Then, along came "The Wizard of Oz." Needless to say, audiences were not only stirred by the terrific story, but they were also dazzled by the film's special effects. The special effects are glorious in that old Hollywood way, in which you don't even have to look closely to see where the set ends and the backdrop begins. Almost all films were still being made in black and white, so the switch from black and white to color would have had a special significance in 1939 when the movie was made. "The Wizard of Oz" was a major achievement when you consider that it was filmed nearly three-quarters of a century ago.
Gene Kelly choreographed several dance and drama films, one called “An American in Paris” (1951). Michael Kidd is also an outstanding choreographer, who produced motion picture choreographer, in which dance further is the story line. Debbie Reynolds was another familiar name in movie musicals of the 1950’s. She was not a trained dancer but had great stage charisma. Her breakthrough in 1950 was in “Two Weeks with Love”, starring
Daddy-O and Because They're Young brought his original music to the big theatres, but he was soon typecast doing comedies. His efforts in the genre helped guarantee his work on William Wyler's How to Steal a Million, however, a major picture that immediately led to larger projects. Of course, his arrangements continued to get him a lot of attention and he won his first Oscar for adapting Fiddler on the Roof. During the 1970s, John Williams was King of Disaster Scores with The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno. His psychological score for Images remains one of the most innovative works in soundtrack history.
In 1944, 17 year old Ruth became pregnant by a married canadian soldier named clare and gave birth to a son, who she named clare andrea neilson known as andy. The father sent money for about a year, then stopped. The child eventually went to live with Ruths mother. Ruth became a nightclub hostess through nude modelling work, which paid signifficantly more than the various factory and clerical jobs she had since leaving school. Morris Conley, the manager of the court club in Duke street, where she worked,blackmailed his hostess employees into sleeping with him.
When it was first published, it was considered significantly more difficult than the early ragtime music at the time. In the 1930s, Sidney Bechet adapted the song but maintained the original quality of the composition. The song was also recorded on phonograph records six times within three decades of its publication. In 1930, it was utilized in the gangster movie classic, The Public Enemy. This song is still a favorite of ragtime pianists, and is still in print and popular.
Many modern works are based on Greek myths; movies, myths, and music have all been subject to the lure of the ancient Greeks. However, no myth has been more influential that the greatest Greek hero of all, Heracles. The myth of Heracles has been reproduced countless times, but none have been as successful as Disney’s Hercules. This movie packs the legend into a family-friendly package. While the essence of the Herculean legend is captured in Disney’s dramatization, it warps the story to keep it fit for a younger crowd, and this leads to some major inconsistencies between the myth and the movie.
About a year later Norma and Dougherty got divorced. Norma said, “My marriage with Dougherty brought me neither happiness nor pain, my husband and I hardly spoke to each other and this wasn’t because we were angry, we had nothing to say” (Grant, Neil 9). She began to do some modeling and getting the attention of a Hollywood film studio (“Monroe, Marilyn 170-171”). She then attracted the recruiter of Twentieth Century Fox, Ben Lyon (Peterson, Jennifer B.). During her first signing Lyon suggested Norma to change her name to Marilyn, after the actress Marilyn Miller.
Mary Badham was later nominated for best supporting actress but lost it to Patty Duke, the actress who played Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Mary stayed in contact with Gregory Peck for the rest of his life and considered him close to her like a father. For me the most eye opening of the interviews was Diane Mcwhorther's. Diane said her first time seeing the movie was a terrible experience. She knew of the controversy of the story when she went but she forced herself to fight back the tears when Tom Robinson was shot.
She was only supposed to be supporting her friend but gained the role instead. She quickly got other roles including Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, and Mr. Wonderful with Sammy Davis Jr. Career & Accomplishments In 1957, Chita made Broadway history when she performed as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story. This very role was what brought her stardom. Chita's talent enabled genius, Jerome Robbins, to realize his groundbreaking choreographic vision for the production.
Monroe starred opposite of Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift in The Misfits in 1961. Set in Nevada, this adventure drama features Monroe who falls for Gable's cowboy, but battles him over the fate of some wild mustangs. This was her last completed film. In her personal life, she had many unsuccessful relationships and marriages. Her marriage to Joe DiMaggio in 1954 only lasted nine months.