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The Pride and the Passion

Surround three international stars with several thousand extras in Franco's Spain and you've got yourself an instant historical adventure epic. Unfunny Cary Grant has a Big Gun, Spanish peasant guerilla (!) Frank Sinatra looks totally lost, and Sophia Loren conquers Hollywood by making with the sultry eyes and body moves. The Pride and the Passion Blu-ray Olive Films 1957 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 125 132 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello Cinematography Franz Planer Production Designer Rudolph Sternad Art Direction Fernando Carrere, Gil Parrondo Film Editors Ellsworth Hoagland, Frederic Knudtson Original Music George Antheil Written by Edna Anhalt & Edward Anhalt from the novel The Gun by C.S. Forester Produced and Directed by Stanley Kramer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Successful producer Stanley Kramer graduated to directing in 1955; two years later he was helming this giant, rather ill-conceived big-star epic in Spain.
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Did Alexander Courage Steal 'Star Trek' Theme?

The last several weeks have been busy for Nicholas Meyer.The two-time Star Trek movie director first joined the writing staff of the new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. He sold his Palisades-based home for $5.4 million.And he accused the late composer Alexander Courage of possibly lifting his famous "Star Trek" theme fanfare from a 1951 movie."There can be no doubt that much original music has been composed for the series and its various spinoffs and feature film descendants," Meyer wrote in a letter to the Los Angeles Times on April 3. "But it is questionable whether Alexander Courage's familiar fanfare is among them."Meyer pointed to the theme to the 1951 film "Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N." from composer Robert Farnon, which he says "eerily resembles Courage's 'Star Trek' motif."Read ...
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Daily | Christopher Lee, 1922 – 2015

Christopher Lee, "best known for a variety of films from Dracula to The Wicker Man through to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, passed away on Sunday morning at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London," reports Benjamin Lee in the Guardian. The star of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), The Passage (1979), House of the Long Shadows (1983), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), The Golden Compass (2007), The Resident (2011), Hugo (2011) and four films with director/fan Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows), was 93. » - David Hudson
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Gregory Peck from ‘Duel in the Sun’ to ‘How the West Was Won’: TCM schedule (Pt) on August 15 (photo: Gregory Peck in ‘Duel in the Sun’) See previous post: “Gregory Peck Movies: Memorable Miscasting Tonight on Turner Classic Movies.” 3:00 Am Days Of Glory (1944). Director: Jacques Tourneur. Cast: Gregory Peck, Lowell Gilmore, Maria Palmer. Bw-86 mins. 4:30 Am Pork Chop Hill (1959). Director: Lewis Milestone. Cast: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn. Bw-98 mins. Letterbox Format. 6:15 Am The Valley Of Decision (1945). Director: Tay Garnett. Cast: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp. Bw-119 mins. 8:15 Am Spellbound (1945). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, Bill Goodwin, Norman Lloyd, Steve Geray, John Emery, Donald Curtis, Art Baker, Wallace Ford, Regis Toomey, Paul Harvey, Jean Acker, Irving Bacon, Jacqueline deWit, Edward Fielding, Matt Moore, Addison Richards, Erskine Sanford, Constance Purdy. Bw-111 mins. 10:15 Am Designing Woman (1957). Director: Vincente Minnelli.
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Watch Peck at His Worst: Unforgettable

Gregory Peck movies: Memorable miscasting in David O. Selznick’s Western Gregory Peck is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 15, 2013. TCM is currently showing Raoul Walsh’s good-looking but not too exciting Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), with Peck in the title role and Virginia Mayo as his leading lady. (See “Gregory Peck in ‘Duel in the Sun’: TCM movie schedule.”) (Photo: Gregory Peck ca. 1950.) Next in line is Zoltan Korda’s crime melodrama The Macomber Affair (1947), based on a story by Ernest Hemingway about a troubled married couple and their safari guide. This is another good-looking film — black-and-white cinematography by veteran Karl Struss, whose credits ranged from the 1920 Gloria Swanson melo Something to Think About to Charles Chaplin’s The Great Dictator. Unfortunately, the psychology, the romance, and some of the acting found in The Macomber Affair is — at best — superficial. Joan Bennett and Gregory Peck look great,
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Notebook Reviews: "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

Wadding through a roster of blockbuster wannabes can feel less like watching than rummaging, a scavenger hunt in which one scans every corner of the frame for something striking—a shot, a camera movement, a swell of emotion—to justify the overriding inanity. Some recent findings: Branagh’s Thor flashed some of the crimson-and-bronze designs from Mike Hodges’s Flash Gordon before dissolving into a marsh of witlessly canted angles, while Judd Apatow’s Sucker Punch (a.k.a. Bridesmaids) offered the gleeful sight of Kristen Wiig doing a roadside foxtrot to some wild brass band only she seemed able to hear. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise used to understand this glaneur side of movie-watching. Scattered junk drawers of CGI swarming and dervish star turns, the earlier installments knew how to refresh the lenses by turning the screen into a bazaar of shifting images, with details hawked hurriedly and noisily and sometimes rather beguilingly.
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Actress Virginia Mayo Dies at 84

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Actress Virginia Mayo, a former chorus girl who made good as a movie star in the 40s and 50s in such movies as The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat, died Monday at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks, CA of pneumonia and heart failure; she was 84. The former vaudevillian actress, often described as having the quintessential "peaches and cream" complexion, started her career under the watchful eye of Samuel Goldwyn, who cast her in a small part in the 1943 film Jack London, which starred her soon-to-be-husband Michael O'Shea, whom she married four years later. The "Goldwyn Girl" soon found herself to be a leading lady, opposite Bob Hope no less, in the 1944 film The Princess and the Pirate. Roles in numerous other light comedies followed, primarily opposite comedian Danny Kaye, with whom she appeared in four films, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Though known mainly for her comedic talents, Mayo was also adept at drama, and turned in an acclaimed dramatic performance in 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives as the unfaithful wife of Dana Andrews. Moving from MGM to Warner Bros. in the late 40s, Mayo scored another dramatic hit as the wife of James Cagney in the crime drama White Heat. She continued in a wide range of roles throughout the 40s and 50s in movies such as The Flame and the Arrow, Captain Horatio Hornblower, She's Working Her Way Through College, and The Silver Chalice, opposite Paul Newman in his film debut. She retired as the 60s approached, appearing only in a handful of films and rarely, if ever, doing television work. Mayo was married to O'Shea until his death in 1973, and she is survived by their daughter and three grandsons. --Prepared by IMDb staff

Actor Gregory Peck has died of natural causes, aged 87

Actor Gregory Peck has died of natural causes, aged 87
Oscar®-winning actor Gregory Peck, who just recently topped the American Film Institute's list of all-time cinematic heroes for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, died overnight of undisclosed causes at his home in Los Angeles; he was 87. A tall actor of quiet grace and dignity whose rugged good looks belied a talent for inhabiting numerous characters, Peck planned on becoming a doctor before turning to Broadway in 1942. Two years later, he achieved instant stardom with his role as a priest in The Keys of the Kingdom, which garnered the California-born actor his first Academy Award nomination. A string of critically and commercially successful films followed, including Spellbound, The Yearling, Gentlemen's Agreement and Twelve O'Clock High; the `50s saw Peck take on lead roles in Captain Horatio Hornblower, Roman Holiday and Moby Dick, among others. After four Oscar nominations, Peck finally won the Best Actor honor in 1962 for his stirring portrayal of lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, the role that best embodied his screen persona. A champion of liberal causes and president of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences during the late 1960s, Peck was also honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award in 1967. His later films included The Omen, The Boys from Brazil, and Amazing Grace and Chuck. Peck is survived by his wife, Veronique, and four children. --Prepared by IMDb staff

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