MovieGal53

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  1. #1. Favorite Holiday Film - The Bishop’s Wife. My number one favorite Christmas film. Loretta Young, Cary Grant, and David Niven at their very best! It is a joy to watch. To be honest with you, I have been know to get out my VHS copy and watch this film whenever I need a little Christmas in my life. It holds a special place in my heart. Remember the Night starting from the part when Fred MacMurray arrives home for the holidays with Barbara Stanwyck in tow. From that point it evokes the warmth of the season. It’s A Wonderful Life because of the message of the film. That no man’s life is insignificant. White Christmas because of Rosemary Clooney. Her rendition of Count Your Blessings always makes me think of my mother because it was her favorite song. I always love it when, at the end, those huge barn doors are open to reveal that snow has finally fallen for Christmas. Miracle On 34th Street. It encompasses the entire season along with the message that “faith is believing when common sense tells you not too.” #2. Favorite Holiday Television Special - The House Without A Christmas Tree. I am thankful to have this sentimental tale on tape because it hasn’t been aired in years. A Charlie Brown Christmas. The holidays would not be the same to me without the Peanuts Gang. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. Being a NY’er this annul event has been a part of my life since childhood. To this day, I am still filled with glee when that mammoth tree is shinning in all its glory! The Perry Como Christmas Specials. I have fond memories of being gathered around our old Magnavox Television set ushering in the season with Mr. Como. #3. Favorite Holiday Tradition - Spending Christmas Eve with my family. Being of Italian decent this night was celebrated more then Christmas Day. My parents, brother, and I along with my Aunts, Uncle's and Cousins, would gather at my Grandmother's house and feast on a dinner consisting of 13 fish dishes. The night was full of laughter and most of all love. We would all go to Midnight Mass and then return to Nonie's house to open presents. My once large family as dwindled down over the years. Nonie's gone and family members have scattered but my husband and I still keep the Christmas Eve Dinner tradition alive for our children. #4.Favorite Holiday Radio Song - Nat King Cole’s rendition of The Christmas Song. The entire season is summed up in those beautiful, simple, lyrics. #5. Favorite Gift Being able to share another holiday season with my family and friends. Being healthy and together is the greatest gift I could ever receive. Thanks bcf1940 for bringing back memories of Christmas Past. 8^) MovieGal53
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    de Havilland/Fontaine

    Can someone please tell me if these feuding siblings ever put their animosity aside long enough to star in a film together? Also, is there a biography about the two of them. Thanks in advance. MovieGal53
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    de Havilland/Fontaine

    To JackBurley and moirafinnie6, Thank you both for responding. I have been a fan of both Miss de Havilland and Miss Fontaine for many years. All the while wondering if there was a film out there starring the both of them. Yesterday afternoon, as I watched Suspicion, it occurred to me that the answer to my question was just a computer keyboard away. The information in regard to the biographies has also been very helpful. Have a good rest of the weekend. MovieGal53
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    The Fountianhead/Question

    Thank you FredC, the link was most helpful! MovieGal53
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    The Fountianhead/Question

    Does anyone know where I can find a copy of Gary Cooper's summation speech during the court room scene? I had forgotten how powerful those words were. They resonate 56 years later. MovieGal53
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    The Fountianhead/Question

    Thank you both for responding. I apologize for not being more specific. Yes, I knew about the novel. I thought that there might be a site online where I could obtain this information. Also, thanks for the tidbit about Cooper wanting to cut the speech. I did not know that.8^) MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    Okay, I know that I'm new to this board but after reading all of your posts on the slow demise of TCM my soapbox came flying out from under my bed for me to stand on. If I may... As you all know from my previous posts, I have been a classic film fan for most of my 53 years. I, too, watched AMC's fall...or should I say THUD...from grace. Even though TCM has been a part of my life for only a short time, I do not see any negativity in their programming. The underground series that is set to premiere this month is full of horror films mostly from the 40's and 50's. Okay, I'm not a fan of this genre and I may not agree with their choice for host ( I would have prefered the Zacherly of my youth but I think the gentleman died a few years ago) but for true horror aficionados it's not the host that matters, it's the films. As for the programming as a whole, after viewing TCM's schedule through Demember I do not see what all the alarm is about. There is a consistant flow of "classic" films 24/7. Turner Classic Movies, IMO, is an oasis in the wasteland that television has become today. It's my escape, my tranquilizer, my link to a time in life when respect and love for one's fellow man meant something. I'm happy and grateful for it. Thank you for indulging me. My soapbox is returning to it's spot under my bed to be replaced by my asbestos suit. I await any cyber tomato's being thrown my way. MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    Thank you, FredC, Brad, and Heidi for the welcomes! I look forward to sharing opinions with all of you. I echo your sentiments, Heidi, about the music in the promo. It was a bit unnerving to say the least. It's funny, but last night while watching The Third Man, I kept thinking about September's promo everytime I heard that zither music. It didn't seem to fit the film but that was the whole point. During that time in Vienna nothing fit or was in the place it was supposed to be. Genius directing on the part of Reed. Can't wait to see if October's promo will ignite such lively discussion! 8^) MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    Since this is the last day of September, I thought that I should add my two cents to the discussion before it's history. My cable company finally added TCM to their lineup eleven days ago. The commercial was one of the first things that I saw when I tuned in on September 20th. My initial reaction was "what the heck?" But after viewing it a few times I don't see it as the "gloom and doom" that some of you speak about. What I do see is a woman who is not very happy with her life and wants to escape. How does she accomplish this? Through classic films which are always a constant. The lyrics to the song playing in the background seem to convey this i.e. "we can't bury it...can't cover it." She's the fish out of water, not the films. TCM should thank their PR people for the 317 posts that this promo garnished over the last month. Although I have not been privy to TCM since it's inception, as most of you have, I am still delighted to be able to view it. There have only been three nights out of the last eleven that I haven't devoted to TCM. In fact, to me at least, the programming through November looks to be first rate. For the first time in years I am at peace while watching television. I have faith that this "classic" channel will continue to prevail. MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    < This is the number one reason why I hold classic films so dear. Having grown up in the 50's and 60's, I remember what it was like when one of the most important things in life was trying to decide what flavor ice cream to get from the Good Humor man that night. ( always a toss up between shredded coconut or toasted almond) TCM represents an escape BACK to that time. In a previous posting, I think it was Anne who described it much more eloquently then I. Just wanted to add my 2 cents to the mix. MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    < Have you said and I missed it?>> The countdown ends in 12 days, 5 hours, and 15 minutes...but I'm not really counting. 8^D This promo that everyone is talking about has piqued my interest. Can't wait to view it so that I can form my own opinion. <> Throw in a soda pop and you've got a deal! MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    Thank you, Sam for taking the time to ease my fears. After watching the downfall of AMC, its only natural that TCM devotees would be fearful of the same occurrence. Jeepers, officially I don't even have this channel yet and I was off and running with all sorts of horrors in my head. You've restored my glee and childish delight at the thought of FINALLY being able to watch the classic films that I love and cherish so much. See ya at the movies! MovieGal53
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    TCM commercial

    After reading this thread, I hope that what some of you are saying about TCM slowly becoming AMC is not true. After seven and a half years of calling, writing, and emailing, my cable company is finally adding Turner Classic Movies to their channel lineup at the end of this month. How sad, if down the road, this long wait turns out to be for nothing. MovieGal53

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