Walt Disney's Horror Movie

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pressed forward relentlessly for three years. The key torepparttar film, as far as Disney was concerned wasrepparttar 124155 evil queen/peddler woman. Snow White was sympathetic,repparttar 124156 dwarfs were humorous, butrepparttar 124157 villain had to be horrifying to keeprepparttar 124158 audience interested. The vocals were performed by a renowned stage actress named Lucille Laverne. Her haughty voice was a great fit asrepparttar 124159 queen, but her playing ofrepparttar 124160 character after she transformed intorepparttar 124161 old crone had some atrepparttar 124162 studio worried. "Wait, I have an idea", she said. She leftrepparttar 124163 recording room for a few minutes then returned. "I'm ready". She delivered her lines in a way that chilled and thrilledrepparttar 124164 Disney staff. After she finished there was applause and she was asked what she did when she left. She smiled and said," I took my teeth out!"

Walt's calculations were correct, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs was a hit throughoutrepparttar 124165 entire world in 1938 and for many years beyond, keeping audiences riveted. The only down side for Walt was that mayberepparttar 124166 peddler woman was a little too horrifying, he was disturbed by reports from Radio City Music Hall in New York whererepparttar 124167 film was setting box office records. It turned out that every few daysrepparttar 124168 theater management had to replace seats. . . due to excessive wetness.

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.

A Miraculous Movie

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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.

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