Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, a bit more chipper than usual today because we are engaging in one of our favorite pastimes — answering reader email.
From Gwendolyn Lewis, we received the following head-scratcher: In 1966, I was around 7 or 8 years old. I saw a movie with a little girl who could see and talk to a ghost who was a woman.
Her father did not believe her at first. The other part I remember is an older woman set a house on fire to kill the little girl but the woman ghost came an rescued her, and the house burned and fell in the sea.
And at the end, she and the father could see the lady ghost and I think she went to heaven. The year may have been 40s or 50s for the movie. Thank you.
Thank you, Gwendolyn. Must say, you have stumped us.
Frank thought that perhaps you might be referring to the 1973 Spanish film, The Spirit of the Beehive, in which a seven-year-old girl sees imaginary figures after viewing Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein. But that fits neither the plot line nor time frame you describe.
Another possibility is an unheralded Edward G. Robinson movie, 1947’s The Red House, about an aging couple and teenage daughter, who harbors scary visions associated with the house in the forest they share. Not sure.
Ok, let’s throw this open to our very knowledgeable readers. Can you identify the movie Gwendolyn is recalling? Please let us know.
In response to our Nov. 16 blog about novelist James M. Cain, Liz writes the following about the classic 1946 movie adaptation of his novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice:
“All hell broke loose ” …. because of stellar performances from a very well adapted script. I can’t think of anyone but Turner and Garfield doing those parts justice.
Agree, Liz. But if you get a chance, take a look at Italian director Luchino Visconti’s 1942 maiden film, Ossessione, also based on the Cain novel. The performances of the two leads (pictured above)– Clara Calamai as the young wife, Massimo Girotti as the vagabond — are dynamite.
Our James Bond Quiz (Nov. 9) inspired this from Readerman:
Claudine Auger is still the most beautiful Bond girl. That is all.
Formerly Miss France of 1958, Auger played opposite Sean Connery as “Domino” in 1965’s Thunderball. She’s still working, and still beautiful. Thanks, Readerman.
Our Nov. 19 blog (Stars By Any Name — Reel or Real) displayed four photos of familiar stars, and asked you to provide BOTH their professional and real names.
Classic Becky wrote in with:
I think I’ve got three of them — John Wayne-Marion Morrison. Rita Hayworth-Rita Cansino. Cary Grant-Archibald Leach. I don’t know Stanwyck’s real name! Very strange, since I just love her!
Regular reader Mike Sheridan opined:
The always “must see” Stanwyck’s real name is Ruby Stevens. Her early roles (ala “Baby Face”) were far ahead of their time… and she may have the best poker scene ever as Charles Coburn was trying to fleece Henry Fonda when Babs steals the scene… Love her.
Reader “Le” came in with:
Using just my memory: (Barbara Stanwyck) Ruby Catherine Stevens, (John Wayne) Marion Morrison, (Rita Hayworth) Margarita Carmen Cansino, (Cary Grant) Alexander Archibald Leach.
Thanks to all.