Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise)

The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise, based on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House)
“An evil old house - the kind some people call ‘haunted’ - is like an  undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for  90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the  wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there…walked alone.”
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The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise, based on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House)

“An evil old house - the kind some people call ‘haunted’ - is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for 90 years and might stand for 90 more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House and whatever walked there…walked alone.”

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)
"Number one, it was (for once) an alien from outer space who was not an evil alien. Also, it was a science fiction film set on Earth here, and I thought that was marvelous. I liked the setting, the fact that it was in Washington, the heart of our country. I thought that made it very real, very believable, very mundane. I tried to heighten that with my casting, too. I wanted to make it just as credible and believable as it could possibly be, and I think that is one of its strengths.”
-Robert Wise, quoted in Tom Weaver’s It Came from Weaver Five

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

"Number one, it was (for once) an alien from outer space who was not an evil alien. Also, it was a science fiction film set on Earth here, and I thought that was marvelous. I liked the setting, the fact that it was in Washington, the heart of our country. I thought that made it very real, very believable, very mundane. I tried to heighten that with my casting, too. I wanted to make it just as credible and believable as it could possibly be, and I think that is one of its strengths.”

-Robert Wise, quoted in Tom Weaver’s It Came from Weaver Five

Julie Harris & Richard Johnson in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise)
"It was a house without kindness, never meant to be lived in, not a fit place for people or for love or for hope. Exorcism cannot alter the countenance of a house; Hill House would stay as it was until it was destroyed."
- Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

Julie Harris & Richard Johnson in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise)

"It was a house without kindness, never meant to be lived in, not a fit place for people or for love or for hope. Exorcism cannot alter the countenance of a house; Hill House would stay as it was until it was destroyed."

- Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

Julie Andrews & assorted Von Trapps in The Sound of Music (1965, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Julie Andrews & assorted Von Trapps in The Sound of Music (1965, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Assorted Jets warm up for rehearsal on the set of West Side Story (1961, dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) (photo by Gjon Mili for LIFE, 1960)

Assorted Jets warm up for rehearsal on the set of West Side Story (1961, dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) (photo by Gjon Mili for LIFE, 1960)

Julie Harris in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise)
“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
-Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
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Julie Harris in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise)

“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

-Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

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The Andromeda Strain (1971, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

The Andromeda Strain (1971, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Natalie Wood & Richard Beymer on the set of West Side Story (1961, dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) (via)

Natalie Wood & Richard Beymer on the set of West Side Story (1961, dir. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins) (via)

Julie Harris & Richard Johnson in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Julie Harris & Richard Johnson in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Gort escorts Patricia Neal to his space shuttle in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Gort escorts Patricia Neal to his space shuttle in The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Julie Andrews & assorted Von Trapps in The Sound of Music (1965, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Julie Andrews & assorted Von Trapps in The Sound of Music (1965, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

Julie Harris in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise) (via)
"The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once.”
-Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

Julie Harris in The Haunting (1963, dir. Robert Wise) (via)

"The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once.

-Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)