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 Posted:   Aug 20, 2010 - 6:03 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

I've been enjoying the scores in the BRONISLAU KAPER AT MGM box set, one of which is THE POWER AND THE PRIZE. The score has that wonderful, very expansive mid-1950's Big- Metropolis piano and orchestra sound, much like those distinctive Newman/Mockridge/Harline 20th Century-Fox collaborations on films like HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, WOMAN'S WORLD, BLACK WIDOW, and THE BEST OF EVERYTHING.

In reading the liner notes, I was surprised to find the following curious statement.....

.....The much older Ives also made his film debut in The Power and the Prize, eliciting an equally favorable reaction in a somewhat villainous role that never resorts to clich├ęs.....

In addition to his musical background, Burl Ives WAS always a unique and memorable actor, making a particular impact in the mid-50s and beyond, and often stealing the show.

But---while I know my memory is getting cloudier and I don't remember things as well as when I was younger---I could swear I saw Burl Ives in SMOKY (1946), with Fred MacMurray and Anne Baxter, GREEN GRASS OF WYOMING (1948), with Peggy Cummins and Charles Coburn and Robert Arthur, STATION WEST (1948), with Dick Powell and Jane Greer, SIERRA (1950), with Audie Murphy and Wanda Hendrix, EAST OF EDEN (1955), with Julie Harris and James Dean, and, particularly, a delightful film moment from my childhood, Disney's SO DEAR TO MY HEART (1948), with Beulah Bondi and Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten.

If I were you, Jeff Eldridge, I'd dock my research staff an hour's pay or make them buy you dinner. smile

 Posted:   Aug 23, 2010 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

He should've won another for his superlative work here:

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I will always remember him as Captain Morton in "Ensign Pulver".

 Posted:   Sep 1, 2010 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Burl Ives was the cigar-smoking soldier in the Stage Door Canteen number of the original stage production of THIS IS THE ARMY. He was supposed to repeat the role in the 1943 Warner Bros. film and is profiled in the pressbook. However, he does not, in fact, appear and his role in the film is played by Hank Henry.

 Posted:   Jan 2, 2018 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

I have no idea how that alternative fact about Ives originally made it into the notes, but the passage has now been corrected.

If you notice any other errors, please let me know and I will do my best to correct them within our guaranteed 7.5-year response window.

 Posted:   Jan 2, 2018 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)


Thanks, Jeff, I needed that.

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