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Posts posted by Sheldon

  1. Hey, Markus. You're absolutely right now that I think of it. Dolores might have been a bit TOO special-looks wise to succeed at Metro in the 40's. Maybe wishful thinking on my part.She was just so incredibly special-I just wish she'd done more films. She's the sole reason for seeing "Kismet." Although I do like Ann Blyth in anything, also!

  2. I love this woman!! Incredible talent. I met her many years ago at a swanky party after the first performance of "Sherry" in Philly. This was a musical version of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." When she belted out the title tune, it stayed belted. It's too bad she came in on the tale end of the Hollywood musical era. I wonder what her Hollywood career would have been like if she'd hit in the 40's.

  3. 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 !

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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"

  8. 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!

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