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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

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One of the most exciting events at the Turner Classic Movie Festival 2012 opened the doors to the Cinerama Dome on Sunday, April 15, and included an introduction by Robert Osborne and the animated Debbie Reynolds to *How The West Was Won.* A film suggested by the *Life* magazine series, "How The West Was Won," the enormous script, ultimately credited to James R. Webb, with uncredited supplemental material by John Gay, had four major directors, Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall, and Richard Thorpe. Six second unit directors were also employed for the many location shoots, and narration by Spencer Tracy added to its credibility.

As always the dapper and personable TCM host, Osborne's tentative restlessness during his introduction with Reynolds belies the fact that he knew Debbie Reynolds just might say and do anything, and audience members could tell he was stepping into uncharted "Debbie" territory. Recalling her exciting experiences and revelling in the unusual circumstances of filming such an enormous project, she laughed and remembered Peck with a smile and a wink, and seemed to relish working with legendary queen of the quips, Thelma Ritter.


I traveled to the event with a dear friend, David from Seattle. Luckily, he understood my enthusiasm and excitement for the screening of *How The West Was Won* , as I hummed the theme song on and off for an hour before the film started. I originally saw the film during it's re-release in Houston, Texas, and the event meant a return to seeing the colorful, energetic story. The directorial duties were immense, and the vast physical expanse mingled with uncertain elements like herds of buffalo, trains wrecks, and desert climes only added to the accomplishments of location shooting by several directors, both first and second units. The original score by Alfred Newman accentuated the broad strokes of the film canvas and added to the thunderous feel of the buffalo stampedes and runaway trains.


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Thelma Ritter's salty language, repeated by Debbie Reynolds, is certainly understandable considering the treacherous, harrowing circumstances of the shoot-- a runaway wagon, bulky costumes, and attention to the emoting of a climactic action scene filmed with horses, wagons, guns, and arrows. The initial portion of the film dedicated itself to the love stories of the two Prescott sisters, Debbie Reynolds and Carroll Baker.
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Reynolds character, Lillith , falls in love with a gambler with the Celtic gift of gab, Cleave Van Valen, portrayed by Gregory Peck, on the long wagon trail to an exhausted gold mine, and impresses Aggie, Lillith's traveling companion (Thelma Ritter), by telling her what beautiful hair she has, and how he would hate to see it hanging on a lodgepole. Baker's character, Eve, falls in love with a wandering mountain man, Linus Rawlings , acted by Jimmy Stewart, who always feels he will be "going to see the varmint," but because he loves Eve so much, decides to settle on a farm by a river in Ohio.


With literally a cast of thousands that also included John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, George Peppard, Agnes Morehead, Eli Wallach, Carolyn Jones, Harry Morgan, Andy Devine,Robert Preston, Walter Brennan, and Richard Widmark, the film encompasses a time of frontier struggle with awe-inspiring vistas.


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Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady, Barry Livingston, and William Demarest


Stanley Livingston, who portrays Zeb Rawlings' (George Peppard's) son, Prescott Rawlings, and is also remembered as adorable Chip Douglas on *My Three Sons*, was a member of the audience and was introduced by Robert Osborne to the TCMFF fans attending the *How The West Was Won* Cinerama extravaganza, and received a big round of applause. Currently he is involved in the current Cinerama project, *In The Picture*.


And more breaking news from Stanley Livingston:


RE: CINERAMA FILM - "IN THE PICTURE"


My latest project... "IN THE PICTURE" - is a CINERAMA Film that is scheduled to premier at and open THE 2012 CINERAMA FILM FESTIVAL in HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles, CA) September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am. The 2012 Cinerama Film Festival runs from September 28th thru October 4th, 2012 at THE ARCLIGHT CINEMAS & HISTORIC CINERAMA DOME theater complex in Hollywood. "In The Picture" will be screened a second time on SEPTEMBER 30th at 8:15 pm along with the first Cinerama film, "THIS IS CINERAMA".


"IN THE PICTURE" is the first film to be shot in the original "3-Strip 35mm widescreen process" in over 50 years. The last film to shot and released in CINERAMA was "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" (which I also appeared in back in 1962).


FOR INFORMATION ABOUT "IN THE PICTURE" & THE CINERAMA FILM FESTIVAL at the ARCLIGHT CINEMAS & HISTORIC CINERAMA DOME:
https://www.arclight...omo=spotlightM2


TO SEE A SHORT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE MAKING OF "IN THE PICTURE" THAT
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TO SEE THE FINAL SCENE IN "HOW THE WEST WAS WON" (with yours truly,
George Peppard, Carolyn Jones and Debbie Reynolds):



*And, BTW...*


*IF YOU WANT TO SEE HOW ADORABLE STANLEY LIVINGSTON IS NOW THAT HE'S ALL GROWN UP OR JUST WANT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HIS INVOLVEMENT IN "IN THE PICTURE," FOLLOW THIS LINK:*


http://www.StanleyLivingston.com/


Festival Passholders, some of whom are members of the TCM Message Boards, are also featured in *In The Picture.*


*And don't forget to go to the Kennedy Center Facebook page and let them know that you think Debbie Reynolds is a "National Treasure," and should be included in this year's honors!*
*https://www.facebook.com/KennedyCenter*
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 11:24 PM

Dear Cinemaaaaaaaaaaven! Thanks for stopping by! Hope all is well in your "neck of the woods." Just been enjoying Deborah Kerr films all day long. I love Summer Under The Stars. It's been wonderful.

Can't wait for TCMFF 2013!

I just had a thought about the Kennedy Center Honors, and I have just recommended Debbie Reynolds for a position on the Honors list. If you feel the same way, go to their facebook page and recommend her: https://www.facebook.com/KennedyCenter

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 10:43 AM

:) Looks like things are getting "ship shape" Sue Sue. :) < Nyuk! Nyuk! >

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:51 AM

OFFICIAL CRUISE NEWS:
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TCMFF favorites Debbie Reynolds, Norman Lloyd, and Mickey Rooney will be surfing along with Sally Ann Howes and Arlene Dahl to the tunes of the wonderful Alloy Orchestra!
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:56 PM

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I can remember watching *Tarzan and the Amazons* with great anticipation. Maybe it was that I was only 11 and kept hearing the word Amazon crop up in conversations having to do with my height. Maybe it was that I so enjoyed all the Tarzan movies, and Edgar Rice Burroughs' stories and novels.

But I do remember being spellbound by Maria Ouspenskaya and waiting for her to pronounce that all would be spared. (I am watching her right now.) She looked so Egyptian in her frock and headdress, but ultimately superior to all she surveyed. I can remember sitting in front of the massive television set, wanted to wear leopard skins, carry a spear, and organize all those gold bracelets on my arms for dramatic effect.


And everytime Johnny Sheffield would be in trouble, it would make me tear up. He was so cute and adorable. How could anything evil befall such an unpretentious lad?
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But the highlight of all this Saturday devotion occurred in 1962 when I met Johnny Weissmuller in New Orleans. He was elegantly decked out in his Jungle Jim attire, a leopard-skin accent on his wide-brimmed hat, and was shaking hands, visiting with children, and signing autographs. I remember him taking out the huge, shiny knife and telling us that even thought it was pretty and shiny, that we should never use a knife like this unless our parents were with us because it was so dangerous. He was kind to the children and adults who had come to pay homage to one of our favorite screen heroes, and he was smiling and laughing. That's how I will always remember him!
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I am thoroughly enjoying this Saturday's TCM lineup. Maybe a classic Tarzan film will be on the schedule at the next TCM Film Festival!
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 08:56 PM

I am thoroughly enjoying Denny Miller's Q & A at *The Silver Screen Oasisl*

He's been answering questions about Katharine Hepburn, George Cukor, Chris McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Vincent Minnelli, and his experiences making *Wagon Train* ! What a perfect guest for the National Day of the Cowboy!

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Follow this link to read all about it:

http://silverscreeno...php?f=85&t=5858Maybe he might be invited to next year's TCMFF 2013!
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:44 PM

If you enjoyed seeing the Aqualillies at the first Turner Classic Film Festival in 2010 with Esther Williams and Betty Garrett prior to a poolside screening of *Neptune's Daughter*, you might want to watch this CBS video airing this a.m. :
http://www.cbsnews.c...o-water-ballet/

Footage from the first festival is included.

See what the Aqualilliles are up to now!
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:35 PM

It's been a busy summer for Sue Sue, but I wanted to let everyone know about the upcoming guest author and actor visiting The Silver Screen Oasis next weekend...

Actor and author Denny Miller is coming!




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Western fans will fondly remember Denny Miller as "Duke Shannon" from *Wagon Train* . Miller was featured in the iconic television program from 1961 to 1964, and has appeared in hundreds of other episodic television programs like *The Rockford Files* , *Magnum PI* , *Gilligan's Island*, *Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman* , and *Lonesome Dove: The Series,* as well as appearing in *Tarzan, The Ape Man.*






The thread devoted to the Q & A with the Silver Screen Oasis visiting author and screen personality Denny Miller, author of *Didn't You Used to Be...What's His Name?* , *Toxic Waist...Get To Know Sweat*, and the upcoming *Me Tarzan, You Train!* can be found at the link below.






If you would like, you can register and post your own question there or just enjoy reading the exchanges with Mr. Denny Miller, beginning Friday, July 27th.







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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

Thank you so much, Darryl!

It must be time for an international revival of *On Golden Pond* because Stephanie Powers starred in the UK production of the play this spring with Richard Johnson (Jemmy in 1965's *The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders,* and lately as Bernard Qualtrough in *MI-5).*

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http://www.stefaniep...ne.com/news.htm


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Any chance Stephanie Powers might visit the next TCMFF in 2013 to introduce *McClintock* with John Wayne or *Die, Die, My Darling* with Tallulah Bankhead?



And if you live in the L.A. area, don't forget about Salome Jens' performance in *On Golden Pond* in Glendale in July and August!
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 08:00 AM


Great piece on a truly multi-talented actress! TCM aired ANGEL BABY some months ago. I loved it! I'll be on the lookout for more of Salome's work. Thanks, SueSue!


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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:43 AM

Thanks, dear Izcutter! Keep those cards and letters coming in...

Richard Anderson's introduction to *Seconds* also revealed that he felt Salome Jens was a wonderful actress. And viewing that film at the Turner Classic Film Festival 2012 peaked my interested in a woman whose career encompassed many film, television, and stage successes. Her face is familiar to many because of her myriad of guest starring roles in series like *Star Trek: Deep Space* *Nine*, appearing as the Female Shapeshifter, or *Melrose Place* as Joan Campbell.

She also appeared in *Tales From the Crypt*, *Falcon Crest*, *Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,* *Medical Center*, *Stoney Burke, The Outer Limits, The Untouchables*, and one of the more unusual episodes of *Gunsmoke*, entitled "Captain Sligo," with Richard Baseheart in the title role, staple character player Royal Dano, and director William Conrad, who was the original Matt Dillon on the CBS radio show. *McMillan and Wife*, *Seconds* ' costar Rock Hudson's popular detective series, also afforded Jens the opportunity to work with Hudson again in the episode entitled " Reunion in Terror," as a character named "Boom Boom" Parkins in the 70s.


Jens' quirky, often off-beat characters did much to advance her in certain non-traditional roles, but her portrayal of Nora Marcus as the free-wheeling, grape-stomping paramour of Rock Hudson's reformed Arthur Hamilton enjoying his new found "freedom" in the up-and-coming Malibu counterculture, is one of her signature roles. As Nora Marcus, she is mysterious, passionate, and willing to lead Arthur Hamilton into all kinds of adventures, some of which occur on screen in the actual Malibu home of *Seconds* director John Frankenheimer.


Her 1961 starring role in Paul Wendkos's *Angel Baby* is considered Wendkos' best directorial effort, and a cult favorite with fans of Salome Jens. Wendkos, famous for the *Gidget* franchise, *The Legend of Lizzie Borden*, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, and *A Woman Called Moses*, starring Cicely Tyson, was hard-pressed not to release *Angel Baby*, and it was "shelved" for a year to help ensure the success of a similarly plotted Columbia effort entitled *Elmer Gantry*, which propelled Shirley Jones to her Oscar win as Lulu Bains.


*Angel Baby* not only marked the debut of Ms. Jens as a woman who believes she has been selected by God to alleviate the suffering of others with her healing skills, but it also allowed a young Burt Reynolds his first film credit before his stint as "Quint" on *Gunsmoke* a year or
so later. George Hamilton, as Paul Strand, is a greedy promoter who supposedly cures Jens of her affliction, and Mercedes McCambridge is his wife who also exploits the innocent.


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Salome Jens will star with Andrew Prine ( *Bandolero* , *The Miracle Worker*, *Chisum* ) in Glendale Centre Theatre's *On Golden Pond*, July 12-August 11. Jens has previously appeared in many productions, and the New York Times called her one-woman show *About Anne*, incorporating the poems and words of Anne Sexton, " a magnificent moment of theater" and states that her "rich and brilliant performance gleams in the memory." (Anyone living near Glendale, California, might want to order tickets to see Jens and Prine emote in *On Golden Pond* at 818-244-8481.)


Watching *Seconds* made me so curious about Salome Jens because I had seen her in so many movies and television classics, and I had to find out a little more about this fascinating feature player. Discussing her performance with Geraldine Page in *Barefoot in Athens*, a play about the death of Socrates, which first appeared on Broadway, and aired in 1966 on NBC, Jens claimed Page was "fierce" and always worked "on the edges." She also reveals she was "moved, moved humanly" by Page's performance. *Barefoot in Athens* also starred Peter Ustinov as Socrates. After watching the print of *Seconds* at the Turner Classic Film Festival in April, I feel that Jen's performances move viewers humanly and motivated me to find out a little more about her and her performance in *Seconds*, which helped make it a classic, cult or otherwise.


Maybe Salome Jens will be asked to appear at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival 2013 to introduce another screening of *Seconds*, or even *Angel Baby*.
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:19 AM

Suex2,

Congrats on the original recipe SueSue thread reaching 20,000 views! Everyone loves Suex2's recaps of the Film Festivals!

YAY!!!!
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 03:53 PM

Saturday evening, April 14, was one of the events I had been looking forward to since the announcement of the full schedule. At 9:45 in the Chinese Multiplex #3, *Seconds* was going to be introduced by veteran actor Richard Anderson and historian Kari Beauchamp. 6'3" Anderson strolled onstage looking fit and tan as if he just stepped away from the clay court after his last victory volley.

The low-key, but informative introduction allowed Anderson to reveal some of his Hollywood rise to prominence as one of the most visible supporting cast players from the decline of the studio system to his berth as solid Oscar Goldman in *The Six Million Dollar Man*, and its feminist spawn, *The Bionic Woman*. The first actor to play concurrent roles in two different series on two different networks, Anderson was recommended for the role of Henry Malvine in *Dream Wife* by none other than Cary Grant as Grant's wife at the time, Betsy Drake had noticed Anderson in one of his theatrical appearances in the 1950s when Anderson was a contract player at MGM.

Anderson once claimed that "when people ask me where I received my education, I tell them it was at MGM-U. The biggest lessons I learned is that acting is a talent. You can't teach it. And even if you have the talent, you have to get a part." So when the call came from Cary Grant, he was a little startled, but eventually secured one of his breakthrough roles in *Dream Wife* after appearing in scores of MGM films in the early 1950s, thanks to the intervention of the Grants, and Anderson even entertained passholders with an imitation of Grant during the explanation of his acquisition of the Henry Malvine role.


Anderson's role as Dr. Innes in *Seconds* came after his appearances in the final season of *Perry Mason* and before his guest-starring stints in such favorites as *The Man From Uncle*, *Twelve O'Clock High*, *The Big Valley*, and *Dan August,* continuing his popularity as the king of supporting roles in major film and television series. With *Seconds*, both he and Cari Beauchamp acknowledged that Rock Hudson's portrayal of Tony Wilson was one of his best moments on film.


Before the cameras rolled, Hudson spent time with John Randolph learning his mannerisms and preparing to imitate the man who would embody the character of Arthur Hamilton who chooses to relinquish his former life dedicated to what he believed was a hollow dream of unfulfilled hopes. By accepting the Faustian offer of old friend Charlie Evans, played by a post *Anatomy of a Murder*, pre- *Jaws* Murray Hamilton, Randolph's character agrees to visit the firm that promises to orchestrate his death, and resurrect him with a new face and a new identity.


Actors John Randolph, Will Geer, Nedrick Young, and Jeff Corey had all been on the Blacklist, and *Seconds* became the first film Randolph had completed in fifteen years. John Frankenheimer's direction of *Seconds*, part of what is considered his 'Trilogy of Paranoia' along with *The Manchurian Candidate* and *Seven Days in May*, was also an overt political statement as well as a psychological tale that so affected the likes of Beach Boys' Brian Wilson under the influence of psychedelic drugs that he didn't see another movie until *E.T., the Extraterrestial* premiered in 1982. Audience members seemed much more emotionally stable and appreciative of the collaborative screen efforts, and were visibly moved by scenes depicting the emotional depths of self-delusion and self-destruction.


The passholders attending Saturday's screening all seemed to enjoy Anderson's discussion, and gave him, and Cari Beauchamp, a big round of applause before he exited the stage.


Personally, Anderson's second marriage to Katharine Thalberg, daughter of Norma Shearer and Irving Thalberg, produced three daughters, and according to his website biography, he is "a sports buff, a car enthusiast," and an " insatiable traveler." He certainly looks like he has been taking very good care of himself.






















































































































































































































































































































































































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Anderson's career also paralleled that of *Seconds* costar Salome Jens. More about her busy professional life in the next installment.


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Posted 04 June 2012 - 09:09 PM

Thank you all for your email comments concerning the last post.
Software glitches or wireless gremlins made it impossible for me
to correctly post the previous article and all the accompanying
photos, so this is an addendum adding the last two paragraphs
and final photo:

On Saturday, April 14, at the Egyptian Theatre,
Mameaholics were lined up and ready to be mesmerized again,
but this time by the lush colors, the bravado of the original
soundtrack, and the lovely depth of field we just don't see from a dvd.


Passholders buzzed with phrases from the film like "How vivid!",
"Nuts, Mr.Babcock?,""Topdrawer!","Doyoulikeginfinethenwe'llplay-
someafterdinner " and "Life is a banquet at the TCM Film Fest 2012!"


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Posted 22 May 2012 - 02:38 PM

Historian and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis
( *Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Coming to America* ),
and costume designer Bob Mackie ( *The Carol Burnett Show,*
*The Sonny and Cher Show* , Cher Tour Ensembles) in his
understated best with bowtie to match, launched the second
formal film discussion on the Festival calendar on Thursday evening
at 9:30 p.m. in the Chinese Multiplex.

A gathering of Banton fans waited with anticipation in order to see
those art-deco inspired designs that might never have sprung to life if
Claudette Colbert hadn't stood her ground in her tiny little pumps and demanded
Banton and his muse as "emperor of the bangle" so Colbert could walk like
an Egyptian.

Claudette Colbert in one of her most iconic roles,*Cleopatra (1934).*


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Mackie shared with audience members his recollection of the first time
he saw *Cleopatra* as a 13-year-old youth in Ingewood, California, at
a revival in the 1950's, and marveled at the slinky satin outfits from the
30's, which were much different than the molded, pointed forms of women
in foundation garments popular in the 50's.


Nadoolman Landis also revealed information about her upcoming exhibit
that she is curating for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and
reminded passholders that many of the costumes created by Travis
Banton were done in color. One of Colbert's gowns, appearing as a white
satin sheath onscreen, was actually rendered in a shade of mint green satin,
and both presenters agreed that many outfits completed in colorful shades like
pink and yellow often appear in various shades of gray in a black and white film.
Nadoolman Landis also lamented the lack of an in-depth biography of Travis
Banton, often seen as the stylist who transformed Marlene Dietrich's image as much
as director Josef Von Sterberg.


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Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:12 PM

At the Turner Classic Film Festival 2012 in April at the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel, authors Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards were
interviewed at a passholders event about their latest collaborative
work, *The Maltese Touch of Evil* (Dartmouth College, 2011), which is a
thoroughly up-to-date reference work for all readers who love to ponder
the spectrum of film noir, and is a literate and highly documented
source for fans of movies like *Gun Crazy* , *The Maltese Falcon* ,
*The* *Grifters* , *The Killers* , and the iconic *Out of The Past*.

A compendium of Clute's and Edwards' popular podcasts enitled *Out of*
*the Past: Investigating Film Noir* , selected by Australian Broadcasting
Corporation as part of their Top of the Pods series, and years of
scholarly research, the detailed reader includes chapters detailing the
void in film noir studies, conflicting definitions of what noir means
to different focus groups, specific examples of universally accepted
standard scenes, and how noir films appeal as constrained texts.

Black and white photos specifically illustrate topics like how a "noir
childhood ain't pretty" and what a flawed charater like Walter Neff
( Fred MacMurray) in *Double* *Indemnity* can illuminate with his sweaty,
imperfect voiceover. Each entry is documented with number of the
specific podcast episode for current reference.


Both Clute and Edwards heartily agreed that film noir is a distinctly
American creation even though the process emerged from emigre
European directors like Jacques Torneur, Billy Wilder, Edward Dmytryk,
and Robert Siodmak. Clute also revealed his interest in film noir evolved
from his love of "hard-boiled" fiction..


The book signing was a popular event with noir buffs as passholders
formed a long line to have their tomes personally autographed by Clute and Edwards,
and was the second official panel offering on Thursday in the popular Club TCM,
located in the Blossom Room, the site of the first Academy Awards banquet on
May 16, 1929.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:06 PM

Thank you, Bronxgirl, for the kind comments. :)
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Last night on TCM...

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Tuesday evening's screening of *Gun Crazy* on TCM was a delight, and Robert Osborne's introduction included comments that I heartily agree with. When Peggy Cummins attended the Turner Classic Movies Festival 2012, Mr. Osborne stated that she was "beautiful, trim, and a great guest." And I completely concur.
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Ms. Cummins was amiable and well-liked, often signed autographs, and even attended the final party at Club TCM, sitting with Eddie Muller in one of those sexy little red booths where folks can truly schmooze. Also seated with Muller and Cummins was Eunice Gayson, the first Bond girl, who appeared at the festival screening of *Dr. No.*
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Muller was busy extolling the virtues of one of the loveliest prints at the festival, *Cry Danger*, and his co-host for that introduction was none other than the lovely Rhonda Fleming who revealed several personal behind-the-scenes moments that added to the exciting, but tense scenes in the film, and which also starred the multi-talented Dick Powell. Unfortunately, Ms. Fleming did not attend the Club TCM celebration.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Muller, an enthsiastic guest and director of the Film Noir Foundation, was impressed with the clarity of the print of *Cry Danger* and proclaimed it one of the best prints of all the fillms that he screened at the third annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Mr. Osborne also claimed that *Gun Crazy* was one of the most popular screenings at the festival, and I hope that my earlier column helped to contribute to that film noir fervor.






























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































I was lucky enough to visit for a while with Ms. Cummins, and she was friendly, and enjoying every moment of her visit to L.A. I am glad I was able to see her one last time at the always poignant farewell party at Club TCM. A very lovely lady, and I felt privileged to have met her. Ms. Cummins flew home to London on Tuesday.
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:55 PM

SueSue, your mother looks like a movie star! Was she?

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

Happy Mother's Day!

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Dorothy Ruth loved the movies, and she passed that passion on to her children.
Thanks, Mom, for everything! :)
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:38 PM

As soon as I had arrived at the Hollywood Roosevelt, I unpacked after the unusually smooth check-in process, enjoyed a long, tall glass of iced tea, and felt the call of the styled.

I headed for the elevator, and felt I truly hit terra firma when I landed in the lobby and was swept up in the hustle and bustle of preparations for the festival. Club TCM was still being tweaked and polished, but the Givenchy juggernaut was pressing me on. The doors were flung wide open, and I stepped in.

All was unusually quiet, but a man was feverishly reviewing notes at a table just to the right as I entered. I quietly interrupted his reverie, and enquired if I might move closer to the warm glow that would eventually draw every mover and shaker to sift through the crush of the party central crowd.


The glass case was almost humming with electricity as I grew closer to one of the most beautiful gowns ever seen on film, and ever worn by Audrey Hepburn. I felt my pulse quicken as each step I made drew me closer to the dress that would mesmerize me and every other passholder bold enough to venture near.


I heard myself gasp as I stood before that lovely creation, and it held me in suspended animation for a moment that I hope will never dissolve from my memory.


As I glanced at the lovely appliqued buds in the flowers varying in shades of black and grey, my eyes slowly fell to the floor of the luminous glass case, and I saw something that I never expected to see. I had never noticed it in the photos, and certainly never realized it was there when I viewed *Sabrina,* but the 3- inch black ruffle surrounding the hem of the garment was like a ruffly strand of icing on the cake.


In the film, when Audrey is standing on the grass as she makes that breathtaking entrance, the little black ruffle is obviously overstaged by the understated elegance of Audrey. Entranced by the entirety of seeing the gown in person, and being surprised by its delicacy of its creation, finding and realizing the ruffle had been there all the time so surprised me, I heard myself say "oh, how lovely," but no one really heard me.


Every time since that first glance at Givenchy inspiration, I would always gravitate to the shrine no matter how many times I breezed through Club TCM, and I wasn't the only passholder astonished at some aspect of its spectrum of loveliness. Several times I heard visitors gasp and say, "Why, I didn't know it had a ruffle on the hem!"


Someone heard me after all. Maybe it was Audrey.


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Audrey Hepburn and William Holden in a publicity still from *Sabrina*

*The dress was personally chosen by Miss Hepburn from Givenchy's 1953 collection.*
*For more about that lovely silk organdy overlay or the deliacy of the applique,*
*follow this link to the dress diary from Sunday Couture at :*
http://www.kartanonr...sabrinabw.shtml


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