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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Contributing Editor: SUE HORN

Sue Horn
CONTRIBUTIONS: 4 performers: Bing Crosby, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Bob Hope,

E-MAIL CONTACT: h_susanl@bellsouth.net

LOCATION: Georgia, U.S.A.

WRITTEN LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, some Arabic and Greek.

It Happened One Night (1934)INTERESTS: Cinema (classics mostly, but I like good independent current films as well as foreign movies); literature; theater; singing; Big Band and music from the 40s & 50s; swimming; golf; history; charity work with kids.

MOVIE MEMORABILIA: Anything I can get my hands on about Bing Crosby; Shirley Temple Playing Cards; WHY?--Alfred Hitchcock Board Game; The Wizard of Oz Board Game; Books galore (many out of print); Bob Hope GI Joe; Call Me Lucky by Bing Crosby; Bing Crosby Board Game; over 100 Crosby CDs; movie tapes of many artists; stills from many films; calendars.

PERFORMERS MET: I met Telly Savalas (in an elevator in Miami, sucking on a lollipop, of course). He didn't say anything to me or my sister (who was as speechless as I was to be in such close quarters with a TV star). He did wink at us as he got off the elevator.

I swam in the same pool that Elizabeth Taylor was in on that same trip (1979). In my fierce loyalty, I thought my mom was much prettier (people used to mistake my mom for Liz when she was an executive secretary for Philips Electronics in NY in the 1950s). Again, no words were spoken.

FAVORITE MOVIES: Gone With the Wind (1939), Gone With the Wind (1939) Casablanca (1942), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Country Girl (1954), The Wizard Of Oz (1939), All About Eve (1950), City Lights (1931), The Philadelphia Story (1940), The Lion in Winter (1968), Ball of Fire (1941), The Lady Eve (1941), Going My Way (1944), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Dr. Rhythm (1938), The Thin Man (1934), It Happened One Night (1934), The Clock (1945), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), A Star is Born (1954), Roman Holiday (1953), Midnight (1939), The Maltese Falcon (1941)...There are too many to name.

FAVORITE ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly, Myrna Loy, Bette Davis, and a host of others.

TESTIMONY: Ever since I stayed up 'til 1:00 am on a school night before my The Thin Man (1934)Physics final to watch A Date with Judy (1948) in the basement so my parents wouldn't hear, I knew I was hooked. Actually, before then, when I saw Gone With the Wind (1939) for the first time on the silver screen (which I've now seen 20+ times and never on TV) and loved it so much at the age of 11 that I went back the very next day and saw it with my younger sister Emma, then 10. I have never been able to explain how magical these films are to those who don't feel the same way. The thrill when a movie I've wanted to see for years comes on the screen is almost tangible. These stars are my friends and family. It's sad to see that so few remain, but at least we have their legacy.

*Contributed by: "Sue Horn" Date: Thurs, May 3 2001 /19:30:32 PST

Movie stills displayed: It Happened One Night (1934), Gone With the Wind (1939), The Thin Man (1934)

Updated: Sat, Feb 17, 2007 / 11:01:24 PST