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Will Krupp

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RE: "Bah Humbug to Frank Nugent:

Will, In 1936, I think every American household owned a copy of "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" and everyone had read it. So that's not really a "spoiler" as every single person seeing the movie knew what was going to happen.
Don't you make excuses for him!!!!

Wasn't it Gene Siskel who SO hated FRIDAY THE 13th that he gave the ending away in his review and urged people to write to Betsy Palmer to tell her how disgusting it was that she took a part in it? Am I remembering it correctly?
 

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Wasn't it Gene Siskel who SO hated FRIDAY THE 13th that he gave the ending away in his review and urged people to write to Betsy Palmer to tell her how disgusting it was that she took a part in it? Am I remembering it correctly?
One of the funniest moments I ever experienced in a movie theater as I busted out in laugher. I'm sure some people probably thought I was weird, but it was just too funny.
 

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Don't you make excuses for him!!!!

Wasn't it Gene Siskel who SO hated FRIDAY THE 13th that he gave the ending away in his review and urged people to write to Betsy Palmer to tell her how disgusting it was that she took a part in it? Am I remembering it correctly?
Not making excuses. Bosley Crowther loved spoling the endings of films he didn't like, thinking it would ruin their box office potential. In the case of "Suddenly Last Summer" it backfired on him. He underestimated the prurient nature of his readers. Sam Spiegel should have sent him flowers.
 

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One of the funniest moments I ever experienced in a movie theater as I busted out in laugher. I'm sure some people probably thought I was weird, but it was just too funny.
I expected Betsy Palmer to burst into song, and was disappointed when she didn't.
 

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Those 1998 prints actually used the full height of the scope frame. The picture was squeezed and when projected yielded a 1.37 image pillar boxed within a scope frame. Results weren’t good as the prints themselves were lousy.
I've heard of this version as well, though in the context of the 1991 101 Dalmatians re-release.
 

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Watching the spectacular images from this blu-ray now.
french poster.jpeg
french poster 2.jpeg
american poster .jpeg
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I saw this movie once before, but this blu-ray is like seeing it for the first time. It's amazing what they've done with the three-strip Technicolor, and makes the regret over the three-strip movies that have been lost all the more intense, I'm afraid. The clarity and colors for this one are incredible. Who needs 3D—it's almost like you're there on set!

Although parts of the story are obviously fictionalized, in terms of the main points it follows the outlines of history.

from wikipedia's entry on Elizabeth I: "She became fond and indulgent of the charming but petulant young Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, who was Leicester's stepson and took liberties with her for which she forgave him. She repeatedly appointed him to military posts despite his growing record of irresponsibility. After Essex's desertion of his command in Ireland in 1599, Elizabeth had him placed under house arrest and the following year deprived him of his monopolies. In February 1601, the earl tried to raise a rebellion in London. He intended to seize the queen but few rallied to his support, and he was beheaded on 25 February. Elizabeth knew that her own misjudgements were partly to blame for this turn of events. An observer wrote in 1602: "Her delight is to sit in the dark, and sometimes with shedding tears to bewail Essex."

I do wonder what Laurence Olivier would have done with the role of Essex. He certainly would have brought greater depth, realism and drama to it, but would he have been right for the part? I just don't know. This movie becomes a stage for a powerhouse performance for Bette Davis, and if Olivier had been in it would it have worked as well in terms of that?

Below are paintings of the actual people. The costume designers for this film were somehow able to keep up.

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I think such a ham actor as Olivier (great on stage when I saw him; it was his home, and also fine in Hitchcock's 'Rebecca', but over-acting in most other fim roles) would have fatally offset Bette Davis's wonderful performance. Flynn was perfect for the role and even Davis, who initially hated him, admitted this later.
 

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