January 17, 2015

I have become infected, now that I see how beautifully a book is coming out of all this.
Carl Sandburg

"He'll be back... they all come back... the only one who never came back was James Caan... and I'm still waitin'!"
— Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito), "Taxi" (1978)

Lincoln's Gettysburg address has 226 words, The Ten commandments has 296 words. The US dept. of agriculture's order setting the price of cabbage has 15,269 words
Intelligence Advisor, 1993

Pygmalion (1938) (part 4 of 4 )
  • The original Broadway production of "Pgymalion" opened at the Park Theater opening October 12, 1914 and ran for 72 performances. The play premiered in a German translation at the Hofburg Theatre in Vienna on October 16, 1913 and in English at His Majesty's Theatre in London on April 11, 1914 and starred 'Mrs Patrick Campbell'.
  • George Bernard Shaw had previously rejected an offer from Samuel Goldwyn for the screen rights to his plays. He was more impressed with Gabriel Pascal's integrity as a producer, thus beginning a partnership that yielded adaptations of Pygmalion (1938), Major Barbara (1941), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) and Androcles and the Lion (1952).
  • First film of Stephen Murray.
  • Moyna MacGill is the only performer to appear in both this film (Woman Bystander) and its musical remake, My Fair Lady (1964) (Lady Boxington). Both films were also photographed by Harry Stradling Sr.
  • George Bernard Shaw, a guest at San Simeon of William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies when he was in California, reportedly wrote to her offering the actress the role of Eliza in the film version.

  • Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
    Leo Tolstoy

  • Toronto, Ontario was home to the biggest swimming pool in the world in 1925. It held 2000 swimmers, and was 300ft x 75ft. It is still in operation.
  • In 1968, Steve McPeak traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles on a unicycle. The trip took him six weeks, but he planned for the long bike journey. He brought an extra tire and a spare heinie.
  • The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, is cracked and has never been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it, caretakers decided to throw water on the bell. This did not succeed, as the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the bell forever.

  • How can you tell the difference between dogs and trees?

    Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

    “Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource - the minds of our children.”

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