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Barbara Walsh and Jack Cummings - Barbara Walsh and Jack Cummings III Sunday 18th November 2012 at the premiere after party for 'Inner Voices' at the 30th St. Theater

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Kenneth Gartman, Alexandra Silber, Jack Cummings, Victor Lodato and Polly Pen

Jack Cummings and Barbara Walsh - Jack Cummings III and Barbara Walsh Wednesday 24th October 2012 Opening night of the Transport Group production of 'House For Sale', held at the Duke Theatre - After Party

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Alexandra Silber, Kenneth Gartman, Jack Cummings, Victor Lodato, Polly Pen First, Inner Voices and New York City Tuesday 23rd October 2012 Alexandra Silber, Kenneth Gartman, Jack Cummings III, Victor Lodato and Polly Pen First rehearsal for ’Inner Voices’, held at MTC studios. New York City, USA

Alexandra Silber, Kenneth Gartman, Jack Cummings, Victor Lodato, Polly Pen First, Inner Voices and New York City

Jack Cummings Monday 10th September 2012 Lori Fineman, Daniel Fish and Jack Cummings III Meet and greet with the cast of the Transport Group production of ‘House For Sale’, held at the New 42nd Street Studios. New York City, USA – 1

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Jack Cummings - Nick Westrate and Jack Cummings III Thursday 23rd February 2012 Opening night after party for Classic Stage Company's production of 'Galileo' at Pangea restaurant

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The Teahouse Of The August Moon Review


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When Marlon Brando is first encountered in The Teahouse of the August Moon, Daniel Mann's 1956 film version on John Patrick's Pulitzer Prize winning comedy of 1953, you want to fight back. Here is Brando in comic Asian stereotype mode, playing Okinawan interpreter Sakini -- Brando hunched over obsequiously, his eyes jury-rigged Oriental style and speaking in an Okinawan accent, and you think, "Brando, you should be ashamed of yourself." But then movie memory kicks in and you recall nasty and virulent racial debauches like Mickey Rooney's Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Brando's downplaying doesn't look so bad after all. Although watching a tall American white guy play a short translator from Okinawa is still discomforting, at least you don't feel compelled to rise up and heave your boots through the TV.

Sakini is the audience's guide and master of ceremonies (he beckons the audience into the film by way of a direct address to the camera) in this sharp and funny comedy about American imperialism after the end of World War II. Sakini is the interpreter for the pompous American commander Colonel Purdy (played by Paul Ford, recreating his Broadway performance, a role he would later hone to perfection as the iconic Colonel Hall in Sgt. Bilko), a windbag idiot who makes declarations like, "I'm going to teach these natives the meaning of democracy if I have to shoot every one of them" (Donald Rumsfeld couldn't have said it better). Purdy orders the bumbling Captain Fisby (Glenn Ford, in a fine comic turn, channeling Charlie Ruggles) to lord it over a small Okinawan village and give the villagers a taste of benevolent American democratic dictatorship by making the villagers build a school and organize a "Ladies League For Democratic Action." Sakini goes along with him.

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Kiss Me Kate Review


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Broadway stars perform Taming of the Shrew onstage -- and live it for real offstage. The theatrical antics are a bit forced and the musical numbers aren't the best in the history of musical cinema, but this still stands as an "important" film of its era, albeit a minor and relatively forgettable one.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Review


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There are a few things I don't understand: physics, women, and how Seven Brides for Seven Brothers gets excluded from the American Film Institute's 100 greatest movies of all time. Quite frankly, I'm bound to figure out the other two topics sooner.

Watching Stanley Donen's exuberant, musical masterpiece again gives me more reason to picket the next AFI event. This movie has aged better than Susan Sarandon. The songs are still great, the dancing still dazzles, and the whole family can enjoy it. Parents, forget whatever kid-friendly fare disguised as a toy commercial is playing at the multiplex this week, and go back to a simpler time.

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