Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, once again dipping into our emailbag — one of our favorite pastimes — to unearth recent reader comments. This time, our March 15 blog (YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES FOR SAINT PADDY’S DAY?) drew some interesting responses.
Just to refresh, Joe’s pick was what he termed “the obvious.” Referring to the 1953 John Ford classic costarring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, he wrote: “The best classic film ever shot in Ireland, The Quiet Man.” Regular reader Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman) provided this tidbit in response:
Last year at the Toronto Irish Film Festival I had the pleasure of seeing a documentary called “Dreaming the Quiet Man”. It is a scholarly, informative and humorous documentary which I can’t recommend highly enough.
Thanks, Patrica. We’ll have to look for it.
Taci did not mention the Ford picture, but instead wrote:
My vote goes to “The Fugitive” (1993). Maybe we can consider it classic after 20 years and there are scenes in the movie, when Harrison Ford escapes Tommy Lee Jones during the St. Patrick’s Parade in Chicago.
Yes, indeed, Taci, residents of the Windy City take Saint Patrick’s Day very seriously. They even dye the Chicago River green to mark the occasion. Again, just to refresh, The Fugitive concerns the hunt for Ford (pictured above) as a doctor wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, and the dogged federal marshall (Jones) who pursues him. A slick, well-done picture, one that we don’t normally associate with Saint Paddy’s Day.
Our March 6 blog, Cup Runneth Over — Film Legends (a lot of ’em) In The Same Film, about 1942’s Tales of Manhattan and the film’s abundance of top-name stars in the cast — elicited this comment from Patricia Nolan-Hall:
I haven’t even thought about “Tales of Manhattan” in ages. My favourite episode is the one starring Edward G. Robinson. Eddie always does it for me. As far as other movies featuring a cast of luminaries, would you consider “The Women”? How about “Executive Suite”?
Robinson always does it for us too, Patricia. And, yes, 1939’s The Women directed by George Cukor certainly supplies a heaping portion of female stars — Joan Crawford (pictured below), Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Paulette Goddard, Marjorie Main, Ruth Hussey, Virginia Grey and (get this!) Hedda Hopper. What more could one ask for?
1954’s Executive Suite boasted William Holden, June Allyson, Barbara Stanwyck, Fredric March, Walter Pidgeon, Louis Calhern, Shelley Winters, Paul Douglas, Nina Foch and Dean Jagger.
On the same subject, regular reader Mike Sheridan adds:
How about (1963’s) “Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” and the old “Big Broadcasts” of (1932 through 1938)? Not to mention “Grand Hotel” and some of Warner Bros. gangster flicks. “Duffy’s Tavern”? Great question of the day guys.
Finally, way back on July 14, 2011, we wrote about Susan Hayward and wondered whether the actress was (perhaps justifiably) a “forgotten star.” Well, we have received since then several emails disagreeing with our premise.
Here’s the latest from Dottie:
I remember her since I was a kid. Her acting was strong, realistic, yet can be tender. She is also a real beauty. Miss those solid performances.
Thanks to our contributors, and, please, keep those cards and letters coming.