DAY 8: BEST SOUND

The first Sound award was given in 1930 to Douglas Shearer for The Big House.  He won another four times and was nominated another ten.

Flirtation Walk (1934-6am/5am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound-Warner Bros. Sound Department; Nathan Levinson

Best Picture?! (Jack L. Warner, Hal B. Wallis, and Robert LordRobert Lord)

An army private courts a general’s daughter.


This Land is Mine (1943-8am/7am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-RKO Sound Department; Steve Dunn

A schoolteacher tries to prove he’s not a Nazi collaborator.


The North Star (1943-10am/9am c)

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound-Thomas T. Moulton

Best Original ScreenplayLillian Hellman

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAaron Copland

Best B&W Art Direction-Perry Ferguson (Art Direction) and Howard Bristol (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyJames Wong Howe

Best Special EffectsClarence Slifer, Ray Binger, and Thomas T. Moulton

Villagers try to fight off invading Nazis.


The Snake Pit (1948-noon/11am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Thomas T. Moulton

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Anatole Litvak and Robert Bassler)

Best ActressOlivia De Havilland as Virginia Stuart Cunningham

Best Screenplay-Frank Partos and Millen Brand

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureAlfred Newman

A woman fights to regain her sanity.


The Big House (1930-2pm/1pm c)

Oscar Winners

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Best WritingFrances Marion

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Irving Thalberg)

Best ActorWallace Beery as Butch

Douglas Shearer won the first award for Best Sound.  Take a listen to his work.


The Great Caruso (1951-3:45pm/2:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best Scoring of a Musical PicturePeter Herman Adler and Johnny Green

Best Costume Design, ColorHelen Rose and Gile Steele (posthumous)

A biopic of opera singer Enrico Caruso.


Strike Up the Band

(1940-5:45pm/4:45pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best ScoringGeorgie Stoll and Roger Edens

Best Song“Our Love Affair” by Arthur Freed and Roger Edens

Judy and Mickey put on a show, again.


San Francisco (1936-8pm/7pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-once again, Douglas Shearer

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman)

Best Director (W.S. Van Dyke)

Best ActorSpencer Tracy as Father Tim Mullin

Best Original Story-Robert Hopkins

Best Assistant DirectorJoseph M. Newman

They made a movie about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake 20 years later.


That Hamilton Woman

(1941-10:15pm/9:15pm c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Jack Whitney

Oscar Nominations

Best B&W Art DirectionVincent Korda (Art Direction) and Julia Heron (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyRudolph Mate

Best Special EffectsLawrence W. Butler and William H. Wilmarth

Winston Churchill’s favorite movie.  He claimed to have seen it 83 times.


The Alamo (1960-12:30am/11:30pm)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-Gordon E. Sawyer and Fred Hynes

Oscar Nomination

Best Picture (John Wayne)

Best Supporting ActorChill Willis as Beekeeper

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureDimitri Tiomkin

Best Song-“The Green Leaves of Summer” by Dimitri Tiomkin (music) and Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)

Best Cinematography, ColorWilliam H. Clothier

Best Film EditingStuart Gilmore

Spoiler alert: everyone dies.


The Sound Barrier (1952-4:15am/3:15am c)

Oscar Winner

Best Sound-London Films Sound Department

Oscar Nominations

Best ScreenplayTerence Ratigan

A pilot marries into an aviation family.

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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS: JOHN WAYNE

It’s the Duke’s day with 11 films.

Mariah’s Picks

Stagecoach (1939-12:15 pm/11:15 am c)

The film that started it all.


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962-5:45 pm/4:45 pm c)

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”


The Quiet Man (1952-8 pm/7 pm c)

This week’s Essential with host Alec Baldwin and special guest William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection.  Shot entirely in Ireland.


The Searchers (1956-10:30 pm/9:30 pm c)

How many directors would have their magnum opus with their 115th film!  The Duke named his youngest son after the character he played in this film.

 

SUTS DAY 22-ROBERT MONTGOMERY

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Robert Montgomery makes his SUTS debut today.  The debonair leading man has 14 films on the schedule.  Here are some of my picks:

The Divorcee (1930)

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Robert plays a small but pivotal role as the man who Norma Shearer decides to “balance the accounts” with after her husband confesses to an affair with a former girlfriend.


They Were Expendable (1945)

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Robert returns to moviemaking after serving in WWII in this WWII war drama portraying the commander of a group of PT boats fighting in the Pacific.  John Wayne and Donna Reed co-star.


Night Must Fall (1937)

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Robert plays against his debonair type as an Irishman who takes a job as a old lady’s caretaker.  However, he has a big secret hidden in a hatbox.


A Montgomery extra-I’ve linked the 1948 film The Saxon Charm, a film that is rarely seen.  Also stars Susan Hayward, John Payne, and Audrey Totter.