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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Janet MunroJANET MUNRO (1934-1972), born Janet Neilson Horsburgh in Lancashire England, was a lovely and talented performer who died far too young from Chronic Ischaemic Heart Disease. She was a popular television performer in England when Walt Disney discovered her. She was the first to receive a five movie contract. After Disney, she turned to drama. Her strong performance in Life For Ruth (aka Walk In The Shadow and Condemned To Life in the USA)- won her a nomination as Best British Actress in the 1962 BAFTA (British Academy Awards).

Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)Haven't you seen Darby O'Gill And The Little People (1959)? Janet starred with another up and coming actor, Sean Connery, and Albert Sharpe, who came out of retirement to play the title role. This is a splendid fantasy film with some genuinely scary moments. Janet and Sean even sing a duet. This is a must for any collection.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Third Man On The Mountain (1959) I loved James Ramsey Ullman's novels about mountain climbing, and this was an excellent adaptation. The cast is excellent and Janet and James MacArthur make an attractive couple. The mountain sequences are well filmed and the film holds up today.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Janet again co-stars with James MacArthur in this rousing Disney adventure. She was always believable in her roles and looks like she was having a good time.
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) Janet stars in this nifty Sci-Fi drama, directed by the always-reliable Val Guest. Lots of fun.
The Trollenberg Terror (UK) (1958) Janet is a young girl who has a psychic link with aliens invading earth. The special effects are weak, but the script and performances are good, and there is genuine suspense at times. In the US this was released as The Crawling Eye. 'Nuff said.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, July 28 2006 / 08:19:38 PST