May 20, 2015

In memory everything seems to happen to music.
Tennessee Williams

"If you love a person, you can forgive anything."
Robert Crosbie (Herbert Marshall), The Letter (1940)

You write a book like that you're fond of over the years, then you see that happen to it, it's like pissing in your father's beer
Ernest Hemingway

Watch on the Rhine (1943) (part 4 of 4)
  • Bette Davis was the original choice for the female lead but as she was still involved with making Now, Voyager (1942), other actresses were approached. Irene Dunne expressed some interest but felt that the role was too small whilst Margaret Sullavan turned the part down flat. Edna Best, Rosemary DeCamp and Helen Hayes were also considered.
  • Bette Davis repeatedly clashed with director Herman Shumlin throughout production. A novice film director, he had no real experience on a film set and certainly none in dealing with a prima donna actress like Davis. Producer Hal B. Wallis was forced to lean hard on Shumlin when he saw how over the top Davis was in her performance.
  • Bette Davis gladly took on a supporting role as she wanted audiences to see what she considered to be a very important film and also because she admired Lillian Hellman's writing having recently worked on the film version of Hellman's The Little Foxes (1941).
  • This adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play was written by her longtime companion, Dashiell Hammett. Hellman was unable to write the adaptation herself as she was contracted to work on the screenplay for The North Star (1943). She recommended that Hammett be given the assignment as he was very familiar with the material. (Hammett also needed the money.)

  • What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • There are 102 floors in the Empire State Building.
  • In English gambling dens, they used to have employees whose job was to swallow the dice if the police arrived.
  • Photographer Peter Parker's secret identity is Spiderman.

  • A wise King wants an honest child to take his place on the throne. He gives each of his three sons a pack of flower seeds and tells them that the one who grows the most beautiful flowers from these seeds will have his throne. Six months pass and the king checks the flowers. The first two had beautiful flower beds while the last child had nothing in his plot but weeds and no flowers. Yet, the king chose this child to have the throne. Why?

    Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.

    A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

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