A Miraculous Movie

Written by Stephen Schochet

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Overcoming his initial reluctance Daryl Zanuck who was famous for his memos, made suggestions to improverepparttar film's story. The mother Doris, played by Maureen O'Hara was too cold, she would scare a man like Fred (John Payne) off, she had to be made warmer torepparttar 124154 audience by explaining that she had been burned by an earlier relationship and that's why she didn't want her daughter believing in Santa Claus. Zanuck also felt that they shouldn't overdorepparttar 124155 scenes where Macy's employees recommend that their customers go shopping at Gimbels, just some simple dialogue was enough to getrepparttar 124156 point across. But despiterepparttar 124157 loud cheering by preview audiences when Santa Claus was declared sane inrepparttar 124158 courtroom scene, Zanuck never had full confidence inrepparttar 124159 film. He put it in theaters in July,repparttar 124160 busiest time of year for moviegoers, and told his marketing staff to hide fromrepparttar 124161 public thatrepparttar 124162 film was about Christmas.

One reference inrepparttar 124163 Miracle script that's now dated was when Kris Kringle's psychiatrist mentioned a man in Hollywood who passed himself off as Russian Prince and owned a restaurant. It was a dig at Mike Romanoff, a colorful fraud whose Rodeo Drive eatery was a fun sanctuary for Hollywood's most notorious figures. One night FBI head J. Edgar Hoover was dining at Romanoffs when he was approached by an actual jewel thief named Swifty Morgan. "Like to buy these gold cuff links?" Amused, Hoover offered $200. "Oh come on Johnrepparttar 124164 reward is more than that!"

Author/Narrator Stephen Schochet researched Hollywood and Disney stories and lore for 10 years while giving tours of Hollywood. He had the unique idea the stories could be told anywhere and that's what led him to create the audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," These two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Realaudio samples can be heard at his website www.hollywoodstories.com.

Mrs. Disney

Written by Stephen Schochet

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Lillian didn't worry about Walt cheating on her with another woman but would sometimes get jealous of his work. Often he would come home late, choosing instead to spendrepparttar night atrepparttar 124153 studio prowling around his animator's desks, even going through their trash cans to pull out their best ideas. One time he arrived late for a date and drunk. Angrily she locked him out ofrepparttar 124154 house. He made amendsrepparttar 124155 next day by presenting her with a female puppy in a hat box. That event later becamerepparttar 124156 basis forrepparttar 124157 Disney classic Lady And The Tramp (1955).

The Disney's were world travelers. Lillian was thrilled to getrepparttar 124158 call from Walt to pack up for their next surprise vacation and marvel how he would turn their experiences into Disneyland attractions. They fell in love with skiing in Switzerland and it lead torepparttar 124159 Matterhorn Bobsled Ride. They enjoyed buying antiques inrepparttar 124160 French Quarter, inspiringrepparttar 124161 creation of New Orleans Square. They learned about hidden treasure on a island near Cuba sparkingrepparttar 124162 construction of The Pirates Of The Caribbean, which Walt did not live to see completed.

Lillian fell short of her own dream. She did not share Walt's love of classical music, preferring to listen to Lawrence Welk. But she felt his pain when Fantasia (1940) failed atrepparttar 124163 box office. In 1987, 21 years after he passed on, she donated fifty million dollars to buildrepparttar 124164 Walt Disney Concert Hall which would berepparttar 124165 new home forrepparttar 124166 Los Angeles Philharmonic. What better legacy than to bring Beethoven and Mozart torepparttar 124167 masses just like Walt wanted. But she became discouraged when her idea for a simple brick building became much more elaborate inrepparttar 124168 hands of architect Frank Gehry. Soonrepparttar 124169 fifty million was gone and she wanted it back fearing she had wasted her money on an incomplete boondoggle. Her daughter Diane convinced her that Gehry's design was wonderful but she died six years beforerepparttar 124170 hall opened.

One great thing about Walt building Disneyland was that he and Lillian got to play tour guide to world leaders. But Mrs. Disney was very disappointed whenrepparttar 124171 head of Russia Nikita S. Khrushchev and his wife failed to come torepparttar 124172 park in 1960. The Anaheim police said they could not provide enough security. The Soviet Prime Minister grumpily settled for a star studded luncheon at Twentieth Century Fox instead. Duringrepparttar 124173 meal Frank Sinatra was informed of Mrs. Khrushchev's disappointment at missing out on The Magic Kingdom. Old Blue Eyes slammed his fist onrepparttar 124174 table. "Screwrepparttar 124175 cops. I'll takerepparttar 124176 old broad down there and watch her myself." He grabbed her byrepparttar 124177 hand and was nearrepparttar 124178 door when he was stopped byrepparttar 124179 KGB. Back at Disneyland Walt made Lillian smile by telling her he was just as disappointed as she was. He was dying to showrepparttar 124180 Communist ruler his new submarine fleet.

Stephen Schochet is the author and narrator of the audiobooks Fascinating Walt Disney and Tales Of Hollywood. The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," these two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Hear realaudio samples of these great, unique gifts at www.hollywoodstories.com.

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