Lists by brickley220
I know that you youngsters think you know it all but all you are doing is annoying us wrinklies who do. Here are some titles for the more discerning and mature audience. It is a Work in Progress so feel free to submit suggestions (but not 'Drop Dead Fred' as that is too close to reality).
Born Maureen FitzSimons on 17 August 1920 in the Dublin suburb of Ranelagh, Maureen O'Hara was the second of the six children of Charles Stewart Parnell FitzSimons and Marguerita Lilburn FitzSimons. One of the most beautiful and charismatic redheads on the big screen, Maureen retired in 1973, only to make a comeback in 1991. Being only five days younger than my mother, Maureen was one of my special favourites and here are some her best performances:
Everybody who has watched an Elizabeth Taylor movie has a special memory of her. This is my first list where I have included some films that I have never seen. This is a Curriculum Vitae of Elizabeth's work in the cinema, it is for you, her fans who will all have lost a part of living history today with her passing. Elizabeth Taylor was a unique performer, I hope that you will all get something from the following list. They are in Chronological Order with comments where applicable.
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE
(13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) the British film director and producer who made over fifty films and pioneered the use of the camera as an aid to the voyeur in all of us.
Here is my personal Baker's Dozen of his art work.
These are films which I have seen based on real events and people in history.
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My choices are in alphabetic order below:
Inspired by the related list "Actors every guy wants to be" headed by 'Duke' Wayne the following are my personal favourites of the 172 films that Mr Morrison appeared in during his fifty years of film making.
Just to prove the power of these lists, at the urging of other listorians I have revisited my collection and although I will not drop the original ten, I concede that there are more Duke movies that deserve recognition.
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on the 25th April, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA and studied acting at the University of Texas (Austin) gaining experience locally. After playing Starlene Cheatham in 'Love and a .45', Renée moved to LA.
Zellweger was awarded her Hollywood Star on the Walk of Fame in 2005.
I love her presence on the screen and that she becomes the person that she is playing, whilst being equally at home with Drama or Comedy.
My List of best performances could always be amended in the future.
On Los Angeles: "It opens your eyes in this town, it's amazing. It's taught me who I don't want to be."
As we go through life some of the phrases and lines from our favourite movies stick in our memory, lodged permanently in our little grey cells. We all have our favourites, for a multitude of diverse reasons here are some of mine:
Sexy, sultry singer Julie London is best remembered today for those smokey songs from the 1950s and yet she was also a very popular on both the large and little screens. I would like to share some memories with you:
Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on the 3 April 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Miss Day began her career in show business at fouteen as a dancer. This career was cut short by a car accident which broke her leg and then she began singing with the Les Brown Band after lying about her age.
I love her films and have collected many of them, on VHS and DVD, initially for my mother, but I have watched them again and again.
When Doris eventually retired from showbusiness she took up a new career protecting animals (a former hobby).
Listed in Chronological Order:
There are many great genres in animation that stretch back to the great silent movie era. Walt Disney's gift to the civilised world is special and deserves suitable recognition of its own. Here are my personal favourites:
John Ford's Goddaughter passed away on Sunday 3 July 2011. Here is my tribute to Anna Raymond Massey's career as a first class actress. Whether in a leading role or a few minutes in support, her performances were always a credit to the family name.
The following only represent a fraction of the body of her work and I was surprised that IMDb have no record of her wonderful performance in the 1986 production of 'Hotel du Lac' for which she was awarded the British Academy TV Award for Best Actress.
Posted in chronological order.
"My education finished at fifteen; if I'd stayed at school I'm not sure I'd have become an actor."
Alexander 'Sandy' Mair Courage Jr. was born in Philadelphia on the 10 December 1919 and passed on in Pacific Palisades on the 15 May 2008. After receiving his Degree in Music in 1941 he served in the US Army Air Force whilst continuing to write tunes for the radio. Apart from composing the most famous eight note brass fanfare in the known Universe, he had a long fruitful life in the entertainment industry, composing and orchestrating some of the most iconic music heard on the screen (Little or LARGE), usually with the great Jerry Goldsmith and sometimes with John Williams.
The following are my favourite Baker's Dozen:
Listed in Chronological Order, as in some of these movies he is a talented member of a strong cast. This officer and gentleman always seemed relaxed and optimistic, even when he was going down in flames or some other crisis. Still, for someone who had Peter Ustinov as a Batman, that should be standard operating procedure. After his death the Gutter Press could not find anybody with something bad to say about him.
I have extended the list because of suggestions from fellow listorians and watching more excellent Niven performances. Thank you very much.
Composer and Conductor Muir Mathieson preferred to be the Musical Director on most of the movies that he worked on. He earned credits on 475 films in the forty years that he worked in the industry. As a Musical Director he could incorporate music from a variety of first rate composers and arrange and conduct their scores. He was nicknamed the 'Tsar of Music for British Films' and was a hard man to impress. But what a result for all that hard work.
The following titles have some of the best filmscores - ever!
This list is dedicated to one of Muir's American fans - blueish35.
A Bakers Dozen of iconic themes to set the heart stirring as soon as you hear them. Each of the following film scores immediately identifies a unique martial movie, each one telling a stirring tale of World War Two.
Enjoy them in my favourite order.
Inspired by Max Livingstone, I decided to make my own list of Iconic Movie Theme Music based upon my personal taste. We are all movie fans and we all have different choices, there is no better or worse, just whatever works for you.
Musicals and Movies with sound tracks by various artists are excluded, it has to be music that will identify with that particular film; so that excludes The James Bond Theme then.
Emmy Award winner Mike Post started his musical career backing various acts from Sammy Davis Jr. to Sonny & Cher. Over Forty years he has composed some of the most Iconic Theme Music in the entertainment business. Here are my favourites (in theme order):
Born on the 18th March 1886 in Brooklyn, New York, USA, Edward Everett Horton Jr. was a character, even at school.
Continuing my tributes to excellent actors who supported some of the finest movies ever made, this first class Thespian had worked in everything from Vaudeville to Animation. It does great credit to the city of Los Angeles that they named a Lane after him.
Apparently Maurice Cole was such a fan that he became Kenny Everett as an inspiration to his showbusiness career.
Responding to the Gauntlet laid down by 'blueish35' on another of my lists. The following are my favourite tales of the Robinson Family (plus Robot and Dr Zachary Smith), who had interstellar adventures before the Eagle landed on Tranquillity Base and Neil Armstrong made his small step.
To make it easier to follow I have kept to chronological order.
Like so many of the movies that Jean starred in as a young actress, she moved to television in her mature years. The perfect irony of this situation must have been portraying Miss Haversham in TVs Great Expectations in 1991, when Jean had played the petulant young Estella in David Lean's masterpiece of 1946.
Since Jean passed on I have been watching her movies again and I just had to add some more of her master classes of movie magnificence.
Listed in chronological order as young Angela was so talented that she created a presence right from the start. She moved from Britain to Hollywood and then moved from movies to TV and has always been 'Top Drawer'. There are so many of her films that deserve recognition from 'Blue Hawaii' where she motivated Elvis to 'The Company of Wolves' when she honed the edge to the scary stories. Enjoy:
Whilst in most macho movies the 'Man' never misses, some have more style than others. The following are my favourite films where there are unusual displays of firearms marksmanship (sorry bow & arrow fans, that will be another list) in my order of most entertaining and skilful. I know that some of you will be disappointed because my shortlist was forty five before I started to whittle it down to the following:
Yes, most of my favourites are of the Western genre, you can blame my age for that. I could have easily made a list of my fifty favourite shoot outs but I decided that these had to have special memories for me. I have left out battles and skirmishes between Armies and tried to keep to at least amateurs on one side or the other. I am expecting lots of disgruntled comments, as I discarded many good films from the final selection, but I hope that you like the ones I have posted and my reasons for doing so:
To qualify as a "Bar Brawl" I decided that the fight must take place in a bar or place of refreshment and not involve the exchange of gunfire between combatants. Indeed if a gun is produced and fired then it should be neutralised by non firearm methods. Unfortunately this disqualifies 'The Quiet Man' (all over Innisfree), 'The Terminator' and 'The Shootist' (exchange of gun fire) but still leaves enough pugilism and martial arts to qualify. My apologies if your personal favourite has been left out but either I have not seen the film or it is one of the 38 that met the rules but I regretfully left off the list. They are graded by my personal choice and I hope that you enjoy the following:
The beautiful and talented Virginia Katherine McMath who became Ginger Rogers was a singing, dancing actress who got her first part in a movie whilst still a teenager. Ginger had been in over 30 films before pairing up with Fred Astaire, but it was this partnership that became iconic. However to quote her relationship with Astaire "It's not as if we were Abbott & Costello. We do have separate careers as well". I believe that my list reflects that, although I admit that I have not seen all of her 90 or so titles.
It was sad to hear that one of my favourite Directors passed on today. Sidney Lumet was born in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania on the 25 June 1924 and passed away on Saturday 9 April 2011 at his family home in Manhattan of lymphoma.
In addition to a large amount of Stage and TV work, Sidney was responsible for bringing many socially aware movies to the big screen for our education and enjoyment. A lot of his movie material originated as plays and he very often retained the Ensemble element in the film. Known as 'The Actor's Director' he was well respected in the Industry, although being based on the East Coast kept him out of the Lime Light enjoyed by some of his contemporaries.
This is the second list where I am paying tribute to the artist's work by including film titles that I have not seen (yet) in Chronological Order. I doubt that there is any reader who will not have seen at least one of the following, please enjoy:
This is another Genre where I have watched many movies and TV programmes and it is hard to chose the top few. 'The Monacled Mutineer' and 'My Boy Jack' were classical examples of the best BBC & ITV drama, but they were not Movies. I am regularly informed that 'Wings' (1927) and 'Passchendaele' (2008) are excellent Movies but I have yet to see them. The following films about WWI are in order of my choice, enjoy:
Born in Conyers, Georgia on 20 March 1958, Holly Paige Hunter earned a degree in drama in Pittsburgh before moving to New York where she roomed with Frances McDormand (another Oscar winner). After a short career on the stage and a debut appearance in 'The Burning' Holly moved to LA where in 1987 she starred in the Coen's 'Raising Arizona'. Holly has an incredible presence on screen and I have found her to be totally convincing in every role, from gum chewing secretary, to gun toting cop, to vulnerable mother. Her Academy Award in 'The Piano' was well deserved and this list may have to change when the successful TV series 'Saving Grace' eventually comes to a close. The films are in Chronological Order as I love them all and remain totally infatuated by every performance.
Norman Wisdom, born in Marylebone, London on the 4th February 1915 had a hard childhood and often attributed his salvation to the British Army. After being a coal miner, waiter and a cabin boy he enlisted as a drummer in the King's Own Royal Regiment where he gained an education, learnt to ride and became the flyweight boxing champion of the British Army.
During WWII he took part in a charity concert and Rex Harrison advised him to become a professional entertainer. Norman was 31 when he became a 'straight man' to magician David Nixon and a success in his distinctive 'Gump Suit'. By the 1960's Norman Wisdom was a mega-star and actors like Oliver Reed, Michael Caine and Terence Alexander were glad of small parts in his movies. With leading ladies like Lana Morris, Shirley Abicair and Honor Blackman, Norman's films were blockbusters when James Bond was still a struggling Naval Intelligence Officer.
Declared Charlie Chaplin's favourite comedian, Norman's family life became a bigger priority in the late 1960s. He still appeared on stage and TV, until retiring in 2005, aged 90, to the Isle of Man, where he passed away on 4th October 2010. The poor kid from London had become a Knight of the Realm, a Broadway, Movie and TV star, as well as the People's Hero of Albania.
Toshirô Mifune was born 1 April 1920 in Tsingtao (Quindao), China, to Japanese Methodist parents and grew up in Dalian. At the age of 19 he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army Aviation, where he served in the Aerial Photography (Ko-type) unit during WWII. In 1946 he was repatriated to Japan, where he got a job as assistant cameraman at Toho Productions. His colleagues put him in for a screen test and the rest is history. Having made over 150 feature films plus TV work he is the best known Japanese actor in the West, especially for his work with Directors Akira Kurosawa and Hiroshi Inagaki. Nicknamed "The Wolf" and being 5 ft 9 ins tall he had an unfogettable persona. Toshirô Mifune passed in Mitaka city, Tokyo on the 24 December 1997. The list is of my favourite works (including a TV mini-series) of this prolific actor in Chronolgical Order.
After compiling my UK TV Dramas list I had a crisis of conscience when I realised that I had omitted 'Danger Man' and 'The Prisoner' amongst others which are available on DVD. Patrick McGoohan featured so much in my formulative years that I decided to dedicate a complete list to him. Of course he has a great body of TV and stage work, but when I went for my Friday night fix at the Classic Cinema I also saw him on the big screen.
He played good or bad equally well; psychotic lorry driver or crusading doctor, he was totally believable in the role. Some of his movies appear occasionally on TV today, but there are still enough performances on DVD to give you a flavour of his work. I have regretfully left out 'Ice Station Zebra' and others because they are well known and repeat his spy/ nasty personalities, in favour of some lesser known gems.
Born in the USA on 19 March 1928, brought up in Ireland and England he had a true mid-Atlantic persona. Patrick passed in Santa Monica, California on 13 January 2009 following a brief illness. The list is chronological as life is too short to try and grade his excellent body of work.
Born Russell McCaskill Simpson on the 17 June 1880 in Danville, California, this Broadway actor commenced his film career as an unbilled player in Cecil B. DeMille's 1914 original silent version of 'The Virginian'. Most of us will recognise Russell as the lean gaunt character, usually playing supporting roles, particulaly in John Ford movies. Russell Simpson played in over two hundred movies and in 1939 made a record of six Technicolor movies in one year. He passed on the 12 December 1959, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles of natural causes at the age of 79, after completing his last film, John Ford's 'The Horse Soldiers'.
Another heart wrenching session deciding which programmes to include in this selection and some excellent comedies had to be left behind. Fortunately it is only a UK listing so M.A.S.H., The Addams Family, The Munsters, Friends, etc. get to live another day. Once again the order of the choice is that in which I would acquire them into my collection.
Born Frances Ethel Gumm on the 10 June 1922 in Minnesota her stage career started aged two in a dance act with her older sisters Mary Jane and Virginia. Although already signed to MGM aged 13 and renamed Judy Garland her film career did not officially start until Louis B. Mayer heard her sing 'You Made Me Love You' at Clark Gable's Birthday party. Tragically her star burned too bright and Judy passed away on 22 June 1969 in Chelsea, London aged 47. Movies shown in Chronological Order, it's easier that way.
Dame Helen Mirren, born Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov on the 26 July 1945 in Chiswick, London is the grand daughter of a White Russian aristocrat. Helen has played many regal characters in her professional career on stage, film and television. Here are ten of the movie roles from a career in which she has won an Oscar plus 65 other awards and 52 nominations, so far. The list of my personal favourite memorable movies is in Chronological Order and of course could change with her next role.
Rachel Hannah Weisz was born in London, England on the 7th March 1970 and started acting whilst at the University of Cambridge, where she co-founded the theatrical group 'Cambrige Talking Tongues'. A theatre and film actress who has also modelled, Rachel has won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress and six other acting awards. My list is in Chronological Order and may have to be revised in future because Rachel is still making quality films..
I found the selection process very traumatic for my US TV Shows List and changed my method when it came to UK TV Shows. Even applying the "Genre Rule" to Doctor Who, which deserves its own listing, I have divided my choices into Drama and Comedy. There are no Soaps included and the UK classification will also apply to UK/ USA/ European productions, especially if the cast is predominantly British. Once again the Listing is in the order in which I would collect them.
I just could not keep down to Ten and so I have racked my brains to come up with my favourite 13 American TV series that I have watched. Star Trek is a genre all of its own and is therefore excluded from this particular listing. If your favourite is not included, my apologies but please remember that I am British, I don't have cable and I have had many years to choose from. The Listing is my choice of the order in which I would collect them.
Born Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar in Hampstead, London on the 5 March 1939 this lady was one of the Sixties generation of English actresses that were going to take the movie industry by storm. Samantha started well then progressed to the horror Genre and did a fair amount of TV whilst bringing up her family. Since having joined the Supporting Actress branch of the profession, Samatha has always brought that fresh quality to her performances. The list is in chronological order and even though some of the films may seem mediocre today, they all bring back fond memories. Samantha has always been easy on the eye and reminiscent of the girl that you wished lived next door.
Akim Michailovich Tamiroff was born in Georgia, Russia, of Armenian descent on 29 October 1899. He studied at the Moscow Art Theatre drama school and arrived in the USA in 1923. After deciding to stay, he managed to develop a career in Hollywood, mainly as a supporting actor, appearing in over 100 movies. Indeed he won the first Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 1944 and was nominated for two Oscars. He had a presence on screen and despite his heavy accent he had no problem communicating with the audience.
Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire on the 3 March 1958 and has appeared on stage and television as well as films. Miranda has been nominated for two Academy Awards, won two Golden Globes and a BAFTA. This beautiful and talented actress excels at difficult roles and is totally believable in character. My list is in Chronological order and she could change it with her next performance. "I would rather do many small roles on TV, stage or film than one blockbuster that made me rich but had no acting."
Born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 and passed away on 17 December 2009, Jennifer Jones started her film career in a 1939 John Wayne Western movie 'New Frontier' as Phylis Isley. She divorced her first husband, Robert Walker in 1945 and married Producer David O. Selznick in 1949. Her film career lasted a total of 35 years winning one Oscar and receiving four more nominations for the Academy Award. Jennifer had a beautiful demeanour on screen and was a close friend of Ingrid Bergman. My favourites are listed in chronological order.
The shapely siren of the silver screen, born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in Minnesota on 21 June 1921 passed away in Santa Maria, California on the 28 February 2011. Howard Hughes was so captivated by her that he signed her to a 20 year, $1,000 a week contract to RKO Studios. Her acting may not have always been classic but her films were certainly memorable (even the poor ones). The following list is in chronological order as a tribute to this unusual and beautiful actress.
There were thirty movies, Produced by Peter Rogers and Directed by Gerald Thomas; plus a compendium entitled 'That's Carry On' where Barabara Windsor and Kenneth Williams review a cavalcade of highlights. Love them or Loathe them the Carry Ons represent time capsules of British history and humour. I believe that they rate a Genre all of their own and although I love them all, these are the ones I watch most often. Listed in Chronological order to prevent debate of Biblical proportions about the ranking.
This list is chronological as every performance by this master of movies is bespoken. The Top Ten is difficult but I hope that you will agree they are all worthy. PS Inspired by misspaddylee's magnificent collection of lists from the apogee of acting ability.