Wednesday, March 26, 2008

In Memorium...

Oddly enough, just last night as I was having dinner with my dear friend and fellow film buff Jacquie, Richard Widmark's name came up in conversation. We were discussing the films of Anne Bancroft, one of my favorites, and I had said that one the earliest films that I could remember her in was one that starred Widmark and Marilyn Monroe. At that time, neither of us could remember it.

The film is titled "Don't Bother to Knock". According to the, it was " This was Anne Bancroft's first film. It was also Marilyn Monroe's 18th film and an attempt to prove to critics that she could act." It's actually not a bad noir piece.

In any event, Widmark had made several films by the time "Don't Bother to Knock" was released. In fact, his first film "Kiss Of Death" earned him an Oscar nomination and his performance of psychopathic killer Tommy Udo is to this day after 61 years is still highly disturbing and an amazing piece of acting.

In Memorium...

Richard Widmark
December 26, 1917 - March 24, 2008

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