March 6, 2015

Birth was the death of him.
Samuel Beckett

[Tyler reaches for his gun] Wyatt Earp: "Go ahead, skin it! Skin that smokewagon and see what happens..."
Johnny Tyler [pauses, scared] "M-mister, I'm gettin' tired of your... "
Wyatt Earp: [slaps Tyler across the face, unafraid]"I'm gettin' tired of all your gas, now jerk that pistol and go to work!"
Wyatt Earp: [slaps him harder, now completely steely-eyed] "I said throw down, boy!"
— Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell): Johnny Tyler (Billy Bob Thornton), Tombstone (1993)

"If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?"
Will Rogers

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 9 of 17)
  • Miklós Rózsa wrote the musical score over a period of nearly a year. He was resident in Rome with the production while he composed, and recorded his music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at MGM's Borehamwood studios outside London.
  • In the original novel, Ben-Hur's mother does not have a name; she is referred to as Mother of Hur. For the film, she was called Miriam.
  • Leslie Nielsen made a screen test for the part of Messala, part of which can be seen in the documentary Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic (1993).
  • Audrey Hepburn visited the set during the filming of the chariot race (she was in the midst of shooting The Nun's Story (1959)). This led to the false legend that she was an extra in the crowd scenes, as a favor to William Wyler, who gave Hepburn her first starring role in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she won the Oscar. Hepburn, one of Wyler's favorite actresses and people, would make two more films for him, The Children's Hour (1961) and How to Steal a Million (1966)
  • According to his memoirs Stewart Granger was offered the role of Messala but claimed that he turned it down on the advice of his agent who recommended Granger not to play a supporting role to Charlton Heston.
  • During filming, director William Wyler noticed that one of the extras was missing a hand. He had the make-up department construct a prosthetic that included a protruding false bone to cover the man's stump for the scene where the galley was rammed by a pirate ship. Wyler made similar use of an extra who was missing a foot.

  • "Brevity is the soul of wit."
    William Shakespeare

  • In 1982, the last member of a group of people who believed the Earth was hollow died.
  • A man named John Bellavia has entered over 5000 contests, and has never won a thing.
  • The famous painting of "Whistler's Mother" was once bought from a pawn shop.

  • Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?


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