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   StormCnter  2002 film. This one sounds like a movie I would enjoy. Title? Actors?
   40 minutes ago .

   MeiDei  2004
Wayne Hayes and his wife, Eileen, seem to have it all. Over the years, they've built a prosperous business together while raising their two children, Tim and Jill. But the family's dream life becomes nightmarish when disgruntled employee Arnold Mack kidnaps Wayne and holds him for ransom. The FBI invades their home and scrutinizes every detail of their life -- and ultimately, it is left to Eileen to deliver the ransom and rescue her husband.
Name the actors & movie.

   About an hour ago .

   StormCnter  I ran across this screenshot when I was researching the guy. You will know him, but can you name the actress? She is better known for a popular television series and her name sounds like a girls' dormitory. Extra points for the film title.
   2 hours ago .

   Richdet  Her name is Grayson Hall. Her face perhaps familiar to fans of "Dark Shadows," where she lurked for many seasons. Here we see her as the uptight schoolmistress shepherding a group of ladies through Mexico on a tour bus driven by none other than a not so uptight Richard Burton in "The Night of the Iguana," an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. GH was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar for this.

I have mentioned some weeks ago that I saw a production of "Night of the Iguana" locally earlier this year. Elizabeth Ashley played the same schoolmistress role in that production, and very unlike the Grayson Hall interpretation, Ashley being much older and "broader" in how she did it.
2 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  Perfectly answered, Rich. Nicely done.
46 minutes ago .

   StormCnter  Can you name this actress?
   7 hours ago .

   Richdet  Rosalind Russell would be my guess.
4 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Morning, Rich. She's not Rosalind Russell.
3 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Want a wild guess (? ) how about Joan Fontaine?
2 hours ago .

   HopeandGlory  Maureen O'Hara.
About an hour ago .

   MeiDei  I'll go with Hope's pick, Maureen's jawline isn't 'pointy' as Joan's was.
About an hour ago .

   StormCnter  Ok, I'll put everyone's curiosity to bed. She is Rhonda Fleming.
47 minutes ago .

   MeiDei  Holy Smokes - never would have guessed her - good stumper Storm!
11 minutes ago .

   StormCnter  Title? Actors?
   7 hours ago .

   Richdet  Max Ophuls' "Letter from an Unknown Woman." with Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan. This movie apparently was ignored on its release in the late 40s, but over time it has come to be regarded as a classic, and many regard Fontaine's performance as her best. Nice coincidence to spot Joan's picture right after I have posted about sister Olivia.
4 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  In my opinion, sister Joan was the more beautiful, but probably de Havilland was the better actress. There was a lot of talent packed into those siblings.
2 hours ago .

   MeiDei  You know these two - please name them & their roles which is part of the title of the movie.
   20 hours ago .

   Gram77  Bette David and Errol Flynn. This might have something to do with Queen Elizabeth.
7 hours ago .

   StormCnter  "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex". Bette Davis had wanted Olivier for the Essex role and never emotionally adjusted to Flynn in the part. She was apparently pretty hateful to him and he was rumored to believe she took herself way too seriously.
7 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Gram names them, Storm breezes in with the title and more. Nicely done ladies.
5 hours ago .

   Richdet  "Hateful" strikes me as an over-the-top characterization of their relationship. Davis had just worked with Flynn the year before in "The Sisters," and been exposed to some of his antics. That movie was a standard romance, so Davis didn't have a lot at stake in it. However, "Elizabeth" was based on a prestigious play by Maxwell Anderson, set in blank verse, and Essex had been played on stage by Alfred Lunt, who had the experience and chops to handle the verse and the role.

So it's no wonder Davis tried to get Laurence Olivier for Essex, and was dismayed by Jack Warner's insistence on Flynn, whom, based on prior exposure, she regarded as a lightweight and who in turn was greatly amused by her taking the challenges of this project way too seriously. I would characterize their relationship as certainly mutually "spirited," but basically civil and professional.

Flynn's favorite leading lady Olivia de Havilland was also in the movie. If anyone was genuinely unhappy on that set, it was she. Jack Warner forced her to do this movie simultaneous with her loan-out to MGM for "Gone with the Wind." She would be Melanie in the morning and a vixen in Elizabeth's court in the afternoon, or vice versa, being yanked back to Warners on short notice, etc., leading to a major meltdown on set one day when Olivia's nerves got the better of her.

To the credit of "horrid" Bette, Davis said in an interview years later that her pal Olivia was visiting with her and together they watched "Elizabeth" on tv one afternoon, and Davis admitted she had underestimated Flynn's performance, and he was actually very good. Passage of time allowed objectivity about Flynn, and no doubt memories of his mockery didn't sting quite so much.
4 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  You know him, but can you name her?
   23 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Paris Hilton?
20 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Yep, she is Paris Hilton, useless celebrity in my own opinion. I'm not sure what she has ever accomplished beyond the porn tape and coy selfies.
7 hours ago .

   MeiDei  2001 sci-fi mystery thriller
The year is 2079. The earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade. Spencer Olham is a lauded government scientist whose latest work promises to save the planet. But suddenly he is accused of being an alien spy, and becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Olham is faced with a two-tiered dilemma- can he prove his identity to the secret police in time to help mankind? Can he ultimately prove his identity to himself?

   Yesterday at 13:09 EST .

   MeiDei  Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe, and Mekhi Phifer pictured. Also starred Vincent D'Onofrio as the head of his unit's secret police in the film "Imposter" - an unexpected ending. Sinese plays his part very well.
Is anyone else experiencing a spell check malfunction, here and on
About an hour ago .

   MeiDei  From the Mother page's article on 10 Books of Fiction to read - one was made into a movie and available on youtube. Alexander S's book: "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" 1hr45min:

Yesterday at 13:02 EST .

   MeiDei  You might recognize British actor Tom Courtenay in the title role. From Wikipedia: "Finland banned the film from public view, fearing that it could hurt external relations with its eastern neighbor".
19 hours ago .

   StormCnter  From a list of "Worst Movie Quotes". Can you guess the film and the speaker?
"Hey, yeah, uhm, I'm-I'm just calling to procure a hasty abortion. What? Can you just hold on for a second, I'm, I'm on my hamburger phone."
Yesterday at 12:24 EST .

   MeiDei  I didn't see this movie but something about that line and topic makes me think of Juno.
23 hours ago .

   StormCnter  Good analysis, Mei. Yes, it's from "Juno"
23 hours ago .

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