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Gone in the Night (1996)
These Movies Are All Alike!
They prove that the cops, when they can't find the REAL perpetrators, always blame the parents and accuse them of sexual abuse of their kids. These movies always depict the press as a bunch of animals and have the parents coming out of court to feed the press' hunger to humiliate the grief-stricken. Hasn't anybody ever heard of a courthouse back door in these movies? Here, you have a psychic who tells them exactly what happened and WHERE the body can be found, but the police are not told and nobody heeds his findings.
The police are portrayed as blockheads who don't know what they are doing and there's always an outside detective, like Ed Asner, who comes in late on the case, believes in the parents and solves the mystery.
Also, after the parents are cleared, they don't spit in the faces of the dumb cops who put them in jail, took their kid away and accused them of killing their own child.
It looked as if I've see this film MANY times before.
Doris Day, Who Saved Warner Brothers -- AWOL
For years, Warner Brothers had to borrow stars from other studios in order to produce musicals. In 1948, they borrowed Judy Garland from MGM for the splashy musical, "Romance On The High Sears," but Miss Garland was not "able" to do the picture. Then, they borrowed Betty Hutton from Paramount, but she became pregnant and had to bow out. A happy accident occurred when Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne brought a young band singer (Doris Day) to see director, Michael Curtiz ("Mildred Pierce," "Casablanca," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," etc.), who finally found a star on par with the MGM musical greats.
This documentary on Warner Brothers shows what happened after Doris Day didn't adhere to the "new image" Hollywood took on during the sexual revolution and the advent of the drug culture. Day was scorned for her "clean image" and in years to follow, was ignored in documentaries like this one about WB, a studio she helped save from extinction. People who contributed less to the studio were included here, of course, and treated like THEY were more significant to the studio than Doris Day ever was. This makes the producers of this "piece" look petty and probably drugged out.
None of the stars featured in this show were bigger than Doris Day, who remains, to this day, the top female box office star of all time. Box office. Isn't that the goal of every actor, if they want a career in films?
Moment to Moment (1965)
I Own A Copy of This Beautiful Film
About four years ago, this gem became available and I, like the genius I am, bought it from amazon.com, brand new. It seemed to immediately go out of print again and hasn't been seen since. I put mine up for sale and could have sold it for $300 but couldn't part with it and bowed out of the deal.
Today, people are willing to pay practically ANY amount to get this movie, so I might put it back on the market. I'm still not sure...
It's as good as I remembered and it sits quietly on my shelf. Occasionally, I take it down and play it. Each time, I am consumed by Jean Seberg's beauty and that haunting theme music that is heard throughout the movie.
I'm thinking that I'd better sell before it comes out on DVD! But, how many years will THAT be?
Hot Spell (1958)
The Greatness of Shirley Booth on Full Display
Shirley Booth was one of those few actresses that could break your heart with a glance over the shoulder, a flutter of the hand, a stumbling voice.
Like Geraldine Page in "A Trip To Bountiful," Cecily Tyson in "A Woman Called Moses" or Jessica Tandy in "The Gin Game," her performance stays with you for years afterward.
I pitied her in this film - a cheating husband; children who tried their best to protect her from the truth while covering for their dad. She was a woman who lived in the past, longing to return to the happier times in her life in a small town where she first met her husband and a town, New Paris, where she had good friends and family.
Anthony Quinn was like a lot of men, who are addicted to sex and loose women. His wife, heavy-set and clinging was quite aware that she could not compete with the younger, shapelier girls her husband craved.
Eileen Heckart was wonderful as her good friend who tried to give her hope, but knew it wasn't possible, that her friend was doomed to failure with this man.
I believe this movie was from a novel by Lonnie Coleman called "Next of Kin," which I thought was a better title for the film. Hollywood had a tendency to "soup up" titles to make them sound sexy to draw in customers. They did the same thing with Joanne Woodward's "The Stripper," which was based on a Broadway play called "A Loss of Roses," clearly a much better title and probably the reason that the picture didn't get much respect.
Zee and Co. (1972)
The Reviews On "X Y & Zee" Were Unanimously BAD!
When "X Y & Z" opened in New York, it faced unanimous horrible reviews from the film critics. Rex Reed gave it a zero and went after Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York and Margaret Leighton with a vengeance.
Rex went on about the new wave of sex in the movies and said about this movie: "Well, sex is back in "X Y & Zee," as wretched and slimy a pail of slop as I've ever seen dumped on a movie screen, with the misguided Elizabeth Taylor playing chief pig in the pig sty..."X Y & Zee" is a depraved lesbian horror film with flabby, oatmeal-colored Michael Caine trying vainly to out-weight and out-scream the bloated Miss Taylor before they both get thrown out of the Screen Actors Guild." Believe me, he said plenty more.
Me, the fool, went out and saw this on a double bill and wish I had listened to Mr. Reed. If you were among the pot smokers and free love people who staggered out of the 60s wearing your "I Hate Doris Day" tee shirts, you probably got a big kick out of this trash. I left the theatre disgusted.
Jennifer Followed A Familiar Path: Marry A Rich Man
Her biggest mistake was not grabbing a chair and going after him when he first hit her. If she had hit him so hard he saw stars, he'd at least, THINK about putting his grubby hands on her again.
The mistake a lot of women make is rushing into marriage with men who are handsome, and sometimes, not so "handsome," with money -- money the woman DIDN'T help earn. They want to jump on a bandwagon: rich husband, big house, money, money and more money! Often times, these women end up dead when they try to divorce the man and attempt to end up with his fortune (something she didn't earn, again).
To women: go to school, get a degree and earn your OWN damn money! And, when dating, keep things EQUAL. If he pays for dinner on Monday, you pay for it on Thursday. Women who allow men to BUY them are stupid. If he buys you a present, have one in your purse to give to him. I raised my niece that way and she's never had any problems with men thinking "I PAID FOR YOU! THEREFORE, I OWN YOU!"
The Gin Game (1981)
I have this on VHS, which I copied accidentally on a slow speed when it was shown on PBS. I'd like to have it on DVD.
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy were absolutely brilliant in this two-character comedy/drama. Yes, I can see the great Julie Harris and Charles Durning in these roles, but I wasn't satisfied with Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke playing them.
Cronyn and Tandy LIVED these parts. I often wonder where these types of actors get their inspiration. Cicely Tyson is that kind of an actress who can take you back hundreds of years to a place called slavery and make you believe she actually lived that life. That is what happened here in "The Gin Game." These two actors looked as if they had actually lived the lives they were playing. In short, this was brilliant and I loved every minute of it.
Doris Day Turned This One Down
Jack Warner handed this script to Doris Day, but she begged out. It was too much like the other films she had made at Warners (she made "Lullaby of Broadway" that same year and "Tea For Two" right before that). Virgina Mayo, who was free, loved doing musicals, so she stepped in and Dennis Morgan's name went up one step. Doris, by this time was extremely popular, so she would have gotten billing over Morgan.
This was colorful (I saw it once) and Mayo looked incredible, as usual.
Day, after "Calamity Jane" got "picky" about parts. She also turned down "The Helen Morgan Story" with Paul Newman, "The Jazz Singer" with Danny Thomas and WB had planned "Miss America" for Doris and Virginia, a musical.
The Pajama Game (1957)
Doris Day's Glorious Voice and Total Professionalism
I've heard and seen other actresses attempt to sing and play the part of 'Babe Williams,' but none can compare to Doris Day. Her natural instincts of "living the lyric" brought natural body movements, facial expressions, expressive gestures and her film EXPERIENCE and vision of what will look good on the screen, made her performance exceptional.
Her mere interpretation of the lyric and her lilting voice elevates the material, which sounds bland in the hands of even the wonderful Janis Paige, who, when compared to Doris, loses in all departments.
I wonder who's idea it was for Doris to have an apple as her major prop during "I'm Not At All In Love"? It worked beautifully.
When she makes her first appearance on the screen, she takes complete command, just like a MAJOR MOVIE STAR should. Every time she appeared on the screen, the mood changed for the better. I'm so sorry that "The Man Who Invented Love" was cut from the film. Have you ever seen a Doris Day musical where she didn't have a couple of ballads of her own? On Broadway, John Raitt had top billing but equal marquee status with Miss Paige and Eddit Foy, Jr.; but this was Hollywood and Miss Day got sole star billing with Raitt, Carol Haney and Eddie Foy, Jr. relegated to lesser stature.
I love the look of this film, the pajama factory, the old offices, Day's homey home, etc. Why this musical doesn't get more recognition, is beyond me.
Deadly Family Secrets (1995)
Remake of "Storm Warning"
This is a very good remake of the 1950 Warner Brothers film noir drama, "Storm Warning" starring Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, Ronald Reagan and Steve Cochran.
I was surprised how good this was, for I had never appreciated Loni Anderson and didn't think she LOOKED the part, but her acting was very convincing in this.
The story has changed slightly, but the premise is the same about the KKK and its intimidation tactics. The ending in this one is not as dramatic as the former film in which the Doris Day character is killed by the Klan. Here, she lives and we have a "happy ending." Note: "Storm Warning" is now out on DVD. It's interesting to see Doris play against her childhood heroine, Ginger Rogers, who, like Loni is good in the leading role. Also of interest, Loni says that "Doris Day is my hero, I love everything about her. She's my favorite movie star."
Color takes the "mystery" out of the "film noir" quality that was ever present in its b/w predecessor.