Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Kirk Douglas sacrifices his humanity on his way to the top of the boxing world. What is the movie?||The American Dream
Champion. Douglas values success above all else in this well-done movie. John Garfield plays a similar character in "Soul". "Requiem" stars Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris in this classic Rod Serling tale. "Waterfront" has Marlon Brando lamenting the decline of his boxing career with the immortal line: "I could have been a contender".
|"Disclosure" is sex discrimination in reverse: the man is the victim of a woman who will help his career along ... if. Who is the woman?||The American Dream
Demi Moore. Moore, Michael Douglas, Donald Sutherland and Michael Crichton combine for a good movie.
|In "Patterns", Van Heflin squares off against new employer Everett Sloane in a well-acted drama that was a "breakthrough" for an up-and-coming writer? Who was the writer?||The American Dream
Rod Serling. Early success for a less-than-famous Serling. Well done.
Michael Douglas. Gordon Gekko speaks. Interesting idea. Excellent movie.
|In "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" Gregory Peck decides that the cost (to family) of climbing the corporate ladder is too high. Who plays his boss - a man that has made the opposite decision?||The American Dream
Fredric March. Peck chooses family over business. March had previously made the other choice.
|There actually is a play entitled "The American Dream". Who is the author?||The American Dream
Edward Albee. It's a one-act play.
|Montgomery Clift is out to make his way up the ladder in "A Place in the Sun". It doesn't quite work out - largely because he falls for Elizabeth Taylor. When does she first take notice of him?||The American Dream
When he's shooting pool. Clift makes an impressive shot as Liz watches. Good movie.
|The ultimate tale of the American Dream gone wrong is Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman". What actor received stellar reviews for his performance in the theatre as Willy Loman?||The American Dream
Lee J. Cobb. Cobb (more than any other actor)is associated with the character of
Author. Alger's many novels (from the mid-late nineteenth century) often tell of young American boys and men who triumph over hardship and misfortune.
John Dos Passos. Dos Passos takes a long look at America. Kafka wrote "America". De Tocqueville wrote "Democracy in America".
|The American Dream is often represented by the life and legend of Abraham Lincoln: the rise from a log cabin and rail-splitting to the presidency. Who starred in the movie version of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"?||More Stories of the American Dream
Raymond Massey. Great performance by Massey in the fine movie version of Robert E. Sherwood's play. (Fonda played Lincoln in "Young Mr. Lincoln".)
|In regard to the American Dream, it must be observed that "the best laid plans of mice and men" often go awry. Who wrote the novel "Of Mice and Men"?||More Stories of the American Dream
John Steinbeck. The sad tale of George and Lenny.
Sinclair Lewis. Lewis was critical of American society and values in novels such as "Main Street", Babitt", etc.
Willy Loman. A landmark character in American theatre, Willy doesn't quite achieve the American Dream. Weber is from "You Can't Go Home Again" (Thomas Wolfe). Flood is from "The Dark At The Top of the Stairs" (William Inge). Carraway is from "The Great Gatsby". (F. Scott Fitzgerald).
Drowning. From the Theodore Dreiser novel,"An American Tragedy". Fine job by Monty, Winters and Liz Taylor. It's hard to climb the ladder when you have "baggage".
Mike Nichols. Burton, Liz Taylor, George Segal and Sandy Dennis. Long, but interesting.
George and Martha. Edward Albee's tale of curious people and even more curious relationships. Much of the tension in the plot derives from George's failure to rise in his career.