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    Unknown Ronald Reagan WW II Movie

    Patful: Moran taing! (That's Scottish Gaelic for "Many thanks!") I'll add my suggestion along with yours. I did not know until now that the movie was remade, as a television special, in 1983, starring Cheryl Ladd. Tapadh leibh agus slainte mhath! ("Thank you and good health!") John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS Official Bard of Clan Henderson Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C. 20011-8400
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    Unknown Ronald Reagan WW II Movie

    Greetings: I remember seeing a movie a few years ago, in black and white, starring Ronald Reagan, about some wounded soldiers in a South Pacific hospital. They are all being sent home, except for a Scottish soldier, who hasn't been told that he's dying. Ronald Reagan and the other guys pool their money to buy a kilt for the Scottish soldier, trying to cheer him up, but he is full of resentment and hostility. Does anyone remember the title of this movie? I wonder if TCM would show it, or was it on TCM that I saw it? Thank you. John Robert "SAIGON" Mallernee, KB3KWS Official Bard of Clan Henderson Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C. 20011-8400
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    The Gray Ghost

    Greetings: I never heard of a horror movie called "THE GRAY GHOST". That title would certainly have gotten my attention. When I was a kid, I religiously watched the television series, "THE GRAY GHOST", about Confederate raider, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, my hero. Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Favorite Comedies

    Greetings: The movie that makes me laugh more than any other is "WHAT'S UP, DOC?", starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Looking for the Billy Jack movies!!!

    Greetings: I wonder if I've seen all the Billy Jack movies? Someone told me there were a total of five, but your discussion makes me think there may have been more. I don't remember seeing "BORN LOSERS" or "BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON". I was searching on the Internet for the lyrics to a song when I accidentally stumbled across the lyrics to "ONE TIN SOLDIER" (THE LEGEND OF BILLY JACK) at a web site for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts! The web site url is: http://scoutsongs.com/ So, now I can learn that song, and you can too! Has Tom Laughlin appeared in any other films besides "SOUTH PACIFIC" and the "BILLY JACK" movies? Did all of the "BILLY JACK" movies have Tom Laughlin portraying Billy Jack? Wouldn't it be neat if they could combine all the "BILLY JACK" movies into one boxed set of DVDs? I'd also like to see that done with the "PLANET OF THE APES" movies. I thought I'd seen all of them, but I'm not certain. Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Who Isn't a Clint Eastwood Fan Here?

    Greetings: One of my fondest memories of a Clint Eastwood movie was a big surprise. I was just back from Viet Nam, a soldier stationed at Hunter-Liggett, California (there was no fort there then - - - just a ranch). For some reason, I was in Fort Ord for the weekend, with time to kill, and driving around in my FIRST car (!!!) with my FIRST driver's license (!!!). I drove into Carmel-by-the-Sea and decided to go see a movie. Maybe somebody recommended it, but I don't remember. All I remember was the title made me think it would be a boring show. Only when "PLAY MISTY FOR ME" began, did I realize "Wow! This is MY kind of movie!" Clint Eastwood and edge-of-your-seat suspense!!! Yeah, I thought it was going to be a boring evening and a waste of money. Boy, was I glad to be proven wrong! Only years later did I learn that Clint Eastwood actually lived in that town, when he was elected mayor, and it was widely reported on the national news. Nifty, huh? Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    American Musicals

    Greetings: Listening to my mother's collection of Broadway musical record albums was how I learned to sing. Well, it was part of it, a BIG part. I also learned by imitating what I heard on the radio and by going to church. I reckon I was different from other kids, for I sang all the time, a capello, no matter where I was, and I continued doing that as a grown man, even when I was in the Army. The fact that others might find that amusing didn't bother me a bit. But, that's how I learned music and singing. The very first Broadway musical movie I ever saw was "THE SOUND OF MUSIC", in a theatre in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, which I saw five times in a row, until I spent all my money. I was madly in love with Julie Andrews, and wanted to marry her, but my mother laughed and told me Julie Andrews was twice my age. Another movie that inspired me to learn the songs was, "PAINT YOUR WAGON", which I've also seen over and over. I remember watching an outdoor production of "OKLAHOMA" in the Rose Gardens of Portland, Oregon. After returning from Viet Nam, I was visiting one of my sisters and she was angry because I wanted to watch "WEST SIDE STORY" on television. I think she may have bought into this bogus nonsense that only homosexual men enjoy Broadway musicals, and therefore, I wasn't exhibiting sufficient masculine qualities. I don't know where people get such an idea. To this day, I still enjoy singing songs from Broadway plays or major Hollywood movies, only now, I've learned to accompany myself with a guitar. I particularly enjoy doing "MAN OF LA MANCHA" and "THE QUEST" (i.e., improperly called, "THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"). You're correct about the contemporary dearth of really good movies of Broadway musicals. "CHICAGO" was probably the last one, or maybe, "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA". Do you reckon there'll never be any more major musical productions? What about regional pageants depicting local heritage? In North Carolina, there's "UNTO THESE HILLS", which I've never seen. In New York, there's the "HILL CUMORAH" pageant, which I haven't seen. In Utah, there's the "PROMISED VALLEY" pageant and the "MANTI" pageant. There's probably a lot more. Has anyone thought to document those, or adapt them for the screen? Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Favorite War Movies

    Jack Burley: Yes, NOW I remember! I liked "OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?" I love hearing Alison Krauss sing. "THREE KINGS" wasn't any good. I think I saw "INTOLERABLE CRUELTY", and it might have been good, but I can't remember. It was a comedy about a divorcing couple wasn't it, with both of them being lawyers? The worst George Clooney film was that one about Outer Space, but I don't remember the name. I'm not familiar with "OUT OF SIGHT", and from what little I've seen in commercials, "GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK" doesn't stand out. Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Dr. Zhivago (1965)

    Greetings: Yes, "DOCTOR ZHIVAGO" is one of the all time greats. Have you seen, "HANOI HILTON"? It's amusing to see the American prisoners of war avidly discussing the movie, "DOCTOR ZHIVAGO", in detail. I doubt "HANOI HILTON" will ever be aired by TCM as it is uncomplimentary to Jane Fonda, even though her character was given a different name in the movie. When watching a program explaining how "DOCTOR ZHIVAGO" was made, I was surprised to learn the movie was filmed in Spain, with FAKE snow! It was also interesting to learn Spanish secret police were observing the cast extras, noting which ones knew the lyrics to "INTERNATIONALE", the anthem of the Communist Party. And of course, there's the anecdote about the actress whose foot was cut off when she fell beneath the moving railroad train. On top of everything else, it turns out the story was mostly TRUE, and that Yuri Zhivago and Lara were real people! Nifty, huh? Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Osmonds movies

    Greetings: I didn't even know there were any Osmond movies. I thought all they did was have a special television broadcast at Christmas. What movies did they make? Oh, wait - - - I do remember seeing a television movie about problems in the Osmond family, and how they rose to stardom. But, I don't remember the name of that show. As a member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, I was impressed by how they were tried and tempted, but held true to their Latter-day Saint ideals. I reckon my favorite memory of the Osmonds is Marie singing a duet with some guy, "MEET ME IN MONTANA". Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Favorite War Movies

    Matt Helm, Et Alii: I think I remember the commercials advertising the movie you're referring to, but I haven't seen it. What is the name of that movie? As I recall, the commercials and advertisements convinced me the movie wouldn't be any good. I've seen a couple of George Clooney movies, and they were rather disappointing - - - in fact, they were downright boring. Do you know if there are there any good George Clooney films? It seems like I may have seen one, but I can't remember. As I type this, I just remembered something I'd forgotten - - - when I was in the Army (many long years ago!), we didn't call them "movies" - - - we called them "flicks". It's funny how an obscure memory comes back during this discussion. No, I'm living in the Old Soldiers' Home, and I rarely go to movies anymore, not even the ones shown in our Home's theatre. I'm more comfortable in my own room watching cable television, or sitting on the hillside strumming guitar and singing to the squirrels and birds. (That hillside overlooks all of Washington, D.C. - - - this Home is the highest point in the District.) I'm thinking the revelations about Communist espionage in the United States should cause a remake of "THE WAY WE WERE". What other films were made about Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC)? It's odd, isn't it, that Hollywood continues to be silent on this subject? I reckon it doesn't quite fit in with their "politically correct" agenda. Maybe they're embarrassed about something. Remember when the Hollywood elite snubbed Elia Kazan at the Academy Awards? Isn't it interesting (and a bit depressing - - - or enraging) to observe the HUGE differences in the war movies of yesteryear and Hollywood's contemporary war stories? Remember when an entire FAMILY could safely watch a Hollywood war movie? Remember when going to the theatre was FUN? Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Favorite War Movies

    Greetings: I'm surprised that Senator Joseph McCarthy's name was mentioned. Were your references intended to be derogatory? Have you read the news from several years ago? Do you remenber when the Berlin Wall fell, and the Soviet Union collapsed? All those top secret espionage records suddenly became available to the United States and - - - guess what? It turned out that Senator Joseph McCarthy was CORRECT!!! Hey, it was all over the news. Where were you? Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    Mr. Burchfield: Yes, I saw "THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP" for the very first time. I thought it was a great film, although it left some questions unanswered. During the First World War, what happened when Colonel Candy left the German prisoners of war? Were they tortured without his knowledge? Who was that one young German soldier? Was he the son of Colonel Candy's friend? When General Candy's house was destroyed during the Blitz, what was that notice that was in the newspaper? I thought his German friend might have been killed, but then I saw him again. So, who was killed? What finally happened to General Candy and the Home Guard? It was very interesting seeing Deborah Kerr portray three different women in the same movie. It was interesting that Colonel Candy and his German friend did notice how all three women looked so similar! I enjoyed that film, and wondered about why they chose to call it, "COLONEL BLIMP"? Could that be a reflection of the disdain exhibited by the youthful lieutenant during the war games? Yes, it's an unfortunate reality that to beat the bad guys, you have to be even badder than they are. Otherwise, to quote Shakespeare, "the baby is thrown out with the bathwater". Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Favorite War Movies

    Rusty, Et Alii: I'll try again to respond to your inquiry regarding "PLATOON". Yes, I've seen the movie over and over and over again. Yes, things like that really did happen in Viet Nam. A lot of unbelievably fantastic stuff happened over there, so much so, that even the "PACIFIC STARS & STRIPES" newspaper reported that you could believe almost any story about Viet Nam. The war in Viet Nam, a country the size of California, with varied terrain and climate, lasted over ten years, and involved over a million American military personnel, each of them doing a different job in a different location at a different time. Thus, every soldiers'experience in Viet Nam would be different. My war was MY war. Another Viet Nam veteran would tell you a completely different story, and he would be correct. Nobody was ever safe in Viet Nam, not even the guys "in the rear with the gear", as you could be killed by your own fellow soldiers, deliberately or accidentally, as well as enemy attack. There was also the hostile natural environment of disease, with venomous snakes, bugs, and plants. Racial animosity between black and white soldiers was a constant menace, and in fact, I observed that same racial strife throughout my Army service, not only in Viet Nam, but at every other duty station. It seemed to be aggravated by apparent official Army policy seeking to placate blacks at the expense of whites. Use of illegal drugs, particularly marijuana and heroin, was everywhere, and again, I observed this throughout my military service, not just in Viet Nam, but wherever I went. Mostly, service in Viet Nam consisted of long monotonous hours, usually doing mundane boring chores, and just waiting for time to pass. But, when something did happen, it was so quick, it was over and done before you could react, and you never saw your enemy, or got a chance to fire your weapon. I'm really lucky I made it out. Still in all, I'm proud I served, and yes, I'd gladly do it all over again. As for the movie, "PLATOON", it's an example of how Hollywood productions are severely challenged to try and condense an entire year's individual experiences into one short two-hour program. It can't depict the long hours of boredom and terror of just sitting there filthy and soaking wet, with everything in the world crawling on you and biting or stinging you. The movie can't describe the stench, or what it's like when people die. Sure, they show blood, but did you know that when the body dies, the bladder and bowels immediately empty? That's how you check to see if someone is really dead or merely faking. Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.
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    Favorite War Movies

    Rusty, Et Alii: I posted a response to your query about "PLATOON", but I don't see it. Is that because I mentioned racial problems in the Army? Is that a forbidden subject? Thank you. John Robert Mallernee Armed Forces Retirement Home Washington, D.C.

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