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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


    Oh my gosh, Ro!! Thank you so much!! Wow, Godzy certainly has the MOVES!! I'm as old as he is! lol
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    Thanks, Rich! I should have known that you covered them ALL!! I watched the Mystery Science Theatre version afterwards and they mentioned Richard Widmark, too, lol. (I'm feeling very smug now, ha!)
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    Rich, I just watched it, lol. Did you review this and if so, can I get a link? I was waiting for Richard Widmark to appear and throw that old woman down the staircase. Those last few moments with Xerxes the cat were priceless! Perked me right up!
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    Oh Rich, thank you so much my friend. I feel the same way about all of you. Life is definitely not easy. ("How's that for homespun philosophy?" as Stella tells Jeff in REAR WINDOW) I'm going to watch THE ATOMIC BRAIN soon and hope it will lift my spirits.
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    Hi, guys. How is everyone? It's been a long time. Bittersweet times for me. Trying to maintain faith and keep my so-called sense of humor. Hope you are all doing well. Blessings!
  6. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    "Tell me, please, mommy dear, is the world really round?"
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    Noir Alley

    "He knows you inside, He knows you outside....." Blech!! As for THE BIRDS, there is no better review than one a good friend of mine once wrote: "The birds are O.K., it's the people who are unbelievable. Auteurs had a tough time with this one" I can't state it better than that! I must recommend FRENZY to you. It's nasty on many levels but pure Hitchcock and as such well worth your time. I think you will enjoy the gentle, frustrated police inspector and his gourmet obsessed wife.
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    Noir Alley

    I agree with you. I read Hitch was excited to film it, giving some, um, explicit directions. I don't even want to imagine what he thought about the rape scene in FRENZY. I cannot stand Connery's character overall in MARNIE. I will also add Rod Taylor in THE BIRDS.
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    Noir Alley

    CaveGirl, my Bronx and I thank you so much! I haven't been back there in a long, long time but want to so much.....tugs at my heart. Bittersweet. On a lighter note, I woke up last night with TCM still on and saw something that was apparently TIP ON A DEAD JOCKEY. This was a film I knew nothing about. There was squat Martin Gabel prattling on (and on) in some Hollywood "foreign" accent about international intrigue; Bob ruminating on life, marriage, and.....Balzac; little (he's really short!) Marcel Dalio -- who had such a distinguished career in France (GRAND ILLUSION, RULES OF THE GAME) before coming to America and being unfortunately known primarily as the croupier in CASABLANCA -- playing a character named Toto, "colorful" sidekick to Taylor. The great Miklos Rozsa (one of my favorites; his scores are easy to identify) seemed to be phoning it in but who could blame him? At one point Marcel and Bob get into a plane going (I think) to Egypt but (mercifully) I fell asleep.
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    Noir Alley

    CaveGirl, I agree with Christine. (no hidden agenda, lol)
  11. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Yes, I loved those old department stores! We will never see their like again.... I was really shocked to learn about Harold's "proclivities"! I saw a "This Is Your Life" with him on YouTube where he seemed so....normal, lol. We all pretty much know the dark sides of Chaplin and poor Keaton, but I thought for sure Lloyd was different. I agree about a screen test for DIAL M FOR MURDER with Tom!
  12. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    VERTIGO. Questions. Why does Judy from Salina, Kansas speak with New Yorker-ish intonations? ("Yuh satis-FYED?") Is it to dramatically distinguish her "real" voice from Madeline's fake posh tones? Scottie first casts his eyes on Madeline at Ernie's for what? 5 seconds before he becomes totally and irretrievably obsessed with her? Judy doesn't bat an eyelash when she opens her hotel room door and sees Scottie. I'm thinking she is just very good at compartmentalizing. After Scottie rescues Madeline from the water he calls Elster and tells him what happened. There is a significant pause from Elster on the other end, enough for Scottie to ask "Are you still there?" Why does Gavin hesitate? Why does coroner Henry Jones affect what sounds to me like an exaggerated Southern accent when he says: "From that great city to the Nooooaaaath"?
  13. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Thanks! I do remember her in MINISTRY OF FEAR. Thank you also for the heads up on CONFIDENCE GIRL -- never saw it. I think Hillary is also in several or at least one of the Sherlock Holmes films -- THE WOMAN IN GREEN.
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    Noir Alley

    TOPAZ just started! I'm addicted to that martial music score. I just lurv it! Weird, I know....but you should see me -- I bob my head back and forth in tune, I go crazy!
  15. Bronxgirl48

    Noir Alley

    Retroplex Channel has been running Hitchcock films for many months now. I've seen FRENZY several times; as a matter of fact I just finished watching it this evening. Barry Foster is fantastic. (the only other actor who I think could have played that part is Michael Caine)

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