I am combining the 2 blog hops...because I can:) Check out the A to Z Challenge to read about what other people are talking about-it could be about books, travel, inventions...whatever tickles your fancy:) Over at Wandering Through The Shelves, the topic is Auto Racing/Cars and I was racking my brain to come up with one that fits both challenges since the other 2 were simpler for me. Thankfully, I actually saw my A to Z Challenge when I was a kid! Anyhoo The first one is my A to Z challenge with the person involved in the film and then comes my other 2 TMP:)
1. EXCUSE MY DUST-1951
DIRECTOR: Roy Rowland, Buster Keaton (uncredited)
STARS: Red Skelton, Sally Forrest, MacDonald Carey, Monica Lewis
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
PLOT:An inventor, who is laughed at by the townspeople for inventing a horseless carriage that runs on gasoline, enters a race.
LOVE: The race of course:)
TRIVIA: The car is an 1892 Philion Road Carrier that was also used in The Magnificent Amberson and is now in a museum in Reno, Nevada.
EDWIN B. WILLIS-January 28, 1893-November 26, 1963
OCCUPATION: Set Decorator/Set Designer
OSCAR NOMS: Les Girls, Raintree Country, Lust For Life, BlackBoard Jungle, I'll Cry Tomorrow, Executive Suite, Brigadoon, Story of 3 Loves, Young Bess, Too Young To Kiss, Red Danube, Annie Get Your Gun, Madame Bovary, Kismet, Picture of Dorian Gray, National Velvet, Madame Curie, Thousands Cheer, Random Harvest, When Ladies Met, Great Ziegfeld, Romeo & Juliet.
OSCAR WINS: Somebody Up The Likes Me, Julius Caesar, Lili, The Bad and The Beautiful, An American in Paris, Little Women, The Yearling, Gaslight, Blossoms In The Dust
ANECDOTE: He only ever worked at MGM. Wowzers to all the oscar wins and Nominations!-Take that Merryl Streep!
2. THE GREAT RACE-1965
This is such a fun film with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood involved in a car race across 3 continents to promote the sales of Automobiles since it takes place in the early part of the 20th century. Tony Curtis is all in white, Lemmon is all in black and tries to prevent Curtis from winning while Natalie Wood is the reporter wanting to cash in on this race. It's a tribute to laurel and Hardy and ends with a great pie fight. I always wanted to be in a pie fight....
3. THE GUMBALL RALLY-1976
Another fun film based on a real road trip where a bored, rich business man decides to tell his other co-horts that the Gumball Rally has begun. The one to get to the finish line first wins and as long as they are driving a car, there are no rules and speed limits do not apply. It is fun to see all the shenanigans from the various members of this rally, get themselves in to. It started the craze of some other fun flicks like the Cannonball Run.