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    The French Riviera (in my dreams)
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    Vintage movies (especially mysteries, horror, "soft" sci-fi, and the so-bad-they're good turkeys in every genre, which fill me with unparalleled delight and are my particular passion), interior decorating, education, Jewelry Television (heaven help me!), The Cote D'Azur, Provence, Lake Como, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Catalina Island, the Hudson River Valley, antiquarian stuff (old books, ancient coins, The British Museum, mummies, etc.), Jean Shepherd, Sherlock Holmes, Ealing Studios, Charlie Chan (Warner Oland and Sidney Toler), Alastair Sim as Scrooge, Robert Newton as Long John Silver, "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh", The Honeymooners, Margaret Rutherford, Don Ameche, Jacques Tati, Robert Donat and Marlene Dietrich in "Knight Without Armour", Val Lewton, Billy Wilder, Picasso, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", The Twilight Zone, Hawaiian Eye, Tony Randall in "The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao", Alan Young in "The Time Machine", "Jason and the Argonauts", "Atlantis - The Lost Continent", Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham, German Expressionism, Fritz Lang, Hitchcock, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Antonioni, "My Dinner With Andre", Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier in "Pride and Prejudice", "La Dolce Vita", "Amacord", "I Know Where I'm Going", "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn", "The Uninvited", Buster Keaton, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, pre-epic David Lean, Patrick McGoohan, Nancy Drew, Spin and Marty, Lassie, Soupy Sales (Pookie, Black Tooth, White Fang!), Claude Rains, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, "Dog Day Afternoon", "Twelve Angry Men", "Mean Streets", Father Ted, Paddy Chayevsky, hamburgers and french fries, Wisconsin bratwurst, meatloaf, short ribs, pot roast, old-school recipes full of fat and cholesterol (even though I try to eat healthy), "Goodbye, Columbus", "Crossing Delancey", "84 Charing Cross Road, Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan", time-travel, the pumpernickel bagels from Whole Foods, A Charlie Brown Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, diamonds and gemstones, YouTube's Rudy Valentino "All I Wanna Do Is Touch You" video, "Robot Monster", "Plan 9 From Outer Space", "Local Hero" (favorite moment is Victor's song, and it's on YouTube!), "Bananas", "Love and Death" ("Did you say....wheat?").

    I'm always on the quest for a good pizza.

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  1. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    I did stick it out but must confess that, aside from Dixon as an actress or her character as written, "noir" films with titles like ROADBLOCK, ARMORED CAR ROBBERY and its ilk leave me cold because, immature as I am, lol, I prefer the more colorfully existential stuff in this style/genre like NIGHTMARE ALLEY, STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR, SCARLET STREET, etc.
  2. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Tried to get through ROADBLOCK but Joan Dixon made it virtually impossible. I thought she was a terrible actress, no charisma, just wooden and very generic in the femme fatale department.
  3. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    You're welcome, CaveGirl! I was really looking forward to BLACK MAGIC but unfortunately fell asleep about a half hour in -- not because of the movie. I was just tired from a plethora of morning errands. Drat! I saw TWO ON A GUILLOTINE for the first time a year or so ago and really enjoyed the copycat William Castle charm, so couldn't resist it again the other day. I just love that Max Steiner gives the rabbit his/her own theme song! This time around I caught director Bill Conrad doing a "Hitchcock" cameo at the amusement park.
  4. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    I'm going to say this in a very small voice, but -- VERTIGO. Yes. The minute Jimmy gets in his car and starts tailing "Madeline", I invariably drift off into the arms of Morpheus.
  5. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    You haven't! Yes, please keep us updated. I'm getting ready for BLACK MAGIC and TWO ON A GUILLOTINE this afternoon. Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!
  6. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Good luck with the Ambien!
  7. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    This must be so frustrating for you. I'm not sure what else to suggest. Assuming you're in good physical health, perhaps some therapy to get at the root of maybe a childhood trauma or phobia? Hope I'm not being too personal.
  8. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Lorna, Lee played another foreman in an earlier serial, 1934's THE VANISHING SHADOW, according to Wiki.
  9. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    LOL!!! You're right!!! And I've seen that specific puss in 12 ANGRY MEN. "Kids today! You work and you slave and look how they turn out!" It's stated in Wiki that he has an uncredited role as "Road Crew Foreman" and that there is "archived footage" whatever that is.
  10. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Wait a minute! What about the My Pillow infomercial guy?
  11. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    I don't remember the book too well but can tell you that Lee is wonderfully loathsome as the dissolute father.
  12. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    I was checking his filmography too, and it said he had an unbilled role in a 1939 Bela Lugosi serial, THE PHANTOM CREEPS. This must have been just before GOLDEN BOY, lol.
  13. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Ah, we have great taste! I had never realized just how versatile David Wayne was -- from the sophisticated "artsy" neighbor in ADAM'S RIB to the twisted title character in the 1951 M to a Bowery bum in O. HENRY'S FULL HOUSE, on and on. Terrific actor. Yes! ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM. Another "sedate" Cobb role my Baby Boomer brain has played havoc with, lol. First time I saw it I couldn't quite wrap my mind around Lee in full body make-up. Although playing another race didn't seem to sate Rex Harrison's hammy tendencies, even though that part did call for a certain bombastic, "royal" performance.
  14. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    So sorry. I'm not necessarily against medication but I wonder, as I mentioned previously, if exercise would help. Not saying to spend intense hours at a gym or anything like that but perhaps just walking an extra mile or two throughout your day so that energy would be expended and then you could crawl into bed at night with the lights out and hopefully zero noise and immediately fall asleep.
  15. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    I know Joanne won an Oscar but for me David Wayne as her **** husband takes the acting honors in this movie. "He said you weren't really sick, it's just this multiplyin' thing...."

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