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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (March 19, 1952)

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Gregory Peck in The Snows of Kilimanjaro
 

Released on March 19, 1952: (running time 1 hour and 45 minutes) An world-traveling author recalls some of the loves of his life while searching for the riddle of the leopard on Kilimanjaro mountain.

Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck

Directed by Henry King

The Actors: Gregory Peck (Harry Street), Susan Hayward (Helen), Ava Gardner (Cynthia Green), Hildegard Knef (Countess Liz), Leo G. Carroll (Uncle Bill), Torin Thatcher (Johnson), Ava Norring (Beatrice), Helene Stanley (Connie), Marcel Dalio (Emile), Vicente Gomez (guitarist), Richard Allan (Spanish dancer), Amanda Ambrose (pianist), Sugarfoot Anderson (bit part), Salvador Baguez (stretcher bearer), Charles Bates (Harry at seventeen), Olga Borget (bit part), Maurice Brierre (accordion player), Charles Brunner (guest), Ernest Brunner (accordion player), Leonard Carey (Dr. Simmons), Benny Carter (Alto Sax soloist), Monique Chantal (Georgette), Andre Charlot (guest), Edward Colmans (clerk), George Davis (servant), James Davis (Abdulla), Amapola Del Vando (Spanish ambulance driver), Victor Desny (waiter), John Dodsworth (Compton, Cynthia's first man), Arthur Dulac (beggar), Wade Dumas (native), Elzie Emanuel (paddler), Lisa Ferraday (Vendeuse), Paul Fierro (Spanish officer), Bert Freed (American soldier), Martin Garralaga (Spanish officer), Janine Grandel (Annette), Agnes Laury (Margot), Ivan Lebedeff (Marquis), Pepi Lenzi (guest), Jay Loft-Lyn (servant), Alphonse Martell (valet), George Navarro (stretcher bearer), Constance Purdy (guest), Tito Renaldo (dying soldier), Julian Rivero (old waiter), John Roy (bit part), Emmett Smith (Molo, the African servant), Ann Staunton (guest), Paul Thompson (the witch doctor), Bertil Unger (guest), Maya Van Horn (princess), Cecil Weston (guest), Victor Wood (Charles)

 
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The Many Loves of Harry Street, and the Riddle of the Leopard

On a quiet June day in 2003, actor Harrison Ford approached the grand cathedral and pushed through the gathering crowd in search of a red-coated usher and whispered in his ear, ‘Atticus.’ Soon Harry Belafonte arrived and also whispered that one word into the ear of a red-coated usher. Angelica Houston, Tony Danza, Piper Laurie, Lauren Bacall, Shelly Fabares, Michael York, Angie Dickinson, Sidney Poitier and Calista Flockhart were among the famous guests to whisper that same secret word into the ear of a red-coated usher and get escorted to a special reserved pew. Legendary singer Michael Jackson was twenty minutes late and the last famous person to whisper ‘Atticus’ into the ear of a red-coated usher.

They were all there, along with three thousand devoted fans, many of whom carried large black and white portraits created by artist Robert Graham, to pay their last respects at the funeral of Gregory Peck.

After Gregory Peck finished performing in this 1952 movie, he prepared to go to Italy to film his next movie where he would co-star with an unknown actress making her first major motion picture appearance, Audrey Hepburn, in the classic “Roman Holiday.” Before leaving for Italy he was interviewed by a young Italian reporter named Veronique Passani. He was depressed about his failing marriage and impending divorce, and the interview probably wasn't noteworthy.

Later, while in Italy filming, he had lunch with the reporter and before the lunch was finished they were deeply in love with each other. The depression that Gregory Peck had over the loss of his first wife to divorce was ended when he married the Italian lady reporter. They remained deeply in love until his death, and yes, his Italian wife and the greatest love of his life was also sitting in a pew in that very special section of the cathedral reserved for those who knew the secret word.

After Gregory Peck’s first successful movies, he decided that he had enough money to allow him to only act in movies that he really wanted to act in. This story, that was originally written by Ernest Hemingway, is one of those movies. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Susan Hayward and Gregory Peck
Susan Hayward and Gregory Peck
Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck
Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck
Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
Ava Norring and Leo G. Carroll
Ava Norring and Leo G. Carroll
Benny Carter
Benny Carter
Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner
Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner
Gregory Peck and Hildegard Knef
Gregory Peck and Hildegard Knef
Gregory Peck and Marcel Dalio
Gregory Peck and Marcel Dalio
Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward
Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward
Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
Nestor Paiva watches Peter Cookson read the newspaper
Gregory Peck
Helene Stanley
Helene Stanley
Janine Grandel, Gregory Peck and Agnes Laury
Janine Grandel, Gregory Peck and Agnes Laury
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll
Marcel Dalio
Marcel Dalio
Torin Thatcher
Torin Thatcher
Richard Allan
Richard Allan
Susan Hayward and Gregory Peck
Susan Hayward and Gregory Peck
Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
Torin Thatcher and Ava Gardner
Torin Thatcher and Ava Gardner