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Clark Gable: The King of Hollywood

Posted on May 29, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Clark Gable was born in 1901 in Ohio.  His father was an oil prospector.  Even when Gable was making a lot of money, his father continued to think Clark would have done better if he had followed his father into the oil business.  

Novel/Movie Series: Burt Lancaster

Posted on May 27, 2019 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

BURT LANCASTER BOOKS

 

Buford, Kate (2000) Burt Lancaster: An American Life.

Fishgall, Gary (1995) Against Type: The Biography of Burt Lancaster.

Fury, David (1989) Cinema History of Burt Lancaster

Charles River Editors (2014) American Legends: The Life of Burt Lancaster

(Free on kindle unlimited)


The next Novel/Movie Series will cover the films of Burt Lancaster.  Look foward to seeing you there. 

Mass Market Paperback () Burt Lancaster by Windeler, Robert (1985)

 


New Novel/MOvie Series

Posted on May 26, 2019 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Burt Lancaster

 

Fortunately, we have a lot of movies to choose from. Burt Lancaster made eighty movies. Of course, not all of them are based on novels. But many of them are. This is what I have come up with so far.


(1999) Luchino Visconti (documentary, himself)

(1996) The Island of Dr. Moreau

(1989) Field of Dreams (W.P. Kinsella “Shoeless Joe”;)

(1988) Rocket Gibraltar

(1988) The Jeweller’s Shop

(1987) Control -

(1986) Tough Guys

(1985) Kiss of the Spider Woman -?

(1985) Little Treasure

(1983) Local Hero (Bill Forsyth)

(1983) The Osterman Weekend

(1981) Cattle Annie and Little Britches

(1981) The Skin

(1980) Atlantic City

(1979) Zulu Dawn

(1978) Go Tell the Spartans -

(1977) Twilight’s Last Gleaming

(1977) Exploring the Unknown (documentary)

(1976) The Cassandra Crossing

(1976) Buffalo Bill and the Indians (small part)

(1976) 1900?

(1974) The Fighters –

(1974) Conversation Piece

(1974) The Midnight Man (novel by David Anthony, Lancaster writing credit, directed)

(1973) Executive Action

(1973) Scorpio -

(1972) Ulzana’s Raid

(1971) Valdez is Coming (novel by Elmore Leonard)

(1971) Lawman

(1970) Airport

(1970) King: A Filmed Record (himself)

(1969) The Gypsy Months

(1969) Castle Kep

(1968) The Swimmer (Story by John Cheever)

(1968) The City of Gods

(1968) The Scalphunters

(1966) The Professionals (Novel by Frank O’Rourke, screenplay by Richard Brooks)

(1965) The Hallelujah Trail

(1964) The Train (French screenplay)

(1964) Seven Days in May (Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II, novel, screenplay by Rod Serling)

(1963) The Leopard (novel by Guisseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, on audible)

(1963) The List of Adrian Messenger

(1963) A Child is Waiting -

(1962) Birdman of Alcatraz (Novel by Thomas E. Gaddis)

(1961) The Young Savages

(1961) Judgment at Nuremberg (story by Abby Mann, later stage play, amazon, audible)

(1960) The Unforgiven (directed by John Huston, novel by Alan LeMay)

(1960) Elmer Gantry (Sinclair Lewis)

(1959) The Devil’s Disciple

(1959) Take a Giant Step

(1958) Run Silent Run Deep

(1958) Separate Tables – (play by Terence Rattigan who wrote the screenplay with John Gay).

(1957) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (screenplay by Leon Uris, lots of non-fiction books about this fight).

(1957) Sweet Smell of Success (novel by Ernest Lehman, screenplay by Lehman and Cifford Odets)

(1957) The Bachelor Party

(1956) Trazeze

(1956) The Rainmaker (play by N. Richard Nash)

(1955) The Rose Tattoo (Screenplay and play by Tennessee Williams)

(1955) Marty (Produced)

(1955) The Kentuckian (novel by Felix Holt, directed)

(1954) Apache

(1954) His Majesty O’Keefe (uncredited directing novel by Lawrence Klingman and Gerald Green)

(1954) Very Cruz

(1953) From Here to Eternity (NOVEL by james Jones)

(1953) South Sea Woman

(1953) Three Sailors and a Girl

(1952) The Crimson Pirate

(1952) Come Back, Little Sheba (play by William Inge)

(1951) Jim Thorpe – All American

(1951) Vengeance Valley

(1951) Ten Tall Man -

(1950) Mister 880

(1950) The Flame and the Arrow -

(1949) Criss Cross (novel by Don Tracy)

(1949) Rope of Sand

(1948) All MY Sons (Arthur Miller play)

(1948) Sorry, Wrong Number -

(1948) Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

(1947) Brute Force

(1947) Desert Fury –

(1947) Variety Girl –

(1947) I Walk Alone -

(1946) The Killers (Story by Ernest Hemingway)



Dead Reckoning (1947)

Posted on May 26, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Originally intended as a vehicle for Rita Hayworth, Lizbeth Scott takes over the part of the femme fatale with Humphrey Bogart playing the male lead. This film noir directed by John Cromwell, is a military film noir and one of the few not to take place in the city. Scott didn’t get good reviews for this film and the plot was considered “rambling” by the New York Times reviewer. But, Bogart got good reviews and Bogart is always worth watching.



 

 

They Gave Him a Gun (1937)

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)


 Most of the reviewers agree that there's a reason why most of us never heard of and never saw this movie.  It's just not the best even though it's directed by W. S. Van Dyke and starrs Spencer Tacey and Francot Tone and Gladys George. 

It should be an interesting script - WWI buddies (Tracey and Tone) fall for the same nurse.  She decides to marry Tone when she thinks Tracey's dead.  Tracey returns, but steps aside.  Disaster ensues. But, it's not the predictable disaster of two people deciding to marry because of wartime tragedy.  The tragedy comes from Tone going back to the states and, unable to get a good job, turns to using the gun that the government taught him how to handle being a raceteer.  It's an interesting 1937 anti-war film, but unfortunately, the script glosses over most of the anti-war message in order to superficially explore the relationships between the three.  So, neither sub-plot is really successful.




Pacific Liner (1938)

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Pacific Liner (1938 )



Chester Morris

Chester Morris stars in Pacific Liner along with Victor McLaglen, Wendy Barrie, Alan Hale, and Barry Fitzgerald. 

The screenplay for Pacific Liner was written by John Twist and is based on a story by Anthony Coldeway and Heny Roberts Symonds.  The film is directed by Lew Landers. 

Chester Morris plays a ship's doctor (Doctor Craig) who fancies nurse Wendy Barrie (Ann Grayson).  Victor McLaglen (Chrusher McKay) also has designs on Grayson.  When a cholera epidemic breaks out the two men are in even more conflict. It's a slow film, not the best, but worth seeing. 

Morris (1901 - 1970) was the son of stage actor William Morris and stage commedienne Etta Hawkins.  He was nominated in 1929 for best actor for his role in the film "Alibi."  But, he is best known for the series of Boston Blackie films which he made in the 1940s.  Morris played the criminal turned detective Boston Blackie in 14 films.

Morris' career began in the silent era and lasted until the year he died 1970.  He, in fact, died while working on his last film role.  He was diagnosed with stomach cancer at some time during the last two years of his life, but died of a barbituate overdose. 



 

 

 

Novel/Movie Series: Clark Gable

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (1)

   Clark Gable in "Run Silent, Run Deep"

Before Gable became a star, he worked all sorts of jobs which involved manual labor - oil rigs, electric companies.  His father, who was an oil prospector (not a very successful one) was always disappointed in Gable for not following him into the oil business.  Even after Gabe was making a lot of money in Hollywood, his father made a comment that he could have made more if he had gone into oil.  Sometimes you just can't please your father, even if you're Clark Gable. 

The Green Years (1946)

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 

  This is one of those movies where my friend Carol used to say: "Don't you hate it when things go wrong?"  Things go wrong here for an Irish orphan plopped down into a Scottish family complete with stingy patriarch (Hume Croynyn) and a salty wonderful old grandpa (Charles Coburn).  Also featured in this film are Jessica Tandy, Gladys Cooper, and Dean Stockwell (as the young boy).  This is one of three movies that Jessica Tandy and Hume Croynyn had made together at the time.  Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy) plays the daughter of Hume Chronyn in the film.  She was actually his wife and very pregnant at the time.  This is yet another film in which she is way too good and too believeable for the rest of the cast.  But, Charles Coburn got a nomination for an academy award as best supporting actor.  It's a good film.  It's well worth a watch, but things go wrong. 

The Green Years (1946)

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

 

  This is one of those movies where my friend Carol used to say: "Don't you hate it when things go wrong?"  Things go wrong here for an Irish orphan plopped down into a Scottish family complete with stingy patriarch (Hume Croynyn) and a salty wonderful old grandpa (Charles Coburn).  Also featured in this film are Jessica Tandy, Gladys Cooper, and Dean Stockwell (as the young boy).  This is one of three movies that Jessica Tandy and Hume Croynyn had made together at the time.  Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy) plays the daughter of Hume Chronyn in the film.  She was actually his wife and very pregnant at the time.  This is yet another film in which she is way too good and too believeable for the rest of the cast.  But, Charles Coburn got a nomination for an academy award as best supporting actor.  It's a good film.  It's well worth a watch, but things go wrong. 

Don Rickles on the set of Run Silent, Run Deep

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

  Don Rickles and Clark Gable on the set of Run Silent, Run Deep. 


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