onsdag 23. mars 2016

THE 39 STEPS(1955) Starring Vivien Leigh*Cary Grant*Grace Kelly


Some days ago I finally saw Alfred Hitchcock`s 1935 film The 39 Steps and I must say that the master had not yet developed sufficiently.....

What if he had remade it 20 years later - Set in 1955 - with Vivien Leigh as Annebelle Smith(actress turned spy with wigs to prove it) and role beefed up to about 40 minutes; Cary Grant as Richard Hannay and Grace Kelly as Pamela.

So I just had to make this fake trailer of a Hitchcock remake that never was.
The dreamcast rounds up With Leo G. Carroll as Professor Jordan and James Hayter as Mr Memory.
Richard Hannay find himself mesmerized by actress Annablle Smith and finds himself going several times to see her play. Eventually he asks her out and is puzzled by her polite, but firm mystique. Time and again he sees her in trouble With some mystery men and comes to her rescue on each occasion. He also wonders that she seems to alter appearance and wear wigs... But she laugs it off and says she is an actress....

She seems to warm up to him and take him in her confidence...
At a London music hall theatre, Richard and Annabelle are watching a demonstration of the superlative powers of recall of "Mr. Memory" when shots are fired. In the ensuing panic, Hannay finds himself holding the seemingly frightened Annabella Smith tight , who talks him into taking her back to his flat. There, she tells him that she is a spy, being chased by assassins, and that she has uncovered a plot to steal vital British military secrets, masterminded by a man with the top joint missing from one of his fingers. She mentions the "39 Steps", but does not explain its meaning. She was also the one who fired the shots.


Later that night, he wakes up by screams and Annabella staggers down the stairs in the hallway, he opens the door and sees her fatally stabbed. Others are awaken, but he tells them she had a nightmare and were sleepwalking.... Inside his bedroom she warns him to flee. He finds a map of the Scottish Highlands clutched in her hand, showing the area around Killin, with a house or farm named "Alt-na-Shellach" circled.

He sneaks out of the watched flat disguised as a milkman and boards the Flying Scotsman express train to Scotland. He learns from a newspaper that he is the target of a nationwide manhunt for Smith's murderer. When he sees the police searching the train, he enters a compartment and kisses the sole occupant, Pamela, in a desperate attempt to escape detection. She frees herself from his unwanted embrace and alerts the policemen, who stop the train on the Forth Bridge. Hannay escapes, however.

He walks toward Alt-na-Shellach, staying the night in the house of a poor crofter and his much younger wife. Early the next morning, she sees a police car approaching and warns Hannay. Hannay flees, wearing the crofter's coat. At a bridge, he finds a sign for Alt-na-Shellach. He arrives at the house of the seemingly respectable Professor Jordan and is let in after saying he has been sent by Anabella Smith. The police arrive, but Jordan sends them away and listens to Hannay's story. Jordan then reveals that he is missing part of a finger; he shoots Hannay and leaves him for dead.

Luckily, the bullet is stopped by the crofter's hymn book in the coat pocket. Hannay drives into town and goes to the sheriff, who does not believe the fugitive's story since he knows Jordan well. Hannay's right wrist is handcuffed, but he jumps through a window and escapes by joining a march through the town. He tries to hide at a political meeting and is mistaken for the introductory speaker. He gives a rousing impromptu speech—without knowing anything about the candidate he is introducing—but is recognised by Pamela, who gives him up once more.

 He is taken away by "policemen" who ask Pamela to accompany them. They drive past the police station, claiming they have orders to go directly to Inveraray, but Hannay realises they are agents of the conspiracy when they take the wrong road. When the men get out to disperse a flock of sheep blocking the road, Hannay escapes, dragging the unwilling Pamela (to whom he is handcuffed) along.

They make their way across the countryside and stay the night at an inn. While he sleeps, Pamela manages to slip out of the handcuffs, but then overhears one of the fake policemen on the telephone, confirming Hannay's assertions. She returns to the room and sleeps on a sofa. The next morning, she tells him what she heard. He sends her to London to alert the police. No secret documents have been reported missing, however, so they do not believe her. Instead, they follow her.

Pamela leads them to the London Palladium. When Mr. Memory is introduced, Hannay recognises his theme music — the annoyingly catchy tune he has been unable to forget for days. Hannay realises that the spies are using Mr. Memory to smuggle the secrets out. As the police take him into custody, he shouts, "What are the 39 Steps?" Mr. Memory compulsively answers, "The 39 Steps is an organisation of spies, collecting information on behalf of the Foreign Office of ..." Jordan shoots him and tries to flee, but is apprehended. The dying Mr. Memory recites the information stored in his brain - the design for a silent aircraft engine - and is then able to pass away peacefully, saying "I'm glad it's off my mind."

The film fades to an image of Hannay and Pamela's clasped hands as they stand at the side of the stage.

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onsdag 16. mars 2016

MY TOP 50 FILMS

Som dere sikkert vet er jeg totalt filmgal og torsdag 11. juli 1996 skrev jeg ned mine 10-på-topp siden Filmen feiret 100 års jubileum den måneden...
Nå er det slik at en har ingen sikre data på hvem og når den første filmfremvisninga eller filmen ble laget.... Men årene 1895 og 1896 er ofte sitert og det er ingen alene som kan sies å være ansvarlig for å ha oppdaget å lage en film......

Listen min i 1996 var som følger;...

 1. Gone With The Wind 1939,
2, The Wizard of Oz 1939,
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945,
4. All About Eve 1950
5. The Birds 1963
6. Mary Poppins 1964
7. The Sound of Music 1965
8. Cabaret 1972
9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988
10. My Own Private Idaho 1991


Denne listen står støtt enda, men nå nesten 20 år etterpå utvides den til Top 30:
De overnevnte filmene samt


Denne listen står støtt enda, men nå nesten 20 år etterpå utvides den til Top 50:
De overnevnte filmene samt
 
 
 
1. King Kong 1933
2. San Francisco 1936
3. Camille 1936
4. The Goldwyn Follies 1938
5. My Lucky Star 1938
6. The Wizard of Oz 1939
7. Gone With The Wind 1939
8. Waterloo Bridge 1940
9. I Was An Adventuress 1940
10. That Hamilton Woman 1941
11. Sun Valley Serenade 1941
12. Casablanca 1942
13. Meet Me in St. Louis 1944
14. And Then There Were None 1945
15. The Picture of Dorian Gray 1945
16. Caesar and Cleopatra 1945
17. Take My Life 1947
18. Dear Murderer 1947
19. Easter Parade 1948
20. All About Eve 1950
21. Sunset Boulevard 1950
22. A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
23. The Vikings 1958
24. North by Northwest 1959
25. Psycho 1960
26. Cleopatra 1963
27. The Birds 1963
28. I Could Go
29. Mary Poppins 1964
30. Marnie 1964
31. Ship of Fools 1965
32. The Sound of Music 1965
33. Doctor Zhicago 1965
34. Eye of the Devil 1967
35. Rosemary`s Baby 1968
36. Cabaret 1972
37. Jaws 1975
38. King Kong 1976
39. Network 1976
40. Superman The Movie 1978
41. The Blue Lagoon 1980
42. For Your Eyes Only 1981
43. Victor Victoria 1982
44. Psycho 2 1983
45. A Room With a View 1985
46. The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988
47. My Own Private Idaho 1991
48. Romeo+Juliet 1996
49. Titanic 1997
50. Moulin Rouge 2001
On Singing 1963


The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Daniel Day-Lewis & Lena Olin
 


 



Romeo+Juliet - Claire Danes & Leonardo DiCaprio

Moulin Rouge - Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor


The Birds




Erich Von Stroheim & Vera Zorina in I Was An Adventuress

Laurence Olivier & Vivien Leigh i That Hamilton Woman

Jack Haley, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger & Bert Lahr - The Wizard of Oz



King Kong 1933


The Goldwyn Follies - Vera Zorina


My Lucky Star - Sonja Henie


 

Cabaret - Liza Minnelli and me





All About Eve - Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe & George Sanders