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Posted 02 October 2016 - 01:51 PM

What would life be like without Christmas time in Connecticut...I don't even want to know.


Me neither! I love the clever dialogue, the wonderful snow scenes, and best of all Barbara and
Dennis Morgan in this film. S. Z. Sakall and Reginald Gardiner were great fun in it too.
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Posted 30 September 2016 - 01:30 AM

Thanks for the great list. December will have a lot neat things for us to enjoy!

 

What would life be like without Christmas time in Connecticut...I don't even want to know.


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Posted 29 September 2016 - 06:14 PM

There will be many Christmas classics on TCM in December 2016.
 
December 1st:
 
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December 12th:
 
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December 15th:
 
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December 22nd:
 
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December 24th:
 
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December 25th:
 
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Thanks for the great list. December will have a lot neat things for us to enjoy!
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Posted 29 September 2016 - 04:21 PM

There will be many Christmas classics on TCM in December 2016.

 

December 1st:

 

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December 12th:

 

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December 15th:

 

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December 22nd:

 

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December 24th:

 

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December 25th:

 

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 12:28 PM

We're still waiting for the December schedule information. Hopefully we'll know soon which holiday films will be airing.


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 04:50 PM

That sounds great with the remake of Witness, though noone could replace Charles, Tyrone, or Marlene and Elsa, come to that. I would like to catch a remake of that film too.

 

Deborah Kerr had Elsa Lanchester's role as the nurse, and I thought she was very good. Beau Bridges played Tyrone Power's part; and Diana Rigg took over for Marlene Dietrich.


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Posted 13 September 2016 - 04:40 PM

I love British films from this period of film history. I haven't heard of THE TECKMAN MYSTERY either. So I have a few to locate and watch. Early this morning I looked at a remake of Agatha Christie's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION which had Ralph Richardson in the Charles Laughton role.

That sounds great with the remake of Witness, though noone could replace Charles, Tyrone, or Marlene and Elsa, come to that. I would like to catch a remake of that film too.
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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:50 PM

DeHavilland film, The Screaming Woman. I think Olivia could have gone on to more films. She was certainly a strong figure in Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.in the early 60's. A decade later she was in this good tele film.,

 

Yeah, she could have kept right on going. She retired too soon.


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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:49 PM

Hi Jarrod, It is one of those Christmas movies we do not hear much about. Our British film Christmas repertoire usually includes A Chrisimas Carol and the others on our usual lists. But sometimes we learn of another poignant and heartwarming film like this one. I had never heard of it either until the day I sat down to watch it. A friend who also collects British films gave me the VHS. Here is where I first saw Celia Johnson - and led to me watching Brief Encounter. Margaret Leighton was great here and it led me to watch a great (set in war-time England) murder mystery at a defense plant called The Teckman Mystery. So it is an added bonus when you enjoy a film and find the stars and co-stars are in other promising films.
Hugh Williams and Ralph Richardson are two other favorites here.

 

I love British films from this period of film history. I haven't heard of THE TECKMAN MYSTERY either. So I have a few to locate and watch. Early this morning I looked at a remake of Agatha Christie's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION which had Ralph Richardson in the Charles Laughton role. 


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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:35 PM

And Richard Egan was Stanwyck's leading man. It wasn't too bad. 
 
The DeHavilland telefilm is great. I think Joseph Cotten is in it, also. Very suspenseful.


Yes, I had forgotten Richard Egan was the leading Man in Barbara's film. He was great too in A Summer Place as Sandra Dee's dad..
I too like the suspenseful
DeHavilland film, The Screaming Woman. I think Olivia could have gone on to more films. She was certainly a strong figure in Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte.in the early 60's. A decade later she was in this good tele film.,
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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:28 PM

I've never heard of THE HOLLY AND THE IVY, Janet. I will have to read up on it. Looks like a splendid cast!
 
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Hi Jarrod, It is one of those Christmas movies we do not hear much about. Our British film Christmas repertoire usually includes A Chrisimas Carol and the others on our usual lists. But sometimes we learn of another poignant and heartwarming film like this one. I had never heard of it either until the day I sat down to watch it. A friend who also collects British films gave me the VHS. Here is where I first saw Celia Johnson - and led to me watching Brief Encounter. Margaret Leighton was great here and it led me to watch a great (set in war-time England) murder mystery at a defense plant called The Teckman Mystery. So it is an added bonus when you enjoy a film and find the stars and co-stars are in other promising films.
Hugh Williams and Ralph Richardson are two other favorites here.
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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:17 PM

Thank you. I like the tele films of the 70's too. I did see this one years ago and it was pretty scary. I think Barbara was the mom and Joan Hackett the daughter. Talk ab loout an evil parent! Won't spoil it for those that have not seen it. Very well done with a strange punch line..lol

It is nice to see our favorite actresses in later TV films - Olivia DeHavilland in The Screaming Woman, etc.

 

And Richard Egan was Stanwyck's leading man. It wasn't too bad. 

 

The DeHavilland telefilm is great. I think Joseph Cotten is in it, also. Very suspenseful.


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Posted 12 September 2016 - 04:11 PM

If you liked NIGHT WALKER, you should check out one of the 70s telefilms, THE HOUSE THAT WOULDN'T DIE-- it's on YouTube, or at least it was a month ago when I watched it. Most of the old Hollywood actresses were doing horror flicks at the end of their movie careers.


Thank you. I like the tele films of the 70's too. I did see this one years ago and it was pretty scary. I think Barbara was the mom and Joan Hackett the daughter. Talk ab loout an evil parent! Won't spoil it for those that have not seen it. Very well done with a strange punch line..lol

It is nice to see our favorite actresses in later TV films - Olivia DeHavilland in The Screaming Woman, etc.
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Posted 12 September 2016 - 09:20 AM

Good wish list of all of them. I like some others that seldom air; The Holly and the Ivy and Beyond Tomorrow. Both of these evoke the Christmas spirit and have romance and pathos. Another favorite we do see aired often is The Bishop's Wife. I have seen it a number of times and it never fails to cheer us up come holiday time.

 

I've never heard of THE HOLLY AND THE IVY, Janet. I will have to read up on it. Looks like a splendid cast!

 

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 09:17 AM

Such a vressatile actress! She does seem like a different lady from the actress of the tele-films of the 70's or The Big Valley. Every performance is unique and outstanding, whether it is The Lady Eve, Christmas in Connecticut, or serious films like Jeopardy or Sorry, Wrong Number. What a wide range of characters and roles over the years, Most surprising of all was her role in The Thornbirds. As usual, Barbara carried it off with great aplomb. Which reminds me - Last night I watched a 60's Barbara film I had not seen in years; The Night Walker. Barbara was great there as the frightened lady.

 

If you liked NIGHT WALKER, you should check out one of the 70s telefilms, THE HOUSE THAT WOULDN'T DIE-- it's on YouTube, or at least it was a month ago when I watched it. Most of the old Hollywood actresses were doing horror flicks at the end of their movie careers.


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 09:41 PM

Well, Stanwyck is good in these holiday films. LOL
 
I am posting my column about her in the Today's Topic thread next week.


Looking forward to your post!
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Posted 11 September 2016 - 09:39 PM

Lot of years in between those productions. She had changed quite a bit by the mid-60s. Not long ago I watched three telefilms she did for Aaron Spelling in the early 70s, and she's different in those.


Such a vressatile actress! She does seem like a different lady from the actress of the tele-films of the 70's or The Big Valley. Every performance is unique and outstanding, whether it is The Lady Eve, Christmas in Connecticut, or serious films like Jeopardy or Sorry, Wrong Number. What a wide range of characters and roles over the years, Most surprising of all was her role in The Thornbirds. As usual, Barbara carried it off with great aplomb. Which reminds me - Last night I watched a 60's Barbara film I had not seen in years; The Night Walker. Barbara was great there as the frightened lady.
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Posted 11 September 2016 - 09:27 PM

We should be getting the December schedule information within the next week. I'm curious to see which holiday films will be airing. Some of them are no-brainers, like the two LITTLE WOMEN movies...those are ones TCM will broadcast without fail.
 
But here's my wish list of other titles I'd like to see:
 
CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT
REMEMBER THE NIGHT
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Alastair Sim
THE CHEATERS


Good wish list of all of them. I like some others that seldom air; The Holly and the Ivy and Beyond Tomorrow. Both of these evoke the Christmas spirit and have romance and pathos. Another favorite we do see aired often is The Bishop's Wife. I have seen it a number of times and it never fails to cheer us up come holiday time.
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Posted 11 September 2016 - 05:40 PM

Watching her in "The Lady Eve" recently and "The Big Valley" yesterday, she seems like a totally different woman.

 

Lot of years in between those productions. She had changed quite a bit by the mid-60s. Not long ago I watched three telefilms she did for Aaron Spelling in the early 70s, and she's different in those. 


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Posted 11 September 2016 - 04:29 PM

Well, Stanwyck is good in these holiday films. LOL

 

I am posting my column about her in the Today's Topic thread next week. 

Watching her in "The Lady Eve" recently and "The Big Valley" yesterday, she seems like a totally different woman.


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