Archive for Stanley Donen

The Sunday Intertitle: I Love You, Stanley Donen

Posted in FILM with tags , on February 24, 2019 by dcairns

RIP.

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The Thin Red Lion

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , on November 23, 2017 by dcairns

Sometimes you need entertainment that CHALLENGES you. So we looked at FEARLESS FAGAN, a Stanley Donen lion comedy. Scripted by Charlie Lederer, so there are some good lions lines, but unfortunately they’re mostly in the introductory voice-over.

This is Fagan.

These are his teeth.

This is Fagan’s master, Floyd.

These are his teeth.

I guess the movie should really be termed a service comedy, since that’s a bigger sub-genre than lion comedy, and our hero does get drafted (Floyd, not Fagan). The story is about the serviceman trying to find a home for Fagan while he’s serving his country.

Janet Leigh is the leading lady, and sings the film’s only song, so technically you might have to screen this lion comedy if putting together a complete retrospective of Stanley Donen’s MGM musicals. But since you’d also have to program DEEP IN MY HEART, I don’t see what you’re looking so concerned about.

This is Janet. These are her… oh, never mind.

Floyd is played by Carleton Carpenter, who’s quite winning, but not somebody we’d heard of. There are two possibilities: Donen went down the list of MGM stars and they all, to a man, took suspension rather than make a movie where they have to wrestle a full-grown lion on screen, until he got to an unknown contract player with nothing to lose; or, Donen simply chose the studio’s least valuable actor, one they didn’t mind too much getting eaten.

Carleton didn’t get eaten! But then he pretty much went back into obscurity, which was mean of Fate or somebody.

Although the good jokes are at the start, the emotion is at the end, where it belongs — we shed a tear, collectively.

Me Old Dutch

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on September 7, 2017 by dcairns

London! I’ll tell you more about it later. Very much enjoying this symposium on British sixties film, which ends today. Appropriately enough, here’s the new Forgotten, examining Stanley Donen’s Dutch-tilted farrago ARABESQUE, for which I have more than a little residual affection ~

Over at The Notebook.