They really have the most dramatic opening. I hate that the Fox name has been sullied. Once, such a great studio.
the *** 20th Century Fox *** thread
|by Anonymous||reply 74||July 2, 2022 6:51 PM|
One of the awful things about Disney buying Lucasfilm is that the 20th Century Fox fanfare no longer precedes Star Wars films. Sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||June 20, 2022 1:24 AM|
Marilyn & Betty & Betty
|by Anonymous||reply 2||June 20, 2022 1:28 AM|
[quote] 20th Century Fox
The image is fascinatingly exciting with those fantastic curved Art Deco Moderne details!
The fanfare is genuinely exciting. It's one of the top three works by Alfred Newman.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||June 20, 2022 1:34 AM|
It is, r3. It sets you up with the anticipation that you're about to see something special.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||June 20, 2022 1:38 AM|
Composed by nine-time Academy Award-Winning Alfred Newman (father of Thomas, uncle of Randy).
|by Anonymous||reply 5||June 20, 2022 1:38 AM|
Who designed it?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||June 20, 2022 1:44 AM|
OT, I used to park on the Fox lot each day when I worked in Century City. Great fun to see the studio and sets left.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||June 20, 2022 1:45 AM|
[Quote] One of the awful things about Disney buying Lucasfilm is that the 20th Century Fox fanfare no longer precedes Star Wars films. Sad.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||June 20, 2022 1:53 AM|
That isn't OT, r7. It relates to 20th Century Fox.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||June 20, 2022 1:57 AM|
[quote]OT, I used to park on the Fox lot each day when I worked in Century City. Great fun to see the studio and sets left.
How did you get past the guard house? Did you tell them you were Shirley Temple and without you there wouldn't be any Fox Studios?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||June 20, 2022 2:19 AM|
Don't we have this dame to thank for Century City?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||June 20, 2022 2:23 AM|
No, the company I worked for at the Mid America Building, a talent management agency, rented the spot since they exceeded their parking allotment for the building.
I guess they were still trying to recoup the Cleopatra film.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||June 20, 2022 2:25 AM|
I've always enjoyed the Columbia torch lady intro.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||June 20, 2022 2:29 AM|
We all used to call it Twentieth Penitentiary Fox back then, bitches.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||June 20, 2022 2:32 AM|
She was only interesting when they added to her, r13.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||June 20, 2022 2:34 AM|
Shirley Temple's Pussy made them a lot of money.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||June 20, 2022 2:35 AM|
[quote] the Columbia torch lady
I used to think it was Jean Simmons.
But she looks progressively worse over the later decades.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||June 20, 2022 2:36 AM|
I always wanted to visit the 20th Century Fox building when I was little. I also enjoyed when Columbia was owned by Coca-Cola and it would always have the Coca-Cola script under the torch lady.
But my favorite is Mimsie the Cat.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||June 20, 2022 2:41 AM|
We'll always have The Doors.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||June 20, 2022 2:48 AM|
I was on the Fox lot once in the 80s for a shoot.
All I remember is many of the outsides of the soundstages were still painted as backgrounds for Hello Dolly
|by Anonymous||reply 20||June 20, 2022 2:54 AM|
Alice, Carmen, Busby...
|by Anonymous||reply 21||June 20, 2022 2:56 AM|
Century City = FOLLIES' demise
|by Anonymous||reply 22||June 20, 2022 3:01 AM|
Very trippy! an obvious influence on Kubrick.
[quote] what more could you ask for?
A sexy man.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||June 20, 2022 3:01 AM|
[quote] "Who designed it?"
R6 Originally, it was the work of watercolor/matte artist Emile Kosa Jr., who first created it in 1933. The logo has undergone a few variations over the decades, and I find it all very fascinating, Kosa also created the ruined Stayue Of Liberty in "The Planet Of The Apes", but you can read that in the linked article.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||June 20, 2022 5:58 AM|
[quote] "Stayue Of Liberty"
*Statue Of Liberty
|by Anonymous||reply 25||June 20, 2022 6:00 AM|
Another casualty of the Disney takeover is that many of the 20th Century Fox Blu-Rays are now out of print, and Disney has no interest in reissuing them. So they go for high prices.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||June 20, 2022 6:13 AM|
Did Fox ever do one of those grand photos of all their stars gathered together to celebrate the studio's anniversary? They had quite a roster by the early 1940s. one to rival MGM and Warner Bros.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||June 20, 2022 1:06 PM|
Tyrone Power, Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Betty Grable, John Payne, Loretta Young, Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter, Joseph Cotten, Jeanne Crain, Clifton Webb, Linda Darnell, Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, James Dunn, Janet Gaynor, Frederic March, Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Sonja Henie, Cesar Romero, Celeste Holm, Laurel & Hardy, Victor Mature, Carmen Miranda, Jack Haley, Maureen O'Hara, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price and Cornel Wilde were just some of the long-term contract players on the Fox roster in the late 1930s and1940s.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||June 20, 2022 1:20 PM|
As a kid I remember running my bike over to the FOX lot and they were doing the last episode of M.A.S.H.
I always thought it was a stupid show with recorded laugh tracks. That crossdresser was the cool thing about that show.
Fun Fact: Jamie Farr who played Corporal Klinger is of Lebanese descent. As was Vic Tabac, Mel from Alice.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||June 20, 2022 1:29 PM|
[quote] Jamie Farr is of Lebanese descent.
That 'fact' would be obvious to a blind man.
He used his real name, 'Jameel Joseph Farah', in his first decade in the business. He played Jesus' brother in that 1964 Jesus movie and he played a character named "Fraternity Brother With Big Nose" on the Red Skelton Show.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||June 20, 2022 10:50 PM|
Don't forget Hazel!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||June 20, 2022 10:56 PM|
R28 What's interesting is how most of the women were all Republicans. Shirley Temple, Loretta Young, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Crain, Gene Tierney, Susan Hayward, Celeste Holm, and Maureen O'Hara.
That makes me wonder what Linda Darnell's political affiliation was.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||June 21, 2022 1:03 AM|
[quote] most of the women were all Republicans
It's pointless psycho-analysing the dead. Lincoln was a Republican.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||June 21, 2022 1:09 AM|
The Dolly Sisters...
|by Anonymous||reply 34||June 21, 2022 2:20 AM|
Wasn't Mitchum famously at RKO?
|by Anonymous||reply 35||June 21, 2022 2:21 AM|
Mitchum was definitely at Fox by the mid-50s where he made River of No Return with MM, White Witch Doctor with Susan Hayward and Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison with Deborah Kerr, among other films.
I know this because in the early 60s on Saturday night prime time, there was Saturday Night at the Movies which solely featured Fox films and those pictures were all memorably featured.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||June 21, 2022 2:34 AM|
I wish we had more information about the contract system.
The studios would push their contract players into TOTALLY unsuitable roles just to keep production churning to create new product every 12 weeks.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||June 21, 2022 2:36 AM|
River of No Return
|by Anonymous||reply 38||June 21, 2022 2:37 AM|
[quote] long-term contract players on the Fox roster in the late 1930s and1940s.
You make that list at @28 sound definitive but I suspect there were loan-outs, sweetheart-deals and special wartime charity appearances that mess with your list.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||June 21, 2022 2:39 AM|
R36 He ended his contract with RKO around the mid 1950s, the same time he did The Night of The Hunter. I can't find anything saying he was a FOX contract player rather than a freelancer except Wikipedia categories.
Most of his films were from United Artists, which (in my understanding) was "indie" label of the time. His only FOX pictures were the ones with Monroe and Kerr and something called "The Hunters." He did a couple with MGM, Warners, and Columbia as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||June 21, 2022 2:51 AM|
I thought United Artists merely distributed other company's products and didn't have studios or contract players.
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|by Anonymous||reply 41||June 21, 2022 2:55 AM|
Also, didn't the system that R37 describes die out by the early 1950s? Obviously the big studios and their contract players and disputes still existed, but it was much easier to loan out stars. For example, Marlon Brando wasn't even signed to a studio, I believe he did single picture deals because he was such a hot commodity.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||June 21, 2022 2:56 AM|
R41 Right, I'm misspeaking I suppose, but they distributed films from individual producers or smaller companies, not major studios, in the 40s-50s.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||June 21, 2022 2:58 AM|
R34…. LOL at that! Can you just imagine the room full of 50s nelly QUEENS, camping around ideas for that vid? All fussing on the set to make that the gayest thing on the planet? Ru Paul and her drag sisters couldn’t make anything THAT homo. Love love love it!
|by Anonymous||reply 44||June 21, 2022 12:54 PM|
The Mascara dress is at the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||June 21, 2022 4:11 PM|
I like when a film is allowed to alter the studio logo. Here is a memorable example of a Fox's fanfare being altered slightly, for Alien 3, to great effect:
|by Anonymous||reply 46||June 22, 2022 1:36 AM|
The Peanuts Movie
|by Anonymous||reply 47||June 22, 2022 2:01 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 48||June 22, 2022 3:37 AM|
"The Ghost and Mrs Muir" (1947) started with the logo, but with Bernard Hermann's splendid score instead of the fanfare.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||June 22, 2022 3:56 PM|
Of course the jewel in their crown...
|by Anonymous||reply 50||June 24, 2022 12:31 AM|
There was the time they cut back on the budget for the Fanfare intro
|by Anonymous||reply 51||June 24, 2022 12:42 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 52||June 25, 2022 3:22 PM|
They did a cute job with the Columbia logo for "The Trouble with Angels".
|by Anonymous||reply 53||June 25, 2022 3:41 PM|
Always my favorite.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||June 25, 2022 3:44 PM|
I knew the collector who owned the Mascara dress in the 1990s, R45. I've held it in my hands along with the All About Eve "Fasten Your Seatbelt" dress (among his Marilyn's Liza's and more.) He must've sold or donated it to the museum.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||June 25, 2022 7:49 PM|
I hadn't seen How to Marry a Millionaire in years but i caught it on Movies! TV this past week and was surprised by how clever, witty and funny it was. Great production values. Marilyn gave a great performance.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||June 25, 2022 8:22 PM|
Did you remember it had an overture, r56?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||June 25, 2022 8:31 PM|
Yes, r57, and Movies!tv showed it! Loved the entire presentation.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||June 25, 2022 8:35 PM|
And realize, R56, Travilla had to design three complete wardrobes for three distinctively different actresses. And on top of that had to create an entire fashion show. Marilyn's red swimsuit sleeveless jacket from that scene was found now quite faded at a SoCal flea market. Sold for nearly $30K, even in that condition.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||June 25, 2022 9:49 PM|
Another dramatic, dark opening with no fanfare. Opening Christmas Day, 1945 it was Fox' biggest hit of the year and the second biggest hit film of 1945 (the first was "The Bells of St. Marys"). Earning $5,505,000 in domestic rentals. Internationally, the film earned $2.7 million in rentals, making for a worldwide rental gross of $8.2 million.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||June 25, 2022 10:29 PM|
Their prized Betty...
|by Anonymous||reply 61||June 25, 2022 10:45 PM|
Betty took the reins from Alice Faye...
|by Anonymous||reply 62||June 25, 2022 10:50 PM|
Alice Faye --> Betty Grable --> Marilyn Monroe
|by Anonymous||reply 63||June 25, 2022 11:04 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 64||June 26, 2022 12:30 AM|
Noted contralto, Barbara Stanwyck...
|by Anonymous||reply 65||June 26, 2022 12:44 AM|
Best Picture - How Green Was My Valley...
|by Anonymous||reply 66||June 27, 2022 2:25 AM|
The 20th Century Fox Mambo
|by Anonymous||reply 67||July 2, 2022 5:14 PM|
[quote]*** 20th Century Fox ***
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|by Anonymous||reply 68||July 2, 2022 5:29 PM|
Well, r68, when you start a thread, simply don't use them. Now kindly *fuck off*.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||July 2, 2022 5:31 PM|
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|by Anonymous||reply 70||July 2, 2022 5:36 PM|
The RKO logo flashing on my dark living room scared a friend over for dinner when she saw flashes of lightning and thought it was really until I reminded her I keep TCM on all the time muted. I enjoy seeing what Harlow or Gable are up to as I pass by during the day.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||July 2, 2022 6:22 PM|
I like the early Universal...
|by Anonymous||reply 72||July 2, 2022 6:27 PM|
^Then start your own fucking thread rather than hijack one.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||July 2, 2022 6:47 PM|
I'm OP, r73. I shall do as I please.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||July 2, 2022 6:51 PM|