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  1. Completely forgotten film title. I think it's out on DVD, too. A man has decided to embezzle money from his bank vault, and plans to escape further on the long weekend. But travel plans fall apart and he can't get out of town, or can't get his wife out - or something. He spins his wheels trying to flee, but ends up deciding to return the money to the vault (on Monday morning!) using his position to get into the vault without raising alarms. But of course... even that doesn't work so well. I wished the lead actor was Joseph Cotten but, no... not even Wendell Corey.
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    X Marks The Spot

    The trouble with these things is I end up discovering films I'd never heard of - and now desperately NEED to see 'em. TERROR AT BAR X. Oh boy... and I've never seen a "Bob Custer" western before. MYSTERY OF MR. X sounds terrific, too, but alas doesn't seem to be available on DVD. And SQUADRON LEADER X has that villainous Eric Portman donning yet another German uniform to create havoc for the Allies. Darned guy... Of course, X-15 is out of print these days. Ah well... I remember it vaguely. Should I inflict three versions of MADAME/LA MUJER X onto the scene, or rely on the ol' double-tag team instead? Hmmm... decisions, decisions...
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    X Marks The Spot

    Some additions... CITIZEN X (1995) Tale of the Russian serial killer... PILOT X (aka DEATH IN THE AIR, 1936)... I see this is also referred to as MURDER IN THE AIR. There's no mention of SICK IN THE AIR, or FEELING A LITTLE BAD IN THE AIR. (Obviously, this was before Prequels became popular, I suppose.) ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950) Lloyd Bridges, Morris Ankrum, Hugh O'Brien, Noah Beery Jr, Patrick Ahern - how bad can it be? (I'm having difficulty justifying any ol' X-name... I suppose X-RAY EYES permutates the "X" name, however.) SECRET AGENT X-9 (1945, Serial) Lloyd Bridges, Keye Luck, Benson Fong. SUBMARINE X-1 (1968) James Caan. Hollywood's version of British midget submarines vs. the Germans. Where's Lloyd Bridges when ya need him? VIRUS X (2010) Simply too modern to be seriously considered for a film festival. X FROM OUTER SPACE (1967) Japanese kaiju "suitmation" film. Peggy Neal, Franz Gruber and Make Daneen take over the Raymond Burr, Nick Adams and John Carradine role as token Westerners to assure the Drive-In Theaters would let this film in. I'm sure it made a bundle, too. And of course, X MARKS THE SPOT (1942) with Damian O'Flynn headlining a cast that includes Dick Purcell, Helen Parrish, Jack LaRue, Neil "Commissioner Gordon" Hamilton, Anne Jeffreys and Dick Wessel. But no Lloyd Bridges. What a loss.
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    Characters Mentioned but Never Seen

    Speed mentioned: Not movies persay, but in the Peanuts, you never see any adults... Some might argue that all we see are adults - just drawn very short. ha ha... My top two vote getters were already mentioned: Floyd Thursby... Sean Regan...
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    X Marks The Spot

    Help! I am creating a film festival called X MARKS THE SPOT and trying to include every "X" film I can find. The Amazing Mr. X. Comrade X Doctor X and The Return Of Doctor X Madame X (both the 1929 and 1937 versions) Man From Planet X Man With X Ray Eyes X The Unknown Good films, bad films, and the occasional bore. I am avoiding the modern X-Men films - TV has those frequently enough. Doing an IMDB search on "keyword = X" isn't fruitful because every doctor's show and TV episode that mentions "X-Ray" gets included, along with Gen-X, and eX-lover, etc. So, if you can think of other films with an "X" Name in the title, pile those on here. Your results will be used to inflict a great and powerful curs - er, film festival - onto my unwitting subjects. (Is there any chance one particular human won't be reading this? Nah... probably not... darn... well, it's too late. The suffering will occur, regardless of forewarning. bwa-ha-ha-ha)
  6. Off to Ray Milland-Land... just for a moment. So many aging actors made some horrid films in their final years, either on a lark (hopefully!) but sadly I suspect some needed the money. Milland had plenty of TV appearances though, so one of his final films is strange - THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1972) where he is attached to Rosey Grier. Now, we've all heard about actors doing their stunts, or not doing them. But this film, well... the film is horrible. Top to bottom. But there is one thing that's doubtless: this is an heroic effort by both Rosey and Ray. Here is Ray, an older, paunchy man who lets himself get taped onto Roosevelt Grier - out of the NFL for a few years. Big Rosey. Hot, sweaty, flabby bodies - taped together. Under filming lights. Skin on skin. Rosey probably had to carry Ray's large body weight more than the other way around (I doubt if Ray could have held up Rosey for too long). But what a monumental effort! When I see this film (NOT OFTEN - clips do just fine!), I can't help but want to nominate one or both for Most Heroic Stunt. I don't know how laborious Ray's other work was - to him. I mean, willing to kill Grace Kelly?!! Sheesh, Ray... haunted houses with a sister?!! Well... maybe that Grace thing was just post-traumatic stress, then? But to agree to be taped to Rosey Grier for umpteen hours for umpteen days... my my... I wonder what Ray would consider his worst nightmare - cockroaches, gators or THING WITH TWO HEADS 2?
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    Hemingway Novel vs Movie

    Speed, I've had the same conflicts with Hemingway's books since starting them in Jr High. His are difficult books because the phrasing is so repetitive - some forgive this style as being "typical journalist - repeat everything 3 times so the audience gets it". Ugh. His boring books are REALLY boring, too. I've seen good films based on his stories and I forgive filmmakers who take creative license to 'move things along'. I grew far more impatient with reading "all of Hemingway's books" after reading all of Steinbeck's, which are clearly my favorites. Yet, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - with all of that boring, long-winded DoNothing sections - Obscenity This, Obscenity That - would not have the stunning impact of an ending, I believe, if direct-to-the-point Steinbeck or anyone else had edited that tome into something far shorter. SUN ALSO might get my vote for #2 Fave of Hemingway's and, again, it's only because of the ending.
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    A Walk on the Noir Side

    It's amazing to see some of these actors deliver practically a first-pitch walk-off homerun in their first at-bats, so to speak. Eli Wallach's in THE LINEUP was his second film and, for a few years, IMDB didn't list the dozen or so TV appearances he'd made (I'm glad IMDB is getting more data, and I trust it's correct. I just wish their format would have retained the much-easier and trustworthy shopping links like 2005's edition offered). I suspect we could list Lee Marvin's and Richard Widmark's first two or three appearances as being of the seriously menacing type, too. For all of these folks, "seriously menacing" was a constant possibility for all of their characters. (Now, I'm laughing about Kirk's 1979 THE VILLAIN performance. A year before AIRPLANE, and here's Kirk Douglas doing a 'straight man' send up of his traditional character in that comedy - which ALSO has some "aging" issues under the camera's watchful eye.)
  9. OK OK - stop it with all this food chat! Good grief... it's been HOURS since I had a wee-hour's breakfast, and Wifey's at the shop and called for me to have a 30-min delay in my arrival due to her busy schedule. That's my lunch date, folks. Delayed. I'm STARVING. So, stop making these posts too interesting to bypass, and too often including food, recipes, etc. I'M STARVING!! But jeepers, there are so many wonderful films in just this last page of entries! And that's for that GAZEBO poster, Molo, because NOW I've got something for that disk's eventual printing! Wheee...
  10. After more reading about Hitler, the most frequent advice seems to be: "Consider the source" especially when I hear "Hitler's genius" being proclaimed. One of the rather fun portrayals of this analysis is one of Adolf's 1920s rich friends, Ernst Hanfstaengl's MEMOIR...OF AN INSIDER... Ernst treats us to all of HIS very best moments throughout this book. His magnificence. His own genius. And ultimately he's faced with a couple of staged assassination attempts as certain Nazis wanted to eliminate his influence although, if Ernst had listened to ANY weatherman, they would have readily pointed out which way Adolf's rather steady, uh, 'wind' was blowing - against Ernst. Ernst constantly harangues, "If only I could get him away from those bad influences" as if po' widdle Adolf was merely a leaf in a hurricane of bad influences. Awwww, po' widdle fewwow... Well, the end of the book is summed up after Ernst's death by his son. It adds a considerable, uh, "balancing affect" on Ernst himself. Ultimately, every other Adolf book begs "Consider the source"!
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    Them! and Joan Weldon June 18

    I thought her best role was as that doctor - I hafta agree with Arness: "If she's the kind that takes care of sick people, I think I'll get a fever real quick." Without much on-screen action, this film's opening is thrilling, captivating - an absolute hook-line-and-sinker of a beginning. It's got a terrific supporting cast, drifting in for a bit of scene, here or there. William Shallert, practicing a skill he'd use to always befuddle him - looking the wrong direction at the right time. Ann Doran as one of the nurses, oh so concerned about the beaker of formic acid. Leonard Nimoy. Richard Deacon. Willis Bouchey. Dub Taylor standing accused to allow thieves to make off with tons of sugar from 'his' railyard. Fess Parker and Olin Howland are handed huge roles in comparison. But certainly my favorite remains Harry Wilson in the drunk tank. "Please - my noives!!" Of course, we're all glad he got better so he could be at Rigoletto's with "Spats" Raft in 1960. What a great alibi. And finally, I am reminded that Whitmore gets his share of notable lines. When Dr. Joan sees the inside of the nest, she says that it's held together with saliva. Whitmore: "Yeah, spit's about all that's holding me together now, too." For a film with such crappy monster FX, it's a testament that the film's good points let us buy in and enjoy the ride.
  12. Those aren't bad hats, by the way. Laura had recently returned from Lubbock, infamous for throwing tortillas. Laura's travelmates were too embarrassed to tell her that she should take the tortillas off - some of them had initially tricked her into pridefully thinking this was Lubbock's version of Mardi Gras beads. And when Laura responded with flashing, well, naturally, more tortillas were tossed. They would have been anyway. It's Lubbock, after all. It's what they do. No one of course told Laura. "They do have radio repair shops, by the way." At this point, Laura, humiliated by the tortilla prank, refused to listen to any of them. "I know another radio repair shop. I'll go there when I leave for the long weekend."
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    Tor's Top.Ten Titles Searched Today

    Laffite, I'd argue that you're ignoring the Great Sydlexic Factor. Trog IS Torg to some! Er, DySlexic...
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    RICH'S MADE-UP TCM GENERAL DISCUSSION POLLS

    (Hmmm... I didn't realize that George The Animal Steele was still with us. Hmmm... TCM's just gotta think of a most excellent guest host for a Tor Day's event.)
  15. I really want to argue against Palmy's thesis. I want to join James' argument for the school of positivity. But as I rehash all of the "Stlain should be" arguments, or some power-of-flight or some inventor's key process, I kept finding myself abutted by Adolf. Darn. Wifey said, "Too bad Bieber is 21st Century, eh?" Oh jeepers...

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