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South Pacific Star John Kerr Dies, Aged 81


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One of the actors of Hollywood’s golden era, John Kerr, has died aged 81. Kerr was a phenomenal stage and film actor who could list seminal movies like South Pacific and The Pit And The Pendulum on his CV, as well as a Tony award-winning performance in Broadway play Tea And Sympathy.

According to the Washington Post, Kerr died on Saturday (February 9, 2013) at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, with the news made public by his son Michael. Tea And Sympathy was undoubtedly his most famous role, with Kerr playing an at the time controversial role in a sensitive prep school student who is suspected of being a homosexual by fellow students and teachers. The role was successful enough that not only did he win his Tony, but he also reprised the role for another turn in 1956.

Kerr’s next main role was in TV, with the star appearing as a district attorney in the show Peyton Place in the mid 1960’s. The show had more of an impact on Kerr than one might’ve expected, with the actor leaving showbusiness and going on to become a lawyer specializing in personal injury law. Kerr was married twice, to Priscilla Smith in 1952, then divorcing her in 1972, going on to marry Barbara Chu in 1979.

John Kerr - John Kerr and Guest Friday 24th September 2010 at Grosvenor House London, England

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South Pacific (1958) Review


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This is an embarrassing statement for a man to make but I think that South Pacific is one of my favorite old movies. As an art form, the musical is dubious at best. And Joshua Logan was not one of the great Hollywood directors -- as demonstrated by the film's uneven pacing and use of colorful camera filters during certain intense scenes.

So why is this movie a classic? Because it was produced soon after WWII, when even Hollywood war romances had a serious edge. Because it was filmed on location (well, Hawaii, I think) and in full Technicolor glamour. And because the occasion brought out the best in Rodgers and Hammerstein, when the songwriting team wrote poignant and thoughtful lyrics put to classic melodies.

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South Pacific (1958) Review


Excellent
This is an embarrassing statement for a man to make but I think that South Pacific is one of my favorite old movies. As an art form, the musical is dubious at best. And Joshua Logan was not one of the great Hollywood directors -- as demonstrated by the film's uneven pacing and use of colorful camera filters during certain intense scenes.

So why is this movie a classic? Because it was produced soon after WWII, when even Hollywood war romances had a serious edge. Because it was filmed on location (well, Hawaii, I think) and in full Technicolor glamour. And because the occasion brought out the best in Rodgers and Hammerstein, when the songwriting team wrote poignant and thoughtful lyrics put to classic melodies.

Continue reading: South Pacific (1958) Review

The Pit And The Pendulum Review


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As part of his Edgar Allan Poe series in the 1960s (including The Raven, House of Usher, and The Masque of the Red Death), Roger Corman created The Pit and the Pendulum, based on one of Poe's best-known works.

Well, in title, anyway. The story, about a man trapped in the torture chamber during the Spanish Inquisition isn't so well-known itself. And Corman and writer Richard Matheson (The Omega Man) take some extensive liberties with the story, turning into a tale about the son (Vincent Price) of a Spanish Inquisitor who inherits his father's house of horrors (torture chamber included). His adulturous wife (Barbara Steele) has faked her own death and is trying to drive her husband crazy... and when she succeeds, she gets more than she bargained for.

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