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How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957)
one of my favorite films
Is there any way to get a copy of this film? I saw it several times when it was released in the 50s and have never seen it again....I have tried to check on its DVD availability to no avail and have never seen it listed on TV.....It is absolutely hilarious and the cast contains actors who were famous veterans and some (Anthony Newley and Michael Caine) appearing in small but marvelous roles. I don't understand why it hasn't had a big following, enough to be able to see it and obtain a copy. Nigel Patrick is at his top form as the patriarch of the family down on its financial luck. One scene has himself and Wendy Hiller dressing as always for dinner which she has had to cook. It's a funny movie in itself, but as a satire of the British stiff upper lip, among other things, it deserves re-seeing many times.
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Horton is a hoot....
Yes, there was a very brief shot of the Grinch during the celebration in Whoville at the end. Very clever in-jokes throughout....would need to see the film more than once to catch them all. Took children to this movie, not expecting too much, and enjoyed every moment. will be a classic. charming and kids got the message. hope adults do, too. My only disappointment was Carol Burnett's voice. I was so conscious of its being Carol Burnett, I didn't get quite as much out of the story. Jim Carrey, however, not ordinarily a favorite, was excellent as Horton. Really really good. The children I took all loved Jo-Jo's saving the day. I think they really identified with having a child be such a big help and making such a marvelous big noise.
People Will Talk (1951)
line from film has become a mantra in our house
My husband comes from a small town. In this film, after the awful Sunday at the farm, and i am paraphrasing, Cary Grant asks Deborah's father, "When did you learn to walk?" the father says, when I was 2." Grant then says, "when did you leave?" and the father says,"When I was 18." Grant says, "What took you so long?" This has been a joke in our family for years. Though my husband loves his family, he didn't stay in Hillsboro, Illinois any longer than he had to. The subsequent happy life that the father has with Dr. P. and his daughter in their cozy home always makes me feel good, every time I watch the film. The film is actually very preachy, but it's done with such humanity and warmth, it isn't that noticeable. Hume Cronyn is marvelous as the little pipsqueak. what a touch to have him carry his little thermos around with him.
We Fight to Be Free (2006)
introductory film shown at Mount Vernon new visitors center and museum
Saw this on the third day of opening of the new Mount Vernon visitors and education center. This is an attempt to educate people who come to Mount Vernon with little knowledge of our first president (some surveys showed people thought he fought in the Civil War, etc.) It was extremely well done and shows how museums are providing top-flight productions. I know a passable bit about the era, living in Alexandria, Virgina and serving as a docent and history buff. It is well worth seeing, as are all the new (and old) possibilities at this historic site. Sebastian Roche does a great job, portraying Washington -- the attempt here is to show visitors that Washington didn't always look like the old man on the dollar bill. He was a vigorous soldier, fighter and loving husband, a handsome young man who could go for days on the frontier without faltering. He was known to have been able to ride all day without fatigue, etc. This shows in the film and I think it does what the Mount Vernon historical association wanted to accomplish.