The Making of Meet Me In St. Louis starring Judy Garland
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However, within three months of the film's release, "White Christmas" was capturing the hearts of listeners. On the movie's commentary, film historian Ken Barnes wondered aloud if Irving Berlin gave the song to Crosby instead because Crosby believed the song would be a success.
Holiday Inn Associated Press Fred Astaire's firecracker dance was a "high spot" of Astaire's career, film historian Ken Barnes said in the movie's commentary, and is said "to be the fastest-moving and most intricate dance routine ever filmed. Bing Crosby said Astaire did the number 38 times before he was satisfied, and Astaire said crew members had to wear goggles during filming because the sand from the firecrackers flew into their faces.
Stern was the first choice for the role of Marv, but he wasn't originally cast in the film because they couldn't afford him. After a failed screen test with the original person who was cast in the role, though, Stern was able to join the cast. Home Alone Deseret News archives The character of Old Man Marley did not exist in the original screenplay but was added later when director Chris Columbus sought to inject the film with additional warmth and sentimentality.
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According to Daniel Stern, the nail he steps on with his bare foot was made of rubber and crushed down when he stepped on it, while the ornaments he steps on were made out of sugar. The shot of him looking up as the iron drops toward his face was shot by tying a rope to a pound camera and dropping it down the laundry shoot. Although the film was originally supposed to have a mechanical tarantula crawling on his face, they ended up using a live tarantula and Stern's screams were filled in later to keep the spider from startling and biting him during filming.
Years later, Macaulay Culkin says he still bears a Joe Pesci tooth scar on his finger, and that he's very proud of it.
The main street was yards long, covered 4 acres, featured 75 stores and buildings and contained 20 full-grown oaks that were transplanted onto the set. It's a Wonderful Life Associated Press The Motion Picture Association of America's production code required the removal of the phrase "nuts to you" from the script, as well as words like "impotent," "dang," "lousy" and "jerk.
Potter never received his comeuppance, and Frank Capra said he received more mail about that point than for anything else about the film. It's a Wonderful Life Movie screencap In a scene where the character Uncle Billy gets drunk and George Bailey points him in the right direction home, the actor staggered off-screen, and then a loud crash was heard. The crash was the sound of a technician accidentally knocking over a stack of props, and although the man expected to be fired for the accident, Capra liked the sound and Uncle Billy's subsequent, "I'm all right!
It's a Wonderful Life Movie screencap Snow at the time was usually made with cornflakes painted white, but they were so loud and crunchy that it made recording dialogue impossible.
Capra challenged his special effects crew to create something quieter. They used 3, tons of shaved ice, tons of gypsum, tons of plaster and 6, gallons of a mixture of foamite, soap and water to create snow, and eventually won an Academy Award for their developments in snow-making.
It's a Wonderful Life Movie screencap According to Tom Bosley, during the scene where the residents of Bedford Falls make a run on the bank, Capra asked the woman playing Miss Davis to surprise Jimmy Stewart with the amount she asked for.
Everybody agreed on the name "Turbo," but couldn't decide what should be paired with it. Meet Me in St. Louis" follows the story of the Smith family living in St. Louis, and covers happenings in all four seasons of the year. Inthe American Film Institute placed her among the 10 greatest female stars of classic American cinema, from an early age Garland struggled in her personal life.
The pressures of adolescent stardom sent her to a psychiatrist at age eighteen and her self-image was influenced by film executives who said she was unattractive and manipulated her on-screen physical appearance. She was plagued by instability, often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. She married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce and she also had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of Her parents were vaudevillians who settled in Grand Rapids to run a theater that featured vaudeville acts.
She was of English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, named after both of her parents and baptized at a local Episcopal church, baby shared her familys flair for song and dance. The Gumm Sisters performed there for the few years, accompanied by their mother on piano.
The family relocated to Lancaster, California, in JuneFrank purchased and operated another theater in Lancaster, and Ethel began managing her daughters and working to get them into motion pictures 2. In her later career, she appeared on television, on stage, Margaret OBrien was born Angela Maxine OBrien, her name was later changed following the success of the film Journey for Margaret, in which she played the title role.
Her father, Lawrence OBrien, a performer, died before she was born. OBriens mother, Gladys Flores, was a flamenco dancer who often performed with her sister Marissa.
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OBrien is of half-Irish and half-Spanish ancestry, OBrien made her first film appearance in Babes on Broadway at the age of four, but it was the following year that her first major role brought her widespread attention. As a five-year-old in Journey for Margaret, OBrien won wide praise for her acting style. Byshe was considered a big star to have a cameo appearance in the all-star military show finale of Thousands Cheer.
Louis, opposite Judy Garland. No surprise, she cried, and was wonderful in the role of Tootie, OBrien had by this time added singing and dancing to her achievements and was rewarded with an Academy Juvenile Award the following year as the outstanding child actress of OBrien later shed her child star image in by appearing on the cover of Life magazine with the caption The Girls Grown, OBriens acting roles as an adult have been few and far between, mostly in small independent films.
However, she does do occasional interviews, mostly for the Turner Classic Movies cable network, OBrien gave television credit for helping her to change her public image. In an interview inwhen she was 19, she said, no movie producer could really afford to take a chance at handing me an adult role.
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Another rare television outing was as a guest star on the popular Marcus Welby, M. One day inthe familys maid asked to take OBriens Juvenile Oscar, after three days, the maid failed to return to work, prompting OBriens mother to discharge her, requesting that the awards be returned 3.
Mary Astor — Mary Astor was an American actress. She is best remembered for her role as Brigid OShaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of the early s. At first her voice was considered too masculine and she was off the screen for a year and she appeared in a play with friend Florence Eldridge, and the film offers came in, so she was able to resume her career in talking films.
Four years later her career was destroyed due to scandal. In Astor was later branded an adulterous wife by her ex-husband, Astor was a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player through most of the s and continued to work in film, television and on stage until her retirement in Astor was the author of five novels and her autobiography was a bestseller, as was her later book, A Life on Film, which was about her career.
Both of her parents were teachers and they married on August 3, in Lyons, Kansas. Astors mother, who had wanted to be an actress, taught drama. Astor was home-schooled in academics and was taught to play the piano by her father and her piano talents came in handy when she played piano in her films The Great Lie and Meet Me in St. InAstor sent a photograph of herself to a beauty contest in Motion Picture Magazine, when Astor was 15, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois, with her father teaching German in public schools.
Astor took drama lessons and appeared in amateur stage productions. The following year, she sent another photograph to Motion Picture Magazine and her father then moved the family to New York City, in order for his daughter to act in motion pictures. He managed her affairs from September to Junea Manhattan photographer, Charles Albin, saw her photograph and asked the young girl with haunting eyes and long auburn hair, whose nickname was Rusty, to pose for him.
Astors first screen test was directed by Lillian Gish, who was so impressed with her recitation of Shakespeare that she shot a thousand feet of her. She made her debut at age 14 in the film Sentimental Tommy and she then appeared in some movie shorts with sequences based on famous paintings 4. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California and it is one of the worlds oldest film studios. Init was announced that MGM would merge with 20th Century Fox, over the next thirty-nine years, the studio was bought and sold at various points in its history until, on November 3, MGM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Kerkorian did, however, commit to increased production and a film library when he bought United Artists in MGM ramped up production, as well as keeping production going at UA. It also incurred significant amounts of debt to increase production, the studio took on additional debt as a series of owners took charge in the s and early s. Even more deeply in debt, MGM was purchased by a joint venture between Kerkorian, producer Frank Mancuso, and Australias Seven Network inthe debt load from these and subsequent business deals negatively affected MGMs ability to survive as an independent motion picture studio.
Inmovie theater magnate Marcus Loew had a problem and he had bought Metro Pictures Corporation in for a steady supply of films for his large Loews Theatres chain.