Sixties Pizzazz
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Movie of the Year


Lawrence of Arabia 1962


Lawrence of Arabia


Academy Awards 1962


Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia beats The Longest Day, The Music Mbean, Mutiny on the Bounty and To Kill a Mockingbird.


The story of T. E. Lawrence, one of the few Westerners who had a clue to the mind of the Arab World.

Best Director: David Lean for Lawrence of Arabia beats Pietro Germi for Divorce - Italian Style, Robert Mulligan for To Kill a Mockingbird, Arthur Penn for The Miracle Worker and Frank Perry for David and Lisa.


To Kill a Mockingbird 1962Best Actor: Gregory Peck - To Kill a Mockingbird beats Burt Lancaster in "Birdman of Alcatraz", Jack Lemmon in "Days of Wine and Roses", Marcello Mastroianni in "Divorce - Italian Style", Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia" Peck plays Atticus Finch, a believable rendition of the perfect man. This, like Lawrence of Arabia is one of those great movies which has us arguing which was better the book or the movie. 

The Miracle Worker 1962
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft - The Miracle Worker beats Bette Davis in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", Katharine Hepburn in "Long Day's Journey Into Night", Geraldine Page in "Sweet Bird of Youth," Lee Remick in "Days of Wine and Roses"


Best Supporting Actress: Patty Duke  in The Miracle Worker beats Mary Badham in "To Kill a Mockingbird", Shirley Knight in "Sweet Bird of Youth", Angela Lansbury in "The Manchurian Candidate", Thelma Ritter in "Birdman of Alcatraz"

Best Supporting Actor: Ed Begley  in Sweet Bird of Youth  beats Victor Buono in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", Telly Savalas in "Birdman of Alcatraz", Omar Sharif in "Lawrence of Arabia", Terence Stamp in "Billy Budd"

Best Foreign Language Film: Sundays and Cybele,  France



Top Box Office 1962


touch of mink


That Touch of Mink

A Doris Day and Cary Grant romp that is the top box office of the year.






Dr. No 1962

Dr. No

The first of the longest movie series of all time. Making big stars out of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress




The Music Man 1962



The Music Man

Robert Preston brings his character Professor Henry Hill from its 1957 debut on Broadway to Film.



Hatari! 1962




John Wayne stars in this African roundup in which he doesn't kill lots of people!






The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart star, but it was Lee Marvin who stole the show sending him on the road to stardom.



New Movies 1962


Mutiny on the Bounty

Requiem for a Heavyweigh

Girls! Girls! Girls! (Elvis)

Kid Galahad (Elvis)

Lonely are the Brave

Boys' Night Out
Billy Budd
Birdman of Alcatraz
Divorce, Italian Style
It's Only Money (Jerry Lewis)
Ride the High Country
State Fair


More on each new movie of 1962 at Wikipedia



Entertainment News 1962


Marilyn Monroe 1962Marilyn Monroe, commits suicide. During her last days Monroe was fired from the production of Something's Got to Give. The film ended up as a Doris Day vehicle Move Over, Darling. She was found in her home dead from a barbiturate overdoseat age 36. Monroe was suspected of being intimate once with President Kennedy on March 24, 1962, when both were guests at Bing Crosby’s house in Palm Springs.



Ernie Kovacs 1962


Ernie Kovacs was killed in a car accident supposedly losing control when lighting his cigar. One of the great innovators of television humor. He was 42.





Clara Blandick, suicide by sleeping pills and putting a plastic bag over her head. Remembered as Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz. She suffered arthritis and was going blind. She was 81



Good Movies 1962



The Manchurian Candidate 1962The Manchurian Candidate Directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, and Angela Lansbury in her acclaimed role as the ultimate evil mother. The movie was taken out of syndication after the Kennedy assassination, but now holds as one of the best 100 movies of all time.



Robert Mitchum 1962



Cape Fear Robert Mitchum plays the evil man as well as can be done while he seeks revenge on the lawyer and his family who sent him to prison.





Days of Wine and Roses 1962



Days of Wine and Roses Jack Lemon and Lee Remick gain critical acclaim for their roles succumbing to alcoholism. 





Lolita Trailer


Lolita 1962 Lolita Stanley Kubrick directed James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelly Winters and Peter Sellers in this controversial, censored and funny film of Nabokov's classic novel of an old man falling in love with a young girl. 




What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis wows the critics in this Gothic thriller of sisters at odds. Joan Crawford co-stars.






The Longest Day 1962

The Longest Day

And the longest movie running 3 hours with the biggest cast. Most remembered moment is Red Buttons' demise hanging in his parachute from a steeple. And of course the little toy thumb clicker that troops used to identify themselves.







B Movies 1962



King Kong vs. Godzilla - Japanese men in monster suits goes Technicolor! Spoiler: Kong wins.



day of the triffids 1962

Day of the Triffids - British film directed by Steve Sekely and starring Howard Keel. A meteror shower not only blinds humans in Britian but spores grow into intelligent killer plants.


The Premature Burial  1962


The Premature Burial Another Roger Corman Edgar Allen Poe vehicle, this time with Ray Milland rather than Vincent Price.





brain that would not die 1962


The Brain That Wouldn't Die, was renamed to The Head That Wouldn't Die, because it was the whole head of the evil misunderstood scientist's finance.

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