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Rent Check: Penelope Ann Miller

Penelope Ann Miller’s video picks -- The leading lady’s watching ''Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,'' ''The Lady Eve,'' ''On the Waterfront,'' and ''To Kill a Mockingbird''

The versatile leading lady of The Shadow (as well as the recent Broadway fizzle On the Waterfront) has shared the screen with the likes of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And she selects videos that are just as varied:

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936, Columbia TriStar)
''Jean Arthur was funny and quirky and neat and elegant, but never afraid to make fun of herself. Carole Lombard was the same way. These beautiful women — and they just go for it comically. They're not inhibited.''

The Lady Eve (1941, MCA/Universal)
''Barbara Stanwyck really gets to play three different people. Plus it's got one of the great themes: Love awakens her conscience. It's well-done and so entertaining.''

On the Waterfront (1954, Columbia TriStar)
''I used to rent it all the time; I finally went ahead and bought it. It's that classic love story, like Romeo and Juliet, about someone who falls for the wrong person. Marlon Brando's performance is incredible. On location in Toronto [for The Freshman], Matthew [Broderick] and I would sit in Marlon's trailer, and he'd say things like 'In On the Waterfront, I did this scene in a cab...' Our jaws would drop; we'd hear 'Ready on the set!' and we'd be like 'No! We have better things to do!'''

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, MCA/Universal)
''It reminds me of my own childhood. Then it's got this political story. It's got both sides of the spectrum without hitting you over the head. And Gregory Peck is an ideal father figure.''

Originally posted Jun 09, 1995 Published in issue #278 Jun 09, 1995 Order article reprints
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