TCM ‘Fan Favorite’ Segments: Four Fans to Share Favorite Films with Us!

Four TCM Fans to Share their Favorite Films with us
on TCM Saturday April 11!

Another exciting day for TCM fans… As a follow-up to their November salute to Fan Favorite Films, TCM will be airing their latest “Fan Favorites” programming today.  That said, Ben Mankiewicz will be video chatting with four passionate classic movie fans as they each introduce one of their favorite classic films to us. So tune into Turner Classic Movies today to watch — and get to know some of our fabulous fellow film fans…

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Here’s the schedule: April 11, all EST times:

12:15PM: Footlight Parade (1933)
with Christina Rinaldi (@chrissydee713)

2:15PM: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
with Terry Towles Canote (@mercurie80)

4:00PM: The Way We Were (1973)
with Donna D’Andrea (@DonnaD89)

6:15PM: The Defiant Ones (1958)
with  Steve Zeoke

A big thanks to TCM for letting us finally ‘meet’ our twitter friends…

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–Annmarie from Classic Movie Hub

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“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Edition CD Giveaway (via Facebook and Blog, April)

“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Edition CD Giveaway
Qualifying Entry Task for Facebook/Blog Contest

As part of our month-long “The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Celebration, we will be giving way TWO copies of The Sound Of Music 50th Anniversary Edition CD via Facebook and this Blog courtesy of Legacy Recordings!

Here’s how you can enter to win a CD…

In order to qualify to win a copy of The Sound Of Music 50th Anniversary Edition CD via this Facebook/Blog contest, you must complete the following task by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST.  Two winners will be picked by random drawing and announced on Facebook and this Blog on Sunday, May 3.

If you’re also on Twitter and want more chances to win, visit us at@ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away FOUR more CDs there as well! 

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition CD

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:

Why is The Sound of Music special to you? 

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Please note that only Continental United States residents (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Sony Legacy on Twitter at @SonyLegacyRecs

And if you can’t wait to win the CD, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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“We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart” Book Giveaway (via Facebook and Blog, April)

“We’ll Have Manhattan” Book Giveaway
Qualifying Entry Task for Facebook/Blog Contest

As part of this month’s Rodgers and Hart book giveaway contest, we’ll also be giving away TWO copies of  “We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart” on Facebook and this Blog, courtesy of Oxford University Press.

We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

In order to qualify to win a copy of “We’ll Have Manhattan” via this Facebook/Blog contest, you must complete the following task by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST. Two winners will be picked by random drawing and announced on Facebook and this Blog on Sunday, May 3.

If you’re also on Twitter and want more chances to win, visit us at @ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away FOUR more books there as well! 

Rodgers and Hart

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
What is it that you love about Rodgers and Hart music? 

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Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canadian residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States or Canada (as noted above).

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About the book: Written by musical theater historian, Dominic Symonds, “We’ll Have Manhattan” provides unprecedented insight into the unexamined years of Rodgers and Hart’s partnership, from their first meeting in 1919 through their decision in the early 1930s to try their luck in Hollywood. The book also provides an analytical commentary on their professional development and its influence on the changing landscape of the American musical.

You can follow Oxford University Press Music on twitter at @OUPMusic.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can buy it here (click image):

We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Event Ticket Giveaway (via Facebook and this Blog)

Win Tickets to see “The Sound of Music” on the Big Screen!
A Special Event in Select Cinemas Nationwide April 19 & April 21

The cinemas are alive with The Sound of Music! And, CMH is very happy to say that, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of the film, we’ll be giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets via Facebook and this Blog to see “The Sound of Music” on the Big Screen, courtesy of Fathom Events!

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day only event on Sunday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. (check theater listings here)

That said, here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets via this contest:
In order to qualify to win a pair of tickets via this Facebook/Blog contest, you must complete the following task by Wednesday, April 15 at 7PM EST. Two winners will be picked by random drawing and announced on Facebook and this Blog on Thursday April 16. Each winner will win one pair of tickets to the event.

If you’re also on Twitter and want more chances to win, visit us at @ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away TEN PAIRs of tickets there as well! That’s right, TEN more pairs of tickets!!!

TCM Presents The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Event Fathom Events

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Wednesday, April 15 at 7PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
What is one of your favorite scenes in the movie “The Sound of Music” and why? 

IMPORTANT NOTE for all prizing: This is a special two-day only event at select theaters nationwide on Sunday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please check here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you:
April 19 and April 22 theater list (choose from the drop down list of theaters)

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Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Can’t wait to win? You can buy tickets here:
Turner Classic Movies Presents The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Event

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“In the Company of Legends” – Exclusive Interview with Authors Joan Kramer and David Heeley

 

“In the Company of Legends” in stores April 16
Exclusive Interview with authors Joan Kramer and David Heeley

Starting with their award winning profiles of Fred Astaire in 1980, Joan Kramer and David Heeley documented the lives and careers of some of Hollywood’s greatest legends, establishing a reputation for finding the un-findable, persuading the reluctant, and maintaining unique relationships with the stars long after the end credits rolled.  And now, for the first time, we can read all about their extraordinary experiences in their new book, In the Company of Legends – which will be available in stores next Tuesday, April 16.  But that’s not all — CMH is happy to say that Joan and David have honored us with an exclusive interview about their book!

I do want to add here, that I found this book absolutely captivating and entertaining, a truly enjoyable read. It’s a treasure trove of play-by-plays and behind-the scene stories that give us great insight into these powerful, yet very human, Hollywood legends.

A big Thank You to Joan and David for taking the time to do this interview — and to Beaufort Books for supplying CMH with some wonderful behind-the-scenes photos to use in this blog post.

In the Company of Legends by Joan Kramer and David Heeley

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Before we start our interview, I just want to mention that Joan and David will be co-hosting a night of programming on TCM with Robert Osborne tomorrow night (April 7) starting at 8PM EST.  They’ll be showing five of their documentaries: James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987) at 8PM,  The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986) at 9:45PM, Fonda on Fonda (1992) at 11:30PM, Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) at 12:30AM (April 8) and Bacall on Bogart (1988) at 2AM (April 8).

And now, for the interview…

classic movie documentary film makers joan kramer and david heeleyDocumentary film-makers and, now authors, David Heeley and Joan Kramer

“As with so many events in life, our meeting each other was a matter of chance. The fact that we then began working together was the luck of the draw”

CMH: Can you share with our readers a little bit about your respective backgrounds and how you ‘chanced’ to work together?

David: We have very different backgrounds. I’m from the north of England, had an education that veered towards the sciences (my degree from Oxford is in Physics) and started my career at the BBC in London, where I was a director.

Joan: I was born and raised in Chicago and was a ballet dancer and assistant choreographer before beginning my television production career as an associate producer for The Dick Cavett Show on ABC. In the late 1970s WNET was producing a weekly show about the arts in New York called Skyline. David and I were assigned to each other for one of the shows, and it went on from there.

CMH: Your initial work together was in the local programming arena. What was it about the dynamics of your relationship that set the stage for bigger things to come?

David: We discovered that we each have different strengths. And for the most part those strengths complement each other. That doesn’t mean that we never disagree, in fact we often argue. But that is healthy, and can stop us moving in the wrong direction.

Joan: I’m a phone person and was the one who usually made the first contact with celebrities. David is more technically-inclined, which I’m not at all.

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 Fred Astaire's top hat

“Mr. Astaire is furious!”

CMH:  Together, you’ve been able to document the lives and careers of some of Hollywood’s greatest movie stars — and, in the process, you’ve established a reputation for finding the unfindable and persuading the reluctant.  Your first two profiles of Fred Astaire, “Puttin’ on His Top Hat” and the Emmy award-winning “Change Partners and Dance,” were no exceptions. Although Astaire ultimately allowed you to proceed ‘because of your tenacity’ (lucky for us), you also had to persuade others to participate, including Ginger Rogers. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Dave: We knew we had to go all out to persuade Ginger Rogers to appear. But Ginger was fed up with talking about Fred. She’d received an Oscar for Kitty Foyle, and felt that she’d had an important career quite separate from the times she danced with Astaire. But everyone still wanted to talk about the films she and Astaire made together. It took all our skills of persuasion to get her to agree to an interview – which was worth the effort, because she had lots to say about those famous dance numbers.

Joan: After writing to Ginger Rogers to ask her to participate and receiving a fast “No,” I told David that he should call her. He’s a man, a director, and has a British accent, which I knew would be foolproof…and it was.

CMH: The Astaire documentaries were just the first in a long line of coups for you, not the least of which was convincing Katharine Hepburn to consent to a documentary about herself. Hepburn was known to be strong-willed and had quite a reputation for protecting her privacy, yet you were able to change her flat-out ‘no’ to an effective ‘yes’ in a matter of minutes.  Could you please tell us a little bit about that pivotal phone conversation?

Dave: I had to gather all my courage to pick up the phone and dial Hepburn’s number. She answered herself, and in the space of that call my emotions went from intimidation to elation. How that transpired is vivid in my memory to this day, and is recounted in detail in Chapter Three, called “That Won’t Work – They’re All Dead”, which is a clue to what happened.

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David Heeley with Katharine Hepburn, In the Company of LegendsDavid directing Katharine Hepburn

“By producing ‘Starring Katharine Hepburn,” we’d passed the obstacle course through which she puts people before deciding whether or not to trust them.”  

CMH: The Hepburn documentary was a success, earning an Emmy nomination, and the approval of Hepburn.  It laid the foundation for two more projects (the Emmy award-winning “The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn” and “Katharine Hepburn: All About Me”)  — and launched a life-long friendship with Hepburn. Over the years you’ve been privy to what fans can only imagine. That said, can you give us a little insight into the ‘everyday’ Katharine Hepburn?  

David and Joan: Katharine Hepburn was raised in a family that encouraged its children to participate in the conversation of “the adults”; to understand that there are injustices in the world; to respect others. We hope the book reveals the more personal side of Kate – almost as a companion to our profile Katharine Hepburn: All About Me. She loved Sedutto’s mocha chip ice cream, home-made brownies, and lace cookies. She wanted people to feel comfortable in her house – going out of her way to find a chair for a stagehand. Knowing her certainly enriched our lives.

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In the Company of Legends, Joan Kramer, David Heeley, with James Stewart and wife Gloria

David and Joan with James Stewart and wife Gloria

CMH: Despite being hit with quite a bombshell early on in the project, you were able to secure James Stewart for the documentary, “A Wonderful Life”.  Given that James Stewart and Ronald Reagan were long-time friends, you sent a letter to The White House requesting an interview with President Reagan. The reply came back denying the interview, but there was something very interesting about that letter that prompted you to try again. Can you elaborate on that for us?

David and Joan: So many of our requests to interview people resulted in a negative response. But one thing you learn quickly is to persevere – and that proved very true in this case. Not many letters addressed to the President of the Unites States make it through the system. Ours got as far as the Director of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling, which is probably further than most. But in turning us down, he made a crucial mistake, which in turn gave us an opening. With this ammunition, we tried another approach. And in the end, we got an interview with both Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

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Johnny Carson, James Stewart and David Heeley on backlot, In the Company of LegendsDavid with Johnny Carson and Jimmy Stewart on the Universal backlot

“There’s a toughness, a stick-to-your-guns kind of courage and strength underneath that genuine niceness.”  

CMH: In working with James Stewart you witnessed his professionalism and gentlemanly character first hand — and also his steadfast ability to stand his ground over things he didn’t want to discuss.  How would you say that Stewart’s image measured up to the real man or vice versa?

David and Joan: Audiences tend to think of James Stewart as the character in It’s a Wonderful Life or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. But we shouldn’t forget the tougher roles in Winchester 73, Bend of the River, etc., and the very complex parts he played in the Hitchcock movies like Vertigo and Rear Window. He was able to perform all those roles convincingly because there were so many sides to his own character. He was certainly gentlemanly and charming, but he also had led bombing raids over Germany in World War Two – you have to be tough to do that. We saw a little bit of that toughness and determination during our interview with him. But the strongest images that remain are of the day we spent shooting with him and Johnny Carson on the Universal backlot. He was charming, friendly and utterly professional. All things you would expect from Jimmy Stewart.

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Audrey Hepburn, In the Company of LegendsAudrey Hepburn, The Fred Astaire Songbook documentary (1991)

CMH: You’ve interacted with so many Hollywood legends over the years — from Astaire, Hepburn and Stewart as mentioned above — to Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Johnny Carson, among others.  At times it must have seemed quite surreal… What memories stand out in your minds as the ‘pinch me to see if I’m awake’ moments?

David and Joan: When we’re working we’re usually too busy to be impressed by anything. It’s only later that we sometimes said, “Did that really happen?” In fact, writing this book has been a series of “did that really happen” moments: directing Katharine Hepburn for the first time; lunch with Jane Fonda and Ted Turner on Jane’s terrace in Santa Monica; Johnny Carson showing us around his home at Point Dume; Lew Wasserman inviting us to see his movie memorabilia collection.  And many, many more!

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directing Katharine Hepburn, In the Company of LegendsKatharine Hepburn, The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)

“We met some remarkable people, and we”ll never see their likes again.”  

CMH: You share such a treasure trove of fascinating play-by-plays and behind-the-scenes stories with us — too many to mention here — but I do want to give fans a sense of the scope of your book. So, to take the above question one step further, can you share with us at least one of your favorite behind-the-scenes stories?

David: It’s hard to pick a favorite, but here’s one fun episode. We were filming with Katharine Hepburn on the MGM lot for a show about Spencer Tracy. I’d planned a shot on the roof of the famous Thalberg building which gave us a view of 20th Century Fox, where Tracy had once been a contract player. However there was no fence or guardrail at the roof’s edge, just a low wall. And, not having a very good head for heights myself, I wasn’t going to ask Hepburn to get any closer to it than was comfortable for me, so I suggested she stand about three feet in. But as we were setting up, she said, “Wouldn’t it be better if I sat on the ledge?” “Possibly,” I said, “But I don’t want to risk losing the star.” “Oh, nonsense,” she replied dismissively, perching herself on the narrow parapet. “I can see tomorrow’s headlines: ‘Star Falls Off Roof of Thalberg Building – Or Was Pushed!’” she laughed.

Joan: One of my favorite moments was picking up the phone and hearing, “Hello Joan. It’s Kate Hepburn. Why don’t we do a show together about Spencer?”

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spencer tracy diary page about  starting work with Katharine Hepburn on Woman of the Year 1941Entry page in Spencer Tracy diary from Aug 27, 1941… started working with Katharine Hepburn, Woman of the Year…

CMH: You’ve been able to collect some very special momentos over the years — from autographs and photos to lithographs and, yes, even paper towels. If you had to pick, what are some of your most prized possessions?

David and Joan: The James Stewart sketches of Harvey (in the book). Hirschfeld lithographs of Tracy and Hepburn signed, one for each of us, with the inscription, “My affection and gratitude.” The Henry Fonda drawings given to us by Shirlee Fonda (in the book). We could go on. There are more that mean a great deal to us.

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lauren bacall with david heeley, In the Company of LegendsDavid with Lauren Bacall filming the Bacall on Bogart documentary (1988)

“In the documentary arena, the list of those we did work with still astounds us.”  

CMH: Okay — now brace yourself for the toughest question of all! If you had to choose just one documentary that you are particularly fond of, or proud of, which one would it be, and why?

David and Joan: That is like asking parents to say who is their favorite child, or wanting Fred Astaire to choose his favorite partner. They all have a special place, and each is memorable in one way or another. However, if we’re forced to choose, we would have to say Katharine Hepburn: All About Me. It was the last of our many collaborations with Kate. And it was unique in its approach. None of the other profiles had its subject as host, telling her own story directly to the viewer – a style that worked so well largely because of Hepburn’s unique personality.

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Joan and David’s documentaries include:

Fred Astaire: Puttin’ On His Top Hat 1980
Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance 1980
Starring Katharine Hepburn 1981
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward 1984
Judy Garland: The Concert Years 1985
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life 1987
Bacall on Bogart 1988
Broadway’s Dreamers: The Legacy of The Group Theatre 1989
The Perfect Tribute 1991
The Fred Astaire Songbook 1991
Fonda on Fonda 1992
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me 1993
The Universal Story 1996
The Lady with the Torch 1999
The John Garfield Story 2003
The Adventures of Errol Flynn 2005

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Thanks again to Joan Kramer, David Heeley, and Beaufort Books for this fascinating book and interview. To purchase the book on amazon, just click here or click on the image below:

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Event Ticket Giveaway (via Twitter April 6 through April 20)

Win Tickets to see “The Sound of Music” on the Big Screen!
A Special Event in Select Cinemas Nationwide April 19 & April 21

The cinemas are alive with The Sound of Music! And, CMH is very happy to say that, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of the film, we’ll be giving away TEN PAIRS of tickets via Twitter to see “The Sound of Music” on the Big Screen, courtesy of Fathom Events!

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day only event on Sunday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. (check theater listings here)

That said, here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets:
In order to qualify to win a pair of tickets via this Twitter contest, you must complete the following task by Monday, April 20 at 1PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first time that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following drawings until the contest is over.

  • Wednesday, April 8: Two Winners (each winner wins a pair of tickets)
  • Thursday, April 9: Two Winners (each winner wins a pair of tickets)
  • Wednesday, April 15: Two Winners (each winner wins a pair of tickets)
  • Thursday, April 16: Three Winners (each winner wins a pair of tickets)
  • Friday, April 17: One Winner (each winner wins a pair of tickets)

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter, the day after each winner is picked at 7PM EST (for example, we will announce the first two winners on Thursday April 9 at 7PM EST on Twitter). Please note that our three Thursday 4/16 winners will be announced on Thursday evening 4/16 at 10PM EST and our 4/17 (last winner) will be announced on Friday 4/17 at 12noon EST. If you’re also on Facebook and want more chances to win, visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away TWO PAIRs of tickets there as well!

TCM Presents The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Event Fathom Events

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Friday, April 17 at 11AM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win tickets to see “The Sound of Music” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub and @fathomevents #SOM50th

THE QUESTION:
Why is The Sound of Music special to you? 

IMPORTANT NOTE for all prizing: This is a special two-day only event at select theaters nationwide on Sunday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please check here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you:
April 19 and April 22 theater list (choose from the drop down list of theaters)

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Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Can’t wait to win? You can buy tickets here:
Turner Classic Movies Presents The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Event

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart” Book Giveaway (via Twitter April 6 through May 2)

“We’ll Have Manhattan” Book Giveaway
Qualifying Entry Task for Twitter Contest

Manhattan,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Blue Moon,” “Bewitched,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Isn’t It Romantic?” — shall I go on…

I am happy to announce that CMH will be giving away FOUR copies of  “We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart” on Twitter this month, courtesy of Oxford University Press.

We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

In order to qualify to win a copy of “We’ll Have Manhattan” via this Twitter contest, you must complete the following task by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Saturday, April 11: One Winner
  • Saturday, April 18: One Winner
  • Saturday, April 25: One Winner
  • Saturday, May 2: One Winner

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter, the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST (for example, we will announce the first winner on Sunday April 12 at 9PM EST on Twitter). If you’re also on Facebook and want more chances to win, visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away TWO books there as well!

Rodgers and Hart

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win “We’ll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart” courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub and @OUPMusic #BookGiveaway

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Rodgers and Hart song, and why? 

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Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canadian residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States or Canada (as noted above).

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About the book: Written by musical theater historian, Dominic Symonds, “We’ll Have Manhattan” provides unprecedented insight into the unexamined years of Rodgers and Hart’s partnership, from their first meeting in 1919 through their decision in the early 1930s to try their luck in Hollywood. The book also provides an analytical commentary on their professional development and its influence on the changing landscape of the American musical.

You can follow Oxford University Press Music on twitter at @OUPMusic.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can buy it here (click image):

We'll Have Manhattan: The Early Work of Rodgers & Hart

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Edition CD Giveaway (via Twitter April 6 through May 2)

“The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Edition CD Giveaway
Qualifying Entry Task for Twitter Contest

I’m happy to say that it’s another exciting month here at CMH for “The Sound of Music” fans! As part of our month-long celebration of the film’s release 50 years ago, we’ll be giving way FOUR copies of The Sound Of Music 50th Anniversary Edition CD via Twitter courtesy of Legacy Recordings!

Here’s how you can enter to win a CD…

In order to qualify for to win a copy of The Sound Of Music 50th Anniversary Edition CD via this Twitter contest giveaway, you must complete the following task by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Saturday, April 11: One Winner
  • Saturday, April 18: One Winner
  • Saturday, April 25: One Winner
  • Saturday, May 2: One Winner

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter, the day after each winner is picked at 8PM EST (for example, we will announce the first winner on Sunday April 12 at 8PM EST on Twitter). If you’re also on Facebook and want more chances to win, visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional CD giveaways — because we’ll be giving away TWO CDs there as well!

The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary Edition CD

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, May 2 at 7PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win “The Sound of Music” 50th Anniversary Edition CD courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub and @SonyLegacyRecs #CDGiveaway

THE QUESTION:
Which songs from The Sound of Music are particularly special to you and why? 

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Please note that only Continental United States residents (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Sony Legacy on Twitter at @SonyLegacyRecs

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The Pre-Code Blogathon: She Done Him Wrong (1933)

“I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.” -Mae West

With her voluptuous figure, suggestive manner and risque dialog, Mae West is arguably the most iconic ‘come on’ queen of her time. Groundbreaking, and at times even controversial, she was known for her blunt sexuality and bawdy double entendres, making a name for herself as a comedienne, actress and writer both on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood films.

mae west gif

Released in 1933, the film She Done Him Wrong was based on West’s successful self-penned 1928 Broadway play Diamond Lil. She Done Him Wrong was West’s second film and first starring role – complete with all kinds of pre-code naughtiness including prostitution, booze, robbery, murder, counterfeiting, white slavery and, of course, West’s signature sexual innuendo. It was nominated for an Outstanding Production Academy Award (now known as Best Picture), and in 1996, was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry for being ”culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.  The film was a huge box office hit, grossing $3 million (against a $200,000 budget), and has been credited with helping save Paramount from bankruptcy. It is also known as the film that starred newcomer Cary Grant in one of his first major roles.

So let’s celebrate this iconic sex siren by sharing some steamy quips and quotes from her Pre-Code classic film She Done Him Wrong

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mae west she done him wrong , Serge Stanieff: I am delighted. I have heard so much about you.  Lady Lou: Yeah, but you can't prove it.

Serge Stanieff (Gilbert Roland): I am delighted. I have heard so much about you.
Lady Lou (Mae West): Yeah, but you can’t prove it.

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mae west she done him wrong, when women go wrong men go right after them

Lady Lou: Mens all alike, married or single. It’s their game. I happen to be smart enough to play it their way.

Sally (Rochelle Hudson): Who’d want me after what I’ve done?
Lady Lou: Listen, when women go wrong, men go right after them.

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mae west she done him wrong Come up again - any time.

Lady Lou: Come up again – any time.
Serge Stanieff: I shall, then I hope you will be alone.
Lady Lou: So do I… warm, dark and handsome.

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mae west she done him wrong, Wouldn't hurt me any to have a new kind of man added to my record, would it?

Linda Lou: Wouldn’t hurt me any to have a new kind of man added to my record, would it?
Pearl (Louise Beavers): Goodness be Miss Lou, you ain’t thinking of reforming? You know preachers don’t give away no diamonds.

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mae west, she done him wrong, Why don't you come up sometime and see me? I'm home every evening."Linda Lou to Captain Cummings (Cary Grant)

Lady Lou: I always did like a man in a uniform. That one fits you grand. Why don’t you come up sometime and see me? I’m home every evening.

Lady Lou: You know I met your kind before. Why don’t you come up sometime, huh. Don’t be afraid. I wont tell. Come up, I’ll tell your fortune. Ah, you can be had.

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mae west she done him wrong, You know, it was a toss up whether I go in for diamonds or sing in the choir. The choir lost

Linda Lou: This is just my summer jewelry. You oughtta see my winter stuff… You know, it was a toss up whether I go in for diamonds or sing in the choir. The choir lost.

Captain Cummings: I’m sorry you think more of your diamonds than you do of your soul.
Lady Lou: I’m sorry you think more of my soul than you do of my diamonds… Maybe I ain’t got no soul.

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mae west, she done him wrong, Captain Cummings: Haven't you ever met a man that could make you happy? Lady Lou: Sure, lots of times.

Captain Cummings: Haven’t you ever met a man that could make you happy?
Lady Lou: Sure, lots of times.

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mae west, she done him wrong, diamonds is my career.

Linda Lou: Oh, diamonds is my career.

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may west, she done him wrong, Oh, I don't know - hands ain't everything.

(about handcuffs):
Lady Lou: Those absolutely necessary? You know I wasn’t born with them.
Captain Cummings: No. A lot of men would’ve been safer if you had.
Lady Lou: Oh, I don’t know – hands ain’t everything.

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mae west, she done him wrong, you bad girl Captain Cummings: You bad girl.
Lady Lou: Mmm, you find out.

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A Big Thank You to Pre-Code.com and Shadows and Satin for hosting this Pre-Code Blogathon.  Please don’t forget to check out the other fabulous Blogathon entries via the above links!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Pre-Code Blogathon – The Rise and Fall of the American Gangster: Scarface

 

The Rise and Fall of the American Gangster
Scarface

“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.” -Henry Hill – Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.

Yes, gangsters seem to have it all: the clothes, the money, the respect, and the girls. However, there is another side of the gangster life: the reality. The reality is that the gangster doesn’t get the money, the respect, or the girls without getting to the top. And when the gangster gets to the top, he most certainly will not stay there. Howard Hawks’ 1932 seminal gangster flick, Scarface, perfectly puts on cinematic display the realities of the rise and fall of the American Gangster.

Let us start right at the beginning of the film. We first meet our gangster “hero,” Tony Camonte,  (Paul Muni) in the very first scene. However, when we first see him, well, we don’t really see him. We see only a glimpse of his shadow approaching mob boss “Big” Louis Costillo, whistling a jaunty tune, the complete opposite of his ominous presence.  As he approaches the unsuspecting Big Lou, he remains obscured in the shadow realm as he withdraws his gun to do the obvious: murder the rival crime boss and retreat in cold blood. Now, you might be wondering why Tony is in shadow when he’s clearly going to be the star of the show. Well, there are two reasons and both are related.

Scar Face Shadow of Tony

The first reason is simply to set the tone for who Tony is as a person: a man of the underworld, trapped in the shadows of society. Because of his affiliations with the criminal world of prohibition era Chicago, Tony must live his life away from the light of day – that is to say away from legitimacy. Already he is shown to have no way out of the life of the gangster, doomed to live and die by the code of hailing gun fire. His murder of “Big” Lou only serves to cement this notion. From now on, if Tony wishes to rise to the top it will only be in the underworld. The shadow also serves to show his place within the underworld itself – a no-name, no-faced soldier in the criminal enterprise of John “Johnny” Lovo (Osgood Perkins). However, now that he that has proven his ability to move and kill within the shadows, Tony is able to quickly rise in the ranks.

After successfully disposing of his bosses’ biggest rival, Tony quickly rises in the ranks of Johnny’s crew of cantankerous criminals – becoming Johnny’s right hand man. It’s here that Tony begins his fast ascent to the top, shooting and shouting his way through all of Johnny’s biggest enemies. And, of course, as his status begins to rise within the organization, so does his material wealth. Soon the poor immigrant from Italy with neary a penny to his name is wearing tailored suits, drinking foreign champagnes and living in the gaudiest apartment that new money can buy. But, of course,  this isn’t enough. Rather than look at his gains, Tony can only see what he doesn’t have: the Irish territories of Chicago’s north side. So, despite warnings from Johnny to leave the O’Hara territories alone, he defies orders. He begins attacking crime fronts on the North Side and orders his best friend/underlying, Guino Rinaldo (George Raft) to kill O’Hara, the Northside’s crime boss,  while unguarded. Sound Familiar?

scarface luxary

Of course, Johnny is none-to-happy with Tony’s actions but that doesn’t matter. Tony is on his way to the top and nothing, not even the man currently occupying that spot, will stop him. Not to say that Johnny doesn’t try to stop him. In fact, fearing Tony’s unyielding ambition and reckless attitude, Johnny arranges for Tony to be knocked-off. The assassination attempt, however, fails miserably, and soon after, Tony decides he’s had enough of being number two and kills the big boss Johnny himself – officially reaching the top of Chicago’s criminal underworld. However, as the famous platitude goes, once you reach the top the only place to go is down. And for Tony, that descent begins happening immediately.

Because of Tony’s “shoot first, then shoot some more later,” attitude towards life, the civil-minded civilians of Chicago quickly begin to view Tony as menace to society and the police make his capture, dead or alive, their main priority. Now with the police hot on his bloody-ridden trail, it is only a matter of time before his impulsive actions catch up to him.

Also during this time his wild antics and unsavory occupation begin to take a toll on his personal life. His mother, whom Tony loves dearly, looks at her baby-boy with utter disdain, refusing any of his blood money and even going as far as to say she is ashamed of her only son. His almost incestious obsession with his sister Cesca (Ann Dvorak) also begins to boil over. Like her brother, Cesca is a hot-tempered iconoclast with a taste for the criminal element. She soon begins to attend the same criminal parties as Tony, even though he disapproves. Because of Tony’s need to be on top and in complete control of his surroundings, he does not take his dear baby sister’s defiance easily. When she appears at one of Tony’s parties, despite warnings not to, Tony’s temper gets the best of him and he slaps her *bam* square in the face. Cesca soon retaliates by successfully wooing Tony’s old friend Guino into a secret marriage much to Tony’s dismay.

SCarface tony and cecsa

And it is here that Tony’s descent from the top becomes a free-fall.  Unable to simply allow his sister and best friend/closest ally to live their life, the egotistical Tony must be in complete control of his surroundings. So, he does the only logical things he could think of: he shoots and kills Guido. This leads a distraught Cesca to go straight to the police, offering her brother, Chicago’s public enemy number one, to the authorities on a platter.

Cut to the final scenes of the film. Tony is now trapped and surrounded by the police. At this point Cesca has returned to her brother’s side, ready to go down in a blaze of glory with him. It’s romantic in a way,  the “ride or die” notion of the criminal world. However rather than fight the coppers together, a stray bullet kills Cesca – leaving Tony alone in the world. Everyone he once cared about is now either dead or has completely disowned him. In a final act of utter self-humiliation, Tony exits the building and begs for his life – a cowardly act in the eyes of the criminal act. And rather than going down in a blaze of glory like the heros of gangster lore, Tony turns around and runs away only to be shot by the police, dying with no money, no respect and no glory.

scarface end…..

A Big Thank You to Pre-Code.com and Shadows and Satin for hosting this Pre-Code Blogathon.  Please don’t forget to check out the other fabulous Blogathon entries via the above links!

Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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