MID-ATLANTIC NOSTALGIA CONVENTION

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Is anyone aware of a Film/TV convention which took place in Hunt Valley,Maryland from 18 to 20 September,2014?
I’ve just been reading about it on their website and it looks very interesting.
Piper Laurie was due to be one of the guests.

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The program contained many rare TV shows:
G.E.Theater episode with Piper Laurie and Dan Duryea.
And episodes of Maverick,Cheyenne and Twilight Zone.
An unaired 1955 TV pilot, I Love a Mystery, with Howard Duff.

An episode of the TV series based on Casablanca starring   Charles McGraw.

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Films screened included THE PRINCE WHO WAS A THIEF,

HOME SWEET HOMICIDE,

DAWN AT SOCORRO,

FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN,

STRAIGHT,PLACE AND SHOW.

Also of interest at the Convention was a talk by author Gene Blottner who is bringing out a book on November 30th called COLUMBIA NOIR,A COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY 1940-1962.

http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com

The three day festival is in its 10th year.

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COMIC QUOTABLES

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Some great quotes from this book .

 

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MAE WEST: BELLE OF THE 90s
I’m just getting even with two guys that are so low,they could walk under that door without taking their hats off!”

 
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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER:
Mary Wickes attempts to persuade Monty Wooley to stop eating sweets. He responds,
“My great aunt Jennifer ate a whole box of candy every day of her life.She lived to be 102 and when she had been dead three days,she looked better than you do!”

 

 

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Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) shows Rick (Humphrey Bogart) the dossier the Germans have on him. Bogart scans the contents and says, “Hm-m….Are my eyes really blue.”

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ROAD TO UTOPIA.

Bob Hope is in a Klondike saloon trying to act tough.He says to the bartender:
“I’ll take lemonade …….in a dirty glass!”

 

 

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HIS GIRL FRIDAY. Rosalind Russell describes Ralph Bellamy to Cary Grant:
He treats me like a woman.”
Cary responds, “What did I treat you like? – a water buffalo?”

CLASSIC QUOTABLES

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Some of the most famous classic film quotes brought together in this lovely mosaic from the Silver Screen Oasis forum. (www.silverscreenoasis.com)

.There are a couple I can’t place -

“I never drink wi-i-ine.”

“I ain’t so tough.”

 

 

JACK WEBB IN DARK CITY (1950)

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Jack Webb appeared in the iconic classic Sunset Boulevard in 1950, playing a character called ‘Artie’.
In the same year Jack played a very different character,’Augie’  in one of my favorite films,Dark City.
In Dark City,Jack is part of a trio which includes Charlton Heston as ‘Danny’ and Ed Begley as ‘Barney’.
They run an illegal gambling den and take advantage of an out-of-towner Arthur Winant (Don DeFore), and fleece him of a $5,000 cheque which Winant is carrying on behalf of his employer.

Jack Webb, Charlton Heston, Don DeFore,Ed Begley

Jack Webb,Charlton Heston, Don DeFore,Ed Begley

Danny has been dealing the cards and realises Augie has been cheating. He says, What’s the matter,Augie . Couldn’t you play it on the level?”
Augie smiles, “What’s your beef? We got his dough,didn’t we?”
Wynant commits suicide and is found in his hotel room by his older brother.
Augie’s reaction is, “Yellow jerk. Knocking himself off.”

Wynant’s brother sets out to take his revenge and first kills Barney. Augie and Danny are called in by the police (Dean Jagger), and we begin to see a change in the usually arrogant Augie. Barney’s murder has shaken him and he looks to Danny for support, but Danny tells him he hates his guts.He  says,”You know what,Augie.You’re yellow. I never saw you pick on anybody that wasn’t old and sick.”

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The police captain spells it out to Danny and Augie about the dead man’s brother – “He’s a homicidal case with one up and two to go.”
And they don’t know what the man looks like.
Later, Danny finds Augie waiting for him in his hotel room. Now Augie is very nervous and says, We’re in this together, Danny.”

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Danny and Augie try to find the mysterious Sidney Winant, but eventually the murderous brother catches up with Augie who ends up dead.
Nobody will miss Augie. He is a thoroughly nasty piece of work,and a Jack is very convincing!

Also in the cast is Harry Morgan who works for Heston and co. but tells them what he thinks of them. Webb’s character is constantly picking on him because he’s an easy target.

 

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I’ve concentrated on Jack’s part in the movie. It’s a good role for him and he plays it so well.

Dragnet started a year later and Jack’s career took a different direction.

 

Check  out the Jack Webb Blogathon at

http://thehannibal8.wordpress.com

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANGELA LANSBURY

Angela Lansbury is 89 today.
A fine actress of stage,screen and television.
Some memories:

The young Angela

The young Angela


With husband Peter Shaw

GASLIGHT

GASLIGHT

 

 

With Judy Garland.THE HARVEY GIRLS

With Judy Garland.THE HARVEY GIRLS

 

 

With Hurd Hatfield.THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

With Hurd Hatfield.THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

With MILDRED Natwick.THE COURT JESTER

With MILDRED Natwick.THE COURT JESTER

With Victor Mature. SAMSON AND DELILAH

With Victor Mature.
SAMSON AND DELILAH

With Randolph Scott.THE LAWLESS STREET

With Randolph Scott. A LAWLESS STREET

TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY

TILL THE CLOUDS ROLL BY

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

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HOLLYWOOD TALKS TURKEY

This 1989 book by Doug McClelland is full of funny and reflective  comments from film makers on the films considered flops when they were first released.
Here’s a selection from this great book.

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GARY COOPER:
          “If you saw me in The Adventures of Marco Polo,you belong to a very exclusive club.”

 

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EVELYN KEYES:
The Prowler was the best film I ever did, a well thought out, well constructed script. Dalton Trumbo wrote it ,but I didn’t find that out for 20 years because he was on the political blacklist. I had a small interest in the picture, but I never saw a nickel…..it flopped.(director) Joseph Losey had to move to Europe to work.”

Evelyn Keyes, Van Heflin.

Evelyn Keyes, Van Heflin.

CLAUDETTE COLBERT:
“……FOUR FRIGHTENED PEOPLE was the only De Mille picture that ever lost money, and I was in it – up to my shoulders.”

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JUNE ALLYSON:
“Even Richard (husband Dick Powell) opposed me violently when I decided to make The Shrike. All my advisors said no.
But it was a challenge I could not resist. For years I had been the perfect wife: to Jim STEWART, to Alan Ladd, to Van JOHNSON, Bill Holden, even on the screen to Dick Powell.
And now, in The Shrike, I would be far from the perfect wife. I would indeed be a monster of a wife….
As it turned out, the picture was a wonderful flop…..it was fun, and I even dreamed vaguely of an Academy Award.”

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CARY GRANT:
”       I got an Oscar nomination for playing a poor Cockney in None But The Lonely Heart, but it wasn’t the big acting – what do they say today? – ‘stretch’ that critics seemed to think.
I flt closer to that guy than to most of the well turned-out characters I was known for.
No-one came to see the picture though, so I got back into my tux FAST.”

Ethel Barrymore, Cary Grant.

Ethel Barrymore, Cary Grant.

LORETTA YOUNG:

            ” Born to be Bad was written for Jean Harlow….. I was absolutely disastrous as a man-chaser……I still remember one review which read, ‘Born To Be Bad. It is.’ “

Loretta Young

Loretta Young

FRED ZINNEMANN :
           “The Member Of The Wedding is both my favorite film and my biggest flop.”

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KATHARINE HEPBURN:
                    “Sylvia Scarlett was  a disaster…..at least the audience had sense enough not to go.”

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JOAN CRAWFORD:
“Everyone was out of their collective minds when they made Ice Follies of 1939. Me,Jimmy Stewart and Lew Ayres as skaters – preposterous. A dancer I am, a skater I’m not; whenever I couldn’t fake it or use a double, I skated on my ankles…..it was a catastrophe. The public thought so too.”

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ROBERT MITCHUM:
After the preview of Desire Me,I sneaked out with my coat collar turned up. I didn’t want to be recognised – angry ticket-buyers might have stoned me!”

Robert Mitchum

Robert Mitchum

WALTER PIDGEON:
Years later we brought the old girl ( Mrs.Miniver) back to kill her off in The Miniver Story.She died at the box office too.”

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HAROLD ROSSON:
“I Take This Woman was with Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr
So much footage was shot and thrown out and shot again that wags were calling it I Re-Take This Woman.
As far as audiences were concerned though, it was strictly I Forsake This Woman.”

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ROSALIND RUSSELL:
I’ll match my flops with anyone….The Guilt of Janet AMES I rarely mention except in an inaudible whisper. And The Casino Murder Case, I don’t mention even in a whisper.”

Paul Lukas.Rosalind Russell

Paul Lukas.Rosalind Russell

BARBARA STANWYCK:
“Cattle Queen of Montana! Dreadful! Awful! You wonder how such a thing could happen.The answer is simply I made a horrible mistake…..you sign to do a picture without even having seen a completed script…… But you do your best and privately hope that nobody goes to see it.”

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Anyone care to disagree (or agree)  with any of the comments?

ON THE SET. 12

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Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. INDISCREET.

 

 

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Judy Garland,James Mason.A STAR IS BORN.

 

 

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I think Judy Garland is visiting Fred and Ginger on the set of Barkleys of Broadway.

Judy’s costume looks like it is from Words And Music.

 

 

Rock Hudson,Jane Wyman,Douglas Sirk, Agnew Moorehead.ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

Rock Hudson,Jane Wyman,Douglas Sirk, Agnes Moorehead.ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

 

Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman. Miniature set for ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman. Miniature set for ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

 

Rock Hudson,Jane Wyman. MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

Rock Hudson,Jane Wyman., Judy Nugent. MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

 

Agnes Moorehead. DARK PASSAGE

Agnes Moorehead.
DARK PASSAGE

 

 

Julie London,Gary Cooper. MAN OF THE WEST

Julie London,Gary Cooper. MAN OF THE WEST

 

 

Dana Wynter,Kevin McCarthy.INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

Dana Wynter,Kevin McCarthy.INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS