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It has often been said that Charade is the best Hitchcock movie there is that wasn’t actually directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 






But I don't think that gives the movie its rightful due.

While there are Hitchcockian elements to the story and the plot twists, the film largely succeeds because of the extraordinary charm and screen chemistry of the two leads - Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. 





Peter Stone actually wrote the film on spec for those two very people, but when his agent submitted it, every studio in Hollywood turned it down. 

On the advice of his agent, he turned the script into a novel. 






Redbook magazine serialized the novel.






Suddenly, those same studios all wanted the movie rights to the novel.  All the studios.  And one director - Stanley Donen.
 





Although Donen was offering the least money, he had something the studios didn’t - entree to and credibility with Cary Grant:






and with Audrey Hepburn: 







He had made movies with both of them.

H
ollywood movies love a happy ending, but there are rarely happy endings in the real world of Hollywood.  Astonishingly, Peter Stone had a happy ending with his Charade script.






Unfortunately, Universal and the other profit participants (Grant, Donen, Hepburn) didn’t have such a happy ending with the Charade movie

Someone at Universal forgot to include the word “copyright” or a (c) on the prints showing the film when first released.  This omission meant the picture immediately went into the public domain, and anyone was free to copy and show or distribute the movie.  Non-authorized, but perfectly legal, showings, videotapes and dvds have proliferated for many, many years.  


So, I talked about charm and screen chemistry.  Here are 4 of the first minutes of Charade with all of that and more.



On the off-chance you haven’t seen Charade, I don’t want to include a bunch of jazzy excerpts that give away plot points.  Instead, here’s a link to the whole 110 minute movie!  And it’ll be an educational experience for many of you if you watch this because the subtitles are in Spanish:

 
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Radio City Music Hall Trivia for Today:

The First Male Rockette


In the spring of 1964, a monsoon stranded Judy Garland in a Hong Kong hotel. 






Bored, she went downstairs and discovered The Allen Brothers performing in the hotel’s lounge. 






Impressed by their talent, she brought the duo (Peter Allen and Chris Bell) to London, where they opened for Judy and Liza at the Palladium. 






Judy brought them to America and they opened for her in Miami and in Canada.






In 1967, Peter married Liza.






By 1970, the Allen Brothers had split -- as had Peter and Liza.  Peter embarked on a solo career.
 






By the late 70’s, Peter Allen was an absolutely sensational live performer who could fill large theatres for week-long runs. 






Radio City Music Hall was the scene of annual mayhem with Peter Allen.  He literally tore the house down show after show. 





And he made history being the first male performer to dance with the Rockettes…as a Rockette ... as you’ll see in this video clip:







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