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rosalyndoe
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FLW House?

Post by rosalyndoe »

Watched a TV Movie - North & Northwest by Cary Grant & EVa St Marie..towards the end they were in a house & came Mount Rushmore at the end. The house looks like an FLW that they may have used. Can somebody confirm this? thanks

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Post by outside in »

Somewhere I once heard that the house was a stage set designed by FLW's son Lloyd - but it may be an "urban legend"

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Post by SDR »

Here's the very interesting answer to your question:



http://www.flickr.com/groups/mid-centur ... 261231182/



Thanks for bringing this up ! (Readers will have to decide for themselves if this looks like a FLW design. . .)



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Post by Ed Jarolin »

For those interested in architecture in film, 'Film Architecture: from Metropolis to Bladerunner' is a book that's worth a look. No mention in it of the Wrightian house in 'North by Northwest', but SDR's post certainly debunks that old myth. Of interest to Wright fans is the information presented on 'The Fountainhead' and a mention of the Ennis House as used in 'Bladerunner'.



Though the book doesn't say, I seem to recall reading somewhere that Wright was asked to provide designs for 'The Fountainhead", but quoted such a high fee that the producers used one of their in house people instead.

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Post by SDR »

By the way, the actress's name is Eva Marie Saint.



There was a big old discussion of this topic, a year or more ago, over at Lotta Living. I can't seem to find it -- someone posted interior shots and close-up exteriors. . .



I guess those big angled struts under the living room were tailor-made for Cary Grant to climb on; only a spider-man could scale the Sturges house (for instance) from below !



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Post by Reidy »

Warners tried to hire Wright to design The Fountainhead, and Gerald Loeb and Rand herself urged him to take the job. Years later, when he was complaining about being broke, Loeb reminded him of the money he could have made on the job. The story about the high fee ($100K + 10% of the gross) is from George Nelson's article "Mr. Roark Goes to Hollywood" in Interiors in 1949.

There was also talk of Garbo coming back to play the part that eventually went to Patricia Neal, though this never got beyond a phone call or two.

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Post by JimM »

SDR wrote:Here's the very interesting answer to your question:



http://www.flickr.com/groups/mid-centur ... 261231182/



Thanks for bringing this up ! (Readers will have to decide for themselves if this looks like a FLW design. . .)



SDR


"Stewf's" post was interesting, and I cracked up at the part about a concern that audiences might be more interested in what was holding up the living room than the story, if the house was a real Wright! Only in the world of Frank....

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Post by Reidy »

Concerning outside in's posting above: Lloyd did work in the movie industry for a time, but long before the period of NXNW. I understand he did the Fairbanks Robin Hood. He said it was a wonderful way to work because he could draw something one day and see it built the next.

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