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The Directors’ Chair: Rope

The Directors’ Chair: Rope (1948) ROPE ( 1948 ) – SUBVERTING THE DRAWING ROOM PLAY Right off the bat, Hitchcock shows us a murder. “Good Americans usually die young on the battlefield, don’t they? Well the Davids of the world … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – How to Marry a Millionaire

Marilyn Monroe Launches Cinemascope inHow to Marry A Millionaire (1953) “People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night,” 20th Century-Fox Studio mogul Darryl Zanuck predicted of television. He could not have been more wrong. By … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Let’s Make Love

Monroe’s Last Completed Musical-Comedy:Let’s Make Love (1960) “Marilyn Monroe is the greatest farceuse in the business,” Fox film producer Jerry Wald asserted. “A female Chaplin.” In the summer of 1959, Wald approached Monroe with The Billionaire, a musical comedy by … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Ladies of the Chorus

Marilyn Monroe Steps Out of the Chorus Line in her First Starring Role: Ladies of the Chorus (1948) “It was really dreadful.” This was Marilyn Monroe’s confession to French journalist Georges Belmont in 1960 of her first starring film, Ladies … Continue reading

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The Directors’ Chair: Rear Window

The Directors’ Chair: Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) “REAR WINDOW” (1954) – CURIOSITY KILLED THE… Holed up in his apartment with a broken leg, a photo journalist played by James Stewart, whiles away his recuperative time watching his neighbors in the … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – River of No Return

Monroe’s Dynamism Vies with the Majestic Canadian Rockies in River of No Return, An Odyssey of Redemption “I’m really eager to do something else,” Monroe announced in 1953. “Squeezing yourself to ooze out the last ounce of sex allure is … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Something’s Got To Give

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn: Behind the Icon –The Seven Year Itch Delivers Monroe’s Immortal Iconic Image In 1955, after Marilyn Monroe left Hollywood to study at The Actor’s Studio in Manhattan, she sat in a booth in a diner facing Lowe’s State Theatre … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Misfits

Marilyn: Behind the Icon –Monroe is Forlorn Perfection in The Misfits Producer Frank Taylor announced that The Misfits, an independent film, would be the “ultimate motion picture,” the joint vision of a leading American playwright and an internationally prominent actress. … Continue reading

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The Directors’ Chair: The Man Who Knew Too Much

“THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH” ( 1956 ) ~ QUE SERA SERA Why? Because you’re the affable, all-American James Stewart, that’s why. I’ve no real clue why Stewart’s picked, other than he’s a great foil to get pushed around … Continue reading

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