Quote of the Day postsTuesday April 01, 2014
From the 'Unmade Movies' File: Ronald Reagan, Commie
From J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood's Cold War, by John Sbardellati:
Jack Warner, eager to erase the public memory of “Mission to Moscow,” announced to the committee and the press his studio’s plans for an anti-Communist feature tentatively titled “Up until Now.” His company’s press statement affirmed that “backslid Americans, as well as outside enemies of our free institutions, will be exposed in this story of a Boston family. Here at Warner Brothers we have no room for backslid Americans and wishy-washy concepts of Americanism.” The film was to star Claude Rains as the troubled father of a wayward son, played by Ronald Reagan, who would be lured into the Communist Party. Warner, however, dropped the project later in the year, believing that the public had had enough of Hollywood politics in the wake of HUAC’s fall hearings.
Not an April Fools' joke.
“I have not, nor have ever been, a member of the Commu ... Well, except for that one picture. I remember it well. Jack Warner came to me and said, 'Ronnie, you look like the kind of son of a gun that would ...'”
A Certain Something
“In short, the savage is free to imagine anything; the civilized man is constrained by evidence. The known unknown “usher[s] in the era of investigation and discovery;” the unknown known is the savage’s false belief that he can explain everything.”
-- Errol Morris, from his must-read, four-part New York Times series on “The Certainty of Donald Rumsfeld,” which is a forerunner to his must-see documentary on Rumsfeld, “The Unknown Known,” which opens in select cities (and on iTunes and OnDemand) April 4th. (Compare the above with “Reality-based community.”)
Donald Rumsfeld, certain. Colin Powell, certain of something else.
Add Another Quote and Make It a Gallon
An exchange between Garson Kanin (first line) and Billy Wilder (last) in Garson Kanin's “Hollywood”:
“I quoted. ‘Work strengthens us, pleasure consumes us. Let us choose.’ You know who said that?”
That cracks me up. On some level, I think of shenanigans like this. Too often people consider the quoter the trump card rather than the quote. It's only gotten worse in the Internet age.
Still, not a bad quote. But only if your work isn't repetitive and soul-draining.
Quote of the Day
“The [Georgia] bill, passed on Thursday and awaiting the governor’s signature, will, among other things, allow people to carry concealed weapons into more places — including ones, like bars, which conveniently enough are spots where they are likely to be put to use ...
”This bill is evidence that cynics were wrong when they said nothing would come of the surge of attention to guns after the Newtown, Conn., massacre in December 2012. Since then, The Times reported, 70 laws have been passed to loosen restrictions.“
-- New York Times editorial, ”In Georgia, Carry a Gun, Just Not in the Capitol," March 25, 2014. All of this is happening on our watch.
Quote of the Day
“Those who deal with the mass audience tend to become cynical as they search for the lowest common denominator of appeal.”
-- Garson Kanin, “Hollywood,” his memoir and warts-and-all love letter to Samuel Goldwyn, who never suffered the above problem. In fact, Kanin gives him the last line: “The public is f'Chrissake smarter than we are!” Would that I believed that. Would that it were true.
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