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  1. This has always been one of my favorite comedies, but I now feel cheated. I saw the film on television a number of years ago and discovered that several scenes on the vhs video I purchased, were edited. The scene where Benjy carries a cardboard cutout of Alan Swann onto the elevator, is completely gone. All we see is him picking up the cardboard cutout, and walking to the elevator and then he is shown in the office. Anything filmed in the elevator has been edited out. The other scene is the Boss Hijack sketch. When I watched it on television much of the sketch was shown, but in the video very little was shown, because it was not essential to the plot. Although the missing scenes are not so important to the plot, they add to the continuity of the scenes. How can I find a copy of the film with these scenes restored? Although it may be available, I have never seen this film on dvd, I have an old vhs copy. It seems very strange that the scenes were shown on television, and television is known to delete scenes to add more space for commercials.
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    Brian Donlevy Hero or Heel?

    I recently saw a noir movie where Donlevy plays an ageing crime boss who loses his job to Richard Conte. Throughout the movie Conte is always belittling Donlevy. At one point Conte tortures a cop by taking Donlevy's hearing aid and putting it in the cop's ear and turning the volume all the way up. This is a great movie from the early 50's but the name escapes me. I am an ageing movie fan.
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    Greatest Actor Ever

    Cliff Robertson Jack Lemmon Gregory Peck James Stewart John Barrymore was a great actor but way before my time.
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    Brian Donlevy Hero or Heel?

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    Very sad, I always liked his work. I was reading that actor Larry Gates was a close friend (he was the psychiatrist in Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Gates had premature grey hair and always looked about 10 years older, but I think they were the same age. Edited by: FloydDBarber on Sep 14, 2010 12:30 PM
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    Harold Gould Has Died

    I was always impressed with his acting and he always looked distinguished, even in his later years. Never paid much attention to Mr Gould before "Rhoda," until I started seeing him in Twilight Zone episodes and other programs from the early 1960's.
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    Tragic deaths

    I would think the deaths of George Gershwin, Lon Chaney Sr and James Dean were among the great tragedies of the 20th century. Chaney was quite a bit older than Gershwin or Dean, but he was just starting to emerge in talkies. It is a real pity that these three were taken way too soon.
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    Tragic deaths

    C'mon we all make mistakes. Don't on my parade.
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    George Raft

    Apparently, Raft never liked to watch himself on screen. Once on the Tonight Show, Carson had Raft as a guest and showed some film clips. Raft would not watch them.
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    My Favorite Year - Peter O'Toole

    Lou Jacobi was also in the film. Extremely funny man. When they're having dinner in Brooklyn, Jacobi asks about a woman Swann had an affair with and asks "did you schtoop her"? I think this is the funniest scene in the film. Jacobi's wife is trying to make a good impression so she wears her wedding dress to dinner. One of the guests is shocked but says "nice dress". The lady says "Thank you, I only wore it once".
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    Irene Ryan

    I'll see you 10 Patsy Kelly's for one Irene Ryan. She was the best comedic actress hands down, I would say funnier than Joan Davis and even Lucy. What a believable character Granny was.
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    Does Hitchcock appear in Rebecca?

    I have "Rope" on vhs and on dvd and I still can't spot Hitchcock on the street. There is only about 30 seconds of the street scene so I would think it would be obvious. Does he appear somewhere inside the apartment?
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    Please forgive me but HELP!!!

    Old habits die hard. I am so used to Internet Explorer but I do use Firefox and other browsers from time to time.
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    Kim Novak films in September

    I turned on the last half hour of the film yesterday. Was she having intimate relations with all 4 men or only with James Garner? Was she maybe leading the other guys on just to benefit her research? If she was indeed involved with all 4 it will have been a very daring concept for 1962.
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    Irene Ryan

    I was fortunate to have tuned into TCM one day when the station was playing some obscure movies from the early 1940's. I was watching and I heard Irene's voice coming from a very attractive woman of about 39 or 40 years of age. It didn't take too long to recognize the facial features. Bless you TCM for allowing me to see another side of Irene. Another reason I like her so much is that the granny character is not just a middle aged woman in heavy make-up. The character is totally believable. It's as if Irene WAS granny.
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    Dana Andrews

    I find myself liking Dana Andrews, especially his performance in Ox-Bow Incident. Although he did have a few leads, I am surprised he was never considered a superstar. Maybe looks are deceving, but when I think of him I think of decency. Along with Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck and Humphrey Bogart, I would say these are my top 4 male actors.
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    This just in: Patsy Kelly is not funny

    Thank you, I know there are some great comedies out there but you must sift through the crap to find them. There is a Three Stooges short where their mortal enemy ends up as their drill sergent in WWI. There is a pretty grim scene where the boys are beating the crap out of him with everything under the sun. Curly finds a 2x4 with a bunch of rusty nails sticking out and procedes to pummel the guy with the 2x4. And the Shemp comedies were even more violent. Maybe we should blame Jules White, he apparentl had a very twisted sense of humor. At least the Stooges received as many punches as they dished out to others. Maybe poetic justice is the key to the Stooges appeal.
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    This just in: Patsy Kelly is not funny

    Maybe I have no sense of humor, but I have a problem watching comedy shorts from the 30's and 40's. They are mostly all slapstick and extremely violent. Seeing a beautiful woman like Thelma Todd being knocked over, and having a vase fall on her head, is not my idea of funny. Give me the Marx Brothers and WC Fields. They were not completely free of violence, but also demonstrated verbal humor. Thelma Todd was a looker and deserved better in her short life.
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    Gabby Hayes

    I just saw an old John Wayne movie with Gabby Hayes in a straight part as the town sheriff. Can you name some of the other films where Hayes is not "Windy" or "Gabby" ? How many movies does George Hayes appear clean shaven? I was very surprised to hear his 'normal' voice because there was little or no trace of the "Gabby" character.
  20. Probably filmed in 1945 or 1946. The story of the aftermath of WWII in Europe and hoards of people struggling to find their loved ones. A woman searches for her young son who has been adopted by GI's until they can find a home for the boy. Several times the mother is very close to finding her son but she always misses him and seems to be a step away. At the end of the movie the mother and son are finally reunited. I seem to remember the woman finds a job at a military base or there are some female military officers trying to help her find her son. This was an understated, touching film. One of the best I have ever seen of any genre.
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    Film Noir and real life

    There is an old house in my neighborhood probably built in the 1920's in English Tudor style. I am always thinking of Phillip Marlowe (Bogart) in the movie The Big Sleep. I am glad there are still some reminders of a long gone era. Anyone else reminded of a Noir film in day to day living?

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