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On the Beach (1959) was a Drama - Science Fiction Film directed by Stanley Kramer and produced by Stanley Kramer.

Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Film EditingFrederic KnudtsonNominated
Best Music - ScoringErnest GoldNominated
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On The Beach (1959): Peck, Gardner, Astaire, Perkins, and Apocalypse

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 28, 2020 From 4 Star Films

I recall my dad sharing a recollection about On The Beach. Back when it came out he went to the drive-in with his family, and they took in the movie. He fell asleep part of the way through only to wake up and the movie was still going. While not necessarily a profound observation, the film is unequi... Read full article


The Woman on the Beach (1947)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 1, 2018 From 4 Star Films

The Woman on the Beach is ripe with subject matter that feels akin to Jean Renoir as much as any Hollywood picture possibly could be. Since the beach, in his specific case, initially evokes not the California coasts but the shores that might have so easily cropped up in the paintings of his renowned... Read full article


On the beach, but not a Bathing Beauty

By carole_and_co on Sep 16, 2015 From Carole & Co.

Carole Lombard is in that pic, fifth from left, taken sometime in 1928 during work on one of Mack Sennett's comedy shorts. Lombard apparently wasn't scheduled to appear in swimwear that day, as she's wearing a horizontally-striped sweater and skirt. Sennett himself is at far right, in a white hat.Ot... Read full article


On the beach, but not a Bathing Beauty

By carole_and_co on Sep 16, 2015 From Carole & Co.

Carole Lombard is in that pic, fifth from left, taken sometime in 1928 during work on one of Mack Sennett's comedy shorts. Lombard apparently wasn't scheduled to appear in swimwear that day, as she's wearing a horizontally-striped sweater and skirt. Sennett himself is at far right, in a white hat.Ot... Read full article


Musical Monday: The Girls on the Beach (1965)

on Jul 20, 2015 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: ?Girls on the Beach? (1965)... Read full article


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Quotes from

Julian Osborne: There was a choice. It was build the bombs, and use them - or risk the United States, the Soviet Union, and the rest of us, would find some way... to go on living.
Morgan: [scoffs] That's wishful thinking if ever I heard it.
Julian Osborne: [softly] I'm not against wishful thinking. Not now.


Morgan: They pushed us too far! They didn't think we'd fight, no matter what they did!
Julian Osborne: And they were wrong. We fought. We expunged them. And we didn't do such a bad job on ourselves.


Julian Osborne: I shouldn't drink, you know. I inevitably say something brilliant.


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Ava Gardner's first film as a freelance actress after completing her 20 year studio contract where she worked for a weekly salary and didn't benefit financially from being loaned to other studios. She was now free to choose her roles and negotiate her salary.
The only US Nuclear submarine with the hull number 623 was the SSBN Nathan Hale, a ballistic missile submarine.
According to Philip R. Davey, author of the book "When Hollywood Came to Melbourne: The Story of the Making of Stanley Kramer's 'On The Beach'", director Stanley Kramer experienced many problems with the thousands of bathers who stood in shoulder-deep water to watch the proceedings, and who applauded the cast after each take. Their enthusiasm was gratifying in this respect if not in others, such as when thousands of people began crowding forward to get a closer look at Ava Gardner, they repeatedly moved into camera range, thus necessitating many frustrating retakes.
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