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The Music Man

The Music Man

(1962)
19 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

One of my absolute favorite flicks of ALL time, the ORIGINAL Music Man with Robert Preston (the Music Man himself) does a fantastic job of a fast talking salesman who is out "to create a need" as he sells band instruments to the unsuspecting folks of River City, Iowa.


SEE this clip for a sample:

[img]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_Oe-jtgdI&list=PL95B1B5CB175B32BE[/img]



Things heat up here when our salesman starts in on the locals:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_Oe-jtgdI



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Shirley Jones is very memorable as well. Aunt B. of Mayberry fame is Oppie's(Ron Howard) mother in this timeless classic.The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo.

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The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith Willson. The film was one of the biggest hits of the year and highly acclaimed critically.


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Many put Sound of Music as the gold standard for musicals, but for me it will always be The Music Man (1962).



REVIEWS from folks like us:

100%
Harold Hill (Robert Preston), a smooth, fast-talking con-man, ends up in the town of River City, Iowa.


100%
A charming slice of American life featuring both one of the most entertaining casts in film history and some of the most memorable songs in the entire...



NOTES about the film:

1 In 2005, The Music Man was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

2 Unusual for a musical film at the time, Morton DaCosta, who had directed the show onstage, not only directed the film, but produced it as well, ensuring that the film was extremely faithful to the show.

3 The Shirley Jones found out she was pregnant while filming was already underway; the costume designers kept having to adjust her dresses to conceal her pregnancy. In the scene at the footbridge when Marian and Harold embrace, Shirley Jones says that baby Patrick kicked hard enough for Robert Preston to feel him.






Directed by Morton DaCosta
Produced by Morton DaCosta
Written by Meredith Willson
Marion Hargrove


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C A S T

Robert Preston as Harold Hill

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Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo
Buddy Hackett as Marcellus [img]Washburnhttp://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT43bu5xeUTwVus3dUolK2uZUo9WIx46uHLLcgTNxPwlafTKBdR[/img]
Paul Ford as Mayor George Shinn
Hermione Gingold as Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
Pert Kelton as Mrs. Paroo
Vern Reed as Jacey Squires
Al Shea as Ewart Dunlop
Bill Spangenberg as Olin Britt
Wayne Ward as Oliver Hix
Timmy Everett as Tommy Djilas
Susan Luckey as Zaneeta Shinn
Ron Howard as Winthrop Paroo
Harry Hickox as Charlie Cowell
Charles Lane as Constable Locke
Adnia Rice as Alma Hix
Peggy Mondo as Ethel Toffelmier
Mary Wickes as Mrs. Squires
Sara Seegar as Maud Dunlop
Ronnie Dapo as Norbert Smith
Jesslyn Fax as Avis Grubb
Monique Vermont as Amaryllis This gal was terrific! see below photo:
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AWARDS:

The film won one Academy Award and was nominated for five more:

Win Best Musical Score (adaptation or treatment) - Ray Heindorf

Nominations:

Best Picture - Morton DaCosta
Best Costume (color) - Dorothy Jeakins
Best Art Direction (color) - Paul Groesse and George James Hopkins


Best Film Editing - William H. Ziegler
Best Sound - George Groves

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Broken Flowers

Broken Flowers

(2005)
20 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I like Bill Murray in anything, but this film is so devoid of emotion from him it gives us a very untypical Murray. His deadpan expression is almost always present. The moral of this movie is: no matter how upset you are with your current situation, trying to go back in time to former relationships just don't work.


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People move on, they have kids, the both of you are not in sync anymore, as Bill finds out. He should have stayed home, but then we wouldn't have a movie.

This film ended so abruptly I thought they ran out of money to pay the staff. The totally unrealistic segment with his first encounter with the daughter of his ex-girlfriend, who is on the rebound herself, is without credibility, even if it is mildly funny.

The girl invites him into the house with her mom gone, and comes back out to him stark naked.

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Don't have the kids in the room at this point!

I imagine this single scene ruined the movie for a lot of people at home or in the theatre.

Beware of this film, it isn't that funny, is mostly sad and is not typical Murray. Most of all, don't watch the segment with his first ex-girlfriend if kids are in the room! Unless you are a very progressive person.

I didn't particularly like this film and wouldn't recommend it, although it kept me watching, if only for Murray.


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90%
Absolutely wonderful movie.


20%
This over-funded student film is unrelenting crap from beginning to middle, when I got tired of cringing and groaning and turned it off.


NOTES:

1 At the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the film was nominated for the Palme d'Or and won the Grand Prix.


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Bill Murray as Don Johnston
Jeffrey Wright as Winston
Sharon Stone as Laura Daniels Miller
Frances Conroy as Dora Anderson
Christopher McDonald as Ron Anderson
Jessica Lange as Dr. Carmen Markowski
Tilda Swinton as Penny
Julie Delpy as Sherry
Alexis Dziena as Lolita Miller
Chloë Sevigny as Carmen's assistant
Pell James as Sun Green
Meredith Patterson as Flight attendant
Ryan Donowho as Young man on bus
Mark Webber as The Kid

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Directed by

Jim Jarmusch

Produced by
Jon Kilik
Stacey Smith

Written by
Jim Jarmusch
(Inspired by an idea from Bill Raden and Sara Driver)

Music by
Mulatu Astatke

Cinematography
Frederick Elmes

Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz

Studio
Five Roses
Bac Films

Distributed by
Focus Features

Release dates
August 5, 2005

Running time
106 minutes

Country
United States
France

Language
English

Budget
$10 million

Box office
$46,720,491

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Cause for Alarm

Cause for Alarm

(1951)
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Cause for Alarm should be better titled "Trapped". While suspenseful in the last half of the film, in the first half we have to endure a horrible marriage between bed ridden Barry Sullivan and his love struck wife Loretta Young.

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see the film at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9PoG_kaT-g


Suspense filled drama about jealousy, old flames (ex-lovers) and an awful lot of bad luck for the lead actress Young. Barry Sullivan lies in bed the entire film, a paranoid heart attack victim, verbally abusing the living hell out of his wife, Loretta Young. This film traces the WWII era romances of Loretta Young with two men to present day suburbia.

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About the title:

Cause for Alarm seems a such weak title to describe a tale of intense jealousy, suspicion, and unwarrented paranoia.

A couple of things this film will do to you. It will cause you to possibly laugh at the lengths Young tries to conceal the fate of her insufferable husband Sullivan. The tension escalates as a very tolerant, faithful and loving wife Young feels trapped by a letter sent by her husband Sullivan, to the District Attorney. Sullivan feels he is being killed off by Young and her former WWII flame, a doctor that resides rather co-incidentally in their town.

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The child actor Hoppy proves unbearable after a while as he is injected into the tale as a welcome relief to the child adoring Young, but later he becomes annoying and a problem for her. He becomes a unwelcome pest for us as well and makes a final appearance at the very end as "The End" appears across the screen. Interesting to see him roll his tricycle into the ending credits.

Loretta Young gives a great performance of a normal, caring housewife that becomes a paranoid wreck by film's end. Barry Sullivan, her bed trapped husband exaggerates his illness to hide his paranoia about the whereabouts and suspected ill intents of his wife. He reveals his sick, selfish personality by retelling of a gift from his admired
aunt, only to break it rather than give it over to a friend. He vows to do the same to his wife.


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REVIEWS from those like us:

90%
Cause for Alarm is an amazing film. It is about Mr. Jones who is a invalid husband that wrongly thinks his wife and doctor are conspiring to kill him ... More

70%
If one can tolerate the time in which it was made when their were no cell...



NOTES about the film:

1 Young's performance in the film was praised by both Time Magazine and the New York Times when it was released in 1951.

2 The film's producer Tom Lewis considered Judy Garland for the lead role before giving it to his wife Loretta Young.

3 Irving Bacon (a character actor who appeared in over 400 films during his career) was already widely known as the weary postman in the popular Blondie series of 28 films a decade earlier when he was cast as the postman chased by Ellen. Bacon played the nutty chauffer in Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

4 Music composer Andre Previn became the era's premier soundtrack director of the time.

5 Director Garnett also known for: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) · Wild Harvest (1947) · A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)


6 The lingering suspicion that perhaps the husband was absolutely correct and not paranoid would be a great twist, but we have no real evidence to support that theory. By all evidence however the doctor (an old flame of Young's) and Young herself are as pure as the driven snow. Young was no doubt infatuated with her husband Sullivan, odd because their initial meeting ended hostile and the stuff of far fetched romance novels to see otherwise.


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Other professional reviews of the film:

1 "The suspense, under Director Tay Garnett, mounts steadily, almost unbearably, until a final plot twist so original that it's almost a swindle."-- NY Times

2 Time magazine characterized the film "as the year's first thriller with an honest quota of thrills. It pulls off the old Hitchcock trick of giving commonplace people, events and settings a sinister meaning, and it develops its simple, one-track idea with frightening logic."


3 Sean Axmaker calls Cause for Alarm "An unusual entry into the film noir school of paranoia" which "...trades the dark alleys and long shadows of urban menace for the sunny, tree-lined streets of middle-class domesticity" whilst noting, "Young's deadened narration adds an eerie mood of doom to the suburban setting."



Cast
Loretta Young as Ellen Jones
Barry Sullivan as George Z. Jones
Bruce Cowling as Dr. Ranney Grahame
Margalo Gillmore as aunt Clara Edwards
Bradley Mora as Hoppy (Billy)
Irving Bacon as Joe Carston, the postman
Georgia Backus as Mrs. Warren, the neighbor
Don Haggerty as Mr. Russell, the notary
Art Baker as the post office superintendent

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Directed by Tay Garnett
Produced by Tom Lewis
Screenplay by Mel Dinelli
Tom Lewis
Story by Larry Marcus



Music by André Previn
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Editing by James E. Newcom


Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) March 30, 1951
(New York City, U.S.A.)



Running time 74 minutes


See the film at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9PoG_kaT-g

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For Me And My Gal

For Me And My Gal

(1942)
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A musical tribute to vaudville as stated at the start of this musical/romance drama. Gene Kelly (his film debut) and Judy Garland (older now than when in Oz) team up on the vaudville circuit as a stage act.


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The movie is not entirely vaudville and gets beyond that stage of their career into a tale of romance, until WWI breaks out that is and causes near irrovocable damage to the couple romantically and professionally.


A clip from the film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsE8h53P9Vg

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Judy shows she can dance with the best of them and has great pipes (singing) as well. Kelly is irrepressable, wooing the critical Garland unsuccessfully until winning her over early in the film.

Lots of old song standard favorites in this one. A fine tribute to Vaudville and the dreams gained and shattered along the way. I found myself doing other things however when the stage acts started as I am not fond of musicals in general. Not a bad way at all to spend some time seeing actors that could do it all... sing, dance, act.

We can wait a long time, but the likes of these performers are only on film today.

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REVIEWS by those like us:

100%
This movie has it all - a great story, outstanding music and performances. Judy Garland quickly falls for Gene Kelly (in his debut performance), a war...

70%
Forerunner to the Great Musical Spectacles. It seems odd that this movie is in B&W. Oh, I know. Colour was only a few years old at this point,

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NOTES:

1 Based on a story by Howard Emmett Rogers inspired by a true story about vaudeville actors Harry Palmer and Jo Hayden, when Palmer was drafted into World War I.

2 For Me and My Gal marked the first real "adult" role for the nineteen-year-old Judy Garland, who had played juvenile parts until then, many of them opposite Mickey Rooney.


3 The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Score for Roger Edens (musical adaptation) and Georgie Stoll (musical direction). In addition, Gene Kelly received a "Best Actor" award from the National Board of Review for his performance.


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4 The songs included in the film are performed as they might have been on the vaudeville stage.

"Oh, You Beautiful Doll", music by Nat D. Ayer, lyrics by A. Seymour Brown, additional lyrics by Roger Edens performed by George Murphy, Judy Garland and others

"For Me and My Gal", music and lyrics by George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz, performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland

"When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose", music by Percy Wenrich, lyrics by Jack Mahoney, performed by Kelly and Garland

"After You've Gone", music by Turner Layton, lyrics by Henry Creamer, sung by Judy Garland.

"Ballin' the Jack", music by Chris Smith, lyrics by Jim Burris, sung and danced by Kelly and Garland.

The film also contains portions of a number of songs popular during World War I, including "By the Beautiful Sea", "There's a Long, Long Trail", "How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree)", "Where Do We Go from Here, Boys", "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France", "(There are) Smiles (That Make Us Happy)", "Oh Frenchy", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" and "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile, Smile, Smile".

Two additional songs were intended to be included: "Spell of the Waltz", which was to be performed by Marta Eggerth and a male chorus and "Three Cheers for the Yanks", written by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin.


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CAST
Judy Garland as Jo Hayden
Gene Kelly as Harry Palmer
George Murphy as Jimmy K. Metcalf
Martha Eggerth as Eve Minard, singer
Ben Blue as Sid Simms, Jimmy's second banana
Stephen McNally as Mr. Waring, manager of the Palace Theatre
Richard Quine as Danny Hayden, Jo's brother (uncredited)
Keenan Wynn as Eddie Milton, theatrical agent (uncredited)
Lucille Norman as Lily Duncan (uncredited)

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Directed by
Busby Berkeley

Produced by
Arthur Freed

Written by
Story:
Howard Emmett Rogers
Screenplay:
Richard Sherman
Fred F. Finklehoffe
Sid Silvers

Music by
Roger Edens
(adaptation)

Cinematography
William H. Daniels

Editing by
Ben Lewis

Distributed by
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release dates
October 21, 1942 (US)

Running time
104 minutes

Country
United States

Language
English

Budget
$841,000
Box office
$4,371,000

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The Strange Woman

The Strange Woman

(1946)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A young girl, Jenny, vows to have wealth when she grows up. Wow, what a novel thought! This gal comes off like Vivien Leigh from Gone With the Wind. She's full of tricks and full of mischief. She says to a girlfriend about her boyfriend's desire to wed her: "I wouldn't give him a chance to think".


The film has a lot going for it in a lot of ways. Its well made, well acted and pretty good story. This one is up for grabs as everyone will have their own opinion about it. I would say its worth watching if you like Scarlet O'Harra types in the lead roll (scheming, ambitious femmes).



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See the film at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtuw4ETvOkY



Cast

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George Sanders as John Evered
Louis Hayward as Ephraim Poster
Gene Lockhart as Isaiah Poster
Hillary Brooke as Meg Saladine
Rhys Williams as Deacon Adams
June Storey as Lena Tempest
Moroni Olsen as Rev. Thatcher
Olive Blakeney as Mrs. Hollis
Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Partridge
Alan Napier as Judge Henry Saladine
Dennis Hoey as Tim Hager

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Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Produced by Jack Chertok (producer)
Hedy Lamarr (executive producer)
Eugen Schüfftan (producer)
Hunt Stromberg (executive producer)
Written by Ben Ames Williams (novel)
Herb Meadow (screenplay)
Hunt Stromberg (writer)
Edgar G. Ulmer (writer)




REVEIWS of the film:


1 Beautiful and sociopathic Jenny Hager (Lamarr) vamps her way through early 19th century Bangor, spreading heartbreak, mayhem and murder.
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2 Atmospheric and moody, with a good pace. Hedy Lamarr is well cast and the supporting cast is very good, especially George Sanders.

3 Beautiful Jenny Hager finds she can always get what she wants from the men in the 1820's port of Bangor, Maine. Freed by his death from her drunkard father she soon manoeuvres herself into a position to marry a middle-aged monied local businessman. Though she often uses his money to do good, she continues to consider all other men fair game.


4 Typical modest budget black and white film from director Edgar G. Ulmer. A tedious but interesting tale of a beautiful woman (Hedy Lamar) stalking man after man in the lumber country of Bangor, Maine circa 1820. Love 'em and leave 'em.


Cinematography Lucien N. Andriot
Editing by John M. Foley
Richard G. Wray
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 25 October 1946
Sound Mix:Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color:Black and White

Running time 100 minutes


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