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   StormCnter  If you're just visiting this wall for the first time today, please scroll down and join the thread that begins: Is there a movie that triggers a specific memory for you?

We're having a lot of fun remembering and laughing.
2 hours ago .

   Mike PHX  Blazing Saddles. Again with the Old Man.
I never saw him laugh so much.
2 hours ago .

   Gerty  The Bells of St. Mary's.

This movie always makes me long for the good old days--when nuns were nuns and priests were priests and never the two changed habits!!
2 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Trivia: She was one of the cast members of the ill fated film The Conqueror (1956 ), which was filmed in 1954 in the Nevada desert close by to where the government was doing nuclear testing. In later years those tests were suspected to have caused the cancer deaths of several of the films stars including John Wayne, Dick Powell, Susan Hayward and Pedro Armendáriz. Was Mary Kane in Citizen Kane - but perhaps best remembered on a long running TV Series w/a famous daughter and a hapless husband.
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   StormCnter  I think it's Agnes Moorehead.
2 hours ago .

   MeiDei  You are Bewitchingly correct. I think I'm done for providing any more today; will check in from time to time - especially to see if anyone else added to your memorable movie experiences.
2 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Take a nap, MeiDei. You've earned it.
2 hours ago .

   Gerty  Please get better, MeiDei!
2 hours ago .

   Gram77  Don't know what's cooking with you but whatever it is....please get better!
2 hours ago .

   StormCnter  A child star of the late 1940s and early '50s (born in 1934 ), who won a special Oscar award for his film debut. He was discovered after a nationwide search for the role of a backwoods boy in a 1946 production based on a best-selling book. Although he was cast in small roles in a few movies, he never found lasting success in Hollywood.
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   Richdet  This is the kid from "The Yearling," Claude Jarman Jr. Once I got wind of what actually happens to the yearling, I decided never to see this movie, a vow I have kept. "Old Yeller" was enough for me! I take a pass on any movie where the boy becomes a man by having to shoot his best buddy pet. All too often in movies the hero's best pal predictably has to die so the hero can man up and become heroic, but I draw the line where the best pal has four legs and a tail.
4 hours ago .

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   Mike PHX  Rich, you're right on many fronts. I watched The Yearling once and will never watch it again. Same with Ol' Yeller.
I'll put my testicular fortitude up against anyone,but yeah, when it comes to animals I fold like a pair of deuces.
3 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Yes, that's Claude Jarman, Jr. Well done, Rich.

You guys are such wusses! I read "The Yearling" when I was still in Junior High and then saw the movie. Of course, I cried, but a movie that can make me cry is a good one.

I was going to suggest we talk about saddest movies and I was going to nominate "The Yearling", but I guess I'll have to look for another one. Maybe "The Way We Were"? That's a joke.
2 hours ago .

   Mike PHX  The Way We Were?
I cried and cried...that was me and my GF in college.
Thanks, Storms!
2 hours ago .

   Gram77  I've seen The Way We Were many times and each time I say to myself, "ok, you know how this ends so don't cry this time". Yeah, sure. Get the hankies.
2 hours ago .

   MeiDei  A 1956 American drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress ). Title song is sung by The Four Aces.
The screenplay was based on Robert Wilder's 1945 novel of the same name, a thinly disguised account of the real-life scandal involving torch singer Libby Holman and her husband, tobacco heir Zachary Smith Reynolds. Zuckerman shifted the locale from North Carolina to Texas, made the source of the family wealth oil rather than tobacco, and changed all the character names.

   6 hours ago .

   StormCnter  No breezy comments, right?
5 hours ago .

   Gram77  Even though I see this gal's name in the description of the movie I am thinking this is Dorothy Malone.
5 hours ago .

   StormCnter  She looks like Anne Baxter, but Anne wasn't in the movie referenced. You're right, it's Dorothy Malone.
4 hours ago .

   Richdet  That's Malone all right but that's not how she looks in "Written on the Wind," which is the movie. In the movie she definitely has shoulder-length blonde hair, and plays the nympho sister of alcoholic Robert Stack and panting for the dude she can't have, Rock Hudson (can we talk Dottie? ) who is all for husky voiced Lauren who is married to drunken Robert, which brings us back where I started. Douglas Sirk specialized in these Technicolor women's melodramas of the fifties, and came to be regarded as one of the official "auteurs" of American "cinema" of the fifties. Think Magnificent Obsession (Rock H and Jane Wyman ), Imitation of Life (Lana Turner ).
4 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Richdet gets the prize. That's Dorothy before she bleached her hair blond, my quizzes are too easy so I threw that one in. Written in the Wind, cast & story as written above is correct. BTW she lives in Dallas today - as far as my research took me.
4 hours ago .

   StormCnter  1955 John Sturges-directed movie with quite a few big names. Nicholas Schenck, MGM's president at the time, nearly did not allow the picture to be made because he felt the story was subversive. The biggest name tried to back out at the last minute. There were several Oscar nominations, but no winner.
   8 hours ago .

   Mike PHX  Bad Day at Black Rock
Spencer Tracy
Robert Ryan
Arthur Kennedy
Ernest Borgnine

To name a few...
8 hours ago .

   MeiDei  My uncle had a station wagon just like that, we drove from NY to the Pocono's - hit an unhappy skunk somewhere around the Delaware Water Gap - we decided it was best not to stop for lunch before a "cure". : ) Well, hey, reminising is OK today.
7 hours ago .

   StormCnter  I have to tell you, Mei, that I skimmed your comment without my glasses and thought you hit an unhappy drunk.

Mike wins the quiz. The two in the photo are Tracy and Ryan.
7 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Now that's better than a typo any day! : )
7 hours ago .

   StormCnter  She started her career as a ballerina. Gene Kelly discovered her in a professional ballet performance, then cast her to replace a pregnant Cyd Charisse in his upcoming musical. In her memoir, she says she became an American citizen in order to vote for Barack Obama.
   9 hours ago .

   Gram77  Leslie Caron
9 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Yes, Gram and yes to Mei's second.
8 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Boy, it's really running slow today. Besides concurring with Gram I wanted to add that I remember her best in Gigi with Maurice Chevalier.
8 hours ago .

   StormCnter  My husband has had a crush since teen years on Leslie Caron for "Lili".
8 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Is there a movie that triggers a specific memory for you? The person you were with, the place or date you saw it, something that you always remember when that title is mentioned?

Mine is "The Ten Commandments". At fifteen, I had a very firm 10:30 PM curfew on weekends. My date and I realized, halfway through the movie that there was no way we would make it all the way back home from Dallas by 10:30. So, I had to call my mother long distance from a pay phone in the very busy theater lobby to ask if I could stay until the end.
10 hours ago .

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   MeiDei  Dec. 1959 - Premier of Ben Hur. We drove to Boston to see it. Coming home it was dark & rainy - a 2-lane country road The lights of an oncoming car outlined a truck just ahead. It was stopped in the road, with the trunks of Christmas trees extending out; no back lights, reflectors or warning flags. My friend swerved left to pass, I dropped down in seat just before we hit, front end collapsed & a trunk came through the windshield & out the back. The cop didn't expect me to be alive. Good mov(i )e!
8 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Sheesh! I'm glad you ducked. How did the friend fare?
8 hours ago .

   Mike PHX  Good topic, Storms! This is how we keep the wall alive.
I was getting ready to tell my story about Reds, in 1980. But after Mei's story, it would be like the Monkees following the Beatles.
Never mind.
Jeez, Mei! Glad you made it.
8 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Aw, tell it anyway, Mike.
8 hours ago .

   MeiDei  My friend had a bruised calf & right hand pinkie - drivers always do better than those riding shotgun : )
Thank you Mike - I second the motion to have you tell yours, we're not playing Can You Top This.
8 hours ago .

   Mike PHX  I was a freshman at college and got a "job" reviewing movies for the college newspaper. I took the girl who was my first love on our second date. was kind of paid for.
Anyhoo, also being a history dork, and trying to take notes on my little notepad by the light of the theater (this was obviously way before the time of mobile phones ) I got totally wrapped up in the story. A little over halfway through the 3 hour plus movie, she left to go to the restroom. I didn't realize until over half an hour that she wasn't coming back.
Took me days and dollars to get her back.
I almost married that girl. Looks like I also just missed sudden death.

Hey hey, we're the Monkees...!
7 hours ago .

   Gram77  When Gone With The Wind came out I was allowed to go and it was my first "grown up" movie. Air conditioning was very new and this theater had it. I had seen other just plain movies but this one had an intermission and you could get up and take a break from sitting. Not much but it was big time for a kid who lived on a farm.
7 hours ago .

   StormCnter  I dunno. Even one of the Monkees would have perceived a peeved movie seatmate before the movie was HALF OVER! I'm sure your emotion antennae are better tuned today.
7 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Gram, I have read that theaters weren't prepared for that GWTW intermission at first, because theaters didn't offer food and drink in those years. They soon learned how large the profit margin could be, however.
7 hours ago .

   Richdet  By the time I was 8 I had never been to a movie without my older brothers, sister, or parents. I learned that the movie "Horror of Dracula" (with Christopher Lee, now regarded as a Hammer classic ) had opened downtown, and "the big guys" in my neighborhood, all about 10 or 11 or so, were planning on seeing it that Saturday. I lobbied "the big guys," especially Roger the alpha kid, and my mother and somehow got them all to agree I could tag along. I had to assure Roger, however, that I wouldn't embarrass anybody if Dracula scared me.

Comes the big day. We take the bus downtown, check out the pet store, go to the movie for the Saturday matinee. Place packed with kids, all 4 of us (the big guys and me ) with great central seats, each with an ice cream cone, and the movie finally starts, and about 15 minutes in, the instant Dracula's fangs make their first appearance, up goes Roger like a shot, and without a word to us scurries out of our row. We all jump up (have to follow the alpha after all ), chase him to stop him, end up pursuing him up the aisle, through the inner lobby to the outer lobby, and all the way out to the sidewalk. Finally catch up, persuade scaredy cat Roger to go back in ... and they won't let us back in unless we pay up a second time. And at that point I manage to drop my strawberry ice cream cone on the pavement, and we then conclude we barely have enough change to cover the bus fare home let alone cover four tickets.

I refused to even sit near Roger on the way home. Talk about embarrassed. I get home two hours or more before expected. My dad doesn't buy any of this story, accused me of using my movie money on comicbooks or some other nefarious thing. I am under a cloud of suspicion for the rest of the day.

Worst Movie Outing Ever. Total Fiasco. It is a wonder I ever went to a movie again. Never went with Roger again, that's for sure. And it took me about a decade to finally see the movie on tv. Well worth seeing by the way!!
5 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  This actor (1914-1968 ) is a familiar face from many supporting roles in movies and television. He served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for three years and co-starred in a short-lived television series, "Harbor Command". One of his memorable movie roles was in "Rear Window".
   11 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Wendell Corey??
10 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Yes, Wendell Corey. OT, you had a short night, no?
10 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Slept most of the day. "Napped" from 2:30 a.m. til now. I don't expect to be here long.
10 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Just for fun, an easy one and a smile-maker.

In this 1955 movie, the pictured couple heads to Hawaii to help save a relative's pineapple farm. The guy who played the relative is far more famous for his role in a cult-classic television show with a theme song that rolls around in our heads.

   11 hours ago .

   MeiDei  That's not Minnie Perl/Pearl is it?
10 hours ago .

   StormCnter  No, not Minnie Pearl. Think of the pair. They're a set.
10 hours ago .

   Gram77  Marjorie Maine and Percy Kilbride. Sure is a change from Ma and Pa Kettle clothing!
9 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Gram's right again, Marjorie Maine - how could I forget.
8 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Of course, the Kettles. Good, Gram. The movie is "Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki". The relative was played by Russell Johnson, later to be the Professor on "Gilligan's Island".
8 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Last one for a while:
His career spanned 4 decades on stage & screen. He is most remembered for Give Them Hell, Harry for which he was nominated for an academy award; The Asphalt Jungle, Tota, Tora, Tora; Planet of the Apes & The Shawshank Redemption. Appeared in many roles on TV until 2 years before his death in 2009. An icon of character actors.

   16 hours ago .

   Iacta alea est  James Whitmore
13 hours ago .

   StormCnter  You beat me to it, Iacta. Fine actor, familiar face.
11 hours ago .

   MeiDei  James it is! His face doesn't really change that much, very difficult to find a picture that isn't a dead give-away. But he needed remembering.
10 hours ago .

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