Top of the World: Olivia de Havilland Turns 101!

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Today, the strong, lovely, talented, legendary Olivia de Havilland is turning 101 years old and we are very lucky to still have her with us! Aging gracefully, she certainly is one of the most beautiful women of that age! For the occasion, Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Laura from Phyllis Loves Classic Movies are hosting The Second Olivia de Havilland Blogathon + Eroll Flynn!

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For the occasion, I’ve decided to present you a top 10 of my most favourite Olivia de Havilland’s films! Remember, these are my personal favourites, so it’s purely subjective. I ask you to respect my choices.

Just to give you an idea, I’ve seen a total of 12 of her films so far.

Here we go!

10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle, 1935)

I’m not THAT much a fan of this film, but I’ve decided to put it at #10 as 1- It has to be praised for the excellent performances (including Olivia’s one), 2- A Midsummer Night’s Dream remains, after all, my favourite Shakespeare play, 3- I love the magic and poetry embodied by the dreaming cinematography and 4- the two other ones I saw, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and Santa Fe Trail left me a bit indifferent.

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9. Hush… Hush… Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich, 1964)

Quite a creepy film, but I’ve always found Olivia de Havilland’s performance quite interesting as it is very different from the innocent Melanie Hamilton for example! And who would say no to a film reuniting her, Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead?

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8. The Proud Rebel (Michael Curtiz, 1958)

This western was the last collaboration between Curtiz and De Havilland. Somehow it’s not too well-known, but I think it deserves more recognition. It’s a beautiful film and our Livie is absolutely touching in it.

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7. My Cousin Rachel (Henry Koster, 1952)

One thing: I STILL have to read the book by Daphné du Maurier. Ok, this film contains his flaws, but it remains an appreciable one to see. Olivia is quite fascinating playing this ambiguous Rachel! Who is she really?! This film is a good way to size her versatility as an actress.

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6. The Strawberry Blonde (Raoul Walsh, 1941)

I actually just watched this movie today in honour of the celebrated one! I quite enjoyed it! It was a lot of fun. Olivia and James Cagney (such a great actor!) looked just adorable together. The presence of Rita Hayworth and Jack Carson was, of course, highly appreciated as well. A good comedy movie to watch when you feel like not concentrating too much!

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5. The Dark Mirror (Robert Siodmak, 1946)

I’ve always loved psychological movies and this one makes no exception to the rule. Playing two roles in one film never looks like an easy task, but, here, Olivia did it wonderfully. A fascinating film.

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4. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, 1938)

Of course, we all like the collaborations between Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn. This one has to be my favourite one without hesitation. Olivia is so lovely as Lady Marian and the film itself is a wonderful entertainment!

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3. The Snake Pit (Anatole Litvak, 1948)

I’ve said that I’ve always loved psychological movies. Well, this one is another great example. I love to see the evolution of the characters in these. Here, Olivia de Havilland certainly gives one of her best and more challenging performances. She received an Oscar nomination for her performance.

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2. The Heiress (William Wyler, 1949)

And happy birthday to William Wyler, who was born on July 1st too! Well, if Olivia won her second Oscar with this film, it’s not without reasons. An extraordinary performance, full of subtleties and perfectly calculated. She gives an extraordinary essence to her character and it’s hard to surpass her. I’ve loved this film since the first time I saw it. Of course, I don’t think William Wyler ever made a bad film…

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  1. Gone With the Wind (Victor Flemming, 1939)

Ok, I know, this is not a very creative #1, but what can I say? I love the film ok! There would be so much to say about it, but for what concerns Olivia, she illuminates the screen and is in perfect harmony with the rest of the cast. I couldn’t think of anyone better to portray Melanie Hamilton. This is the first film of hers I saw. What a great introduction to her filmography! 🙂

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Well, that’s it! Of course, don’t hesitate to share your choices with me!

I want to thank Crystal and Laura for hosting this amazing blogathon. Please take a look at the other entries here:

The Second Olivia de Havilland Blogathon + Errol Flynn Day 1

Happy 101 birthday dear Olivia!

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ClassicFlix (Teen Scene) – Review #18: Dead End (1937)

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it’s now more difficult to access to the old version and read the reviews. But, I’m allowed to publish my reviews on my blog 30 days after they had been published on ClassicFlix! So, I decided to do so as you could have an easy access to them. If you are not a teenager, it doesn’t matter! I’m sure you can enjoy them just the same! My eighteenth review was for the 1937’s classic Dead End directed by William Wyler. Enjoy!

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Known as one of Hollywood’s most prolific movie directors, William Wyler had a career that began in the ’20s and ended in the ’70s. He was a favorite of the Academy and won no less than three Best Director Oscar for his tremendous work on Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben-Hur. Today, Wyler is mainly remembered for Ben-Hur, but his versatility as a movie director allowed him to direct this trio, but also many masterpieces in other genres.

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Today, we’ll explore a Wyler film with a smaller budget that deserves more recognition: Dead End. Released in 1937, Dead End is an adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s Broadway play of the same name. The screenplay is written by Lillian Hellman (who also wrote the screenplay for Wyler’s The Little Foxes) with Samuel Goldwyn producing.

Dead End reunites a stellar cast with Joel McCrea, Sylvia Sidney, Humphrey Bogart, Claire Trevor, Wendy Barrie, Allen Jenkins, Marjorie Main and the “Dead End Kids” consisting of Billy Halop (Tommy Gordon) as the head of the gang.

Dead End takes place in New-York city at the border of the East River. On the left, there are the rich people living in newly built luxury buildings; on the right, there are the poor living in deteriorated houses. On the slum side the Dead End Kids: Dippy, Angel, Spit, TB, Milty and their leader Tommy occupy the streets. Tommy’s sister, Drina (Sylvia Sidney) is discouraged by her miserable life, and is afraid Tommy might become a criminal later. It doesn’t help when “Baby Face” Martin (Humphrey Bogart) and his friend Hunk (Allen Jenkins) come back to their hometown to visit Martin’s mother that he hasn’t seen in ten years, as well as his girlfriend Francey (Claire Trevor).

Baby Face Martin is a criminal who’s killed eight people and encourages Tommy to pursue a criminal life. Dave Connell (Joel McCrea) is here to watch Baby Face Martin and make sure he won’t commit any significant crimes. Drina loves Dave, but his attention seems to be kept by the rich Kay Burton (Wendy Barrie).

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Dead End makes us realizes that Hollywood movies aren’t always glamorous. Like with Sullivan’s Travels (also starring McCrea) it shows us what real life is, a sentiment expressed by its wonderful acting performances starting with the underrated Sylvia Sidney. Sidney certainly was able to play emotional ones. There’s something so honest about her performance, which matches the mood of the film perfectly.

It’s the same with Joel McCrea. We can see he is an actor with no pretension. His character puts equilibrium to the film’s heavy atmosphere.

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Humphrey Bogart is, well, Humphrey Bogart! Whatever role he plays he will always be unique.

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The Dead End kids are a bunch without fear or pity. Thanks to them and their strong performances, we realize kids can be scary too. However, producer Samuel Goldwyn regretted hiring them for the movie, as they behaved badly on the set and damaged material.

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The rest of the cast is ace too, especially Claire Trevor and Marjorie Main. Claire appears on screen for less than five minutes, but she was brilliant enough to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Marjorie Main appears in a brief cameo as well, but is unforgettable in her terribly heartbreaking scene with Humphrey Bogart.

Dead End earned three Academy Awards nominations: Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Actress in a Supporting role for Claire Trevor.

It’s not surprising Dead End was nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction because it is quite impressive visually. The film noir lighting goes perfectly with the film’s atmosphere. The night scenes are the most visually impressive, especially when Joel McCrea and Humphrey Bogart chase each other on the roofs of New York.

William Wyler wanted to film on location in New York City, but Goldwyn wanted it made in a studio. Even if that’s the case, we feel we are in New York. The illusion is perfect, especially with aerial shots at the beginning and the end of the film viewing the East River.

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Lillian Hellman wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but she does a strong job. She also wrote for the stage, so it’s no wonder she was a great choice for the adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s play.

Dead End was declared one of the ten best films of 1937 by Film Daily. Doesn’t it make you want to see it? Because if you do you won’t regret it, I’m sure!

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I Fall for Fred Derry

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The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946) is, without a doubt, one of the best post-war movies that has been made in Hollywood. It’s touching, sad, beautiful, etc. This 9 Oscars winning picture has all the ingredients to be a favorite among classic film lovers. On my side, if Fredric March delivers my favorite Oscar-Winning performance by an actor in a leading role, it’s for Dana Andrew as Fred Derry that I’ve developed a real crush through the years. Today, forget about the cinematography, forget about the editing, forget about the music. We are here to focus on our imaginary love for Derry! Meow!

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This article is part of the Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 hosted by Ruth from Silver Screenings and Font & Frock. A way to finally cry over our impossible love for movie stars and movie characters. I had A LOT of options, but Fred Derry/Dana Andrews it is!

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Before continuing, if you haven’t seen the movie and wish to know more what it’s all about, please click here. But, basically, it’s the story of three American soldiers going back home after the war and struggling with the challenges of a new life and a country that has changed a lot during their absence.

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So, Fred Derry is the first character to be introduced to us, in an airport (that’s an important precision to make since I’ve always enjoyed taking the plane. One point for Fred!). He wears his very chic army uniform that perfectly draws the line of his amazing body. He imposes himself in an impressive elegance.

When he later is on the plane to go home with his new friends, Al Stephenson (Fredric March) and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell), and making jokes with them, we can notice his absolutely cutie-pie smile that will make our heart melt. *Sigh. Plus, he seems to be one with a great sense of humour, which is a quality I always priories. I mean, what would be life without some laughs?!

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Later, when the three friends are reunited at Butch’s (Homer’s uncle’s bar), Fred makes the acquaintance of Al’s wife Milly (Myrna Loy) and his daughter Peggy (Teresa Wright). We immediately know that this one won’t leave him indifferent. Oh! How we’d like to be in her place, drinking a glass with him, very close from one to each other. Hey, they say their love is impossible since Fred is already married, but imagine how impossible it is for me! Ok, I have to give one point to Marie Derry, since she is played by Virginia Mayo. Virginia. Awesome name, isn’t it? 😉 But with my dark brown hair, I’m personally much more the Teresa Wright type. But I like doing the party like Marie. I guess I’m somehow a mix of both!

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At the end of their most entertaining evening/night at Butch’s, Fred once again does everything for me to want to go in the television screen and be on his side. First, when he gets out of the Stephenson’s car to go to Marie’s apartment, he always hurt his head on the car’s door frame. He’s like so cute and so clumsy! ❀ And he apologizes. Poor Fred! ❀ He shows a beautiful vulnerability that we love. Of course, just like Milly and Peggy, I too would have gotten out of the car and bring him home for the night (because it seems that Marie isn’t in here  to welcome him). But, I personally would be less resistant than Peggy on a certain point. When she puts him to bed and he takes her in his arms exclaiming “Peggy!” in an amusing way and she managed to liberate oneself quite rapidly saying “I’m not THAT Peggy”, that makes me think “Well, girl, if you’re not ‘THAT Peggy’, I would like to be her without problem.” Anyway, we later learn that his wife is a real b****, so I personally wouldn’t have felt sorry.

During the night, Fred once again breaks our heart when he has a nightmare. His tears simply make us want to take him in our arms and comfort him. Luckily, Peggy is once again here to take care of him. Because, yes, men can cry too!

Unlike Al who works at the bank, Fred doesn’t make a fortune. He works in the new department store, part time in the perfume section and part time in the ice cream bar. Ok, I have a confession to make: I LOVE ice cream. It’s like my favourite food ever. So, I certainly would have liked to have one prepared by Fred! I love this scene where he explains to Peggy how he used to be such a good soda jerk before the war. He seems very passionate by the thing!

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Finally, we have to give more points to Fred on 3 main occasions: 1- When he cooks dinner for him and Marie. Marie wants to go out, but they can’t as he is too poor. But hey, a man cooking dinner! That’s certainly not something we see often in classic films. Good initiative Fred! I tell you, he is a man to marry. 😉 [SPOILERS] 2- When he FINALLY kisses Peggy. Ok, they kind of regret it as he is married, but how I wish to be at Peggy’s place. He seems to be a very good kisser. Anybody can confirm? 😛 And 3- When he kisses Peggy again at Homer’s wedding, but this time there is no regrets since he and Marie are divorced. (YES!) [END OF SPOILERS]

So yeah, we have all the reasons to fall for Fred Derry, he is at the same time so handsome (that smile! that body!), but also so cute in his mannerisms. He’s also funny, but serious when it’s time to be. Dana Andrews certainly chose a great role for his career. Ok, he was around 37 when he starred in The Best Years of Our Lives, which is like 15 years older than me… Hey, it’s not THAT bad! A girl can dream anyway! Of course, I have a lot of competition against Peggy. Àlala…

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Before living you, I want to thank Silver Screenings and Font & Frock for hosting this most original blogathon! We never take enough times to talk about our movie crushes!

To read the other entries, click on the following links

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Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017- Day 2

Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017- Day 3

See you!

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How Bette Davis Mesmerizes us in The Letter

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Bette Davis was one of the most iconic and talented actresses to ever grace the silver screen. She’s remembered for her strong personality, her impressive tact, her unique eyes and, of course, all those classics she starred in such as Jezebel, All About Eve, Now Voyager and many others. Except for the fact that she’s a timeless personality, she’s now significantly and symbolically back in our contemporary world with the new TV show Feud about the making of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and her difficult relation with Joan Crawford, her co-star and rival.

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In order to celebrate the “inimitable Bette Davis” as she calls her, my friend Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood is back this weekend with her 2nd annual Bette Davis Blogathon. We are highly thrilled to participate in the event as Mrs. Davis certainly is a worthy subject.

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We can remember Bette Davis for the three collaborations she made with William Wyler, including one for which she won the Best Actress Oscar: Jezebel. While I’m not sure how I feel about this one and while The Little Foxes left me cold, The Letter is, without the shadow of a doubt, my favourite one.

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The Letter was the second collaboration between Wyler and Davis. The film was released in 1940 and was a screen adaptation of  W. Somerset Maugham’s 1927 play. The film received no less than seven Oscar nominations (but unfortunately didn’t win any of them): Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actress (Bette Davis), Best Supporting Actor (James Stephenson), Best Original Music Score (Max Steiner), Best Editing (Warren Low), Best Cinematography: Black and white (Tony Gaudio).

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The Letter starts loudly with a series of ferocious gun bangs. Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) has just killed a man. She lives on a Malayan plantation with her British husband, Robert (Herbert Marshall), a plantation manager. He is not here when the drama takes place, but he arrives not soon after. The man Leslie has killed is Geoff Hammond (David Newell), a friend of the family. After calming down, Leslie explains to her husband, the police and her lawyer, Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) what happened: Hammond tried to abuse her and she killed him in simple self-defense. Obviously, she has nothing to be blamed for. However, serious doubts about Leslie’s version of the facts start haunting Joyce’s mind when he is informed that a letter written by Leslie to Geoff is now in possession of Geoff’s Eurasian widow (Gale Sondergaard). The letter was written the night Hammond died and Leslie was asking him to come see her. Mrs. Hammond requires $10 000 to give it back.

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Bette said of The Letter that it was a “magnificent picture” (IMDB) and we feel that, despite a few disagreements she could have had with Wyler while making the film, she gave the best of herself and the result was a most memorable performance. Well, there’s that non-written rule that being in a William Wyler’s film almost assures you a place among the Oscar nominees. What I like about this performance, is that we see a bit of everything Davis. Sure, at the beginning, she’s the Bette Davis who stands up for her own rights and acts spontaneously without really thinking. She’s the 20th-century woman who is not scared to defy the opposite sex. This opening shot, of Bette David shooting Hammond is not only one of the best in film history because it happens so suddenly, but also because of Bette Davis’ acting games: she doesn’t have to say anything to make us feel her rage; her furious gaze, her determined gestures do all the job. Bette uses her usual theatricality in this role, but she manages to balance it well and her performance remains one worthy of the cinematic world. Despite the fact that she portrays a rather ambiguous character, it’s easy to become fond of Bette Davis in The Letter. She is presented in a favourable light and the worst we could feel for her is pity. What I also like about this performance is that Bette expresses a beautiful sensibility. The way she talks, the way she reacts, her interactions with the other actors/characters are all for it.

Because yes, despite being excellent in her role, Bette is also excellent at sharing the screen with the others. We feel a strong connection between her and her husband played by the marvellous Herbert Marshall. We feel that, despite the curse of the event, they’ll be ready to fight for each other’s love, until… a fatal declaration is abruptly made by Bette. There’s an interesting opposition created by Bette and Gale Sondergaard who plays Hammond’s widow. While Bette is often the strongest woman of the lot, the one others fear, here, it’s the opposite: she is totally oppressed by Mrs. Hammond’s authority and hate for her. This adds something original and unforgettable in Bette’s career. Finally, one of the most interesting character relation could be the one between Leslie and her lawyer, Howard Joyce. Because he knows more than the others know about the murder, their interactions create a delicious suspense throughout the film. The tension is omnipresent in their discussions and we feel everything between them could change abruptly.

It’s for all these reasons, and probably many other that I didn’t think of writing, that Bette Davis gave one of her best performances in The Letter.

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If I mainly wanted to focus on Bette Davis in this article, there’s one element of the film I cannot skip writing about, and this is the cinematography. It’s not surprising that the film was nominated in this category at the Oscars. Well, the competition was hard since it competed against Hitchcock’s Rebecca, who finally won the award (and that was deserved). William Wyler and cinematographer Tony Gaudio knew perfectly how to create a connection between the image and the narrative elements. For example, at the beginning, the camera shows the plantation where the Malaysian workers sleep. The night is filmed in an impressive sharpness, and these images could almost inspire a poet. Then, after Leslie has killed Hammond, the camera focuses on the sky, and what we see is an image to remember: the moon is slowly swallowed by the grey clouds. This sinister vision could easily symbolize the fact that something tragic just happened.

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For its visual dimension, The Letter could easily be categorized as a Film Noir. Indeed, Gaudio likes to play with the shadows in several shots as you can see it here:

Gaudio successfully manages to transpose this idea of Film Noir in an exotic environment. Bette adds her touch of orientalist when she wears that beautiful white veil made of lace when she meets Mrs. Hammond. This veil almost seems to shine in the night but has to compete with Mrs. Hammond blinding jewels.

The Letter, despite being a dark story, is presented to us in a bright and elegant visual way.

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There will be much more to develop about The Letter, but I will leave this to the experts or those who benefit from more precious free time than I do (stuuuuudent life!).

Many thanks to Crystal for allowing me to write about the spellbinding film that The Letter is. Obviously, Bette can be celebrated for many other reasons, many other roles and it’s what you’ll discover by exploring the other entries of The Second Annual Bette Davis Blogathon by clicking here.

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Glenn Griffin: The Desperate Hours’ Villain

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In the world of movies, we can find many types of characters: good, bad, anti-heroes, people who “don’t give a damn” and so on. To celebrate the world of movie villains, Kristina from Speakeasy, Ruth from Silver Screening and Shadow and Satin are once again back with the Great Villain Blogathon! I always thought that villains, even if we don’t like them, are, sometimes, the most interesting characters in a movie. Yesterday I was watching A Clockwork Orange again and, oh my, if I’ll write something about Alex de Large one day, I’ll have much to say.

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But for this week’s blogathon, I’m going to focus on a less notorious character than Kubrick’s one and will talk to you about Glenn Griffin, The Desperate Hours‘ villain portrayed by the one and only Humphrey Bogart.

The Desperate Hours was directed by the great William Wyler and release in 1955. It stars Humphrey Bogart as Glenn Griffin, Fredric March as Daniel C. Hilliard, Arthur Kennedy as Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard, Martha Scott as Eleanor “Ellie” Hilliard, Mary Murphy as Cindy Hilliard, Richard Eyer as Ralphie Hilliard, Dewey Martin as Hal Griffin, Robert Middleton as Simon Kobish, Gig Young as Chuck, Walter Baldwin as George Patterson and Whit Bissell as FBI Agent Carson. This was to be one of Humphrey Bogart’s last film before his death in 1957. The film was based on the 1954’s book The Desperate Hours and its play, both written by Joseph Hayes. The author also wrote the film’s screenplay. The story was itself based on a real similar event that happened to the Hill family in 1952.

But what is The Desperate Hours about? Because we agree, it’s not one of Wyler’s most famous films, so you might have heard about it, but haven’t necessarily seen it. However, I consider it to be one of it’s most thrilling films. The Desperate Hours takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana. Glenn Griffin and his two partners in crime, his brother Hal and Simon Kobish have escaped from jail. They have to wait for a envelope of money before running away from the country. They decide to invade Daniel Hilliard house and hold hostage him and his family until the package arrives. The Hillard will live the most horrible hours of their life. On its side, the police is investigating on the escaping of Griffin and his two acolytes

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There isn’t, of course, only one villain in The Desperate Hours, but three. However, Glenn Griffin is the worst villain and the bright head of the group. He leads and takes the decision. Simon Kobish is dangerous as he is a big and violent brute, but he doesn’t really know how to use his head, making him someone rather dumb and with no judgement. As for Glenn’s brother, the young Hal, he obeys his brother orders, but we know he doesn’t necessarily agree with them and this will be proved toward the end of the film. All he wishes is to receive the money and go away. Glenn, with his cruel mentality, takes a pleasure to torture a poor innocent family, but Hal’s duty is only to make sure they won’t go away. If Griffin probably hates Hillard (as his wife says), it doesn’t seem to be the case for Hal. He doesn’t have anything personal against them.

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Of course, the worst villains are the bright ones, those who know how to use their cleverness to reach their goal, those who won’t only torture people physically, but also mentally. In the same category, we can think of villains such as Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest or Eve Harrington from All About Eve. They are the types of characters who seem to be innocent at first, but finally turn out to be real evils. As for Glenn, well he is both, as much a brute as a clever villain. That’s what makes him a rather fascinating character and complex person.

The Desperate Hours is the kind of film that makes you realize that anything can happen to anybody, not necessarily only to people who look for trouble. Here, we have the perfect example: the typical average American family; mum, dad, the daughter and her little brother. Oh, this little brother, Ralphie, is seriously one of the most adorable movie characters ever. How can a bunch of stupid criminals dare put his life in danger. Luckily, he and his sister have a loving father who will do everything to protect them and their mother.

Talking about Hillard, we have to admit that the opposition between Fredric March and Humphrey Bogart in this film is quite exciting. For both actors, it wasn’t their first time working under the direction of William Wyler. Bogart was seen almost 20 years earlier in Dead End (1937) and, as for Fredric March, he previously starred in Wyler’s The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). It’s a fact that that Wyler was one of those movie directors who knew how to bring the best out of his actors. Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March were, indeed, perfectly cast in their respective roles. They knew how to adjust their acting to what their characters needed to express, with the body language and the voice tone. Humphrey Bogart gives to his character a cruel dimension that makes us perfectly hate him, and Fredric March is perfect as the tortured victim. The opposition between the two characters is worthy due to their respective intelligence. Hillard tries to figure a way to save his family, but Griffin always seems to figure what he’s thinking about. Who will win this battle? That question certainly is one of the elements that perfectly catch our attention while we’re watching the film.

But if we’ll get back to Humphrey Bogart’s character himself, Glenn is not an invincible villain. He surely takes pleasure to scare the Hillard, especially Ms. Hillard, but we discover that he has his weaknesses, one of them being his brother. If Hillard seems to be a man with no love and no pity, one of the rare persons he seems to care about is his brother. As the oldest brother, he feels responsible of what might happen to him in this situation. A situation that is not only dangerous for the Hillard, but also for the three villains as we’ll never know how things will turn out.

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Of course, Mr. Hillard is not the only one to here to help the family. Luckily, Chuck, Cindy’s boyfriend, starts being suspicious about what is going on in the house. When he goes out with Cindy, this one never wants him to come in the house. On their side, the police, including Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard (brilliantly portrayed by Arthur Kennedy), puts the puzzle pieces together and manage to plan something to save the family.

When I watched this film for the blogathon, it was my second viewing. I realized how it was one of the most exciting and stressing movies directed by William Wyler. It’s very different from some of his previous movies and that shows perfectly the director’s versatility. In 1990, a remake directed by Michael Cimino and starring Mickey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins was released. Like most remakes of great films, it wasn’t a big commercial success nor a critical one.

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I tried not to reveal too much about the film, because there’s so much you need to discover by yourself if you haven’t seen it! I, of course, invite you to read the other entries of this blogathon as well.

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Once again, a big thanks to Speakeasy, Shadow and Satin and Silver Screening for being back again this year to host such a fun blogathon!

See you soon!

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