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  1. Fedya

    I Just Watched...

    International House (1933). A Chinese scientist invents a television-like device, and wants to sell the rights to the West. Various interests (including Bela Lugosi and American Stuart Erwin) are among the potential buyers. W.C. Fields crashes the party in his autogyro. There's little plot here by design; the point of the television is to showcase various musical acts including 9-year-old "Baby" Rose Marie, Rudy Vallee, and Cab Calloway. Among the people in the hotel are hotel manager Franklin Pangborn, and doctor and nurse George Burns and Gracie Allen, who do their routines. There was little story, but the film had me laughing quite a bit, including the idiocy of Burns and Allen (well, mostly Allen's ditziness with George Burns having to put up with it). Cab Calloway is probably the musical highlight. Despite the title, there are no pancakes. 7/10
  2. Fedya

    Filmic Ailurophobia

    Are You Being Served. The title of the video is "Mrs. Slocombe's –†ussy".
  3. Fedya

    Filmic Ailurophobia

    CaveGirl wants a movie about the roof, not one about Maggie.
  4. Fedya

    I Just Watched...

    Rawls had no sympathy
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    I Just Watched...

    Reaching for the Moon (1930). Just before the crash of 1929, stockbroker Douglas Fairbanks Sr. falls for aviatrix Bebe Daniels. She gets on a boat to England; he and his butler (Edward Everett Horton) follow. Horton spikes the cocktails with a love potion and everybody goes nuts. The movie was apparently originally 91 minutes, but all the prints out there are truncated. The one I saw was 72 minutes. In any case, the cuts make the plot difficult to follow. Bing Crosby is in one of his earliest movies and sings a song which is accompanied by an energetic ballroom dance on board the transatlantic liner. That's about all about the movie that's memorable. 5/10
  6. It's not as if Gigi is any better.
  7. Fedya

    I Just Watched...

    I feel bad for poor Frankie with his head stuck permanently in that position.
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    I Just Watched...

    That's a scene that should have been in the movie!
  9. Fedya

    I Just Watched...

    I was hoping it would be a comedy about Phyllis Diller as a serial killer.
  10. Fedya

    Summer Drive In

    Lureen Tuttle is pretty good in it. And then there's the whole musical number in the middle of the cotton field, which is absolutely ridiculous.
  11. The Entertainer (3:30 PM). Because this is how everybody wants to think of their father on Father's Day. It's a good movie; I'm just surprised to see it on the Father's Day schedule. Maybe they could show Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Father's Day, too.
  12. And Jolson reading a Yiddish newspaper in blackface!
  13. Fedya

    Willard Scott

    Mickey Rooney's character in Strike up the Band (on tonight) is, if memory serves, Jimmy Connors. He may be a brat, but not a tennis player.
  14. Fedya

    Posting Limits at the TCM Lounge

    The thread about George Brent's tuchus got deleted. Now imagine one about Deanna Durbin's tuchus.

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