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  1. 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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  2. This is a great film that Dick Powell was made to star in.

    It takes a few viewings to get past Marlowe's sarcasm.

    I don't think any of Powell's lines didn't have that sarcastic edge.

    After reading the book several times I can hear Chandler in the dialog.

    Who else would pen the line "put a ribbon on it'?

    Took a while to get past what seems like an archaic speech pattern.

    So this movie only gets better with repeated viewings.

    Anne Shirley is about as cute as a young lady can be.

    Everything just works and it is a typical convoluted Chandler plot.

    I almost have to take notes to keep track of what is going on but I don't care.

    I own the DVD so there is time.

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  3. 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.

  4. A current TV series with Clooney?   The last T.V. series he was in before becoming a movie star was E.R. and he left that show in 1999.


    The comment "Each character appeared to have a different field of expertise' sounds like the movies series, Ocean 11 and the follow up Ocean 12.    Ocean 11 is of course a remake of the Rat Pack 60s film.

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. Singing in the Rain (1952) Gene Kelly age 40 and Debby Reynolds age 20, in a romance.


    I'll be Seeing You (1944) Tom Tully age 36 Spring Byington age 58, husband and wife.


    Susan Slept Here (1954) Dick Powell age 50 Debby Reynolds age 22, housemates with more to come. 


    I think it's funny that in real life our families and peers would be all over us for getting in a relationship with such a huge age difference. In Hollywood we might as well forget the age of the actors and just enjoy the film.



    Any other examples you can think of?

  9. 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.

  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Why did Fields wear a hat with no top?

    There must be some reason.

    So his head wouldn't sweat under the studio lights?

    Because he couldn't afford a complete hat?

    Because it was easier to put on and take off?

    Beats me.


    "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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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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