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  1. Sue Sue: I can't get on to Silver Screen Oasis so I wonder if you could copy and reprint his response to me if he gave one regarding Terry Wilson? I guess I said the wrong thing earlier, Thank you.
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    Western Movie Rambles

    . I have to agree with you about the Colonel Thursday speech, and his glorification. I hated him also, and really thought the end should have been when they talked about the 'famous' painting (if you look closely and quickly, you'll see John Waynes' very, very fast frown), and instead of going into the speech, he should have just put his hat on, and walked out, then introduced the family. It wasn't necessary for him to say anything about the Colonel, although his speech was about the common foot soldier and cavalry, not the leaders. Anne
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    Harry Carey

    You know I love both Harry Carey's - Sr., and Jr. I'm surprised you didn't mention how John Wayne held his arm at the end of *The Searchers* in honor of Harry, Sr. I have to say this though, as far a William S. Hart goes, it's hard to believe he was such a beloved western star by kids. His face is so scary to me, that if I had seen him on a large screen, I probably would have burst out crying from fright, like I did at the witch in *Wizard of Oz*. __________________________ *Anne*
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    A Grand Piano in a Western

    . Are you thinking of *The Piano*? That's the movie where Holly Hunter never utters a word because she wants her piano. _______________________________ *Anne*
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    Western Movie Rambles

    *Hi to Rohanaka, Jack F., and Miss G:* Here I am sticking my nose and it's two cents in, but. . . . I think Miss G is the only one who knows I adore Randolph Scott, I've seen a lot of his movies 3 and 4 times if not more, and I love to talk about him whenever I can, especially to a new fan. My absolute favorite of his movies is *Ride Lonesome*, for a couple of reasons. Just as he is kind and gentle with Mrs. Mims, he is equally so with Karen Steele, not at first, but after a while you see what a fine, warm, and good gentleman he is. Talk about an expressive face!!! Another reason is Pernell Roberts. *Ride Lonesome* showed me what a really good actor he was, even after his time on Bonanza. In this, like Randy, he is stuck with a dope for a traveling companion, and the exasperation he entertains throughout the movie is a joy to behold. I often find myself giggling at his expressions. Randy's story is unbelievably sad and listening to him tell it makes you feel like you're overhearing a close friend confide his innermost secrets. You definitely are not wasting your time if you watch Randolph Scott movies. ______________________________ *Anne*
  6. *Fans of Barbara Stanwyck*, Toss a DVD or a tape into your recorder, or set your Tivo to see this one starting on the hour. I've been hoping it would come on for ages and I'm on my way to get comfy and enjoy it. ________________________________ *Anne*
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    I DVR'd the movie and just finished watching it. It truly was a poignant, touching, and very realistic film. Calling the film 'sad' isn't quite correct because most of the film was truthful in that having an older relative living with you is hard, especially when there are teens around because the generations are so far apart, they have trouble coming together, unless the older person has kept up with the times. However, the very end of the movie is heart wrenchingly sad. Leaving her standing there at the train station, alone, knowing she is doomed to living the rest of her days in a home broke my heart. Remember, the homes for the aged at the time, were also for the mentally challenged. She did NOT have a cheerful future to look forward to. I was happy though that they ran into that kind hotel manager who gave them such a great final day together, which I think added to the sad ending. As it is, there but for the grace of Social Security go I. I receive just enough to live and pay my bills as long as I don't go over my budget. For me, dinner out is going to the local Denny's. I can't honestly say if I want to see the movie again because I'm still very depressed from it. At this point, I don't even feel like giving my opinion about the acting or direction, but I will at a later time. _____________________________ *Anne*
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    Hugh Grant

    Brannaugh is truly a great actor, but I've never seen him in comedy, and both men have to have that ability to lighten the mood now and then. The other reason for my choices is that Emma wants to give the show a whole new look, so I think making the players a little younger might help in that respect. I forgot before, but since Emma doesn't mind looking like McPhee, perhaps she would be good as HIggins mother. My problem is I like to know my actors, and having MFL filled with a lot of strange English actors would spoil it for me somewhat. I'm funny that way. _______________________________ *Anne*
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    Wow, you guys really have me confused between *Wake of the Red Witch* and *Reap the Wild Wind.* I keep reminding myself that *Reap* is in color with the Duke, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward, and Paulette Goddard, and *Wake* is the Duke, Gail Russell, and Raymond Massey, in B&W. Then somehow *Wuthering Heights* got into the mix, and completely threw me for a loop. Actually I'm kidding, although I think *Reap* is the better picture, but lousy ending. I agree with whoever it is that likes to know as much as they can about the individual characters. To me it helps understand the plot of the story, and all of you have the gift of being able to put it all in words, which I don't. I can break down the story line, but not the people. In any case, I had a few laughs at myself in reading your posts, because I had to keep back tracking to see which movie you were talking about every now and then. Anyway, keep the juices flowing because you're all fun to read. ________________________________ *Anne*
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    Hugh Grant

    *Hey, Sandy!* I'm doing a little thievery here, but what would anyone think of adorable Colin Firth, and the lovely lady who played Emmaline in the first *Nanny Mc Phee*, Kelly MacDonald? Colin can do it all . . . comedy, drama, stern, and slaphappy, while Miss MacDonald (who I really know nothing about, but loved her as Emmaline), seems like the perfect choice for Eliza. She looks to be the right age, and she just strikes me as being capable of several different roles. Colin would be the perfect age for the professor, and I know he could be the snobby, uptight mule that HIggins is, and in conjunction, I believe Hugh Grant would fit like a glove as Colonel Pickering, because of his naughty little boy attitude, and he's good lookin enough for Eliza to find him attractive during Higgins tirades. ____________________________ *Anne*
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    Tim Holt

    Well, there you go again. Two people with different impressions about the same guy. Isn't it odd that his height should look different to both of us? No biggie, but you're right about Ladd, he was paranoid about his height, but I think he was only something like 5'4", which would make him shorter than most of the women who were starring at that time. ____________________________________ *Anne*
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    The 'colorization' of TCM

    *My Favorite Films:* I apologize profusely for my grave mistake. Normally I check my dates but I admit I did not this time, but let me explain why. I have heard so many times, from different reviewers, and critics that Gable won his Oscar for *It Happened One Night* because they didn't think he was going to get it for *GWTW*. Which is truly dumb since there is a 5 year gap involved. I wonder how the rumor got started. But truly, that is what I was basing my post info on, and again I am sorry for the goof, and feel properly chastised. ________________________________ *Anne*
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    Tim Holt

    I like Tim Holt quite a bit. I rely on my Western channel on Encore for western movies because TCM barely shows 5 westerns in a month unless they have a special day for some Western star. But getting back to Tim, I think he was a fine western star except for his size. Alan Ladd and Audie Murphy were both Tim's height, but their carriage and builds made them seem larger. I hate it, but I have to laugh every time Henry Fonda is introducing his two brothers Ward Bond and Tim Holt in *My Darling Clementine*, and Tim has to literally step out from in back of Bond to be seen for the introduction. One thing he and Audie have in common is they both remind me of cute, cuddly teddy bear cubs, whereas Alan Ladd is more mature looking. I know Tim made quite a few westerns, but it's hard for me to see him as a big hero type. I really prefer him in contemporary movies. _____________________ *Anne*
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    The 'colorization' of TCM

    Color does not pertain to classic. *Gone With The Wind* was 100% color, and *The Wizard of Oz* was 75% in color, and a third example was *The Women* 90% B&W, 10% color - all three movies were released in 1939. Color was very expensive in the early years which is why most studios stayed with the B&W, but sometimes circumstances required the special use of color. Although released in '39, those movies most likely took quite some time to film and edit, and I assume production started some time in '36 or '37. *It Happened One Night*, another true classic, was also released in '39 in 100% B&W. I feel safe in calling all of these movies true classics because they have all made their mark, and held up to the test of time. They are all still being purchased on DVD, and watched by each new generation that comes along. Therefore, seeing a movie being televised in color, doesn't necessarily make it a post 1960 movie or even 1950, remember Liz Taylor and the Pi? ____________________ Anne
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    Hey Miss Goddess: I'll take the guy who's doing the talking if you don't mind. What is the horse on the far left doing, is he playing hide and seek with the camera with that blanket? Cute. _______ Anne
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    When you watch an old movie, do you --

    I'm thinking about all the things listed in your OP, and also, if the movie has been remade, I am comparing the original with the remake. It's very rare for me to enjoy both equally, but one that I love is Sabrina, except for Audrey (nobody could match her, but I did like Julia Ormont), but the rest of both casts did fine jobs and were equally funny, and entertaining. Other than that one however, I generally prefer the original. I often re-cast as well, thinking which actors I would have chosen instead. _________________ Anne
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    Western Movie Rambles

    You guys may not be as crazy as you thought. For a short time there, there was a rash of coloring of B&W movies. They colored *Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life,* and countless others. Someone thought it would interest more people if they cold see the oldies in color, so that's what they did. You may all have seen one of these colored versions previously on TV. The reverse was fun for me for a while, and others like me who have been watching TV since it was a little 10" round screen in black and white. I saw a lot of movies on TV in the afternoons and on the weekend when I was 7 through 12 on B&W TVs. So imagine my surprise and pleasure when getting ready to watch something like *The Barkleys of Broadway* and it appears in full color.
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    Sorry, never heard of that star...

    Arturo: Thank you for that breakdown of fandom. I am not kidding. You mentioned the 'auteur' of movies which directly included directors and producers more than actors, and now I understand why so many people judge their movies by who directed. I always felt kind of dumb because several people could speak so intelligently about directors while my main concern was the actor. Half of my memory is gone now, but when I was younger, I could name whole casts of films, including supporting roles, and extras who had a line or two. Many of the names mentioned in the Birthday thread are unknown to me as is this Jane Frazee and others, but I just rack it up to their contracts being held by some other studio which TCM has not dealt with. e.g. many people are not that familiar with Tyrone Power, and Alan Ladd, or the gorgeous Veronica Lake. But again, I thank you. It helps me not feel so inept.
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    Happy 35th Anniversary: Jaws (1975)!

    I agree she couldn't have done a better job if she tried. Jaws is one of those movies that, when I'm channel surfing and I land on it, I generally watch it until the end. I love Dreyfus in it, his exasperation with the mayor, and with the shark hunter (I can't think of his name right now). To me the scariest scene is when Dreyfus and Scheider are on Dreyfus' boat while Dreyfus is diving and that head shows up -- screech - every time. I have yet to be disappointed by a Spielberg film. ***** mrsl
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    A Cry in the Night

    . It's funny how I can accept rather dumb moves in 1930's movies, but laugh out loud at post-1950's. Tonight, watching *A Cry in the Night,* I literally laughed like a fool at some of the actions that happened on screen. I know that by the 1950's a father, even though he was a police officer, who acted like Edmund O'Brien did, would not have been allowed to ride along, nor would the boyfriend. This is a personal pet peeve but I wanted to slap him every time he referred to Natalie as "my kid", instead of 'my daughter'. She was a young lady, not a pig-tailed, bony kneed tomboy. Then when they knew where she was being held, of course the Captain took the time to make a run to her house and pick up Daddy so he could be there, rather than meeting him at the station. And when they finally got there, and the one cop got shot, naturally *1.* the other cop, *2*. the Captain, *3.* Daddy, and *4.* boyfriend, all stayed at the bottom of the stairs to check out how the injured cop was and let Ray and Natalie get out of sight, instead of at least one of them running after them. At one point boyfriend was lagging behind and found the room they had been in, so he went in, but the other three kept walking on -- *Question:* What did they do. . . . walk around the block to come to the room from the same angle that the boyfriend had? Like I said, in a 1930 movie I can accept these silly goings on, but by 1956 we had already had a few police shows on TV and movies like Dragnet and Naked City to show us a few things. The 30's audiences were not all that up to the minute on stuff, but by 1956, they were a lot more educated, and getting more into daily news. I'm not going to tell the end - I will say it was not a 'top o' the world ma' ending, because it will probably be re-televised eventually, but it was fairly good. **** mrsl
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    Westward the Women

    I'm a little late in responding to this thread but I don't get over here very often lately. I may change that soon. It does my heart good to see all the praises for *Westward the Women.* I feel like I have written volumes about it, but nobody ever responds about it except for one or two people who have seen it. It's great to find all these people who love it like I do. This is one of those movies that whatever the time of day or night, or whatever part I cut into, if I am channel surfing and land on WTW, I will stop and watch it until the end. Suffice it to say I finally broke down and ordered it so I can see it whenever I want to as I do with *Casablanca, Steel Magnolias, and The Women*. One last thing - my favorite part is when the fellow asks Rose to dance and she says, "what about my baby?" and he says "I'll take care of it". Blubber, blubber, blubber every time. And I wish Lorie could have made it through with Dannon.
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    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    These two people definitely love each other, they are not IN LOVE with each other, but the love is there. As she said, just before the Americans reached them on the hill, no matter where he went, no matter how far, and though they would never see each other again, she would think of him wherever she was. Although my favorite Bob Mitchum movie is *The Enemy Below*, with *Home from the Hill* a close second, Mr. Allison is how I think of him when I describe him to people who don't know him. In this movie, Mr. Allison is a real man. He protects her, he sees to her well-being, just is her general provider for food, a roof, etc., and he has real feelings for her, but he knows somehow that she is off limits. He had no contact with the Catholic church and had no way of knowing what she stood for, but some little thing in his head said loud and clear - hands off. I don't recall who directed, but whoever it was had a tight grip on emotions and character. *The Enemy Below* is also an emotional character study, but in a vastly different way. A big favorite scene of Mr. Allison is the very end when the guys on the beach look up and see the nun coming down, holding that big cross in one hand, and handling the cigarette for Allison in the other, and you can imagine them thinking "What the *)&^( is going on here? Anne
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    Classic Westerns coming up on FMC

    Did any of you realize that the big, ugly, bearded wagon train boss in The Big Trail, was Tyrone Power, Sr.? Yes, the father of the Tyrone Power that we all know so well. Anne, Edited by: mrsl on Oct 15, 2009 11:51 PM
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    ?A Stolen Life?... I give up...

    Fred: Someone couldn't say, how about a different color hair, and a different hairdo?, maybe some glasses. They could have gotten a clue from *Now Voyager.* Anne
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    The Jubilee Trail - Vera Ralston

    I believe people have seen Vera more than they think they have. For a while, like several actresses of the time, they tried her with different colored hair, which changed her look considerably. Also, her leading man in a lot of films was John Carroll who I like, but many consider as a 'buddy' to the star, and not necessarily leading man material. She did star in *Dakota* with John Wayne, and that is where I discovered her. My complaint about *The Jubillee Trail* (although I liked the movie as made), took a large turn off of the book. In the book, most of the story was about Garnet (Joan Leslie), who was left pregnant and destitute, and much of it took place on the trip from Missouri to California, thus the name *The Jubillee Trail*. Did anyone wonder why the movie was named as it was? From what I've read here regarding her attitude toward Hitler (brave little lady), has made my estimation of her rise considerably, and her level of talent matters less. If I had been old enough at the time, and known her history, I probably would have been in line for her movies on opening night. She wasn't a great actress, but she wasn't bad, and certainly better than some I could name who have endured through the years to my surprise. Anne

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