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  1. 9 points
    For those who are looking for Noir Alley -type films during Eddie's Summer Under the Stars hiatus, I made a list of some of those coming up that might qualify: Monday, August 6 - AUDREY TOTTER (she is the "Queen of Noir" this month) Postman Always Rings Twice, The (1946) Man in the Dark (1953) Sellout, The (1951) Set-Up, The (1949) Tension (1950) High Wall (1947) Lady in the Lake (1947) Unsuspected, The (1947) Friday, August 10 - DOROTHY MALONE Convicted (1950) Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) Tuesday, August 21 - ANITA LOUISE Shadowed (1946) Wednesday, August 22 - DANA ANDREWS Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) While the City Sleeps (1956) Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) Fallen Angel (1945) Thursday, August 23 - VIRGINIA MAYO Flaxy Martin (1949) Backfire (1950) Friday, August 24 - PETER LORRE Face Behind the Mask, The (1941) M (1931) Crime and Punishment (1935) Mask of Dimitrios, The (1944) Verdict, The (1946) Monday, August 27 - AGNES MOOREHEAD Caged (1950) Journey Into Fear (1942) Tuesday, August 28 - LEW AYRES Unfaithful, The (1947) No Escape (1953) Fingers at the Window (1942) Wednesday, August 29 - LAUREN BACALL Dark Passage (1947) Big Sleep, The (1946) Friday, August 31 - JOAN CRAWFORD Sudden Fear (1952) (Of course some of these have already been shown on Noir Alley.) If you want to get a head start and have access to other sources, here's what's coming up on Noir Alley in September: 9-02 The Locket (1946) Robert Mitchum, Laraine Day 9-09 Desperate (1953) Steve Brodie, Audrey Long 9-16 Angel Face (1952) Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons 9-23 The Stranger (1946) Orson Welles, Loretta Young 9-30 The Gangster (1947) Barry Sullivan I hope nobody strongly objects to any of my suggestions. I used the IMDB descriptions to pick out the crime dramas and film-noir category films.
  2. 8 points
    An investigation was launched into why the new Trump stamps were not sticking to envelopes. It turned out that people were spitting on the wrong side.
  3. 8 points
    The POWER of Lawrence. Don't tick him off. But he can boogie too.
  4. 8 points
    I was surprised that TCM was spending so much time on Leonard Bernstein, given that, after one night of his movie work, the second and third nights were focused on his network TV shows that were aimed at educating viewers about various aspects of music. But it was a very pleasant surprise. I found his talks on music absolutely fascinating. Bernstein was both knowledgeable and articulate, and never talked down to the audience. He covered a wide variety of music -- not just the classical music for which he's most remembered, but also musical comedies, jazz, and blues, with rock music also used as examples in at least one or two shows. (He even sang and played the then-current Association hit, "Along Comes Mary.") He always treated the non-classical musical genres with the same respect that he treated the classical examples. I'm glad that TCM took a few nights to pay tribute to one of the leading American cultural figures of the 20th Century. On those TV shows, Bernstein was trying to broaden the viewers' horizons, letting the audience know that, to quote Duke Ellington, "If it sounds good, it is good." I'm sure Bernstein would be the first to say that folks can make up their own minds about what sounds good to them -- he was no musical dictator, as his own broad musical tastes showed. When I was a kid, I was only interested in rock music. My mom tried to force-feed her beloved classical music to me, but it didn't really stick at the time. Over the decades since then, however, I've gradually come to like many more types of music because I was open to listening for appealing melodies, harmonies, and rhythms in jazz, folk, blues, old-time, country, and, yes, classical. (Although my mom didn't have immediate success, I later realized that the classical music she always had on the radio had become as familiar to me as the rock hits that I played on my own favorite stations. Thanks, mom!) I can see why the lack of movies on Saturday and Sunday nights might disappoint some folks. And I wouldn't want TCM to preempt film-related programming too often. But in this case, they got it right -- for me, anyway. Bravo, TCM!
  5. 8 points
    Growing up in NY we were lucky to go on the most interesting field trips. My class in JHS attended one of the Young People's Concerts at Carnegie Hall with Bernstein conducting. What was especially great was that Ginger Rogers was sitting behind me at that concert. I was already into classic films and knew who Ginger was so it was especially thrilling for me.
  6. 7 points
    ...now, if they want to air a promo about what sort of wine and h'ors d'ouvres to serve with MANDINGO, i'm down.
  7. 7 points
    Autumn Leaves (1956). I recorded this Joan Crawford film a few months back. I've found that I'm not particularly a fan of Crawford's during the early part of her career, but I really like her 1940s-1950s output. Many of her Warner Brothers films and the ones she made while she was a freelancer are among some of my favorite films. I loved Mildred Pierce (I never tire of watching her and Ann Blyth), Flamingo Road, and Humoresque. Sudden Fear is fantastic. I recommend that everyone record it on Joan's SUTS day next month. I also really liked her in The Best of Everything, though she's only in part of the film. She's even great in Queen Bee. I'm looking forward to recording Harriet Craig next month. Anyway, I really enjoyed Autumn Leaves. It was an interesting and compelling film. On my Dish, the synopsis stated: A lonely middle-aged typist finds love with a younger man, only to discover that he's a psychopath who's already married. Despite that, she still tries to get him help, and in doing so, she discovers a secret that could explain his behavior. This synopsis kind of makes the film sound like it's going to be a psychological thriller or something, something in line with Sudden Fear. I found that the synopsis, while not inaccurate, somewhat overstated the situation. Autumn Leaves did tell the story of a middle-aged typist who felt lonely at times. She had experienced love as a young woman, but ends up being dumped by her partner who is upset that Joan has prioritized her sick father over him (Personally, I think Joan dodged a bullet there). Decades pass and Joan still hasn't married. She's content in life, but admits that she is lonely at times. I believe she's resigned herself to being single. She works from home and enjoys having control of her career. Her one friend and confidant is her landlady and neighbor, Ruth Chatterton. One night, Joan goes out to dinner at a busy local diner and meets a lonely young Army veteran, Cliff Robertson. Robertson, who's also dining alone, asks if he can share the empty seat at Joan's table, as it's the only empty seat in the restaurant. Joan is reluctant at first, but eventually caves and lets him sit down. Despite their age difference, Joan and Cliff hit it off and bond over their mutual loneliness. Later, Cliff manages to charm Joan into going swimming with him at the beach the next afternoon. Joan goes and they have a lovely, romantic date--capped off with a From Here to Eternity-esque kiss in the waves. Joan, feeling self-conscious about the age difference between her and Cliff, brushes him off and tells him to find a girl his own age. Joan and Cliff go their separate ways for about a month until Cliff reappears and shares the news with Joan that he's found a job at a department store. He asks her to the movies to celebrate his new job. By the end of the evening Cliff has proposed marriage to Joan and she initially turns him down but then accepts. The couple marry in Mexico. It is after the marriage when Joan starts to learn that Cliff may not be what he seemed. It starts with little things, like him saying he was born in Chicago, when earlier in the film, he said he was from Racine, WI. Later, the white lies turn into Cliff's ex-wife (Vera Miles) showing up with property settlement paperwork for him to sign and Cliff's father (Lorne Greene) showing up in Los Angeles when previously Cliff had stated that his father was dead. Cliff had also told Joan that he was not married, whereas Vera tells Joan that she had just gotten the final decree a few days ago. Cliff did not know of the divorce decree. Cliff starts slowly cracking up throughout the film and becomes more and more violent. Joan starts investigating and finds out the truth behind Cliff's background and cause of his behavior. This film featured a twist that I definitely wasn't expecting and I found the portrayal of mental illness to be very interesting. I don't know if the treatment aspect was accurate, as I've never gone through a situation like this. However, it seemed reasonable and realistic and I enjoyed it. From the description of the film, I thought I was going to end up hating Cliff Robertson, but I actually felt really sorry for him and was happy that Joan tried to do what she could to help him. Their May-December romance came off as genuine, not weird. I found Cliff to be very attractive and charming. Of the films of his that I've seen (Picnic, Gidget, Autumn Leaves) he could not be more different in any of them. Based on his performance in Autumn Leaves, I'd be interested in seeing his Oscar-winning turn in Charly. Autumn Leaves also featured a lovely title song by Nat King Cole. I just love his voice. This was a great film that I wouldn't mind seeing again. I found out that it is part of a TCM Vault release: "Joan Crawford in the 1950s." This collection also features some other films that I liked/want to see, so I am considering if I'd like to purchase it. I'm afraid of these Vault releases going out of print, since it doesn't seem like TCM is putting out any new titles under their TCM Vault title.
  8. 7 points
    The Hill‏Verified account@thehill Prankster puts Putin portrait in Colorado Capitol where Trump's portrait would be http://hill.cm/H90okP5
  9. 7 points
    Here are the TCM premieres for the August 2018 Summer Under The Stars schedule, as determined by MovieCollectorOH’s report published on July 4: 3 - Secret of the Blue Room (1933) (Lionel Atwill) 4 - Coogan's Bluff (1968) (Clint Eastwood) 14 - Hot Pepper (1933) (Lupe Velez) 14 - Honolulu Lu (1941) (Lupe Velez) 15 - Abdication, The (1974) (Peter Finch) 21 - Glamour For Sale (1940) (Anita Louise) 21 - Shadowed (1946) (Anita Louise) 24 - Scent of Mystery (1960) (Peter Lorre) 25 - Sylvia (1965) (Carroll Baker) 25 - Star 80 (1983) (Carroll Baker) 26 - High Wind in Jamaica, A (1965) (Anthony Quinn) 27 - Without Honor (1949) (Agnes Moorehead) 28 - Last Train from Madrid, The (1937) (Lew Ayres) 30 - Slightly Pregnant Man, A (1973) (Marcello Mastroianni) 30 - Pizza Triangle, The (1970) (Marcello Mastroianni) Thanks as always to MCOH!
  10. 6 points
    I've decoded every message, using my universal translator, and each basically says the same thing: Mars Needs Women
  11. 6 points
    You can see why Van Johnson never made any more Noirs. He just doesn't seem quite hard boiled enough, another song and dance man who was trying to harden his image, sort of like Dick Powell, although Powell easily made the switch Johnson didn't. He's too vanilla. The rest of the cast are quite adapt in their rolls. Arlene Dahl is fine but wasted in the good girl role though she does look stunning. Gloria DeHaven is an eye opener. She's another refugee from musicals and she's quite believable as the stripper. In fact, she would have been good in Noir but she never appeared in another that I know of. However since this was 1949 her strip act is pretty tame, lol. McIntire is doing a variation of his his usual shtick, and Norman Lloyd is very entertaining as Sleeper. The battle between the police and Turk's armored car is unusually detailed and quite drawn out. It is an interesting sequence that would be more at home in a 30s gangster flick
  12. 6 points
    My victory dance after my thread was restored.
  13. 6 points
    Adam Schiff‏Verified account@RepAdamSchiff If Trump knew about the June 9 meeting, this is the chronology: The Russians offered Trump help Trump approved getting Russian help The Russians delivered help Trump dictated a false statement about the true purpose of the meeting Trump covered up his own role
  14. 6 points
    The Hill‏Verified account@thehill Soccer ball Putin gave Trump contains chip that can transmit data to cell phones: report http://hill.cm/eLLA4JB
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  16. 6 points
    Random thoughts on Dark Passage: I've seen this one a few times. The more often you view a movie, the more little things you notice about it. The plastic surgery scene is one of the most interesting and noirish in the whole film. I love that back alley where the defrocked doc has his office, the almost surreal atmosphere and the whole bizarre idea of having your face changed at the recommendation of a complete stranger, altered by another complete stranger, in the middle of the night. The nightmarish scene where Vince is under aenesthetic and we see all these frightening images whirling around. I love that kind of stuff. I think Vince's friend, George, is gay. He gives off a gay vibe, plus, he tells Vince that Vince is "the only friend I've ever had. No one else ever liked me.",which may well have been the case for a closeted gay man back in the 1940s. And "all he ever wanted to do was play the trumpet and go to South America with Vince.", as though he has feelings beyond friendship for Vince. Agnes Moorehead is a hoot as the conniving malevolent Madge. I think Agnes really enjoyed this role as a true harpy from hell. Something I've always noticed about this film is the way everyone asks questions, tons of questions. Everyone, the guy who picks Vince up at the film's beginning, the taxi driver, George, the hash-slinging cook in the all night diner ...all of them are incredibly nosy and ask far more questions than people do in real life. Sometimes this helps our hero, sometimes it's disastrous. One more thing I noticed this time around watching Dark Passage: the degree of trust some of the characters show, especially Lauren Bacall's. She believes everything Vince says. We know he's telling the truth, but how come she's so sure? But even though it stretches the limits of plausibility that she believes him, it somehow works. And Vince, in turn, has to trust her. There's also the enormous trust he has to put in the taxi driver and the disbarred plastic surgeon. I like the way they both emphatically tell him when the surgery's over that they'll never see him again, tacitly letting him know that they have no intention of blackmailing him. I think the scene where Irene removes Vince's bandages and initially looks appalled is a bit of an in-joke. Bogart's wife is looking at his face and is repelled at what she sees ! (Still, of course that's only for the first few minutes...) By the way, if this seems disjointed and randomly written, it's because I'm writing it while watching the film as it airs. I don't usually do this- it's kind of distracting, I keep having to look from the screen to my laptop. Don't know how some of you manage to do this on a regular basis ! Anyway, one other thing I wanted to mention about Dark Passage is the wonderful noirish setting, the San Francisco locations, full of steep winding stairways and dark streets and rain. Oh, and the fabulous apartment of Irene's ! Love that building, I hear it still exists.
  17. 6 points
    The Hill‏Verified accou@thehill Pruitt staffers worry he was exposed to toxic chemicals from desk he bought in controversial $10,000 office makeover http://hill.cm/W8x2XDz
  18. 5 points
    No, I noticed it and it bugs me too. Like he's a bigshot because he pays eighty something dollars a year to TCM. While we're on the subject of Backlot stuff that bothers us, what about those TCM shoppe commercials with Backlot members who obviously have more dollars than sense? They are trying to get me to purchase overpriced goods with stupidly high shipping costs when I can get the same stuff at Amazon?
  19. 5 points
    The Hill‏Verified accou@thehill Trump economic adviser on damaging effects of Trump tariffs: "Don’t blame President Trump" http://hill.cm/WXxDMm4
  20. 5 points
    Molly Jong-Fast‏Verified account@MollyJongFastMore Molly Jong-Fast Retweeted Andrew Lawrence Some of the stages of Lou Dobbism include abdominal bloating, the oranging of the hair, mild to moderate racism and extreme stupidity.
  21. 5 points
    Our apologies, it was removed in error. It's been restored now.
  22. 5 points
    The Hill‏Verified account @thehill #BREAKING: Jim Jordan to run for House Speaker: report http://hill.cm/LH7bOyz
  23. 5 points
    Josh Schwerin‏ @JoshSchwerin Josh Schwerin Retweeted The Associated Press How many hours till Trump contradicts this?
  24. 5 points
    TrentaCapelli‏ @OkCallMeAL Facts: When Obama took office on Jan 20, 2009, the Dow was at ~ 8,000. It closed at ~20,000 on Obama’s last day. That is growth of ~ 250% over 8 years. Those of us that worked through the financial crisis know the Obama WH saved the economy. Everything Trump says is a lie.
  25. 5 points
    HuffPost Politics‏Verified acco@HuffPostPol "My show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist. Why, you ask? Well, the answer’s simple: It’s because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood," said Roseanne Barr. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/roseanne-barr-i-was-labeled-a-racist-because-i-voted-for-donald-trump_us_5b5257c9e4b0de86f48d0d2c?section=politics&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000016

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