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Iconic Movie Kisses

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Classic Movies Trivia

Gone With Wind : At nearly four hours long, this is the longest running of all movies to win the Best Picture Academy Award.

- Vivien Leigh later said that she hated kissing Clark Gable because of his bad breath, probably caused by his false teeth, a result of excessive smoking.

- Three of the four principal actors–Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable–died at relatively young ages. Olivia de Havilland outlived them all by at least 40 years and is the only one who remains alive (as of 2014). Ironically, her character is the only one who dies in the film.

Casablanca: “Here’s looking at you, kid” was improvised by Humphrey Bogart in the Parisian scenes and worked so well that it was used later on again in the film.

- Humphrey Bogart’s wife Mayo Methot continually accused him of having an affair with Ingrid Bergman, often confronting him in his dressing room before a shot. Bogart would come onto the set in a rage. In fact, despite the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Bogart and Bergman, they hardly spoke.

Rebel Without a Cause : T-shirt sales soared after James Dean wore one in this film.

- The opening scene in the movie with Jim Stark and the toy monkey was improvised by James Dean after the production had been shooting for nearly 24 hours straight. He asked Nicholas Ray to roll the camera, that he wanted to do something. Ray obliged and the improvisation went on to become the famous opening scene.

- The film was originally going to contain a kiss between James Dean and Sal Mineo.

Singin’ in the Rain : Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds for not being able to dance. Fred Astaire, who was hanging around the studio, found her crying under a piano and helped her with her dancing.

- The “Singing in the Rain” number took all day to set up –and Gene Kelly was very ill (some say with a fever over 101).the director was ready to send him home. He ad-libbed most of it and it only took one take - which is what you see on film.

Wizard of Oz :  Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso so that she would appear younger and flat-chested.

- A recent study claimed that this is the most watched movie in film history, largely due to the number of television screenings each year as well as the various video/DVD releases, which have enabled children of every generation to see it.

- The ruby slippers were silver (like in the book) until MGM chief Louis B. Mayer realized that the Technicolor production would benefit from the slippers being colored.

Breakfast At Tiffanys : Although not visible on camera, hundreds of onlookers watched Audrey Hepburn’s window-shopping scene at the start of the film. This made her nervous and she kept making mistakes. It wasn’t until a crew member nearly got electrocuted behind the camera that she pulled herself together and finished the scene.

- Holly’s whistle when she hails a cab for Paul was actually dubbed in. Audrey Hepburn attempted to learn how to whistle with two fingers, but could never produce the desired sound.

-  Hepburn was very self-conscious of her performance while Capote was on set as she felt inadequate as the Holly he had envisioned.

A Streetcar Named Desire : Fitted t-shirts could not be bought at the time, so Marlon Brando’s apparel had to be washed several times and then the back stitched up, to appear tightly over the actor’s chest.

- There was some bad blood between Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando at the beginning of the shoot, but these conflicts had nothing to do with acting style. Brando was simply annoyed at Leigh’s typically British manners and stuffiness. The two acting giants eventually became friends as the shoot progressed.

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On the set

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Greatest, Most Iconic Actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age

1) Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Sabrina

2) Katharine Hepburn - The Philadelphia Story, On Golden Pond, Morning Glory

3) Marilyn Monroe - Some Like it Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop

4) Bette Davis - All About Eve,  Of Human Bondage, Jezebel

5) Elizabeth Taylor - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

6) Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz, A Star Is Born, Judgment at Nuremberg

7) Vivien Leigh - Gone With the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire

8) Marlene Dietrich - Shanghai Express, Desire, Morocco

9) Grace Kelly - Rear Window, High Noon, The Country Girl

10) Ingrid Bergman - Casablanca, Anastasia, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Honorable Mentions - Mae West, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford

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I chose to spend the last few hours of my birthday last night with my Mags & my Spice-J, watching pretty ladies get naked at Kitty Nights and getting fancy in the VIP section at Le Poisson Rouge, where Tiffany was hosting Oh! You Pretty Things. We killed a bottle of Jameson, ran into Brentalfloss and Cherry la Voix, and took a bunch of butt shots in the photobooth, so I feel like it was a total success.