Friday, April 22, 2016
A to Z Challenge
....Carroll O'Connor starred with John Wayne (In Harm's Way) who starred in...
DIRECTOR: John Ford
STARS: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell*, John Carradine
PLOT: An eclectic group of travellers on a stagecoach are joined by the Ringo Kid and must deal with the Indians, the Wild West and themselves.
QUOTE: Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from.
OSCAR NOMS: Best Picture, Best Director, Cinematography, Art Direction, Film Editing
OSCAR WINS: Best Supporting Actor*, Best Score
LOVE: The action sequences (Bless the highly valued stuntman Yakima Canutt-look him up!) and the Cinematography (First time Ford used Monument Valley as his backdrop)
FAVOURITE SCENE: When they are chased by the Apaches! Stunts are done by Yakima and no CGI!
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Dallas (Claire Trevor)
TIDBITS: Ford was known to be a bit of an SOB on the set and he verbally abused Wayne throughout this film (and all the others) to the point where many of the actors stood up for Wayne which is what Ford wanted. Wayne was the new kid on the block in an A movie and he wanted the actors to feel sympathy so this could be carried on in the film. Also Orson Welles watched this movie 40 times at least before he made Citizen Kane. He considered it required viewing.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: John Wayne was directed by Raoul Walsh (The Big Trail) and Raoul Walsh directed James Whitmore (Battle Cry). James Whitmore starred in....
2. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION-1994-PRISON DRAMA
DIRECTOR: Frank Darabont
STARS: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman*, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore
PLOT: Innocent man is sent to a hellish prison and is befriended by Red. He becomes the accountant for the warden and the guards while he waits and hopes.
QUOTE: Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
OSCAR NOMS: Best Picture, Best Actor*, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Film Editing, Original Score.
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The plot! So many twists and turns
FAVOURITE SCENE: When Andy defiantly plays the record of the 2 opera singers (Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro). The 2 gals are actually scheming, writing a letter to the other's husband to catch him in infidelity.
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins)
TIDBITS: Get this..The American Humane Association monitored the set to prevent cruelty to..the maggot! It would be too cruel to give a live maggot to the crow so they had to use a maggot that died of natural causes..i'm not kidding.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: James Whitmore starred with Ann Miller (Kiss Me, Kate) and she starred with Fred Astaire (Easter Parade) who starred with Rita Hayworth (You'll Never get Rich). She starred with......Until Saturday....
3 posters that made men go ga-ga