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The 37th Academy Awards - 1965

Updated on August 20, 2014
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Mary has been a movie fan since she was a little girl. She watched movies every night of the week on Million Dollar Theater..

Audrey Hepburn

Loved in every film she did, Audrey Hepburn was everybody's Fair Lady.
Loved in every film she did, Audrey Hepburn was everybody's Fair Lady. | Source

The Academy Awards

There is no better time to look at the Academy Awards of the past than when the Academy Awards are in the air. What glory and grandeur has gone before and what glory, thrills, reality and beauty await us. The visionaries that bring life to the screen keep us involved in scenarios we can only imagine. There is nothing like the movies to take us away, entertain us, and even make us think. Politically correct, politically incorrect, the ills of society and the fantasies we long for, those are the movies we see.

The Academy Awards is time dedicated to those movies. Any Academy Awards fan can watch Turner Classic Movies for the month of February to see past Academy Awards winners. In 2014 a documentary entitled "And the Oscar Goes To" was aired on TCM. While not on DVD yet, it is sure to be a winner. TCM writes it "gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy Awards and Oscar-winning films through the eyes of Hollywood insiders." I watched it on CNN and was not disappointed.

Some Songs from My Fair Lady

  • Wouldn't It be Loverly
  • An Ordinary Man
  • The Rain in Spain
  • I Could Have Danced All Night
  • On the Street Where You Live
  • Get Me to the Church On Time
  • I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady won eight Academy Awards for; Best Picture, Directing, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Sound, Original Music Score, Best Art Direction, and Costume Design. It was adapted from the stage production Pygmalion.

An arrogant phonetics professor played by Rex Harrison, wagers he can turn the cockney accent of a lowly flower girl into that of a proper lady and make her presentable to London Society. (Wikipedia)

Just about everyone is familiar with the story. Professor Higgins is arrogant and knowledgeable and at first treats Eliza, played by Audrey Hepburn, solely as a project to ensure his bet. He does later sing "I've grown accustomed to your face." which actually means he's fallen in love with her.

The acting is superb but so are the songs that came from this musical. If you like Audrey Hepburn and musicals, this is a must see!

In case you're interested there are two schools of thought regarding where the title "My Fair Lady" came from. First is from the nursery rhyme, "London Bridge"....London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.

The second is from the play when Professor Higgins suggests he can pass Eliza off as a "Mayfair Lady". Eliza however, replies that she doesn't want to be a "My Fair Lady".

The Rain in Spain

Mary Poppins



Even though the sound of it
is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough you'll
always sound precocious
Um diddle diddle diddle
um diddle ay! (etc.)

Because I was afraid to speak
when I was just a lad
Me father gave me nose a tweak
and told me I was bad
But then one day I learned a word
That saved me achin' nose
The biggest word I ever heard
And this is how it goes: Oh!

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins won five Academy Awards; Best Actress, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Original Song, and Best Music, Substantially Original Score.

If you haven't heard of Mary Poppins you've been living under a rock for sure. Really! Never heard "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" or "A Spoonful of Sugar"? This delightful film stars two of Hollywood's most beloved, Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews and the songs add to the fun.

As you may know from the current movie about the making of Mary Poppins "Saving Mr. Banks", Disney's daughters fell in love with the Mary Poppins books and begged their father to make a movie about her. When the film was made it was an instant hit and labeled a musical fairy tale by some.

Set in 1910 London, when the Banks children meet their new nanny, Mary Poppins, they've met their match! Her magical talents surprise and enthrall them. Bert the chimney sweep (Dick van Dyke) is a good friend of Mary's and adds to the fantasy. Of course I was also happy with Glynis Johns as the mother of Jane and Michael (I've always thought she was cute and loved her voice), and Ed Wynn, a talented vaudeville comedian as Uncle Albert.

This musical mixes live action with animation to delight of every child who's ever seen it...young and old alike. According to Disney's wikia, "In 2006 this film ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals."

There's no lack of fun in this film from the acting, singing and effects it really is a joy from start to finish. If you have small children, buy or rent it right away.


Nominees (non winners) for the 37th Academy Awards

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Richard Burton - Becket
Anne Bancroft - The Pumpkin Eater
Dr. Strangelove
Peter O'Toole - Becket
Sophia Loren - Marriage Italian Style
Mary Poppins
Anthony Quinn - Zorba the Greek
Debbie Reynolds - The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Zorba the Greek
Peter Sellers - Dr. Strangelove
Kim Stanley - Seance on a Wet Afternoon

Musicals or Thrillers?

If you had a choice which would you prefer?

See results

Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte

In a complete departure from the delightful musicals of 1965 we have Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte. It seems the inimitable Bette Davis spent her last years in film doing horror/thrillers. From What Ever Happened to Baby Jane to Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.

Charlotte is the victim in this murder thriller. The movie starts out with the murder-dismemberment of Charlotte's fiancé. It seems her fiancé, played by Bruce Dern, is already married when he proposes to Charlotte. Her father finds out and confronts him so he tells Charlotte he no longer loves her and is leaving. Not only is he murdered but his body is hacked up, hands cut off, head cut off, you get the picture. Charlotte finds his body and returns to a party covered in his blood. Is she really the murderer?

It seems her father thinks so though while Charlotte thinks it was her father. Years later to protect her father's secret when a demolition crew comes to demolish her house she refuses to let them near the house. She wants to keep her father's secret. She calls on her cousin played by Olivia DeHavilland to help her keep her house. Remember, everyone believes Charlotte killed her lover.

Well, it seems Olivia and her lover played by Joseph Cotton are out to get Charlotte's money. Joseph Cotton is a doctor supposedly there to help Charlotte. Things begin to deteriorate for Charlotte as memories come alive, with a little help from her "friends". As Olivia DeHavilland said of her character, " It's always the charming ones of evil intent who are the dangerous ones; the others you can see coming."

I don't like spoilers so I'll leave it at that. Watch the movie to find out the details.

Backstory of Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte

There are so many more good movies from 1964, movies like Goldfinger, Marnie, and don't forget Bikini Beach with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon!

Each year we watch our favorite movies, some new some old. Check out the movies from 1964 if you haven't already seen them.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed Joe.

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      5 years ago from north miami FL

      Much appreciated, and again great article.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Joe. I have other comments to read and then will certainly read your hub on CellAllure.

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      5 years ago from north miami FL

      How elegant people were, Audrey Hepburn is stunning. You are a great writer. I'd love it if you critiqued my new hub on CellAllure and there smartphone the Lite S

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Bk42author...I think you've nailed, its "old Hollywood" I love too.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      5 years ago from New York

      Awesome hub! I love classic movies and old Hollywood in general. Voted up!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      There's been more going on Effer but I'll try to drop you a note. You can be nosy any time. I have been away from HP on and off for over a month now but I'm trying to get back. Glad you enjoyed the hub even if you are old :)

      Thanks Deb, nice to know we share some memories.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent memories. I have seen ALL of these.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til....Back just to say: I'm so glad to SEE you! Also glad you explained your absence, Grandma.

      I left a note on my desk to drop you an email....a note from a nosy friend, wondering where you've been and HOW you are!

      Damn....a person can't have any freedom or privacy around here!! Sorry...but that's the way I am....Hope you had a great time with the darlings. I admit, I was concerned......Hugs!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Sorry I didn't reply sooner Genna, I was away for a week babysitting!

      I agree that Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady are perfect bookends! I'm not sure I saw Pumpkin but loved Marnie! Thanks for the comment and for following my series.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Mary…

      Reading this hub is such a pleasing way to spend the evening.

      “The second is from the play when Professor Higgins suggests he can pass Eliza off as a "Mayfair Lady". Eliza however, replies that she doesn't want to be a "My Fair Lady".”

      I never knew this. (MFL is one of my favorites.)

      “Mary Poppins” and “My Fair Lady” were perfect “bookends” in this interesting year for film. Strangelove, Charlotte, Marnie and Pumpkin (Anne Bancroft is another favorite actress) were all quite dramatic and compelling, each in their own way.

      I still love this series, and look forward to new installments. Voted up and shared. :-)

    • fpherj48 profile image


      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Why is it I remember OLDER movies like these greats......but have trouble with thew more recent ones?? Uh-OH!! We all know what that means.

      I love this hub, are the BEST at these Academy Award hubs!.........UP+++ Tweeted.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Sorry I'm late again responding...I have a laundry list of reasons no one wants to hear. Thank you all for being here.

      Frank, so glad I could "save the day". It's fun to jog your memory and mine. Thank YOU for reading and following these hubs.

      Dearest Maria, nothing you said surprises me....your talents cover even the piano! The fun we had as kids, scaring each other. How I would have loved to be at the Oscars, even as a mouse ;)

      Carter, Audrey Hepburn was not nominated believe it or not. Cheers to you and you are most welcome. It is always nice to stroll down memory lane, especially with friends.

      Faith, glad you enjoyed . They decided to make Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte to cash in on the success of Baby Jane. While they reached their end results, theride was a rough one. Blessings.

      DDE, I am so glad you find these hubs useful and informative.

      Thank you Writer Fox. We don't often realize how much some of these movies influence our lives. Thanks for the vote.

      Always happy to see you here Bill and even Happier you continue to enjoy. Thanks so much for the votes and share.

      While you were only two when they came out Linda, you must've seen the m since? Your granddaughters would enjoy Mary Poppins and I am glad you enjoyed my hub.

      My dead Audrey, as you know it's fairly easy to write a good piece when you have good material. So glad you liked my hub.

      Now you've got me thinking Teaches. I thought those commercials were done with CGI and that was the real Hepburn. Maybe someone out there can set us straight. Glad we could share some memories.

      Thank you Audrey. It is nice to meet you and I am so glad you enjoyed my hub. I think Hepburn's modesty and lack of bravado made her even more popular.

      Bownella what a great great having old movies available on the big screen again! Nice to see you here.

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      5 years ago from New England

      So many great movies. Our local theater features old movies every Wednesday night and last week was 'My Fair Lady', it had been years since I'd seen it and I forgot how great Audrey Hepburn's facial expressions are. After reading this I'll have to put Mary Poppins in the suggestion box for next month!

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      Audrey Selig 

      5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Great movies. It is fun to go back to the old favorite movies. I can even remember. Where I saw them and with whom. Audrey Hepburn was a great favorite, as she reminded me of myself with her wispiness. She was drama in itself. I thought she would be around forever, but nothing is forever. She left us her movies, and they are a joy. Thanks for sharing this well written hub of memories. Blessings, Audrey. Sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Hepburn was a classic beauty and talented actress. I love the new commercial that features her look-alike. I remember when the songs from the show were popular, especially The Rain In Spain. Mary Poppins is my all time favorite. Thanks for the memories.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      A wonderful step back in time. Yes, I'm old enough to remember, and then some. My Fair Lady is such a joy to see. My DVD is about worn out:) Thank you for all the energy you've put into this magnificent tribute. These photos are just excellent!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fab tribute article Tills! I was 2 in 1965. I don't remember Mary Poppins or My Fair Lady, but I did enjoy learning about them via your hub :)

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Mary. Great to see another installment of this wonderful series. Mary Poppins is one of my all-time favorites. Keep them coming. Shared, voted up, etc..

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I love your articles about the earlier Academy Award years. My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins seem to be just as popular today as they were fifty years ago. Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome photos in black and white and so clear to me about the awards of 1965. You always know how to put together such kinds of hubs, informative and useful

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, wonderful year indeed. I just loved My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!!! I haven't seen Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. I just loved all the songs of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, and I remember trying to talk just like Audrey when she was saying "The rain in Spain ..." lol

      Now, my favorite thriller that I will never forget is Whatever Happen to Baby Jane!

      Another fabulous addition here to your awesome series, dear Mary!

      Up and more and sharing


      Faith Reaper

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      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Both of those musicals were magic weren't they? Great write up Till..And just a question; was Audrey Hepburn up against Julie Andrews for best actress that year? just curious..thanks for the memories..cheers

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mary,

      Even though I was (4) this year, I so identify with the three movies you have showcased.

      "My Fair Lady" was one of my favorite soundtracks as I learned of the best musicals ever IMHO...!

      Also have a soft spot for "Mary Poppins" enjoying learning the story behind it in this years' excellent "Saving Mr Banks"

      My older sis and I 'loved' to be terrorized at "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" so I cannot wait to come back to check out these videos/ share them with her as well.

      I was glued to my TV last night and thought of you so many times...expecting to see you hobnobbing with Ellen, carrying your camera and notepad! Voted UP and UABI. Love ya, Maria

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      you know I knew you were going to add another installment of this Academy Award hub.. I thought it was going to be sooner.. but another year and the movies here are going to be worth the rewatch I even forgot about them completely, but I had no fear Tilson.. was there..LOL thanks again for these award winning hubs :) Frank

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Jodah. They were certainly movies that spoke to our inner youth. Thanks for the vote.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub Mary. Who could ever forget My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins especially? Kids and adults alike were still singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for years afterwards, and everyone loved Audrey Hepburn. Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      So happy to oblige Nadine, it was a good year for movies and I, too, enjoyed the flashback.

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      Nadine May 

      5 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Audrey Hepburn was one of my favorite in the sixties. She came from Holland and was greatly thought of as an actress. Some of the other movies I remember, especially Mary Poppins

      The Rain in Spain song took me back. Thanks for the flashback.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      They really are great aren't they Vellur? Mary Poppins was just amazing!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Great flash back on the 37 th Academy Awards of 1965. My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins are my favorite movies.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      You are amazing Bill! Not only are you a faithful friend but you're damn prompt to boot! Glad you enjoyed. It certainly was a good year.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There were some heavyweights in this group, weren't there? You know how much I love this series, Mary. Thanks for the flashback and good timing. I was wondering if you would post one of these today. :)


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