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Category Archives: Laurence Olivier

The Right Cuts

I really shouldn’t be upset. No one forced me to watch the current version of Marathon Man. I rather expected, more than forty years since creating the movie and thirty after my demise, that filmmakers and the industry would be even more barbaric than during my twilight period. Instead, they – the anonymous censors – […]

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General Patton Lectures Olivier

I could’ve delivered this rebuke in my underwear but of course donned my bemedalled uniform and a pearl-handled pistol on each hip before I shouted, “Attention, Olivier. Other than a coward in battle the last outrage on earth I’ll tolerate is a ham on a movie set.” “You must forgive me, General Patton, for reminding […]

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Vivien Leigh in the Hotel

I work at a great Manhattan hotel whose name I better not mention. I’m just a bellhop but only twenty-two and know I’m going to have a great job someday. Today, I’m rolling a cart with the luggage of a special guest: she’s Vivien Leigh, Scarlett O’Hara in the flesh, and almost as beautiful now […]

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