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June Allyson was a truly amazing person, the type that doesn't seem to
get any attention by Hollywood today. And it is too bad. On screen and
off, she was a pure and interesting person to watch. She was typecast
as the perfect woman, the type that every man wanted to marry and that
every girl aspired to. Even today, girls can look to her for
Here, Allyson is interviewed by Robert Osbourne. She tells stories about her life in Hollywood, her friendships with movie stars, her marriage to Dick Powell, and her thoughts on life. It is much too short really, but what is here is highly entertaining and wonderful. Allyson was 81 years old when this was filmed, but you would swear she was decades younger. Her personality and sweet smile are youthful and vibrant; she is very candid when answering every question.
We need more people in the world like Allyson, optimistic and charming but honest about being imperfect. It is too bad she is gone now, but what she left behind is a great role to aspire to.
Tony Barbon and Sean Cameron, the directors of this marvelous piece, in
the form of an interview with Debbie Reynolds, have achieved in giving
the viewer, an uncanny portrait of a charming woman who has brought joy
to millions. The conversation with the incomparable Robert Osborne,
illuminates on a life of this generous personality who talks about her
life and her career with honesty and charm.
Debbie Reynolds, the actress, has been involved in movies for a long time. Ms. Reynolds always projected a sunny personality that made her an old time favorite because her versatility and range. She could do it all. The exchange with her host, Mr. Osborn, flows easily. Her triumphs and her disappointments are all dealt with such honesty that one feels for her and what she has gone through.
Ultimately, Debbie Reynolds emerges as the survivor that she is and we get to hear from her directly how she confronted adversity. The film clips illuminate the career of a great woman, and we are privileged to have been "invited" to a front row seat to witness a life she has given to her art and her public.
Filmed in 2000, BETTY HUTTON sits practically on the edge of her chair,
an indication she still had a lot of energy left over from her days as
the hyperactive female bombshell Paramount used for many a musical film
during the '40s and into the '50s.
While she's perfectly willing to talk about herself and her career, it's not clear whether she's seeing things from an accurate viewpoint or not--especially when it comes to what went on during the filming of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, when she replaced Judy Garland in the title role.
According to Betty, it destroyed her soul to be treated the way she was on the set--and she even mentions co-star Howard Keel as one of the culprits. Seems that everyone thought she took the part away from the very ill Judy and was unwilling to even clap at the end of a perfect take, lest they show any appreciation for her. Nor did the studio even invite her to the premiere of the movie when it opened in New York City.
Just how accurate this description really is, I don't claim to know but I do have my doubts. Stills showing Betty with other members of the cast on the set seem to cast doubt on whether the film really destroyed her the way she says it did and killed any ambitions for further displaying her talents in Hollywood. As Osborne points out, later on she did do THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH for DeMille at Paramount.
At any rate, it's clear that, as Hutton admits, her own insecurities started long before ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and perhaps the truth is somewhat different than what she claims.
Hutton looks a bit frazzled, is wearing an unflattering white wig, and seems so bubbly at times that you almost suspect she wants to jump into Osborne's lap like a little puppy seeking adoration.
Osborne treats her with fondness and respect, but it must have been a difficult thing for Hutton to do--and she obviously doesn't want to talk about her relationships with her children whom she hasn't seen in years.
A nice, generous selection of film clips reminds us how talented Betty was in her heyday.
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