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An Affair to Remember

Friday, August 5th, 2016

An Affair To Remember (50th Anniversary Edition)

Tagline – Every precious moment of the glad… tender… triumphant love they found — and almost lost!

Starring – Cary Grant (Nickie Ferrante), Deborah Kerr (Terry McKay), Richard Denning (Kenneth Bradley).

Released – July, 1957

Directed By – Leo McCarey

Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Jerry Wald Productions

Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Description – While en route from Europe to New York on the Transatlantic liner SS Constitution, Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay meet. Although each is involved with someone else, after a series of chance meetings on the ship, they become friends. It is here that Terry learns that Nickie is a painter who has given up on his art due to his own critical feelings toward his talent.

During a brief stop along the Mediterranean coast, Terry accompanies Nickie on a visit to his grandmother. She is touched by his kind and sentimental actions toward his grandmother and their chance friendship blossoms into a much stronger attraction.

When they arrive in New York they agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building. This meeting is subject to them both ending their current relationships and committing to one another.

Six months pass and while hurrying to the Empire State Building, Terry is hit by a car, seriously injured, and rushed to the hospital. Nickie is waiting at the top of the building to reunite with Terry. Unaware of her accident, and after waiting several hours, believes that Terry has rejected him.

After the accident, Terry has been left without the ability to walk. In order to conceal her disability she does not contact Nickie and takes a job as a music teacher. Nickie has returned to painting displaying his work in a friends art shop.

Another six months pass and Terry, now in a wheelchair, and her old boyfriend attend a ballet where she sees Nickie with his old girlfriend. As Nickie passes by, she says hello but remains seated in order to conceal her condition.

Nickie learns her address and, on Christmas Eve, decides to pay her a surprise visit. This visit will change the future for them both.

NOTABLE: Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant improvised many of their scenes with a number of lines making it to the final cut of the film.

References were made to An Affair to Remember in 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle resulting in a resurgence of popularity that generated 2 million additional sales for this 1957 romantic classic.

An Affair to Remember was the second of three films pairing Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

Deborah Kerr’s singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon. Nixon had also dubbed Kerr in 1956’s The King and I.

Ingrid Bergmann and Doris Day were also considered for the role of Terry McKay.

An Affair to Remember was voted the #5 greatest romance of all time by the American Film Institute.

The Awful Truth Delights

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

November, 1937Columbia Pictures screwball comedy The Awful Truth has proven to be a tremendous success for Director/Producer Leo McCarey.

As a graduate of the Hal Roach studio, and the man credited with the pairing of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, McCarey uses the screen talents of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne to absolute perfection. The duo play Jerry and Lucy Warriner a married couple who suspect each other of being unfaithful.

But, the big winner may just be Columbia Pictures. No longer will the studio have to depend, almost solely, on Frank Capra for comedy genius. Leo McCarey has demonstrated that he will be more than capable in guiding the production and direction of great comedy.

Impending divorce has never been more funny then in The Auful Truth. And, the supporting cast is pitch-perfect including Ralph Bellamy as Lucy’s post-separation suitor, Alexander D’Arcy as Lucy’s handsome music teacher and possible lover, Cecil Cunningham as Lucy’s Aunt Patsy, and Molly Lamont as heiress Barbara Vance and Jerry’s post-separation suitor.

Jealously rears its ugly head as both Jerry and Lucy will try just about anything to ruin the other’s new romantic interests.

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne skillfully, and very appealingly, play a couple who can’t live with or without each other and will sooner or later have to face The Awful Truth.

The Awful Truth

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

The Awful Truth

Tagline – It’s a Glorious Comedy… Uproarious Romance!

Starring – Irene Dunne (Lucy Warriner), Cary Grant (Jerry Warriner), Ralph Bellamy (Daniel Leeson), Alexander D’Arcy (Armand Duvalle).

Released – October, 1937

Directed By – Leo McCarey

Produced By – Colombia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Colombia Pictures

NOTABLE: The Awful Truth won the Academy Award for Best Director (Leo McCarey), and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Irene Dunne), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ralph Bellamy), Best Film Editing, and Best Writing, Screenplay.

In 1996, The Awful Truth was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

This motion picture provided Cary Grant with the opportunity to display his light comedy persona which proved to be the basis for nearly all of his subsequent films. Writer/Director Peter Bogdanovich stated that when it comes to light comedy, “there was Cary Grant and everyone else was an also-ran”.

A great deal of the film was improvised by Director Leo McCarey. So much so that, at one point, Cary Grant tried to get out of the film. However, the picture was loved by the public and got Grant’s career off and running.

In 2006, Premiere magazine voted this motion picture one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time.”

The fox terrier in the film playing Mr. Smith is actually named Skippy, with the previous credit of having played Asta in the Thin Man movies.

The Awful Truth was the first of three screen pairings of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.


The Bells of St. Mary’s

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Bells of St. Mary’s [Blu-ray]

Tagline – The Whole World’s in Tune…with Bing and Bergman together at their most brilliant best!

Starring – Bing Crosby (Father Charles “Chuck” O’Malley), Ingrid Bergman (Sister Mary Benedict), Henry Travers (Horace P. Bogardus), William Gargan (Joe Gallagher).

Released – December, 1945

Directed By – Leo McCarey

Produced By – Rainbow Productions

Distributed By – RKO Radio Pictures

Description – Father Chuck O’Malley, you remember him from Going My Way, has a new assignment. He is assigned to St. Mary’s, a run-down Catholic school in a run-down part of New York City. In fact, the school is in such bad shape that it is about to be condemned.

Father O’Malley, viewing the condition of the school on his first visit, also feels that it would be best for the students to be sent to a school with modern facilities. That is, until he meets the very stubborn Sister Mary Benedict who, along with the other sisters at the school, believe that God will provide a solution that will help them save St. Mary’s.

That solution may be in the hands of real estate developer Horace P. Bogardus who has nearly completed a new building next to the school that Sister Benedict and the other nuns hope he will donate to them for a new school.

Bogardus is of a different mind and wants the current location of St. Mary’s condemned so that he can use the land as a parking lot for his new building. As Father O’Malley begins to change his stance regarding St. Mary’s, it is clear that the liberal priest and the stubborn nun must join together in an effort to save the school.

NOTABLE: The Bells of St. Mary’s won the Oscar for Best Sound, Recording, and also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Leo McCarey), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bing Crosby), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman), Best Music, Original Song (Aren’t You Glad You’re You), Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and Best Film Editing.

The Bells of St. Mary’s became the first film sequel, following Going My Way, to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. This was also the first time an actor had been nominated for Best Actor for playing the same role in two different pictures.


Going My Way

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Going My Way (Universal Cinema Classics)

Tagline – Bing’s “little angels”  – the roughest gang this side of reform school!

Starring – Bing Crosby (Father Chuck O’Malley), Barry Fitzgerald (Father Fitzgibbon), Frank McHugh (Father Timothy O’Dowd), James Brown (Ted Haines, Jr.).

Released – October, 1944

Directed By – Leo McCarey

Produced By – Paramount Pictures

Distributed By – Paramount Pictures

NOTABLE: Going My Way received seven Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director (Leo McCarey), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bing Crosby), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Barry Fitzgerald), Best Music, Original Song, Best Writing, Original Story, and Best Writing, Screenplay. The film was also nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Barry Fitzgerald), Best Film Editing, and Best Cinematography, Black-and-White.

In 2004, Going My Way was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

This motion picture was the highest grossing film of 1944 and its star, Bing Crosby, was chosen as the biggest box-office draw of the year. This was a position he would hold for most of the decade.

Barry Fitzgeralds’ dual nomination, for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, was the only time that this has happened in Academy history. The rules were changed after this year to prevent it happening again.

Going My Way was the first film to win both the Best Picture, and Best Song awards.

Singer Andy Williams made his screen debut in this film appearing with his three brothers during the singing of “Swinging On A Star.”