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Character actors SOTM April 2017


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:29 PM

How about Lee J. Cobb for April?

 

He's a good actor and would certainly work for a Summer Under the Stars day. Not sure if they consider him enough of a household name to get a month-long tribute. Another one, similar in style, is Charles Bickford. Of course, we all know Bickford replaced Cobb on TV's long-running western series The Virginian.


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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:19 AM

How about Lee J. Cobb for April?


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:24 PM

FYC: Edna May Oliver for SOTM.

 

She would be a great one to include with other character actors and actresses. They could air all her Hildegarde Withers films in order during primetime. Fans would enjoy it.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:13 PM

FYC: Edna May Oliver for SOTM.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 03:19 PM

I believe the overall reason is what you have stated before;  That TCM is very star driven.   This is a very common marketing business model.     E.g. the NFL;   while each team has over 80 players only a handful are used for marketing purposes.  

 

Yes, we've discussed this before in other threads. TCM really pushes the "star" thing. But we have seen some exceptions-- like Charles Coburn, Mary Boland and Thelma Ritter getting Summer Under the Stars days. So I would imagine TCM does consider some character actors and actresses as having 'star quality.'

 

I would also think that a month honoring these people could be marketed in a way that viewers would appreciate.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 03:12 PM

I like your idea. They deserve to be celebrated. I don't know why TCM continues to neglect honoring them--maybe because there are so many great ones, and how can you possibly narrow down the selections...?

 

I believe the overall reason is what you have stated before;  That TCM is very star driven.   This is a very common marketing business model.     E.g. the NFL;   while each team has over 80 players only a handful are used for marketing purposes.  


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 09:20 PM

April is the perfect month for a bunch of character actors to be honored as part of SOTM.

 

Call it April Fools - SOTM:  While these actors may not be 'stars' they were key to the industry and here are some of the films that wouldn't be the same without these actors.

 

I like your idea. They deserve to be celebrated. I don't know why TCM continues to neglect honoring them--maybe because there are so many great ones, and how can you possibly narrow down the selections...?


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 01:02 PM

I assume we will find out next week sometime who will be featured as Star of the Month on TCM in April. It's been a while since we've had a group SOTM. It would be nice to see a bunch of character actors and actresses honored for a change.

 

I wouldn't even mind seeing someone who was popular in the 80s, though I think a lot of people who frequent our message boards wouldn't care for it. If they ever did (correction: when they ever do) an 80s star, it would be fun to see them pick an actress like Sally Field, Sissy Spacek or Jessica Lange; or an actor like Michael Douglas, Nick Nolte or Robin Williams. Think of all the great films that could be shown! 

 

April is the perfect month for a bunch of character actors to be honored as part of SOTM.

 

Call it April Fools - SOTM:  While these actors may not be 'stars' they were key to the industry and here are some of the films that wouldn't be the same without these actors.


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Posted 06 January 2017 - 12:57 PM

I assume we will find out next week sometime who will be featured as Star of the Month on TCM in April. It's been a while since we've had a group SOTM. It would be nice to see a bunch of character actors and actresses honored for a change.

 

I wouldn't even mind seeing someone who was popular in the 80s, though I think a lot of people who frequent our message boards wouldn't care for it. If they ever did (correction: when they ever do) an 80s star, it would be fun to see them pick an actress like Sally Field, Sissy Spacek or Jessica Lange; or an actor like Michael Douglas, Nick Nolte or Robin Williams. Think of all the great films that could be shown! 


"The truth? What good is the truth if it destroys us all..?" -- Mady Christians in ALL MY SONS (1948).





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