â€œThe High and the Mightyâ€ to Take Flight at Academy Salute to John Wayne
Beverly Hills, CA (rushprnews) May 4th, 2007 â€” In a centennial celebration honoring actor, director, producer and American legend John Wayne, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will premiere a new restoration of â€œThe High and the Mightyâ€ (1954), a prototype of the modern airborne disaster film, on Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The program, hosted by veteran journalist Army Archerd, will feature an onstage discussion with Wayneâ€™s daughter-in-law Gretchen Wayne; William Wellman, Jr., son of the filmâ€™s director, William Wellman; and actresses Angie Dickinson and Nancy Olsen, both of whom co-starred with Wayne in other films.
â€œThe High and the Mightyâ€ stars Wayne as an experienced but burned-out airline pilot who must save the day when his planeâ€™s engine fails on a flight from Hawaii to San Francisco.
The filmâ€™s restoration began in 1992, when the vault containing the negative was flooded and the entire negative soaked. Wayneâ€™s son Michael embarked on the process of reconstructing the film and soundtrack from numerous source materials. Following Michaelâ€™s death in 2003, his widow, Gretchen, completed the restoration.
â€œThe High and the Mightyâ€ was shot in CinemaScope under the direction of Academy AwardÂ®-nominated director Wellman. Composer Dimitri Tiomkin, who earned 22 OscarÂ® nominations and four statuettes over his career, won the filmâ€™s only Oscar for Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. The film earned two Academy Award nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role (Jan Sterling and Claire Trevor) as well as nominations for Directing (Wellman), Film Editing (Ralph Dawson) and Music â€“ Song (Tiomkin and Ned Washington).
Born Marion Morrison on May 26, 1907, in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne appeared in more than 170 films and became known internationally as an iconic American hero through his many Westerns, war films and dramas. He received a Best Actor nomination for â€œThe Sands of Iwo Jimaâ€ in 1949 and a Best Picture nomination as producer of â€œThe Alamoâ€ in 1960. At the age of 62, John Wayne won an Oscar for his lead performance as Marshal Rooster Cogburn in â€œTrue Gritâ€ (1969).
Tickets to â€œA Centennial Salute to John Wayneâ€ are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seats are unreserved. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Complimentary parking is provided in the garages located at 8920 and 9025 Wilshire Boulevard. For additional information, call (310) 247-3600.
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