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Movie of the Year
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 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"
Top Box Office 1962
A Doris Day and Cary Grant romp that is the top box office of the year.
The first of the longest movie series of all time. Making big stars out of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress
Robert Preston brings his character Professor Henry Hill from
its 1957 debut on Broadway to Film.
John Wayne stars in this African roundup in which he doesn't kill lots of people!
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
Entertainment News 1962
Marilyn 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 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 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.
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 Jack Lemon and Lee Remick gain critical acclaim for their roles succumbing to alcoholism.
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? Bette Davis wows the critics in this Gothic thriller of sisters at odds. Joan Crawford co-stars.
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 - 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 Another Roger Corman Edgar Allen Poe vehicle, this time with Ray Milland rather than Vincent Price.
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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