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Movie Quote of the Day – Road House, 1948 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


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Lily Stevens: Are you decent?
Pete Morgan: Nobody’s ever accused me of it.

Movie Quote of the Day – Humoresque, 1946 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


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Paul: Drink your coffee.
Helen: Here we go again. Only a man who doesn’t drink thinks black coffee sobers you up.
Sid: I envy people who drink. They know what to blame everything on.
Helen: If it’s so simple, why don’t you drink?
Sid: I have no character.

Movie Quote of the Day – Three Strangers, 1946 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


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Johnny West: Don’t ever get mixed up with a Chinese goddess, Icey. That’s the worst thing that can happen, the very worst.

Movie Quote of the Day – Three Coins in the Fountain, 1954 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


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John Frederick Shadwell: These girls in love never realize that they should be honestly dishonest instead of being dishonestly honest.

Oscar Vault Monday – Johnny Belinda, 1948 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


I first saw this film in the weeee hours of the morning a few days into January of 2011. It was about six months into my new-found obsession with Lew Ayres and it was one of the films that really solidified my undying love for him. It’s a pretty racy film for 1948 and holds up quite wonderfully nearly seventy years later. It’s also one of the most nominated films in Academy history. Johnny Belinda was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, winning one: Best Sound, Best Score, Best Film Editing, Best B&W Cinematography, Best B&W Art Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor Charles Bickford, Best Supporting Actress Agnes Moorehead, Best Actor Lew Ayres, Best Actress Jane Wyman (won), Best Director and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were The Red ShoesThe Snake PitThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre and winner Hamlet.

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Movie Quote of the Day – How to Marry a Millionaire, 1953 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


Pola Debevoise: You know who I’d like to marry?
Loco Dempsey: Who?
Pola Debevoise: Rockefeller.
Loco Dempsey: Which one?
Pola Debevoise: I don’t care.
Loco Dempsey: I wouldn’t mind marrying a Vanderbilt.
Pola Debevoise: Or Mr. Cadillac.
Schatze Page: No such person. I checked.
Loco Dempsey: Is there a Mr. Texaco?

Oscar Vault Monday – Three Coins In The Fountain, 1954 (dir. Jean Negulesco)


I simply adore this movie. It is Old Hollywood charm at its best. But it also slyly dances around certain taboo subjects (promiscuity, etc.) in quite a remarkable way, though not quite as blatantly as Otto Preminger’s 1953 film The Moon Is Blue (also starring Maggie McNamara). Three Coins In The Fountain contains some truly breathtaking color cinematography by Milton R. Krasner of Italy – and in Cinemascope, too! I would just love to see this film on the big screen. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning two: Best Color Cinematography (won), Best Original Song (won) and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were The Cain Mutiny, The Country Girl, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and winner On The Waterfront.

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