History Trivia / SunsetBoulevard

9th Apr '17 6:55:35 AM LtFedora
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* BeamMeUpScotty: People often misquote this movie's famous line as "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. [=DeMille=]."

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* BeamMeUpScotty: People often misquote this movie's famous line as "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. [=DeMille=]."[=DeMille=]" when it's actually, "Alright, Mr. [=DeMille=], I'm ready for my close-up".
26th Jan '17 3:40:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ThoseTwoActors: After the success of the film, this was attempted with William Holden and Nancy Olson; they appeared in three further films together, but none of them was really successful.

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* ThoseTwoActors: After the success of the film, this was attempted with William Holden Creator/WilliamHolden and Nancy Olson; they appeared in three further films together, but none of them was really successful.
26th Jan '17 3:39:42 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Gloria Swanson was worlds more stable and down-to-earth than Norma Desmond. Very notably, Swanson handled her change of fortune much better than Desmond: When it became apparent that her film career was over (at least in any roles besides a WhiteDwarfStarlet) she focused more on her theatre and television prospects, which, while nothing earth-shattering, were fairly successful and kept her in the public eye.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: IronyAsSheIsCast: Despite the fact that Creator/ErichVonStroheim plays a butler/chauffeur, he could not drive in real life. During the scenes in which he drove, the car was towed by another car. In the scene in which he drives Norma Desmond to Paramount Pictures at the studio gates the car was pulled by men with an out of camera rope.
* MethodActing: According to Gloria Swanson's daughter, Michelle Amon, her mother stayed in character throughout the entire shoot, even speaking like Norma Desmond when she arrived home in the evening after filming. On the last day of shooting, Swanson drove back to the house she, her mother and daughter shared during production, announcing "there were only three of us in it now, meaning that Norma Desmond had taken her leave."
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/CecilBDeMille agreed to do his cameo for a $10,000 fee and a brand-new Cadillac. When Billy Wilder went back to him later to secure a close-up, DeMille charged him another $10,000.
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
Gloria Swanson was worlds more stable and down-to-earth than Norma Desmond. Very notably, Swanson handled her change of fortune much better than Desmond: When it became apparent that her film career was over (at least in any roles besides a WhiteDwarfStarlet) she focused more on her theatre and television prospects, which, while nothing earth-shattering, were fairly successful and kept her in the public eye.



** The Waxworks, of course, were real former Hollywood stars then considered has-beens, including BusterKeaton.

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** The Waxworks, of course, were real former Hollywood stars then considered has-beens, including BusterKeaton.Creator/BusterKeaton.



** Several other old-time actresses were considered for the role of Norma Desmond, including Pola Negri, Creator/MaryPickford, and even Creator/MaeWest, who was turned down after one meeting with the producers, who said they realized that she was still both too dignified and too pretty to believably sell a has-been character like Norma. Montgomery Clift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]].
** Creator/StephenSondheim began work on a musical version, before the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's play. He abandoned the project due to Billy Wilder saying that he'd prefer a ''Sunset Boulevard'' opera to a musical.

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** Several other old-time actresses were considered for the role of Norma Desmond, including Pola Negri, Creator/MaryPickford, and even Creator/MaeWest, who was turned down after one meeting with the producers, who said they realized that she was still both too dignified and too pretty to believably sell a has-been character like Norma.
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Montgomery Clift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]].
time]]. Creator/MarlonBrando was deemed too much of an unknown and MGM refused to loan out Creator/GeneKelly.
** Creator/StephenSondheim began work on a musical version, before the release of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's play. He abandoned the project due to Billy Wilder saying that he'd prefer a ''Sunset Boulevard'' opera to a musical.musical.
* WorkingTitle: The writers feared that Hollywood would react unfavorably to such a damning portrait of the film industry, and so the film was code named ''A Can of Beans'' while in production.
23rd Nov '16 5:13:33 AM SorPepita
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** The movie that Norma and Joe watch together was comprised of footage of from TroubledProduction ''Queen Kelly'' (1929) - directed by none other than Erich von Stroheim.

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** The movie that Norma and Joe watch together was comprised of footage of from TroubledProduction ''Queen Kelly'' (1929) - directed by none other than Erich von Stroheim.



** The Waxworks, of course, were real former Hollywood stars then considered has-beens, including Buster Keaton.

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** The Waxworks, of course, were real former Hollywood stars then considered has-beens, including Buster Keaton.BusterKeaton.
17th Sep '16 4:07:15 PM DrOO7
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** AFIS100Years100Movies10thAnniversaryEdition: #16

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** AFIS100Years100Movies10thAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #16
28th Aug '16 9:03:59 PM HamburgerTime
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** Several other old-time actresses were considered for the role of Norma Desmond, including Pola Negri, Creator/MaryPickford, and even Creator/MaeWest. Montgomery Clift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]].

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** Several other old-time actresses were considered for the role of Norma Desmond, including Pola Negri, Creator/MaryPickford, and even Creator/MaeWest.Creator/MaeWest, who was turned down after one meeting with the producers, who said they realized that she was still both too dignified and too pretty to believably sell a has-been character like Norma. Montgomery Clift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]].
14th Aug '16 7:21:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Artie Green is none other than [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt. Joe Friday]]!
3rd Aug '16 4:33:41 PM _____________
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Gloria Swanson was worlds more stable and down-to-earth than Norma Desmond. Very notably, Swanson handled her change of fortune much better than Desmond: When it became apparent that her film career was over (at least in any roles besides a WhiteDwarfStarlet) she focused more on her theatre and television prospects, which, while nothing earth-shattering, were fairly successful and kept her in the public eye.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Gloria Swanson was worlds more stable and down-to-earth than Norma Desmond. Very notably, Swanson handled her change of fortune much better than Desmond: When it became apparent that her film career was over (at least in any roles besides a WhiteDwarfStarlet) she focused more on her theatre and television prospects, which, while nothing earth-shattering, were fairly successful and kept her in the public eye.
24th Jul '16 8:51:41 PM R.G.
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Artie Green is none other than ''[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt. Joe Friday]]''.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Artie Green is none other than ''[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} [[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt. Joe Friday]]''.Friday]]!
24th Jul '16 8:51:05 PM R.G.
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Artie Green is none other than ''[[Franchise/{{Dragnet}} Sgt. Joe Friday]]''.
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