Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Caine Mutiny Typhoon was factual.

Typhoon Cobra (1944)plays an important role in the novel The Caine Mutiny.

Although Caine Mutiny novel and film are fiction, fellow twitter reveals the typhoon was factual. Excerpt from retweeted article/div>
Last year, Reid Bryson, the “father of climatology,” and a leading AGW skeptic, passed away. Bryson’s actual achievements are the hallmark of a genuine scientist as opposed to the work done by AGW advocates.

A true scientist demonstrates his knowledge by using it to make predictions which can be confirmed or refuted. Bryson successfully predicted, in December 1944, that the so-called “Caine Mutiny Typhoon” would hit Adm. William Halsey’s Third Fleet. This storm was so-named because the novel The Caine Mutiny was based on what happened to the Fleet when it was struck by the typhoon. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize and was later made into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart.

Reid Bryson later wrote of his experience with the Caine Mutiny Typhoon in the October 2000 issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. From weather reports, he realized that a typhoon had formed and a trough of low pressure could cause it to curve toward the Third Fleet. He ordered up a reconnaissance aircraft, which located the storm’s eye, and estimated that the surface wind speed was a very strong 140 knots. Bryson radioed this observational data to Fleet Weather Central at Pearl Harbor, who responded with “we don’t believe you.” The Third Fleet did not receive Bryson’s warning. The typhoon hit the fleet, sinking four ships and killing nearly 800 men.


Witness for the Prosecution | Marlene Dietrich singing "I May Never Go Home Anymore"

"Witness for the Prosecution" Preview Trailer & Videoclip featuring Marlene Dietrich singing "I May Never Go Home Anymore"
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Witness for the Prosecution Poster
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Cast:Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton. Miss Plimsoll: Elsa Lanchester. Brogan- Moore: John Williams. Mayhew: Henry Daniell.
Director: Billy Wilder.

Billy Wilder directed this tingling adaptation of Agatha Christie's play about the trial of a man accused of murder based on very strong circumstantial evidence. It is a complex courtroom drama filled with deceptions, disguises, and plot twists.

According to the New York Times, "the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel. Then the whole drama explodes." ¹

Sir Wilfrid (Charles Laughton), a master barrister in ill health, takes Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) on as a client, over the protestations of his private nurse, Miss Plimsoll (Elsa Lanchester), that the doctor had told him to stay away from criminal cases. Vole is accused of murdering Mrs. French (Norma Varden), a rich, older woman who had become enamored of him, going so far as to make him the main beneficiary of her will.

In real life, Elsa Lanchester (Miss Plimsoll) was Laughton's (Sir Wilfrid) wife and you can see their natural chemistry accentuates the wonderful comic performance between the two.

This was Tyrone Power's final finished movie.

Spoiler Alert for anyone who hasn't seen the film yet! Marlene Dietrich did not receive a nomination but many of her fans believe she deserved one for her dual role as Christine Helm and the Cockney woman. It's not until near the end of the film that Sir Wilfrid and the audience learn Christine was the mysterious woman. ¹
Academy Awards
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Charles Laughton)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Elsa Lanchester)
  • Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, and Best Sound

Trailer:Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

My Favorite Quote:
A most clever, erotic "tete-a-tete" of sexual inuendo begins their first encounter:

Leonard Vole ............Tyrone Power
"What are you looking for? "

Christine Vole ............Marlene Dietrich
"My accordion. "

Leonard Vole ............Tyrone Power
"I think I've found it. "

Christine Vole ............Marlene Dietrich
"Step on it again. It's still breathing."

Marlene Dietrich"I May Never Go Home Anymore"

My Favorite Scene:
Dietrich, stunning covered in all black wearing signature trousers has just a sliver of her great legs exposed to "bring the house down" in her rendition of this song with sexy overtures,Our present generation of entertainers should learn they could "bring sexy back" with subtle class instead of vulgarity and obscenity. Marlene proves here "Less is more".
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Madame X | A Story Retold

1966 and 1929 posters
Madame X story is about a woman thrown out of her home by her jealous husband who sinks into depravity. Twenty years later, she finds herself accused of murder for saving her son, who does not know who she is. He finds himself defending her without knowing her background.

The play originally opened in Paris, France, on 15 December 1908. An English translation of the play by John Raphael opened in New York City, New York, USA on 2 January 1910 and had 125 performances IMDb

By 1929 it had already come to emblematize the maternal melodrama, in which devoted mothers sacrifice money and respectability so that their children can live their lives free of the taints of poverty or scandal. This "fallen woman" formula would become a genre of its own in the 1930s. The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), Blonde Venus (1932), Stella Dallas (1937) and Kitty Foyle (1940) all owe a dramatic debt to Bisson's original play and Barrymore's 1929 adaptation. Incidentally, Dickie Moore, who plays the object of maternal affection in Blonde Venus can be glimpsed in the puppet show sequence of Madame X. TCM

Madame X story has since been adapted to the screen many times and the infamous Jacqueline Floriot portrayed by many actresses:

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