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  1. 9 points
    In The Toast of New York Frances Farmer has to choose between Edward Arnold and Cary Grant. SPOILER ALERT: she picks Cary Grant. Well, duh. In Come and Get It Frances Farmer the First (saloon girl) has to pick between Edward Arnold and Walter Brennan. Not quite the same kind of choice, is it? Personally, I'd be saying, "Monty, I'll see what's behind Door Number Three." And Lorna--you are so right about Brennan's performance in this film. It's like a screen test for Not as a Stranger, where you do get John Qualen and a few others, including Olivia De Havilland, doing the Min-ne-so-ta accent. If you haven't seen Not as a Stranger, you must. It's a Stanley Kramer production where decisions were made like, "Who can we cast as an aspiring medical student? I know, Frank Sinatra!" But I digress. Frances Farmer the Second (the rich young lady) has to choose between Edward Arnold and Joel McCrea, which puts us back in "duh" territory. I also find Frances Farmer a very interesting actress. If she could have held things together, she could have been outstanding in film noir, instead of living a film noir.
  2. 8 points
    Although at first glance you might think for Summer Under the Stars TCM was merely repeating Buster Keaton films that have been seen many times before, TCM stepped it up by including the premier of the very interesting documentary by Peter Bogdanovich - The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018). In addition, TCM featured several titles restored by the Cohen Media Group that have just been released on Blu-Ray in the past few months. In their restorations, Cohen went one step further than the original Blu-Ray versions that Kino did several years ago by cleaning up the dirt and scratches and in some cases updating the scores. The video for these titles now looks nearly as good as when it was originally shown in theaters. The list of Cohen titles presented by TCM includes some of Keaton’s most highly acclaimed classics: Battling Butler (1926) The General (1926) Sherlock, Jr. (1924) Seven Chances (1925) Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1926) The Navigator (1924) All of these titles (including the documentary) can still be seen on WatchTCM for a few more days, so Keaton fans should check them out while they can.
  3. 7 points
    Role Model: I was about 10-15 years old when MTM Show was on. My Mother worked in the fashion industry and I always knew women could have a rewarding career. A few years later I got my first job as Window Dresser, just like Rhoda - although by that time it was called "Visual Merchandiser". As an artist I knew my life would be like Rhoda's, living in a cramped attic apartment in contrast to college educated Mary who had a higher paying "career" who could afford a nicer, more spacious living space. I think everyone knew Rhoda was beautiful except her character, as it is so often in real life. I loved when she won the Hemple's Dept Store Beauty Contest. The writing on that show was extraordinary. Thank you Valerie Harper, for not only making us laugh, but crafting a great role model for many of us.
  4. 7 points
    I also have to say BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, SUSAN SLADE and RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE would all make good programming choices for MOTHER'S DAY.
  5. 7 points
    I am overwhelmed! Thanks to all who voted for me and special thanks to Frau Blucher. I will start thinking of a worthy challenge soon.
  6. 7 points
    Netflix should be worried of their lack of a library of interesting films.
  7. 6 points
    The Affairs of Dobie Gillis is on the 23rd at 8:30 AM. Happy Halloween.
  8. 6 points
    This has been a terrible year for celebrity passings. First Luke Perry, then Doris Day, and now Valerie Harper. While Valerie's passing is not entirely surprising (she's been ill with cancer for years and was recently placed into hospice), I am still very sad to hear that she is gone. Valerie's passing is yet another piece of my Nick at Nite childhood that is gone. Losing MTM, Georgia Engel, and now Valerie, within the span of a couple years is especially sad. Mary Tyler Moore, next to I Love Lucy, was my favorite show on Nick at Nite. While I loved MTM and thought of Mary Richards as one of my role models, I knew that inside, I was always a Rhoda. This is me: Also me: Again me: I always loved Valerie's wardrobe on both Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda. Valerie's "Rhoda" character was a nice balance between Mary and Phyllis. When she left the show, Sue Ann and Georgette kind of filled the void, but the focus of Mary Tyler Moore changed from Mary's home life to her WJM life. One of my favorite episodes is "Rhoda the Beautiful," when Rhoda finally loses the 20 lbs she's been trying to lose for the past two seasons. She is still self-deprecating and refuses to accept that she looks great. Frankly, I think she looked beautiful before, but she looks great. I could see how working next to the very svelte MTM would make someone want to perhaps drop a few pounds, but Valerie looked great no matter what. I thought she was gorgeous, on par with MTM. From "Rhoda the Beautiful" : (Mary and Rhoda discuss how beauty pageant contestants have three part names) MARY (mocking the Miss America contestant interviews): "Tell us, Miss Mary Jo Beth Ann Lou, what are some of your favorite hobbies?" RHODA (acting like a stereotypical beauty pageant contestant): "My favorite hobbies are cheerleading, liking people, and living in America." RHODA: "When I graduate from high school, I would like to become a brain surgeon... or a model!" --- Another great Rhoda episode is the second episode of the series, "Today I am a Ma'am." RHODA: "You can really get close to someone fast when you hit him with a car." --- RIP Valerie. Right now I am watching the best Rhoda-centric episodes of Mary Tyler Moore in your honor. It's the episode where Rhoda and Lou casually date. I would also like to own Rhoda's "I live to boogie" t-shirt.
  9. 6 points
    I'm from the Bronx. It wasn't a question of her accent, Rhoda was famously from the Bronx. It was mentioned often in the series. In fact, her wedding episode was shot near the building I grew up in.
  10. 6 points
  11. 6 points
    THE TRUMPS HAVING A GREAT TIME AT THE G7 Justin: "Boy, we look good." Melania: "Don't I know it." Donald: "I think my underwear's starting to creep up." Justin: "Hey, big Mamma." Melania: "Hey, big Poppa." Donald: "Geez, there goes another button." Melania: "Hello, Justin, you yummy man. Ready for a big wet one?" Donald: "Nobody's looking at me." Donald: "Tell me what they're doing. I'm afraid to look." Donald: "I think I'll leave Melania home next time."
  12. 6 points
    In the past few weeks I've seen two What A Character installments that are new to me so I assume are new productions; Jessie Ralph and Mildred Natwick. I hope there will be more to come! Below is a list I've compiled. Please let me know if there are any missing. What A Character - Beulah Bondi What A Character - Conrad Veidt What A Character - Edna Mae Oliver What A Character - Eugene Pallette What A Character - Eve Arden What A Character - Frank McHugh What A Character - Guy Kibbee What A Character - Hattie McDaniel What A Character - Jessie Ralph What A Character - Marjorie Main What A Character - Mary Wickes What A Character - Mildred Natwick What A Character - Rags Ragland What A Character - SZ Sakall What A Character - William Demarest What A Character - William Frawley
  13. 6 points
    Bambi (1942) A year ago hiking along a nature trail, while crossing a bridge, I looked down upon a thicket and saw in a clearing a deer reaching up to eat some leaves off a branch. I was enchanted by the sight and watched the animal in appreciative silence. After a minute or two I saw a slight rustle in the bushes behind the deer and saw a fawn emerge beside her. I watched these two for several minutes. They saw me too, or, at least the mother did, but, as I remained still and said nothing, they didn't flee. I watched them for several more minutes before they disappeared into the thicket. It was a lovely moment. Last week I hiked along the same path and, as I approached the same bridge, I thought of those two deer. As I did so I glanced down into that same thicket and there, in a clearing, not more than one hundred yards from where I saw the deer last year, I spotted a stag reaching up to eat some leaves off a branch. After about three minutes he was gone, disappeared into the thick bush around him, and I again felt honoured to have seen one of nature's most beautiful creatures. I even wondered if I might have just seen the same fawn from last year, now a young adult. In view of that sighting I decided to watch one of Disney's most famous animated features for the first time in years. I had re-viewed both Snow White and Pinocchio within the past year and, to be honest, while I appreciated the animation of both, neither feature film really touched me emotionally and I was, in that respect, a little disappointed. That was not, I'm pleased to say, the case with Bambi. Disney's lyrical appreciation of nature and the circle of life still enchants through a combination of still impressive animation, music and the anthromorphic characterizations of its central figures. The fairy tale nature of this presentation, of course, is such that (and I accepted it while it has nothing to do with reality) all the animals in the film are friends with one another. The wise old, if slightly grumpy, owl never swoops down to prey upon any of the forest creatures. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, skunks and, of course, deer all happily intermingle with one another in this forest glade. There is only one enemy in this film, and that is first powerfully conveyed in one of the most effective sequences in the production. A young Bambi, still discovering the wonders of his wooded world, is startled to see all the deer suddenly fleeing in one direction. An ominous musical score is now building on the film's soundtrack, as a cacophony of crows in flight flee high from the woods. Not only do the deer flee but the birds and all small animals run away in panic. Bambi is startled and scared, too young to understand what's happening, calling out for his mother who, in turn, is searching for him. There's a shot of Bambi, painfully vulnerable and alone in the middle of the meadow, as he runs back and forth not knowing what to do, until he is joined by a stag, The Prince of the Forest, to whom all the deer look for guidance. He leads Bambi, now joined by his mother, quickly out of the meadow and towards the woods. As he does so the ominous sounds of the music builds and then suddenly stops. There is silence followed by a rifle shot. Soon after, now in the safety of the woods, Bambi's mother emerges and looks around, calling out to a still frightened Bambi to join her. "What happened, mother?" he asks, "Why did we all run?" There is a three second delay, building for full impact, before she replies. "Man," she answers, "was in the forest." Bambi has a number of lovely moments, particularly those when as a young fawn he is on spindly legs learning to walk and later playing with his friends. Thumper, a mischievious small rabbit, and Flower, a shy skunk, are his two close friends. The voice characterization, in particular, of Thumper, done by young Peter Behn, is a marvel of childlike innocence and curiosity, adding as much to the characterization of this little rabbit as the animators. When Bambi goes sprawling once again, can anyone forget young Thumper's marvelous "Did the young Prince fall down?" rejoinder to the action? SPOILER ALERT: Of course, one of the most powerful scenes captured in animation occurs when Bambi's mother is killed. Difficult to imagine many audience members not having to fight the tears when a panicked young Bambi ventures into a winter blizzard calling out in vain for his mother. I wonder, too, how many audience members, based on their own life experiences, may be identifying with the little fawn at this moment. Heart warming and poignant, charming and sweet, with a simple story about nature that never interferes with the characterizations or flow of the action, Bambi still remains the Disney studio at its most affecting. 3.5 out of 4
  14. 6 points
    Plus possesses the experience of manure spreading! Sepiatone
  15. 6 points
    Haven't you heard? He's the "king of Israel". Trump touts quote calling him 'second coming of God' to Jews in Israel A day after saying that American Jews who vote for Democrats show “great disloyalty,” President Trump on Wednesday repeated a claim by a supporter that he is beloved by Israeli Jews “like a king” or "the second coming of God." Trump shared on Twitter quotes from Newsmax TV's Wayne Allyn Root, who declared him the greatest president for Jews and Israel “in the history of the world.” https://news.yahoo.com/trump-second-coming-of-god-to-jews-israel-135407584.html;_ylt=AwrJ61l8hF1dlCAAoGVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--
  16. 6 points
    I saw SUSAN SLADE (1961?) for the first time last night... it was DELISH. CONNIE FRANCIS plays the daughter of DORoTHY MAGUIRE- who apparently made ENEMIES FOR LIFE of the hair and make-up people- and LLOYD NOLAN- who I actually think gives the best performance in PEYTON PLACE- that doesn't have anything to do with anything, I just think he handles himself quite well in the courtroom scene. CONNIE has waist-length tresses and she and her folks live in a FAAAAAAAAAAAABULOUS ASIAN STYLE HOME ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST OVERLOOKING THE SEA CRASHING ON THE ROCKS in MONTERREY. RON AND NANCY ARE PROBABLY RIGHT DOWN THE STREET. . Connie has waist-length tresses and she gets a second horse for her birthday. I hate her. sort of. i mean, she can ROCK A FALL like no other- ASIDE- THE LEITMOTIF of horses, horse-riding and weird-**** horse people got DAMN OLD DAMN FAST you could even say they were "beating" it... it is a shame DH LAWRENCE did not live to see this movie. Connie gets pregnant and the father falls out of the picture and DOROTHY MAGUIRE- her mother and graduate of the JOAN CRAWFORD SCHOOL FOR PARENTING- SAYS THEY CAN PASS OFF THE KID AS HERS, MEANING DOROTHY MAGUIRE IS GOING TO CLAIM to all their society friends (among whom is none other than LOVEY HOWELL herself Natalie Schaeffer!) THAT SHE IS: 1. the one who is pregnant and... 2. GOING TO GUATAMALA TO HAVE THE BABY, BECAUSE- YEAH- THAT'S TOTALLY A PLACE KNOWN FOR THE ACE MEDICAL CARE AND SECURE SURROUNDINGS IN WHICH TO BIRTH A BABY...MIND YOU,THAT IS ONLY IF CALCUTTA IS ALREADY BOOKED FOR THE WEEK. I would give anything for one of the old society ladies at the luncheon MAGUIRE gives where she tells them she is pregnant and moving away to ask IF THE RABBIT DIED LAUGHING. (YES, THAT'S FROM THE GOLDEN GIRLS) i cannot tell you how many times i rewatched CONNIE'S BIG "FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION" MOMENT WHERE SHE TEARS OFF HER DRESS AND RIPS AT HER HAIR. I REMEMEBER COMING ACROSS THIS IMAGE WHILE WATCHING BAD MOVIES WE LOVE, AN OLD SHOW ON TNT AND NEVER KNEW WHERE IT WAS FROM, BUT IT HAS BEEN BURNED INTO MY WORM-ADDLED BRAIN EVER SINCE.
  17. 5 points
    A lovely film. Wonderful to watch the relationship between the cowboy and his horse. Also the film that is Kirk's personal favourite of his career. Douglas is known for playing a lot of screen rats but this film shows how likeable and charming be could be while still portraying a rugged individualist.
  18. 5 points
    There's this thing called dialogue which now accompanies the visual.
  19. 5 points
    I was looking at reviews on the IMDb, and I came across this one (2 out of 28 people found it helpful): OK so basically this lady is like going crazy and her husband used 2 b an alcoholic.....and they have art student living with them...anyways the old lady is like calling 4 her dead dog every morning...and the old dude is like on the verge of suicide through out the entire movie and they think that Marie is all "nice" but every night her and dirk are...."making the love"...i swear to god thats what the old lady refers to it as.....in the end the old dude gets totally wasted and gets sent to the crazy farm (mental hospital).....then he comes back and his wife is all like sad and like scared of him and he starts crying and then u're like is that the ending?? they sit me threw this totally boring movie and u leave me with an old guy crying?? not cool
  20. 5 points
    It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. Mark Twain
  21. 5 points
    Nip, with a whopper statement like that as further evidence, sometimes I wonder if the reason you idolize Trump so much is because you both live in alternate realities.
  22. 5 points
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 21m They do stories so big on Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all. Fake News!
  23. 5 points
    Upon the urging of fellow members here, I watched KISS ME KATE, a 1953 MGM musical, most likely the only one I hadn't seen. I lurve Howard Keel, but can't stand Kathryn Grayson. I was told I'd feel differently about her in this one and they were right. I don't care for Grayson when she's an overly sweet, coquette with that trilling voice. But here, she was feisty, mature and really pretty, not sappy at all. That said, I had a hard time concentrating on ANYTHING else besides Keel's magnificent mound: (follow the bouncing ball) I loved the costumes and the colors on all the gorgeous healthy young dancer's bodies. Excellent vocals, Cole Porter songs, yeah it was good. One of the lithe young men in tights executed a perfect double spin leap I had to put back and watch in slo mo. I realized I had seen Bob Fosse credited-of course! This number really highlighted his new modern style. Ann Miller was adorable as usual and did a couple of dance numbers with other people-something I thought she never did-share screen time. The story centers around a professional couple in a stage musical together that mirrors Shakespere's Taming Of The Shrew. As far as musicals go, it was the usual eye popping super lush production that I enjoyed very much. I doubt I'll revisit it, though.
  24. 5 points
    What the hell is that thing behind them? Do they have their own gold-plated Mexican wrestler on staff? Is it a robot? The world's worst statue?
  25. 5 points
    Ah yes...Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars.

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