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Sunday, August 23, 2015

High Tor (1956) Bing Crosby & Julie Andrews



High Tor (1956) Bing Crosby & Julie Andrews

High Tor broadcast March 10, 1956 on the CBS television network, as a 90-minute episode of the series Ford Star Jubilee. Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews, Nancy Olson, Hans Conreid, and Keenan Wynn starred in the film, produced by Arthur Schwartz, and directed by James Neilson.

In this fantasy story, Bing plays an easy going guy who prefers to cook and camp out on his property called "High Tor" rather than run the rat race of working in a factory. He sings such tunes as "I'm Living One Day at a Time", "A Little Love a Little While" "John Barleycorn" and "Once Upon A Long Ago". Naturally business interests want to buy him out but he won't sell. His fiancée leaves him for not selling. Some ghosts from past ship wrecks who guard the mountain (including Julie Andrews) materialize from the mountain in sympathy. Julie Andrews sings a ballad of the life of sailors and ships. Meanwhile bank robbers escaping wind up on Hi Tor and meet the crooked business men who are stranded on the mountain. 

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Julie Andrews is Cinderella (1957) & Julie & Carol Burnett at Carnegie Hall (1962)

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical written for television, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Vair, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince.


Cinderella is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written for television. It was originally broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957 as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. The broadcast was seen by over 100 million people.
It was subsequently remade for television twice, in 1965 and 1997. The 1965 version starred Lesley Ann Warren, and the 1997 one starred Brandy, in the title role. Both remakes add songs from other Richard Rodgers musicals.

AND

Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall is an American musical comedy television showcase starring Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett. It was broadcast on CBS on June 11, 1962.


The special was produced by Bob Banner and directed by Joe Hamilton. Banner came up with the idea in the Fall of 1961. Burnett was then a regular on The Garry Moore Show and Andrews appeared as a guest, performing the song "Big D" from the musical The Most Happy Fella.

Burnett tells an anecdote about the development of the special. CBS programming executives Michael Dann and Oscar Katz were reluctant to approve it. They believed Andrews did not have sufficient name recognition and with Burnett appearing weekly on Moore's show the public would not tune in. Following a CBS promotional event, Burnett was unable to hail a taxi. Dann and Katz offered to wait until one appeared but Burnett said not to bother, that a truck driver would appear shortly and offer her a ride. Almost instantly a trucker appeared and offered Burnett a ride. Burnett received a telephone call from Katz immediately upon arriving home. Taking the trucker incident as a sign, he approved the special. 

Mike Nichols wrote the script and co-wrote the song "You're So London" with Ken Welch. Writing began in February 1962 and the stars rehearsed for two weeks before the March 5 taping. Irwin Kostal was the musical director. George Fenneman served as the announcer. Burnett introduced the song "Meantime", written by Robert Allen and Al Stillman. 

Program
"No Mozart Tonight" - Carol Burnett
"You're So London" - Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews
"Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?" - Julie Andrews
"From Russia: The Nausiev Ballet" - Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, with ensemble
"Meantime" - Carol Burnett
"From Switzerland: The Pratt Family" - Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, with ensemble
"History of Musical Comedy" - Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews
"From Texas: Big D" - Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, with ensemble
"You're So London (reprise)" - Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews

Andrews and Burnett each perform one satirical interstitial in which each damns the other with faint praise; Burnett explains Andrews's disappointment at not being allowed to perform "Ol' Man River" in her "natural" bass voice while Andrews explains Burnett's sorrow at not getting to perform Mark Antony's speech from Julius Caesar.

Response:

Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall received mixed critical reviews. Billboard described the material as "warm and delightful" and noted "the hilarious hand of Mike Nichols" throughout. While describing the performance at taping as "smooth" and "scintillating", Cynthia Lowry of the Associated Press criticized the material, direction and photography of the program as aired, writing "after gay, funny starts the comedy plummeted to banana-peel level".

Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall received the 1963 Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Music. For her performance here along with her performance in 1963's An Evening with Carol Burnett, Burnett won the Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series. The program also won the 1963 Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival Golden Rose. 

Columbia Records released an LP record of the special in June 1962. It peaked at number 85 on the Billboard chart. 

Andrews and Burnett re-teamed for Julie and Carol at Lincoln Center (1971) and Julie and Carol: Together Again (1989).

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lillian Gish - 3 film gems on 3 DVDs $10.99


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Disney - Follow Me Boys (1966) Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles
Lillian Gish “The Scarlet Letter” (1926 & 1934) Colleen Moore - 1 DVD
Huckleberry Finn (1985) with Butterfly McQueen
Body in the Barn; Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964) Lillian Gish
Home Sweet Home (1914) & Sold for Marriage (1916) ~ 1 DVD
Battle at Elderbush Gulch (1912) & Judith of Bethulia (1914) ~ 1 DVD
His Double Life (1934) / The Swan (1930) - 1 DVD
Orphans of the Storm (1921)
Way Down East (1920) tinted-restored!



Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
A Romance of Happy Valley (1918)
The Greatest Question (1920)
Hearts of the World (1918) w/Dorothy Gish
Intolerance (1916)
Romola (1924 ) w/Dorothy Gish, William Powell
True Heart Susie (1919) w/Robert Harron (Original score by Brian Pinette)
Birth of A Nation (1915)
Broken Blossoms (1919) Introduced by Miss Gish
The White Sister (1923) w/Ronald Colman
The Wind (1927) Introduced by Miss Gish
Arsenic & Old Lace (1969) with Helen Hayes, Bob Crane, Fred Gwynne





The Whales of August (1987) Bette Davis, Ann Sothern, Vincent Price
Night of the Hunter (1955) Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters
The Cobweb (1955) Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall
Duel in the Sun (1946) Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Hambone and Hillie (1983) Timothy Bottoms


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An Unseen Enemy (1912) Lillian & Dorothy Gish film debut, Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912),
The Mothering Heart (1913)



Sunday, August 16, 2015

D.W. Griffith’s last films: Abraham Lincoln (1930) & The Struggle (1931)





D.W. Griffith’s Abraham Lincoln (1930) Walter Huston

Abraham Lincoln, also released under the title D. W. Griffith's "Abraham Lincoln", is a 1930 Pre-Code biographical film about American president Abraham Lincoln directed by D. W. Griffith. It stars Walter Huston as Lincoln and Una Merkel, in her second speaking role, as Ann Rutledge. Her first speaking role was in a short film, Love's Old Sweet Song (1923) filmed in the Phonofilm sound-on-film process. 

The script was co-written by Stephen Vincent Benét, author of the Civil War prose poem John Brown's Body. 

This was the first of only two sound films made by Griffith.


The Struggle (1931) Zita Johann

The Struggle (1931) is a sound feature film directed by D. W. Griffith, and was his only other full-sound film besides Abraham Lincoln (1930). After several films directed by Griffith failed at the box office, this was Griffith's last film. The film was made primarily at the Audio-Cinema studios in the Bronx, New York with some outdoor filming on the streets of the Bronx.




The Struggle stars Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Charles Richman, and in her film debut, Helen Mack. Longtime Griffith actress Kate Bruce made her final film appearance in this film as Granny, and this was also the final film for Claude Cooper.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

STARS! Lillian Gish & Mary Pickford ~ 9 films 5 DVDs $14.99




Mary Pickford

Sparrows (1926) & Little Annie Rooney (1925) 1 DVD

Pollyanna (1920), Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) & Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) 1 DVD


Lillian Gish

Home Sweet Home (1914) & Sold for Marriage (1916) ~ 1 DVD 

A Romance of Happy Valley (1918) 

The Wind (1927) Introduced by Miss Gish


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