FloydDBarber

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    Upgrade issues-- please fix

    Thanks Lawrence A. It has been so frustrating that I figured if I was a "squeaky wheel" someone like you would respond. I appreciate that. There has to be some issue with a Mac and Chrome and maybe it could be the updated operating system from Apple. Never happened before the update.
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    Upgrade issues-- please fix

    I am getting this message: This Community is Not Available Please contact the community owner for assistance. I haven't done anything bad to be blocked from the message boards. It could be my terrible sense of humor but people here wouldn't know about my bad puns. And Chrome does not work at all with TCM in general. Maybe because I have a Mac? I am getting an erroneous logon screen with grayed out fields in the Chrome browser. Maybe the problem here is that the site itself is very complex and there are many users who are accessing the site at the same time. I should try at 4 am to see if it is better.
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    Watch TCM

    Maybe if someone actually cared.
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    The Third Man (1949)

    I find it a little difficult to understand with the strong Austrian, German and Russian accents. Maybe this makes it slow for some people, it requires a lot of concentration. The Zither music really slows it down in my opinion. Maybe a Zither with an Orchestra would have given a fuller sound. Depending on where the copy is printed some copies are very grainy. I like the movie and have it on video and will still watch it on TCM.
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    Music of Film Noir

    I found a copy of "I'd Rather Have The Blues" from Kiss Me Deadly on Youtube. It's great to hear the entire song crystal clear.
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    TCM and Chrome

    Gee, thanks for the help. I have been a member here for many years and can't believe that there has not been one response. Am I the only one with these problems with Chrome???
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    Jack Lambert

    Did Lambert ever have a role where he was a normal person and not a sadistic killer? I have seen him in westerns too but always a shady character. He was not leading man material for sure, but I thought he was a decent actor. Some Noir villains are typecast forever, no matter how hard they try to escape.
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    TCM and Chrome

    Lets see if I ever receive a response. I know others have had similar problems but mine is a very new problem.
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    Charles McGraw is it!

    I am now a dedicated Charles McGraw fan. Took me while. He always seemed older than his years due to that gravelly voice. A reviewer once said that any movie is enhanced if Charles McGraw appears in it. I believe that.
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    Charles McGraw is it!

    Two other actors I like are Steve Cochran and Stephen McNally. They seem to be cut out of the same mold as McGraw.
  11. I have been trying to determine why today's television dramas or action programs leave me cold. The dialogue is often delivered without emotion, in a monotone voice. The camera work is too busy and there aren't as many long takes. It's as if everyone has an attention span of 30 seconds. in the older programs from the 50's and 60's the programs had continuity and great music. In some instances the music can be overbearing but it also can help to move the story along. What happened to television? Has high tech taken over? It seems to be more high tech and less emotion.
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    TV action and drama programs today

    I think it was Decades showing a Man From Uncle Marathon last night. I was glued to my television set for over 4 hours. And compared to MeTV, Decades shows fewer commercials, having mostly 2 minute commercial breaks. And for the most part, the network would take a station break based on the breaks in the program. I hope Decades can stay this good and not resort to those 5 and 6 minute breaks like AMC and TV Land. The local channel also inserts commercials which affects the continuity of the program.
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    Murder My Sweet

    I agree with a lot of what you are saying but for me I am going to watch these Noir movies on TCM or a movie channel. If I want it any more graphic I can purchase the video. A lot of things in the two movies being discussed may not be clear to most but I hove read both books also. To me Chandler can be a tough read because of his word usage and ancient expressions. Put a ribbon on it is one of the strangest to me. But is was so well written into the script that I can see Powell saying it. Chandler was older than all of my grandparents (my oldest grandfather being born in 1892). It's interesting in a way to try to figure out his slang.
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    Murder My Sweet

    Is it really any better that the restrictions were lifted and sex and four letter words were more acceptable in the mid 70's? What is unsaid but insinuated is what I prefer. Part of the reason I avoid network television is the total loss of values. No family shows and few sitcoms that are not overly concerned with sex. The Noir films said more by not saying anything. I didn't appreciate the racism in the book though and was glad it was not included in the 1944 film. Blacks were treated horrible in the cinema of the 30's and 40's.
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    Murder My Sweet

    Not a review just my observation after multiple viewings.
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    TV action and drama programs today

    I feel like an idiot (please don't answer that). Hope you accept my apology, the show is NCIS and the actor is Mark Harmon. To me he is just like George Clooney since I rarely watch commercial television. They seem to be similar "types." So everything I said in my original post would reflect NCIS, Mark Harmon and the other actors in the series that show little or no emotion.
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    TV action and drama programs today

    I think it proves that television has been like this for at least 15 years. I never watch commercial television and was only writing this thread based on what my mother was watching. Could have been reruns for all I know.
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    Two French Films

    Would anyone remember the name of these two based on my descriptions? The first is about a single father raising three daughters. The oldest is married, the middle one is constantly in and out of relationships and causing her father a lot of stress. The youngest is dating but does not have the problems like the middle daughter. The father is a Judd Hirsch type, cigar smoking, constantly stressed out individual. The second is a comedy western I believe with Brigitte Bardot. There is a very strange scene with a weird priest on a train that is full of explosives and a car is blown up. The priest survives the explosion and in the next shot we see him holding his severed head in his hand. This was supposed to be funny but I find it bizarre and a little unsettling. Its a scene I will never forget.
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    TV action and drama programs today

    My mother is 86 and she watches commercial television every day. The program I am trying to think of is an action series with George Clooney, its a perfect example of what I am referring to. The actors speak in a blunt, monotone style and rarely change their facial expressions. Not sure if this is the series, but there was one that mom liked where these brainy people would try to solve crimes via a computer. Each character appeared to have a different field of expertise. And these were the top rated shows and I don't even know the name(s) of the series.
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    color films from the 1940's

    Is it just me or were the color films from the 1940's more beautiful than the later years? Maybe it was the film being used and the clothing and mostly indoor sets that made the difference. Sometimes it was almost like a Norman Rockwell painting. My favorite era is the 1950's but the 40's are catching up.
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    John Gnagy

    Somehow, I became Facebook friends with Jon Gnagy's daughter and son in law. Jon was born in 1907 and his Learn to Draw programs were among the first programs broadcast on television, beginning in 1946. On Jon's son in law's Facebook page, someone suggested that TCM could purchase the old Learn to Draw programs and broadcast them as short features. Would this work? I get Me -TV as part of my Fios package and the programs appear to be edited for commercials. I only watch the Perry Mason re-runs on that station and I decided to start purchasing Perry Mason dvd's so I don't have to sit through 15 minutes of commercials every hour. I know we have the option to purchase dvd's, but many of the old programs were never released to video. How about occasional vintage Saturday Morning Kid's programs on TCM?
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    movies are skipping/stuttering

    Could it be a Comcast or Verizon problem with the set top box? My picture pixilates from time to time and everything becomes distorted for a few seconds. I have had repair people replace the cables several times and it just starts all over a few months later. I think it is a Fios, Xfinity issue with the instillation of their equipment. I could be wrong and want to give TCM benefit of the doubt first. The problem with constant buffering happens on my computer and I think it could be a heavy traffic issue. I also think that different channels use different signals. In the old days of cable, the sun spots issue only affected certain stations and they were usually listed via a special message.
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    color films from the 1940's

    I was watching "On the Town" this morning (from 1949) and the color is great. Even the outdoor scenes are perfect. I like the Film Noir from the 40's too. Black and white can be beautiful also. Black Narcissus, from 1947 is the most beautiful color film I have ever seen. The Thief of Baghdad, 1940 is a close second.
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    two sign ins?

    I just realized after 5 failed attempts to log in, that there is a separate log in for the TCM site than for the message board. Why is this? Why not have one universal log in?
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    Can I delete my old profile?

    Don't ask me where I went wrong but I got my old account back. You probably won't see Lorenzo1950 because now I lost that password. I am an honest person and only need one account anyway.

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