28. The Singing Nun - Debbie Reynolds as a singing nun, Sister Ann (based on real-life singing nun Jeannine Deckers), seems almost too cute, but I really enjoyed this film. At one point Sister Ann goes on the Ed Sullivan show, and Ed makes an appearance as himself.
29. ROCK AROUND THE WORLD aka THE TOMMY STEELE STORY (1957)
Last night I awoke suddenly in a sweat, sat bolt upright and said - "The Tommy Steele Story (1957)!!!" Yes, I shouted the year of release, too. However, I should point out from the outset that this is not a Hollywood movie. It is British, through and through, which explains why I probably know of it to a greater extent than those of you over in America. However, the film did receive a US release, under the title Rock Around the World, which I had to Google, I'm afraid. I couldn't remember it. Anyway, as you may guess, it is the rise to fame in Britain of Tommy Steele, originally a rock 'n' roll star before going off to Broadway and Hollywood to star in films such as Half a Sixpence (1967) and Finian's Rainbow (1968). Anyway, after a long search to find the right actor to play Tommy, they finally chose...Tommy Steele. Steele had a fair few hits in the UK before being completely eclipsed by another singer who had a 58-year pop chart career, Cliff Richard. Both singers are still with us today, although neither has made a film since the 1970's. x
Who better to play Tommy than Tommy! Great! :D
30. I was watching The Holiday (2006?) on TV the other night, starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black amongst others,
and noticed that Dustin Hoffman made a cameo appearance, when Kate's and Jack's characters were visiting a Hollywood video shop and the discussion turned to music composition in movies, including The Graduate. Love this movie. Great lead cast and supporting actors. :D
31. Annie Hall - There are at least 3 famous people who play themselves in this movie. First, Woody Allen's character, Alvy, appears on the Dick Cavett show and is interviewed by--who else--Dick Cavett. Then Annie meets Paul Simon (played by himself), who invites her to a party. And in one of the funniest scenes of the movie, Alvy magically produces Marshall McLuhan to settle an argument (see clip below).
I made one little error: Paul Simon plays a character named Tony Lacey, but the other two celebrities do play themselves.
33. Mighty Joe Young (1949)- RKO adventure/fantasy, set in Africa and the US.
A great favourite from my youth, from the same stable of the landmark movie, King Kong (1933).
A precocious child barters for a baby gorilla and persuades her father to keep and raise him to adulthood. The Gorilla grows to enormous proportions attracting a Hollywood showman who transports him to America.The girl, Jill matured into a young woman goes with him.
Italian world heavyweight boxing champion (reigning June 1933 to June 1934) Primo Carnera plays a strongman who together with other tough guys (for great effect) do a tug o' war contest with the mighty gorilla in front of an invited audience.
The movie won an Oscar in 1950 for special effects. Quite incredible for its time.