Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I’ve always believed that acting is instinct to start with; you either have it or you don’t.” —Claudette Colbert

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Prager U: Are Some Cultures Better Than Others?

Are some cultures better than others? Or are all cultures and their values equal? Bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza, who was born in India and moved to America, explains.

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The Democrat Socialists of America

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2017” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

At last, the Democrat party reveals its socialist core.

The only way to save Obamacare is through, you guessed it, socialism. You know like Cuba or Venezuela, where you have to bring your own sheets and aspirin to the government hospital

Bernie Sanders, who spent his honeymoon in the totalitarian Jew-hating Soviet Union, has come out for single payer health care.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“When I am spotted somewhere, it means that my characterizations haven’t covered up Eleanor Parker the person. I prefer it the other way around.”
—Eleanor Parker

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Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Understand George Orwell’s 1984

I have not read Hillary Clinton’s latest ghost-written tome in which she blames everyone but herself for her loss to President Trump.

But I have read a few quotes, and this one about Orwell’s classic novel 1984 actually made me laugh out loud.

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Prager U: If You Live in Freedom, Thank the British Empire

Was the British Empire a good or bad thing for the world? To put it another way, is freedom a good or bad thing for the world? Historian and author H.W. Crocker III explains why we may want to rethink the British Empire’s bad rap.

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9-11 Sixteen Years After: Never Forget, Never Forgive

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The Torah teaches that we should forever remember what Amalek did to the children of Israel in the desert. Furthermore, the Torah commands us to wipe this evil off the face of the earth.

Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, how he attacked you on the way when you were faint and weary, and cut off your tail, those who were lagging behind you, and he did not fear God. Therefore when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around you, in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.

—Deuteronomy 25

What was Amalek’s great evil?

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Of the group of starlets only Marilyn emerged. Still photographers discovered her natural talent for flirting with the camera lens, and her blond looks of instant availability made her America’s most popular pin-up girl. Marilyn felt that the lens was not just a glass eye, but the symbol of the eyes of millions of men. She knew how to woo this lens better than any actress I ever photographed.”
—Philippe Halsman

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Hidden Hollywood: Madge Bellamy’s Acting Workshop

Madge Bellamy (1899-1990) 1920s.

Madge Bellamy was huge Hollywood star in the early 20’s. Unfortunately, most of Bellamy’s silent films have been lost. But you can still see her in starring roles in John Ford’s Iron Horse (1924) and Maurice Tourneur’s Lorna Doon (1922). In the sound era, Madge’s most famous role is as Madeleine Parker, in White Zombie, with Bela Lugosi (1932), a cult classic.

Tragically, Madge was one of the most self-destructive Hollywood stars of all time. And in a town where actors excel at self-annihilating behavior, that’s quite an accomplishment.

In 1943, Madge shot her lover, millionaire Stanwood Murphy, after he jilted her to marry another woman. The massive publicity and resulting scandal destroyed her already sputtering career. Regarding the shooting Madge said: “I only winged him, which is what I meant to do. Believe me, I’m a crack shot.”

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Prager University: Why Is Health Insurance So Complicated?

Why is health insurance so complicated, while car insurance and life insurance are so simple? Can health insurance be more like, well, insurance? Lanhee Chen, fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I was a homely kid with freckles that came out every spring and stuck on me ‘til Christmas. I was glamorous because of magicians like George J. Folsey, James Wong Howe, Oliver Marsh, Ray June, and all those other great cinematographers. I trusted those men and the other experts who made us beautiful. The rest of it I didn’t give a damn about. I didn’t fuss about my clothes, my lighting, or anything else, but, believe me, some of them did.”
—Myrna Loy

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: 36 Hours

Rod Taylor and James Garner, 36 Hours

We continue our survey of the Greatest Movies of the 1960s.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here.

For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here.

From the 1960s I have already written about: Psycho, Spartacus,  Lawrence of Arabia,  The Manchurian Candidate,  Ride the High Country,  To Kill a Mockingbird,  The Birds,  Bye Bye Birdie,  Knife in the Water,  Zulu

11. 36 Hours, 1965

Caution, spoilers ahead!

This World War II thriller might be the most obscure movie in this series. In fact, when I mentioned 36 Hours to a few of my movie nerd friends they were totally baffled.

James Garner, one of the the most underrated male actors in Hollywood, plays U.S. Army Major Jeff Pike. After attending General Eisenhower’s final briefing on the Normandy invasion, Pike is sent to Lisbon on June 1, 1944, to contact a spy in order to confirm that the Nazis still expect the allied invasion to take place at the Pas de Calais.

In Lisbon, Major Pike is double-crossed, abducted, and whisked away to Germany.

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Theater Cancels Gone With the Wind

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Gone With the Wind, 1939

This is one of the consequences of allowing the left to arbitrate what is acceptable in our culture.

Once you appease the left, on any issue, they, like all fascists, smell blood in the water, and move on to devour other issues. Same sex marriage leads to the the left’s current gender identity hysteria. Never underestimate the animating fervor of the multiple sexual pathologies that animate large slices of the left’s ideology.

And now you have a teacher traumatizing children by telling them a boy is magically a girl.

Once the left is given permission to tear down historical monuments, they predictably move on to banning classic movies. Soon copies of Margaret Mitchell’s novel will be gone from the bookshelves.

The lesson here is simple. We must never allow the left to dictate the rules of culture. Because when they do, totalitarian repression follows and free speech is one of the first casualties.

Because the left has one major goal: destroy the traditional family and replace it with big government.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I don’t like my voice. I don’t like the way I look. I don’t like the way I move. I don’t like the way I act… I, along with the critics, have never taken myself very seriously. ”
—Elizabeth Taylor

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ESPN Pulls Announcer from Game Because His Name is Robert Lee

Fo those too stupid to tell the difference; Robert Lee, a living Asian-American sports announcer, is on the left. Robert E. Lee, a dead Confederate General, is on the right. They are not the same person, nor are they related. If you are offended by the living Asian-American Robert Lee because of his name you are a moron… and a racist.

The other day I wrote that the latest leftist hysteria, tearing down Confederate monuments, is but one sign of leftist craziness.

Of course the left has come through like champs and proven just how right I was.

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Hidden Hollywood: John Wayne, The Thief and The Taxi Driver

John Wayne in The Sons of Katie Elder, 1965

On September 17, 1964 Dr. John Jones at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles sliced into John Wayne’s body, performing surgery on a malignant tumor in the legendary actor’s left lung. The tumor was large, the size of a chicken egg. Jones removed the entire upper lobe of the left lung. The surgery took six hours.

Wayne slowly recovered. Despite Edema and depression, John Wayne summoned the strength to do a half hour national TV show promoting presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

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Tearing Down Confederate Monuments

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind, 1939

I have no love for the Confederacy. Slavery was evil. The cause of Southern secession was unjust and deserved to be defeated.

However, this abrupt cultural paroxysm in which monuments honoring rebel leaders and soldiers are torn down or removed in the dead of night is not a healthy development. Decisions like this should be made by townships and cities after a healthy debate and then a vote.

This rush on the part of craven politicians and crazed activists is just virtue signaling. They are more righteous than you. They are better people than those Southern rednecks.

But just as same sex marriage wasn’t really about same sex marriage. And Obamacare wasn’t really about health care. We will all discover that the tearing down of these monuments is not about Southern monuments.

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Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I find it so boring to talk about myself. I don’t remember the last time I did an interview. Somebody came to my house and I thought I’d never get rid of him. That sort of cooled me off.”
—Irene Dunne (1898 – 1990)

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Hidden Hollywood: Mae Clarke, Girl, Gangster, Grapefruit

The infamous grapefruit scene in The Public Enemy (1931), with Mae Clarke and James Cagney.

Most actors are remembered for their unique personae. Clark Gable was a man’s man. The humorous gleam in his eye sent daggers to the knees of women everywhere. Bette Davis practically cornered the market on the deeply neurotic woman clawing at the boundaries of love with baroque fury. Gary Cooper was the classic taciturn American, a solid, self-confident Yankee who spoke eloquently through his silences. Marilyn Monroe is the paradigm of the woman as vulnerable child waiting to be rescued by a knight in shining armor.

Of course Fay Wray, who played in over eighty motion pictures, is only remembered for her role in King Kong. Thus, for better or worse, Wray is the eternally shrieking woman.

Less common is the actor who is identified and remembered for a single brief scene.

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How Democrats Can Stop NeoNazis

My good friend Daniel Greenfield analyzes the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In Dallas, a black nationalist activist shot and killed 5 police officers at a Black Lives Matter anti-police rally. Instead of condemning BLM, Barack Obama defended a racist hate group whose role model is Assata Shakur, a wanted black nationalist cop killer, at the funerals of the murdered officers.

The left killed civil rights and replaced it with black nationalism. The racial supremacism of black nationalism that killed those officers is everywhere.  Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ibram X. Kendi are lionized as brilliant thinkers instead of hateful racists, Amazon has ordered a black nationalist secessionist fantasy from Aaron McGruder and Showtime aired ‘Guerilla,’ a miniseries glamorizing Black Panther terrorism.

But racism is a two-way street. So is violence. Extremists feed into each other.

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