I had never heardd of Lederer. What a handsome man!!
Lived to be 100!
Yes, yes yes! He - and Ramon Navarro - mysteriously escaped notoriety as total hotties of early film.share
I'm watching "Romance in Manhattan" right now. "Wow" just about sums it up.share
I thought it slow and predictable. The "comedy" in the cop's treatment of the shyster would be big grounds for a lawsuit today; and the immigration laws so hopelessly ignored nowadays, it would be impossible to do a remake!share
The way those immigration laws were supposedly being enforced is a fiction just for the movie. Your bitterness at immigration laws of a fiction as well--for everyone but you and the thousands or maybe millions of people duped by politicos who want power, and only power, money. They won't change things--it's very complex and the damage does innocent people trying only to feed their families is very real.
This movie had a lawyer who would be disbarred for his behavior, violating the attorney-client privilege and selling an outcome to a case he could never guarantee! One can never promise what a judge or official will decide, one can only represent the client. As well, police don't enforce immigration laws--they have no access to records, no legal authority to hold people, no way to evaluate documents from the INS, and it would overwhelm them. It is a violation for police to work as the functionaries of private businesses like that shipping company or whatever it was supposed to be. They were responsible for notifying customers of fee increases. He had no intent to illegally immigrate until facing a no-win situation. And he had a right to a hearing--so going to a lawyer was correct. The lawyer was a criminal trying to use the police to pull off his crimes. They were correct to lock him up and let the D.A. review the case for charges. As for the marriage--they would need a lot of documentation today, medical test, 3-day wait... And marriage is not a way to become legal if you are here illegally--it must be requested from your home country--but I don't know about then...
I volunteered to interview people at an immigration law clinic my law shool sponsored. We'd have neighbors show up after their friends would be picked up in immigration sweeps of the garment district... girls who were barely legal had come to America with a job as a nanny, couples divorced, she was out of work and took a job at a sewing machine in the garment district in the dregs of downtown Los Angeles--no air conditioning, horrific working conditions in an area filled with homeless, drug addicts, dangerous people. The INS often raided these businesses, picked up everyone, held them overnight in the basement of the federal building, and then put them on buses to Tijuana--but the girls are rarely even Mexican, much less from that area of Mexico. I remember a girl from over 1000 miles from there....she was met by men trying to force her into work at Tijuana sex clubs. It was horrifying to her friends--and it's not like she had a legal alternative. Her country was being depopulated by "freedom fighters" who were killing peasants so American food canning companies could get their property...We paid for the genocide there, and she was just supporting her family who were refugees tho not recognized by the U.S. Every crisis has this in common...innocents dying, the rich getting richer, and bad guys trying to get power.
If we deport them, the least we should do is send them to their home countries or to a safe place where their families are located.! It is the height of racism to deport a Nicaraguan or Guatemalan person to a notorious nightmare of a town in another country. Yet we did that for decades--I don't know if they still do. Imagine if American girls were dropped in the neighborhood of sex clubs--for example in Thailand or the Gulf Coast (both areas American women do end up...)
Aliens take jobs no one else wants. I lived in L.A. for 45 years and on the West Coast 63 years--no Americans EVER take those jobs in agriculture, garment industry, or landscaping. I could not get a teenager to clean up leaves for $10/hour several years ago. Yet immigrants do it happily. They work harder, are polite, and according to farm owners in both California and a Southern state that tried deporting or blocking them from entering, they are absolutely necessary for harvesting crops. In the south, the crops all withered on the vine--no Americans showed up to pick them.
It's an emotional issue used to attract certain voters to the polls. And racist people push it but ignore facts completely. Immigration has been at net zero or below since 2009. They never mention that. The immigrants I have known in my life have been the most pro-American people--they give up everything to come here. If you have ever been alone in a foreign country, you know how much courage it takes...
That said, computers should be making it easier to find those with criminal records and make it difficult to travel back and forth, get jobs, homes, medical care...they all take reams of documentation today. I don't believe millions are living without these documents--we don't even rent apartments without security checks...social security numbers. Tho they passed a law forbidding landlords who did not have a separate entrance for renters from running credit checks--which is absurd if you have a small building or homes to rent--I never understood that except as a sleazy payback (for campaign contributions) make-work for property management companies. That must have helped illegals tho...
Wow is not enough! Gorgeous man. Sounds like a good man, too.share
Would seem Andy Kaufman used Lederer's portrayal in this movie to create "Latka". Voice, mannerisms, taxi driver. Caricatured by Kaufman, of course.share
Lederer sort of reminds me of Goran Visjnic, both in looks and accent. He was very good in this movie. Have to keep a lookout for any of his other movies on TCM.share
forget lederer,ginger rogers was really hot in this movie.share
Fabulous, outstanding movie. I enjoyed it so much it's unbelievable. Lederer lived to be 100, and was immensely wealthy. So, so, good looking! We all know about Ginger but the boy who played her brother died in France in 1945 at age 23. Probably WWII, although I don't know that for a fact. Sad. I'm saving this one!!share