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50 States 50 Great Movies?

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FINALLY...Washington!!!! (the best, most beautiful place in the world!)

 

 

The most famous one I can think of is "The Egg And I" with Claudette Colbert and Fred Macmurry.

 

But also the "Ma And Pa Kettle" movies take place in Washington.

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Now hold on ILRM. I fully intended to wake you when we got to Washington but I'm not through with Virginia yet ;)

 

It's my home state:

 

*In This Our Life* 1942 Based on Virginia native Ellen Glasgow's novel it's a good Bette Davis drama with Olivia de Havilland, Charles Coburn, Hattie McDaniel and George Brent among others and set in Richmond.

 

*Shenandoah* 1965 Jimmy Stewart Civil War era film.

 

Also

 

*Never Wave at a Wac* 1952 Rosalind Russell comedy set in Fort Lee just outside Petersburg.

 

A more recent film:

 

 

*Remember the Titans* 2000 set in Alexandria

 

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I guess we can throw in Dirty Dancing, which was filmed at the Mountain Lake resort in VA.

 

Molo, VA is a beautiful state. I spent a year there.

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scsu,

 

Oh Really! That's nice to hear you say that. :) I'm from Richmond.

 

Another film set in Virginia would be *The Howards of Virginia* 1940 but that's mostly remembered for Cary Grant being miscast.

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*"OK, what about Virginia?"* - skimpole

 

Here's a couple of different titles -

*The Vanishing Virginian* (1942) w/ Frank Morgan & Kathryn Grayson

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=94682

"In 1913, district attorney Robert "Cap'n Bob" Yancey, the patriarch of a large, eccentric Lynchburg, Virginia family, has definite ideas about what his independently-spirited children should be."

 

*Virginia* (1941) w/ Madeleine Carroll & Fred MacMurray

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=94856

"Charlotte Dunterry returns to her family home in Fairville, Virginia after having lived in New York City most of her life. "Charlie," a city sophisticate who is ignorant of Southern ways, is appalled at the rundown condition of her family home, a 150-year-old mansion built by Thomas Jefferson, which she has inherited and plans to sell."

 

*Sporting Blood* (1940) w/ Robert Young & Maureen O'Sullivan

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=947

"After losing all his savings in a crooked horse race, young Myles Vanders is forced to take his two horses back to the Virginia home he has not seen in twenty years."

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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> {quote:title=molo14 wrote:}{quote}

> Now hold on ILRM. I fully intended to wake you when we got to Washington but I'm not through with Virginia yet ;)

 

 

Whatevah! JK! Virginia is pretty cool (but Washington's better LOL!) :)

 

Thanks for remembering to wake me up! I will take a small nap, while you guys are conversing about Virginia.

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Hi ILRM,

Wake back up! I think we're done with Virginia. So have at it. I've never been to Washington. I hear it's very nice out there but Virginia is nice too except when it's 105 degrees with 90 percent humidity or if you suffer from any allergies. :)

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Washington?

 

*The Slender Thread* 1965 Stars Sidney Poitier and Ann Bancroft.

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For Washington:

 

How about "Sleepless in Seattle?" or "It Happened at the World's Fair?"

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About Virginia: so there's no great American movie about Washington or Jefferson or Lee. Not that I think Lee is a great American, quite the contrary, but for most of the last century the America that gets to make Hollywood films thought so.

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Is there really no better movie for Washington than "Sleepless in Seattle?"

 

Anyway, what about West Virginia?

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*"Is there really no better movie for Washington than "Sleepless in Seattle?"* - skimpole

 

I was just waiting to see if others would throw in with these -

 

*Tugboat Annie* (1933) w/ Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=1511

"Annie Brennan, known in Secoma (WA) as one of the best skippers in the Pacific Northwest, finds her boat Narcissus frequently outmaneuvred by rival Red Severn."

 

*Ruggles Of Red Gap* (1935) w/ Charles Laughton, Mary Boland and Charlie Ruggles

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=88738

"In Paris in the spring of 1908, the Earl of Burnstead regretfully informs his manservant, Marmaduke Ruggles, that he has lost Ruggles in a poker game to the genial, but roughhewn millionaire Egbert "Sourdough" Floud, who, on the insistence of his dominating, society-conscious wife Effie, intends to take Ruggles to their home in Red Gap, Washington."

 

(And I vote for *Ruggles of Red Gap*)

 

*"Anyway, what about West Virginia?"*

 

*Matewan* (1987) by John Sayles

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=83092

"Historical drama about the coal miners' strike in Matewan, West Virginia in the 1920s."

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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Oh, sorry Molo. I'm a deep sleeper.

 

Washington is pretty cool. We have the ocean, mountains, rain forests, deserts, lakes, rivers, we border Canada, and have no major storms (for example: hurricanes, tornados, etc.), except we do get earthquakes although not usually severe. We also are the birthplace to many famous companies. Including: Costco, Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, and many others. But anyways back to movies.....

 

I am personally going with "The Egg And I". It is definitely my fave Washintonion film.

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Washington: *The Parallax View* (1974)

 

West Virginia: *The Night Of The Hunter* (1955)

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"We are Marshall" takes place in Marshall University in West Virginia. One of the better sports films.

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Yes, The Parallax View and The Night of the Hunter are much better movies for Washington and West Virginia.

 

Ok, what about Wisconsin?

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Born and raised a "Cheesehead", this one comes easily.

 

*Our Vines Have Tender Grapes* (1945) w/ Edward G Robinson and Margaret O'Brien

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=360

"A Norwegian farmer tries to raise two children in the Midwest (Wisconsin)."

 

*All Mine To Give* (1958) w/ Glynis Johns and Cameron Mitchell

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=67069

"While hauling his crying sister on a small sled through the freezing snow, young Robbie Eunson recalls how their situation came about: In September 1856, Robbie's father Robert and his pregnant wife Mamie arrive in backwoods Wisconsin from the Shetland Islands in Scotland."

 

*Come And Get It* w/ Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea and Frances Farmer

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=71266

No location citation at TCMDB. But I've seen it and know this Edna Ferber story takes place in Northern Wisconsin.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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For Wyoming, the two which come to mind immediately are "Unforgiven" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Recent films, I know. But there must be a gazillion westerns that take place in Wyoming, like, uh, "Wyoming" (1928), "Wyoming" (1940), and of course, "Wyoming" (1947).

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*"But there must be a gazillion westerns that take place in Wyoming, like, uh, "Wyoming" (1928), "Wyoming" (1940), and of course, "Wyoming" (1947)."* - karlofffan

 

Now _that's_ funny! Good job.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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Did Washington D.C. become a state? I missed that. Then again, didn't one of our candidates recently visit 57 states, and say he had one more to visit? ;)

 

I'll go with Advise and Consent and Seven Days in May.

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