Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Guess and Guess Again...Answers...

Here are, in order, the remaining three movies that Sarah's "Guess and Guess Again" quotes came from.

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#5 The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

"I made plans, Will, matrimonial plans."
"Now you ain't ever heard me say the word matrimony."
"Well, now, I'm willing to overlook that."

Paul Newman is Ben Quick in this 1958 movie that accurately captures that lazy summer feeling. Ben Quick is a man not liked by many. Run out of several towns after complaints that he was the one setting fire to neighborhood barns, he meets the Varner girls as he starts his life all over again in a new place with a whole set of new people. Clara (Joanne Woodward, Newman's future wife) and Eula Varner (Lee Remick) "belong" to Will Varner (Orson Welles, their father/father-in-law), the big man in town who just happens to own most everything in it. He owns a big white house and when he wants something he expects it to be done.

Both men are cut out of the same cloth and strike up an odd sort of friendship. Ben, ambitious and willing to do anything to get where he wants to go, and Will, pushy and too used to getting his own way, are soon plotting and scheming all sorts of hi-jinks.

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#6 A Place in the Sun (1951)

"I'll go on loving you for as long as I live."
"Love me for the time I have left. Then, forget me."

Montgomery Clift is brilliant as George Eastman in this 1951 movie. Also starring Elizabeth Taylor (as Angela Vickers), Shelley Winters (as Alice Tripp), and Anne Revere (as Hannah Eastman). George visits a wealthy uncle who had promised him a job opportunity in his large factory, and though he does receive the job, his uncle promptly forgets all about him.

George then falls hard for Angela, a high society girl who is beautiful and charming, but who doesn't take the least notice of him. There is Alice, though. A drab, fellow factory worker who, it is plain to see, thinks George is simply wonderful.

It's interesting to see this story develop; to witness how what might have been a beautiful love story for the characters, ends up being a sad, intriguing story, filled with "what-could-have-been's", as it takes a dark turn when each character simply doesn't notice what the situations really are, or forsakes their morals.

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#10 Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

"He might have become a farmer,
or a great doctor, or a wonderful father.
Who knows what such a boy had it in him to be?
But he was, and will remain forever in our memory - a soldier, a hero, and our friend."

Ballad of a Soldier is a sweet Russian film made in 1959. It tells the story of Aloysha, a nineteen year old boy serving in the Russian army during World War II, and Shura a girl he meets on his journey home to fix his mother's roof...

I wrote a review for this movie previously...if you would like to read the rest of it, you can see it here.