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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Martin Scorsese is not only a fine director but also a discerning and enthusiastic student/fan of movies. So in honor of Halloween, here is a listing he did a few years ago of his Eleven Scariest Movies of All Time, which has been reproduced on many web sites, and certainly belongs here. I chose a site that offers clips of his selections:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/martin-scorseses-scariest-movi
es-of-all-time


I also would place "The Haunting" at the top of my list -- the 1963 version (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn ) not the one from the 90s with Liam Neeson. Avoid the remake. It is based on Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House." I would place "The Innocents" higher on the list -- also from the early 60s, with Deborah Kerr, based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw."
October 31 at 13:40 EST .

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   StormCnter  I remember "The Innocents" very well. It was a riveting story.
October 31 at 13:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good article along with the scene snatches - some I skipped or only watched mid-way - still affected by the Psycho shower scene all these years later.
October 31 at 16:24 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  "The Song of Bernadette" was one of the most popular Hollywood releases during World War II, made a star of Jennifer Jones, and featured a cast of exceptional character actors (Charles Bickford, Vincent Price, Gladys Cooper, Lee J. Cobb, Anne Revere ). However, one star in that cast went uncredited -- she plays the Virgin Mary, "seen" only by Bernadette (and the movie audience ).

She was a young leading lady at the time at 20th Century Fox, starring in several movies with Tyrone Power, and regarded as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Later, she would star in a movie based on a much-publicized best-seller. Who is she?
September 14 at 09:05 EST .

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   StormCnter  She is Amber forever, I think.
September 14 at 09:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  The only one who comes to mind, having starred in several movies with Tyrone Power, is Linda Darnell.
September 14 at 11:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ah, Jennifer Jones: Years ago, I read Irene Selznick's memoir and found it fascinating. She was Louis B. Mayer's daughter. For anyone interested, here is an enlightening article article from Slate in 2015 about the "terrible doomed romance of David Selznick and Jennifer Jones".
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/y
ou_must_remember_this/2015/11/the_terrib
le_doomed_romance_of_david_o_selznick_an
d_jennifer_jones.html
September 14 at 12:01 EST .

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   Richdet  Linda Darnell she is. It seems, from what I read, that her movie career zigged and zagged, with signature roles in "Forever Amber" (the best-seller adaptation ) and "A Letter to 3 Wives."

About "Amber" -- apparently it was the best-selling novel for the entire decade of the 1940s, despite -- or more likely, because of -- being banned as pornographic in several states.
September 14 at 12:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  My parents rarely censored anything I read. Of course, my choices were limited to the book club offerings crowding the shelves on our remote ranch. When I was 10 or 12, my mother found me reading "Grapes of Wrath" and confiscated it. However, she didn't blink an eye, when I substituted "Forever Amber". I think she thought "Amber" would be over my head. She was right, but I loved the story.
September 14 at 13:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wondering what David O. looked like, in a roundabout way had me find this letter of Jennifer's to him. It catalogs her dismay & behavior towards John Huston as well as fellow cast mates. https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2016/
02/jennifer-jones-john-huston-west-of-ed
en
Not a confident soul, phew.....
September 14 at 22:03 EST .

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   StormCnter  He looked like John Sununu, Mei. I'll post a photo.
September 15 at 07:34 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Mei -- I belatedly saw your post about "The Danish Girl" just now, when it was already on the second page. However, I did respond with my own reaction just in case that movie is of general interest.

Spoiler alert: I am not a fan! I guess I left an impression at some point I am a Redmayne fan but I have "moved on." And I would advise anyone else to "move along" -- swiftly -- if "The Danish Girl" beckons from your Netflix queue.
September 13 at 13:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for responding. From his/her memoir: [Lili Elbe was, as she set down in letters and notes for an autobiography], "a thoughtless, flighty, very superficially-minded woman, prone to fits of weeping and barely able to speak in front of powerful men". But despite her womanly defects, by February 1930 she was becoming too powerful for Wegener to resist. “I am finished,” he wrote at the time." Perhaps that explains his acting (direction? ) that was so off-putting to you. I liked him in Pillars of the Earth and Fantastic Beasts; and while he may have taken this role as a challenge to his craft (isn't that what they all say? ) it's not his best choice. Besides he has a too easily recognizable face - it seems to me a tough one to blend into & become the character. Too, the topic doesn't appeal to a very wide audience.

I have to agree to skip this one in favor of maybe Fantastic Beasts - a fun fantasy.
September 13 at 15:00 EST .

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   Richdet  I haven't seen "Fantastic Beasts," but I am with you. I would rather see a fun fantasy, or a serious one on the scale of "Lord of the Rings," than an agenda-driven transgender fantasy about a man who dies trying to become a "flighty, superficial" woman. The movie would have you see this as an inspiring tale of an historic pioneer, while I imagine many sit there appalled and/or horrified at this madness. The world of Harry Potter is more convincing than the world of Einar Wegener.
September 13 at 18:21 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  My response to last night's Oscar ceremony:

And then THAT happened.

It's taken 40-plus years for somebody to upstage Brando's Indian and David Niven and the streaker, but I think Dunaway and Beatty and Price Waterhouse pulled it off last night.
February 27 at 13:14 EST .

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   Safetydude  The last Oscar 'ceremony' I watched was hosted by Bob Hope.
February 27 at 16:45 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Since we're talking movie-related books, let me recommend one I read recently: "Tinseltown," by William J. Mann, a "true crime" account of the never-solved murder of director William Desmond Taylor, whose body was discovered in his home on this very day in 1922 (easy date to remember: 2/2/22 ). Mann sorts it all out, goes into the fascinating stories of the various "suspects," plus some of the bigger players, such as Adolph Zukor and Will Hays, whose task it was as a public voice for Hollywood to address Tinseltown's damaged image and keep the censors at bay. (The Fatty Arbuckle trial was ongoing when Taylor was murdered, and there had been other scandals hitting the newspapers regularly. )

Mann persuaded me that he has solved this case. Very well written, absorbing book. One caution: it does not have an index. But if you check out the book jacket, the index is available online, and it is probably worth printing before you read the book. First time I have noticed a book doing that.
February 2 at 19:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  This has been picked up for a series to be aired on cable.
http://deadline.com/2014/11/tinseltown-t
v-series-aaron-kaplan-tracy-katsky-12012
84269/
February 2 at 20:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm thankful you made it safely, Mei.
February 8 at 13:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thank you - Me too (! ) going nowhere any time soon. As long as we have electricity I have no complaints.
February 8 at 19:22 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  The mother site has a banner headline concerning the announcement of Oscar nominations this morning. Shouldn't be long before there are news stories to post, but I watched the live streaming, and can tell you that the most nominations went to "The Revenant" (12 ), "Mad Max: Fury Road" (10 ), and "The Martian" (7 ).

Grumbling has already begun that, once again, all the acting nominations have gone to white faces.

Acting nominations of note: Sylvester Stallone nominated for supporting actor for "Creed," and Tom Hardy, a topic on this wall recently, in the same category for "The Revenant." I was glad to see movie legend Charlotte Rampling nominated for best actress for "45 Years." Another Wall favorite, Eddie Redmayne, is a nominee for best actor.

The best film choices are: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight.
January 14 at 09:26 EST .

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   StormCnter  How many have you seen, Rich? My daughter and SIL really liked "Brooklyn", and SIL enjoyed "Mad Max...", but that one is a guy thing.
January 14 at 10:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  "Brooklyn" critics give it 5 stars ... how do you pronounce the leading lady's first name: Saoirse?
January 14 at 10:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Did a search - it's pronounced: Sur Sha - rhymes with inertia.
January 14 at 10:45 EST .

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   Richdet  Only one I have seen is the new "Mad Max," just a few nights ago on cable. I was really beat so I am not sure about it. I think I might enjoy the old Mel Gibson ones more.
January 14 at 17:54 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Seems to be a low-traffic weekend on the Movie Wall. I will leave my quizzes open until Monday am, just in case someone wanders in who wants to play. Plus I won't be around for several hours now, so all in all that seems my best plan right now.
January 10 at 10:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  Good quizzes, thanks for participating! I'll post some new ones as the open ones are answered or commented on.
January 10 at 10:56 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Opening weekend of the NFL playoffs.....that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
January 10 at 16:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  Good stuff, Rich. I'm always happy to see your quizzes.
January 11 at 05:27 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Which one of these ladies did NOT play Bette Davis' daughter in a movie?

Ann-Margret
Sandra Dee
Susan Hayward
Debbie Reynolds
Natalie Wood
January 9 at 15:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'll guess Susan Hayward - she was close to my mother's age & closer to Bette's age. Watch, I'll be wrong. : )
January 10 at 09:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  That should read "closer to Bette's age than the others above". Brain to fingers: "wait up".
January 10 at 10:11 EST .

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   Richdet  Not Susan. Bette played her controlling mother in the movie version of the Harold Robbins novel "Where Love Has Gone." But you are right about their ages -- ten years difference, I think.
January 10 at 10:42 EST .

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   Richdet  Bette was mother to Ann-Margret in "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961 ), Debbie Reynolds in "The Catered Affair" (1956 ) and Natalie Wood in "The Star" (1952 ), and interestingly enough each had fond memories of the experience. High-strung Susan H, apparently to Bette's surprise at the time, turned out not to be such a pal.

So that leaves Sandra Dee as the correct answer in the mother/daughter sweepstakes. She tended to play Lana Turner's daughter, so Sandy had her hands full as it was.
January 11 at 09:20 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Who said this one? What movie?

"I simply will not sit down to dinner with midwestern barbarians. I think too highly of my digestive system."
January 9 at 15:43 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Sheridan Whiteside in The Man Who Came To Dinner
January 11 at 01:08 EST .

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   Richdet  Congrats. None other than Monty Woolley sniping at his hosts in that way he had. Your prize is to put together the dinner party of your dreams, any guest allowed at the table, even including Sheridan Whiteside himself to spice things up.
January 11 at 09:15 EST .

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   Richdet posted on Movies & Reviews  Movie quote. Who said it. What movie?

"If any of you are ever in trouble, no matter what, just dial "O" for O'Malley."
January 9 at 15:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  Was that before or after he sang the title song?
January 9 at 19:49 EST .

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   Richdet  Comes at the very end of the movie. Can barely hear him over the bells. (Not really, but anything to get to an answer. )
January 10 at 10:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  OK, I'll swing for it: Bing Crosby as Fr. O'Malley in "The Bells of St. Mary's". Did you know the sequel "Sister Act" was originally titled "The Belles of St, Mary's" (Not really it was just a corrupted thought in need of more sleep and/or coffee ). : )
January 10 at 10:48 EST .

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   Richdet  You got it. Not only will Bing croon a favorite for you, but Ingrid Bergman and the other nuns of St. Mary's will be his backup singers.
January 11 at 09:13 EST .

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