Senior HTF Member
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
So true. I recently had a discussion with a WBMPI insider and he confirmed that everyone who works there is very proud of the work they do as they should be. I have MDM on order and am eagerly awaiting its arrival.Probably because of the people behind the releases.
Mate I read that Miss Kellerman had wanted an Aussie to play her part. She visited the set and was given final edit of the screenplay by M-G-M although she decribed the finished film as “a namby pamby attempt” to show her life.Another sterling review, Mr. Harris, but, speaking of Australian accents, can you really imagine Walter Pigeon saying to Ms. Williams, "Let's have a brewskie at the barbie, mate"?
Yes, if you approach "Million Dollar Mermaid" as a biography of Annette Kellerman, "namby pamby" is a fairly rosy, not to mention kind, assessment. I think that's the reason this film has always been looked down upon historically and critically. I never liked it either, until I watched it late one night on TCM when I couldn't sleep, and to my surprise, found myself loving it. But you have to ignore the historical context of the film.Mate I read that Miss Kellerman had wanted an Aussie to play her part. She visited the set and was given final edit of the screenplay by M-G-M although she decribed the finished film as “a namby pamby attempt” to show her life.
Robert Harris' review is a fair and positive assessment of the film which achieved considerable success breaking records (of sorts) at the Music Hall where it was the 1952 Christmas Attraction. Most reviews have been fairly negative and positive only regarding the spectatcular swimming extravaganzas directed by Busby Berkley. Another great Warner Blu ray restoration ...in the midst of many still "strange" blue ray upgrades...Kentucky Kernals? Romance on the High Seas? Cannery Row...not exactly "hits" or in any way 2020 "savvy"....but we do get some special treats like "Waterloo Bridge" just announced ...
Monty Wooley was the most authentic aspect of "Night and Day" other than he was 40+ years older than the character he was supposed to be playing. But then, I like the inauthenticty and especially the potluck aspect of the whole enterprise, with all these incompatible actors and styles and ideas thrown togther willy-nilly. It's seriously inept and inapt but in such an over-the top, uncompromising way (which I suspect is Michael Curtiz' contribution) it's fairly entertaining.You mean Monty Woolley was straight?!!
Yep! That's the movie. I'd forgotten that scene.Totally innacurate and totally wonderful. I love the very final shot where, Alexis Smith advances towards Cary Grant whose face freezes in a rictus of fear !
And I love the scene where Cary Grant struggles out of his wheelchair and shouts 'I Can walk. I can walk!'. Or am I confusing that with another movie?
Well ...Currently dead today maybe ... but what about tomorrow?
The specific lines and riffs that made Mel Brooks famous (in THE PRODUCERS & BLAZING SADDLES), such as the wheelchair and the barroom brawl were taken from Curtiz' Warners output. The rest came later, when he could anything he wanted.James Whale, Cecil B DeMille, the Johns (Ford & Huston) and Alfred Hitchcock might object to that opinion if they were not currently dead ...