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  2. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump FollowFollow @realDonaldTrump More We must have Security at our VERY DANGEROUS SOUTHERN BORDER, and we must have a great WALL to help protect us, and to help stop the massive inflow of drugs pouring into our country! 8:54 AM - 16 Jan 2018
  3. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump FollowFollow @realDonaldTrump More We must have Security at our VERY DANGEROUS SOUTHERN BORDER, and we must have a great WALL to help protect us, and to help stop the massive inflow of drugs pouring into our country! 8:54 AM - 16 Jan 2018
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    Yes, I'm interested. I'm in St. Petersburg.


  5. I tend to remember death scenes in films. A very strange friend of mine once asked me to tape just the death scenes from the original movie "The Godfather". It was still a pretty long tape...

    If you mean "The $ound of Money"* (yep, I got that "50 Years of MAD" CD-Rom collection), keep in mind TSOM had been in theaters for almost a year and going on four. It was the unstoppable Titanic and Twilight of its day, combined. Among other things, that frustration is what caused the popularity of, and contributed to the death of, the Late-60's G-Rated Musical, not to mention piling all that weary misdirected audience guff on "sweet, sappy" Julie Andrews in Disney's Mary Poppins. (Which, coming in at 1964, would have been arriving near the middle-end of Maria-mania.) As for Disney, other kids' films were relatively unknown in the Ron Miller 60's-70's. Maybe the odd Hanna-Barbera, or a few low-rent Italian or Japanese oddities trying to steal Pinocchio's thunder, but Disney basically had the monopoly on G-rated entertainment. And, as we moved into the "gritty" late-60's and early 70's, Disney, owner of the biggest cultural property in the world, and theme-park political sovereignty to honor it, was not only seen as an easy-target mega-corporation on the level of IBM and DuPont, but the symbol of safe, G-rated "establishment" culture to pacify the masses. There's a reason we got all those danged Ralph Bakshi films, and why the Blue Meanies in "Yellow Submarine" looked like evil Mickey Mouses. But I digress. And if you're trying to throw this into an Elvis/Fabian/Ricky Nelson discussion, so do you. ----- * - Mad's satire also did a funny poke at TSOM perpetuating the Sally Field convention that nuns in movies have to be "cute", and do funny and crazy things like fix cars or play guitars, to get the audience's mind off of less cute things like Catholic-school memories or Vatican dogma.

    Thanks, Princess! And who can forget his amazing performance on that tv series, "Bus Stop" which received many objectionable comments due to the violence of the episode. For pure eye candy, Mr. Forte was not bad either as the hunk in "Ride the Wild Surf". He really did have acting talent that was never really utilized by Hollywood sadly.
  8. Dirty Harry vs. Bullitt

    Magnum Force was meant to be an answer to critics who accused the first film of being fascist and/or celebrating vigilantism. An interesting anecdote is that the concept for this movie was from a draft of the first film's script by then-unknown filmmaker Terrence Malick.

    I don't know if anyone who's seen this film who has also seen "Never been kissed" has noticed this, but during the burlesque show with Fanny Brice and the other burlesque girls, one of them sings "my name is Josie" and her looks and her short thick blonde hair looks uncannily like Drew Barrymore's Josie Geller in "Never been kissed", and name's the same. Watch that and see if you notice that too. I wonder if Drew Barrymore initially got her character's looks and name of Josie from this. If not, it's one hell of a coincidence. And, there's also Drew's long historic Hollywood family tree of John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, and Drew's dad John Barrymore Jr., so she's had enough connections to old Hollywood to where she's likely had the chance to see many 1930s and 1940s films. Why wouldn't she have when her family was in some of them and so famous, just like she became too?
  10. *A to Z of Movies*

  11. Actor/Movie Association Game

  12. Double Feature

  13. The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    TWO-GUN LADY (1955, the leads are played by Marie Windsor and Peggie Castle) Next: a motion picture that was controversial when it was first released
  14. You just triggered a memory & answered a question that had been rattling around my cranium for a couple of decades. That scene with the scarf has stayed with me since seeing it on TV back in the UK, but I could never remember the name of the film & never again came across it on my cinematic travels. Another one for the bucket list...
  15. A to Z of Characters

    Lamont, Lena, played by Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain.
  16. Really bad but classic movies.

    One of my favorite films to watch is..."Zontar, the Thing from Venus". Now firstly, it stars John Agar and that always makes for great viewing. He is so earnestly mundane, that I love watching him not emote. This was directed by Larry Buchanan, so enough said on that front. The plot is basically just what the IMDB review states with a straight face: "Zontar has come to earth and has many ideas, like disabling the power supply of the entire world and taking possession of important officials with mind control devices." Hmmm, this sounds a bit too familiar to current events so I need to stop writing and save the world from this scourge! Apparently, Zontar lives!!!
  17. *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Quigley, Juanita

    You're right. Fabian wasn't bad at all in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation. With Marie Wilson and John MacGyver doing all the heavy lifting, all Fabian had to do was look good--and he did look good.
  19. Dirty Harry vs. Bullitt

    I have to confess, as much as I like DIRTY HARRY, I liked MAGNUM FORCE a bit more, because the movie does demonstrate the difference between Harry and the vigilante cops he was going up against. The cops had no problem with taking out any kind of collateral damage (people at the wrong place at the wrong time) to get at their target, that was where Harry drew the line. Sure he broke the rules a lot but he wasn't willing to take out a bunch of innocents just to get his guy.
  20. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    You sound like the Church Lady.
  21. Great One-Liners

    A fed up Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in GROUNDHOG DAY: "This is pitiful....a thousand people, freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat!"....and later on... "There is no way that this winter is EVER going to end, as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow, I don't see any way out....he's gotta be stopped and I have to stop him!" Love this movie. Like SCROOGED, Murray plays a self-centered, arrogant piece of crud at the beginning of the movie, but unlike SCROOGED, his transformation is much more subtle in here, and much more convincing IMO.
  22. Dirty Harry vs. Bullitt

    Speaking of your motorcycle addiction, do you feel about the Jack Cardiff directed film, "The Girl on a Motorcycle? It has Marianne Faithfull, whose singing I know you dig and of course French pretty boy, Alain Delon. It's a pretty hip flick and is showing up in a lot of film catalogues I've been getting in the mail.
  23. Guest Programmers and their Films

    Mo Rocca with Robert Osborne April 13, 2015 King Kong (1933) What's Up Doc? (1972) The Birds (1963) Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

    What casting directors saw was "teen idols" who would bring in some moola from the younger set, in films that might have been more likely attracting older audiences, since they had stars like John Wayne, Dean Martin and the like in them. Money talks and putting a Fabian, who couldn't sing at all and was probably tone deaf, in a flick might ensure more ticket sales. Actually of all of the above, Fabian actually was not such a bad actor but his singing could injure eardrums!
  25. I Just Watched...

    Rings on Her Fingers (1942). This was a TCM premiere that aired during the Gene Tierney block on Sunday. While I wouldn't say this was the greatest film I'd ever seen, it was fun and a nice way to spend a couple hours. Tierney stars as Susie Miller, a young salesgirl who works in the girdle department of a local department store. She and her co-worker/roommate daydream about leaving the world of girdles behind and living the high-life. One day, a wealthy woman, Spring Byington, and her brother, Laird Cregar, come into the shop and immediately befriend Tierney and invite her to a party. What Tierney doesn't know at first is that Byington and Cregar are not wealthy brother and sister, they are actually con artists who live the high life by fleecing people through various schemes. Byington and Cregar are in search of a young woman whom they can add to team. Their usual shtick is to have Byington and the young woman pose as mother and daughter and Cregar is the young girl's uncle. The young woman is typically used to lure young men into their plots. It seems that Byington and Cregar's last young woman has run off to marry. Tierney, wanting to continue living the high life, opts to join Byington and Cregar. She is renamed "Linda," and the trio are off. While in California, they meet Henry Fonda, a young man who is looking to buy a boat. They immediately assume that he is wealthy, and he doesn't bother to correct them. Fonda is immediately smitten with Tierney and a few days later, he is with Tierney and Byington looking to purchase a boat. Cregar, whom Fonda hadn't met previously, is posing as the owner of the boat. Fonda writes him a check for $15,000 and before the ink is dry on the check, Cregar is off and Fonda soon finds out that he was swindled. The actual owners of the boat show up and inform Fonda that the boat is not for sale. Fonda is sent packing back home to New York with no money and no boat. Back in New York, Tierney, Byington and Cregar are back at the estate of another young man whom has become the next target. By coincidence, he happens to be acquainted with Fonda, and Fonda shows up at the estate. Fonda and Tierney are reunited and soon Tierney learns that Fonda is not wealthy, and in fact, only makes $65/week as an accountant. He'd been saving up for the boat for the last ten years and the $15,000 that he lost was his entire life's savings. Tierney feels horrible knowing that she aided in helping Fonda lose his money. Soon Fonda and Tierney are in love and engaged. The rest of the film deals with Tierney trying to help Fonda recover his money (he refuses to take $15,000 from Tierney. This money is the money from the bogus boat sale that Cregar gives Tierney, for safe-keeping, I suppose). She also has to try to keep her distance from the private detective that Fonda hires to find the crooks who stole his money. It is obvious from the detective's first scene that he is suspicious of Tierney. There is also the case of the other young man whom Tierney is supposed to romance as part of the scheme with Byington and Cregar. The whole thing falls apart at the airport and casino scenes at the end of the film. This was an enjoyable film and it was interesting to see Tierney in a comedic role. She was good in her role, though I think she really found her niche in noir. Fonda seems to play a lot of hapless young men who get swindled by beautiful women. I liked Byington and Cregar as well. It's hard to believe that Cregar was only 28 in this film. He looks like he could be at least 40.
  26. Three great movies that need more attention. Glad to see someone posting about them. After watching "Isadora" I never again wore a very long fear of being strangled to death!
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