Good news first, manage: both I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now and My Wild Irish Rose are now available on DVD (from Fox Cinema Archives and Warner Archives, respectively), both fairly recent additions. Shop around for the best price (you should be able to get them for under $19 each) and enjoy! (Nightmare Alley has long been available on DVD, in case you didn't know.)
Wait Till, as we've said, is mainly a drama, though it has a little music and comedy. That's why I find its title so misleading. I've seen completely inappropriate or inaccurate descriptions of some films in their ad campaigns (calling Stalag 17 a comedy, or It's a Wonderful Life a romance picture), but seldom right in their titles.
David Wayne was a hugely talented performer, but he wasn't really a leading man-type: Wait Till was one of his very few leads. But here's a good trivia question for you: who was Marilyn Monroe's most frequent leading man? The answer (of course) -- David Wayne. They co-starred in five films at Fox. No one ever guesses that one. (By the way, you're right the first time: the other Wayne film is called With a Song in My Heart, after the song's title. Same year as this movie, 1952.)
I've always liked Hugh Marlowe, too. Not a great actor, but I found him appealing. He was indeed in All About Eve -- that and the other films you mentioned he made during his time as a contract player at Fox, 1949-1954. Check out Come to the Stable (1949), also just out from FCA, starring Loretta Young, Celeste Holm and Marlowe; a very sweet movie. My other favorite Marlowe films include his two 1956 sci-fi movies, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and World Without End. Burt Lancaster must have liked him; he later played small supporting roles in three of his movies: Elmer Gantry (1960, as a liberal minister); Bird Man of Alcatraz (1962, as a harsh prison warden); and Seven Days in May (1964, as a right-wing broadcaster who's part of the military's plot to overthrow the government).
My favorite classic films? Where to start? The Guns of Navarone, Ace in the Hole, Destination Moon, Executive Suite, The Man From Planet X, Anatomy of a Murder, Rio Bravo...I wouldn't know how to limit the list to, say, a quick 10 or so, and I'm certainly leaving out many titles. (12 Angry Men is also one of mine.) Favorite classic actors? Besides Peck, I'd say, in no particular order, James Stewart, John Wayne, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart, Tyrone Power, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, David Niven...the usual suspects, probably nobody startling. Favorite classic actresses would include Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Deborah Kerr, and just so many others -- again, the usual suspects. (I'll leave out the men and women I don't particularly care for!)
Do you have favorite foreign films, or specific countries' films? I love Japanese cinema, and also Russian.
Thanks for the DVD info. about two of my favorite musical bios- "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" and "My Wild Irish Rose." Dennis Morgan is one of my favorite classic actors. I've never been real big on musicals, but I do like musical bios, with "The Jolson Story" my all time favorite, as a big Jolson fan. Still, of straight musicals, I've always liked "Showboat" (especially the 1936 version), "In the Good Old Summertime," and some of Astaire's films.
I don't recall Huhg Marlowe in "Birdman" and "Seven Days in May," and they are two films I like a lot.
Regarding "Executive Suite," I'm a big fan of Cameron Hawley, the author of the book on which the film was based. Perhaps because my career has been in business as a management consultant, I've thoroughly enjoyed all four of Hawley's novels. The only other one brought to the screen was "Cash McCall."
I've always liked "Guns of Navarone." In addtion to Peck, I especially liked Niven's performance.
I agree on the actors; of your favorite actrsses, I also like Ms. Kerr, but my all time favorite is Gene Tierney.
I confess to not being up on foreign films.
I got to like Al Jolson after watching The Jolson Story a couple of dozen times on NYC TV in the early 60s. I think I've mentioned that I host classic films every week during the summer and this past year I ran TJS, which everyone liked. Next summer, the sequel, Jolson Sings Again, which is also pretty good.
I'm divided on musicals -- many I like a lot, others I don't care for much at all. Mostly depends on the actors and songs. Astaire is my favorite, but I don't necessarily like all his films, either. Not a huge fan of Dennis Morgan: he's okay, amiable, but nothing more in my book. (I also don't care for the fact that in the 50s he was a big supporter of Joseph McCarthy, HUAC's "investigations" into Hollywood, and the blacklist.) I liked him best opposite Jack Carson, particularly in a semi-musical (more a comedy) called It's a Great Feeling with Doris Day. The boys play themselves, trying to break waitress Doris into movies, but the best thing is that the film has cameos by many Warner Bros. stars from 1949, from Joan Crawford to Edward G. Robinson to director Micheal Curtiz...and it features both Ronald Reagan, the newly ex-Mrs. Reagan (Jane Wyman), and their eight-year-old daughter Maureen!
Next time you watch Bird Man and Seven Days look for Hugh Marlowe. He doesn't have a lot of scenes, but he's definitely noticeable.
Cash McCall as a movie (never read the book) was certainly no Executive Suite. I've read that book but feel the film is much better, which isn't often the case. (Though I also think that's the case with The Guns of Navarone.)
I like Gene Tierney too, but I can't honestly say she's one of my favorites. Beautiful, though. I also liked her in one of her last films, and one of my faves, Advise & Consent.