Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, once again dipping into e-mail bag to unearth recent reader correspondence. And, we are both pleased and a tad red-faced to discover that our all correspondents this time have nice things to say about us. (We love it, we love it!)
Since we are still in the throes of the Oscar season, we’ll start off with Page’s observation about our Ray Milland — In A Straightjacket blog (Feb. 1) in which we wrote of the Milland’s intense nervousness leading up to the Academy Award ceremonies in which he won as best actor for director Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend. (Suggest checking out the blog to understand that Navarro reference.)
What a great story. I love hearing about how actors react, respond to accolades, being honored by their peers. I can’t imagine Milland not thinking he had a chance to win Oscar. (On a side note: Novarro is my favorite silent actor and he certainly was a work horse.)
We received a flattering note in response to our blog — And Cary Thought HE Was The Star, Nov. 30, 2012 — about the misapprehension of Cary Grant regarding his star status in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1941 thriller, Suspicion, costarring Joan Fontaine (above).
Fontaine recalled that Cary was fascinating to work with. He took his career very seriously. He knew how to be lit to his best advantage, and demanded that he be so. He was the STAR of Suspicion, after all. Everything had to be just right.
In her autobiography written many years later, Fontaine wrote that the only mistake he made on “Suspicion” was not realizing that the part of Lina (the mousy wife) was the major role. It was through her eyes that the story unfolded. She had all the sympathy.
Cary found this out halfway through the shooting schedule. That, plus Hitchcock’s “divide and conquer” technique (of handling actors) created a temporary distance between us by the end of the film.
Kristina was so moved by all this to write: I really blog too, and I am writing a little something similar to this excellent blog post, “And Cary Thought HE Was The Star.” Do you really care in case I personally utilize a bit of of your own concepts? Thanks for your effort.
Well, thank you Kristina. We aim to please, so utilize what you will. Above all, keep reading us.
Sharing our dismay that Dean Martin was consistently snubbed at awards season –despite his work with Jerry Lewis in comedy and his solo dramatic turns — is regular reader Dino Martin Peters, a dedicated DM fan, who writes:
Hey pallies, likes Mr. Joe and Mr. Frank, how cool to see the name of our Dino ‘gain lifted up here at your fabulous blog. Have always felt that our most beloved Dino was like totally totally robbed of even an Oscar nod for his perfect performance of the Dude in the classic western, “Rio Bravo.”