TFC’s second screening for February is coming up this Friday, February 13, 2009, continuing with our “Romance in the Suburbs” theme. We are showing a film that actually helped to start the whole Suburban Drama genre, THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT (1956). Writer/Director Nunnally Johnson thought of himself as primarily a writer, and was a film director only occasionally. He wrote screenplays for 70 movies, produced 40 of them, but only directed 8 films. A bit of a maverick in Hollywood, he once said of Marilyn Monroe, “She was an arrogant little tail-twitcher who learned to throw sex in your face.” He first worked with Gregory Peck on NIGHT PEOPLE (1954). One of his successful endeavors was THREE FACES OF EVE (1957). THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT was a best-selling novel by Sloan Wilson, who also wrote A SUMMER PLACE (1959). His day job was being a writer at TIME Magazine. The dynamic musical score for GRAY FLANNEL SUIT was done by the incomparable Bernard Herrmann. His scores always elevated a film, starting with CITIZEN KANE (1941) through 79 movies like VERTIGO (1958), PSYCHO (1960), concluding his career with TAXI DRIVER (1976). While filming THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT, Gregory Peck’s suits were all done by a New York tailor, costing $300.00 each; which was a lot in the 50’s. For research, Peck rode the commuter train several times into the city and back, and was never recognized. During the filming, Peck got married, and his marriage lasted 47 years until his death in 2003. Daryl F. Zanuck personally produced this film, spending a lot on purchasing the novel, and amassing an all-star cast, with a budget of $4 million dollars. Sharp viewers will find an uncredited DeForest Kelley playing a medic in the war flashbacks. The film won “Special Mention” at Cannes.
THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT (1956) Directed by Nunnally Johnso
@ 153 minutes in length. The film stars Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Lee J. Cobb, Keenan Wynn, and Arthur O’Connell. It was based on the novel by Sloan Wilson. Synopsis: Tom and Betsy Rath live in Connecticut in the mid-1950s. He commutes daily to Manhattan. A promotion leads him into spending too much time away from his family. Complicating things he discovers that a wartime romance in Italy ten years prior has left him with a son. Somehow he needed to juggle these disparate pieces into a loving and cohesive whole. Tagline: “The year’s most dramatic book—the year’s most distinguished picture!”
So come on, come all to enjoy a classic 1950’s 20th Century Fox film this Friday, February 13, 2009, at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at the corner of J Street & Division, at 206 North J Street, in Tacoma. Come early and join the chit-chat, have a bite to eat, buy a raffle ticket, and enjoy some TFC fellowship. Our new raffle event, tickets at one dollar each, will continue, with the winners getting a) 40% of the cash collected, and b) a DVD film as second prize. The Phantom Director and Farishta will be serving an entre at 6:15 pm. As per usual, anyone who would like to can also bring bread, rolls, desserts, or beverages. A short subject will show right at 7pm, and THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT will screen immediately afterwards. See you at the movies!!