21 February 2017

Gentlemen of the press!!!


Judy Garland

 Spoofing a movie star who can only be cast in Oscar-winning dramas, but wants to play "sexy" roles (a la Greer Garson, or Katharine Hepburn) giving an interview to dancing reporters about "her next picture": a bio-pic of Madame Cremantante (the "inventor of the safety pin"). Originally to be directed by Garland's friend Charles Walters, Vincente Minnelli ended up directing the sequence (the two were dating at the time), and Walters was reassigned as choreographer.

"Ziegfield Follies" and directed by Vincent Minnelli

18 February 2017

Cedric Gibbons

Austin Cedric Gibbons, Irish American art director/ production designer who was one of the most important & influential in the field in the history of American film. He also made a great impact on motion picture theater architecture through the 1930s to 1950s, the period considered the golden-era of theater architecture. He is credited as the designer of the Oscar statuette in 1928. Art director of 1,050 movies.

15 February 2017

Hush… Hush, Sweet Agnes

Agnes Moorehead was nominated and for and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Farrell and Heller won a 1965 Edgar Award, from the Mystery Writers of America, for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. The song became a hit for Patti Page, who took it to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The film's seven Oscar nominations were the most for a movie of the horror genre.