Wednesday, March 25, 2009


* The Bridge on the River Kwai wins with Alec Guiness as best actor as did the score written by Malcom Arnold. The classic World War II prisoner-of-war drama of a dedicated British colonel (Alec Guiness) commands his men to build a railroad bridge for their Japanese captors, while an escaped American POW (William Holden) leads a team to destroy the bridge.

Peyton Place was NOT allowed for our tender eyes, although the book floated around school and the sexual pages were marked. Lana Turner was nominated for actress.

Sayonara starring nominee, Marlon Brando plays Major Lloyd Gruver a Korean War flying ace reassigned to Japan, staunchly supports the military opposition to marriages between American troops and Japanese women. But that's before Gruver experiences a love that challenges his own deeply set prejudices...and plunges him into conflict with the U.S. Air Force and Japan's own cultural taboos. Miyoshi Umeki wins best supporting female role and Red Buttons in the best supporting male role.

12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda is a courtroom drama. The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Remade in 1997

Old Yeller Young Travis Coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his mother and younger brother while his father goes off on a cattle drive in the 1860's. When a yellow mongrel comes for an uninvited stay with the family, Travis reluctantly adopts the dog. After a series of scrapes involving raccoons, snakes, bears and all manner of animals, Travis grows to love and respect Old Yeller, who comes to have a profound effect on the boy's life. Then…the dog has to be shot because it is rabid.

An Affair to Remember
While in a cruise from Europe to New York, playboy Nicky Ferrante (Cary Grant) meets the gorgeous former night-club singer Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) and they have a romance. Nicky is traveling to meet his fiancee, the inheritor of one of the greatest fortunes in USA, and Terry is returning to the arms of her supportive boy-friend. They schedule a meeting on the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building six months later to decide whether they should marry each other, but Terry has an accident and she is not able to reunite with him. This is a wonderful romance story, bring tissue.

Deer Slayer
In the wilderness of early Colonial days, trapper Tom Hutter lives with his two daughters in an isolated floating fort. Tom's one-man vendetta against Indians has brought the wrath of the Hurons down on him...thereby garnering the reluctant aid of wilderness wanderer Deerslayer and his Mohican's blood-brother, Chingachgook. Among adventures, violence and escapes, a batch of dirty secrets emerges... Book by James F. Cooper

A Face in the Crowd, starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal. hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith) from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Patricia Neal plays Marcia Jeffries, the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell.

Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Fashion photographer Dick Avery, in search for an intellectual backdrop for an air-headed model, expropriates a Greenwich Village bookstore. When the photo session is over the store is left in a shambles, much to salesgirl Jo Stockton's dismay. Avery stays behind to help her clean up. Later, he examines the photos taken there and sees Jo in the background of one shot. He is intrigued by her unique appearance, as is Maggie Prescott, the editor of a leading fashion magazine. They offer Jo a modeling contract, which she reluctantly accepts only because it includes a trip to Paris. Eventually, her snobbish attitude toward the job softens, and Jo begins to enjoy the work and the company of her handsome photographer.

Love in the Afternoon a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client. Stars Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper

Sweet Smell of Success, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible.

Four hundred forty four movies made in this year.


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