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*"What major city DOESN"T have some run-down areas AND some well-kept areas? I'm bitter."*



Well, if it is any consolation, I _do_ know there are some bright and charming people living in the Cleveland area - even when they are "bitter" on occasion.


Lord knows, I couldn't make the same claim about the Real Housewives living in beautiful Orange County.


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Oh wait, "American Splendor," the movie about comic book maker Harvey Pekar does take place in Cleveland. I've never seen it, but it can't be as remotely as bad as "Howard the Duck." And it's about comic books too! And actually it has a fairly good critical reception!

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I'll chime in with


*Tulsa* (1949) with Robert Preston and Susan Hayward


In the early 1920s, in the oil-rich plains of Tulsa, Oklahoma, three ranchers discover that some of their cattle have died after drinking from polluted streams. go to the neighboring Tanner Petroleum Corp. to complain, when suddenly, one of the wells explodes, and Nelse is crushed to death by the well platform.


and two "bio-pics" of famous Sooners -


*Jim Thorpe - All-American*


Jim Thorpe, a young boy born on the Sac and Fox Indian reservation in Oklahoma, rejects his father's repeated attempts to place him in school because he is unaccustomed to the confines of a classroom.


*The Story Of Will Rogers*


In 1900, in Oolagah, Oklahoma Indian Territory, Betty Blake meets Will Rogers, a cowpoke returning home after two years of drifting...

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Oregon is certainly not an easy one off the top of my head. But there is one film (and maybe another) that is probably the definitive selection.

Here are a couple off-beat choices -


*Ring Of FIre* (1961) with David Janssen and Frank Gorshin


"A group of delinquents hold a sheriff hostage in the middle of forest fire."


*Park Avenue Logger* (1937) with George O'Brien


"Millioniare Curran, thinking his son too intellectual, sends him west to learn logging at one of his lumber camps. Unknown to his father, Grant Curan is a professional wrestler and easily able to handle the thugs that attack him at the lumber camp."


(Can't believe we are three-quarters of the way through the list already.)


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Ok, how about Philadelphia: Well there's "The Philadelphia Story," and "The Deer Hunter." Surprisingly enough, "12 Monkeys" takes place there. I suppose some people would suggest "Philadelphia." I've never seen that movie, which suffers from its reputation as the "Gentleman's Agreement" of homophobia.

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I'll add two.


*Kitty Foyle* 1940 Ginger Rogers won the Oscar


*George Washington Slept Here* 1942 Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan leave the city for a house in rural Pennsylvania.

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Wow. Everyone is getting impaitient in here today.


Seeing as how "Oregon" was closed out earlier, let me quickly add the two titles that I think are the definitive films for the state -


*Sometimes A Great Notion* (1971) with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda


"The logging town of Wakonda, Oregon has been thrown in economic despair because of the local union's strike against a large lumber combine. When the Stamper family, who own an independent logging business, refuse to join the strikers, they are considered traitors by the locals."


and *THE Oregon* (territory) movie -

*Seven Brides For Seven Brothers*


"In the Oregon territory in 1850, farmer Adam Pontipee comes into town to trade and announces to the shopkeepers that he is in the market for a wife ..."



As for *Pennsylvania* , I nominate -

*Friendly Persuasion* (1956) with Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire


"The Birdwells, a prosperous Pennsylvania Quaker family, try to remain detached from the Civil War that is raging to the south."


*The Molly Maguires* (1970) with Richard Harris and Sean Connery


"Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish emigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder."


and one final suggestion

--*George Washington Slept Here* (1942) with Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan--


--"A pair of New Yorkers face culture shock when they buy a dilapidated (Pennsylvania) country house."--

(Oops. Molo got there first. Sorry!)


Kyle In Hollywood


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If we're in Pennsylvania, *1776*


"Sit down, John, sit down!"


Thanks Kyle for remembering *Great Notion*. It may be a mediocre adaptation of the Kesey book but Richard Jaeckle gave an outstanding and memorable performance as Jobie. He should have tied with Ben Johnson that year for the Oscar.


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*"How about "Pittsburgh"?"* - scsu1975


Do you mean the film *Pittsburgh* (1942) with Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott


"Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham rides roughshod over his friends, his lovers, and his ideals in his trek toward financial success in the Pittsburgh steel industry, only to find himself deserted and lonely at the top."


Or films set in Pittsburgh? Like

*I Was A Communist For The F.B.I.* (1951)


"Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation alert the local FBI chief, Ken Crowley, that a top Communist agent, Gerhardt Eisler, is coming to Pittsburgh."


*The Valley Of Decision* (1945) with Greer Garson and Gregory Peck


"An Irish housemaid's romance with the boss's son is complicated by labor disputes in the Pittsburgh mills."


*Angels In The Outfield* (1951) with Janet Leigh and Paul Douglas


"The short-tempered manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates mends his ways in return for a little divine assistance."

(And the Pirates should be looking for an orphan that sees angels this year too.)


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