Hello, everybody.  Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, reminding ourselves today that it’s time to catch up a couple of recent reader email.  (Need we say again that we’d love to hear from you?)

We were happy to scoop the world (we wish!) on Aug. 23 with our breathless dispatch (News Flash — Which Is The Greatest Film Of All Time? We Have The Latest Poll Results) covering the results of latest poll of international cineastes and directors by British magazine, Sight & Sound.

The poll, held once every 10 years, had put Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane at the top of the list for a half century.

But this time, there was an upset — Citizen Kane was demoted to No. 2 while Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo emerged the new winner. We were a tad upset by this but not so regular reader Wyatt Kingseed.

He writes: Quite happy with the new list. ‘Vertigo’ is a fantastic choice and much better than ‘Citizen Kane,’ in my opinion. Also love that (Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s) ‘Toyko Story’ and (John Ford’s) ‘The Searchers’ are so high.

The Ozu film was ranked No. 3 on the all-time best list while Ford’s western with John Wayne made it to No. 7.  But stay tuned.  We will soon dig down into the Sight & Sound poll results, and come up with some interesting Hollywood picks.  Did you know that Singin’ In The Rain came in at No. 20 all-time?

In response to our Belita and Suspense — What’s A Nice Figure Skater Like You Doing In A Movie Like This? blog published way back on March 28, Ed Miller writes this:

I really enjoyed your mini-appreciation of the fabulous Belita, and ‘Suspense,’ which is at last available on DVD from the Warner Archive. I just want to take two exceptions. First, I think her birth name was Gladys (not Maria) Jepson-Turner.

Second, and this is strictly subjective, I think that Belita far outshone the wooden, ever-smiling Sonia Henie in the charisma department. Someone (Richard Schickel, I think) once wrote of Henie, “Her ankles were as thick as her accent.” 

Thanks, Ed.  You inspired us to recheck our records regarding the first name of British-born figure skater Belita (aka Belita The Ice Maiden).  We should make that first names.

Here’s what we found. She was born in 1923 as Maria Belita Gladys Olive Lyne Jepson-Turner.  Wow, that IS a mouthful. The good news is that it appears we are both right.




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