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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  For movie fans, too: I'm about halfway through Don Graham's "Giant", the tale of how the movie came to be, what life was like on the remote Texas set, the big stars' private lives and backgrounds, and it's a very entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who read and remembered the book and then the film.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34964823-giant
June 12 at 05:44 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Nostalgia  Every year I am astonished at the money spent on high school proms. Apparently the event requires a hired venue, a real band, hundred-dollar tickets, attendees arriving in limos, boys in rented tuxedos, girls in expensive dresses and a date-supplied matching corsage. A friend says her grandson spent more than 450 dollars just to get himself and his date inside the door. Eons ago when I was the age for the high school proms, they were held in the high school gym, the music was a record-player manned by a teacher,the decorations had been done by the PTA, the tickets were a dollar, the refreshments were Cokes and cookies, we arrived in my date's dad's car, the corsage was a reasonably-priced pair of carnations and the memories are just as sweet as will be the kids' of today.
June 10 at 10:38 EST .

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   Gram77  I had no idea that amount of money was needed to go to the prom. My grandson will be looking at that next year. He best get a job and start saving! My experience was pretty much the same as Storm's. The big thing was all the class (a very small class ) went to a once famous place in Cleveland, Ohio to eat (The Alpine Village ) and we all had our parents permission to stay there and drive to Lake Erie and watch sun come up. I'm sure this would be pooh poohed by today young people. We thought it was a big thing.
June 10 at 18:32 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  This is not a tout, but a warning. At the bookstore, I picked up "The Wife Between Us" by Hendricks and Pekkanen. I should have remembered my hesitancy about novels by more than one author and also my knowledge that when the cover quotes reference other best-sellers (...in the vein of "Gone Girl"... ) it's not a good sign. I finished the book, but I don't recommend it. The plot is repeatedly gimmicky and too much of it is predictable. We've read before of the older, wealthy, controlling husband and the young, beautiful, naive and increasingly unhappy wife.
Forget reading this one unless you get a free copy.
June 9 at 06:26 EST .

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   Gram77  A big thanks to you, Storm. I have been giving this book quite a bit of thought and you have just helped me make up my mind to move on.
June 9 at 07:16 EST .

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   StormCnter  High five, Gram!
June 9 at 08:53 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Today's Wall Street Journal had a review of the James Patterson/Bill Clinton book, "The President's Missing". The reviewer liked the book but has some snide analysis of what he believes the former president's contribution might have been.
https://outline.com/HenBsm
June 5 at 10:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Well, I think BJC's book will outsell HRC's ... thanks to Patterson. More from Goodreads reviewers, fans of Bill.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3509
7255-the-president-is-missing

Thanks for calling attention to this one.
June 6 at 16:06 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Gram asked me not to forget the Readers' Wall, and I won't. I have a terrific book to recommend although I am only 50 pages into it. "Two Girls Down" by Louisa Luna. The cover comment is by Lee Child, which ought to give a clue as to the quality of the content. This one is a gripper from the first few pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36136030-two-girls-down
May 30 at 08:23 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh yeah....my kind of book. Trip to library planned this weekend. Thanks.
May 30 at 14:15 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  Which of the following actresses has not been Oscar-nominated twice in the same year?

Cate Blanchett
Jessica Lange
Julianne Moore
Michelle Pfeiffer
May 18 at 18:41 EST .

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   StormCnter  Pfeiffer has been nominated three times, all in different years (1988, 1989, and 1992 ) without any Oscar wins. Jessica Lange won one of her two nominations (Best Supporting Actress ) in 1982, while Julianne Moore had two losing nominations in 2002 and Cate Blanchett lost twice in 2007.
May 20 at 06:18 EST .

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   Richdet  You can add Sigourney Weaver to the list of those who were nominated in the lead and supporting categories in the same year, losing both. Must be a test of one's acting skill to put on the frozen grin of the good loser for the tv cameras not once but twice in the same night. Fun times.

Barry Fitzgerald had the unusual distinction of being nominated for the very same role in both categories -- "Going My Way," losing best actor to co-star Bing Crosby but winning supporting actor. The Academy changed the rules to insure that never happened again. If your name turns up in the top five for the same role in both categories, you get nominated in whichever category you got the most votes in.
May 20 at 12:02 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  Which of the following Oscar winners did not refuse his trophy?

Marlon Brando
Dudley Nichols
Sean Penn
George C. Scott
May 18 at 05:42 EST .

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   Richdet  I can narrow this down to Dudley Nichols (he was a screenwriter in the 30s/40s for those for whom the name is unfamiliar ) and Sean Penn. I think if Penn had turned down an Oscar, I would know about it, so I am going with Penn.
May 18 at 16:11 EST .

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   StormCnter  Rich wins with Sean Penn. And yes, the name of Dudley Nichols was unfamiliar to me. Thanks for clearing it up.
May 18 at 18:42 EST .

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   Richdet  I did some research on the Dudley Nichols situation. He won the screenplay Oscar for John Ford's 1935 film "The Informer." The Oscars for that year were riven by various Hollywood unions boycotting the Academy because they expected the Academy to be a vehicle for union organization and negotiation with the studios, and the Academy wanted no part of that.

So Nichols turned down his Oscar in solidarity with the boycott by his Writers Guild brethren. The Academy mailed him his Oscar a couple of times, only to see him return it. So they put it in a trophy case, and gave Dudley a good leaving alone.
May 18 at 23:01 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  Checking the sound on the set of ? And who are the actors?
   May 18 at 05:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  He's Steve McQueen, I don't recognize her.
I think that's a light meter the fellow is holding up to her. My father used to do the same, to adjust his lights if need be, when he was taking a portraiture.
May 18 at 10:54 EST .

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   Richdet  She is Tuesday Weld -- movie would be "The Cincinnati Kid." Looks like McQueen's toes are upstaging him in that shot.
May 18 at 16:05 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'll bet that bathwater is cold, too.
Mei and Rich are correct. This was a good movie. I liked it.
May 18 at 17:52 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  1922 film, but both actors were then or soon to be world famous.
   May 17 at 17:57 EST .

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   Gram77  The movie was a bit before my time but I think the fella on the left is Wm. Powell.
May 17 at 19:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  I agree with Gram on Powell, who is Sherlock - that's the question.
May 17 at 21:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  This film was William Powell's screen debut. Roland Young (not the man on the right ) was also first seen in this movie. I'll leave it up just a little longer to see if anyone else has a guess on the other man.
May 18 at 05:39 EST .

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   Richdet  John Barrymore in the Sherlock Holmes deer-stalker hat.
May 18 at 08:24 EST .

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   Richdet  P.S. Barrymore was popularly known as "The Great Profile" so it's fitting we see him in profile here, though I think his Sherlock demeanor is not displaying the impressive nose to best advantage.
May 18 at 08:34 EST .

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   MeiDei  He has a "thrust jaw" in the photo above. I would never have guessed him but can see that it's him ('tis he ? ) now ; )
May 18 at 10:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yes, he is John Barrymore.
May 18 at 17:53 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  "Behind the scenes" again. the actors should be easy. The director made the photo, too. And what is the title?
   May 17 at 17:53 EST .

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   Calvinesq  Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Probably Double Indemnity. Don't know the guy in the other hat.
May 17 at 18:43 EST .

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   Richdet  Director Billy Wilder is the guy in the hat. You can get a clearer look at him in the "Sunset Boulevard" photo below.
May 17 at 19:14 EST .

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   Gram77  Don't forget Fred McMurray. I read somewhere or maybe it was on TCM that McMurray's wife was not happy about him playing that role.
May 17 at 19:30 EST .

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   StormCnter  A triple win for Calvin, Rich and Gram. Your insurance policy is valid.
May 18 at 05:36 EST .

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   Richdet  Wilder cast MacMurray twice and both times as very flawed men. "Indemnity" and then years later in "The Apartment." He was excellent in both. Seems like Wilder had a shrewd take on MacMurray's abilities, and had more faith in his acting range than FM himself (or his wife? ) did.
May 18 at 16:35 EST .

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