Monday, July 14, 2008

DVD Pick:-->"People Will Talk" (1951)

"Und now,
are you ready for this one?
You will like it, kiddies.
We present for your fervent felicitations,
the fabulous, futuristic, far-fetched feats
of the fearless Fidgety Queen!"

Often lost in the film shuffle, Director Joseph Mankiewicz (winner of 2 best director Oscars) creates an odd dramedy/comedy in his 1951... "People Will Talk".

Cary Grant...this time cast as the unbelievable caregiver...Dr. Pretorious.

Again, Grant plays the pompous character he has come to define so well...and solves medical problems in a rather unconventional, if not far-fetched manner.

Far-fetched, perhaps...but Cary Grant pulls it off where lesser actors might have failed.

Although beloved by most of the medical staff, jealousy still rears its green, quirky head in the form of Professor Elwell, played by the great character actor Hume Cronyn.

While Cronyn tries to uncover dirt on the good doctor...Pretorious is busy mending a particularly sensitive problem at hand. Oh...and he also finds time to conduct the hospital band.
Hume Cronyn & Margaret Hamilton
Adding mystery to this a peculiar tag-along bloke who rarely leaves the doctor's side. (Wait till you hear the explanation for this one!)

This all adds up to a surprisingly entertaining movie in spite of the film's lack of a healthy dose of reality.

Watch for the wonderful...Margaret a cool cameo.

Enjoy the deliciously absurd argument revolving around an intricately...detailed train set. "Beep! Beep!".

Good Stuff.


One of my favorite albums from my parent's extensive by the classic German prog-band...Nektar.

Admittedly, it was the album cover from Nektar's... "Down To Earth" (1974) that made this five year old...(at the time)...pick it up and beg my dad to play it. But it was their unique sound that held my attention.
"Down To Earth" was a concept album using the circus as a metaphor about one's journey through life. (I think). Anyway...I have since listened to many other Nektar albums and have become a fan.

I'm saddened that Nektar never realized the success that a few "lesser bands" have achieved.

Much of Nektar's catalog is available to download at e-music.

Good Stuff!
(Import Only)
Nektar:-->"Fidgety Queen" (Down To Earth) (1974) (Must Own)


Anonymous said...

Try Nektr's newest two albums "Evolution" and "book Of Days". The band is still alive and well:

Casey said...

anonymous...Duly noted. I'm off to see if Nektar has a couple of songs to taste.