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12 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

I love it when Rocky is in the gym and before he goes over to coach the game he puts his hat on Ann Sheridan's head as if to say I'm the boss, sweetheart, you're just my 2nd banana.

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You make it sound as though Cagney puts Sheridan in her place. That's not true. He might try to but the beauty of watching their scenes together is how Ann stands up to Jimmy and refuses to let him dominate her. Cagney, in the final analysis, respects her for her gutsiness. That's what makes their scenes together so special.

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1 hour ago, LsDoorMat said:

I do not know, but Warners also lost the rights to two other Cagney films - "Ceiling Zero" and "Come Fill the Cup". 

Wasn't Angels With Dirty Faces a Warner Brothers/First National releases?  There is a whole thread about this I posted on actually last year.  I wish whoever has the rights would release it to TCM or on blu-ray and mostly a part of The Criterion Collection.  This classic movie should be on the National Film Registry too.

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21 hours ago, TopBilled said:

As for her Warner Brothers output, I have to say that I love NORA PRENTISS.

Big fan of Nora Prentiss,  clearly my favorite post war Sheridan film.       I checked the schedule and on that first night there are some WB "B" films that I haven't seen so I'm looking forward to those.     Two are 59 minutes and three others < 70 minutes.       These WB "Bs" typically have quick pacing and fast talking dialogue so even if the plots are kind of pedestrian or the ending "just end",     its all over before one has a chance to think about such things.

 

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I'll always remember Dust be my Destiny as the replacement for a Noir Alley pick in Canada.

Glad they have Elevator to the Gallows for their "Jazz in Film" spotlight. Miles Davis was aces in it, set the mood perfectly.

Friday June 19th, clearing my schedule as that is prime noir goodness.

Always thought the Austrian Funny Games was older, and mistook the one TCM is showing for the remake.

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4 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Big fan of Nora Prentiss,  clearly my favorite post war Sheridan film.       I checked the schedule and on that first night there are some WB "B" films that I haven't seen so I'm looking forward to those.     Two are 59 minutes and three others < 70 minutes.       These WB "B" typically have quick pacing and fast talking dialogue so even if the plots are kind of pedestrian or the ending "just end",     its all over before one has a chance to think about such things.

 

Love "Nora Prentiss, "  Always kills me that in the TCM description of the film for the schedules she is always made out to be the "bad guy."  (Paraphrasing here but it's something like how she  ruins his life.) Seems to me Kent Smith is the screw-up who ruins her life (and his own.) She didn't tell him to fake his own death. 

Ann Sheridan can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.  Gangster, drama, comedy, noir  --  she's always a huge asset to any film she's in.

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Week 2

June 8 - I don't know if it was possible for Sammy Davis, Jr., was a capable of doing with subtlety, but A Man Called Adam ... might be it? The highest-billed white guy in the cast is Frank Sinatra ... Jr. Young Man with a Horn is another one of those great, tortured Kirk Douglas roles, and Juano Hernandez has a really nice part.  I've never seen The Cotton Club; I'd like to try to stay up for it. I saw New York, New York in its most recent TCM airing, and ... I don't know. All of Robert DeNiro's sociopathic man-children from the '70s are beginning to grate on me a bit over the years.

June 9 - Kings Row (no apostrophe? It's not one king or two kings possessive?) as I recall is a really sad movie, especially regarding Sheridan's character, but I might watch anyway. I haven't seen Edge of Darkness. Looks good. Is Angels Wash Their Faces any kind of sequel to Angels with Dirty Faces? Or just borrowing the title theme? Be nice to watch that, I guess, since TCM apparently can't show the original anymore. 

June 10 - I probably shouldn't say I find Sandra Dee adorable in Gidget,  as she may have been as young as 15. According to Wikipedia:

There has been some dispute as to Dee's actual birth year, with evidence pointing to both 1942 and 1944. 

But I like Cliff Robertson in this movie and might watch it. I will probably pass on Esther Williams. I just don't get those water ballets, although they were clearly a big deal at one time. I liked when Scarlet Johannson did an homage to/parody of those numbers in that Coen Brothers movie whose name I'm not remembering. I might try to watch Surf Party just because it's a Fox movie. 10 was a very big deal to me when I was in elementary school, probably one of the first movies I ever saw with nudity, but even as a child, I thought it was kind of boring. See my comments on Blake Edwards and meandering in another thread.

June 11 - I watched The Glenn Miller Story during a long-ago 31 Days of Oscar run. I still find myself saying out loud "Why it's-ah Glenn Miller!!" in my best Jimmy Stewart voice (which is probably more Dana Carvey doing Jimmy Stewart) or June Allyson's "Honnnesstttlyy, Glennn" in her raspy voice, which she says about 30 times in the movie, as I recall. I also like a color-festooned moment where they're listening to Louis Armstrong, and it's like they're on LSD or something. I haven't seen any of these other "Story" biopics. I'm more interested in Sal Mineo as Gene Krupa than Steve Allen as Benny Goodman.

June 12 - Something not yet announced for the first primetime movie. I can't figure out what the theme might be looking at the other titles.

June 13 - I haven't seen this Rat Pack remake of Gunga Din. These guys all seem a little too urbane to me for a Western, but I don't know, maybe, if I've got nothing else to do. I guess this original/remake are the only two movies in the prime time theme, and it must be Noir Alley after that.

June 14 - I'm not super-excited about the running movies but some of the late-night fare looks interesting.

 

 

 

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I just looked up the list of previous Stars of the Month.

Apparently Ann Sheridan was SOTM back in 1996. So it's her second time being so honored.

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On 3/30/2020 at 11:22 AM, Dommy said:

Wasn't Angels With Dirty Faces a Warner Brothers/First National releases?  There is a whole thread about this I posted on actually last year.  I wish whoever has the rights would release it to TCM or on blu-ray and mostly a part of The Criterion Collection.  This classic movie should be on the National Film Registry too.

It was a WB release. Cagney had some complex production/rights arrangements, so some of his stuff is public domain and some of it I believe is tied up in his estate.  I don't know if this is the problem with Angels with Dirty Faces, but it could be. It only apparently became a problem for Angels in 2010. It played many times on TCM before that and like I said there was even a DVD release. Ceiling Zero and Come Fill The Cup had problems before TCM ever went on the air.

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One thing I noticed.... not many premieres. Last time they didn't have many they were cooking up premieres of Star Wars and bond films, so something big is coming later in the year.

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One can only hope that this is the case, and that no premieres isn't just the "new normal".

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So glad they are showing Navy Blues in the Ann Sheridan festival. I love that movie, and Ann is great, singing, dancing (hula), and of course acting.  Unfortunately the movie, a musical comedy which takes place at a naval base in Waikiki, had the misfortune to open less than three months before a day that shall live in infamy.

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55 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

One thing I noticed.... not many premieres. Last time they didn't have many they were cooking up premieres of Star Wars and bond films, so something big is coming later in the year.

Long term under-contract actors with MGM, RKO or Warner are less likely to have  premiere films since TCM already has so many of these films "available" since they were part of the so-called Turner library of films.

Of course that also means the such actors are often selected for SOTM over contract actors with 20th Century Fox,  Paramount,  and Universal,   (as well as independent actors that made were in films for many different studios,   but with not,  say,  20 or more films for just one studio). 

 

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1 hour ago, Swithin said:

So glad they are showing Navy Blues in the Ann Sheridan festival. I love that movie, and Ann is great, singing, dancing (hula), and of course acting.  Unfortunately the movie, a musical comedy which takes place at a naval base in Waikiki, had the misfortune to open less than three months before a day that shall live in infamy.

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WB really did not give Ann Sheridan the respect she deserved.  They treated like a glamour girl and not the versatile actress she was.  She lost out on roles in other big films like Each Dawn I Die, The Roaring Twenties, Golden Boy, , Meet John Doe, The Strawberry Blonde, Mr. Skeffington also Mildred Pierce and Caged which was her own choice on the last 2.  They also cheated her out of starring her in Technicolor movies.  Navy Blues, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Doughgirls, Sine On Harvest Moon although the finale is in color and Silver River could have been easily been filmed in technicoolr instead of black and white.  That beautiful head of red hair would have glowed.  I remember reading a film historians quote saying without ever achievieng  the status of a superstar she was always a pleasure to watch and unlike anyone else.  She was a Hollywood original star.

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16 minutes ago, Dommy said:

WB really did not give Ann Sheridan the respect she deserved.  They treated like a glamour girl and not the versatile actress she was.  She lost out on roles in other big films like Each Dawn I Die, The Roaring Twenties, Golden Boy, , Meet John Doe, The Strawberry Blonde, Mr. Skeffington also Mildred Pierce and Caged which was her own choice on the last 2.  They also cheated her out of starring her in Technicolor movies.  Navy Blues, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Doughgirls, Sine On Harvest Moon although the finale is in color and Silver River could have been easily been filmed in technicoolr instead of black and white.  That beautiful head of red hair would have glowed.  I remember reading a film historians quote saying without ever acheving the status of a superstar she was always a pleasure to watch and unlike anyion else.  She was a Hollywood original star.

Warner Brothers being my favorite studio of the studio-era I have read many books about what went on between Jack Warner,   the producers and the under contact actors.   Of course Jack Warner has a history of not working well with actors and this was the case with Sheridan,  but Sheridan was uncooperative at key times and that impacted her career.

E.g.  The Strawberry Blonde;     More problematic was the casting of the Virginia Brush role, which was originally created for Ann Sheridan, the studio's "Oomph Girl." But Sheridan was in one of her contract disputes with the studio and refused to do the film. Jack Warner asked Walsh to talk Sheridan into it, but she still refused.[6] Wallis tested actress Brenda Marshall for the part, but Walsh spoke up about "a girl" he had seen in several Columbia pictures: young Rita Hayworth".

The point being that in many cases Sheridan wasn't "cheated" out of the leading female role but instead decided to go on suspension because she wanted either more pay or a better and\or  bigger role.

Add the fact that all WB actresses were second fiddle to Bette Davis (who after ending here dispute with Warner in 1937 after fleeting to Britain) was first to be offer select material (e.g. Mr. Skeffington,  where granted,  Ann would have been a much better fit),     well there just wasn't enough parts for all the actresses WB had under contract.

E.g.   Olivia DeHavilland and Ida Lupino were higher up in the producer's casting list then Sheridan.   WB added Alexis Smith just to give Sheridan a run for her money.  

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Week Three

June 15 - These are all good movies. I just listed Odds Against Tomorrow as one of my choices for a Harry Belafonte SUTS day lineup (they are showing five of his films, I think next week, including this one). Farewell, My Lovely is definitely not a premiere, as I just watched it on TCM, I think in January.

June 16 - Looks like a prime night for me to check out some Ann Sheridan, since I haven't seen either Nora Prentiss or The Unfaithful. I noted with interest on here the assertion that the brief TCM plot description was misleading (a lot of the ones on here were just swiped from imdb - at least at one time they were) and will have to check out myself whether he character actually ruined anybody or not.

June 17 - They may be showing Tarzan more for Johnny Weismuller's swimwear than Maureen O'Sullivan's, but I may check out to see if she wears anything skimpy. I think I saw it was the sequel where she has a nude body double swimming around and not this one. Ride the Wild Surf looks like kind of an alternate-universe Frankie & Annette movie from Columbia with a few recognizable teenybop sensations maybe a couple of years past their prime. I rented The Swimmer back in the Blockbuster era, probably before I'd ever watched TCM. Again, they're probably showing this for a buff Burt Lancaster in his trunks, but I do remember back in the day being impressed by Janet Landgard, whom I'm not sure I've ever seen in anything else. And Blue Hawaii is a typically ridiculous but relatively watchable Elvis movie. I like to see TCM showing one of the Paramount Elvises. Again, I don't know if I've ever seen Joan Blackman in anything else, but she has a very nice bikini scene early on. Angela Lansbury plays Elvis' mother even though she was only about eight years older than him.

June 18 - This looks like it must be foreign films with jazz scores night. I haven't seen any of these except Elevator the Gallows, which has a Miles Davis score, I think.

June 19 - Nicholas Ray night. I've seen all those films, but I've seen Rebel Without a Cause the most by far. I wish one of the other ones was airing first. I'm intrigued by the late night showing of Hardcore, but it looks like its portrayal of the porn industry might be rather alarmist and one-dimensional, as opposed to say a more nuanced look at the same era in Boogie Nights. No one could have anticipated how the internet would increase accessibility to that industry, I suppose.

June 20 - Aviators in the afterlife has got to be a rather narrow theme. Probably not a whole lot of movies that fit that description. They could have included Always, I guess. I've seen both of those movies plenty of times.

June 21 - These Father's Days movies are both enjoyable, but I've seen each of them way too many times.

 

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I love Ann Sheridan, so this is a great choice.

I like the theme of "Jazz in Film."  

I don't mind the focus on swimsuits, because I love beach movies and there are a lot scheduled.  I was guessing maybe a book on the subject was being published, but I don't see anything about that on the internet.

Noir Alley

6/6 The Underworld Story

6/13 Murder by Contract

6/20 Underworld USA

6/27 The Lady From Shanghai

 

6/2

The Footloose Girl & Alcatraz Island. Two Ann Sheridan films I haven't seen.

6/7

Man of the World, a William Powell and Carole Lombard film that I haven't seen.

6/8

The Cotton Club.  I've always wanted to see this movie.

6/9

Woman on the Run.  This is a great noir starring Ann Sheridan.

The Angels That Wash Their Faces. Despite the appearance of the tiresome Dead End Kids (I don't find them funny or even amusing), I haven't seen this film and the remainder of the cast seems interesting.

6/10

Ann Sheridan's films flow into the next day: Castle on the Hudson, She Loved a Fireman, Broadway Musketeers (I haven't seen any of these films)

Gidget.  I love this movie.  I've seen it multiple times and never tire of it.  I own a 3-Film Gidget Collection, but I would probably watch this on TCM anyway.   

While I'm not the biggest fan of Esther Williams, I do like her swimming musicals, because I like the spectacle of all of it. 

6/11

The Gene Krupa Story.  I'm interested in this film for Sal Mineo and James Darren. 

6/12

A morning of pre-code films. Three on a Match and When Ladies Meet are excellent films.

6/16

Nora Prentiss is excellent. Ann Sheridan's Nora Prentiss definitely is not the femme fatale.  Kent Smith is the one who completely ruined his life and up-ended Nora's because he was so smitten by her and so unhappy at home.  I don't blame him for being unhappy at home, his wife definitely made things unpleasant for him.  One of the most fascinating  aspects of this film is Ann Sheridan's dress during her first musical number.  Every time I watch this movie, I sit and stare at the dress in fascination, trying to figure out the construction of it.

The Unfaithful is really good as well.  It's another version of The Letter, but different enough that it doesn't seem like an obvious remake.  I liked the pairing of Sheridan with Zachary Scott. 

They Drive By Night is excellent as well, especially for Ida Lupino.  Sheridan's part was much too small. 

6/17

The Swimmer.  I find this film fascinating, but I've never seen the ending.  I assume Burt Lancaster makes it home, but I haven't yet learned if he had any major epiphany.

6/18

Where the Boys Are.  I love this movie.  I watch it often.

6/19

The day of noir films.  Side Street, DOA, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Pitfall, Niagara and Night and the City are all great films.  I love the evening of Nicholas Ray films.

6/22 

My birthday! And Billy Wilder's birthday, thus the daytime schedule. I love all the films featured, except for Love in the Afternoon, which I keep trying to watch, but it just doesn't do anything for me. 

6/23

Ann Sheridan. I Was a Male War Bride, The Man Who Came to Dinner, George Washington Slept Here, Honeymoon for Three, and The Doughgirls are all fun movies.  I have It All Came True on my DVR. 

6/24

It's a Bikini World.  I haven't seen this teen beach movie, and I love the title. This movie features Deborah Walley, aka Gidget from Gidget Goes Hawaiian

6/25

I love all the Beach Party movies.

6/28

Two For the Road is a very interesting film about a couple reflecting on their marriage and what went wrong. Audrey's clothes in this movie is one of the highlights. 

6/29

A whole day of noir/crime movies that I haven't seen. 

6/30

Ann Sheridan: Silver River is a great Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan film. I'm interested in One More Tomorrow with Sheridan, Dennis Morgan, and Jack Carson. 

 

 

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Week Four

June 22 - Some jazz documentaries. I think I would like to watch the one with footage about the '58 Newport Jazz Festival for sure.

June 23 - I Was a Male War Bride is one of a tiny handful of movies in the Ann Sheridan spotlight not made at WB, and even though I've seen it before, I'd like to watch it again. The others ... meh.

June 24 - Is it weird to watch Beach Party because of Bob Cummings? I always kind of secretly "ship" the age-inappropriate pairing of him and Annette Funicello while watching, hopefully maybe it will end differently this time. A lot of recognizable faces in Palm Springs Weekend, but I can't recall it every really doing much for me. I'm totally of unaware of It's a Bikini World and might watch just to see something new. The Blue Lagoon was one of many secret late-night rated R movies I watched on HBO in my preteens while my parents were sleeping. I wanted to marry Brooke Shields (I'd like to add she's older than me). But it's probably horrible on a rewatch, I imagine.  I'd forgotten Leo McKern and William Daniels were in it. I probably didn't know who they were back then. Though I imagine their parts must be pretty small.

June 25 - I've never seen New Orleans or Lady Sings the Blues. Looks like one with real Billie Holiday and one with Diana Ross playing her. I can't imagine Ross with her lighter-than-air voice doing any kind of credible Holiday singing impersonation. I'm going to assume she wasn't dubbed; she was Diana Freaking Ross. I've heard Richard Pryor is really good in the latter.

June 26 - Another To Be Announced slot. Someone will have to advise me if this Broderick Crawford as J. Edgar is worth seeing. I guess he was an oddball host for Saturday Night Live because he was promoting this movie. I don't really have an image of real-life J. Edgar in my head, but I'm guessing closer to Crawford than Leonardo Di Caprio? 

June 27 - I've seen snippets of Don't Look Back. I'm uncertain if I want to watch. I hear it's hard to come away from the film and still have much of a liking for Bob Dylan, because hes such a jerk to everyone. It's cool to see the Beatles, but I wish there was some way to show one of their other movies on occasion.

June 28 - I've never seen Two for the Road. The Marrying Kind I saw once before. Not my two favorite actors, for sure, but it might be worth watching again.

 

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42 minutes ago, sewhite2000 said:

I always kind of secretly "ship" the age-inappropriate pairing of him and Annette Funicello while watching, hopefully maybe it will end differently this time.

Un,  the movie ends the same as it always has;    The professor as played by Cummings ends up with Dorothy Malone.     The Funicello character does develop a crush on the professor  but his heart is with the more age appropriate Malone.

 

 

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I thought about starting a thread to ask if there were movies where people get to a certain scene and hope beyond hope maybe it will go differently this time, but of course, it never does.

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Week Five

Not much left in the month. I probably should have just put these last days on my previous post, but anyway ...

June 29 - Anything swords and sandals usually makes me sleepy, even with Ray Harryhausen's unique stop-motion monsters present. But I will probably stop down for Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

June 30 - I haven't seen City for Conquest. I usually avoid Westerns, but I like Errol Flynn, so I will probably stick around for Silver River.

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17 minutes ago, sewhite2000 said:

June 30 - I haven't seen City for Conquest. I usually avoid Westerns, but I like Errol Flynn, so I will probably stick around for Silver River.

City for Conquest is a fine, well made film,    as long as one accepts Cagney,  at 40,  playing the role of someone that "starts to box professionally under the name of Young Samson". 

Funny but Errol Flynn would have been perfect for the role (think Gentleman Jim),   but Cagney still brings just enough energy to the role. 

The film features the debut of Arthur Kennedy;    He would go on to play the brother of another boxer (Kirk Douglas)  in Champion,  9 year later. 

Oh,  and what do you know,  Frank McHugh is in this film with Cagney!!   (wink)>

 

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2 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

Week Five

Not much left in the month. I probably should have just put these last days on my previous post, but anyway ...

June 29 - Anything swords and sandals usually makes me sleepy, even with Ray Harryhausen's unique stop-motion monsters present. But I will probably stop down for Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

June 30 - I haven't seen City for Conquest. I usually avoid Westerns, but I like Errol Flynn, so I will probably stick around for Silver River.

Silver River is good.  It was made toward the end of the "good" part of Flynn's career, before he really started falling apart.  This is an interesting role for Flynn, his character is an awful person, but Flynn still manages to bring panache to the role and somehow makes you like his character anyway, though you shouldn't--at least that was my experience.  There are some funny bloopers from this film in one of the "Breakdowns" videos on You Tube. Flynn and Ann Sheridan were great friends and it shows in the Breakdowns video.  They had a good rapport with one another.

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1 hour ago, speedracer5 said:

Silver River is good.  It was made toward the end of the "good" part of Flynn's career, before he really started falling apart.  This is an interesting role for Flynn, his character is an awful person, but Flynn still manages to bring panache to the role and somehow makes you like his character anyway, though you shouldn't--at least that was my experience.  There are some funny bloopers from this film in one of the "Breakdowns" videos on You Tube. Flynn and Ann Sheridan were great friends and it shows in the Breakdowns video.  They had a good rapport with one another.

Looks like Flynn and Sheridan both had a booze problems.    Like I posted above,  often Sheridan was her own worst enemy.      Unlike with Davis,  DeHavilland and Lupino,  it wasn't all Jack Warner's fault for her lack of career success while under contract.

From Wiki:

By February 1947 Errol Flynn's name was linked to the movie.  By April both Flynn and Ann Sheridan were signed as leads.  Ann Sheridan later said the film "was not a good picture" and Jack Warner "was amazed that I accepted it" but that "Errol Flynn was a big box office name and women didn't get to do Westerns very often and I thought it might be a good combination and I thought that it might turn into a good picture. Unfortunately it didn't."

Longstreet (author)  later wrote that "by 1947 Flynn had deteriorated. His drinking dominated, and I suspect drugs too; his wives, he'd say, were like shackles. And he was finding it hard to face a camera. The drinking had angered Warner Bros and he was about to be let go."   Longstreet says Ann Sheridan was known for "lapping up the sauce" as well, and claims Walsh told him "Kid, write it fast. They're not drinking.

Throughout the shoot Flynn and Sheridan would sip ice water which contained vodka.   Longstreet said "the stars' behavior resulted in delays, which led to cost overruns, which forced the studio heads to declare Siver River was finished.  It is the only studio picture I know of for which there is no ending; the picture ends in midair, but no one, as far as I know, ever bothered to ask why.

 

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