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50 States 50 Great Movies?

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Isn't "Holiday Inn" set in CT?

 

Molo:

 

I think "True Grit" does start in AR. But I'm not so sure one can pass Oregon for Arkansas.

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If we are on CT, here are some that were actually filmed in CT:

 

OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY (Seymour, CT)

STANLEY & IRIS (Waterbury,CT)

WITHOUT A TRACE (Bridgeport, CT)

MAN ON A SWING (Milford, CT)

The new Indiana Jones Movie (New Haven, CT)

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"Ok, I would say the best movie that takes place in Colorado would be "The Shining." Any other nominees?"

 

I'd like to submit The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

 

"All right then. Next up Connecticut."

 

And I'd like to offer for your consideration two pieces / three films from Eugene O'Neill -

Ah, Wilderness! (1935) and it's musical version Summer Holiday (1948)

or

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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It occurs to me that most of "Bringing up Baby" takes place in Connecticut.

 

Ok, what about Delaware?

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New York - It's a Wonderful Life

 

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Vermont - White Christmas

 

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Kansas - Dodge City

 

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"Is everyone stumped by Delaware? I sure am."

 

Well, I think I have a confessional error to admit to.

 

A few "Programming Challenges" back, I saluted Independence Day with a day long set of films with each film set in what were the original 13 Colonies or signatories to the Declaration Of Independence. For the theme I used the silent film Janice Meredith which is a Revolutionary War story. I think the film came up on a keyword search at IMDB.

 

But looking at the synopsis here at the tcmdatabase, the "Delaware" keyword actually refers to the "Delaware River" - which I don't think is actually in Delaware. I think the setting for the film is actually Massachusettes. Maybe someone else can confirm it.

 

It just ocurred to me - Senator Joe Biden of Delaware hosted a favorite film on TCM in 2000 - or 2004 - and I believe he chose Dead Poet's Society because of its Delaware setting. I am off to work so maybe someone can confirm if that is the case.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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Thanks 'molo14'.

 

So, I guess we hit a dead end with Delaware - unless we count Washington's crossing of the Delaware River between Pensylvania and New Jersey.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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Although it's not actually mentioned in the movie, there are clues such as local references and a zip code that "Fight Club" takes place in Delaware.

 

Ok, now Florida: Some Like it Hot

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I'll add The Palm Beach Story (1942). This is my favorite comedy by Preston Sturges with Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea. Mary Astor is hilarious in a supporting role.

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I was all set to throw my lot in with Key Largo and then read the nomination of The Palm Beach Story. OOoohh. That's a tough choice.

 

And then I remembered that The Yearling also takes place in Florida.

 

I can't pick just one from those three. Each of them deserves to be included.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

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"Mary Astor is hilarious in a supporting role."

 

Yes she is. And I just watched a doc on "The Rockefellers" and found it amusing how much of that "family" became integrated into the "Hackensacker" family. (The notebook of expenditures, for example.)

 

If Mary Astor has never been Star Of The Month, she cerainly should be. Are there enough starring roles to make it work?

 

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If Mary Astor has never been Star Of The Month, she cerainly should be. Are there enough starring roles to make it work?

 

I think she would be a great choice. She was often in support but I think there would be enough of her work worth showcasing. She certainly got around. If you just take a chunk of her career, for instance 1938 - 1944, she plays Garland's mother in Listen, Darling, then appears in the historical drama Brigham Young. She then wins the supporting oscar for the The Great Lie, is opposite Bogie in The Maltese Falcon and shows off her comedic chops in The Palm Beach Story, before she's back to being Garland's mom again in the classic Meet Me in St. Louis.

 

All that and those are only some of her notable roles during that time span. She had a long and varied career but I don't think she was ever able to sustain "star status" except for brief periods of time. I think she deserves more recognition.

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Seems like we have several films for Florida. Would it be ok to move on to Georgia?

 

Georgia--the most obvious choice is--*Gone With The Wind*.

 

Sandy K

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I agree this should be an easy one. What can top Gone With The Wind?

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My favorite Hawaii film: NAVY BLUES (1941), with Ann Sheridan, Jack Oakie, Jack Haley, Martha Raye, Herbert Anderson, and a bit by Jackie Gleason.

 

"When I get my summer vacation,

there's a place I'm going to be,

far away from civilization,

in WAI-KI-KI."

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BTW...Georgia disappeared kind of fast. Clearly GWTW is the ace. But a forgotten Eastwood flick is more, how you say, LOCAL.

"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". 90's, I believe.

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I thought From Here To Eternity was a good choice for Hawaii.

 

For Idaho, I'd like to nominate a nice little noir. Impact 1949 stars Brian Donlevy, the beautiful Ella Raines and the wonderful Charles Coburn. The film starts of in San Francisco but then shifts to the fictional setting of Larkspur, Idaho. This film was included in a cheap ten movie classic noir dvd set I picked up and it became a favorite of mine. Great little film.

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Oh, one more for Georgia. "The General" actually starts in Georgia, and it's starting right now.

 

As for Illinois, there are no shortage of movies that take place there: "The Untouchables," "The Fugitive", "Halloween" (I'm not a fan of it), "Ordinary People," "Glengarry Glen Ross", "High Fidelity."

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