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Old 09-30-2010, 05:32 AM
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RIP Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis has died at 85. What can I say . . . he was one of the great ones, and will be sorely missed.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:36 AM
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Perhaps I need to check out that whose dead website more often because I thought he was already dead.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:41 AM
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He was great in Some Like It Hot.

Plus of course there are some lesser films -- "Yonder lies the castle of my father" and all that.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:52 AM
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Plus of course there are some lesser films -- "Yonder lies the castle of my father" and all that.
You're being ironic, of course, but I have to mention that I loved him in Spartacus and The Sweet Smell of Success and a few dozen other pictures.


And we've been over "Yonder Lies the Castle of my Faddah" often enough on this Board. In short, he said something sorta kinda similar, but not in the movie(s) most people attribute it to, and not as badly as that. That line is a dig at his accent, and I kinda sorta like the way they actually used that to dramatic purpose in Spartacus.
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:56 AM
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When I was a teen, he scared me to death in The Boston Strangler.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:01 AM
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Perhaps I need to check out that whose dead website more often because I thought he was already dead.
That would be the Dead People Server. It's not dead yet, Jim.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:30 AM
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Oh, no. I've seen him on TV only a couple of years ago. And not that long ago he was here in Boston performing in the musical version of Some Like it Hot* -- as the older millionaire, not the guy in the band.





*which I suspect is just Sugar retitled, but I didn't see it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:32 AM
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I am not a Tony Curtis fan. I have never bought a ticket, or rented a video, because he was in it.

And yet, whenever I have watched one of his movies, I have enjoyed it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:36 AM
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And not that long ago he was here in Boston performing in the musical version of Some Like it Hot* -- as the older millionaire, not the guy in the band.
2003, according to a quick internet search. Longer than I thought, but still not long enough ago to make me think "isn't he dead already?"
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:41 AM
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Another link to a golden era is gone and we are less because of it.

As a kid I loved Operation Petticoat
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:54 AM
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My favorite movie in which he was the star was probably The Defiant Ones.

Trivia: he was the biological father of the twins who played Adam on Bewitched. They were the result of a fling with a starlet, were placed for adoption at birth, and learned this later when they tracked their birth mother, by which time they looked just like him. Cite with pics. I don't believe they ever had a relationship with Tony, but on an E! show on Bewitched one said he does have a relationship with Jaime Lee.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:24 AM
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I always enjoyed Tony Curtis-he gave great performances in "Taras Bulba", "Houdini", and "The Great Imposter" (the last was his best, IMHO).
There aren't too many guys like TC-he had a very wide range of roles, and a long career.
RIP.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:14 AM
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As a kid I loved Operation Petticoat
I still love Operation Petticoat.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:18 AM
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In my youth I loved The Great Race and Houdini. I sometimes wish that there was a channel that played those old movies.
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:24 AM
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stupid CAPs software!
TCM.



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Old 09-30-2010, 09:53 AM
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As a kid I loved Operation Petticoat
I still love Operation Petticoat.
I didn't mean to imply I don't love it anymore. To be more accurate, I fell in love with it as a kid. I'd never switch pass it if I came across it on a Saturday afternoon. I'd smile and relax back in my chair and enjoy Curtis, Grant, pink sub and the rest all over again.

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Old 09-30-2010, 10:07 AM
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The last few times I've seen him on talk shows, when he was wearing that cowboy hat, he came across as a very ill man.

I read his autobiography, of course, and of course he fits right in with that breed of actor with problems with alcohol and drugs, divorces, affairs, and similar messy situations. One of those old "legends" dating and discarding and marrying and divorcing young girls (who think they've jumped on the gravy train). Like Eddie Fisher and Mickey Rooney. I love reading about the old days of moviemaking.

RIP, Tony. I've enjoyed so many of his movies, the good and the bad. "Yonder lies da castle..." one, where he's wearing baby blue tights! And every time "Houdini" comes on, I drop everything to watch it. I'm sure TCM is going to pre-empt their schedule and show a lot of Tony Curtis movies in the days to come.

So if Hollywood deaths come in threes, we have Tony Curtis, Eddie Fisher, and...Arthur Penn just died.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:52 AM
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The last few times I've seen him on talk shows, when he was wearing that cowboy hat, he came across as a very ill man.
I saw him on The Graham Norton Show on BBC America last year. He did look quite frail, but still had a sharp wit, and a rather randy sense of humor.

Godspeed, Tony.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:55 AM
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Damn. RIP, Tony.

I wonder if they'll dress him in drag for the funeral.
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:34 AM
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He was always one of my favorites, especially in The Vikings and The Great Race.

I also loved him as "Stony Curtis" on The Flintstones. Ironic that he should die on the fiftieth anniversary of the Flintstones debut.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:04 PM
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He was always one of my favorites, especially in The Vikings and The Great Race.

I also loved him as "Stony Curtis" on The Flintstones. Ironic that he should die on the fiftieth anniversary of the Flintstones debut.
Here's the one and only Stony Curtis
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:13 PM
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He was great in Some Like It Hot.
That's one of my favorite films. But my favorite Tony Curtis movie is The Great Race.

RIP Mr. Curtis. "So, until another day, Mr. Leslie!"
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:17 PM
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He'll be missed. I'll always appreciate him for Some Like It Hot, The Great Race, and Jamie Lee.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:19 PM
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He's dead?

<shrug>

Nobody's Perfect.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:25 PM
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He's dead?

<shrug>

Nobody's Perfect.
Nicely done!
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:26 PM
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Ironic that I watched Operation Petticoat just a few days ago. I've just fired up Some Like It Hot (which I never cared for because I thought Marilyn gave a mediocre performance), but will segue into Sweet Smell of Success this afternoon and either Spartacus or Houdini this evening...


I love having these flicks at my finger tips with my AppleTV....
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:49 PM
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Match me, Sidney.

He did, as he always lit up the screen in every movie he made.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:39 PM
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He was great as well in The Sweet Smell of Success.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:52 PM
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He was not very good when he started. He was a pretty boy who filled pretty boy roles with no stress on acting. He did get better, but not really very good. In the right role he did well, like "Some Like it Hot and the Great Race". I did not go see a movie because Curtis was in it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:55 PM
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He came to my teller's window when I worked in a bank in Honolulu 20 years ago. He'd stood in line on a very busy day, and needed to make a transaction that was complicated back then by interstate regulations; and he was very gracious and patient about it all, and didn't expect to be treated any different than anyone else.

I know that sounds like I'm prasing someone for simply not acting like a jerk, but he could easily have gone straight into the branch manager's office and for the trade of a handshake and maybe a quick snapshot together been accomodated as he sat on the manager's couch, and I'm sure he knew he could have done that, but he didn't.
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:47 PM
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I didn't mean to imply I don't love it anymore. To be more accurate, I fell in love with it as a kid. I'd never switch pass it if I came across it on a Saturday afternoon. I'd smile and relax back in my chair and enjoy Curtis, Grant, pink sub and the rest all over again.
I knew what you meant.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:18 PM
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I never saw any of his movies but I saw him in his TV serial The Persuaders and liked him in it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:56 PM
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He was great in Some Like It Hot.
That's one of my favorite films. But my favorite Tony Curtis movie is The Great Race.

RIP Mr. Curtis. "So, until another day, Mr. Leslie!"
They showed this near Christmas break when I was in school. I guess I was 8th or 9th grade. It was the best thing they ever did for an assembly. Even though I was a somewhat cynical teen, I still laughed and enjoyed myself. Great cast. I saw it again a few months ago on some expanded basic cable channel (TCM?), and they even left the {INTERMISSION} in. Still very funny.

"Heehee! Goodbye, you good Leslie you!"

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Old 09-30-2010, 07:14 PM
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The last few times I've seen him on talk shows, when he was wearing that cowboy hat, he came across as a very ill man.

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Why was he always wearing a cowboy hat in his old age?
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:16 PM
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Now who will voice the character of Dr. Mrs. The Monarch?

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Old 09-30-2010, 07:27 PM
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The last few times I've seen him on talk shows, when he was wearing that cowboy hat, he came across as a very ill man.

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Why was he always wearing a cowboy hat in his old age?
Coz he was bald.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:09 PM
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Why was he always wearing a cowboy hat in his old age?
Coz he was bald.

It would have been better if he gotten a wig/toupee
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Old 09-30-2010, 09:55 PM
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I never saw any of his movies but I saw him in his TV serial The Persuaders and liked him in it.
Wow, the only other person I know that has seen the Persuaders...
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:53 AM
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With the exception of "Sweet Smell of Success", I thought Tony Curtis wasn't the type of actor that could handle a serious role. When I saw him play the title role in "The Boston Strangler" I was really impressed and he turned in a fantastic performance. I believe he thought this was his best role. (see Caprese's comment earlier in the thread.)
Rest In Peace Mr. Curtis.
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:02 AM
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I'm Spartacus!

Tony as Antoninus
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:18 AM
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The Great Race has always been one of my favourite movies. RIP Tony.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:13 AM
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He was great in Some Like It Hot.
That's one of my favorite films. But my favorite Tony Curtis movie is The Great Race.

RIP Mr. Curtis. "So, until another day, Mr. Leslie!"
The Great Race is easily the most quoted film in my family. Tony Curtis was wonderful in it. Would have been so easy to go way over the top or be overshadowed by Jack Lemmon but I thought he found the perfect mix of arrogance and charm.

I'm simply Leslie ... and I'm at your service.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:22 AM
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I'm Spartacus!

Tony as Antoninus

One of the best seduction scenes EVER!


Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you eat oysters?
Antoninus: When I have them, master.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you eat snails?
Antoninus: No, master.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Do you consider the eating of oysters to be moral and the eating of snails to be immoral?
Antoninus: No, master.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: Of course not. It is all a matter of taste, isn't it?
Antoninus: Yes, master.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: And taste is not the same as appetite, and therefore not a question of morals.
Antoninus: It could be argued so, master.
Marcus Licinius Crassus: My robe, Antoninus. My taste includes both snails and oysters.
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Old 10-01-2010, 07:56 AM
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It would have been better if he gotten a wig/toupee
He did that for a while. He looked like a combination of Bill Shatner and Bea Arthur. The cowboy hat was an improvement.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:46 AM
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When you get to age 85 and in bad health, well, come on, who wants to be fooling with wigs and toupees? The cowboy hat covered up the bald and looked rather fetching... I forgot all about The Sweet Smell of Success. Besides the great performances, it's a very stylish, jazzy picture of New York back in the day.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:49 AM
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Coz he was bald.

It would have been better if he gotten a wig/toupee
IMO it's never better if you go down the wig road. He looked much better in the cowboy hat.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:22 PM
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It would have been better if he gotten a wig/toupee
He did that for a while. He looked like a combination of Bill Shatner and Bea Arthur.
YIKES!!

I think Tony Curtis looked better when he and Jerry Lewis made the movie: Boeing Boeing


Looking back, Tony Curtis was in a whole bunch of entertaining movies, he was very lucky and unusual to get so many good movie roles.
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:25 PM
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I did not go see a movie because Curtis was in it.
I did. ....................... and I enjoyed all of them.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:54 PM
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Tony Curtis was in a load of films, some of them really good ones. The thing I liked about him however was that he'd go on any UK chat show any time he was in the country, and just be entertaining, with a million anecdotes. That was his job, and he was good at it, and he didn't need to be, but he did even when when he was very not well.
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:13 PM
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Yonda lies da castle of my fadda.

Seriously, RIP
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