Todd Haynes filmed the biography of Karen Carpenter entirely with dolls. His Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1989) was pulled from release due to legal action by the Carpenter family.
Metro Pictures Corporation (founded 1915), Goldwyn Pictures Corporation (1917), and Louis B. Mayer Pictures (1918) merged to form MetroGoldwyn-Mayer. The three companies merged in 1924 under the control of Loew’s, Inc., the theater exhibition company.
Michael Anderson directed Around the World in 80 Days. Mike Todd produced the movie. Victor Young wrote the score. The score won an Oscar. S. J. Perelman wrote the screenplay. John Farrow and James Poe were uncredited contributors.
The play’s author, George Bernard Shaw, who won an Oscar for his adaptation wrote the screenplay for the film Pygmalion.
Bud Westmore and Jack Kevan created the monster costume for Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Ben Chapman played the Gill-Man above water; swimming champion Ricou Browning played him underwater.
Charlton Heston did a voice-over as God in The Ten Commandments (1956). He also had an unbilled appearance as God in Almost an Angel (1990), starring Paul Hogan.
Sloan Wilson, author of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, wrote A Summer Place.
Bette Davis said, “There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne” in Old Acquaintance (1943).
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.
Daryl Van Horne was the Devil as played by Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
No, James Cagney didn’t say “You dirty rat!” in any of his movies.
The leeches in The African Queen (1951) were made of rubber. Designed by Cliff Richardson, they had small “blood sacs” and were stuck to Humphrey Bogart’s back with waterproof adhesive.
Frank Lloyd won the Oscar for Best Director at the 1933 Academy Awards, for Cavalcade. Capra did not win in 1933 for Lady for a Day, but he won the next year for It Happened One Night.