Roger Edens and Leonard Gershe wrote the additional songs for Funny Face (1957). The other songs were by George and Ira Gershwin.
The National Legion of Decency was formed in 1934, by a group of Roman Catholic bishops. Through it, films were reviewed and rated for their decency. If the movie was not approved, a boycott was advised.
Sidney Howard is credited with the screenplay for Gone With the Wind (1939).
Who supplied the voice of Laurence Olivier in the restored bath scene in Spartacus (1960, restored 1991)?
Anthony Hopkins supplied the voice of Laurence Olivier in the restored bath scene in Spartacus (1960, restored 1991).
The first name of Dr. Frankenstein in the 1931 Universal version of Frankenstein was Henry, played by Colin Clive. In the book by Mary Shelley the character’s name was Victor. Victor’s son’s name in Son of Frankenstein (1931) was Wolf, as in Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, played by Basil Rathbone.
Jack Schaefer wrote the book Shane, which was also movie.
Gene Wilder’s character in Young Frankenstein (1974) was Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, pronounced “FRONK-ensteen.”
Marlon Brando was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1924.
As noted at the end of the film, John Milner (Paul LeMat) was killed by a drunken driver in December, 1964; Terry Fields (Charlie Martin Smith) was reported missing in action near An Loc in December, 1965; Steve Bolander (Ronny Howard) is an insurance agent in Modesto, California; Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) is a writer […]
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.
Yes, the characters in A Man and a Woman (1966) did have names. The man’s name was Jean-Louis Duroc (Jean-Louis Trintignant). The woman’s name was Anne Gauthier (Anouk Aimee).
John Huston and Truman Capote wrote the screenplay for Beat the Devil (1954). Huston directed.
A Family Affair (1937), with Lionel Barrymore as Judge Hardy and Mickey Rooney as his son Andy, was the first film in which Andy Hardy appeared. The Andy Hardy series began officially, however, with You’re Only Young Once (1938), with Lewis Stone as Judge James Hardy. George B. Seitz directed most of the Andy Hardy […]
Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca (1942) said, “The problems of the world are not my department. I’m a saloon keeper”.
Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles were credited with the screenplay for Citizen Kane (1940).
Chariots of Fire (1981) portrays the 1924 Olympics in Paris.
The sequel to the silent version of The Mark of Zorro (1925) was Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925). Douglas Fairbanks played Don Diego Vega (Zorro) in both movies, and also Don Cesar de Vega, the son of Zorro.
James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, and died in a car crash on September 30, 1955.
Stewart became an Air Force colonel, Gable an Air Force major during World War II.
Monty Norman and John Barry have both been credited with writing the James Bond theme song.
Woody Allen said, “This year I’m a star, but what will I be next year, a black hole.”
“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.
The Island of Lost Souls (1933) was the first movie with the line “The natives are restless tonight”. It is said by Charles Laughton.
Charlton Heston’s son, Fraser played the infant Moses in The Ten Commandments.
From its founding in 1979 until 1990, the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre and Institute for Theatre Training was located in Jupiter, Florida. Since then, the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training has moved to Tequesta, Florida, while the dinner theatre (under new ownership) has become the Jupiter Dinner Theatre.
Playwright Mary Chase placed Harvey, the invisible rabbit companion of Elwood P. Dowd, at six feet, one and a half inches tall. Elwood P. Dowd was played by James Stewart in the movie version of Harvey (1950). James Stewart was six feet, three and a half inches tall.
Yul Brynner was born on July 12, 1915, on Sakhalin, an island east of Siberia and north of Japan. In the late 1960s Brynner moved to Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen. His ancestry was part Gypsy. He died in 1985.
The story of Baron Munchausen has been filmed three times, with these actors starring as the Baron: Baron Miienchhausen (1943, Germany) Hans Albers The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1961, Czechoslovakia) Milos Kopecky The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989) John Neville
John Wayne Airport is at Santa Ana, Orange County, California.
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.
Charles Foster Kane’s estate in Citizen Kane, Xanadu, was on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The estate of William Randolph Hearst, on whom Kane was based, is located in San Simeon, California.
Tina Balser was the mad housewife in Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970). She was played by Carrie Snodgress in an Oscar-nominated performance. Her husband, Jonathan Balser, was played by Richard Benjamin.
One female director has been nominated for an Academy Award. Lina Wertmuller was nominated for Seven Beauties in 1976. She didn’t win.
The name of the United States president in Dr. Strangelove was Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers). The president’s name in Seven Days in May ( 1964 ) was Jordan Lyman (Fredric March). The president’s name in The Man (1972) was Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones).
Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss was the piece that plays during the space ballet in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Four of William Goldman’s novels have been adapted for the screen: Marathon Man (1976), Magic (1978), Heat (1987), and The Princess Bride (1987).
Marty, played by Ernest Borgnine, was a butcher in the Bronx in the 1955 movie.
The Disney movie Son of Flubber (1963) was a sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). Both films starred Fred MacMurray as Professor Ned Brainard. Flubber, or “flying rubber,” was an invention of his.
Suzanne Somers played the woman in the white 1956 Thunderbird in American Graffiti (1973).
Mildred Pierce was a waitress who bought an eatery that she built into a chain of restaurants.
Fahrenheit 451 (1967) is Francois Truffaut’s only film in English.
Cary Grant had five wives: Virginia Cherrill, Barbara Hutton, Betsy Drake, Dyan Cannon, and Barbara Harris.
Sabotage (1936, UK; released in the U.S. as A Woman Alone). It was based on Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent. It is not to be confused with Hitchcock’s The Secret Agent, released earlier that year and based on Somerset Maugham’s novel Ashenden.
Julia Roberts and Eric Roberts are brother and sister. Eric Roberts is eleven years older.
Jean Harlow said “Do you mind if I slip into something more comfortable?” in Hell’s Angels (1930).
There were four brothers who started the studio named Warner Brothers: Harry (1881-1958), Albert (1884-1967), Sam (1888-1927), and Jack (1892-1978). They were the children of Jewish immigrants from Poland. They founded the studio in 1923.
The O in David O. Selznick (1902-1965) stood for Oliver.
Rebecca Welles’s father was Orson Welles; Princess Yasmin Aga Khan’s father was Prince Aly Khan.
Walter Brennan asked, “Was you ever bit by a dead bee” nearly everyone he met in To Have and Have Not (1944).
James Cagney’s sign-off line (as George M. Cohan) in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) was “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.”
C. C. stands for Calvin Clifford in the 1960 film The Apartment. The character was played by Jack Lemmon.
Robert Redford played in the major league baseball team New York Knights in The Natural (1984).
Robert Taylor was born Spangler Arlington Brugh. He was born in Filley, Nebraska, in 1911.
At the height of their careers as newspaper columnists in Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons had together about seventy-five million readers.
John Ford shot nine films in Monument Valley, on the Arizona-Utah line.
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.
Howie Mandel did the voice for the gremlin Gizmo in Gremlins (1984).
What was the name of director John L. Sullivan’s (Joel McCrea’s) “serious” film that he wanted to research in Sullivan’s Travels (1941)?
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? was the film in planning that set director John L. Sullivan on the road. He had become famous doing popular movies like Hey Hey in the Hayloft and So Long, Sarong.
Herman Raucher wrote the book Summer of ’42, which was also a movie.