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Ann Todd played repressed pianist in 1945's 'Seventh Veil'

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By David Inman
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

Question: Years ago, I saw an old black-and-white movie that I would like to know the name of, and find out if it is available on DVD.

It featured a young woman, a gifted pianist, who was in therapy. I recall a few scenes, but no names. In one flashback, her hands were severely caned by a teacher and she lost a competition. In another, she became the ward of a stern, emotionless man. The final scene had her having a breakthrough moment with her therapist, and she ended up in the arms of her guardian, after realizing her inability to play was because of her repressed love for him. Does this ring a bell?

Answer: It rings a bell, strikes a chord, hits a note and any other musical simile you'd care to contribute.

The movie is “The Seventh Veil,” released in 1945. Ann Todd plays the pianist, and James Mason, in one of his earlier roles, is the stern guy.

Q: I vaguely remember a TV movie about a guy who hoarded much of his childhood belongings only to be mocked and ridiculed by his family and peers. An elf told him to hang on to his stuff and that he would not be sorry for doing so. As he became older, he drove around with his things in his car and sold them to become a millionaire. It might have been on “The Outer Limits” or “The Twilight Zone.” Can you help?

A: That was actually an episode of the anthology series “Amazing Stories.” It was titled “Gather Ye Acorns,” and it originally aired in 1986. Mark Hamill played the guy, and David Rappaport played his adviser elf.

The show is on DVD, in the “Amazing Stories” Season One package; it's also viewable online.

Q: One of our favorite fun movies is “The Replacements” with Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman. We always felt a sequel was due, especially because of the relationship between Reeves's character and cheerleader Annabelle Farrell, played by Brooke Langton. Even though we thought she was great in this role, we never saw Brooke Langton in anything after that. Did she do any more movies?

A: Langton has been busier on TV than in the movies since “The Replacements” was released in 2000. She was a regular on “Life,” which ran on NBC from 2007 to 2008, and on “Friday Night Lights” at the same time. And she has appeared on episodes of “The Closer,” “Monk” and “Weeds.”

Q: I'm trying to find the name of a cable series from the past few years. It was set in the Old West, but the lawmen used forensic techniques, so it was kind of a western “CSI.” Can you help with the title?

A: Sounds like “Peacemakers,” a series that ran on USA in 2003. Tom Berenger played the chief good guy, Marshall Jared Stone, and the cast included Amy Carlson and Peter O'Meara.

Q: Who are the parents of Rashida Jones, who plays Ann on “Parks and Recreation”? I know they're famous, but I forget who they are.

A: Rashida Jones, who has also appeared in the movies “I Love You, Man” and “The Social Network,” is the daughter of mega-music producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, best known as Julie on the 1960s series “The Mod Squad” and Norma on the 1990s series “Twin Peaks.”

Q: Can you tell me when “Justified” will be returning?

A: The FX series will be returning in early 2013.

Q: Is Ice Cube's name actually Ice Cube? If not, what's his real name?

A: Cube was actually born O'Shea Jackson in 1969.

Q: I seem to remember a mid-1980s movie starring Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss and another singer, the Prince protege Vanity. But no one seems to remember this movie. Can you tell me the title?

A: That's the 1986 film “Never Too Young to Die,” which also stars John Stamos. He's a gymnast named Lance Stargrove who's avenging the death of his father. Vanity is secret agent Danja Deering, who teams with Lance to find the killer. Simmons is the killer, Velvet Von Ranger. This sounds like the best movie ever!

Write David Inman in care of The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, 525 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 740031, Louisville, Ky. 40201-7431; or email him at Questions of general interest will be answered; personal replies are not possible.

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