In Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant High and Low (1963) based on Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, the kidnapper errs in abducting the wrong kid. All rich kids look alike to the down and out criminal. Although his child is safe at home, the rich man who was the intended victim is obliged to pay the ransom out of humanity for another’s child. Kurosawa’s camera here contrasts the high world of the rich on a hill overlooking the low world of the criminals below. Now this is an original ironic twist to a kidnapping pulled off by a master director.
On TCM 11/24/16-Auntie Mame (1958) -Want to cheer up? See Auntie Mame’s (Rosalind Russell) funny outrageous but effective plot to prevent her nephew from marrying into the horrible Upson family. Auntie gives the bigots their comeuppance and helps her nephew to live, live, live!!
The one and only Joan Collins- who co-starred with Gregory Peck in The Bravados (1958) and gave a speech at The Autry museum in 2015 about her adventures making a Western -taking a break in front of the singing cowboy himself!
The new security guard Duke at the Book Castle in Burbank, CA makes sure everyone puts back all books in their right place- Everyone complies without hesitation!
Another friendly person at Autry event in 2015 was Wyatt McCrea -grandson of screen greats Joel McCrea (Foreign Correspondent, Sullivan’s Travels, and one of my fav westerns Ride the High Country) and Frances Dee (I Walked with a Zombie, Little Woman.)-Talk about being born into a movie star family!!- Wyatt said that his grandfather’s heart was with the family ranch and often joked that he acted only to afford being a rancher! Of course, I am now the proud owner of a signed –with a big smile- copy of Joel McCrea A Film History.
Exactly one year ago 11/18/15-It was the lunch event of a lifetime where these wonderful people shared touching stories about how it was to grow up in famous movie families: (left to right) William Winckler (son of child star Robert “Bobby” Winckler), very entertaining event host Rob Word, Joan Collins (who co-starred with Gregory Peck in The Bravados), Cindy Mitchum Azbill (daughter of John and Niece of Robert Mitchum), Wyatt McCrea (grandson of Joel McCrea), and Dawn Moore (daughter of Clayton “The Lone Ranger” Moore.)
In master director (74th birthday today 11/17) Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellars (1990) we hear the voice over soundtrack confessions of first Ray Liotta as Henry Hill and then the Oscar nominated here Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill and later find out the couple are sitting in front of an FBI agent offering their inside information and bidding to go on a witness protection program.