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                'Charley Varrick', A Color Movie Loaded With Action - Joe Don Baker Steals The Show
                Bing & Mary Martin Sing A Brief Reprise Of 'Only Forever' 22 Years Later   
                THINK OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AT CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR - THINK OF Jane Powell
                MOVIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS - 'SUN VALLEY SERENADE'



Death Wish, Bruce Willis, Paul Kersey, Charles Bronson, racist, racist hysteria, Death Wish Trailer
'Death Wish' 2018, Bruce Willis IS BOUND TO BE A WINNER

BRUCE IS BACK!
December 31, 2017

How excrutiatingly exciting, Bruce Willis will be in a new Death Wish coming out in March of 2018, and, it promises to be a genuine, rollicking shoot em up!  I think that's what many Americans want - a shoot em up with plenty of violence where the good guy lasts at least long enough to thump on plenty of bad guys!

Whereas the principal character Paul Kersey, Charles Bronson, in the original film was an architect, Bruce portrays a Dr. in this film who gets a first hand eyewitness to the results of shootings in his E.R..  When his wife and daughter are attacked he sees that no one is immune from crime and anyone can become a victim and he sets out to avenge the attack on his family by hunting down the creeps who are responsible for it.

Everybody is talking about this new 'Death Wish' and already the trailers are generating nearly a million hits as of this date!  Critics have already called this film racist, but if any of the criminals in the picture are white it could hardly be racist.  Almost everything these days is called racist.  A grove of trees was recently termed racist and they are scheduled to be removed.  In these days of racist hysteria such labels will definitely not stop me from seeing Bruce Willis in this new thriller.  In fact, I predict this film to be a big box office hit because it has what Americans enjoy, plenty of good fights and struggles!  Who could better deliver that than the great Bruce Willis?!  The people need their hero and somebody needs to be out there to level the playing field, so BRUCE IS BACK!  GO BRUCE!

'Death Wish' from the novel by Brian Garfield

Death Wish Trailer

Death Wish Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers

https://youtu.be/jsPLw7I06eY




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Rita Hayworth, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Disease, memory trouble, hair dyes, phenylenediamine

Rita Hayworth, Superstar With An Early Memory Problem


June 27, 2018

If ever there was a beautiful woman, superstar actress Rita Hayworth was it.  With her long red mane of hair, that big beautiful smile and seductive air she didn't have to do much of anything except be there and say her lines, but, she was having trouble remembering her lines as early as the film, 'Pal Joey', 1957, which also starred Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak.

Rita dyed her hair red for many years and it is possible that an osmosis type effect caused seepage of chemicals into her brain area which might have caused some dementia.  The skull is laced with joints and the scalp area is only flesh which solvents and chemicals might be able to penetrate fairly easily, especially over a period of time.

Alzheimer's is a most common form of dementia.


Rita Hayworth, from Gilda
This picture is in the public domain.

The chemical, phenylenediamine, which is usually found in permanent hair dyes is also known as an oxidation dye or peroxide dye.  People who dye their hair with this chemical have a greater risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system.  Exposure to this chemical may cause bladder cancer and is associated with upper digestive, lung, and colon cancers, also. 1., 2., 3., 4.

1.
Hair Dye Linked to Blood Cancer
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/news/20040126/hair-dye-linked-to-blood-cancer
2.
Genetic Connection In Link Between Permanent Hair Dye Use And Bladder Cancer Risk
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020410075652.htm
3.
Beware the dangers of natural hair dyes that contain PPD
http://www.naturalnews.com/035820_hair_dyes_PPD_chemicals.html

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Charley Varrick, Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Andy Robinson, Jacqueline Scott, Sheree North, John Vernon, Significant Films

'Charley Varrick', A Color Movie Loaded With Action - Joe Don Baker Steals The Show

Charley Varrick
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Varrick

'Charley Varrick' is a significant film,  an excellent director Don Siegel film you don't want to miss!  It is set in New Mexico in the script, but was filmed primarily in two small Nevada towns, Dayton and Genoa.  The story of bank robbing gone sour turns into a stalking by mob and rocks from angle to angle, a bit of fake I.D., using a crop dusting plane to pull stuff off, and ducking the law and the mob all at one time.  If you're looking for action Don Siegel doesn't disappoint as the film is loaded with action.  How would you like to be running from the law and ducking a mob hitman at the same time?!

'Charley Varrick' starts out with an action scene that sets the pace for the whole show, and, everything unravels according to what the opening scene causes.

Super bad-guy, Joe Don Baker as Molly really steals the show!  The confrontation inside the trailer with Andy Robinson as Harman Sullivan is stunning, shocking, though not unsurprising.  Any racist comments in this picture only enhance the show, making the bad guy look even badder.

Sheree North, a dynamic actress who has portrayed ill-fated roles has the distinction of playing Jewell Everett, a photographer who moonlights as a counterfeiting expert.

Walter Matthau allegedly took this role when Clint Eastwood turned it down, but reportedly did not like it.  However he was great in this part.

Andy Robinson as Harman Sullivan, the impulsive co-heart of Charley Varrick may have been wiser about throwing the guns away than Charley was, as it turns out. Robinson really outdid himself, getting drunk while waiting on Charley wasn't a good idea, after all.  Probably Andy Robinson should receive an award for his brilliant portrayal of suffering in the beating scene.  He really exhibited some acting skill here which is all too real.

Jacqueline Scott has played other tough gal roles and is superb and very realistic as the ill-fated wheelman, Nadine.  When you're the wheelman you can't wimp out if trouble or cops show up or your co-harts inside robbing the bank are liable to get killed, wounded or arrested.  Well, Nadine doesn't wimp out! 

Jacqueline Scott was in 'Firecreek' as Henrietta Cobb with Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda, played on three episodes of 'Perry  Mason' and is a very effective actress with more acting credits.  She is apparently still living today.

Banker John Vernon as Maynard Boyle doesn't know that the meeting is a set up and he is good throughout the movie.

Oh yeah, one more thing - don't let that big guy into the trailer with ya!

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Charley Varrick Trailer

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CHARLEY VARRICK - Trailer ( 1973 )

https://youtu.be/L-y0Ief9Up0




Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Only Forever, RHYTHM ON THE RIVER,  I Don't Want to Cry Any More, Helen Carr,  jazz vocalist Helen Carr, That's For Me

Bing & Mary Martin Sing A Brief Reprise Of  'Only Forever' 22 Years Later

Bing had Mary Martin on his show in 1962 and one of the songs in the medley is a brief reprise of  'Only Forever', 22 years after their 1940 movie, 'RHYTHM ON THE RIVER'.  'Only Forever' eventually topped the Billboard charts for nine weeks.  Not far behind was 'That's For Me', also  from the movie, with a position of #9 for seven weeks. (1)  'RHYTHM ON THE RIVER' is an excellent musical comedy which was hailed as one of Bing's best films.  It actually has a good story and plotline to go along with the songs and I highly recommend it for viewing, especially during the Thanksgiving - Christmas holidays.  There's no gun violence in this show - just fun, some comedy and singing, and a heartwarming story.

'I Don't Want to Cry Any More' (Victor Schertzinger) sung by Mary Martin is one of the seven songs featured in 'RHYTHM ON THE RIVER' and was also recorded by jazz vocalist, Helen Carr, and has since been recorded by other artists and is an important song because it has dramatic lyrics which many can probably identify with.  It is featured in Helen's album, 'Down in the Depths on the 90th Floor' which is available at ALLMUSIC at allmusic.com.
https://www.allmusic.com/album/down-in-the-depths-on-the-90th-floor-mw0000897998

Mary Martin was such a wonderful natural performer and talent that she really looks like she belongs right there with Bing, doesn't she?



Bing Crosby & Mary Martin - Medley 2

https://youtu.be/TtxOaMnoUbg




1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm_on_the_River

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Jane Powell, Frank Sinatra, I THINK OF YOU, Rachmaninoff, Jack Elliott, Don Marcotte, Jose Iturbi, piano

THINK OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AT CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR - THINK OF Jane Powell

Jane Powell Sings 'I Think Of You'

Jane Powell was taking dancing lessons at two years of age and singing professionally at 12 or earlier.  What a beautiful, amazing talent, and what a marvelous voice.  Instead of gun violence movies why not try a Jane Powell movie during Christmas and Thanksgiving time?  The below video clip is from 'Holiday In Mexico'.

'I Think Of You' is based on a Rachmaninoff Concerto, written in 1941 by Jack Elliott and Don Marcotte, and is stunningly beautiful as sung by lovely Jane Powell, accompanied by legendary pianist Jose Iturbi.  Does it get any better?!!!

Elliott and Marcotte really have a fine composition here and it was also recorded by Frank Sinatra and others.  Lyrics and links are below videos.


VIDEO
Think of You - Jane Powell, Jose Iturbi

https://youtu.be/QYxc2i2gK6I



VIDEO
Frank Sinatra - I Think Of You



Lyrics - I THINK OF YOU
Tommy Dorsey & his Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)

Also recorded by: Mildred Bailey; Jay Clayton; Johnny Desmond;
Alan Kaplan; Naj Ponk; Jane Powell; Dick Sisto; Tierney Sutton.

I THINK OF YOU

In the hush of evening,
As shadows steal across my lonely room
I think of you, of lovely you.

From afar the music
Of violins comes softly through the gloom
All I can do is think of you.

Oh I can see you standing there before me
And I can hear you whisper you adore me

So when dusk is falling
I live again the loveliness we knew
I think of you, I think of you.

(Musical Interlude)

Oh I can see you standing there before me
And I can hear you whisper you adore me

So when dusk is falling
I live again the loveliness we knew
I think of you, I think of you.
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I THINK OF YOU IS BASED ON A RACHMANINOFF CONCERTO
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-2000-12-17-0012150691-story.html

I THINK OF YOU - Lyrics - International Lyrics Playground
https://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/i/ithinkofyou.html 

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Glenn Miller, Sonja Henie, John Payne, Lynn Bari, Milton Berle, Joan Davis, The Modernaires, The Nicholas Brothers, Dorothy Dandridge, SUN VALLEY SERENADE

MOVIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS - 'SUN VALLEY SERENADE' - TAKE A TRAIN RIDE BACK & ENJOY Glenn Miller's BIG BAND SOUND

Dec. 7, 2018

The music of Glenn Miller and his orchestra highlight this lighthearted comedy romance film starring Glenn Miller, Sonja Henie, John Payne, Lynn Bari, Milton Berle, Joan Davis, The Modernaires, The Nicholas Brothers with Dorothy Dandridge.

Travel is an important element in a storyline so this film delivers in that department.  After an audition that guarantees the band a booking they are all aboard for a train ride to Sun Valley, Idaho, but not without a new addition, a refugee named Karen Benson portrayed by Sonja Henie.  Karen Benson really has a sparkle in her eyes and has some designs of her own on Ted portrayed by John Payne.  Ted wasn't expecting such a grown up refugee and the arrival of Karen turns his world a bit upside down.

Incidentally, one of the best ways to start a movie is with a song or tune that is well known and well liked and 'SUN VALLEY SERENADE' begins the credits with 'Kiss Polka', a lively tune that moves right along, very welcoming.  Enjoy the music of Glenn Miller and several songs including 'I Know Why', 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', and a specialty act with Dorothy Dandridge and the Nicholas Brothers.   RCA Victor awarded Glenn Miller a Gold Record award for sales of 1.2 million copies of 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', in 1942.  It hit number 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1941 and became the top record of that year.

The gang's all headed to Sun Valley so climb aboard and take a fun-filled train ride back, back to yesteryear for some big band music when life was less complicated, and enjoy the fantastic ice skating of Sonja Henie and lots of laughs along the way.  This is a show for the entire family with no gun violence, just lots of laughs, fun, music, snow skiing, and an ice skating extravaganza.
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Look At All The Music In 'Sun Valley Serenade'

'Chattanooga Choo Choo'
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Sung by Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly, and The Modernaires, then danced and sung by The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge

'I Know Why' (and So Do You)
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday) and The Modernaires, then John Payne.

'It Happened in Sun Valley'
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday), later sung by entire Glenn Miller and His Orchestra including all vocalists except Ray Eberle.

'The Kiss Polka'
Performed over opening credits by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, then by singing ensemble later in movie.

'At Last'
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra as an instrumental after "In The Mood" sequence,
and at end of movie in ice-skating sequence.

'Moonlight Serenade'
Performed as instrumental by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

'In the Mood'
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Tenor Sax Battle between Tex Beneke and Al Klink
Hot Trumpet Solo by Billy May

'The Farmer in the Dell'
Played by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra at Ellis Island.

'She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes'

'Jingle Bells'
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1941 SUN VALLEY SERENADE - Trailer - Sonja Henie, John Payne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwBftGDFYCo



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