I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out Elmer Bernstein‘s distinctive musical score in both films. Bette Davis was at the top of her game (role was originally slated for Claudette Colbert who had to pass).
Those scores or “themes” would achieve their own celebrity over the years. The wonderful supporting cast included Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Gregory Ratoff, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, a young Marilyn Monroe and the estimable George Sanders in his career-defining role. However, the theatrics within the theatrics were something to behold, Merrill recalled.
Coburn admitted Think “The Magnificent Seven” as a World War two prison escape war movie instead of a western.
Had the great fortune to meet James “Call me Jimmy” Cagney in the early 70’s on Martha’s Vineyard. Over coffee, we talked about the joys of doing what we loved and the frustration of dealing with “suits” or executives. He talked about the making of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and how, clearly, that was his personal favorite “job” in his long career.Great supporting cast including Edmond O’Brien, Vera Miles, Andy Devine, Lee van Cleef, Strother Martin and Woody Strode (why did they have to call him “Boy” in one scene). The green hills and pastures of Ireland never looked lovelier. The Wayne-Mc Lagen epic fight is in Hollywood’s hall of Fame.The “print the legend” theme is so ironic and haunting. Marilyn and I visited Cong and the remnants of “The Quiet Man’s” cabin during our honeymoon in Ireland in 1990.They always add something to my experience of the books.Beautiful visualizations of the Narnian landscape, and some excellent performances.The behind the scenes arm-twisting coming out of Hollywood was trying to kill the film. It sounded more like a “Bitch session” than a movie promotion. The movie does Harper Lee’s wonderful book full justice. There are so many favorite films and stars I could mention with personal “war stories” or anecdotes. On that memorable Saturday morning, I was with only one or two other reporters (who also left after 5 minutes or so to chase more meaningful stories), listening to William Holden (a few sheets to the wind), Robert Preston, Craig (Peter Gunn) Stevens, Loretta Swit, Blake Edwards and others chat about making “S. The book is one of my all-times faves and, I have to say, my own visualization that I had from reading the book was vastly superior to the movie.That s one way in which the Walden Narnia films are superior to the Potter series.When I reread VDT after seeing the movie, I enjoyed the book even more because I was picturing Will Poulter and Ben Barnes, and even Georgie, although she overacts at times.I was also picturing the Walden visualizations of the Ship, Magician s Island, Aslan s country, etc. The first and second commandments say that people should have no god accept for God and no idols.