Cinema: Cut It Out

When a Hollywood screenwriter gets tired of cliches, it's news. Last week in the Screen Writer, Scenarist Ken Englund (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) begged his colleagues to please avoid:

¶ That old cinemusical shot of "the circular iron ladder backstage [with] the chorines descending."

¶ Such romantic dialogue as: "Listen, darling, they're playing our song"; "Violets ! Oh darling, you remembered"; "Oh, Keith, darling, look! The stars are so close you could reach out and stir them around"; "Oooh! The bubbles tickle my nose!"

¶ The aquatic love scene: "Maureen O'Hara playfully pushes John Payne into the water, dives...