Thursday, June 6, 2013

David's Top Ten - #7 - To Be Determined Again!

Folks, it looks like I have rubbed off a little too much on my wife.  For the second week in a row, I have a film on my top ten that is on Chelsea’s top ten at a higher rank.  As such, I will punt my comments on this film until a later point.  In lieu of those comments, here is another round of clues to what this mystery film may be.  Enjoy! 

If you get this right, you gain ten friend points.  That could put you in to friend level G, depending on current friend level.  Friend levels may or may not be real.

Clue #1:  A late-period film for a classic silent film actress whose father was from a line of Dunkard ministers.  (Don’t know what a Dunkard is?  Wow.  I thought I knew you.)
Answer: Lillian Gish, and Dunkards are a sect of German baptists.
Clue #2: There are iconic tattoos in this film that inspired tattoos in only the second film ever to have gained a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination for a black screenwriter.
Answer: The Spike Lee written and directed Do the Right Thing
Clue #3: Though it was never made, the director’s next feature was planned to be an adaptation of a book later made into a film by a filmmaker who had starred with the actress mentioned in today’s first clue in his silent film acting days.
Answer: The project was an adaptation of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead, which was later adapted by Raoul Walsh in 1958, who had acted with Lillian Gish in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.  He played John Wilkes Booth.
Clue #4:  One of two films adapted from the authored works of this film’s source material.  The other film features the work of the actor who was said to “look too old” by the director of our first mystery film.  (And you thought you would get out of answering that mystery!)
Answer: The author is Davis Grubb, and the other adaptation was of his novel Fools' Parade, which starred an aged James Stewart in 1969.  (Which should help you with the answer to the other mystery film!)
Clue #5: This film was later remade into a television movie starring the lead actor of a 1960s television series about a doctor that ABC aired on Thursday nights from 8:30-9:30 for five straight years.
Answer: The 1991 television remake starred Richard Chamberlain, who starred in the show Dr. Kildare.

The movie is, of course, Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter, which comes in at #4 on Chelsea's Top Ten of All-Time.

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