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October 26, 2015


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I've seen only four of those seven, but I'm right there with you on them, especially The Long Gray Line. It utterly captivated me, and yes, I got a little misty too (not a common occurrence for me). And Spencer's Mountain is the first film I can remember seeing in theaters, so Maureen and I go way back.

Farran Nehme

The Forbidden Street is a movie that requires O'Hara to play in several different registers, which she does beautifully. Very spooky, strange movie, with Dana Andrews in a double role. DP was George Perinal and it's gorgeous to look at. Available on DVD.

Farran Nehme

That's Georges Périnal, I mean. Director Jean Negulesco. Check it out, it's a forgotten gem IMO.

Pete Apruzzese

I'm putting in a vote - not that there's an election - for The Wings of Eagles. Her scenes with John Wayne after his crippling accident are moving and, for a movie, realistic.


R.I.P. also, veteran British film critic Philip French:



I did my PhD research on cinema-going in West Africa, and Sentimental Journey, particularly spurred by O'Hara's performance, was a major hit with Ghanaian audiences in the 1940s and 1950s (films were rented there on long-term contracts). An American academic collected some fascinating audience testimonies about the film in around 1954-1955. I should add, in follow-up to your friend's comment, that the film's "bizarre plot" was much chewed on by local audiences to assess their own feelings about the stigma of childless marriages.

John Merrill

Thank you. Great post. Glad you mentioned Mimsy Farmer. I wish someone would discuss her strange career.


Good to see some kind words for SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN, a movie that usually gets bashed for being overly sentimental. For me, it works (for the most part). Has one of the most moving funeral scenes ever, with O'Hara's singing.

Also: THE FALLEN SPARROW (1943) is an underrated thriller, with the odd but effective pairing of O'Hara and John Garfield.

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