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  1. 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.
  16. I first noticed it when MTV experimented with a dramatic series. The camera was never still even during the quieter scenes. It was a dizzying effect like the background was spinning on a carousel but the actors in the foreground were relatively motionless. I see it a lot on action programs now but am not sure when it originated. I am thinking the early 90's. When these programs were on I switched the channel because it gave me a headache. Now the tendency on action programs is for the actors to speak clipped lines showing little or no emotion. Almost a monotone delivery. Anyone else notice this trend?
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    when did this camera technique become popular?

    "I haven't noticed the "clipped speaking" thing though, as I don't really watch what passes for "action" shows on the tube lately." I rarely watch commercial television. It's kind of a surreal directing style. The actors seem to be emotionless. Very similar to the way Jack Webb spoke on Dragnet but an updated version. And also an absence of expression. I see it in the action programs.
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    I've been watching a ton of movies on TCM that were filmed in the early 1930's. The young adult actresses often address a parent as darling. Isn't that a little strange? Is this a theatrical thing? I have never called either of my parents darling.
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    If I called my father darling he would disown me. I don't think it continued much past the 1930's. Didn't Tallulah Bankhead call everyone darling?
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    Oh, that face, that fabulous face. Whose is it?

    * deleted* Trying to post a picture. No options except bold, italics and underline. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Dec 4, 2013 1:57 AM
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    feeling of dread

    How many films can you think of with a sense of dread or impending doom? Here are my three: 1) DOA - 1949 2) 1984 - 1956 and remade in 1984 3) On the Beach - 1959.
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    feeling of dread

    These movies fascinate me after some nightmares I had as a child. I dreamt that there was some alien force that was moving down the alley outside my house. It was consuming everything in its path one house at a time and I could hear it approaching but did not know how far it was from my house. I was hiding in the basement with the lights out just waiting. The other thing that scared the hell out of me was the robotic cat that was sucking up the mice in a Mighty Mouse cartoon. And I dreamt I had fallen in the street and a vehicle was approching that would suck me inside. What can I say, I was a strange kid. I think when I saw Invaders From Mars some of these dreams started.
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    1930's female accent in film

    I am watching the film "Oil For the Lamps of China" and the lead female actress, Josephine Hutchinson, has this artificial sounding British accent. When I looked her up, she was actually born in Seattle in 1903. I have noticed that many women in the 1930's had this sort of British sounding accent and the male actors rarely had it. Certainly not Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy or James Cagney. Could this have been the accent that actresses adopted for the stage that carried over to film? Could it have been that this film in particular, from 1935, was an early talkie and voice had not been fully developed for film? It really confuses me, because few actresses of today have this accent unless they are trained stage actresses, like Julie Harris. I would say that Jane Wyatt also had the accent but she was from an upper class family.
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    1930's female accent in film

    James is correct. From Wikipedia: "Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, known professionally as Joan Fontaine, is an Anglo-American actress. Born in Japan to British parents, de Havilland and her older sister Olivia de Havilland moved to California in 1919." Edited by: FloydDBarber on Nov 8, 2013 2:22 PM
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    Comcast misleading tactics

    When my son moved in a year ago I ordered a new cable box for HD digital for myself and an outlet for my son's room. All this time I have been paying about $148.69 a month for television and internet. This months bill is $210.46. Here I thought I was paying for normal service and now I come to find it was a promotion offer for $49.99 and as of April will be raised to $87.10, my son's additional outlet will be increased from $9.99 to $16.95 , HBO and Starz (which I never watched) will be increased from $6.00 to $10.00 and HD DVR Service from $9.95 to $16.95. Now you can say I was naive but I think I should have known better. To me $148.00 is even a bit high for a retired person. When I called and complained all they offered was to cancel HBO and Starz. My 30 years as a customer does not matter when there is a promotion. They were nice enough to allow me to keep TCM, Retro and Flix. Goodbye Comcast I think I may try Fios. Not that they are any better but I know people who are happy with Fios. I am just an average citizen and the billionaire Comcast people couldn't care much if they lose a 30 year customer.

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