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October 20, 2008


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Margaret Oomen

Elsita shared this evening of your's with me already . I loved Gigi and the voice of Maurice Chevalier is one I will never forget. I used to dream of having a grandfather ( I never met any of mine) that looked and sounded like him and who would sing songs to me to help me fall asleep when I was a child. I think I might try to visit Leslie's small hotel about 1 hour outside of Paris when I am in France later this year.


I have seen this movie! I remember those great drawings


o.k. o.k. already .... with this post (I Remember it Well scene is my favorite from Gigi!), I've decided to subscribe to your blog - my source for the inside Hollywood scoop (at least the part that I care about). And that your the spouse of Elsa Mora makes it all the more interesting! Thanks for sharing.


ooops ... second "your" should be "you're"


I am so jealous. As a fellow Chicagoan who also now lives in L.A., I would've been at that screening in a heartbeat but was visiting the east coast last weekend. I would've loved to have seen Leslie Caron (how did she look?) and hear her stories about her career. I agree with you about "Gigi" and Vincente Minnelli but was surprised to see "Yolanda and the Thief" make your list of top films, God love you! I take a little issue with categorizing "Bells Are Ringing" as a "lesser" film but I'm glad you singled out Judy Holliday. One big omission on your list of Minnelli's musicals, in my opinion, is "The Band Wagon" which I think is a much better film than "Brigadoon" and "Yolanda." And what about "Meet Me in St. Louis?" That has to be one of the most beautifully composed musicals ever made. I also love his later musical, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" with Barbra Streisand but not so much that last film he made with Ingrid Bergman and Liza.

amy Sullivan

Oh~ how I have loved all these movies.
I have watched them all over & over~

For me they bring to mind~ Sundays snuggled on the couch~a much younger me~
But~ with DVD's~ the 48 year old me, can snuggle down & watch these timeless movies when ever I like~

William Horberg


Thanks for your comment. Okay, I have to confess, for all my pontificating on Minnelli, I have never actually seen The Band Wagon!! One of those well known titles that somehow slipped by me. And I used to run a revival movie theatre! But, as with all such things, I'm kind of grateful as I feel this just gives must something great to look forward to, knowing there is a classic out there that I can discover for the first time. And my comment on Bells Are Ringing did not reflect my own esteem for the movie, which is HIGH, but the critical consensus which does not put it in the top rank. I will however take issue with Meet Me In St. Louis, which for me is a total snooze.


"Meet Me in St. Louis" a total snooze? I will suppress the urge to organize a vigilante squad to picket your home if you will concede that the film has some of the best cinematography and set design of the 1940s. Okay, you don't have to concede that if you don't want to, I'm just grateful to be "arguing" about something other than politics. Was your revival movie theatre in Chicago? Was it the Parkway or the Music Box? Loved those. Do check out "The Band Wagon" when you have the chance, it's a winner.

William Horberg

I loved the Parkway Theatre. Talk about a GrindHouse. I remember seeing an insane horror film called "The Hour of the Wolf" there one night. The wind chill was 80 below zero and a few friends and I trudged down Broadway through the night to huddle inside with a few other die hards. The Music Box was reopened a few months after our theatre and became one of our main competitors for a while, but they outlasted us. I was operating The Sandburg Theatre at Dearborn and Division Street, formerly the Playboy Theatre in the 1970's. I will write a post about it sometime. Or several. Lots of stories. Now, let me put Meet Me In St. Louis back on. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.


Oh, the Sandburg was GREAT! Didn't they pioneer the midnight screening? And I remember well when it was the Playboy. I saw a lot of French movies there along with "Murder on the Orient Express," "Day of the Locust," etc. It was such a big deal to go there and I loved those reclining seats. For some reason I can remember how the popcorn tasted!

The Parkway was really amazing with (at least at the beginning) a different double feature EVERY NIGHT. That was a true movie lover's paradise even though the theatre itself was a bit of a pit. We'd always stop for hot dogs at the Wiener Circle afterwards (mmmmm) and I remember it was also next to the very first video store in Chicago (Beta of course) which we thought was the most amazing thing ever. To be able to watch a movie in your house whenever you wanted to. To buy a video cost about 75 bucks or more back then. God, I'm old.

I'll be looking for your posts about the Sandburg. I'm almost afraid to ask--but I assume the building was demolished long ago? Chicago has a sad history of destroying its best movie theatres. Don't even get me started on the magnificent Granada. At least they've saved the Uptown and Riviera (I think).

If only the Sandburg had shown the best film made by this actress it might still be standing today:

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