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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
title song. The song is not a particularly easy one and, even though I am not generally drawn to Mathis much, he does knock this one out of the park with his silken, honey-butter vocal stylings.
She rifles through the desk and finds a clipping of the girl, which causes her to reflect upon her own life. Taking a postcard from her handbag, we see that it's from a young man to whom she's engaged. She starts to reminisce about their loving, tearful farewell on the ship before he sailed to London for a year's time.
We also catch a glimpse of two other workers, Martha Hyer and Donald Harron. They exchange excruciatingly awkward looks and are clearly in the middle of some sort of personal drama.
Before she's processed any of this, her date shows up and turns out to be about the biggest douche imaginable, with a lack of humor or insight and with a self-satisfied demeanor.
It's pretty clear, even from this initial encounter with Evans, that Baker will soon in over her head. After he kisses her without invitation, they zoom off from the picnic in his car.
Favorite Extra" and cinematic good luck charm Leoda Richards so I feel obligated to share with them her brief appearance in the film. As is customary, she's spotted close to one of the stars (in this case, over Parker's pretty shoulder.)
Peyton Place (1957) for which she gleaned an Oscar nomination (the award went to Miyoshi Umeki in Sayonara), she was now given top-billing (in a part originally slated for Lee Remick.) As far as the cinema goes, she really wasn't able to sustain it for long, though. It was two years before her next movie, Wild in the Country (1961) with Elvis, along with Pocketful of Miracles (1961) alongside then-boyfriend Glenn Ford and Bette Davis. Lange tangled a bit with Crawford here and did with Davis as well, which means she probably could have given a lively interview about the dueling divas, though I don't believe she ever did. By 1968, was starring in a TV sitcom The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968-1970), though she did win two Emmys for that. There was a small, but unforgettable role as a rape-murder victim in the brutal Death Wish (1974.) She died of a colon infection in 2003 at age seventy.
page to learn more about him. It's strange that even though I like him a lot, I always forget - despite second-billing and a considerable part - that he's even in this movie! I've seen this at least four or five times and I'm always startled when his name pops up on the screen! LOL In 1959 alone, he had this film, A Woman Obsessed with Susan Hayward and a little picture called Ben-Hur in release.
Krakatoa: East of Java (1968), but her career has spanned far beyond these. (It was a delight to see her pop up in Silence of the Lambs in 1991.
here. One bit of trivia. His love interest here, Lange, played Selena Cross to great acclaim in Peyton Place (1957) with David Nelson as her boyfriend Ted. In 1961, Return to Peyton Place had Halsey now playing Ted, but Lange's character was portrayed by Tuesday Weld. This movie provides a sort of cross-hatch idea of what the two would have been like in the sequel. Halsey is still alive today at eighty-three and acted as recently as last year.
Jean Peters, a frequent star of Negulesco's films, had been off-screen for four years in self-imposed retirement and was slated to come back in this supporting part, but ultimately begged off. Crawford, in need of a career jump-start (not to mention a decent salary) stepped in ten days before shooting began. Negulesco had directed her in Humoresque (1946) and producer Jerry Wald was a close friend. She understood that it was a secondary role (in the book even less so, just a villainess for the girls to hate), but saw that it was also nonetheless meaty. The book described her character as having copper-colored hair pulled into a chignon and that's the way she showed up for work. She the part her complete attention, particularly in a scene which had her character in a bar after one too many drinks.
I will be out of touch for a time, my loves, as I head out on a long weekend to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. My first day back I am attending a theatre performance in order to adjudicate it, so don't panic if it's a while between posts. You know I'll return ASAP with more foolishness.