Listen to me, Esther, a career is a curious thing. Talent isn’t always enough. You need a sense of timing – an eye for seeing the turning point or recognizing the big chance when it comes along and grabbing it. A career can rest on a trifle. Like – like us sitting here tonight. Or it can turn on somebody saying to you, ‘You’re better than that. You’re better than you know.’ Don’t settle for the little dream. Go on to the big one…Scared? Scared to take the plunge? Don’t ever forget how good you are. And hang on to that. Because I’m right. [pause] I just want to take another look at you.
Love this quote.
And James Mason was perfectly cast…
He was usually perfectly cast . . . .
Judy Garland is fab in this movie, of course, but I adore James Mason’s performance.
H, that is just what I needed to read. Love it!
Is the kind of movie that sticks with you, like the characters are living it…
Do you know Cary Grant turned down the role because he was concerned about Judy Garland’s substance issues?
NO WAY! I did not know that.
Way 😉 !
James Mason’s voice is exquisite! And Norman had a wise head on his shoulders…apart from when he was, well, stinko – blotto – plastered – intoxicated – boozed up to the eyeballs – roaring drunk, of course…!
A complex character superbly portrayed!
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