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  1. I Just Watched...

    I just watched "The Ballad of Josie" (1967) on the Encore Western Channel. Yikes! It's like a bad episode of Bonanza without Dan Blocker and with Doris Day. It's basically about a Wyoming woman who finds herself minus a husband (Doris Day) who shocks the men of the town by deciding to herd sheep instead of cows and by wearing (OH THE HORROR!) mens' pants!!! You know, I haven't seen this since I was twelve and I actually remembered it fondly until I saw it today. George Kennedy plays the cattle ranch owning buffoonish bully who wants Josie's sheep dead. Peter Graves is the love interest who threatens to do endearing things like spank Josie if she doesn't shut up. Andy Devine is still playing Andy Devine 30 years later. William Talman, after so many years of losing to Perry Mason, plays a district attorney who is trying to get Wyoming statehood. In the end, the lesson seems to be "who needs the vote anyways ladies, and wear a dress if you want a man!" Oh, the sexism. I guess I just didn't notice this in 1970. This is the problem with so many 60s films. They have one foot in the 50s, one foot in the 70s, and nothing works. This thing might just reach a 6/10 mainly because of its star power, even if those stars are being badly used.
  2. I Just Watched...

    I guess I'll always prefer the 1930 version from Universal starring Charles Bickford. It's precode so there are some elements there that the 36 and 48 version just couldn't have in them. Bickford's description of making the film was most hilarious. He claimed that he was stuck with bad dialogue, silent actors who did not know how to behave in talkies, and most of all a "nose picking Golem" for a director - William Wyler. He claimed that if not for him - Charles Bickford - the film would have been a disaster because he single-handedly rewrote the script, taught the actors how to act, and redirected the film since Wyler could not direct as well as he - Charles Bickford - could. I always wondered why Wyler, who was still alive and well in 1966, did not sue Bickford for what he said. Maybe Wyler figured his twelve Academy Award nominations as best director with three wins among those spoke for themselves.
  3. Have you seen someone you know in a movie?

    A girl I knew in high school was an extra in "Logan's Run". She was worried because it was right before senior year and she was in drama club competitions. She was concerned she might be ruled ineligible because technically, by taking that bit part, she became a professional actress. Logan's Run was filmed partly in what is now Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, what was supposed to be a self-contained industrial-residential complex that never reallly took off. I also tutored Jerry Hall - now Rupert Murdock's wife- in French back in Mesquite,Tx. She has appeared in a few movies since then. She used to lie about her age, gradually pushing her birth year from 1955 to as recent as 1963. In school she was not that bright. When I saw her birth year pushed to 1963 I said to myself - No wonder she had such a hard time with high school French! She was only 10! She pretty much stopped lying about her age after she married Rupert Murdock. After all, does it really matter if you are 63 or 56 if your husband is almost 90???
  4. Mob Justice of Hashtag Me Too

    I've spent 39 years in engineering jobs where often I was the only woman. I've never once experienced sexual harrassment. Now part of this may have to do with being the "forever alone" type woman - bullied child, plain looking, confused for being a male child prior to puberty, after puberty never having much hair except on my chin, etc. Part of it may just be that scientific types are not prone to this type of egotistical behavior. You could say that for a woman in reference to engineering men - "the odds are good but the goods are odd". If scientific men have an ego it is usually in reference to some professional accomplishment, not their ability to grab unwilling women. Too late to make a long story short, I guess I am in no position personally or professionally to gauge just how prevalent this behavior is except I would imagine it to be more prevalent in men employed in politics and entertainment because big egos tend to surround people employed in these professions.
  5. Miss Dove in "Good Morning Miss Dove". She had her own life ruined by deciding to cover up the misdeeds of her own father, because she knew those misdeeds did not define who he was as a person. Then years later she turns around and torpedoes Chuck Conners' character's chance at happiness because of a misdeed of his fiancee because "wrong is wrong". Huh?? And how does she turn instantly from a normal young woman into a humorless prig - in and out of the classroom - the minute she becomes a schoolteacher? Bring on the pitchfork indeed.
  6. The Overplayed and the Underplayed

    I second and third this opinion. These films were made (usually) prior to 1960, not last week. And you can't understand where you are going if you don't understand where you have been. You've also got films like "The Best of Everything", made in 1959, where female college graduates of the ivy league start the typing pool??? As a woman that just shows me how far we've come. I'd never want to not show these films just because they are anti-feminist. That's a sentiment that didn't even exist until the 1960s and really didn't catch on in American society at large until the 1980s.
  7. The Overplayed and the Underplayed

    Underplayed: Alias French Gertie Dancing Sweeties Golden Dawn
  8. "Once a Thief" (1950) - on yesterday 1/9. What a film! When I sit through a B movie this is the kind of thing I want to see! It starts out something like "My Friend Irma" in rom-com territory then by the end of the film has segueyed darkly into Duel in the Sun with Ladies They Talk About and a touch of Asphalt Jungle along the way. Very interesting for something made on the cheap AND it was on in prime time.
  9. I Just Watched...

    Yes, and Margaret Lindsay spends all of her time looking at her new groom (Bogie) like she just spent all of her money on a house she just doesn't like. In what universe would a woman prefer the bland Donald Woods to Bogie? I guess to make it halfway believable they had to give Bogart that ridiculous moustache.
  10. Thanks so much! This IS the film. I could vaguely remember the female outlaw's appearance but Marie Windsor is definitely the actress! Mystery solved. Now why isn't this thing on DVD or streaming or youtube or something??
  11. Nope. The wedding is supposed to be at Christmas, and when father and daughter are talking they are saying the wedding is three months away. There IS a mistake. When Maureen O'Sullivan's character goes looking for Nick Charles about her father's disappearance it is right before Christmas. She is worried because he said he would be back by then.

    An article in Forbes as to why the new Star Wars film is a flop in China.
  13. I Just Watched...

    The Brute Man (7/10) 1946 NOTE: I actually saw this a week ago, but just now had time to post here. This was a B film made by Universal but sold to poverty row outfit PRC for distribution, and there are no big names here and no big budget, but it is very poignant for several reasons, which I will get into later. This is basically a 20th century Frankenstein story. Someone is going around murdering people with his bare hands - "The Creeper" as he is called by the newspapers and the police. The audience sees the murderer from the beginning, and none of the murders seem premeditated. It is initially a deformed man with monstrous strength apparently visiting people he knew before, and when they become afraid or try to scream or run, he kills them in anger. The police almost catch "The Creeper" after the second murder, but he climbs up a fire escape and into the apartment window of a girl playing a piano. The girl seems unafraid of him and when she asks him if he is in trouble followed by knocking on her door, she hides the man and tells the police that she has seen nor heard anything strange. However, the police never identified themselves, and later you can hear running, yelling, and shooting nearby. If The Creeper is in her apartment who exactly are the police shooting at? But I digress. The Creeper learns the girl is blind, cannot see his ugliness and is therefore friendly, plus she didn't know it was the police at the door, because they never said who they were. Like the Frankenstein monster, in a blind person The Creeper has found a friend. Meanwhile the police have connected the first two victims and go to visit two people who were connected to them 15 years before in college and who are now married to each other and doing well for themselves. They tell a tale of a popular athlete, Hal Moffat, who was tutored in chemistry by the husband, but when Hal got a little too friendly with his girl - now his wife - the tutor gave the jock the wrong answers to questions for an oral exam the next day. As a result, Hal failed the oral test and was given a long complicated chemistry experiment to do as remedial makeup work. Always having a bad temper, and realizing he had been deliberately tricked, Hal threw the test tubes to the ground, but the liquid splashed on his face. In the hospital, the doctor told his friends that Hal's features would be deformed, and that even his glands, which effect how features are formed and how bones grow, would be effected. So we have a blind girl who needs money for an operation to restore her sight, a bitter homicidal man who knows that the couple who betrayed him years ago are doing well financially, and who also tends to take violent revenge on anybody who crosses him, and the police who now know who the murderer is, they just have no idea how and where he is living and what he looks like. How will all of this work out? Watch and find out. The poignant part of this is how art so imitated the life of the man who plays "The Creeper", Rondo Hatton. Mr. Hatton was also a popular athlete during high school who was injured by poison gas during his service in WWI. That chemical exposure later caused acromegaly, a slowly progressive deforming of bones in the head, hands and feet, and internal and external soft tissues. The deformity, which was progressive, broke up his first marriage. He did, however, marry a second time. So it may be that the low imdb rating (3.8) is from people who do not like the fact that Universal, who had a contract with Mr. Hatton, used his deformity to exploit him in such roles. However, I think his performance was pretty good. After all, there is no time for real dramatic depth in these old B films. I'd recommend it as a well done post war (WWII) horror film.
  14. Performances Better Than the Films In Which They Appeared

    I quite agree. In the late 80s Michael Caine was in a slew of bad movies and I would actually buy a ticket and watch because I knew I could count on a good performance from him. An exception in that time period would be "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" which was hilarious.
  15. Your fav. character players???

    James Gleason He adds a little "get wise to yourself" to every film I've seen him in.

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