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  1. 7 points
    Wayne Morris. It's a name that should ring a bell for film buffs, particularly those who have had TCM for some time where many of the early films in his career at Warner Brothers get fairly abundant play. Remember him in 1937's KID GALAHAD, playing the good natured, forever smiling Ward Guisenberry, a towering bellboy promoted by Edward G. Robinson into becoming a boxer? He was performing with the Warners big boys on that occasion, not only with Robinson but Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart (before Bogie hit it big time), as well. Morris started off his film career in sunny faced, boy-next-door roles but, after an extended service during the war, returned to find that the momentum of his career from a lengthy absence had lessened. He was heavier and soon taking supporting roles. His film career would wind down some unspectacular paths during the '50s and towards the end he was doing a lot of television work. Probably the performance in his career for which he will be best remembered is that of Lt. Roget, the weakling officer in Stanley Kubrick's masterful PATHS OF GLORY. There are a lot of impressive performances in this film but Morris holds his own. Do you remember the squeamishness he conveys when Kirk Douglas asks him to be the officer in charge of the executions? The thing is the real Wayne Morris was anything but a coward. In fact he was a genuine hero during WW2. From Wiki: While filming Flight Angels (1940), Morris became interested in flying and became a pilot. With war in the wind, he joined the Naval Reserve and became a Navy flier in 1942, leaving his film career behind for the duration of the war. He flew the F6F Hellcat off the aircraft carrier USS Essex. A December 15, 1944 Associated Press news story reported that Morris was "credited with 57 aerial sorties, shooting down seven Japanese Zeros, sinking an escort vessel and a flak gunboat and helping sink a submarine and damage a heavy cruiser and a mine layer."[5] He was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals. Morris was considered by the Navy as physically 'too big' to fly fighters. After being turned down several times as a fighter pilot, he went to his uncle-in-law, Cdr. David McCampbell, imploring him for the chance to fly fighters. Cdr. McCampbell said "Give me a letter." He flew with the VF-15 (Fighter Squadron 15), the famed "McCampbell Heroes." That's damn impressive stuff, making it impossible not to respect the man, and appreciate all the more that the craven creature he so skillfully portrayed in the Kubrick film had nothing in common with the real him. Wayne Morris died of a massive heart attack in 1959 while visiting the aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard in San Francisco Bay. He was only 45. The truth is Morris never made that much of an impression upon me as an actor (outside of Paths of Glory) but when I read about his war service I felt compelled to do a writeup on him, if only to bring his courageous performance during the war to the attention of fellow movie buffs who, like myself, might have been a bit inclined to dismiss him. The real Wayne Morris, I now feel, deserves better than that.
  2. 6 points
    Man I was really hoping Trump would be out of office before this thread got to 1,000 pages!
  3. 6 points
    Errol Flynn day indeed but, let's face it, folks, his films with Michael Curtiz remain the lion's share of the titles from his career best remembered today. Wednesday April 11 8pm (EST) The Adventures of Robin Hood 10pm (EST) Captain Blood 12:15am (EST) Dodge City 2:15am (EST) The Charge of the Light Brigade 4:15 am (EST) The Sea Hawk Perhaps many of us take these titles a bit for granted because of the frequency of their play on TCM, as well as their availability on DVD. That shouldn't stop us from appreciating the fact that these five films, arguably the best that the director-star duo of Curtiz and Flynn ever produced, still rank among the most enjoyable films of their light hearted adventurous type ever made. Flynn brings dash and romance and the hard driving Curtiz brings a dynamic visual flourish to the proceedings. And let's not forget, too, the stirring musical accompaniment of these films thanks to Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner. The scores for Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk alone rank among the best the movies have ever given us.
  4. 6 points
    Now I understand why Trump appeals to you. You haven't read the Constitution either.
  5. 6 points
    Steven Bochco, the writer and producer who died of cancer Sunday at the age of 74, was a leader in changing the face of television dramas in the 1980s. Before "Hill Street Blues" made its debut in 1981, primetime shows generally focused on a case and wrapped it up by the end of an hour. Not so with "Hill Street." It became known for its long-term storylines in addition to the usual short ones. Bochco, who created the series with Michael Kozoll, discussed the origins of the series with Terry Gross of National Public Radio in 1989. "We had a large group of characters that we had developed," Bochco recalled. "And what we discovered pretty quickly as we wrote the pilot was that there's no way on a weekly basis that we were going to be able to dramatically honor the needs of what had quickly become a dozen regular characters -- 10 or eleven, whatever the exact number was. And so we developed a story flow that would span two, three, four episodes at a time because it was the only way that you could involve your characters in complex stories without devoting a lot of screen time per episode to those characters. And so in that way, we began to develop what really didn't seem all that new to us. It was sort of a police soap opera. That we sort of kiddingly always referred to as cop soap." The NBC series was not a ratings hit after its premiere as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1981. But it drew attention eight months later when it won six Primetime Emmy Awards -- including Outstanding Drama Series -- in 14 nominations. Thereafter, it became a mainstay of NBC's Thursday night lineup. And it continued to do well at awards shows. Bochco's "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law" both won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series a record four times each (they share it with "The West Wing" and "Mad Men). His ABC police procedural "NYPD Blue," which ran from 1993 to 2005, won the award once in six nominations. During his career, Bochco was nominated for 30 Emmys and won 10. Bochco, who attended Carnegie Tech -- now Carnegie Mellon University -- as a playwrighting major, was loyal to his friends and associates. Among his classmates at the Pittsburgh school: Barbara Bosson (his first wife), Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid and Michael Tucker. All of them later became household names and faces as regulars in series produced by Bochco. "Hill Street Blues," which was set at a police precinct in an unspecified big city, also provided new leases on life for several of its actors. The veteran Daniel J. Travanti drew praise and won an Emmy for his weekly performances as the recovering alcoholic precinct captain, Frank Furillo. Michael Conrad -- known for his many film and television roles as heavies -- won two statuettes as the effusive wordsmith Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (the character was sorely missed after Conrad's death from cancer in 1983). And Veronica Hamel -- a onetime model and "Charlie's Angels" candidate -- received five Emmy nominations for her work as public defender Joyce Davenport (later Mrs. Furillo). Bochco's shows could be surprising. The "Hill Street Blues" pilot featured scenes of Furillo's clashes with Ms. Davenport at the precinct. The episode's final moments showed them in bed together. As for "L.A. Law," the legal drama he created with former practicing attorney Terry-Louise Fisher, one of television's unexpected moments was the exit of the disliked lawyer Rosalind Shays (played by Diana Muldaur) on March 21, 1991. One of the writers of the episode, titled "Good to the Last Drop," was David E. Kelley -- who went on to create the Emmy Award-winning series "Picket Fences," "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal." Robert Bianco‏Verified account @BiancoRobert Robert Bianco Retweeted Debra Birnbaum If this is the Golden Age of television, Steven Bochco launched it and helped sustain it. Every great modern drama owes “Hill Street” a debt. Joss Whedon‏Verified account @joss Absolutely one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me) was HILL STREET BLUES. Complex, unpredictable and unfailingly humane. Steven Bochco changed television, more than once. He’s a legend. All love to his family, R.I.P., and thank you. Debra Messing‏Verified account @DebraMessing So sad to hear of Steven Bochco’s passing. He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv. Rest well, sir. You will be missed. #RIP Larry Wilmore‏Verified account @larrywilmore In 2003, I saw Steven Bochco at a restaurant in NY. I had just been fired from The Bernie Mac Show and was really down. To my surprise, he came over, gave me a hug, said how much he loved me and to remember that what i did was special. Wow! Mark Harris‏Verified account @MarkHarrisNYC Hill Street Blues, LA Law, and NYPD Blue secure his place in history. (Hell, Hill Street alone.) But even some of his failures--like the remarkable, ripe-for-rediscovery Murder One--were just a little too early. One crime story throughout a whole season? Nah, it'll never work! Judd Apatow‏Verified account @JuddApatow Judd Apatow Retweeted Hollywood Reporter Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice. We used all of it. He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration.
  6. 6 points
    Late Spring (Ozu, 1949). The beginning of Ozu and Setsuko Hara's acclaimed "Noriko" trilogy, along with Tokyo Story two of the greatest movies ever made. Setsuko Hara plays the 20-something daughter Noriko, who cares for her elderly father after her mother died when she was very young. Noriko has been the woman of the house her entire life, and just recently lived through the horrors of World War II, in which her difficulties are only briefly alluded (scrubbed by Allied SCAP censors)...but now that the war is over, everyone is pressuring her to finally marry and move out. Why doesn't she want to get married? You can watch this movie a thousand times and never figure her out. She likes her father's younger colleague, but he's engaged to another girl. When he finally asks her out, she "doesn't want to cause trouble" and turns him down. Her gossipy aunt sets her up with a different man, but she's not that into him, even though he looks like Gary Cooper (or does he?), an actor known to be her type. Is she just immature, or asexual? Something even worse? Probably the simplest take is that she just loves her father and feels compelled to take care of him, and doesn't want her routine life changed, or want to move out. Considering the real lives of Ozu and Hara, this movie is the defining case of art imitating life. There are a few scenes and sequences that belong in the hall of fame: Miss Hara's iconic bike ride on the beach (even shown in other movies), the talk her father gives her when she asks why they just can't "stay the way they are", the heartbreaking images of her dressed in traditional Japanese wedding attire, and Chishu Ryu's last scene. Criterion's three reasons for Late Spring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Ul10BSzRw 1. The texture of Japanese life (plus the allegories this film and Setsuko herself meant to the Japanese people at that time) 2. The love between father and daughter 3. The pain of letting go I used to say Casablanca was my favorite 1940s film, but having seen Late Spring I'll agree with Roger Ebert who said "sooner or later, everyone who truly loves movies comes to Ozu". Late Spring might not be as good from start to finish as the near perfect Tokyo Story, but by the end the cumulative effect is stronger, and I always feel this one more.
  7. 6 points
    If the film were made in the 50's, if there was "something wrong" with the husband - it would have to be limited to socially acceptable problems for the 50's - like alcoholism, for example. I think that Todd Haynes revelled in the freedom to inform us that the husband was actually a closeted gay man. But he placed the emphasis on how the man's wife handled it - she was dealing with something that she could not understand and it plunged her into a biracial attraction with the gardener. Again, Haynes must've revelled in the fact that he could make the gardener a black man. So, he could actually re-invent the genre - the soap opera - and make it edgier and riskier. He created a whole new challenging world for an actress who could play a newer version of soap opera hysteria. I would've preferred a closer look at the husband, who was a deeply troubled man. But, Haynes probably would have had a much longer film, then. The wife's future is left doubt - but there's no doubt that she is deeply scarred. As is her husband. He does not belong here!
  8. 6 points
    The Hill‏Verified account @thehill Trump declares April sexual assault prevention month http://hill.cm/NERTcZf
  9. 6 points
    Rebekah Fernández Entralgo‏ @rebekahentralgo Ingraham’s BIGGEST SPONSOR, Liberty Mutual, just dropped her
  10. 6 points
    It is a measure, among many, of the respect and admiration Virginia McKenna has in her country that she was awarded the role of portraying Violette Szabo, who has the position of veneration in England which Private York or Audie Murphy have pale analogues here. Recruited for resistance work in France because of her heritage and language abilities, she died in captivity and remains a blazing symbol of British heroism, dedication, and sacrifice. This movie, a prime example of the class-act filmmaking of Golden-Era Britain, gives Miss McKenna one of her best opportunities to show what a really fine actress she is. She's of course known best in America for Born Free (1966), and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957), and maybe Ring of Bright Water (1969). But she has a long, varied, and well-rewarded career on the English stage and screen. Her roles range from Shakespeare, to musicals like The King and I and A Little Night Music, to children's favorites like Peter Pan (1976), to adventure (The Wreck of the Mary Deare, 1959), and historical epic (Waterloo, 1970). On early tomorrow morning 12:30 AM Pacific time. Westies can stay up to see it, Easties who aren't owls can record it.
  11. 6 points
    Judd Legum‏Verified account@JuddLegum Tucker uncovers a MAJOR OBAMA SCANDAL
  12. 6 points
    Diane N. Sevenay‏ @Diane_7A Fox News is always on the pulse. #StormyDanielsDay
  13. 5 points
    I'm just throwing this out there, but don't you think our classic movie heritage as curated by TCM preserves a view of America seen through rose colored glasses, that wasn't quite truthful, isn't quite real, it sort of whitewashes everything. Continually reinforcing a false past, and always having happy endings isn't quite helpful, when you know it was never like that. You could say all this culminates into folks trying to make that fantasy real, a Disneyland version of America, This is why some folks go balistic when TCM programs movies from the 1960's onwards, it doesn't fit their fairytale views. I know the bulk of films TCM controls is from the Classic Hollywood Era, but do you see what I'm getting at, replaying the same old same old is just positive reinforcement of an ideal that never really was.
  14. 5 points
    Kaitlan Collins‏Verified account @kaitlancollins 2h2 hours ago Spotted on a street corner in D.C. It says in small print that the offer is void unless you’re a Trump administration official able to provide special favors. The number at the bottom? It’s the EPA’s.
  15. 5 points
    Essential: THE SUSPECT (1944) Robert Siodmak had a significant career in Europe before coming to Hollywood in the 1940s. The darker themes of his work make the stylish director stand out from others. He signed with Universal in 1943 and his techniques became so popular his services were sought by other producers. Occasionally, Universal did loan him out. But his best pictures occurred at his home studio, where he was allowed to be more creative and where his background in German expressionism influenced his output. At first Siodmak directed some B horror entries, then he was handed important A-picture assignments. PHANTOM LADY was his first noir at Universal. The story was a murder mystery which featured Ella Raines. Siodmak would direct Raines several more times, mostly notably in THE SUSPECT alongside Charles Laughton. Laughton was a close friend of the director's, and under Siodmak, he would give a carefully understated yet poignant performance. He portrays a henpecked husband driven to murder his overbearing wife (Rosalind Ivan). Raines plays a sweet young woman that Laughton befriends. She becomes a very necessary diversion, as well as a catalyst when Laughton decides he must break free from his unhappy marriage. The film is set in early 20th century London, and the period touches are expertly handled. Everything from costumes and hairstyles to set design seem authentic. And the performances convey an understanding of how people acted at the time, especially when community busybodies suspected an upstanding neighbor might be seeing someone else on the side. The wife manipulates the local gossips to subject her husband to humiliation so he won't stray. In addition to Ivan's vicious scene work, the story is bolstered by the efforts of Henry Daniell who plays a blackmailer. Daniell figures out Laughton got rid of the nasty old battle axe, but his silence comes at a price. Laughton tries to keep Daniell quiet, but the greedy blackmailer wants more money, and Laughton refuses to keep paying him. So Laughton kills again, and there's a truly suspenseful scene when he doesn't have enough time to dispose of Daniell's body. Laughton hides it behind a sofa just as his son and the son's girlfriend arrive home. While they are chatting the girlfriend feels something under the sofa and puts her hand down there. It turns out a cat is playing with the dead body. But until she pulls the cat out from under the piece of furniture, we are led to believe, as Laughton does, that his crime is about to be discovered. Laughton's reactions are outstanding. The camera work Siodmak uses to keep us as unnerved and in as much suspense as Laughton also helps a great deal. Of course our sympathetic antagonist will be found out before the end of the story. In the last sequence Laughton has married Raines, and they are going to Canada to start a new life. But the police have been nipping at Laughton's heels. There is a nice cat-and-mouse moment between Laughton and an investigator just as the ship is about to sail. There is no such thing as a perfect crime, but there is such a thing as a perfectly directed performance. I suspect that anyone who watches the film will find it just as enjoyable as an episode of Columbo. THE SUSPECT may currently be seen on YouTube.
  16. 5 points
    NPR‏Verified account @NPR "We're very concerned" about the Stormy Daniels allegations, said a leader of one faith-based ministry. https://www.npr.org/2018/04/06/599972396/concerned-evangelicals-plan-to-meet-with-trump-as-sex-scandals-swirl?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_ca
  17. 5 points
    I'm such a sucker for Joan Blondell, whether it was in her early Warners days of playing perky wide eyed gold diggers or her later period (Nightmare Alley) in which she showed what a strong, sensual dramatic performer she could be.
  18. 5 points
    Well for starters, The Hour of 13 stars Peter Lawford.
  19. 5 points
    stuart stevens‏ @stuartpstevens Jeff Bezos started a company from scratch, didn’t inherit it, never went bankrupt, and is the richest man on the planet. This is why president of United States is attacking him.
  20. 5 points
    That shot is perfect illustration of Hayne's talent as director. The framing perfectly defines the problems with the marriage. If the film had been made in 1950's the husband might have been gay coded like the coach in "Tea and Sympathy" who clearly prefers to go camping with the boys than spending time with his wive.
  21. 5 points
    Breaking News ... Donald Trump has stunned the world by announcing by tweet from Mar-o-Lago that he is resigning as President of the United States effective 9 a.m. EST, Sunday, April 1, 2018. The President cited personal reasons contrary to reports that he was feeling the strain of the Mueller and Stormy Daniels investigations. "I am resigning as President for personal reasons. It is time I turned my attention to the love of my life and let others carry on the great work that we have begun. Washington is a cruel cruel place and it's just not ready for my love of Mike." It wasn't immediately clear what the President meant when he tweeted "my love of Mike." Sources close to the President offered that he meant Mike Pence and that the two had been engaging in a homosexual relationship ever since the Vice President got down on his knees aboard Air Force One during the campaign to press Mr. Trump's pants while he was still wearing them. Corey Lewandowski who has been transgendering is said to be totally distraught. This throws into doubt whether or not Mike Pence will be staying in politics and Paul Ryan may be the next President of the United States. Or will Donald Trump become the new first lady?
  22. 5 points
    When I first heard about this film, I was extremely excited. To actually get an authentic cinematic 1950s approach to a taboo post-war subject seemed surreal to me-- but so satisfying. Sometimes I think you actually would have had to have lived in the 1950s to understand the sexual repression, the hateful segregation and how there were so many men living, should we say, Secret Lives. I knew a few of the younger ones myself. They were all such good actors; they could have gone into the business. LOL Real life was scripted like a Hollywood movie and there would be hell to pay if you deviated from the script. You have two perfectly remember this was a time when Elvis Presley's legs we're covered with black bars when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. But there were live sound bites on TV News of bigoted Southerners screaming that they didn't want their children corrupted by that N***a music that Elvis was singing. And in 1953 they couldn't even use the word pregnant on I Love Lucy, of course. Sex wasn't openly discussed in the public sphere, there were no explanations about it much less discussions of what would have been considered, in those times, as sexual deviations. The women's magazines were full of true life stories about how to save your marriage from divorce even though the husband was seeing another woman he was a drunk or he couldn't hold a job. One women's magazine that my mother took had a monthly article called: "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" What seems so strange to me today - - is that I don't remember any discussion about wife abuse or homosexuality in any of those stories. It was the wife's job, no matter what, to keep the marriage going no matter how and if there was a failure it was her fault. I get a certain personal satisfaction about getting an opportunity to see a rendition of 1950s Cinema with a realism that we never had then.
  23. 5 points
    Jared Yates Sexton‏Verified account @JYSexton The sheer amount of self-delusion and mental gymnastics it must take to buy into these pro-Trump mega-conspiracies that are solely meant to twist reality until it breaks, and are thus giant and jaw-droppingly nonsensical, has to be exhausting. But this is exactly what's happened in Russia to secure Putin's power. The goal is to create an environment where there is so much deception and confusion that people simply give up and accept whatever they're given. Continually, in Russia, facts are changed, allegiances shifted, laws altered, messaging twisted, just to keep people from ever knowing what's going on. It's a strategy. And it's time that we recognize it's not just that there was an effort by Russia to get Trump elected, but that he's actively using those strategies that have benefited Putin. It's not a coincidence. These conspiracy theories, these disinformation campaigns, these onslaughts of overwhelming information and scandals, they're not by accident. This is how the system implants itself and beleaguers a population until they simply don't care anymore. Already the absurdity and fascism of the Trump Administration is becoming normalized. Over time, this will become the new normal, and all it takes for this machine to continue working is for apathy to become the default mode of existence.
  24. 5 points
    Michael Cohen‏ @speechboy71 Considering who is president it might not be so ridiculous
  25. 5 points
    This topic can go in so many different directions. Being an Atheist and very cynical many of my friends wonder why I'm such a fan of studio-era movies due to how America is often portrayed, as well as the sometimes having overt religious themes. My favorite genres are noir and romantic comedies because generally they don't carry that type of Disneyland version of America. But even most dramas, westerns, and other genres typically avoid a contrived message but instead focus on things like honor and justice: values that even a cynic can appreciate. I assume most folks can see past the fantasy and instead just enjoy basking in a land that they know never really existed as part of escaping the daily grind.

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