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HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM


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#1 ChristineHoard

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Posted Today, 01:15 AM

See if you can solve the math problem that Mason gives to his kid. His kid does give an answer ... is it correct?

 

I'll try but I'm not very good with math.  We'll see...



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Posted Yesterday, 09:37 PM

Even God was wrong.

That's the drug talkin'.


I'm a big boy.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:26 PM

See if you can solve the math problem that Mason gives to his kid. His kid does give an answer ... is it correct?

 

Even God was wrong.



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Posted Yesterday, 08:21 PM

Coming on Friday (OK, day after tomorrow) is BIGGER THAN LIFE.  I  read about this on the TCM site as one of the post-WW2 melodramas and it looks extremely interesting,  Directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Mason from 1956. Basically about a family falling apart due to Mason's drug dependency but it looks like there's more going on beneath the surface.  This is one thing about domestic dramas from the 1950's - there's always stuff going on underneath the main story.

See if you can solve the math problem that Mason gives to his kid. His kid does give an answer ... is it correct?


I'm a big boy.


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Posted Yesterday, 07:44 PM

Coming on Friday (OK, day after tomorrow) is BIGGER THAN LIFE. I read about this on the TCM site as one of the post-WW2 melodramas and it looks extremely interesting, Directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Mason from 1956. Basically about a family falling apart due to Mason's drug dependency but it looks like there's more going on beneath the surface. This is one thing about domestic dramas from the 1950's - there's always stuff going on underneath the main story.

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Thanks for the alert!

I have seen it once before, the last time it aired on TCM possibly? but It's a really unique and interesting movie and James Mason is, as always, fantastic. Great COLOR photography and literally "bigger than life" in Cinemascope. Another really unique look at what was going on behind the walls and windows of the 1950s by Nicholas Ray, who is one of the most interesting directors of the decade.

Ps- be on the lookout for Jerry Mathers, not as "The Beaver", but as one of Mason's pupils.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:49 PM

Coming on Friday (OK, day after tomorrow) is BIGGER THAN LIFE.  I  read about this on the TCM site as one of the post-WW2 melodramas and it looks extremely interesting,  Directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Mason from 1956. Basically about a family falling apart due to Mason's drug dependency but it looks like there's more going on beneath the surface.  This is one thing about domestic dramas from the 1950's - there's always stuff going on underneath the main story.


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Posted Yesterday, 01:45 PM

Thursday, April 27

 

12:15 p.m.  Flesh (1932).  A Wallace Beery wresting flick.  This would make good double bill with Barton Fink (1991).

 

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Posted Yesterday, 05:57 AM

Thursday, April 27th/28th.  Ricardo Cortez day, Character actors at night.  All times E.S.T.

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To followup up on this:

 

The Phantom of Crestwood (4:45pm EST) is a fun thriller, with a raft of murder suspects in a house and Cortez trying to solve the case.

 

Hat Coat and Glove (6:15pm EST) is a Cortez film I've never seen. Ricardo is a lawyer who witnesses a suicide in a role originally intended for John Barrymore.


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Posted Yesterday, 03:39 AM

Thursday, April 27th/28th.  Ricardo Cortez day, Character actors at night.  All times E.S.T.

 

6:15 a.m. "The Torrent" (1926)--Greta Garbo's 1st American film. Cortez dumps her and lives to regret it.

 

5:39 a.m. "The Knight Is Young" (1938)--20 minute musical short starring June Allyson.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:30 AM

DR. JACK is a very underrated film in the Lloyd Canon. Made between GRANDMAS BOY and SAFETY LAST it is little remembered, and seldom screened by comparison. Nonetheless, it is heartwarming, and delightfully enjoyable fair from start to finish. Noteworthy as the only Silent Lloyd feature in which his first name is not Harold. The sequence being referenced where Dr. Jack Jackson dons the guise of the escaped Madman "Humpy Logan" is actually a Lloyd parody of John Barrymore's Mr. Hyde persona. It has nothing whatever to do with Lon Chaney.

 

Mildred Davis character name of the "The Sick Little Well Girl" would have instantly been recognized at the time as a play on both Mary Pickford's Poor Little Rich Girl, and more timely Bebe Daniels post Lloyd leading lady screen nickname of "The Good Little, Bad Girl".  In-fact, the entire movie is filled with clever satirical undertones that sadly are probably lost on most modern viewers today. Fortunately, this doesn't detract much at all from the laughter and joy that the picture still provides in spades.

 

you really write beautifully about silents!



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 04:55 AM

I haven't seen the film, but don't expect a spoof of Lon Chaney movies based upon IMDb. One of those reviews notes that Lloyd's disguise looks like Chaney in London After Midnight ... but that film was released several years after Dr. Jack. Of course, maybe Chaney ripped off Lloyd.

 

DR. JACK is a very underrated film in the Lloyd Canon. Made between GRANDMAS BOY and SAFETY LAST it is little remembered, and seldom screened by comparison. Nonetheless, it is heartwarming, and delightfully enjoyable fair from start to finish. Noteworthy as the only Silent Lloyd feature in which his first name is not Harold. The sequence being referenced where Dr. Jack Jackson dons the guise of the escaped Madman "Humpy Logan" is actually a Lloyd parody of John Barrymore's Mr. Hyde persona. It has nothing whatever to do with Lon Chaney.

 

Mildred Davis character name of the "The Sick Little Well Girl" would have instantly been recognized at the time as a play on both Mary Pickford's Poor Little Rich Girl, and more timely Bebe Daniels post Lloyd leading lady screen nickname of "The Good Little, Bad Girl".  In-fact, the entire movie is filled with clever satirical undertones that sadly are probably lost on most modern viewers today. Fortunately, this doesn't detract much at all from the laughter and joy that the picture still provides in spades.


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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:50 PM

Wednesday, April 26

 

Haskell Wexler night.

 

8 p.m.  Bound For Glory (1976).  That step off the crane and travel through the crowd with the steady cam ushered in a whole new way of camerawork.  

 

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:24 AM

Tuesday, April 25

 

“Give it to me straight, doc.  Is it the big casino?”  You bet it is …

 

1:15 p.m.  Ocean’s Eleven (1960).  Richard Conte and the Rat Pack.

 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:41 PM

Sunday, April 23rd/24th--All times E.S.T.

 

10:00 p.m.  "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957)--Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis are at their best in this cynical view of the newspaper world.

 

I love this movie.  Tony Curtis is excellent and he demonstrates that he did have some acting chops.  I think if he were old enough at the time, he would have been stupendous in Golden Boy.  I like Tony Curtis' persona, he is attractive, but he's more of a street smart pretty boy.  Not some namby pamby. 

 

I also like Burt Lancaster in this film, though I don't care for his Hank Hill-esque haircut in this film.

 

My favorite part of this whole film though is the music.  The music makes the movie and it really adds to the action. 


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 08:08 PM

Monday, April 24th/25th--A night of Streisand movies; all times E.S.T.

 

1:15 a.m. "Yentl" (1983)--Streisand musical I missed when released.

 

3:45 a.m. "A Star Is Born" (1976)--It's been a while since I saw this version.  Time for a rewatch.

 

I knew the songs from YENTL before I saw the movie. Both my mother and grandmother had the soundtrack album so I grew up hearing those songs, beautiful melodies by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. I especially love "Where Is It Written?,"  "This Is One Of Those Moments" and "A Piece Of Sky."

I didn't see the movie until I was an adult, and I'm glad I waited so I could fully appreciate it without expecting the Streisand of FUNNY GIRL or ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, movies that I saw and loved as a child. 

YENTL was Streisand's directorial debut and it has the feel of a French movie (and I mean that as a very high compliment).

And, wow!, hearing those songs from my childhood in the context of the movie's story, which is based on a short story by Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer about a rabbi's daughter in 19th century Poland who disguises herself as a man so she can study Talmud after her father's death.

I like the movie a lot even though the ending is quite different from the one in Singer's original story.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:14 PM

Monday, April 24th/25th--A night of Streisand movies; all times E.S.T.

 

1:15 a.m. "Yentl" (1983)--Streisand musical I missed when released.

 

3:45 a.m. "A Star Is Born" (1976)--It's been a while since I saw this version.  Time for a rewatch.

 

I haven't seen YENTL in quite a while but I remember I liked it.  Now, as for A STAR IS BORN:  I saw it in the theater when it was released and when TCM ran it not too long ago.  I liked the songs a lot and watched it mainly for that but not too keen on the story and consider it the weakest of the three versions (four if you count WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?).  If you're into the music and don't care about plot, it's worth a rewatch and then tell us what you think.  Remember these great lyrics from "Hellacious Acres"?

 

"Tricky Dicky barkin'

flashing you his pardon.

 Admission's free, you pay to get out.

 Go to Hell!

 It's a sin-filled city

An amusement park

It's a one-way ticket to the other side

A Dr. Jeckyll and a Mr. Hyde"


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:54 PM

Monday, April 24th/25th--A night of Streisand movies; all times E.S.T.

 

1:15 a.m. "Yentl" (1983)--Streisand musical I missed when released.

 

3:45 a.m. "A Star Is Born" (1976)--It's been a while since I saw this version.  Time for a rewatch.



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 05:03 PM

I'm setting my DVR for these films tonight (I'd watch them live but there's other programming I want to see):

 

THE GREAT MAN. which is supposed to be a thinly-veiled look at an Arthur Godfrey-type character (is anybody old enough, besides myself, to remember Godfrey's show on TV?) and the two late-night Harold Lloyd flicks.  Lloyd is my favorite silent comedian.

 

I've seen SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS a number of times and I really like it.  Burt is always wonderful and plays a bad guy as well as anyone and this movie shows that Tony Curtis can really act if given the right material.  If you haven't seen it, check it out.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

Monday, April 24

 

Barbra is 75?  You look marvellous!

 

11 p.m.  The Way We Were (1973).  Each time I see this I’m surprised by how good Streisand is.

 

And you have Streisand and James Woods in the same room together. That's not likely to happen again!


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 07:41 AM

Monday, April 24

 

Barbra is 75?  You look marvellous!

 

11 p.m.  The Way We Were (1973).  Each time I see this I’m surprised by how good Streisand is.






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