Jean Peters – A Blueprint for Murder
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 4 very good performances and one great one to choose from.
5. Ava Gardner
4. Maggie McNamara
3. Leslie Caron
2. Deborah Kerr
1. Audrey Hepburn
5. Mogambo – This film works largely due to the stellar cast despite the fact that the storyline itself is a bit too farfetched. Gable is always a great leading man and he has nice chemistry with both Gardner and Kelly. The idea of game hunting and rural African tribesmen is shown in an interesting fashion in order to make the triangle love story aspect of story work much better. Great location shots also help make this film a bit more interesting.
4. Lili – Interesting idea that was probably much better enjoyed when it came out than it can be now. The story itself seems a bit too naive (like the main character) on the surface but actually deals with some very complex issues that are still relevant to today’s world. The use of puppets for a character who cannot express his own feelings about things due to a war injury works quite well. The cast is pretty good but the chemistry between Caron and her two leading men is quite lackluster throughout. Director Charles Walters was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for this film, and I can’t really say that I understand why.
3. From Here to Eternity – Interesting drama that shows the complexity of life in the Army prior to the outbreak of WWII. It moves quite slowly at the beginning, but has some great scenes.
2. Roman Holiday – Hepburn is amazing in this film and it help cement her career. The story is light and works in most cases and stays enjoyable throughout. The chemistry between Hepburn and Peck is a bit iffy but is still passable. Shows a nice perspective on how a “stuffy” royal life might sometimes be too much for a young heir and therefore must need a chance for a “break”.
1. The Moon Is Blue – Really enjoyable film that works on so many levels. The story and dialogue was quite risque for it time, but compared to today’s standards it’s extremely tame. Holden and Niven are both great here as two men trying to vie for this young twenty something girl. McNamara outdoes both of them in the role of the girl and makes the story wok even better by her performance. She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The dialogue s quite witty and is delivered by all of the characters in rapid fire motion which helps keep things moving along at a great pace while also remaining enjoyable throughout.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! AH is great here in RH and was very deserving of winning since her performance is the best of the lot.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!