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  1. ChristineinGA

    Come Back, Little Sheba: ick.

    Jonny, I will grant you that "Sheba" is somewhat depressing but the ending is kind of optimistic. Also, I think the characters are in their 40s because they talk about Doc having to quit med school 20 years ago and Shirley's mom would have to have been young enough to still be alive and blow off her daughter. Remember, back in the day the 40s were like the 50s today, age-wise. I think the whole point of Sheba the dog is a metaphor for loss. Anyway, do we want every play to be happy? Fred, I like your idea of Sterling Hayden, one of my faves. He would have been good. He has a bit of a hangdog look that would have worked well but Burt Lancaster was a bigger name. Funny you mention "Asphalt Jungle" which is one of my all-time favorites and is perfectly cast, perfectly written and directed.
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    Come Back, Little Sheba: ick.

    Jonny, I agree with you about Terry Moore (yes, Fred, it's that sweater and the pointy bra underneath it) but I think Shirley Booth is really good in this movie and I felt she had some really powerful scenes; I almost cried when she was talking on the telephone to her mother who couldn't be bothered with her. I also especially liked the scene where she is pleading with Doc not to say those things to her when he's drunk and the scene where she is getting into her "Taboo" radio show. As for the stage setting - the director did open the film up as much as he could but the heart of the story does take place in the house so that's where we, as the audience, should be. Lancaster is too young for the role, I agree, but he's pretty good with his body language and the way he uses his voice. Maybe you're a little too young to understand middle-age angst?
  3. So glad TCM is finally honoring the late great John Gilbert: the best silent film actor EVER who could have made a better transition to talkies if MGM & LB hadn't been such jerks. I missed BARDLEY'S and DOWNSTAIRS, but will record if and when shown again. I am going to record THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA as I heard it is one of his better talkies. I've seen QUEEN CHRISTINA many times but of course will watch again. Gilbert was incredibly sexy, too! In response to the comments re' Eleanor Boardman, I think she had a very modern look and she was an excellent actress. Thamks, TCM!
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    John Gilbert's Later Career on TCM

    Wow! So thrilled to read all the John Gilbert comments. Not only is Gilbert my favorite silent star, he is among my very favorites of all actors from all eras. I would love for TCM to show more of his films and would be thoroughly delighted if he was "Star of the Month." Great actor, handsome and so talented. The way MGM treated him was awful. THE BIG PARADE is one of my faves and my favorite war flick of all time. DARK STAR is a great biography. Glad to know there are others out there who feel the same way I do; when I mention Gilbert's name to some of my friends, all I get are blank stares.
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    "The Show"

    Okay, let's get one thing straight about John Gilbert: it wasn't his voice that killed his career. Granted, it was not a deep baritone but there was nothing wrong with it. Getting into that fight with Mayer did it; he was cast in mostly lousy movies after that and his heavy drinking didn't help him, either. Please remember that sound technology was not great in the early talkies and also, when he did that love scene with Norma Shearer, the audience was not used to the words "I love you" being said out loud in the movie theaters. In my opinion, Gilbert was one of the best of the silent movie actors, if not the best. If you don't think so, watch him in "The Big Parade" or "Flesh and the Devil." As for the killer iguana in "The Show", I laughed out loud because iguanas are not poisonous at all but I'm sure they seemed pretty exotic to audiences of the time. Now you see them in a lot of pet stores. They are cute when they are little but can grow to about 5 feet in length!
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    Your favorite tear jerker movies

    Random Harvest, The Yearling, Old Yeller, It's a Wonderful Life, Now Voyager
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    In regards to TCM Underground....

    I love TCM Underground, too. Finally an opportunity to see some of the cult films I've heard off but have never seen before. Yes, Rob Zombie does point out things to look for and I appreciate that. I watched "The Honeymoon Killers" last night and although I missed about the first 20 minutes or so, I was impressed by it. Especially the look of terror in the one woman's eyes when she realizes she is going to die! And even if you don't see the child being killed, it is a pretty horrorific scene! Thanks, TCM!
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    The Sadist

    I watched "The Sadist" last night and I thought it was pretty good. I had never heard of it before but I'm glad I checked it out. Pretty intense stuff for 1963.
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    The Minutes of a Pre-Halloween Meeting, Oct. 30th, 2006

    This was terrific. Very timely and lots of fun for this classic horror fan. Thanks.
  10. ChristineinGA

    The Hills Have Eyes Unrated

    Yes, Frank, I remember Karloff in ISLE OF THE DEAD, I like Karloff in all his RKO movies and if I remember correctly, Karloff was a Greek general or something similar in ISLE and he was very creepy. Karloff was a terrific actor. I haven't seen ISLE in several years but I did tape it on VCR when TCM ran it.
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    The Hills Have Eyes Unrated

    I love The Hills Have Eyes, too! I saw it originally in a theater in Chicago on a Saturday afternoon when it first came out, so I think that was the unedited version and I really liked it. I think it is one of the better '70s slasher-type films. It was on TV on the Independent Film Channel about a year ago and it still held up for me. Highly recommended for those who like their horror scary, not funny, and so much better than most of the so-called horror flicks coming out today.
  12. ChristineinGA

    The Most Handsome Actors!

    William Powell had it all: looks, charm, intelligence, sex appeal. John Gilbert was very handsome and sexy. Gregory Peck was hot -especially in "Duel in the Sun", among others. The very young Gary Cooper was gorgeous. I think Van Heflin's voice was sexy. William Holden, Robert Mitchum, William Warren, Ronald Coleman (another great voice, along with Herbert Marshall; no wonder they made such a smooth transition to to the talkies, plus William Powell). Yeah, I could go on and on, too. Sigh.
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    Best SciFi Film of the 1950's ???

    I think "The Thing" was the best SF film of the 1950's with "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Day the Earth Stood Still" close seconds. A case can also be made for "Forbidden Planet."
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    The Least Sexy!

    I think the least sexy actress is June Allison. Her appeal is lost on me. Other actresses mentioned like Marjorie Main aren't "prettied up" so they aren't supposed to be considered sexy. Of modern actresses, I think Julia Roberts is pretty but not sexy. Least sexy actor is Sylvester Stallone. He may also be the least talented as well (with the possible exception of the first Rocky).
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    John Gilbert website

    I just checked out your web site. I will look at it again more thoroughly when I have a little more time but I just wanted you to know that, as a John Gilbert fan, I am really happy that there is a web site devoted to this excellent actor.

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