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    Powell Day also Myrna Loy Day?

    Chances are past Loy days on SUTS were partially Powell days, too.
  2. Melissa McCarthy certainly is a good actress, but she's not even the most talented comedienne on CBS Monday nights. That honor goes to Anna Faris, who made several fine comic movies in the latter half of last decade ("Smiley Face," "The House Bunny") but never quite caught on. She moved to TV last year in another Chuck Lorre-produced sitcom, "Mom," where she and Allison Janney play daughter-and-mother recovering alcoholics trying to make ends meet. That in itself doesn't sound all that funny, but Faris and Janney have terrific chemistry and the scripts have plenty of heart. "Mom" will be back for a second season and is well worth checking out. I'm hoping it can lift Faris to a return to the big screen; it may help that she's married to the star of the hour, Chris Pratt of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" fame.
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    Egregious Examples of Miscasting

    William Powell would have been the male lead in "Ninotchka" had he not been recuperating from a long illness that nearly killed him. He had worked with Lubitsch in the silent era, and probably would have had terrific chemistry with Garbo.
  4. If TCM was going to run a Lombard film for "Essentials Jr." on Aug. 10, which should they have chosen? ("My Man Godfrey" is out of the running, as it aired on "Essentials Jr." in August 2011.) Based upon the schedule and what was available to TCM (Universal still hasn't issued or given TCM rights to some of her early Paramount programmers), I can think of two movies: "True Confession," a comedy with Fred MacMurray where Carole plays a compulsive liar who is charged with a murder she didn't commit, and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," a marital comedy co-starring Robert Montgomery (and directed by, of all people, Alfred Hitchcock!). I like both, but is either an essential? I might choose "Hands Across The Table" or "Nothing Sacred" over either of them.
  5. Drop me at MGM in 1935, with Carole Lombard (on loan from Paramount) and Myrna Loy fighting over me (not literally, of course) in this romantic comedy. I wind up with Carole, of course...but Myrna gets a nice consolation prize in William Powell (thus making L.B. happy).
  6. "To Be Or Not To Be" will be part of the "Essentials" on June 28, and on "Essentials Jr." Aug. 10. Is this the first time a film has aired on both series during the same season? I wrote about it at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/702797.html.
  7. There's one used copy at amazon.com for $197.16. Can't find any other places for it.
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    Re-listing of the Essentials

    As a Carole Lombard fan, I'm delighted to see two of her films make this season's Essentials (though I note "To Be Or Not To Be" is also an Essentials Jr. selection). It always seemed that one of Carole's films would be the one shown after an Essential, usually one starring Katharine Hepburn -- that happened at least twice in recent years. I'm particularly pleased to see "Twentieth Century" make the cut; I'm eager to hear Drew Barrymore's thoughts on her grandfather's brilliant performance, plus I sense Lombard is one of her favorites.
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    Gorgeous AND Funny

    As someone who's met and interviewed Julie, I would agree with you; unfortunately, during her heyday as an actress, she rarely got a chance to show off her comedic skills, particularly in movies. (TV was somewhat similar, aside from her turn as Catwoman on "Batman" and on the gimmicky sitcom "My Living Doll.") I sense producers were too in awe of Julie's phenomenal physical attributes -- her height, her curves, her legs -- to realize she was a talented, funny woman. I doubt that would have been the case had she been born some 20 years earlier; studios in the '30s would have known how to properly use her. I'll add two more recent candidates for the "gorgeous and funny" group: Goldie Hawn and Anna Faris, though both may be classified more as "cute" than gorgeous. But both are squarely in the Lombard tradition of combining humor with sex appeal. (BTW, check out Faris' sitcom, "Mom," which has been renewed for a second season. It's quietly terrific.)
  10. Not all that shocking, when you keep in mind that Bill was born July 29, 1892, and I'm sure that since SUTS debuted in 2003, TCM did a few Powell birthday celebrations over the years.
  11. Claudette Colbert was a Paramount star, too. Regarding Lombard, the only Paramount film being shown on her day is "True Confession" (when Carole got the honor in 2011, the only Paramount movie that day was another Lombard-MacMurray pairing, "Hands Across The Table"). Since she spent seven years at Paramount, one wishes more of her films there could show up on TCM -- the lesser titles could take the place of her programmers elsewhere. (The same applies for Claudette; I'm delighted "The Smiling Lieutenant" is airing.) I wrote about this at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/696321.html.
  12. Believe it or not, this is Powell's SUTS debut.
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    Summer Under the Stars

    My thoughts on this year's SUTS: http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/696321.html
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    2014 SCHEDULE

    Great lineup!
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    Summer Under the Stars

    You must mean Saturday, because the "Essentials Jr." schedule is out and "Marty" isn't on it. Here's the complete "Essentials Jr." list, released the other day: (Based on this, who might TCM honor on those five August Sundays?) * June 1: Bringing Up Baby (1938) * June 8: The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) * June 15: The Yearling (1947) * June 22: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956, American version) * June 29: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) * July 6: Jason and the Argonauts (1963) * July 13: The Little Princess (1939) * July 20: Silent Comedy Shorts –- Laurel & Hardy in “Two Tars” (1928); Harold Lloyd in “Never Weaken” (1921); Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in “Coney Island” (1917); and Charlie Chaplin in “The Immigrant” (1917) * July 27: Cat People (1942)/The Curse of the Cat People (1944) * Aug. 3: How Green Was My Valley (1941) * Aug. 10: To Be or Not to Be (1942) * Aug. 17: Lifeboat (1944) * Aug. 24: The Maltese Falcon (1941) * Aug. 31: Shane (1953)

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