Dec 31, 2010

There Are Many Greats Still With Us

Once again, I’ve decided to compile a complement to my yearly R.I.P. post. There are still several performers who made their mark in classic movies, from top box office stars to reliable support players, who are alive today. I've got about 170 people on this list--and I wouldn't be surprised if I've still missed someone. Please let me know in the comments if you've got a name to add!

Sue Lyon, 64

Tuesday Weld, 67

Yvette Mimieux, 68

Julie Christie, 69

Ann-Margret, 69

Gigi Perreau, 69

Peter Fonda, 70

Karolyn Grimes, 70

Samantha Eggar, 71

Richard Beymer, 72

Claudia Cardinale, 72

John Howard Davies, 72

Dolores Hart, 72

Millie Perkins, 72

Paula Prentiss, 72

Jane Fonda, 73

Margaret O'Brien, 73

Susan Kohner, 74

Robert Redford, 74

Dean Stockwell, 74

Diahann Carroll, 75

Julie Andrews, 75 (thanks samxart!)

Alain Delon, 75

Russ Tamblyn, 75

Brigitte Bardot, 76

George Chakiris, 76

Barbara Eden, 76

Sophia Loren, 76

Shirley MacLaine, 76

Joan Collins, 77

Kim Novak, 77

Marisa Pavan, 78

Debbie Reynolds, 78

Elizabeth Taylor, 78

Claire Bloom, 79

Leslie Caron, 79

Anita Ekberg, 79

John Gavin, 79

Mitzi Gaynor, 79

Tab Hunter, 79

John Kerr, 79

Rita Moreno, 79

Ann E. Todd, 79

Anne Francis, 80

Tippi Hedren, 80

Marni Nixon, 80

Robert Wagner, 80

Joanne Woodward, 80

Sybil Jason, 81

Anne Meara, 81

Vera Miles, 81

Terry Moore, 81

Don Murray, 81

Irene Papas, 81

Joan Plowright, 81

Jane Powell, 81

Elaine Stewart, 81

Rod Taylor, 81

Sada Thompson, 81

Ann Blyth, 82

Arlene Dahl, 82

Peggy Dow, 82

Sally Forrest, 82

Rita Gam, 82

James Garner, 82

Kathleen Hughes, 82

Martin Landau, 82 (Thanks kittypackard!)

Barbara Lawrence, 82

Nancy Olson, 82

Shirley Temple, 82

Harry Belafonte, 83

Honor Blackman, 83

Cora Sue Collins, 83

Lee Grant, 83

Rosemary Harris, 83

Gina Lollabrigida, 83

Roger Moore, 83

Estelle Parsons, 83

Sidney Poitier, 83

Barbara Rush, 83

Julia Adams, 84

Mona Freeman, 84

Andy Griffith, 84

Anne Jackson, 84

Gloria Jean, 84

Cloris Leachman, 84

Jerry Lewis, 84

Joan Lorring, 84

Marcy McGuire, 84

Betsy Palmer, 84

Jane Withers, 84

Patrice Wymore, 84

Lola Albright, 85

Denise Darcel, 85

Gloria DeHaven, 85

Farley Granger, 85

Julie Harris, 85

Martha Hyer, 85

Angela Lansbury, 85

Joan Leslie, 85

June Lockhart, 85

Dorothy Malone, 85

Colette Marchand, 85

Dickie Moore, 85

Dick Van Dyke, 85

Cara Williams, 85

Lauren Bacall, 86

Theodore Bikel, 86

Ruby Dee, 86

Stanley Donen, 86

Eva Marie Saint, 86

Ursula Thiess, 86

Richard Attenborough, 87

Valentina Cortese, 86

Betsy Drake, 86

Rhonda Fleming, 87

Glynis Johns, 87

Dina Merrill, 87

Peggy Stewart, 87 (thanks Elisabeth!)

Jean Stapleton, 87

Turhan Bey, 88

Jackie Cooper, 88

Doris Day, 88

Coleen Gray, 88

Janis Paige, 88

Juanita Moore, 88

Eleanor Parker, 88

Lizabeth Scott, 88

Harry Carey, Jr., 89

Carol Channing, 89

Nancy Davis (Reagan), 89

Deanna Durbin, 89

Barbara Hale, 89

Jane Russell, 89

Phylis Thaxter, 89

Esther Williams, 89

Mary Anderson, 90

Nanette Fabray, 90

Jayne Meadows, 90

Michele Morgan, 90

Noel Neill, 90

Maureen O'Hara, 90

Mickey Rooney, 90

Ann Rutherford, 90

Ruth Terry, 90 (Thanks Elisabeth!)

June Vincent, 90

Marge Champion, 91

Betty Garrett, 91

Louis Jourdan, 91

Joe Mantell, 91

Patricia Medina, 91

Patty Andrews, 92

Joyce Redman, 92

Diana Serra Cary (AKA Baby Peggy), 92

Audrey Totter, 92

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., 92

Ernest Borgnine, 93

Danielle Darrieux, 93

Phyllis Diller, 93

Joan Fontaine, 93

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93

Lorna Gray, 93 (Thanks Elisabeth!)

Celeste Holm, 93

Marsha Hunt, 93

Googie Withers, 93

Olivia de Havilland, 94

Kirk Douglas, 94

Harry Morgan, 95

Patricia Morison, 95

Alicia Rhett, 95

Eli Wallach, 95 (Thanks kittypackard!)

Norman Lloyd, 96

Grace Bradley, 97

Risë Stevens, 97

Mary Carlisle, 98

Luise Rainer, 100

Barbara Kent, 104

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R.I.P. 2010

A diverse group of movie talents passed on this year, some of them among the biggest stars, others who had shorter careers, but who outlived many of their contemporaries. Regardless of the size of their impact, each of these people made their mark on classic movies. Please let me know in the comments if I have missed anyone who you feel belongs on the list!

Roy Ward Baker
Director, A Night to Remember (1958), The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Claude Chabrol
Director, Les cousins (1959), Les bonnes femmes (1960)

Cammie King Conlon
Child Actress, Gone With the Wind (1939), Bambi (1942)

Robert Culp
Actor, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Sunday in New York (1963)

Tony Curtis
Actor, Some Like it Hot (1959), The Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Doris Eaton Travis
Dancer/Actress, The Broadway Peacock (1922), High Kickers (1923)

Blake Edwards
Director, The Pink Panther (1963), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Eddie Fisher
Singer/Actor, BUtterfield 8 (196), Bundle of Joy (1956)

John Forsythe
Actor, The Trouble With Harry (1955), Kitten With a Whip (1964)

Peter Graves
Actor, Red Planet Mars (1952), Stalag 17 (1953)

Kathryn Grayson
Singer/Actress, Kiss Me Kate (1953), Showboat (1951)

June Havoc
Actress, Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), My Sister Eileen (1942)

Dennis Hopper
Actor, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956)

Lena Horne
Singer/Actress, Cabin In the Sky (1943), Stormy Weather (1943)

Joyce Howard
Actress, Terror House (1942), They Met in the Dark (1943)

Dino de Laurentiis
Producer, La Strada (1954), Nights of Cabiria (1957)

Kevin McCarthy
Actor, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Death of a Salesman (1951)

James Mitchell
Actor, Stars in My Crown (1950), Border Incident (1949)

Mario Monicelli
Director, Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Girl With a Pistol (1968)

Helen Alice Myres (AKA Baby Marie Osborne)
Child Actress, The Maid of the Wild (1915), Captain Kiddo (1917)

Patricia Neal
Actress, Hud (1953), A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Ronald Neame
Cinematographer/Writer/Producer/Director, The Horse’s Mouth (1958), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Leslie Nielsen
Actor, Forbidden Planet (1956), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)

Fess Parker
Actor, Old Yeller (1957), Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956)

Neva Patterson
Actress, An Affair to Remember (1957), Desk Set (1957)

Arthur Penn
Director, The Miracle Worker (1962), Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Ingrid Pitt
Actress, The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971)

Meinhardt Raabe
Actor, Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Lynn Redgrave
Actress, Georgy Girl (1966), Gods and Monsters (1998)

Jean Simmons
Actress, Hamlet (1948), Elmer Gantry (1960)

Gloria Stuart
Actress, The Invisible Man (1933), The Old Dark House (1932)

Dec 29, 2010

Classic Links

The 2010 picks for the National Film Registry were announced yesterday. I’m particularly thrilled to see The Pink Panther (1964), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) and Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) on the list-- CNN Blog

A wonderful review of The Ladykillers (1955) that rightfully focuses on the lady— Ferdy on Films

Robert Osborne reminisces about the dearly departed of 2010— Zap2it

Classic movie stars share their childhood memories of the movies—Java's Journey

Gwynth Paltrow is rumored to be playing Marlene Dietrich in a two-part television movie. I can’t picture how this could work. Dietrich is inimitable, though I’ve seen a couple of drag queens come close; they seem to understand the value of camp in her persona— Collider

Dec 28, 2010

I'm Dying to See Burt Lancaster on Sesame Street!

Ever since I read this item about James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster performing on early episodes of Sesame Street, I've been dying to see Lancaster recite the alphabet. He also did a segment where he does push-ups while counting. I must see these clips!

I've seen this James Earl Jones clip (and another of him counting) in several places online:


So where is Burt? Is this on a DVD I'm not aware of? Or is there a clip floating out there somewhere?

By the way, I think it's hilarious that James Earl Jones thought the Muppets would scare children, because I think his intense, steely-eyed rendition of the alphabet is much more intimidating (if very cool). He kind of looks like he wants to start a fight.

The pic is from Muppet Wiki. Isn't it fantastic to know that there is a Muppet Wiki?

Dec 27, 2010

Classic Links

This post is mostly about alternate names for Snow White’s seven dwarves, but I was most interested in the clip from the premiere of the movie-- Mental Floss

An Instant Play find: Sleep My Love (1948) with Claudette Colbert-- Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

A couple buys an old car from It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)—the one that George Bailey crashes into a tree!-- USA Today

Dec 26, 2010

Quote of the Week

The way von Stroheim treated time was like any artist should treat time. He just ignored it.

-Fay Wray

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Dec 25, 2010

Re-post: Deanna Durbin Sings Silent Night

[This is a re-post from exactly a year ago. I may need to make this post a yearly tradition. I can't think of a better way to celebrate Christmas]

I get the chills every time I hear Deanna Durbin's low-key, but lush performance of Silent Night from the murder mystery-musical-comedy-noir (and how many of those exist?) Lady on a Train (1945). While she sings to her father to ease the pain of being apart on Christmas Eve, even the thug listening at the door is moved to tears (though he still goes through with the secret theft his boss has ordered). Given the underlying threat of danger, it's an oddly peaceful and hopeful scene.

Dec 24, 2010

Classic Links

I love this essay about the Days of Wine and Roses—it touches on both the 1962 film and the more harrowing 1958 TV version— Sunset Gun

This is a great list of lesser-known holiday films. I didn’t even know about some of them— Comet Over Hollywood

So what is your favorite version of this tune?— Via Margutta 51

This is one of my favorite pics of Bette Davis. She knows how to wear that fur hood— She Blogged By Night

The Toronto Film Festival’s 100 essential movies. This is a wonderful list, and a good starting point for looking to explore world film and classic Hollywood-- /Film

Dec 22, 2010

Classic Links

Millie’s review has inspired me to finally check out the German beach party movie Hot Summer (1968) been hanging out in my instant play queue for a while (and if you like this flick, check out East Side Story (1997), the most entertaining documentary you'll ever watch about communist musicals)-- Classic Forever

Spies (1928), directed by Fritz Lang-- She Blogged By Night

A nice, brief tribute to Grace Kelly’s style. Interesting trivia-- All Good Things

Jane, Peter and Henry Fonda—looking gorgeous, but tense. I’ve never seen anyone look so uncomfortable in a hammock. Classic Film Scans

Dec 20, 2010

Classic Links

This is a nice tribute to Blake Edwards-- Blogdanovich

Oooh, a new book about “bad” movies: 150 Movies You Should (Die Before You) See-- Motion Picture Gems

I love the way Katharine Hepburn describes John Wayne here. It has helped me to appreciate him more-- The Sheila Variations

Ah, look how happy Ann-Margret is making the fellas at this USO show-- Film Noir Photos

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes(1945)—sweet, but not too sweet-- Movie Classics

Dec 19, 2010

Dec 17, 2010

Classic Links

R.I.P. Neva Peterson [An Affair to Remember (1957)]— Google AP

The Fake Criterion Collection on Tumblr. Pretty funny. The Skin Deep one is almost poignant now-- Fake Criterions ( via Mental Floss)

Oh—my beloved moon. The true start of movie magic (after a few great practice runs)This is a great post about the early days of moviemaking-- A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies

Another fantastic gallery from Lolita. Amazing pics-- Lolita's Classics

A fond—and funny—fan memory of Joan Fontaine--The Kitty Packard Pictorial

Wow—dolls just make everything creepier—don’t they?-- If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger. . .

The adorable Toby Wing -- Allure

Dec 16, 2010

RIP Blake Edwards, 1922-2010

R.I.P. Blake Edwards—you deserve immortality for The Pink Panther (1963) alone, [though I can't forget My Sister Eileen (1955), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Experiment in Terror (1962),Days of Wine and Roses (1962), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Party (1968) –birdy num-nums!-and Victor Victoria (1982). Okay, Skin Deep (1989) kind of made me laugh.]

Edward Copeland on Film

Edwards and Sellars on the set


The Guardian:

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Dec 15, 2010

Re-post: The Forties Goldmine of Christmas Movies--Part I

[I had a lot of fun writing this post last year, so I thought I'd give it another run in 2010]

Have you ever noticed how many great Christmas movies came out of the forties?

The era produced not only some of the most beloved titles, such as It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Christmas in Connecticut (1945), The Bishop’s Wife (1947), and Holiday Inn (1942), but also several movies with memorable holiday moments. Here are a few that come to mind:

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Never have I wanted so badly for a group of characters to find a happy place to celebrate Christmas. It practically turned the end of this movie into a suspense flick for me.

They Live by Night (1948)
Cold-eyed gangster Howard Da Silva demonstrates how to thoroughly terrorize a young couple by simply crushing an ornament. It’s as if he’s threatening to cancel Christmas.

Christmas Holiday (1944)
Deanna Durbin has a bleak Christmas Eve as she pines for her jail bound husband.

Lady on a Train (1945)
A happier Durbin’s intimate phone performance of Silent Night is a peaceful interlude in the midst of a chaotic murder mystery.

Lady in the Lake (1947)
Robert Montgomery’s Christmas noir, complete with an angelic choir on the soundtrack.

Penny Serenade (1941)
Christmas is a troubling season for a struggling couple played by Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in this classic tearjerker.

Meet Me In St Louis (1944)
Judy Garland’s moving rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas makes such an impact that this mostly non-holiday movie is still satisfying Christmas viewing.

Check out part two: more fine holiday movies from the forties (I promise they will be happier than this bunch)

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Classic Links

There are lots of great classics in the eighth list of this fantastic Netflix instant play suggested viewing series-- Rupert Pupkin Speaks

I still miss having Paul Newman in the world. Here’s a great gallery of pics to remember him by-- Lolita's Classics

Laura pays tribute to Van Heflin on the centennial of his birth-- Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

It’s funny how time can make advertising more charming. Here are some starry RC cola ads-- And . . . Scene

Dec 13, 2010

Classic Links

Get out your hanky (or pull down your sleeve)—it’s time for TCM Remembers 2010. I’m always surprised by how many greats pass in a year.— Motion Picture Gems

A Q&A with Ann Harding’s biographer. There’s loads of great bio info. and pics here.— Movie Morlocks/TCM

Bogdanovich writes about Buster Keaton— Blogdanovich

Monica Vitti in The Girl With the Pistol (1968)— Mondo 70

The greatest film noir posters: part III— Where Danger Lives

Dec 12, 2010

Quote of the Week

I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.

-Richard Burton

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Dec 10, 2010

Classic Links

100 flicks in the public domain (and where to find many of them)— Toronto Sun

Anna May Wong being elegant in a trio of cheesecake pics— She Blogged By Night

The top movies of the 1920s-- David Bordwell

Hooray for the Hollywood news from May 1, 1932! I love this blog-- Hollywood Heyday

There’s a campaign to get a Charlton Heston stamp. Movie stardom aside, I think he is aesthetically well-suited to stampdom— IMDB

James Franco to write and direct a Sal Mineo biopic. Has this man found extra hours in the day or what?— IMDB

Dec 8, 2010

Classic Links

A tribute to Eli Wallach on his 95th birthday yesterday-- EW

It looks like there’s going to be a lot of interesting history to soak up at the Oscars website over the next 80+ days-- Alt Film Guide

The color palette of Playtime (1967), Tati’s most visually appealing movie-- Cinema Styles

Deanna Durbin promoting Christmas Holiday (1944) in Life Magazine-- The Amazing Deanna Durbin

Mickey Rooney gets tough in The Last Mile (1959)-- Where Danger Lives

I’m excited that Screaming Mimi (1958) is coming to DVD!-- Classicflix Blog

Dec 6, 2010

Classic Links

This is a fun movie screenshot quiz-- Movietone News

One of Louise Brooks’ bests flicks, Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)-- Silent Volume

This is an interesting analysis of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960).-- Motion Picture Gems

Brigitte Bardot a Don Juan? I buy that-- Sunset Gun

More great film noir posters— Where Danger Lives

Dec 5, 2010

Dec 3, 2010

Classic Links

A personal memory of seeing Julie Harris perform, in celebration of her 85th birthday yesterday— Laszlos on Lex

Peter Sellars recites the Beatles. How goofy. I love this blog— Retrospace

Too bad Jim Carrey, Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro will no longer be starring together in the Three Stooges biopic. I would have liked to have seen that. Maybe not the whole movie, but I would have definitely been interested in checking out the trailer. I wonder who they’ll pick now?— Cinematical

Is anyone else mourning the decline of horse roles in film? I’ve never thought about it.— The Guardian

RIP British actress Joyce Howard, 88-- IMDB

Dec 1, 2010

Classic Links

This tribute by David Zucker is the most touching piece I’ve seen about the passing of Leslie Nielsen. It kind of choked me up. They had a delightful personal and professional relationship-- /Film

Leslie Neilsen talks about Forbidden Planet (1956)— Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy

Here’s an interesting idea: Roman Holiday—the video game. Classic movies as video games. That opens up a world of interesting possibilities. What would you want to play?— Via Margutta 51

RIP Italian director Mario Monicelli-- The Guardian

I love the thought of Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones working on early Sesame Street episodes!-- IMDB

Ann Savage’s ferocious performance in Detour (1945)- The Sheila Variations

Part five of an amazing series of lists: interesting flicks on Netflix instant play. I will never have time to watch all the titles I’ve culled from these lists, but it is lovely to know I can watch them at the press of a button-- Rupert Pupkin Speaks

Ida Lupino in the underrated Private Hell 36 (1954)— Discovering Ida