Friday, April 8, 2016
The A to Z Challenge
...John Wayne to Rita Hayworth (Circus World) who starred in...
1. GILDA- 1946-DRAMA NOIR
DIRECTOR: Charles Vidor
STARS: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray
PLOT: A bum is saved by a seedy rich man who gives him a job in his casino and they both pledge that a woman should never come between them. Enter Gilda who has married Seedy guy but has had a previous affair with the bum. This film has innuendo coming out the ying yang!
QUOTE: Parden me, but your husband is showing.
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
LOVE: The writing because they had to be clever with all the innuendo since it was at the height of the censorship laws/moral code.
FAVOURITE SCENE: The strip scene but only one glove comes off. (or the hair flip made famous in the film, The Shawshank Redemption)
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Uncle Pio (Steven Geray)
TIDBITS: Rita was a fantastic dancer but not a singer so her songs were dubbed much to her chagrin. Rita and Glenn carried on an affair, off and on, for 40 years.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Glenn Ford to Jack Lemmon (Cowboy) to Walter Matthau in....
GRUMPY OLD MEN-1993-COMEDY
DIRECTOR: Donald Petrie
STARS: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Burgess Meredith, Ann-Margaret
PLOT: 2 grumpy old men battle it out for the love of a new lady who moved across the street from them...hijinks ensues
QUOTE: Looks like Chuck's taking old one eye to the optometrist (one of many)
OSCAR NOMS: Nil
OSCAR WINS: Nil
LOVE: The camaraderie of the 2 male leads (they made 10 films together)
FAVOURITE SCENE: The ice fishing sequence where Matthau has had enough
FAVOURITE CHARACTER: Grandpa Gustafson (Burgess Meredith)
TIDBITS: When Matthau died, his son, with Jack Lemmon, were on the Larry King Live show and revealed that Matthau had fun with the reporters years before and told them his real last name was Matuschanskayasky when...it wasn't! In fact, that last name appears in many of my film books-hahahaaaa. He also was part of the same Bomber group as James Stewart who was their leader.
SIX DEGREES (MORE OR LESS) OF SEPARATION: Jack Lemmon to Henry Fonda (Mr. Roberts) to.......what film will be tomorrow?