FloydDBarber

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    Any Patsy Kelly Fans?

    Patsy was a large woman but not beyond cuteness. She didn't age well but she looked not bad to me in the 1930's.
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    A Christmas Carol 1938 versus 1951

    The 1951 version is so good John Steed has to make an appearance. Emma Peel was a bit too young.
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    Gary Cooper

    I know he was a superstar that projected a guiet dignity but was he a great actor? Whenever I see Gary Cooper on screen he seems as if he is reading his lines from a cue card. Maybe he was just more a personality than a great actor. When I read about his womanizing it sort of detracted from the image he was trying to project. I guess you can't blame the guy if woman were throwing themselves at him.
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    Clifton Webb as Lynn Belvedere

    Kirk Douglas, Ernest Borgnine and Eli Wallach are still with us. There aren't many of the great actors left.
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    Clifton Webb as Lynn Belvedere

    How can anyone in their right mind believe that Mr Belvedere is 46 years old in Mr Belvedere Rings the Bell? At the time Clifton Webb was about 62 years of age. I guess in Hollywood anything is believable. Great movie though, I really enjoyed it. I am 60 years old and I am rapidly approaching elderly status. The older actors really made the movie work. I especially enjoyed the elderly identical twin brothers. I think this movie would appeal more to someone in my age group who will be where these folks are in 10 or 15 years. Not that I will be in an old age home, but I will have the lifetime of memories to look back on. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Dec 14, 2010 12:34 PM Edited by: FloydDBarber on Dec 14, 2010 12:38 PM
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    Marjorie Main

    Having seen her in Shepherd of the Hills I know she was capable of dramatic roles. How many movies was she in where she was not a housekeeper or in a comedic role? Was she ever in a dignified role of a successful business woman or maybe a teacher? Did she always have that shrill voice or was it part of her comedic persona?
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    Marjorie Main

    I remember seeing a publicity shot of her when she was about 40 years old. She looked rather attractive. I saw her in a clip of Dead End and it was a very heart wrenching performance.
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    Harry Carey

    He had a unique quality and style and really projected a warmth on screen. The first movie I saw him in was Shepherd of the Hills and I became an instant fan. Then I saw Mr Smith Goes to Washington and whenever he appeared he lit up the screen. Funny that an aging actor can have this effect on people but there is something very admirable about him.
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    Any good websites?

    I can usually post from my pc at work but not at home. For my money, this is the best forum for movies, but maybe it is too good. What I am getting at is maybe there is too much data to load and maybe the board is just too busy. I don't know how many members there are, but it seems there is too much activity or maybe the server cannot handle the load. Whatever the problem, I don't see it getting fixed anytime soon.
  10. Am I the only member who experiences this? Why should it take 15 minutes to respond to a post? This may be my last post for a long time. I am not going to stay up until 3 am,when the board is not busy, to respond to a post. Why can't you just divide up the members and create 2 more boards for the fallout? There has to be a way to speed up the process. Not only does it take time to respond to a post it takes time for each page to load. Now is as good a time as any for me to decide to just become a reader and not a poster. Thank you and I hope you can understand how frustrating it can be. This is a great forum and apparently an extremely busy one. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Nov 26, 2010 8:06 PM
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    surreal Laurel & Hardy routine

    I seem to remember seeing this scene only once and cannot recall which film it is from. It is almost too surreal to know if it was real or something I imagined at age 12. It seems that L&H are sitting in a bar with a very sinister guy. They all may or may not be wearing naval uniforms. They go through a routine where L&H and this evil guy do little things to torment each other. Finally Stan or Ollie rips open the guys shirt to reveal a very hairy chest with a tattoo of a battleship on his chest. I think Stan lights a match and ignites the guys hairy chest which also sinks the battleship. Is this the scene as it plays out or did I imagine parts of the scene? Which movie was it from? Thank you.
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    surreal Laurel & Hardy routine

    I managed to find the movie online last night. The chest hair burning looked like a forest fire. This was the most unsettling routine in any of L&H's movies. The lightbulb routine with James Finlayson was not much better. Why did the comedies of the 30's resort to cruel jokes? L&H were funny on their own.
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    surreal Laurel & Hardy routine

    scsu1975 you are absolutely correct. I did a little research and you are correct. I was reading that many people hated that scene, thinking it was too cruel for Stanley to set fire to a mans chest. I am not sure about the battleship. I may have it confused with the Harpo Marx scene where the barking dog comes to life on his chest. Very surreal.
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    OT: Enjoying The Three Stooges on AMC! Despite the ads :(

    I gave up on AMC when I watched a great movie and AMC would show 7 minutes of movie followed by 5 minutes of commercials. How could AMC go from no commercials to having more commercials, and longer commercial breaks than any other cable channel?
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    surreal Laurel & Hardy routine

    Not sure the actor is Sidney Toler. All I remember is that the actor is a very mean looking guy and I think the scene was in a bar. Wasn't Sidney Toler also Charlie Chan? Not the same person. This actor was extremely nasty looking.
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    The Set Up

    I was totally amazed while watching this movie on TCM last night. Although it was filmed in 1949 it was so realistic and so clear it seemed as if it could have been filmed in 1980. If the film has been restored it was an outstanding job. Hard to believe Robert Ryan would be 101 years old now. Having seen fairly recent black and white films such as Raging Bull, The Set Up looked just as good.
  17. There are probably not too many 12 year olds who would have purchased Joe Franklin's book about the silents but I am one of them. I got a pretty good education at a young age and now I can actually view the films I have read about.
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    Leonard Maltin.....why?

    If Maltin gets his own show at least the Disney films will be well represented. You might as well give me my own show because I can probably pick the commercial hits for airing. If TCM ever starts airing 5 minutes of commercials for every 7 minutes of movie, like AMC has been doing, I am going to cancel my cable. I don't think Maltin is so bad, he has gotten a bad rep for appearing on commercial television.
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    The Set Up

    I thought diegesis is when there is a narrator to the story? The Set Up sort of unfolds around you. It sort of reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode or Requium for a Heavyweight. It has a Rod Serling quality to it but I don't recall a narrator. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Nov 15, 2010 12:27 PM
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    most beautiful actresses

    For the 1930's I think Maureen O'Sullivan was the most beautiful woman on the planet. Maybe it was an innocence and that classy accent. To me she was it in the 30's. I would consider Olivia de Havilland to be a close second. Do you have a favorite actress by decade?
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    most beautiful actresses

    Prince Saliano, you forgot Myrtle Vail, one of my favorites. She was Seymour's mom in Little Shop of Horrors. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Nov 1, 2010 9:47 AM
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    being typecast

    We all read about the actors who become typecast and dive into a downward spiral. Should it be so awful? After all acting is a job and if you love your work shouldn't you be happy for any work you receive? I would be a little disappointed, but as long as the money was coming in it would be ok. Since I earn an average salary, I can't understand why someone should be so upset about a job, especially if they earn a decent and steady income. The ones who can't find work I can feel for. When Jon Pertwee was interview on PBS about what he was thinking during a scene as Doctor Who, he said that he was thinking about what he would have for lunch. It is a job.
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    Unsung actors

    When I looked through my father's high school yearbook of 1945, he was listed as the poor man's Van Johnson. I guess it was a good thing to resemble Van Johnson. Van was a likeable man and seemed to be the image of the average American male of the 1940's. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Oct 13, 2010 2:11 PM
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    two first names

    How many actors and actresses had two first names? The Dane Clark thread made me want to post this thread. I can think of comics Jack Benny, Steve Allen and Fred Allen. What about actors and actresses?
  25. I wanted to post something to the Technical Issues thread but I was totally bumped out of the thread 3 or 4 times. This is my second actual post today. I have been on the forum for 30 minutes and I was able to access maybe 5 pages in various threads. It takes about 3 minutes from the time I hit enter until I can actually get into a thread or try to respond to a post. Usually I am bumped out of the thread. Is this the problem most people are having. I was a member of another forum that had over 10,000 members and the forum actually had members register by the area of the country they were living. I don't know how many servers are used for a site as huge as TCM but is there any advantage to having people from different parts of the country sign in on different servers? Sorry to post this, but I am getting frustrated. I love this forum but I can't afford to spend 30 minutes and only be able to access 6 pages. Thank you.

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