Episode #29:
Vincente Minnelli: The Melodramas (1949-1956)

The cast for episode #29:

Barry Anderson
Stuart Collier
Brian Risselada
Tomas Roges
Tom Sutpen

This episode was recorded on September 4, 2014


  1. Why haven't you people read Flaubert? Breaking the windows is in the novel, forcryingoutloud! Minnelli didn't invent it. The Ball is the moment where Emma feels everything is going her way and the world is exactly what she wants it to be. It's all downhill from there. Minnelli and Miklos Roza do a great job here.

  2. "Every scandal magazine on the planet" was NOT tracking Rock Hudson. Read my book, "Open Secret: Gay Hollywood 1928-2000." As for Minnelli the general public scarcely knew directors existed outside of Hitchcock and DeMille. George Cukor and Charles Walters led very colorful "Private Lives" and saw no need to marry.

  3. David, I wish you'd done this on Facebook. We could have a better exchange there:

    a) You weren't listening! All but one of us, it is established, *have* read the novel. I read it in my early twenties (I am now considerably older); but, I will confess I had forgotten whether the window breaking was part of Flaubert's ball scene, and merely made the observation that if Minnelli (or Ardrey) had invented it for that adaptation, it could not have been more perfect.

    b) I'll defer to you on the point about Rock Hudson, and the public indifference over directors, even gay ones. My understanding (and I think I read this in Fred Otash's memoirs) is that Scandal mags had a virtual bounty out on Rock Hudson. Not necessarily to expose him, but because after the business with 'Confidential' they knew Universal-International was willing to pay off anybody who got the story.

  4. Richard Widmark played conventional characters devoid of noirish/criminal tendencies several times before The Cobweb. In Halls of Montezuma, he's a schoolteacher in peacetime, a doctor in Panic in the Streets, and a soldier in Take the High Ground! and Destination Gobi.

  5. John Houseman also produced The Blue Dahlia when he was employed at Paramount Pictures. The Blue Dahllia was Raymond Chandler's only original screenplay that was filmed. (Playback, written for Universal-International was not filmed.)


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