Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) – Episode 33

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939)

Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) is a wonderful tale of teaching at an English boys school Rough Script Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) Welcome to the show. My name is John. Before we get going I have a couple of notes. First the sound may be a little different because I am recording in a hotel in Fort Worth where I am attending podcast movement. And secondly since it is August and everyone is heading back to school I wanted to spend the month reviewing school movies. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. I will kick this months school films off with a movie in which the male lead won the Oscar over Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and the lead female lost the Oscar to Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. The movie of course is Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939). By the way he also won over Laurence Olivier for Wuthering Heights, James Stewart for Mr.…

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Anthony Quinn – Mexican to Greek

Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1915. The family moved to Los Angeles where Quinn attended but eventually dropped out of high school. Quinn spent some time boxing and then studied architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright encouraged Quinn to try acting and by 1936 he was in Hollywood. Quinn’s first role in tinsel town was The Plainsman (1936) directed by his future father-in-law Cecil B. DeMille. That’s one way to make it big. As part of the studio system at Paramount Quinn was given many ethnic bit parts. Since he was not a US citizen he did not serve in WWII but received extra roles as many actors were away. At the end of his contract he returned to the stage to sharpen his skills. Elia Kazan cast Quinn and Marlon Brando as brothers in Viva Zapata! (1952). Quinn won the Oscar for best-supporting actor and became the first Mexican-American to win one of the golden statuettes. Quinn wasn’t done as he got his second one for Lust…

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Daughter of the Sun God (1962) – Episode 32

Daughter of the Sun God (1962)

Daughter of the Sun God (1962) is a cult classic featuring beauty Lisa Montell. This film is an ethnographic experience. For Episode 32 I’ve got a great little movie for you today. I’m afraid it may be a little short as the star power in this one was somewhat underwhelming. We are following Lisa Montell line from Episode 28 World Without End (1956). Of course, today’s movie is a cult classic Daughter of the Sun God (1962) originally filmed in 1952 had so many problems it took 10 years to get released. I chose this movie because of Lisa Montell and turned out this is a nice little ethnographic film showing indigenous Peruvians people. The background scenery is nice. Of course, the biggest star of this movie is Lisa Montell who had 46 television and movie credits. Montell played the role of Christine Mitchell. I profiled Montell in Episode 28 World Without End (1956). William Holmes was cast in the role of American author Kent Griffin. Since Holmes wanted to…

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Warlock (1959) – Episode 31

Warlock (1959) - Henry Fonda

Warlock (1959) is a rehash of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with an all-star cast that includes Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Anthony Quinn. Rough Script Warlock (1959) Welcome to Episode 31 – Warlock (1959). I am sorry if you were expecting a horror film as this is a classic western. We are continuing with the Richard Widmark line that was begun in Episode 23 The Long Ships (1964). This is a very complex movie and I will use a quote from the Tennessee Word Smith, with a link on WordPress, to outline the movie: “Imagine a movie with an intricate plot, driven not so much by events as by the tangled relationships between several well-drawn characters. It is a movie with obvious homoerotic undertones and some surprisingly intense violence. To further stretch your imagination, envision it as a film made in 1959 –and a Western, at that.” Tennessee WordSmith That’s a pretty good summary so I will jump right into the characters. Richard Widmark plays Johnny Gannon, one…

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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) – Episode 30

The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) is a fictionalized tale of Robert Stroud who raised birds while in prison and discovered cures for bird diseases. This movie showcases the amazing talent of Burt Lancaster. Karl Malden is excellent in the supporting role. Rough Script Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Today’s film is the Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). This is a wonderfully inspiring story based on a true story that makes you say “thank god that guy is locked up.” This movie was directed by John Frankenheimer and based on a book by Thomas E. Gaddis. Of course, the Birdman was brought to life by arguably one of America’s greatest actors – Burt Lancaster. Even that name sounds macho. Lancaster played the role of Robert Stroud a lifer in a couple of different prisons. Lancaster was born in Manhattan. All four of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. Lancaster grew up on the streets and was a tuff character. He became interested in gymnastics and was a high school athlete. Following his…

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Burt Lancaster Short Bio

Burt Lancaster as Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams (1989)

Burt Lancaster was born in Manhattan. All four of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. Lancaster grew up on the streets and was a tuff character. He became interested in gymnastics and was a high school athlete. Following his mother’s death, he dropped out of college and later joined the circus at age 19 where he could use his considerable physical skills. He met his lifelong friend Nick Cravet during his circus period. In 1939, a hand injury forced Lancaster to quit his beloved circus. For a time he worked at department stores as a singing waiter. When World War II broke out he joined the Army and ended up in the USO entertaining troops. He served in the Italian theater of operation. Following the war, he was not excited to become an actor but he tried out for a stage role and landed the part. With his intense blue eyes, athletic physique, and devilish smile it is not hard to see how he got the role. Although the play…

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Lisa Montell Short Bio

Lisa Montell

Lisa Montell was described by IMDB.com as a “Smoulderingly beautiful and a fetching, exotic-eyed vision.” Yeah I’m okay with that description. She was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1933 but he family moved to 5th Avenue in New York prior to the Nazi invasion of Poland. Montell attending performing arts schools while in New York. The family moved to Lima, Peru in 1953 where Montell was cast in her first film Daughter of the Sun God (1962). The film was so badly shot it took 10 years before it was released in America. While working in other films she was noticed by Hollywood. When her father died Montell and her mother moved to LA. She worked as almost every ethnicity but her own. In all had around 15 movie roles include World Without End (1956) and She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)but quit acting around 1962 to concentrate on her Bahá’í faith. You can look it up, I had to. It is a monotheistic religion that came out of Persia…

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Hugh Marlowe Short Bio

Hugh Marlowe with Gregory Peck Twelve O'Clock High (1949) Military tribute fest

Hugh Marlowe was born in Pennsylvania in 1911. Marlowe had a radio, stage, and film career. I will confine myself to just the films at this point. Marlow began his stage career in the early 1930’s at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. His first appeared on the New York stage in a 1936 production of  ”Arrest That Woman.” Marlowe’s best work was in sci-fi. Marlowe’s first film was Married Before Breakfast (1937). His films included Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Twelve O’Clock High (1949) as a critical character in this fine story along with Gregory Peck, All About Eve (1950), Night and the City (1950), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Rawhide (1951), Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) as the lead Earth scientist, World Without End (1956), Elmer Gantry (1960), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Seven Days in May (1964). When Marlowe’s film days were over he was on the soap opera “Another World” from 1969 until his death in 1982 at…

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Saint Joan (1957) – Episode 29

Saint Joan (1957)

Saint Joan (1957) is an Anglo film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play. The movie flows like a play and brings very little originality to the story. Quite frankly would not even review this film except for Otto Preminger directing and Richard Widmark‘s over the top portray of The Dauphin, Charles VII. Rough Script Saint Joan 1957 Saint Joan (1957) is an Anglo film adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play. The movie flows like a play and brings very little originality to the story. Quite frankly would not even review this film except for Otto Preminger directing and Richard Widmark‘s over the top portray of The Dauphin, Charles VII. Of course, we are still on the Richard Widmark line. The movie is told in flashback after Charles wakes in his bedroom to find the 25-years dead Joan there. They jump back to the beginning of her story and then end again in the bedroom. As I previously said Richard Widmark was cast as The Dauphin, Charles VII. I…

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World Without End (1956) – Episode 28

World Without End (1956)

  World Without End (1956) is an excellent post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale with a great cast that includes Hugh Marlowe, Rod Taylor, and Lisa Montell. Rough Script – World Without End (1956) I didn’t expect much when I began watching this movie but it is pretty solid piece of sci-fi. I was originally drawn to watch this movie because it stared Hugh Marlowe, one of the great actors of black and white sci-fi. We are linking off an actor that was uncredited in this film – Strother Martin from Episode 17 Hard Times (1975). The title of this film comes from an Anglican doxology: “Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” This film was produced by Allied Artists (formerly Monogram Pictures). They hoped to shed their third rate image. This film had a large budget, was shot in color, and had CinemaScope. The movie opened on a double bill…

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The Bedford Incident (1965) – Episode 27

The Bedford Incident (1965)

The Bedford Incident (1965) is a first rate Cold War drama with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. This submarine versus destroyer battle is like a chess match with a surprise ending. Rough Script The Bedford Incident (1965) Welcome to Episode 27 The Bedford Incident (1965). This is a great Cold War film that stars Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, and Martin Balsam. All of the actors have been introduced before so there will only be a few additions. This movie has such a great ending you may want to stop and go watch the movie before you listen further. Of course we are still following the Widmark line. Richard Widmark is cast in the role of Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N. He is obsessed with the Cold War enemy of the United States, the Soviet Union. He speaks his opinions to the dismay of his superiors and he drives his men to the breaking point and beyond. For more information on Widmark see Episode 23 – The Long Ships (1964).| Sidney Poitier…

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Richard Widmark Bio

Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark was born in Minnesota and always had an interest in movies. Like so many, he attends college to become a lawyer but he was derailed by the acting bug. By the late 30s, he was acting in New York. When World War II broke out he tried to enlist but was medically disqualified for an ear problem. Following the war, Widmark went under contract with 20th Century Fox. Darryl F. Zanuck saw Widmark’s screen test for “Tommy Udo” and had him cast in this role for Kiss of Death (1947). After being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in this role, Widmark’s career was a blaze. Through the 1950s, Widmark covered the major genres: Westerns, military, and the thriller. He appeared with Marilyn Monroe in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) and made Pickup on South Street (1953) that same year for director Samuel Fuller. That same year Take the High Ground! (1953) came out where Widmark played the role of a tough combat veteran trying to prepare boys for…

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Time Limit (1957) – Episode 26

Time Limit (1957)

Time Limit (1957) is a Korean War POW investigation that takes place following the war. Welcome to Episode 26 Time Limit (1957). We are following the Richard Widmark line from The Long Ships (1964). This is a great little movie. I hadn’t watched this movie in a couple of decades and the last time I saw it was before I had ever seen The Manchurian Candidate (1962). I was a little shocked by the similarities between the two. But I’ll get into that after we go over the stars that are in this movie. This film was directed by Karl Malden. He was born in Chicago but was raised in Gary, Indiana. Following high school, he spent three years working in a steel factory. He spent a short time at Arkansas State Teacher’s College before attending the Goodman Theater Dramatic School. Three years after he left the mill he went to New York and found work on the stage. He severed in WWII as an NCO in the Army Air…

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Humphrey Bogart Short Bio

Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart was born in New York City but not in Hell’s Kitchen or the rough parts like some of the actors we have already talked about. His parents were doing pretty well. Bogie was preparing for medical school at Yale when he was kicked out of Phillips Academy in Massachusetts. Bogart joined the Navy but it believed the war ended before he saw action. It is during this time that he received the scar on his lip that created his distinctive speaking style. The most commonly accepted story is that he was escorting a prisoner to the brig when the prisoner asked for a smoke. When Bogie looked for a match the prisoner hit him with his handcuffs and escaped. After his time in the Navy, Humphrey Bogart returned to New York and began acting. In 1930, he signed a contract Fox. He did some shorts but Fox released him from his contract after 2 years. He continued stage work and minor roles until Warner Bros. began preparing to…

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