Forums

Welcome Guest 

Show/Hide Header

Welcome Guest, posting in this forum requires registration.





Pages: First << 20 21 22 [23] 24 25 26 >> Last
Author Topic: FilmStruck
Timothy-
Lane
Moderator
Posts: 580
Permalink
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 17, 2018, 16:41
Quote

Oh. That's much more reasonable. But the other is the impression I got from reading the plot summary in wikipedia. My reading may have been a bit hasty, or they may have slipped up. (I've read occasional errors in movies I'm familiar with -- but that could always be a slip-up in my own memory.)

Kung Fu Zu
Moderator
Posts: 328
Permalink
Kung Fu Zu
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 17, 2018, 16:56
Quote

Sadly, I am now older than Wayne was when "In Harm's Way" was shot. So O'Neal looks pretty good to me.

Timothy-
Lane
Moderator
Posts: 580
Permalink
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 17, 2018, 17:37
Quote

I wasn't thinking in terms of appearance, but persona. Patricia Neal was well suited to Wayne; Prentiss was much better suited to Hudson in a romantic comedy. Incidentally, I found where I went wrong, and it was hasty reading. As for age, Wayne was younger when he won the Oscar for True Grit.

Kung Fu Zu
Moderator
Posts: 328
Permalink
Kung Fu Zu
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 17, 2018, 19:05
Quote

As for age, Wayne was younger when he won the Oscar for True Grit.

Talk about hitting a guy when he's down.

Timothy-
Lane
Moderator
Posts: 580
Permalink
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 17, 2018, 19:09
Quote

I was talking my age, not yours. I'm 66. (Elizabeth is 78. Wayne never made it that far. Fortunately, she doesn't look 78, though she probably feels it.)

Kung Fu Zu
Moderator
Posts: 328
Permalink
Kung Fu Zu
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 17, 2018, 19:13
Quote

I was laughing as I read your post as I thought it witty, and replied in the same spirit. We are both getting old, but given the alternative, I can't complain. As my father used to say, "getting old is not for the faint of heart." 😛

Brad-
Nelson
Administrator
Posts: 865
Permalink
Brad Nelson
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 18, 2018, 08:59
Quote

Having been fighting a flu bug for the last 8 days, I have little sense of humor. But I do find the idea of Paula Prentiss and John Wayne to be an unusual pairing. Even amusing. I don’t know why. I think it’s in this one movie that I think Paul Prentiss excels in. Maintaining her own duties while dealing with her boyfriend, Mac, who is definitely in harm’s way is done believably, showing both an inner strength and the vulnerability of the situation. All of these people’s lives were not completely their own, try as they might.

This movie has an extremely strong cast clear down to Stanley Holloway as the island spotter, giving it at least one musical connection.

It was Jill Haworth who played the part of “Annalee” who was both Jere’s prospective wife and the object of abuse for Eddington. Dana Andrews excels as the back-bencher Admiral Broderick with Patrick O’Neal beautifully playing the boot-licking opportunist who is going to get something out of this war, and it certainly is not going to be a purple heart. Give Andrews a lot of credit for playing a character who had few admirable qualities.

Burgess Meredith strays from the confines of being a “character actor” and puts in one of his finest performances as Commander Powell. “Dallas” is represented by Larry Hagman, “Star Trek” by Barbara Bouchet (Kelinda, “By Any Other Name”), “All in the Family” with Carol O’Connor, Wayne’s old cohort or villain (I forget which) from “Cahill U.S. Marshal,” George Kennedy, a Mitchum yute makes an appearance (James), “Dr. Stranglove” is represented by Slim Pickens, and last but not least is the stupid convention of “CINCPAC II” when we all know it’s Chester Nimitiz that Henry Fonda would reprise later in “Midway.” One of the best lines in the movie is “CINCPAC II” to Wayne after what Wayne thinks is a court-martial-worthy disaster in Pala Passage:

I’m having you flown to the States, but not for court martial. They'll stick a peg leg on you and ship you back. You'll stump to Tokýo with the rest of us. You'll do it from the deck of a ship in command of a task force.

Rarely does John Wayne get to play the part of being astonished. Usually he’s the one doing that to others. He is that here.

Timothy-
Lane
Moderator
Posts: 580
Permalink
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 18, 2018, 10:01
Quote

Yes, I noticed that when wikipedia mentioned that CINCPAC II was based on Nimitz, and was being played by Fonda (I have seen Midway). They also said that CINCPAC I was based on the scapegoated Husband E. Kimmel. And I noticed the impressive list of actors, though I didn't make all the connections you did. I would make other connections, anyway -- Burgess Meredith as the Penguin in the Batman series (and also as a frequent actor on The Twilight Zone), George Kennedy for Cool Hand Luke and The Eiger Sanction (which aside from its many other merits, has scenery as good as any other movie), and Larry Hagman mainly for I Dream of Jeannie and an odd TV movie called The Return of the World's Greatest Detective as well as Dallas.

MAD Magazine, introducing its parody of the movie M*A*S*H, had John Wayne mention various distinguished war movies he made and calling the parody subject an affront to good taste. Then Dana Andrews lists various distinguished war movies he made and also calling it an affront to good taste. Then Adolf Hitler lists various distinguished wars he made (such as "The Rape of Poland" and "The Genocide of Millions", as I recall) and says even he found the movie an affront to good taste. "So it must be bad."

Brad-
Nelson
Administrator
Posts: 865
Permalink
Brad Nelson
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 18, 2018, 12:43
Quote

Yes, Meredith could as easily have been associated with Batman (although I prefer the Twilight Zone connection). George Kennedy has been in everything. I saw him in an early episode of Have Gun Will Travel. Yes, you guessed it, he played the bad guy. A very bad guy.

Meredith was also good in the iconic Incident at Dead Horse two-part episode from “Rawhide.” It runs much like The Twilight Zone meets a Western. This role comes, interestingly, just a year before “In Harm’s Way.” And it was just a couple years after his various work in The Twilight Zone, so you could say he was in his prime. He did a lot of TV but seems under-used as an actor. But then came Rocky and his career really took off…or he came to be noticed by a new generation or two.

Timothy-
Lane
Moderator
Posts: 580
Permalink
Post Re: FilmStruck
on: March 18, 2018, 13:38
Quote

Meredith appeared early in the 1st season in The Twilight Zone ("All the Time in the World"), and twice in the 2nd season ("Mr. Dingle the Strong" and "The Obsolete Man"). His final appearance was an hour-long episode ("Printer's Devil"). One early movie role was as Herbert Gelman in Advise and Consent. On The Wild, Wild West he had a role as a scientist who sets off earthquakes with dynamite on fault lines, and plans to take over the territory of Wyoming as a science/arts utopia. At then end, with a blackboard in his jail cell, he's trying to work out what went wrong, and the equation "E=mc squared" is shown. He also had a modest role in the Goldie Hawn-Chevy Chase comic thriller Foul Play (he was her landlord and friend, with a pet python who played a significant role in the plot at one point). He also narrated a TV special on the KGB (a long way from his Blacklist days).

Pages: First << 20 21 22 [23] 24 25 26 >> Last
Mingle Forum by cartpauj
Version: 1.0.34 ; Page loaded in: 0.252 seconds.