A Quote on Thursday: 1950s Part 1

Welcome back to “A Quote on Thursday”, our weekly look at quotes connected in some way to the world of film. After finishing the 1940s last week, this week we are going to look at films from the 1950s and again I bet its a case of fondful memories. How many of these films do you remember?

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis from All Abo...

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis from All About Eve. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)All About Eve (1950):

All About Eve (1950):
Fasten your seat-belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”


Edmond O'Brien from D.O.A. (1950 movie)

Edmond O’Brien from D.O.A. (1950 movie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

D.O.A. (1950):
Can I help you?”
“I’d like to see the man in charge.”
In here…”
“I want to report a murder.”
Sit down. Where was this murder committed?”
“San Francisco, last night.”
Who was murdered?”
“I was.”


Screenshot taken by me (Icea) from the trailer...

Screenshot taken by me (Icea) from the trailer to the movie Sunset Blvd. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunset Boulevard (1950):
You know, this floor used to be wood, but I had it changed. Valentino said, ‘there’s nothing like tile for a tango.'”


Screenshot of Humphrey Bogart from the trailer...

Screenshot of Humphrey Bogart from the trailer for the film The African Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The African Queen (1951):
If there’s anything in the world I hate, it’s leeches – filthy little devils!”


An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris (1951) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An American in Paris (1951):
That’s, uh, quite a dress you almost have on…What holds it up?”


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English: Montgomery Clift from premiere video of A Place in the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Place in the Sun (1951):
I love you. I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.


Portrait of Marlon Brando, "Streetcar Nam...

Portrait of Marlon Brando, “Streetcar Named Desire” 1 photographic print : gelatin silver. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951):
“Hey Stell – Lahhhhh! Hey, Stell – Lahhhh!”


Cropped screenshot of Gary Cooper from the tra...

Cropped screenshot of Gary Cooper from the trailer for the film High Noon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High Noon (1952):
It’s no good. I’ve got to go back, Amy…They’re making me run. I’ve never run from anybody before.”


The Quiet Man (1952)The Quiet Man (1952)

The Quiet Man (1952):
No patty fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times. Hold on to your hats.


English: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donal...

English: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain trailer Français : Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds et Donald O’Connor dans le film-annonce de Chantons sous la pluie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952):
You mean it’s gonna say up on the screen that I don’t talk and sing for myself?… But they can’t do that!…They can’t make a fool outta Lina Lamont! They can’t make a laughing stock outta Lina Lamont! What do they think I am, dumb or something? Why I make more money than…than…than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!”


Cropped screenshot of Burt Lancaster and Debor...

Cropped screenshot of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr from the film From Here to Eternity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Here to Eternity (1953):
I never knew it could be like this. Nobody ever kissed me the way you do. (Nobody?) No, nobody.”


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an example of Techni...

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an example of Technicolor filming in 1950s Hollywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953):
Song: “A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”


how to marry a millionaire - Marilyn Monroe

how to marry a millionaire – Marilyn Monroe (Photo credit: quicheisinsane)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953):
Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at old fella what’s his name in The African Queen.”


Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn and Grego...

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck from the trailer for the film Roman Holiday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roman Holiday (1953):
The Mouth of Truth. Legend is that if you’re given to lying, you put your hand in there, it’ll be bitten off.”


English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

English: A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wild One (1953):
“Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”
What’ve you got?”


English: Screenshot of trailer for 1954 film T...

English: Screenshot of trailer for 1954 film The Caine Mutiny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Caine Mutiny (1954):
Mr. Maryk, you may tell the crew for me there are four ways of doing things on board my ship. The right way, the wrong way, the Navy way, and my way. (If) They do things my way, we’ll get along.


On the WaterfrontScene from On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront (1954):
Charley, it was you. You remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and said kid, this ain’t your night. We’re goin’ for the price on Wilson. You remember that? This ain’t your night! My night, I could’ve taken Wilson apart. So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors in a ballpark, and what do I get? — A one way ticket to Palookaville. You was my brother, Charley, you should’ve looked out for me a little bit. You should’ve taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn’t have to take them dives for the short end money…”
“I had some bets down for ya, you saw some money.”
“…You don’t understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let’s face it. It was you, Charley.”


White ChristmasScene from White Christmas

White Christmas (1954):
Let’s just say we’re doing it for a pal in the Army.”


 The Court Jester

The Court Jester (1955):
I’ve got it! I’ve got it! The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle. The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?”
“Right. But there’s been a change. They broke the chalice from the palace!”
They broke the chalice from the palace?”
“And replaced it with a flagon.”
A flagon…?”
“With the figure of a dragon.”
Flagon with a dragon.”
But did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?”
“No! The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!”
The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.”
“Just remember that…”

And that’s this week’s “A Quote on Thursday”. So how many of these classics have you watched? Or even more appropriately, how many times have you watched these classics. Well, you’ve a week to consider that, because I’ll be back next week with another collection of classic film quotes from the 1950s. And that’s a Wrap!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Why North Tipperary – The Hollywood Connection

Hollywood, Keeper Hill, North Tipperary, IrelandHollywood, Keeper Hill, North Tipperary, Ireland

Did you ever realize how many connections North Tipperary has to Hollywood; it’s true and I’m not just talking about bit-part players or yer wan down the road who just happened to be on some B-Movie set. I’m referring to some major players from the world of Hollywood, who have visited North Tipperary again and again, and some who have made their homes amongst us. So who are they? Well I visited this subject a number of months ago, but since then I’ve added a few names to the previous list. This week I’m going to take another look at some of these world famous names, because you’d never know who’d you meet in and around the highways and byways of North Tipperary.

Rex IngramReginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock

So, first of all I’m going to start with the big man himself. Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock, later to become known as Rex Ingram, was born in Rathmines in Dublin. As a young man his family moved to North Tipperary, whereby his father was employed as a verger in the Borrisokane Church of Ireland and also the Nenagh Church of Ireland. He lived for approximately eighteen months in Nenagh and it was here where he viewed his first moving picture. That was in 1901 at a traveling circus. The experience obviously stuck with him, because as we all know, Rex went on to become one of the great pioneers of Hollywood in the silent era. A plaque in his honour was erected in the town at the house where he lived by the Nenagh Silent Film Festival Committee in February 2013. He died on July 21st 1950.

Gene KellyGene Kelly in ‘Singing in the Rain’

The first of a couple of Hollywood musical greats to be mentioned is the great Gene Kelly – he of Singing in the Rain fame. Gene Kelly loved Ireland and his Irish roots and he especially loved Puckane village. After his wife, Jeannie, passed away in the early 1970’s, Gene Kelly escaped what has been termed as a ‘Hollywood that was buzzing with curiosity and sympathy‘ to Puckane, near the shores of Lough Derg in North Tipperary. That was in 1973 and he spent the best part of a month in the area. There is a wealth of stories about Gene Kelly’s time in his ‘ancestral home’ including one regarding a man named Peter McGrath. Peter walked into Paddy Kennedy’s bar and having stopped momentarily to take in the appearance of the stranger at the end of the bar counter, he then approached him and said: “Did anyone ever tell you that you look a lot like Gene Kelly?” Gene Kelly enjoyed that and jumped up immediately and performed a dance routine to prove his identity.

Bing CrosbyPhotographer unknown – Can anyone educate us on this?

Another musical genius, who had a fondness for North Tipperary was Bing Crosby. The famous crooner was a visitor to Nenagh town during the 1960’s and it is obvious that the town was filled with excitement when word spread around that the Hollywood great was staying within their midst. The full story of this visit is that back in 1961 Bridie Brennan, who was a Borrisokane native that was living and working in Nenagh town, answered an advertisement for a nanny for Bing Crosby and his wife, Kathryn. Over the following years, Bridie became very close to the Crosby’s and even became an adviser and travel companion to Kathryn. A few years after Bridie took up the position, during 1965, Bing Crosby was visiting Ireland to see how a horse named ‘Meadow Court’ of which he had a third share in fared in the Irish Sweeps Derby at the Curragh. Bing stated at the time that he didn’t bet on the horse himself, but he had placed a wager of £2 on the horse for Bridie. Meadow Court was to win the Irish Sweeps Derby that year. While in Ireland, Bing Crosby had decided to travel to Nenagh town in recognition of what Bridie meant to the Crosby’s and he also wanted to see where Bridie had lived. Of course news of his visit to O’Meara’s Hotel spread like wildfire and a number of photos were taken of the visit. Bridie Brennan passed away in the Crosby residence, where she had been greatly cared for, in San Francisco on April 23rd, 1973. Bing Crosby, who regrettably had been unable to attend the obsequies after Bridie’s remains had arrived back to Ireland for burial, arranged through Interflora to have a carpet of flowers delivered to the grave.

MartinSheenMartin Sheen in ‘The West Wing’

So who’s next, well you see, there’s more than one president connected to North Tipperary (see President Barack Obama of Moneygall, which is on the border of County Tipperary and County Offaly and is just 12 miles from Nenagh town) and also (President Ronald Reagan of Ballyporeen, County Tipperary). The world renowned Hollywood actor and star of The West Wing, Martin Sheen, has very strong connections to North Tipperary. His family roots are from the Borrisokane area and it was from here where his mother emigrated to the United States. Martin is a proud son of North Tipperary and is a regular visitor to the area.

Patrick BerginPatrick Bergin

And it doesn’t end there; in fact I’m only starting as there is another famous Hollywood actor who lives within our midst here in North Tipperary. Patrick Bergin lives in a castle that is situated near Cloughjordan. Patrick has plenty of form as an actor including Sleeping with the Enemy, in which he wouldn’t leave poor Julia Roberts alone, and of course Robin Hood along with a number of very impressive titles. He is regularly seen in Nenagh town and other North Tipperary parishes.

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen

And then there’s Charlie! Charlie Sheen, son of aforementioned Martin Sheen has, through his father and then of course his grand-mother, strong connections to the North Tipperary locality. Martin is very well known as a major Hollywood actor and American television star. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you’ll never know who you might meet around about North Tipperary.

Emilio EstevezEmilio Estevez

Now I couldn’t leave it at that about the Sheen clan. There’s also Martin‘s other son Emilio. He may have taken the name his father was christened with, but like his brother and of course his father, there is still North Tipperary blood running through his veins. Another major Hollywood connection for North Tipperary. Emilio has a wonderful career in his own right with some wonderful productions behind him like Young Guns, St Elmo’s Fire and The Breakfast Club to name just a few. He also has a career as a director, screenwriter and a producer.

Johnny DeppJohnny Depp

Now Johnny Depp hasn’t being able to find roots to North Tipperary as of yet, that I know of, but he was reported to be in the Toomevara village graveyard searching for his ancestral roots a few years back. But Johnny is no stranger to Nenagh town and the North Tipperary countryside. He’s a very close friend of Shane MacGowan, who is from and lives a few miles from Nenagh and he’s a regular visitor to the area. We’ll just have to dig a little deeper and I’m sure before long we’ll find his true Irish roots in the heartland of North Tipperary, but let me provide you with what is possibly a bit of an exclusive here: I’ve been led to believe, from a very reliable source, that Johnny Depp will again be visiting Nenagh town at some stage over the coming months (October probably). The thing about Johnny Depp’s visits is that he is gone before you’d know he was there, but I’ll keep an eye on that one.

Frank ThorntonFrank Thornton

There is also Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? and also other productions like Crooks and Coronets, (1968); Spike Milligan’s The Bed-Sitting Room, (1969); No Sex Please We’re British (1973); The Three Musketeers, (1973); Steptoe and Son, (1974); The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones, (1975); and Gosford Park, (2001). Frank Thornton made his professional debut at the age of 19 in the old Confraternity Hall in Thurles town in a production of Terence Rattigan’s play “French Without Tears”.

George ClooneyGeorge Clooney

There are quite a number of other connections to the world of film and television and this is something we are very proud about. To name just a few more, there’s George Clooney who has been reported to have visited North Tipperary in the recent past in search of his own roots. Then there’s Brigie de Courcy (Executive Producer of Fair City and formally Producer on Eastenders), who is married to Nenagh man Kevin McGee (Award-Winning Playwright, Director, Producer, Irish television script-writer). And there is Kevin’s brother Noel, who is also an Irish television script-writer. There are countless others and if you want to remind me of them please leave a comment in the Comment box below. So until the next time …, that’s a wrap!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

A Quote on Thursday

Singing in the Rain

Quote from Singing in the Rain:

Talkies will never last…..”

That’s what they said about the automobile….”

Sunset Boulevard

Quote from Sunset Boulevard:

You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.”
I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.

W. C. Fields

W. C. Fields:

The movie people would have nothing to do with me until they heard me speak in a Broadway play, then they all wanted to sign me for the silent movies.


James D’Arc:

Sunrise was one of the last silent films. And as much is proof of why so many filmmakers lamented the coming of sound. It is a lovely and very powerful picture and the power of fidelity in marriage.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert:
“The wonderment is that we still have the silent clowns, many now available in restored versions. Almost all of Keaton, of Lloyd, of Chaplin. They were artists who depended on silence, and sound was powerless to add a thing. They live in their time, and we must be willing to visit it. An inability to admire silent films, like a dislike of black and white, is a sad inadequacy. Those who dismiss such pleasures must have deficient imaginations.”

Gerald Mast

Gerald Mast:

The great silent movies revolve around the body and the personality of its owner; the great sound comedies revolve about structure and style–what happens, how it happens, and the way those happenings are depicted. Film comedy, as well as film art in general, was born from delight in physical movement. The essence of early filmmaking was to take some object (animate or inanimate) and simply watch it move…. The sound comedy is far more literary. Given the opportunity to use the essential tool of literature, words, as an intrinsic part of the film’s conception, the filmmaker did not hesitate to do so. In silent films, the use of words in titles was intrusive, a deliberate interruption of the cinematic medium and a substitution of the literary one. We stop looking and start reading. But the sound film provided the means to watch the action and listen to the words at the same time. Whereas the silent performer was a physical being,… the sound performer was both physical and intellectual at once.”

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee