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Star of the Month: John Wayne

For five days in April our Star of the Month spotlight shines on the legend that was and is John Wayne. Through five decades he was one of the great American icons and Hollywood's biggest box-office star. His popularity endures today, with his name appearing often on lists of all-time greats. Our Wayne festival was programmed by TCM host Robert Osborne, who will be joined in introducing the films by Scott Eyman, who has written for the the New York Times and the Washington Post and is the author of celebrity biographies including John Wayne: The Life and Legend, due out this month.

Wayne enjoyed a versatile career that encompassed more than 175 movies ranging from war movies to romantic comedies, crime thrillers and historical epics. But it is for his Westerns--more than a dozen of which were directed by the master of the form, John Ford--that he is best remembered. Fittingly, our tribute begins with Wayne's first starring role in The Big Trail (1930) and concludes with a Western from his mature period, Big Jake (1971). In between are such Ford/Wayne classics as Stagecoach (1939), Fort Apache (1948) and The Searchers (1956).

Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, Wayne entered films in 1926 and served an apprenticeship in serials and low-budget movies before his role in Stagecoach elevated him to major player. Other memorable vehicles over the decades include Without Reservations (1946), Flying Leathernecks (1951) and North to Alaska (1960). His final film was The Shootist (1976), in which he plays a gunfighter dying of cancer, as Wayne himself did in 1979.

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Why It's Essential: Laura (1944)


SYNOPSIS

"I shall never forget the weekend Laura died. The silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass. It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection. I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York. For with Laura's horrible death, I was alone." This unforgettable speech delivered via voice over by Clifton Webb opens one of the silver screen's most stylish and enduring films noirs, Otto Preminger's 1944 classic Laura. It started out as a B picture, but turned into a classic through a series of happy accidents, a collection of superior talent, and one of the biggest and most surprising plot twists in cinema history.

Adapted from Vera Caspary's suspense novel of the same name, Laura opens with the murder of a beguiling young woman (Gene Tierney) who seems to have cast a spell over everyone she met. Determined to solve the violent crime, no-nonsense detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) methodically makes his way through Manhattan penthouse society to find some answers. Is Laura's murderer her possessive jealous mentor, the acerbic columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb)? Is it her weak parasitic fiancé Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price)? Could it be her scheming wealthy aunt (Judith Anderson), or is it someone else - an old cast-off suitor, perhaps? Detective McPherson pulls out all the stops in his search for the truth, but he soon finds himself falling for the hauntingly beautiful Laura from beyond the grave, obsessed by a looming portrait of her in her stylish New York apartment. In Laura's world, however, things are not always what they seem.

CAST AND CREW

Director: Otto Preminger

Producer: Otto Preminger

Writers: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, Betty Reinhardt

Based on the novel Laura by Vera Caspary

Cinematography: Joseph LaShelle, Lucien Ballard

Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller

Set Decorator: Thomas Little

Editor: Louis Loeffler

Costumes: Bonnie Cashin

Music: David Raksin

Cast: Gene Tierney (Laura Hunt), Dana Andrews (Detective Mark McPherson), Clifton Webb (Waldo Lydecker), Vincent Price (Shelby Carpenter), Judith Anderson (Ann Treadwell), Dorothy Adams (Bessie Clary)

B and W - 87 min.

Why "LAURA " is Essential ?

Laura is one of the quintessential examples of film noir that has endured as a classic for over 70 years. While it started out as a B-picture, its polish came about as the result of a series of happy accidents, second choices and great talent that helped elevate its status on all levels. It ultimately achieved five Oscar® nominations (winning one). It's a somewhat unconventional noir with a collection of odd elements that all come together and work. As Roger Ebert said in a 2002 article, "Film noir is known for its convoluted plots and arbitrary twists, but even in a genre that gave us The Maltese Falcon [1941], this takes some kind of prize. Laura has a detective who never goes to the station; a suspect who is invited to tag along as other suspects are interrogated; a heroine who is dead for most of the film; a man insanely jealous of a woman even though he never for a moment seems heterosexual; a romantic lead who is a dull-witted Kentucky bumpkin moving in Manhattan penthouse society, and a murder weapon that is returned to its hiding place by the cop, who will 'come by for it in the morning.' The only nude scene involves the jealous man and the cop." Unconventional though it may be, it is all the better for its collection of improbable quirks.

Laura's famous musical score, rooted in its luscious haunting main theme composed by David Raksin, instantly became one of the most recognizable and beloved pieces of movie music in history. The music's popularity helped Raksin's career immeasurably, which took off as he entered the top echelon of film composers in Hollywood.

Even though the lyrics were added to David Raksin's beautiful music after the film's release, the song "Laura" quickly became a standard and one of the most popular songs ever recorded.

The delicious role of acid-tongued Waldo Lydecker was actor Clifton Webb's first big starring role in a Hollywood film, and his first screen role since the early days of cinema. Webb, who had been working successfully as a stage actor for many years, knew that his performance could help make or break his career in movies, and at age 56 he didn't have much time to waste. The success of the film, for him, resulted in an Academy Award nomination and a whole new prominent career in Hollywood films.

The success of Laura helped launch Otto Preminger's career as one of the best directors in Hollywood. The imposing Preminger had been working as mostly a producer since his arrival in Hollywood, and thanks to a damaging feud with Twentieth Century-Fox production chief Darryl Zanuck, he was sidelined for a time, keeping him from doing what he most wanted to do: direct. However, Preminger was given another shot behind the camera on Laura, and it became one of the most famous directorial triumphs of his career.

Laura boasts one of the biggest plot twists in cinema history that surprised - and continues to surprise - even the savviest of moviegoers. In true whodunit fashion, the plot's twists and turns and remarkable collection of vivid characters truly keep viewers guessing until the very end - even today.

The role of Laura's caddish buttery fiancé Shelby Carpenter was one of Vincent Price's best roles and reportedly a personal favorite for the actor. For those who know Price's work primarily for the horror films that became indelibly associated with him, Laura will impress viewers with Price's broad talent and range.

Laura was the film that was forever associated with gorgeous actress Gene Tierney. The film's success helped establish her as a major star and helped elevate her to the Hollywood A-list of leading ladies.

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 10, 2014 at 8:42pm

Hello ! Sam Juliano...

Thanks, for stopping by to leave a comment and most importantly, to discuss films and the stars in the films too !

"So nice of you to post it and acknowledge his lamentable passing this week..."

Well, I posted the information about actor Mickey Rooney, only because it's part Of this TCM discussion.

"he was nominated for Best Actor for it, in a year when Robert Donat, Clark Gable, James Stewart and Laurence Olivier were nominated."

Unfortunately, I have never watched "Babes in Arms," and most definitely, didn't know that fact, about actor Mickey Rooney being nominated along with the other actors you mentioned.

Comment by Sam A. Juliano on April 9, 2014 at 9:17pm

Wonderful photo of Mickey, and fabulous TCM schedule Dee Dee!!!  So nice of you to post it and acknowledge his lamentable passing this week.  What a film heritage for this great star and American institution!  The only one that seems to be missing from this great lot is his 1939 BABES IN ARMS.  he was nominated for Best Actor for it, in a year when Robert Donat, Clark Gable, James Stewart and Laurence Olivier were nominated.

Comment by Darkness To Light... on April 9, 2014 at 6:40am

TCM is changing its previously scheduled programming for Sunday, April 13 in order to honour the late actor Mickey Rooney.

Here is the new schedule line-up:

6:00 AM Broadway to Hollywood
7:30 AM The Devil is a Sissy
9:15 AM A Family Affair
10:30 AM You're Only Young Once
12:00 PM Captains Courageous
2:00 PM The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3:45 PM The Human Comedy
6:00 PM Killer McCoy
8:00 PM Boys Town
10:00 PM Men of Boys Town
12:00 AM National Velvet
2:15 AM Babes on Broadway
4:30 AM A Midsummer Night's Dream

April Schedule Change for Mickey Rooney Tribute...

Comment by Darkness To Light... on January 7, 2014 at 10:57pm

Hello ! Sam Juliano...

I have to agree with your comment wholeheartedly, and I would have to say the Andreï Tarkovsky's version Of "The Killers," place second on my list after I watched Tarkovsky's The Killers... for the 1st time last Spring.

Sam Juliano,

Thanks, for stopping by and leaving a comment and a compliment... too !

deedee :)

Comment by Sam A. Juliano on January 7, 2014 at 9:10pm

One of the great film noirs!  I have always considered the Siodmak version as superior to the re-make myself.  Nice addition here Dee Dee!

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Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 2, 2013 at 1:10am

Hi ! Sam Juliano...with TCM airing 35 Of his films...you know that all 3 films that you have mentioned will be aired during this month Of October...Just  follow this link TCM THIS MONTH...Thursday with Price as in Vincent and you can view all Of his films that will be aired every Thursday on TCM... I have even added 5 Of his films on the playlist above... too !

Tks, for stopping by and leaving a comment... too !

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Comment by Sam A. Juliano on October 1, 2013 at 9:31pm

Wow, a Vincent Price Festival on TCM!  Hope that FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and the DR. PHIBES films are included Dee Dee!

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