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    Yellow Sky

    Do a youtube search --- Y S The Waterhole --- for a neat insight into the film. Check out other videos from Overwhelming Silence
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    Seafaring Yarns

    Starting this new thread for prc1966 (carry over from Captain Blood thread).. Some of my favorite nonpirate tales of the sea; Down to the Sea in Ships (Richard Widmark, Lionel Barrymore). The Sea Wolf (Edward G Robinson, John Garfield). Edited by: mrroberts on Aug 12, 2010 6:38 PM
  3. Two Neil Simon comedies on TCM tonight that I saw in the theatre when released. MURDER BY DEATH has a great all star cast and that's the main reason for watching it. I particularly enjoy watching Alec Guinness , Elsa Lanchester, and Peter Falk. The other actors I like as well but the performances seem uninspired to me ( a few are just playing for a pay check), maybe its the scripts they have to work with. This film starts out with great promise but seems to drag on and on. The second film, THE CHEAP DETECTIVE, works much better for me. Falk once again does his Bogart parody (like in the earlier film) and has a strong supporting cast to work with. The storyline and script work well, it helps a lot if you know the classic Bogart films (Maltese Falcon, Big Sleep, Casablanca) they pay tribute to. It appears that all involved are having a good time doing this film (I would love to see some outtakes if they exist).
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    Night And The City , 1950

    *Night And The City* . From 1950, one of the high points of the film noir era of movies. Starring Richard Widmark, in one of his very best performances. A fine supporting cast including the wonderful Gene Tierney. Filmed in England with lots of great London location background (only a few years after WW2 here). TCM is showing this Fox movie classic this Sunday at 8 pm est. Hopefully many people will watch, if you've never seen it before, you will be in for a treat.
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    CRISS CROSS

    TCM is showing this very good noir film on Sunday morning Jan 4th. . It doesn't get aired very often, at least not on TCM. Of the many noir films I have watched over the years I believe this one rates among the best. Great cast (Burt Lancaster, Dan Duryea , and Yvonne DeCarlo) with a tight, fast paced story line. It has most of the elements that we look for in a "Film Noir" so if you've never seen this one, or if its been awhile since you have ...
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    IMPACT (1949)

    Anyone see this low budget, but very good noir starring Brian Donlevy ? It was on TCM this afternoon.
  7. What a great noir film. Edmond O'Brien (who I always like seeing) gives a terrific performance, a very intriguing story line, and excellent on location street scene filming. And watch out for Chester (NevilIe Brand). I wouldn't mind seeing this film on the Saturday night essentials slot.
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    WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

    This film is definitely a favorite of mine, if I could ever compile a list of my favorite dozen or so films it would be somewhere in there. I never tire of watching it and there is always some new little point that I pick up on. I love the casting, even the supporting players like John Williams, Henry Daniell , and Ian Wolfe add to the fun. And there is the delightfully quirky Una O'Connor (like having Elsa Lanchester isn't enough). I notice that this was Una's final film role, she passed away two years later at age 78. Unfortunately it was also Ty Power's last film as well, a fine actor who left us way too soon. As RO and Sally mentioned, Marlene Dietrich gives one of her best performances , later she was also part of that terrific cast in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG (ironically another court room drama). But in the end for me this is still Charles Laughton's film. Sally is certainly a big fan of his, she did say he is the best English speaking actor ever on film. I would say there is no one better, several others may be considered equals (like Edward G Robinson for instance). RO and Sally briefly mentioned several other standout Laughton films like HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME , MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, and Sally (I really , really am liking this gal) threw in HOBSON"S CHOICE as a possible future essential.
  9. Jake, please go put on a miners hat and go down in those mines and take in some deep breaths. Replace the dirty, environment destroying coal mining with clean energy. Those miners can work those new jobs, and live in a far healthier environment. And live longer healthy lives with a brighter future to pass on to their children.
  10. You can't expect this band of moral degenerates to create any original, intelligent thought.
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    I Just Watched...

    I caught on to THE BIG STEAL some years ago now, and I really like the film a lot. It's one of those fun films that I think of on occasion to just sit back and watch my dvd and enjoy. The dvd has some nice audio commentary and I have a couple of bio books on Mitchum. The back story on the making of this little film is interesting and could make for a good little film itself. Mitchum had just been busted for drug possession (really not a big deal, just some personal pot usage) but the potential for a career ending scandal was there. So RKO (Howard Hughes) quickly threw this film together to try to keep Mitchum out of jail (that little ruse didn't work, the judge gave Mitch a short sentence in the county jail, filming was done before and after Mitchum's time served). The original storyline was much tougher, violent, with dark shady characters. They lightened that up considerably, almost to a comedy level with Mitchum a rather likable, almost lovable guy. A number of actresses considered for the costar were reluctant to be associated with Robert Mitchum because of the "scandal" surrounding him. Jane Greer volunteered for the part because she had such a good time working on OUT OF THE PAST with big Bob. Jane was pregnant at the time so the wardrobe people had to accommodate for that and she couldn't be doing too much physical activity. And they had to be careful with camera angle shots. The resulting film is a little short in length, it could have used a little more padding. Ramon Navarro's inspector cop almost steals the film, they should have given his character a little more involvement in the climatic scenes. The film was reasonably successful at the box office, but more importantly this film helped smooth over Robert Mitchum's public image and keep his career going.
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    Jake's Trump Thread -- Make America Great Again

    Let's call the "war with Iraq" what it really was, "the unnecessary, illegal , counter productive war created by the outright lies of the criminal Bush/Chaney administration" . Comparing the death tolls between Iraq and Vietnam can be misleading. Many soldiers seriously wounded in Iraq survived because of the advanced medical techniques available today (and a more quick, intense response to aid those wounded), things not available to our fellows during Vietnam. Of course we have a very large number of those "non dead" from Iraq who now have very serious and often permanent disabilities from those battlefield injuries. Which means we as a nation should be sparing no expense to provide for the ongoing care for our veterans. But that will take money, lots of it. And heaven forbid we should have to ask the well healed to pay something more in taxes to help meet those expenses. The oil billionaire Koch brothers for example, they continue to benefit from the oil revenues. Instead of spending countless billions to buy out and corrupt the nation's political system why not contribute that money to the veterans who they (and people like Jake) profess to honor so much? And people like Donald Trump are a big part of that hypocrisy.
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    Jake's Trump Thread -- Make America Great Again

    I guess Sarah Palin and Rick Perry weren't available so Trump picked the next best option (Pence?) . Where do they (republican party) find these people? And who are the idiots who originally elected these morons to be Governor of their states? TRUMPUS CLUELESS MORONICUS
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    FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton

    This whole situation plays out like the classic story of "The boy who cried Wolf" The long time increasing stupidity of the republicans of constantly throwing mud and making anything a democrat does into a terrible scandal has just completely destroyed their (republicans) credibility. So if there is any real substance to a charge , the general public will just dismiss it as "politics". And to believe the republican line, there is no acceptable way of investigation that is objectionable and non partisan if it doesn't lead their way. That is the right wing extremist point of view that runs the present day republican party. And the few remaining "sane, rational republicans" that are out there just stand back and won't call out the nut jobs. What has to happen, and what I want to see, is the whole party implode and a new more responsible opposition (to the democrats) party emerge. And the right wing nut jobs can crawl back into their holes.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    I just recently watched a tv movie starring good old Andy, GRAMPS. This was made in the early 90's and Andy plays a "lovable" old codger who was long estranged from his son (John Ritter) and the son's wife and little boy. But we quickly learn that Gramps Andy isn't so lovable, he's a very dangerous psychotic who stops at nothing to get his way, including murder. Andy is very, very scary in this one (I recall seeing him play similar characters in other films , not to mention A FACE IN THE CROWD). Maybe the extreme sharp contrast between these psychos and his usual "Sheriff Andy" and " lawyer Matlock " makes him all the more scary in these roles.
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    I Just Watched...

    I was referring to the way cute little Annie was beating poor old Greg up early on.
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    I Just Watched...

    Anne Baxter sure "touched" Greg Peck a couple of times in this film , I thought he was going to need serious medical attention.
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    For Dargo's Eyes Only!

    That has to be tough on Valentine's Day, making sure you don't send a "Stefanie" card to "Stephanie" etc. Does Stephanie Zimbalist enter into this confusion?
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    Benghazi Committee Report

    Four deaths? And HOW many died because of the biggest lie ever foisted on the American public? The invasion of Iraq, where were the "weapons of mass destruction"? Where are all of the investigations into that?
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    Flint, MI & poisoned water?

    Can we run a water pipeline from Flint to Cleveland (just to the convention hall)?
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    For Dargo's Eyes Only!

    It's about time you show up, Dargo, after about a couple of million of us have already seen this. It's already old news, ha! (By the way, does the "other Stephanie , Stefanie?? know about this Stephanie?)
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    Olivia de Havilland is 100 July 1st!

    You must see THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE! It is one of my favorite, favorite movies (my favorite Cagney film) and everyone else in the cast shines as well. Olivia is particularly entertaining in this, showing quite a flair for comedy and she pairs up very well with Cagney. And even though Rita Hayworth (the strawberry blonde of the title) is very alluring , Olivia's "plain girl" does not let Rita steal any scenes. Olivia de Havilland could do it all, a remarkable actress, I hope she is doing well and enjoying this milestone birthday.
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    Nonagenarian birthdays in July

    Who's going to buy all of the candles for these birthday parties? Better have the fire department on high alert.
  24. I believe that if I could make just one change in the academy awards winners it would be to give Laughton the best actor for HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Interesting that I watched some of Svengoolie's airing of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and Sven commented that Laughton was not happy with that role, only doing it for contract obligation. It's a riot seeing Bela Lugosi in his get up. They use that scene of his mugging for the camera in AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON (the Carrie Fisher segment).
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    Cecil The Lion

    I notice that Jake holds some wildlife in great esteem , as long as its in some far off place and doesn't impact him personally. He doesn't picture wildlife in America; wolves and bears in Yellowstone, Alaska, etc. They of course get in the way of the economics of the oil, coal, timber industries. Off shore drilling threatens all of the sea creatures, but that doesn't count either. Climate chance and pollution of the air, land and water threatens all life. If the oil industry moves in on the habitats of the beautiful lions, tigers, elephants, etc they will all be history in quick order. Ah, just a small price to pay for the big bucks.

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