Monday, May 23, 2011

Fred Says Goodnight!

Picnic (1955)

"Picnic" starring William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell, Susan Strasberg, Betty Field and Nick Adams. It even has Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) it it!!

In a small Kansas town a drifter (William Holden) blows into town to visit an old fraternity buddy (Cliff Robertson) who also happens to be the son of the richest man in town (Raymond Bailey). An egocentric braggart with all potential and no accomplishment, he meets up with the town beauty queen, his buddy's girlfriend, (Kim Novak) at the town's annual Labor Day picnic.

Criss Cross (1949)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Yvonne de Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Tony Curtis, Percy Helton, Richard Long, Raymond Bailey, Alan Napier, John Doucette, Gene Evans, Vito Scotti, Isabel Randolph, and Meg Randall. A young man returns to Los Angeles and resumes an affair with his ex-wife who soon marries a local gangster. The man plans the heist of an armored car he drives expecting to double-cross the gangster and escape with his ex-wife to begin a new life in another city. All does not go according to plan.

Double Indemnity (1944)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, and Porter Hall. Directed by Billy Wilder. An insurance salesman meets the seductive wife of one of his clients and soon begins an affair with her. When the woman proposes to kill her husband to receive the prize of an accident insurance policy, her lover plots a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause.

The Shootist (1976)

John Wayne's final film appearance, also starring Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Harry Morgan, James Stewart, Sheree North, Hugh O'Brien, Richard Boone, John Carradine, and Scatman Crothers.

A gunfighter (John Wayne) is told by his doctor (James Stewart) he has cancer and has only two months to live. He takes a room at a boarding house run by a widow (Lauren Bacall) with a young son (Ron Howard). There he prepares to wait until death comes. Of course, his very presence starts off events in the town. The Marshal (Harry Morgan) comes, prepared to die in a shootout, the boy tries to idolize him, the woman first is disgusted and then pities him. Realizing that he will die in great pain, he comes up with an idea to go out with a bang.

A Patch of Blue (1965)

"A Patch of Blue" starring Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, and Wallace Ford.

Shelley Winters won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.

A blind, uneducated white girl (Elizabeth Hartman) is befriended by a black man (Sidney Poitier), who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

Silverado (1985)

"Silverado" starring Kevin Costner, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Rosanna Arquette, and John Cleese.

Four cowboys cross paths on their way to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know that the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff and a murderous posse. It's up to the sharpshooting foursome to save the day, but first they have to break each other out of jail and learn who their real friends are.

Hush. . .Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

"Hush. . .Hush, Sweet Charlotte" starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Mary Astor, Agnes Moorehead, and Bruce Dern. Directed by Robert Aldrich.

Agnes Moorehead won an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Velma Carruthers.

An aging recluse (Bette Davis) deluded into a state of dementia by horrible memories and hallucinations, lives in a secluded house where, 37 years before, her married lover (Bruce Dern), was beheaded and mutilated by an unknown assailant.

Brigitte Bardot - Then & Now (age 76)

French former fashion model, actress and singer, and animal rights activist, Brigitte Bardot was born September 28, 1934.Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. During her career in show business she starred in 47 films, performed in numerous musical shows, and recorded 80 songs.

Carol Lynley - Then & Now (age 69)

Born February 13, 1942, Carol Lynley is known for her roles in Return to Peyton Place, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Bunny Lake is Missing, The Cardinal, Harlow and The Poseidon Adventure.