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Love in the Afternoon

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Love in the Afternoon

Tagline – It’s more likely in Paris and more LOVELY IN THE AFTERNOON!

Starring – Gary Cooper (Frank Flannagan), Audrey Hepburn (Ariane Chavasse), Maurice Chevalier (Claude Chavasse), John McGiver (Monsieur X).

Released – June, 1957

Directed By – Billy Wilder

Produced By – Billy Wilder Productions

Distributed By – Allied Artists Pictures

Description – In Paris, detective Claude Chavasse has been hired by the husband of a married woman suspected of carrying on an affair with American playboy Frank Flannagan. Sure enough, she had been seeing the American almost on a daily basis. Her husband’s anger boils over and he tells the detective he will kill Flannagan.

Overhearing the conversation is the detective’s daughter Ariane. Unable to get help from the police until an actual crime has been committed, Ariane finds Frank to tell him herself. She is just in the nick of time. As the irate husband breaks into Frank’s room he finds the playboy with Ariane and not his wife who has just slipped out the window.

Flannagan is intrigued by the young woman who has warned him, but does not even know her name. She is also intrigued by the older playboy and decides to make herself appealing to him by playing the role of a “femme fatale.”

Flannagan’s interest is aroused and the two meet the next day and spend the night together before he boards a plane to leave Paris. She has now fallen in love with the older man.

A year later, Frank returns to Paris and the two meet again by chance at an opera and resume their affair. She continues with the experienced woman charade and Frank is not sure if he believes her or not.

Later Frank encounters the previously outraged husband who had burst into his room intent on killing him. They speak in a friendly fashion and Frank tells him about the mysterious Ariane. The husband suggests that Frank have her investigated and suggests detective Claude Chavasse.

It isn’t long before Chavasse realizes the mysterious woman is his own daughter. The age difference frightens him and he asks Frank to no longer see Ariane and to not break her heart. However, Frank has also fallen in love and, although he understands, doing this will not be easy.

A May – December romance has much going against it to begin with and Frank makes an excuse to again leave Paris. Is his the right decision, or is true love not measured by age?

NOTABLE: Initially, Love in the Afternoon was both a critical and commercial disaster. The general feeling was that Gary Cooper was too old and in ill health to have taken the role. In fact, Cary Grant had turned down the role due to his own age. However, as time passed the film’s popularity grew due to pure romanticism.

Audrey Hepburn made this film back-to-back with Funny Face.

Love in the Afternoon provided the screen debut for John McGiver.

Filming locations in Paris included the Château of Vitry in the Yvelines, the Palais Garnier (Paris Opera), and the Hôtel Ritz Paris.

Friendly Persuasion

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Friendly Persuasion (1956

Tagline – It Will Pleasure You in a Hundred Ways!

Starring – Gary Cooper (Jess Birdwell), Dorothy McGuire (Eliza Birdwell), Anthony Perkins (Josh Birdwell), Richard Eyer (Little Jess Birdwell), Robert Middleton (Sam Jordan).

Released – November, 1956

Directed By – William Wyler

Produced By – Allied Artists Pictures, B-M Productions

Distributed By – Allied Artists Pictures

Description – Jess is a big man and he walks the Indiana earth in a big way… a man of few words and many strengths… a man born with the gift of laughter and the knack for love, a power for good, a man who doesn’t hold with killing. But now Jess faces a big decision – to keep faith with what he lives by – or to fight for what he loves… Only so great a theme could make so great a motion picture!

Jess Birdwell is the patriarch of an Indiana Quaker family during the time of the Civil War. The surrounding Quaker families are strictly opposed to violence and war, but Jess finds himself conflicted between his religious beliefs and his growing sentiment toward supporting the war.

Jess’s conflicts not only upset the Quaker community, but also his wife Eliza who steadfastly refuses to consider participating, or supporting violence of any kind. Daughter Mattie wishes to always remain a Quaker, but she too has some conflict, with her religion, as she finds herself falling in love, against her mother’s wishes, with young calvary officer Gard Jordan.

Youngest child “Little” Jess is not yet old enough to feel the torment of conflicting emotions. However, oldest son Josh may be the most affected of all. As the war comes closer to their home, he struggles with his religious beliefs and the realization that in order to protect his family he must join the military.

A Union Army officer warns the family that the Confederate Army will be on their land soon and doesn’t understand how they could stand by and do nothing as their property is looted and burned to the ground. He accuses the men of a lack of courage and the fact that they are hiding behind their religion when they should be defending their family’s and property.

A cloud of smoke seen on the horizon can only mean that the nearby city is in flames and the Confederate troops are near. Their convictions will be severely challenged and each will have to come to terms regarding their right to defend themselves without compromising their beliefs.

NOTABLE: Friendly Persuasion received nominations for six Academy Awards that include Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Anthony Perkins), Best Writing, Best Screenplay – Adapted, Best Music, Original Song, and Best Sound, Recording.

Screenwriter Michael Wilson originally received no credit for his work due to the fact that he was on the Hollywood blacklist. His credit was restored in 1996.

Friendly Persuasion was the favorite film of President Ronald Reagan.

Director William Wyler had wanted Katherine Hepburn for the role of Eliza Birdwell. Gary Cooper had wanted Ingrid Bergman for the role. Both turned the part down with Dorothy McGuire taking the role and doing an excellent job.

The lead role of Jess Birdwell also was refused by Bing Crosby who suggested his friend Gary Cooper for the part.

Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Gets Great Reception

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

May, 1936 – Hollywood’s hottest director, Frank Capra, has another winner with his film Mr. Deeds Goes  to Town.

Gary Cooper plays the role of Longfellow Deeds, a young tuba-playing hick from the small hamlet of Mandrake Falls, Vermont, who inherits a cool $20 million dollars and must fend off those looking to get their hand in his pocket. Jean Arthur provides great support as Babe Bennett, a smart big-city reporter who tricks her way into Deeds life and his heart.

Director Capra, a big fan of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Columbia Pictures released this film at a time when the President’s New Deal was being introduced to the country and hopes to accurately display the decency of the common man.

Capra is determined that his films have a “message” and are capable of conveying “fantasies of goodwill.” While there is still a very strong feeling of cynicism and corruption in the minds of American people as a result of the Great Depression, it is the hope of Frank Capra that a film like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town can help restore faith in the inner goodness of man.

Mr. Deeds Goes To Town

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remastered)

Tagline – Rocking America With Laughter!

Starring – Gary Cooper (Longfellow Deeds), Jean Arthur (Babe Bennett), George Bancroft (MacWade), Lionel Stander (Cornelius Cobb).

Released – April, 1936

Directed By – Frank Capra

Produced By – Colombia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Colombia Pictures

NOTABLE: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town won the Oscar for Best Director (Frank Capra) and received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gary Cooper), Best Writing, Screenplay, and Best Sound, Recording.

Director Frank Capra was convinced that Gary Cooper was the perfect choice to play Longfellow Deeds. This decision required he wait until Cooper was available. Production was delayed for six months at a cost of $100,000.

Actress Carole Lombard was originally set to play the role of Babe Bennett, but she dropped out of the project three days before scheduled shooting in order to appear in My Man Godfrey. Director Capra was able to convince Columbia head Harry Cohn to cast Jean Arthur.

Although co-starring in the picture, Jean Arthur had never watched the film until seeing it at a film festival in 1972.

The film introduced the word “doodle” into the English language to mean “the sense of absent-minded scribbling.”

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Gary Cooper- High Noon

Monday, January 17th, 2011

High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper is an American western film that was directed by Fred Zinnemann and is considered, both culturally and historically, as being one of the most significant films ever produced.

The plot begins with Cooper’s character Will Kane, the longtime marshal of Hadleyville, New Mexico, turning in his badge in order to marry Amy Fowler, a pacifist Quaker, played by Grace Kelly. His intention is to become a storekeeper and lead a peaceful life with his new bride. However, fate will not make this as easy to do as it may sound. News has just arrived in town that outlaw Frank Miller, whose capture by Kane had resulted in Miller’s conviction and a hanging sentence, was pardoned as a result of a legal technicality. 

Kane’s life path has just taken a potentially fatal turn as Miller will be arriving on the noon train.

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