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Everything posted by Sheldon

  1. Thanks, Mr. Boynton. I loved reading this. It just goes to show you that movies WERE better then!
  2. Hi Jack. Did you ever read Traubel's autobiography? Very entertaining, as I recall. Apparently, Miss Traubel was extremely unhappy in "Pipe Dream" and actually gave her notice several months into the short run. The RCA CD is still available, I believe. William Johnson died suddenly in 1957 at 41, I believe, the same year that Judy Tyler died. She was 24 !
  3. Hey Sandy! How are you? No, Ms. Leigh never did "Pipe Dream" though she was probably right for it, unlike Julie Andrews who was also up for it! The late and wonderful Judy Tyler starred in it along with Helen Traubel and William Johnson.Ms. Tyler was tragically killed in an auto accident in 1957, having just completed "Jailhouse Rock" with Elvis Presley. "Pipe Dream" was a rare Rodgers and Hammerstein flop. It ran about 6 months. It opened on my birthday, November 30th in 1955. I really like the score, also.
  4. Glad to hear you're liking them, Gerb. I think they really pack a bang for the buck. I don't think I'd seen these films before, either!!
  5. Hey Sandy! I think the CD is still available as is the script published by Samuel French. Polly Bergen was Elizabeth and Farley Granger was Darcy. It ran about 3 months in NYC. Oddly enough in Philly -where I saw the pre-B'way tryout, it was totally sold out due to rave reviews. Just goes to show you... By the way, you may already know this, but if you don't , the original title of "Pride and Prejudice" was to have been "First Impressions."
  6. Hey Sandy!! I'm glad your Mrs. Bennett went well. As a kid, I saw "First Impressions" the musical version with Hermione Gingold as Mrs . Bennett. (sp) have you ever heard that score? Shelly
  7. Yes, gerb, it was a kick seeing Evelyn Ankers as the heavy. I loved the way she "ended up" too! Shelly
  8. Bingo !!! It'd quite a good little film-extremely off-beat for its time.
  9. Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more! Shelly
  10. Hey Gerb! I'm really happy you liked it. It's amazing the entertainment value packed into 60 minutes each-with no padding. You're right. The clarity is pretty exceptional !! How do you like Mr. Inner Sanctum? Shelly
  11. A very famous play and film by Tennessee Williams. I'm surprised it wasn't mentioned in the TCM DVD review!!!
  12. I saw her in a store a few years ago . She still looked great. I think she just decided to get out of the business. She was superb in "Imitation..."
  13. It's so nice to hear from people who really appreciate Ms. Day. I've gotta say I think she's one of the all-time greats. The problem is she made EVERYTHING look so easy. Like Garland and very few others, she could do it ALL. ! She's sexy , cute, funny and she could break your heart, also. All this without an acting lesson. She NEVER looks loke she's acting. She's always believable. Even in some of her sillier films, she's always a joy to watch.
  14. I just saw Helen in "Panama Flo." Those same sad eyes. She's really good. It's just a crying shame what happened to her and her career.God rest her soul.
  15. I believe she and Peter Lawford were kind of hot and heavy way back when. I've seen several shots of her in those classic movie magazines!
  16. I totally agree! A combination of Ford, the great Geraldine Page and that Henry Mancini title tune. Haven't seen it on recently, either,
  17. I think it worked sporadically. You should read Josh Logan's bio on this. Apparently the tinting went haywire in the lab. It was supposed to be a lot subtler but , unfortunately, it came out much more garishly. Logan could do nothing about it, so he made the best of a bad job. By the way, I'm a big R & H fan. My personal favorites as films are: " The Sound of Music"and "The King and I"
  18. Yes, I live in Manhattan, also. Thanks for the heads-up. I truly think this film is a masterpiece and a wonderful cynical companion to "Sunset Boulevard." With all the insatiable appetite for "reality" TV today, we really haven't come too far, have we?
  19. Thanks, Dan, for the info. I did notice a few days ago in one of my reference books that Jan Stirling won the National Board of Review Award in 1951 for this film. She should DEFINITELY have been nominated for the Oscar, don't you think?
  20. I've been thinking about This great film recently with incredible performances by Kirk Douglas and Jan Stirling. It's been a long time since I've seen it anywhere and I don't think it's ever been released on video in any form. Are there rights issues? Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks in advance!
  21. Glad you liked it, Brad. I still wish Doris Day had done Nellie!! She would have been perfect in the role.
  22. Let me know how you like them!
  23. I finished this whole series last night. It's a great bargain-no extras-but almost perfect prints.My favorite is "Strange Confession" but they're all really enjoyable!!
  24. I'm with you all the way! I also have a laser of "Lucky Me." I love the score!!! You'd never know That Doris was having some kind of anxiety crisis around that time!
  25. Thanks everyone for the Vivien Leigh thread! I adore her and I was lucky enough to see her in Chekhov's Ivanov-on stage with John Gielgud. She was wonderful. Quite ironically, she played a tuberculosis victim in the play which is eventually what killed her. There was a full recording made of this on RCA Victor which I guess can be tracked down on E-Bay. There's also an original cast recording of her Tony winning performance in "Tovarich." As usual, she's wonderful in that, too. Besides GWTW, her Balanche, in my opinion, is one of THE great film performances of all time.
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