Posts Tagged ‘twentieth century fox’

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Jayne Mansfield Collection (The Girl Can’t Help It / The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw / Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)

Tagline – Man, oh man, oh Mansfield!

Starring – Tony Randall (Rockwell P. Hunter), Jayne Mansfield (Rita Marlowe), Betsy Drake (Jenny Wells), Joan Blondell (Violet).

Released – July, 1957

Directed By – Frank Tashlin

Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Description – How does it feel to be low man on the advertising totem pole? Just ask Rockwell P. Hunter of the La Salle Advertising Agency.

Not only is Rockwell having problems… the whole agency is on the brink. Making matters worse is the fact that La Salle’s biggest account – Stay-Put Lipstick – is threatening to leave them for another agency.

And then the light-bulb turns on. Rockwell has a great idea that will save the Stay-Put-Lipstick account and his career. His plan is to get famous actress, and woman with the “oh-so-kissable lips”, Rita Marlowe to be the model and spokeswoman for Stay-Put’s new line of lipstick.

To get some instant publicity, La Salle “leaks” to the tabloids that Rockwell is Rita Marlowe’s lover. Not only does this plan get the public’s attention, but it now raises Rockwell’s status at the agency to star level.

But, not everyone is happy. Marlowe’s current boyfriend, TV’s Tarzan, Bobo Branigansky is jealous. Complicating the situation even further is the fact that Rita Marlowe thinks she is actually falling in love with Rockwell.

It isn’t long before Rockwell P. Hunter finds out that fame is a double-edged sword.

NOTABLE: Rita Marlowe, the name of Jayne Mansfield’s character, is a combination of *Rita* Hayworth, Jean H*arlow*, and Marilyn *M*onr*oe.*

Jane Mansfield also starred in the original Broadway play of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter that ran, at New York’s Belasco Theatre, for 444 performances.

Mamie Van Doren was originally offered the role of Rita Marlowe but turned it down.

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.

Desk Set

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Desk Set [Blu-ray]

Tagline – Make the office a wonderful place to love in!

Starring – Spencer Tracy (Richard Sumner), Katharine Hepburn (Bunny Watson), Gig Young (Mike Cutler), Joan Blondell (Peg Costello), Dina Merrill (Sylvia Blair).

Released – May, 1957

Directed By – Walter Lang

Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Description – Engineer Richard Sumner is on a secret mission. Espionage? Nope. Richard is “casing” the Federal Broadcasting Network for the installation of a new computer system of operation.

Why the cloak and dagger stuff? A secret merger with another large company will bring with it a great deal of additional work for the current staff. In order to not alarm the staff before the merger, Richard has been assigned to structure the introduction of two computers to help with the increased work load.

The use of two ‘electronic brains’ just may cause the loss of some jobs. One job belongs to Bunny Watson. Bunny is in charge of reference and research and also the sweetheart of rising company executive Mike Cutler.

Things get considerably more complicated as Richard begins to take a romantic interest in Bunny. Although in a relationship with Mike, Bunny realizes that he may not be interested in any kind of long-term pairing. Such as marriage.

With Richard’s new attention causing Bunny to be more and more interested in the possibilities with him she still has doubts regarding his sincerity. It is Bunny’s fear that Richard is, and will always be, more interested in the new computer system than in her.

How to find out requires just one simple test. Bunny will set the new computer system to self-destruct and see how Richard reacts to the news.

NOTABLE: Desk Set is based on a William Marchant play and the character of Bunny Watson on librarian Agnes E. Law, who had built up the CBS network’s research library.

Desk Set was the first film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn to be filmed in color.