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  1. BingFan

    Getting It Right

    I'm a big, big fan of both Leave It To Beaver and American Graffiti, but I never thought about the identical prank being featured in both -- thanks for making that connection! Maybe this was a well-known prank in the early 60s, one that both the LITB writers and George Lucas would have been familiar with. Here are Fred and Lumpy Rutherford examining the car, post-prank:
  2. Criterion is having a 50% off "flash" sale, from noon on Oct. 16, 2018 to noon on Oct. 17, 2018: NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 16, 2018 For the next 24 hours at the new, all in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs are 50% off SRP. No promo code needed! Check out our real-time dashboard for top sellers and curated categories like Director-Approved Editions, Staff Picks, Chills and Thrills, Documentaries, and more! Themes will be updated hourly to help you choose from our growing library of over 950 films. The sale ends at noon ET tomorrow, October 17, so don’t delay! PS: Please select your desired format (Blu-ray or DVD) when ordering as we can’t change or cancel orders once received. Note that we only ship within the United States and to Canada. For further information on Criterion and our products, please visit our website at If you are not already on our mailing list and would like to be added, please click here to register at To unsubscribe, click here. © 2018 The Criterion Collection.
  3. BingFan

    Getting It Right

    I think you're right that a Beach Boys song is playing during that scene between Milner and young Carol in his car. But isn't the song "Surfin' Safari"? It definitely fits the scene as you describe it. There are two BB songs in the movie, and the other one, "All Summer Long," is at the very end of the movie, after Milner wrecks his car in the drag race , if I remember correctly. (It's been a few years since I last saw American Graffiti, so I could be wrong.)
  4. BingFan

    Your Favorite Van Helsing In Film

    I haven't seen all of these portrayals, but I did enjoy Edward Van Sloan and Anthony Hopkins in the role. But my favorite Van Helsing has to be one that almost no one saw. Many years ago, I played the title role in an amateur stage production of Dracula. (Believe me, it was not the beginning of an illustrious acting career.) A friend of mine was Van Helsing. During one performance, when the scene came in which I, as Dracula, menaced him, our Van Helsing found that he'd forgotten to put the small silver prop cross in his vest pocket. Without the cross, how was Van Helsing going to drive Dracula away?? After a tense and awkward moment that seemed to go on forever, my friend formed a cross with his two index fingers and held them up in my face. I recoiled dramatically, and the scene played out more or less as it was supposed to. Had my friend Van Helsing not had the presence of mind to figure out how to correct his oversight, that scene would have been a total disaster! He saved the scene and, perhaps, the whole play. And that's why he's my favorite Van Helsing.
  5. BingFan

    Getting It Right

    According to Wikipedia, American Graffiti is set at the beginning of Sept. 1962, right at the end of the summer. Also according to Wikipedia, all of the songs in the movie except one were released by then. The one exception is the last song in the movie, "All Summer Long" by the Beach Boys, which was released in 1964. I don't like this kind of historical anachronism myself, but in this case, I'm willing to give it a pass. For me, "All Summer Long" has exactly the right spirit for that point in the movie.
  6. Paul is a very good drummer and played drums on some notable recordings: "The Ballad of John and Yoko," on which only he and John appeared, as well as his own "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Band on the Run," and probably others that I'm not remembering at the moment. There's an apparently apocryphal story connected to Paul's drumming. Lennon was supposedly asked if Ringo was the best rock drummer, and John supposedly quipped in reply, "He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles." I believe John disavowed ever saying that and, in fact, loved Ringo's drumming. But it's kind of funny, if obviously unfair to the great Ringo. The Beatles didn't often bring in other musicians to play with them -- Eric Clapton (guitar on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"), Billy Preston (electric piano on "Get Back" and other sessions), Nicky Hopkins (electric piano on "Revolution"), and some horn, string, and Indian players were among the rare outsiders who played with the band. (Beatles producer George Martin also played keyboards on at least one song -- "In My Life".) There was an instance of Ringo being replaced by a studio musician, however -- on their first record, "Love Me Do." After an early take, George Martin apparently didn't think Ringo was up to playing on the record and replaced him with studio musician Andy White. (In fairness to Ringo, he'd only joined the band two weeks earlier.) Early pressings of the single, however, used the take with Ringo, while later pressings and the "Please Please Me" album used the version with White. I believe Martin later joked that Ringo never let him forget the slight, but the two men got along well after that first snag. But other bands used studio musicians routinely -- the Beach Boys being a prime example, where some of their most well known records (e.g., the masterpiece "Pet Sounds" album) had almost all instruments played by studio musicians, with the Beach Boys handling the vocals. Brian Wilson, the BB mastermind, had his favorite musicians, based not only on how well they played but also on how easy they were to work with. One guitarist -- whose name I can't recall at the moment -- was once called by Wilson for a Sunday session. The guitarist tried to politely decline, saying that he was taking care of his small son that day. Wilson replied that the guitarist's son could come along and told him to bring his electric 12-string guitar. The guitarist said he didn't have an electric 12-string. Wilson replied that that'd be no problem and then asked the owner of a major LA music shop to open up on that Sunday. (The shop owner: Glenn Wallichs, co-founder with Johnny Mercer of Capitol Records.) They went down to the shop, picked out a guitar and amplifier, and then went to the studio for the recording. After the session, Wilson gave the guitarist several hundred dollars in cash, along with the new guitar and amp. The guitarist, who told this story, was very happy that he'd been flexible about the weekend work with Brian. And his playing ended up on one of the greatest albums of all time, "Pet Sounds."
  7. BingFan

    Margaret Lockwood Tonight (FRI 5th)

    In addition to the terrific The Lady Vanishes, the evening with Margaret Lockwood also includes another very entertaining thriller, Night Train to Munich, directed by Carol Reed (The Fallen Idol, Odd Man Out, The Third Man, Oliver!). Besides Ms. Lockwood, the two movies also have three other things in common: they both involve trains, both were written by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, and both feature the great comic characters Charters and Caldicott (played by Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne). (Thanks to jakeem for noting the train connection, which I didn't think about. I miss the most obvious things sometimes.) Launder and Gilliat worked together as writers, producers, and/or directors on over 40 movies, including ones produced by their Individual Pictures company. Among their notable movies are I See a Dark Stranger (Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard), Green for Danger (Alistair Sim), the outstanding The Happiest Days of Your Life (Mr. Sim and Margaret Rutherford), and The Belles of St. Trinian's (again with Mr. Sim). I'd love to see TCM have an evening of Launder and Gilliat films, especially The Happiest Days of Your Life, which is a real gem and is too seldom seen. (It's not available on disc in the US.)
  8. I've read a lot of books about the Beatles over the years, and Geoff Emerick's Here, There, and Everywhere was definitely one of the best. Of course, it's about his life as a recording engineer, so it's not a biography or full history of the Beatles. But Emerick was present when they created many of their best recordings -- in fact, he assisted them in creating the sounds they only heard in their heads -- so he has some very interesting things to say. I'm sorry to hear about his passing.
  9. BingFan

    Centennial of Holst's "The Planets"

    Thanks for finding that record -- I don't think I've ever seen it before. I love old album covers -- esp. Bing's!
  10. I just caught up with this thread and see that yanceycravat posted the online address for it, which should cover it. But in case someone still wants to see the October email here, here it is. (Not sure why the "link" boxes are hard to see in this version, but the links do work.) October 2018 View this email in your browser This newsletter highlights some of our month's incredible programming, the monthly crossword puzzle, news from TCM and more. PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS View Your Monthly Highlights Calendar View October Programming Schedule The TCM Shop is proud to present its 2019 print catalog. This beautiful collectible is filled with DVD and Blu-ray titles to add to your home library. It also includes exclusive monthly coupons and select TCM items for the perfect movie night at home. Join us Sunday 10/14 at 12pm ET, when four TCM Backlot Members go on the air to introduce movies with Ben Mankiewicz! Click the photo above to find out how you can be in our next round of Backlot Fan Programmers. Join Ben Mankiewicz on October 12 at 8pm ET for an exclusive interview with guest programmers Robert Redford and director David Lowery, as they discuss their night's picks and their new film The Old Man and the Gun, now playing in select theaters. View Alphabetical List of Films Playing in October PICKS FROM TCM HOSTS & FRIENDS Check back October 15 for Scorsese Screens. There is so much greatness in October, our TCM host had a hard time choosing. Click to read what Ben Mankiewicz recommends! FILM COMMENT PICKS TCM and Film Comment are proud to partner and bring you the top picks from this praised magazine. This month, Film Comment celebrates the 1944 film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's satirical novella, The Canterville Ghost, airing 10/25. MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Meet Robin Salaman from Philadelphia, who had a memorable encounter with a classic movie star: "I met Ginger Rogers when I was 16," she says, "and couldn't say a word -- and I would hate to behave like that again at my age." Don't miss the 4th installment of A Star is Born in theaters October 5, then watch A Star is Born (1954) on October 7 at 2:30pm and get your copy of Lorna Luft's newest book about her mother and the making of this iconic film. FUN AND GAMES This Month's Crossword (Click crossword to download and print) Stuck on a clue? Be sure to read the programming articles for hints. TM & © 2018 TCM Interactive Group, Inc., All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use Please do not reply to this message. Replies are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. This message was sent to you at . You have received this email newsletter because you provided your email at TCM's website, or when signing up for the Now Playing Guide. TCM's use of your information will be consistent with its Privacy Policy. Our mailing address is: TCM Interactive Group, Inc. 1050 Techwood Drive Atlanta, Ga 30318 USA Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list
  11. BingFan

    Centennial of Holst's "The Planets"

    Although I have a pretty sizable collection of Crosby recordings (and was a Captain Kangaroo viewer as a child), I didn't remember this song, so I did some research. I think the one your brother is referring to is "An Incident on Rogers Creek" from 1957. Some of the YouTube commenters mention that Captain Kangaroo played it: By the way, thanks, Sepiatone, for noting that "Puffin' Billy" was used as the Captain's theme song. I, too, thought the piece was written for the show. I just listened, and it's great to hear it again! And to get back to Holst, Jupiter is my favorite of "The Planets," although I enjoy the others, too. As to versions, I have the von Karajan/Berlin Philharmonic and the William Steinberg/Boston Symphony recordings. Von Karajan was the first version I knew, so it has remained my favorite, although I like the Steinberg/Boston version very much, too. In fact, it's hard to imagine not liking any well-played version of Jupiter.
  12. BingFan

    December 2018 Schedule is up

    I'm disappointed that Noir Alley won't be showing Christmas Holiday, which I've wanted to see for a long time. It would have been a TCM premiere, and it isn't available on DVD/Blu-ray. (Yes, I know it's available on YouTube, but my satellite internet service, the only type available in my semi-rural area, doesn't do well with streaming.) Eddie Muller obviously wanted to show it (it was in the line-up on the Noir Alley page), so I assume it was a rights problem. I'm very excited, however, that they'll be showing The Holly and The Ivy starring Ralph Richardson, which will be a TCM premiere and one of the few Christmas movies on the schedule that isn't a common sight. (I love all of the Christmas movies they're showing, but as a holiday movie aficionado, I've seen almost all of them multiple times.) They had The Holly and The Ivy on the December schedule a few years back, only to remove it, so I assume they cleared up the rights problem. Very nice. The "Christmas Crime" line-up on Dec. 17, while mostly familiar to me (except Crooks Anonymous), is also a welcome and creative presentation of holiday movies that aren't the same old "classics," as much as I love those classics. (And when I first looked over the schedule, I thought I saw a Roy Rogers Christmas movie that I haven't previously seen, but I'm not finding it now.) Also on the plus side, I'm happy to see the line-up of Dick Powell movies for his latest Star-of-the-Month turn. And I'm glad that Eddie Muller is showing Too Late for Tears on Noir Alley; I saw the movie in its August non-Noir-Alley showing, really enjoyed it, and hoped that I'd be able to hear Eddie's commentary some time soon.
  13. BingFan

    Memoirs of actors and actresses

    I really liked the books by Lauren Bacall, James Cagney, Errol Flynn, and Marlon Brando mentioned above. Some others that are well worth reading: Harpo Speaks! by, who else, the "silent" Marx Brother. Harpo seems exactly like you'd want him to be -- a good-natured family man who happened to be very funny as well. He's the kind of guy who had so much fun with his kids one Christmas that they left up their tree all year. Great history of his entire career, from boyhood vaudeville days on the road with his brothers and their mom, Minnie, to his Hollywood glory days. The Moon's A Balloon and Bring On The Empty Horses by David Niven. These have to be the wittiest Hollywood memoirs out there. Niven has scores of great stories to tell (such as the one about what he and his pal Errol Flynn did after their friend John Barrymore died) -- and he knows how to tell them. An Open Book by John Huston. The great director lived life to the fullest and wrote all about it in this book. Outside of the Hollywood stories, which are great, Huston had an interesting life as a painter and boxer before he started writing for the movies, and his World War II adventures making documentaries are also worth hearing about. Besides being a close friend of many Hollywood greats (Olivia DeHavilland, Bogart, Orson Welles, as well as Hemingway), Huston is a very interesting character himself and a good writer, which adds up to a great book. Me and The Making of the African Queen: Or How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall, and Huston and almost lost my mind by Katharine Hepburn. Me is Kate's life story told in her own voice, just as you'd expect -- honest and outspoken, but only on her own terms. Her African Queen book is a very short, very entertaining little book about the trials of making that great movie in the challenging African environment. My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin. I haven't read this for a long, long time, back when I was a kid, but I remember liking it -- although not as much as the more gossipy book by his son, Charles Jr. I think I'd probably like the old man's book more now, if for no other reason than to hear directly from one of the greatest and earliest film-making geniuses.
  14. I'm hesitant to get away from the main topic (I agree with your comments about the long-gone availability of classic films on local TV), but I had to respond to your point about current public TV. Although I don't have any "inside" knowledge about public TV myself, I heard from an old friend who does that the infomercials that public TV stations feature during fundraising drives are "pay-to-play" -- that is, the station gets paid for showing those 60-minute promos for someone's latest self-help book, etc. The stations must figure that they can make more from showing the infomercials than they do from showing their regular programming and relying on fans of the regular shows to contribute. This approach to fundraising has driven me away from contributing. The biggest public TV station where I live used to show, for example, a special episode of "Mystery!" during fundraising, with Jeremy Brett (Holmes) or David Suchet (Poirot) in the studio making fundraising pitches. (Those outstanding actors actually came to the station -- I once saw Brett there -- but I suppose that's a benefit of being in the nation's capital.) The whole point was to get fans of "Mystery!" to contribute by showing something that they actually wanted to see, enhanced by a chance to see the star of the show as part of the "special" programming. But now, I guess you have to be a Suze Orman fan to endure the fundraising drives. Apart from cheesy fundraising, however, I do think that public TV stations still have the most interesting regular programming of any over-the-air local stations. Our main public TV station shows classic films most Saturday nights, something you won't ever find on the other local stations. Now that I think of it, the other local public TV station in our area, which is associated with a major university, also shows its own slate of classic films. So, getting back to the main topic: at least the public stations don't ignore classic films.
  15. Fractured Flickers! Gosh, I haven't thought about that program for years. Even though I'm slightly younger, I remember seeing FF in the mid- or late-60s -- it must have survived for a while in syndication. So, now that I think about it, I was probably 10 or younger (not 12) when I first became familiar with silent films. But it was the Saturday night silent features on Dallas public TV when I was 12 (1971 -- the year we moved there) that made the biggest impression on me.

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