March 10, 2015

One characteristic of winners is they always look upon themselves as a do it yourself project.
Denis Waitley

"I'm real sorry they picked you to defend that nigger that raped my Mayella. I don't know why I didn't kill him myself instead of goin' to the sheriff. That would have saved you and the sheriff and the taxpayers lots of trouble... "
— Bob Ewell (James Anderson), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before."
Mae West

Ben-Hur (1959) (part 13 of 17)
  • Director William Wyler had previous experience with Ben-Hur. He served as an assistant director wrangling extras in crowds under action specialist B. Reeves Eason (aka Breezy Eason), who directed the chariot race in MGM's mammoth silent version of the story, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925).
  • Stuntman Cliff Lyons worked as a stuntman/chariot driver in both Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and the remake Ben-Hur (1959).
  • Nervous at the expense and trying to cover all its bases, MGM executives dissatisfied with the script hired Ben Hecht to "polish" it during shooting. They flew him to Rome, set him up in a house and paid him approximately $15,000 for a week's work. It's not known if any of Hecht's dialogue made it into the final film.
  • Although the original release was in Technicolor, the 1974 release was in MetroColor.
  • In 1880 Lew Wallace told his wife that they might receive as much as $100 in royalties per year for his novel, After years of refusing to sell theatrical rights, Wallace finally acquiesced.
  • Wyler began his career directing one Western per week budgeted at $2000 each, the same amount it cost Metro for every hour spent on shooting "Ben-Hur."
  • Kirk Douglas and Marlon Brando were considered for the role of Judah Ben-Hur.

  • A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad.
    Albert Camus

  • The foundations of the great European cathedrals go down as far as forty or fifty feet. In some instances, they form a mass of stone as great as that of the visible building above the ground.
  • Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.
  • The roads on the island of Guam are made with coral. Guam has no sand. The sand on the beaches is actually ground coral. When concrete is mixed, the coral sand is used instead of importing regular sand from thousands of miles away.

  • What is the greatest worldwide use of cowhide?

    I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

    “"If you win, say nothing. If you lose, say less.”

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