How excruciatingly 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
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
Alzheimer's is a most common form of dementia.
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Infoeditor Charley Varrick, Walter
Matthau, Joe Don
Baker, Andy Robinson, Jacqueline Scott, Sheree
North, John Vernon, Significant Films
'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
'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
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
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.
has played other tough gal roles and is superb and very realistic as
the ill-fated wheel-man, Nadine. When you're the wheel-man 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!
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
Bing had Mary
Martin on his show in 1962 and one of
the songs in the medley is a brief reprise of 'Only
years after their 1940 movie, 'RHYTHM ON THE
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
excellent musical comedy which was hailed as one of Bing's best
films. It actually has a good story and plot-line to go along
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
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
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
The music of Glenn Miller and his orchestra
highlight this lighthearted comedy-romance musical film starring Glenn
Sonja Henie, John Payne, Lynn Bari, Milton Berle, Joan Davis, The
Modernaires, and 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
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.
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
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday) and The Modernaires, then John
'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.
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra as an instrumental after
"In The Mood" sequence,
and at end of movie in ice-skating sequence.
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'
'Dream of Olwen' or 'The Dream of Olwen' was
composed by the famous British composer Charles
Williams for the film, 'While I Live', a
rather sad old
British tale of a reincarnated woman, from
the play 'This Same Garden' by Robert Bell.
This beautiful music had such a profound effect on audiences and was so
widely appreciated that people began calling the film 'The Dream of
Olwen' when referring to the film 'While I Live'. The Mantovani arrangement is somewhat superior since
it incorporates the
harp in the introductory sequence. Some arrangements just use the
piano there, but I think the harp is far more effective and adds
I think you will agree after hearing 'Dream of Olwen' that it has
grandeur and is among the most strikingly beautiful pieces of music in
existence. This music is sure to enrich your listening pleasure.
In real life there's all too often a jerk who ruins
life for a
person, like the jerk of a guy who followed Humphrey Bogart's
Vincent Parry, around in the excellent Bogart favorite 'Dark
Passage'. Such a jerk often waits in the background watching, stalking, waiting, following a
person to see what's up, and gain an
advantage. How many many persons throughout history must have
been victimized by such a bloodsucking loser as this kind of jerk who's
always lurking nearby. Sometimes you can't see him and sometimes
you don't even know who to look for, but he's often right back there
observing things as the character 'Baker' was in 'Dark Passage'.
When your affairs get messed up and you begin to wonder, "now how in
the world did that happen?", there's probably an explanation for the
disaster, a sinister person was behind it. Some folks may go
through their entire life not knowing who is sabotaging them.
Baker was portrayed by a good actor named Clifton Young who
unfortunately died in a hotel fire when he fell asleep while
smoking. He was only 33 years of age with quite a few films to
his credit, a good talent gone too soon.
Note: this is a Bogart and Bacall movie. Bogart was reportedly
the highest paid actor in Hollywood about the time 'Dark Passage' was
filmed. He reportedly earned $450,000. dollars a year.
Finally, in the story, I think Bogart, as Parry, noticed Baker's wild
seat covers in the jalopy that he'd seen before and began putting 2 and
2 together. He had a tail on him that was actually rather casual,
just business as far as the jerk crook was concerned. Without
spoiling the story I'll just say this is about an innocent man who gets
plastic surgery, a face-lift to completely alter his looks and change
his identity. Nowadays it would be more difficult to change
identities with all the markers placed in our bodies, but it might be
possible to do.
Agnes Moorehead portrays 'Madge', another manipulator who's
always causing trouble. There are impetuous people like that in
real life who always seem to be getting into a person's way and
life. Madge is incredibly wicked and turns out to be a key to
Vincent Parry's dilemma.
Incidentally, isn't it amazing how some bum cop always seems to turn up
at the wrong moment as actor Doug Kennedy's character, the detective,
did in the Diner?
'Dark Passage', filmed in San Francisco, is golden to many movie buffs
and historians just as the film 'Vertigo' is golden. It takes you
to a beautiful place and a time which was less complicated, less
confused, when there were men and women and that's all. It will
leave you fairly spellbound until the end, thanks to excellent actors
like Agnes Moorehead, Houseley Stevenson and others. 'Dark
Passage' contains a few life lessons as I call them, things that
illustrate real life, making the film more genuine, of course.
You may have noticed that after the passing of Hugh
Hefner, Playboy Magazine founder, the
attacks on America and the 1st Amendment
suddenly intensified from the left. The outright, overt attacks
on freedom of speech invaded from big
tech companies as some of the last icons who supported freedom of
It now occurs to me that the attacks from the left on freedom of speech
would surely have been rebutted by such greats as Hugh Hefner who
likely would have published opposing articles against the left and what
the big tech companies are doing. So if you thought Playboy was just another girlie magazine you are
wrong. For years, despite its controversial content, Playboy
supported freedom of speech, stood up against censorship and even went
to court over it, winning.
Hefner did with his women was his business and their
business. As far as causing the death of Dorothy Stratten, no
blame should be laid on Hugh
Hefner. Hefner's company merely
promoted young women who are/were
good looking into stardom, got them noticed, and sent them on their
way, giving them money awards, furs, cars, and enabling them to get
movie contracts and much notoriety. Whatever the girls chose to
do with their notoriety and success was largely up to them. There
is nothing wrong with pointing out beautiful women, photographing that
beauty and suggesting such women for movies, photographs, etc., other
Bogdanovich, must have known that if he took Dorothy Stratten from her
husband that her husband would be enraged and he did it anyway by
increasing her part in a movie. That was the start of getting her
away from Paul, her husband. Dorothy was evidently drawn to the
wealth and power of Bogdanovich,
just as the late Phylis Isley, aka Jennifer
gravitated over to David O. Selznick, jew. Peter and Dorothy
should have waited until Dorothy's marriage ended before it was known
they were a couple, and, Dorothy should never have gone to visit her
husband, Paul, without attorneys and witnesses.
Bogdanovich created a wonderful movie, 'They All Laughed", starring Ben
Gazzara, Audrey Hepburn, John Ritter, and Dorothy Stratten. It is
a comical, uplifting film which highlights the genius of Peter
Bogdanovich. The comedic relief of John Ritter and the dramatic
moods of Ben Gazzara and Audrey Hepburn are set against the beauty of
the dreamy gorgeous Dorothy Stratten. Hats off to Peter
Bogdanovich for a wonderful film. Viewers can look at this film
and remember these great actors who are all gone now.
Paul Snider may not have committed the so-called murder-suicide of
himself and Dorothy Stratten. There may have been drug deals
involved since there were medical people living in the house with
Paul. Dorothy may have been an unwitting victim of a drug deal
gone bad. She and Paul could have been killed by a third party.
The Bottom Line
they had to get 'Hef' and a few other greats out of the way before
the left could begin the attacks and so it has begun. The
protection of The First Amendment for Americans was unrivaled by
Playboy Magazine under the directorship of Hefner. See how
that works? If large tech companies can ruin or eliminate a
person's income by censorship they have violated the First Amendment,
Freedom of Speech. Google, Facebook and a few others should be
completely eliminated. Zuckerberg, jew. A few Jews with their
and power are screwing up the world, literally.
I like to think that Dorothy Stratten, a part of Playboy, with her
busty beauty, was part of the Freedom of Speech movement.
Dorothy Stratten rare
interview from 1980 (Johnny Carson's excellent quip about the phone company - Ha)
One of the best singers of romantic songs is Nat King Cole. Nat
takes a song which might sound silly sung by other artists and puts
some serious and meaningful tone and phrasing to it.
This song, 'A Thousand Thoughts Of You', is an original love song like many
of Nat Cole's songs which are unique and beautiful and somewhat rare -
that is they are not the common, everyday, run-of-the-mill known songs
on the market. I would call these songs very successful because they are
dreamily beautiful and typify and emphasize Nat's singing style and
ability. I urge you to explore the many sentimental
songs done by Nat. There are quite a few, with full rich and beautiful
orchestration, some conducted by the excellent Nelson
Nat King Cole died at the early age of 45 from lung
cancer. He had been a heavy cigarette smoker. How
unfortunate is that, to give up your life at such an early age because
of sucking on cigarettes? Nat was
another victim of the old cigarette myth that smoking is exhilaratingly
good for you, but actually it is deadly.