and wanted that for themselves. Lennon even reiterated that he wanted a double meaning of their band name, and he liked the idea of using bugs. After playing around with the word cricket and other insects, he came up with beetles. Lennon recalls, “When you said it, people thought of crawly things; and when you read it, it was beat music” (Krerowicz, par. 1). Both Lennon and McCartney were drawn to Buddy Holly and The Cricket’s name, charisma, and infectious sound. Holly was the one that influenced the duo to actually write and perform their own songs in the band (Krerowicz, par. 2). Early on the band performed both covers and originals, but as their popularity grew, they performed originals for the majority. The Beatles played tribute to Holly and The Crickets: “they played a total of at least 13 Buddy Holly songs in live shows” (Krerowicz, par. 2). Buddy Holly played the guitar and performed on stage together, which was not popular during that time for performers to do both on stage (Krerowicz, par. 2). The Beatles aspired to sing and play their instruments on the stage, like Buddy Holly, to capture their audience and show off their talent.
  8. The Beatles took their name as homage to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Paul McCartney is a huge Buddy Holly fan. He bought the rights to most of his recordings.
  9. The great Geraldine Page in "The Pope Of Greenwich Village " confronting two detectives who want to search her deceased policeman's son's ( Bunky) room for incriminating (for them) tapes.
  10. I remember Lou Costello using the expression "Odds Bodkins" in "The Time Of Their Lives".
  11. If you like Don Murray, please watch "The Bachelor Party" Monday at 3:15 PST. I regard this movie as a complement to "Marty". Paddy Chayefsky wrote and Delbert Mann directed both films. Realistic and moving account about life, guys and marriage with Murray, Jack Warden, E.G. marshall, Larry Blyden and with Carolyn Jones as a Greenwich Village "beatnik" gal. Last year I went to a screening at UCLA Film Center of "The Bachelor Party" with Don Murray in attendance. Still sharp and youthful at 90 years of age! He told the audience that after "Bus Stop" he was offered several roles in Westerns. Being a native NYer, he wanted to do something different and took the role in "The Bachelor Party" for less money instead. Not to be confused with the 1984 Tom Hanks ribald comedy "Bachelor Party"!
  12. Growing up in NYC in the 1960s, WOR Channel 9 had a program called "Million Dollar Movie" that would show the same film every night, changing, I believe on Thursdays. They seemed to show "King Kong" "Son Of Kong" and "Mighty Joe Young" over and over. Watched those three films many times as a kid. Some years later, my Mom took me to a revival showing of "Gone With The Wind", when the theme music began, I yelled "Million Dollar Movie" as they used the theme from "GWTW" as their opening over nighttime shots of NYC!
  13. Danny Peary also says that Andy Griffith should have won the Best Actor Oscar for "A Face In The Crowd", I agree!
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