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Ernest Borgnine: January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012

It is with much sadness that I have to write this sentence…Ernest Borgnine, 95 years old, passed away on July 8, 2012 due to kidney failure. I haven’t had much exposure to him, seeing him in only four films, but he always stood out. The first movie that I had the chance to watch him in was his Oscar-winning role as the title character, Marty. I remember watching him in that role and I was blown away. It wasn’t an over-the-top role that required him to do too much; it was just a role of an everyday man who lived an everyday life, and he was able to play it with such ease and simplicity. Seeing how amazing he was as Marty has, to this day, been an influence on me to try acting. But that’s aside from the point. Borgnine has appeared in films such as From Here to Eternity, The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure, Escape from New York, and The Wild Bunch. He would appear in the television series McHale’s Navy, playing the lead role of Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. He also had a recurring voice role in SpongeBob SquarePants as Mermaidman, which is silly to include but I have to admit that the episodes that have his character are hilarious because of him. In 2011, Borgnine completed his last film, The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez, which should be coming out at some point later this year. I plan on watching this film whenever it comes out, and I plan on watching more of Ernest Borgnine when I get the chance, but it’ll be with a heavy heart knowing that he’s no longer with us.

Josh Kaye for Classic Movie Hub

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20. All The King’s Men (1949)

Other Nominated Films:
Battleground, The Heiress, A Letter to Three Wives, Twelve O’Clock High

I’m not someone who is very knowledgeable when it comes to the world of politics. While I may watch a large amount of political movies, I don’t exactly understand a majority of the jargon that’s being spoken. But for the most part, they always make for good dramatic and suspenseful films, which is the case here for All the King’s Men. The film is loosely based on the life of 1930’s Louisana Governor Huey Long. Starting off as a self-taught lawyer who is aiming to do the right thing, Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford) fights a long, hard battle to reach the governor’s chair. But while fighting his way to the top, he loses his innocence and becomes even more corrupt than the politicians he fought so hard to conquer. All of this is seen through the eyes of Stark’s right-hand man Jack Burden (John Ireland), who sticks with Stark even when he knows the truth behind the monster. Crawford doesn’t just act as if he’s Stark; he lives and breathes the role. He’s like a flame that starts off extremely small, but in time just grows larger and larger until it is out of control. This film could have easily turned out very differently since director Robert Rossen originally offered the lead role to John Wayne. Wayne declined the role since he felt that the script was unpatriotic (he wasn’t wrong.) Ironically enough, Crawford would go on to beat Wayne for the Best Actor Oscar (Wayne was nominated for his role in Sands of Iwo Jima.) All The King’s Men, which was originally a novel written by Robert Penn Warren, was the last Best Picture winner to be based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Nominated for 7 Awards, Winner of 3
Best Actor in a Leading Role – Broderick Crawford (WON)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Mercedes McCambridge (WON)
Best Picture – Robert Rossen Productions (WON)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – John Ireland
Best Director – Robert Rossen
Best Film Editing – Robert Parrish, Al Clark
Best Writing, Screenplay – Robert Rossen

Jack Burden: I tell you there’s nothing on the judge.
Willie Stark: Jack, there’s something on everybody. Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption.

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