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Remember Me:  John Calley (1930-2011) – “A Class Act”

20 September 2011 9:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Hollywood joke: 

A writer, a director, and a producer are crawling across the desert without water, dying of thirst.  They look up and sticking out of the sand is a nicely chilled bottle of apple juice.  Before the writer and director can grab it, the producer is on his feet, unzips his pants and starts peeing into the bottle. 

“What’re you doing?” the writer and director cry. 

“Fixing it!” says the producer. 

So, that attitude in mind, when I tell you John Calley died last Tuesday at age 81, and if the name is unfamiliar and I try to enlighten you by saying he was a producer and – worse – a studio executive, no doubt at least a few of you who regularly patronize this site out of your love for film and filmmakers might shrug and say, “So what?”  A dead studio exec?  That’s like that other joke, the »

- Bill Mesce

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Worth Remembering: Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) – “Baby I Don’t Care”

27 February 2011 11:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The title of Lee Server’s acclaimed 2002 biography, Robert Mitchum:  Baby I Don’t Care (MacMillan), offers a perfect encapsulization of the eponymous actor:  a hard-partying Hollywood Bad Boy who didn’t give a damn what moralizing finger-waggers thought of him, or what his peers in the movie business thought, or the press, or even the public.  He was going to go his own way and to hell with you, and anyone positioning themselves to make strong objection was just as likely to get a punch in the nose as shown the actor’s broad back.  He worked hardest at conveying the idea that the thing he did for a living – acting – was also the thing he cared least about; an impression that may have been his most convincing performance.

The Bad Boy part of Mitchum’s reputation was honestly come by.  As a youth, he’d been booted from more than one school, »

- Bill Mesce

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