May 18, 2015

Not all those who wander are lost.
J. R. R. Tolkien

"I'll hit you so hard, I'll kill your whole family."
— Billy (Tim Daly), Diner (1982)

I wish to be cremated. One tenth of my ashes shall be given to my agent, as written in our contract.
Groucho Marx

Watch on the Rhine (1943) (part 2 of 4)
  • Ann Blyth played the daughter, Babette, in the original stage play.
  • Jack L. Warner paid $150,000 for the rights to the play which had enjoyed a successful run on Broadway. Warner had great faith in the material, feeling that its patriotic nature would go down well with wartime audiences.
  • Producer Hal B. Wallis originally wanted Charles Boyer for the male lead before deciding that Boyer's French accent would prove counter-productive. Instead, he went with Paul Lukas who had originated the role on Broadway.
  • Pre-production on the film had to be halted whilst writer Dashiell Hammett recovered from a bad back. By the time he was able to resume work some months later, the production of Now, Voyager (1942) had concluded and Bette Davis was now available.
  • A staunch anti-Nazi campaigner, Bette Davis immediately signed on when she read the script.
  • Director Herman Shumlin was most unhappy with his initial director of photography Merritt B. Gerstad who was eventually replaced by Hal Mohr.

  • You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.
    George Burns

  • Robert Browning used chianti to wean and cure his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from her addiction to laudanum.
  • On April 5, 1978, triplets were born to an Israeli Arab at the Assaf Harofeh Hospital. The babies' parents, according to researcher Bruce D. Witherspoon, named them Carter, Begin, and Sadat.
  • "Fine turkey" and "honeycomb" are terms used for different qualities and textures of sponges.

  • One morning a man is leaving on business trip and finds he left some paperwork at his office. He runs into his office to get it and the night watchman stops him and says, "Sir, don't get on the plane. I had a dream last night that the plane would crash and everyone would die!" The man takes his word and cancells his trip. Sure enough the plane crashes and everyone dies. The next morning the man gives the watchman a $1,000 reward for saving his life and then fires him. Why did he fire the watchman that saved his life?

    Yogi Berra
    The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.
    Yogi Berra

    “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

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