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Al Pacino wanted $7 million for appearing in The Godfather Part III (1990), but settled for $5 million and points when director Francis Ford Coppola threatened to begin the movie with the funeral of Michael Corleone.
The baseball legend Lou Gehrig played himself in a western called Rawhide (1938). In the film, Gehrig quits baseball to retire out West, where he tangles with ranching racketeers.
“Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” for the movie Arthur required no fewer than four composers: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen, and Christopher Cross (who sang it). The song won an Oscar.
Check and Double Check (1930) was the first film to star Freeman F. Gosden as Amos and Charles V. Correll as Andy. The two white actors played the roles in black-face.
Judy Garland had four husbands besides Vincente Minnelli. The five husbands were: David Rose, Vincente Minnelli, Sid Luft, Mark Herron, and Mickey Deans. She was married to Minnelli from 1945 to 1951.
What was the name of the Broadway play with which Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder tried to fleece their investors in The Producers (1968)?
The name of the Broadway play in The Producers was Springtime for Hitler. Nazi refugee Franz Liebkind, played by Kenneth Mars, was the play’s author.
Edmond O’Brien is an accountant dying of radiation poisoning (caused by iridium) in the original D.O.A. (1950). In the 1988 remake, Dennis Quaid is a college professor also dying of radiation poisoning.
Emily Torchia, an MGM publicist in the Culver City office, came up with the slogan “Gable’s Back and Garson’s Got Him”. The slogan referred to Adventure (1945), Clark Gable’s first movie after his discharge from the army during World War II. The movie also starred Greer Gar-son. Torchia won a bonus of $250 for the […]
The last movie Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin made together was Hollywood or Bust (1956). It ended a successful string of seventeen releases, beginning in 1949 with My Friend Irma.
Fraser Clarke Heston went on to write the screenplay for The Mountain Men (1980), a film starring his father. He also wrote and produced Mother Lode (1982), again starring his father. Charlton Heston also codirected the latter film, with Joe Canutt, son of Western actor Yakima Canutt.
Cecil B. DeMille said, “My mind is not one that grasps the immorality of the bathroom”, defending his right to film bathtub scenes.
Paul Newman is older than Joanne Woodward. Newman was born in 1925, Woodward in 1930.
Isabella Rossellini was married to director Martin Scorsese from 1979 to 1982. Afterward, she became the companion of director David Lynch.
Daryl Van Horne was the Devil as played by Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
James Bond creator Ian Fleming wrote the book on which Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on.
Robert DeNiro had a bit part as a gypsy cabdriver in Jennifer On My Mind (1971) before Taxi Driver.
In 1938, MGM had about 120 stars and featured players under contract.
John Ford shot nine films in Monument Valley, on the Arizona-Utah line.
John Barrymore played Ahab in the original film version of Moby Dick. No one played Ishmael. The character was cut out of the screenplay, which differed heavily from Herman Melville’s novel.
SPECTRE in the James Bond movies stand for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion.”
Dorothy Parker collaborated on several screenplays, including A Star Is Born (1937), The Little Foxes (1941), Saboteur (1942), and The Fan (1949).
New York was the city in the movie On the Waterfront (1954).
“Beautiful Dreamer,” sung by Terry Moore to the giant gorilla Joe Young, tamed the savage beast in Mighty Joe Young (1949). The song reappears in Batman (1989) as the theme song for the Joker.
Twentieth Century Fox was formed in 1935. The Fox Film Corporation which was founded in 1915 by William Fox (1879-1952) merged with Twentieth Century Productions, established in 1933 by Joseph M. Schenk (1878-1961) and Darryl F. Zanuck (19021979).
Herman Raucher wrote the book Summer of ’42, which was also a movie.
Did Andy Robinson make any other movies after playing the psychotic Scorpio killer in Dirty Harry (1971)?
Andy Robinson has continued to appear in action/mystery films, including Charley Varrick (1973), The Drowning Pool (1975), and Cobra (1986).
Composer, Rod McKuen sang the hit song “Jean” over the credits of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). But the single that reached Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100 Chart” in 1969 was sung by folk singer Oliver.
Bette Davis says, “I’d love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair” in Cabin in the Cotton (1932).
Charlton Heston’s number as a galley slave in Ben-Hur was forty-one.
Stewart Granger’s real name was James Stewart.
The name of the spaceship in Silent Running (1971) was The Valley Forge. It got its name from the location used for filming some of its interiors, a decommissioned aircraft carrier called the U.S.S. Valley Forge.
The million-dollar legs belong to a racehorse by the same name. Betty Grable’s legs and the rest of the actress appeared in the movie too.
Marilyn Monroe was thirty-six when she died. She was born on June 1, 1926, and died of a sleeping pill overdose on August 5, 1962.
Yes, AlfredHitchcock directed two costume dramas, Jamaica Inn (1939), and Under Capricorn (1949), both set in the nineteenth century. Hitchcock once said he didn’t like to direct historical movies because he couldn’t “imagine anyone in a costume picture ever going to the bathroom.”
Between June 1928 and December 1929, the major studios spent about thirty-seven million dollars converting their filming structures to sound stages.
Ish Kabibble’s real name was Merwyn A. Bogue. As “Ish,” the man with the Moe Howard haircut, he did comedy with Kay Kyser and appeared in such Kyser vehicles as Carolina Blues (1944).
Raymond Massey played Abraham Lincoln twice. In Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) and in How the West Was Won (1962).
Lisa Kirk sang for Rosalind Russell in Gypsy (1962).
Yes. There was no double when Paul Newman rode the bicycle himself in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
The main model of the spaceship Discovery used in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was 54 feet long. It was filmed moving along a track 150 feet in length. A smaller, 15-foot model was used for some shots.
Animal Crackers (1930) featured Groucho singing “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”. Groucho’s character was Captain Jeffrey Spaulding, the African explorer.
Five people directed Casino Royale (1967). John Huston, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Joe McGrath, and Val Guest.
His father punished Alfred Hitchcock for a since-forgotten offense by sending him to the police station with a note. The chief of police read it and locked Hitchcock up for five to ten minutes, saying, “This is what we do to naughty boys.” Hitchcock was four or five years old at the time.
In a triumph of odd casting, Desi Arnaz, Jr., played Marco Polo and Zero Mostel played Kublai Khan, for the musical adaptation of Marco Polo’s journey to the Orient.
The acrobatic dancers the Nicholas brothers, who appeared in films like Down Argentine Way (1941), Stormy Weather (1943), and The Pirate (1948), were named Fayard and Harold Nicholas.
The Harvey Girls were waitresses in restaurants at railroad stations throughout the newly developing West. They were played by Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, and Cyd Charisse.
Anna Christie (1930), Greta Garbo’s first sound film was advertised with the slogan “Garbo Talks”.
Fatty Arbuckle was accused of killing Virginia Rappe. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was accused of killing her in a drunken stupor after a Labor Day party in San Francisco in 1921, but he was acquitted of criminal charges.
Gregory Peck was exempt from service during World War II because of a spinal injury. This helped to bring him into high demand as a leading man for films such as Days of Glory (1944), The Keys of the Kingdom (1945), and Spellbound (1945).
Sylvester Stallone appeared in eight movies before Rocky (1976): A Party at Kitty and Stud’s (The Italian Stallion) (1970); Bananas (1971); The Lords of Flatbush (1973); Capone (1973); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975); Death Race 2000 (1975); Farewell My Lovely (1975); Carquake (1975).
At what mogul’s funeral is Red Skelton said to have observed, “Give the people what they want, they’ll all show up”?
Red Skelton said, “Give the people what they want, they’ll all show up” at Harry Cohn, head of Columbia’s funeral.
What was the first in the series of films produced by Roger Corman that were inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe?
House of Usher (1960; aka The Fall of the House of Usher). Like most of the films in the series, which also included The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), it starred Vincent Price.
There was never a theatrical movie version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, but there was a 1980 TV movie starring Keir Dullea, Bud Cort, Julie Cobb, and Ron O’Neal.
William Finley played Winslow, the Phantom, in this rock-musical version of Phantom of the Opera. He was stalking evil record producer Swan (Paul Williams).
Geoffrey Unsworth and John Alcott were the cinematographers on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Alcott was also Kubrick’s cinematographer on A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980).
Paul Newman ran the family sporting goods store in Cleveland, Ohio before becoming an actor. His first critical acclaim came with his Broadway debut in Picnic in 1953; his first screen appearance was in The Silver Chalice (1954).
Zsa Zsa Gabor, Stan Laurel, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, and Lana Turner have each been married eight times.
Princess Leia Organa’s (Carrie Fisher’s) home planet in Star Wars (1977) was Alderaan.
No, Samuel Goldwyn, famous for his malapropisms, never said, “It rolls off my back like a duck”. Critic George Oppenheimer remembers coming up with this line when he was a Hollywood screenwriter. He won the commissary pool that the writers had going for the best Goldwynism of the day.