Gra Nomad Wanderings

Thursday, March 01, 2012


OK. Trivia time. What movie(s) do you associate with this song? (That's The Glory of Love) Who was the singer? Who wrote it?
I have an advantage over you right now. What you’re reading, I’ve already read. In fact I wrote it! (No surprise.)
I’ve just watched my favourite movie of all time; do you want some clues?
1.       Came out in August 1968
2.       Won 2 Oscars - Best Writing, Story & Screenplay and Best Actress
3.       Starred a bloke who was the first black man to win an Academy Award (1963)
4.       It’s full of emotions – sadness, excitement. It has tears, laughter, anger, humour etc.
5.       The song The Glory of Love wafts through the entire movie.
6.       The movie ends with a powerful 8 minute speech which solves the dilemma.
Dilemma: Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black. Are you in the money now? Back in the game eh?
The song was also sung in Beaches by Bette Midler (1989). It was written by Billy Hill in 1936. People who sang/played it include: Benny Goodman (36), Peggy Lee (59), Dean Martin (66), Eddie Arnold (69) etc.
Here are a couple of quotes from the movie:
  • ·         Nobody understands nothin’ no more!
  • ·         All hell done broke loose now!

·         Ddf
Of course the movie starred Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Houghton and Cecil Kellaway. They've won 7 Oscars between them. 
I just watched this flick. If you haven’t seen GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, then you need to get back into the game. 
Another interesting fact - Katharine Houghton is the daughter of Kate Hepburn's younger sister - yes, she's Kate's neice. 
Spencer Tracy died 17 days after filming was completed.
Katharine Hepburn never saw the completed movie. She said the memories of Tracy were too painful. 

 Just gorgeous. She has to be one of my favourite actors. 
Photo taken in 1941. She wasn't present at the awards 
ceremony where she won the Oscar for this film.

 I liked Poitier in TO SIR WITH LOVE also. 
Born 1927.      6' 2½" (1.89 m) tall

Spencer Tracy     1900-1967   What a great performance.
Loved his 8 minute speech at the end of the movie.
You can come round and watch  it here if you would like to. 


At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing movie! We saw it last night. Thanks for the recommendation,Grahame. We were married the year it was made and have been in the fast lane ever since so missed it. Maybe if you call in for a cuppa in March we could do a film review. Janice and Bernie


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