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“Marnie – Sean Connery Movie Trailer (1964)” 

Marnie is a 1964 American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film stars Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.

The music was composed by Bernard Herrmann, his last of seven critically acclaimed film scores for Hitchcock. Marnie also marked the end of Hitchcock’s collaborations with cinematographer Robert Burks (his twelfth film for Hitchcock) and editorGeorge Tomasini (who died later in the year).


PLOT

Margaret “Marnie” Edgar (Tippi Hedren) steals $10,000 from her employer’s company safe and flees. She had used her charms on Sidney Strutt (Martin Gabel), a tax consultant, to get a clerical job without references. After changing her appearance and identity, she makes a quick trip to a horse stable in Virginia, where she keeps a horse named Forio, and then to Baltimore for a surprise visit to her mother, Bernice (Louise Latham). Though Bernice seems to care more for a young neighbor named Jessie than she ever did to her own daughter, Marnie shows love for her and gives her money.

Mark and Marnie on their honeymoon cruise

When Mark Rutland (Sean Connery), a wealthy widower who owns a publishing company in Philadelphia, sees Strutt on business, he learns of the robbery. He recalls Marnie from a previous visit. Unaware of this, Marnie applies for a job at Mark’s company; intrigued, he hires her as a typist, and they see each other socially. When Marnie has a panic attack during a thunderstorm, he hugs her and quietly kisses her. Marnie also has bad dreams and a phobia of the color red.

Marnie repeats her crime at Mark’s company, stealing a large sum of money and fleeing. Mark tracks her down at the horse stable where she keeps Forio. Shockingly, he blackmails her into marrying him. They marry, much to the chagrin of Mark’s former sister-in-law, Lil (Diane Baker), who has had an eye on him ever since her sister’s death. Lil learns that he is spending extravagantly on Marnie and becomes suspicious. On her honeymoon cruise, Marnie admits to Mark that she cannot stand to be “touched by a man”. Mark begins by respecting her wishes, but later, after days of frustration, he rapes her. The next morning, she attempts suicide by drowning herself in the ship’s pool, but Mark manages to save her in time.

Upon their return home, Mark discovers that Marnie’s mother is still alive; he hires a private investigator to find out all he can about the woman. Meanwhile, Lil overhears that Mark has “paid off Strutt” on Marnie’s behalf, so she mischievously invites Strutt to a party at Mark’s house. There, a furious Strutt recognizes Marnie, but does not expose her after Mark threatens to take his business elsewhere. When Marnie later admits to additional robberies, Mark offers to pay back all her victims to keep the police away.

Invited to ride in a fox hunt, Marnie enjoys herself, but becomes perturbed when the hounds corner the fox and begin to pull it from its den. When another rider wearing a traditional scarlet coat comes into view, her phobia kicks in and she bolts on her horse Forio. After a wild gallop, the horse falls and suffers a catastrophic injury, forcing Marnie to shoot him. Crazed with grief, Marnie goes to Mark’s office to rob his safe again, but this time, she cannot bring herself to do it. Mark surprises her and eggs her on to take the money, but still she cannot.

He then takes Marnie to Baltimore to see her mother, Bernice, to extract the truth from her about Marnie’s past. It is revealed that Bernice was a prostitute. When Bernice attacks Mark hysterically, Marnie’s long-suppressed memories suddenly surface. She remembers that when she was a child, a drunken sailor (Bruce Dern), one of Bernice’s clients, had tried to comfort her during a thunderstorm. His attentions were intimate, hugging and kissing the child. Bernice, fearing he was molesting Marnie, attacked him. A fight ensued in which Bernice’s leg becomes hurt, the source of her long term limp. Frightened, Marnie struck the sailor with a fireplace poker and killed him. The red blood from his wound causing her deep phobia of that color. Bernice calmly admits everything, and she tells how she got Marnie, and how much she has always loved her. Now understanding the source of her fears, Marnie asks Mark what to do; he lets her know that he is on her side and will defend her. She responds, “I don’t want to go to jail; I’d rather stay with you.”

 
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“Sophia Loren-Mambo Italiano” 

Mambo Italiano” is a popular songwritten by Bob Merrill in 1954 for the American singer Rosemary Clooney. Merrill wrote it under a recording deadline, scribbling hastily on a paper napkin in an Italian restaurant in New York City, and then using the wall pay-phone to dictate the melody, rhythm and lyrics to the studio pianist, under the aegis of the conductor Mitch Miller, who produced the original record.[1] Merrill’s song provides an obvious parody of genuine mambo music, cashing in on the 1954 mambo craze in New York while at the same time allowing Miller to set up a brilliant vehicle for Clooney’s vocal talents.[2] It is also a late example of an American novelty song in a tradition started during World War II by the Italian-American jazz singer Louis Prima, in which nonsense lyrics with an Italian-American sound are used in such a way as to present a benignly stereotyped caricature of Italian-American people (who had been classedwith “enemy alien” status and discouraged from speaking Italian) as likable, slightly brash, pleasure-loving folk.[3] Although Clooney’s own family background was Irish-American (while Merrill’s was Jewish),[4] she could perform such “Italianized” material with an entirely convincing accent, which she had readily picked up from Italian-American musicians and their families.[3]

The song became a hit for Clooney, reaching number 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart early in 1955.[5] It was also successfully covered by the popular Italian-American star Dean Martin.[6] In the 1955 Italian comedy film Scandal in Sorrento (Pane, amore e…), Sophia Lorendances voluptuously opposite Vittorio de Sica to an instrumental arrangement of the tune made by Merrill, in a simplified, local imitation of mambo dancing[7] (she was also required to dance to the song in the 1960 Hollywood comedy It Started in Naples[6]). The song itself became popular in Italy when Carla Boni scored a major hit with her version of 1956.[6][8]Also in 1956,[9] Renato Carosone, a well-known singer and band leader from Naples, recorded a successful version that weaves in several fragments of Neapolitan song, of which he was a leading exponent.[10] Versions made in other languages include a French translation made by the Turkish polyglot singer Darío Moreno.[6] More recent cover versions have been made by Shaft(2000), Dean Martin’s daughter, Deana Martin (2006) and Lady Gaga (2011).

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“Hamm’s Beer 1950’s TV commercial snippet”

“Hamm’s Beer 1950’s TV commercial snippet”

During Prohibition, the company survived by producing soft drinks and other food products, enabling it to expand rapidly through acquisitions after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. From 1933 until 1965 Hamm’s saw much success; much of this can attributed to William C. Figge Jr. taking over as President in 1951. Figge expanded the Hamm’s brand into a national entity with breweries in St. Paul, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Houston, Texas. The latter two were short-lived and closed soon after they opened. As the company celebrated its 100th anniversary, the family decided to sell the brewery and leave the ever more competitive brewing industry to focus on its other ventures like its successful real estate company.

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“Around the World in 80 Days” (1956) 

“Around the World in 80 Days” (1956) 


Around the World in 80 Days (sometimes spelled as Around the World in Eighty Days) is a 1956 American epic adventurecomedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists.

The epic picture was directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Mike Todd, with Kevin McClory and William Cameron Menzies as associate producers. The screenplay was written by James PoeJohn Farrow, and S. J. Perelman based on the classic novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The music score was composed by Victor Young, and the Todd-AO 70 mmcinematography (shot in Technicolor) was by Lionel Lindon. The film’s seven-minute-long animated title sequence, shown at the end of the film, was created by award-winning designer Saul Bass.[3]

The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.[4]

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrowpresents an onscreen prologue, featuring footage from A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges Méliès, explaining that it is based loosely on the book From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne.[5] Also included is the launching of an unmanned rocket and footage of the earth receding.

In 1872, an English gentleman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) claims he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days. He makes a £20,000 wager (around to £1.6 million today[6]) with four sceptical fellow members of the Reform Club(each contributing £5,000 to the bet) that he can arrive back eighty days from exactly 8:45 pm that evening.

Together with his resourceful valet, Passepartout (Cantinflas), Fogg goes hopscotching around the globe generously spending money to encourage others to help him get to his destinations faster so he can accommodate tight steamship schedules. They set out on the journey from Paris by hot air balloon upon learning the mountain train tunnel is blocked. The two accidentally end up in Spain, where Passepartout engages in a comic bullfight. Next, he goes to Brindisi. Meanwhile, suspicion grows that Fogg has stolen £55,000 (around £4.4 million today[6]) from the Bank of England so Police Inspector Fix (Robert Newton) is sent out by Scotland Yard to trail him (starting in Suez) and keeps waiting for a warrant to arrive so he can arrest Fogg in the British ports they visit. In India, Fogg and Passepartout rescue young widow Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine) from being forced into a funeral pyre with her late husband. The three visit Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco, and the Wild West. After sailing across the Atlantic, and only hours short of winning his wager, Fogg is arrested upon arrival at Liverpool, by the diligent yet misguided Inspector Fix.

At the jail, the humiliated Fix informs Fogg that the real culprit was caught in Brighton. Though he is now exculpated, he has insufficient time to reach London before his deadline and thus has lost everything – but the love of the winsome Aouda. Salvation is at hand when, upon returning to London, Passepartout buys a newspaper and sees it is still Saturday. Fogg then realizes that by traveling east towards the rising sun and by crossing the International Date Line, he has gained a day. There is still time to reach the Reform Club and win the bet. Fogg arrives at the club just before the 8:45 pm chime. Aouda and Passepartout then arrive, surprising everyone, as no woman has ever entered the Reform Club before.

CAST


David Niven as Phileas Fogg


Cantinflas as Passepartout

Shirley MacLaine as Princess Aouda

Robert Newton as Inspector Fix

CAMEO APPEARANCES

Finlay Currie as Andrew Stuart, Reform Club member

Robert Morley as Gauthier Ralph, Reform Club member and Bank of England Governor

Ronald Squire as a Reform Club member

Basil Sydney as a Reform Club member

Noël Coward as Roland Hesketh-Baggott, London employment agency manager

Sir John Gielgud as Foster, Fogg’s former valet

Trevor Howard as Denis Fallentin, Reform Club member

Harcourt Williams as Hinshaw, a Reform Club steward

Martine Carol as a girl in the Paris railway station

Fernandel as a Paris coachman

Charles Boyer as Monsieur Gasse, balloonist

Evelyn Keyes as a Paris flirt

José Greco as a flamenco dancer

Luis Miguel Dominguín as a bullfighter

Gilbert Roland as Achmed Abdullah

Cesar Romero as Abdullah’s henchman

Alan Mowbray as the British Consul at Suez

Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Sir Francis Cromarty

Melville Cooper as Mr. Talley, steward on the RMS Mongolia

Reginald Denny as a Bombay police inspector

Ronald Colman as a Great Indian Peninsular Railway official

Robert Cabal as an elephant driver-guide

Charles Coburn as a Hong Kong steamship company clerk

Peter Lorre as a steward on the SS Carnatic

George Raft as the bouncer of the Barbary Coast Saloon

Red Skelton as a drunk at the saloon

Marlene Dietrich as the saloon hostess

John Carradine as Col. Stamp Proctor of San Francisco

Frank Sinatra as the saloon pianist

Buster Keaton as a train conductor (San Francisco to Fort Kearney)

Col. Tim McCoy as a US Cavalry Colonel

Joe E. Brown as the Fort Kearney stationmaster

Andy Devine as the first mate of the SS Henrietta

Edmund Lowe as the engineer of the SS Henrietta

Victor McLaglen as the helmsman of the SS Henrietta

Jack Oakie as the Captain of the SS Henrietta

Beatrice Lillie as a London revivalist leader

John Mills as a London carriage driver

Glynis Johns as a Sporting Lady

Hermione Gingold as a Sporting Lady

Edward R. Murrow as the prologue narrator

A. E. Matthews as a Reform Club member

Ronald Adam as a Reform Club steward

Walter Fitzgerald as a Reform Club member

Frank Royde as a clergyman

Mike Mazurki as a Hong Kong drunk

Richard Wattis as Inspector Hunter of Scotland Yard (uncredited)

Keye Luke as an old man at Yokohama travel office (uncredited)

Felix Felton as a Reform Club member (uncredited)

Philip Ahn as Hong Kong citizen (uncredited)

 
 

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WHIRLYBIRDS TV SERIES (1957 THRU 1960)

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Whirlybirds (sometimes called The Whirlybirds or Copter Patrol) is a syndicated American drama/adventure television series, which aired for 111 episodes — broadcast from February 4, 1957, through January 18, 1960.[1] It was produced by Desilu Studios.

Synopsis

The program features the exploits of Chuck Martin and Pete “P. T.” Moore (Kenneth Tobey and Craig Hill, respectively), owners of a fictitious helicopter chartering company, Whirlybirds, Inc., in the American West. Martin and Moore sell their services to various clients at the fictional airport, Longwood Field.

The Whirlybirds series was, like I Love Lucy, a product of Desilu Studios. One particular episode of I Love Lucy, Number 140, became pivotal to the Bell 47’s public image as the definitive light helicopter of the 1950s. In No. 140, entitled “Bon Voyage” and first aired on CBS on January 16, 1956, Lucy Ricardo misses the sailing of her trans-Atlantic oceanliner and commandeers a friendly Bell 47G to fly her to the ship; Jack Albertson guest stars in this episode. Down she goes on the hoist, in a studio sequence carefully staged using a 47G cabin mockup. Desilu Studios, intrigued by the Bell 47 and its manufacturer, began discussions with Bell Aircraft about how the entertainment potential of the Bell 47 might be further developed for a TV audience. The result of this collaboration became The Whirlybirds.

Tobey and Hill did not fly the helicopters on the show. That task was handled by expert copter pilots Ed Fuderich, Bob Gilbreath, and Harry Hauss of National Helicopter Service, Inc.

After production of the series ended, Kenneth Tobey reprised his role as Chuck Martin in episode #223 of the long-running TV series, Lassie. Entitled “The Rescue”, the Lassie episode was broadcast on October 2, 1960. Chuck Martin uses a Bell 47G to rescue a trapped Timmy Martin (Jon Provost).

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“IKE AND TINA TURNER -I THINK IT’S GONNA WORK OUT FINE” 

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Ike & Tina Turner

was an American, musical duo composed of the husband-and-wife team of Ike Turner and Tina Turner. The duo was once considered “one of the hottest, most durable, and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles”.[1]

Their early works, including “A Fool in Love”,

“It’s Gonna Work Out Fine”

, “I Idolize You” and “River Deep – Mountain High”, became high points in the development of soul music, while their later works were noted for wildly interpretive re-arrangements of rock songs such as “I Want to Take You Higher” and “Proud Mary”, the latter song for which they won a Grammy Award. They were also known for their often-ribald live performances, which were only matched by that of James Brown and the Famous Flames in terms of musical spectacle.[1]

The duo was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.[2]

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“Sugarfoot” US TV series (1957-1961) 

“Sugarfoot” US TV series (1957-1961) 

Sugarfoot is an American western television series that aired on ABC from 1957-61 on Tuesday nights on a “shared” slot basis – rotating with Cheyenne (1st season); Cheyenne and Bronco (2nd season); and Bronco (3rd season). The Warner Bros production stars Will Hutchins as Tom Brewster, an Easterner who comes to the Oklahoma Territory to become a lawyerJack Elam is cast in occasional episodes as sidekick Toothy Thompson. Brewster was a correspondence-school student whose apparent lack of cowboy skills earned him the nickname “Sugarfoot”, a designation even below that of a tenderfoot.

BackgroundEdit

Sugarfoot had no relation to the 1951 Randolph Scott Western film Sugarfoot aside from the studio owning the title (and the theme music), but its pilot episode was a remake of an offbeat 1954 western film called The Boy from Oklahoma, starring Will Rogers, Jr., as Tom Brewster. The pilot and premiere episode, “Brannigan’s Boots,” was so similar to The Boy from Oklahoma that Sheb Wooley and Slim Pickens reprised their roles from the film.

As played by Rogers in the film, Brewster avoided firearms but preferred to vanquish villains with his roping skills (à la Will Rogers, Sr.) if friendly persuasion failed. Perhaps for practical reasons, the pilot altered the character slightly and made Brewster reluctant to use firearms (or any other kind of violence) but able and willing to do so when there was no alternative. That remained his stance throughout the series, and the title song mentions that Sugarfoot carries a rifle and a law book.

Whenever he enters a saloon, Sugarfoot refuses alcohol and orders sarsaparilla “with a dash of cherry” (sarsaparilla is a drink similar to root beer).

Sugarfoot was one of the earliest products of the alliance between ABC and the fledgling Warner Brothers Television Department, chaired by William T. Orr. During the same period, other similar programs would appear, including MaverickCheyenneBroncoLawman, and Colt .45. Hutchins appeared as Sugarfoot in crossover episodes of Cheyenne and Maverick, and in an installment of Bronco called “The Yankee Tornado”, with Peter Breck as a young Theodore RooseveltJack Kelly appeared as Bart Maverick in the Sugarfoot episode “A Price on His Head.”

Sugarfoot is only partly set in Oklahoma; the character seems to appear at any place in the West though geographic place names are often missing in the scripts. He often journeys south of the border into Mexico, and numerous episodes are rich in Hispanic culture, with various roles played by Mexican or Mexican-American actors.

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