Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Few of My Favorites...

Here are, in order, the movies that the rest of the "Can you Guess" quotes came from. They are some of my very favorite, and too good to not know about!

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#1 Monkey Business (1952)

Barnaby Fulton (Cary Grant) is a research chemist working with chimps in search of a formula that will restore youth. His lovely wife Edwina (Ginger Rogers) is there for him every step of the way and rather unexpectedly gets caught up in what has to be one the most zany and fun "experiments" of all time. Marilyn Monroe stars in a small part as the secretary of Barnaby's boss, and it is she who inspires Edwina to shout that wonderfully delicious quote.

If you haven't seen this movie yet you really should try to find a copy to view. It gets me laughing every time, and it's so much fun to see the usually demure and sophisticated Ginger Rogers acting the complete opposite. It's worth it just to see her "hall dancing" routine!

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#2 The Longest Day (1962)

The Longest Day is the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II on June 6th, 1944. Seen from the perspectives of the Germans, U.S., Britain, and the Free French, it places you right there with the men who took part in the five invasion points that made up the operation. There are so many wonderful actors who took part in this movie, it's easy to miss them if you blink! These include John Wayne, Rod Steiger, Sal Mineo, Henry Fonda, Red Buttons, Richard Burton, and many others--supposedly 42 international stars!

Though a bit on the long side (just shy of 3 hours) this wonderful movie is well worth seeing just for the fact that it pays tribute to the men who fought to preserve our freedom--men who were great, men who were willing to give everything for a good cause--men who's memories we should always keep alive.

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#4 Twelve Angry Men (1957)

Henry Fonda stars in this captivating and thought-provoking film as Juror #8. In what appears to be an open and shut case against an eighteen year old boy accused of murdering his own father, it quickly becomes apparent that there may be more to the story than what lies on the surface.

Full of great debating and wisdom about the truth behind people's motives, this movie is one on my "must-see" list. Lee J. Cobb is brilliant as Juror #3, and this was the movie that made me really start to like Henry Fonda.

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#6 A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

This deliciously fun movie stars Jean Arthur as Molly J. Truesdale, a city girl on a bus tour of the West. Her trip is irrevocably changed when she runs into Duke Hudkins, a handsome rodeo cowboy with a disarming grin, who makes her forget all of the beaus she's left behind...and the time.

What follows is a hilarious series of "happenings" that Molly certainly was not planning on...

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#7 The Wild One (1953)

The Wild One stars Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler, the misfit leader of the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club, a gang that rides into the town of Wrightsville one day and sets it on its ear. They didn't mean to start any real trouble, but it happens nevertheless, and a group of overly-eager citizens are on the hunt for Johnny, ready to make him pay for crimes he didn't commit.

Mary Murphy is just lovely as Kathy Bleeker, the girl Johnny just happens to fall for, without knowing that she's the daughter of the local sheriff...and Johnny despises the law. I love everything about her...her hair, her makeup, her should see how often she has to run in those heels!