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I like "Repeat Performance" (1947), in which an actress (Joan Leslie) fatally shoots her husband (Louis Hayward) on New Year's Eve. And then she magically gets a chance to relive the previous 365 days! Richard Basehart plays a key role as her friend, a poet.

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30 minutes ago, jakeem said:

I like "Repeat Performance" (1947), in which an actress (Joan Leslie) fatally shoots her husband (Louis Hayward) on New Year's Eve. And then she magically gets a chance to relive the previous 365 days! Richard Basehart plays a key role as her friend, a poet.

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Wow! THAT'S the usual "girl-next-door" Joan Leslie there?

(...lookin' mighty sultry there Joan, you pistol-packin' mama, you!...who would'a thought?!)

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29 minutes ago, Dargo said:

Wow! THAT'S the usual "girl-next-door" Joan Leslie there?

(...lookin' mighty sultry there Joan, you pistol-packin' mama, you!...who would'a thought?!)

Yeah, but I believe that "girl-next-door" image prompted the filmmakers to change the character from the pistol-packin' mama type in the novel that inspired the picture.

Of course, Leslie was barely 21 at the time the film was shot. She was the Jennifer Lawrence/Saorise Ronan of her era.

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Well, The Apartment ends with the New Year's Eve card game Image result for the apartment 1960

Bridget Jone's Diary starts and ends with New Year's  Related image

In Bachelor Mother, Ginger Rogers and David Niven step out to celebrate Related image

and Peter's Friends (92) is all about old friends spending a New Year's weekend together  Image result for peter's friends movie

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20 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Yeah, but I believe that "girl-next-door" image prompted the filmmakers to change the character from the pistol-packin' mama type in the novel that inspired the picture.

Of course, Leslie was barely 21 at the time the film was shot. She was the Jennifer Lawrence/Saorise Ronan of her era.

I just now went to Joan Leslie's Wiki page, and in it it says she'd soon grow tired of playing the ingenue type while under contract with W-B, and...well, I'll let you read it for yourself here, jakeem...

By 1946, Leslie was growing increasingly dissatisfied with the roles offered to her by the studio. She sought more serious and mature roles and wanted to break out of her ingenue image which was partly due to her young age. Her decision was also based on moral and religious grounds.[36] With the help of her lawyer Oscar Cummings, she took Warner Brothers to court in order to get released from her contract.[37]

In 1947, the Catholic Theatre Guild gave Leslie an award because of her "consistent refusal to use her talents and art in film productions of objectionable character."[38]

As a result of this, Jack Warner used his influence to blacklist her from other major Hollywood studios.[39] In 1947, she signed a two-picture contract with the poverty row studio Eagle-Lion Films. The first one was Repeat Performance (1947), a film noir in which she played a Broadway actress.[40] The other was Northwest Stampede (1948) in which she performed with James Craig.

 

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5 minutes ago, Dargo said:

I just now went to Joan Leslie's Wiki page, and in it it says she'd soon grow tired of playing the ingenue type while under contract with W-B, and...well, I'll you read it for yourself here, jakeem...

Thanks for that, Dargo. I wonder what Leslie might have thought about the film roles Uma Thurman did before she turned 21.

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Thurman in "Henry and June" (1990)

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6 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Thanks for that, Dargo. I wonder what Leslie might have thought about the film roles Uma Thurman did before she turned 21.

Thurman in "Henry and June" (1990)

Yeah, or the advantages that post-studio era actors and actresses have in regard to their own career paths.

(...and after people like Jack Warner would be the decider of such things)

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