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  1. Thoughts about Claudette Colbert's movies

    Well Christine, if you still occasionally think about them, then there is a fair chance that they (if they are still alive with memories intact) still occasionally think about you. I think what keeps some of my memories alive is because I would make an association with some actress that I was fond of at the time. So naturally, since I am an old movie nut, whenever I see a movie (or a movie still) with that actress in it, some of those memories come flooding back. In this case, when I see a later Claudette Colbert film, I still think about the girl, and wonder if she aged as gracefully as her screen twin did? Of course, in my imagination they are all alive and still beautiful to me. I used to conduct an informal survey of active older couples, whenever the opportunity presented. If they were a couple that met and married when they were both young and beautiful to each other... even after many decades have passed, I ask, "When you look into each others eyes do you still see the passionate wife or husband of your youth. The one you first fell in-love with?" Sometimes I get a wise crack answer back, "Yeah, but he (or she) married my best friend, or my sister (or brother)", etc. But their sense of humor can't belie that they still retain a romantic interest in each other, perhaps even more so because of the laughs. Still, nine times out of ten, I'll see them pause, look deeply into each other's eyes and say, "Yes. She (or he) is still the beautiful girl (or boy) that I first fell in-love with." Whenever I hear that from couples whose skin has long lost it's youthful glow, whose spines are curved with age, whose hair has thinned, and grayed, or vanished, it re-validates the adage that beauty truly is within the eyes of the beholder.
  2. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    So very true. That is why I refrained from watching biopics of actors that I had seen many times on screen. I was too hyper critical to appreciate their efforts. I must be mellowing with age as with the Errol Flynn biopics I have recently allowed myself to watch I found myself both appreciating and enjoying the work presented. Still critical when it comes to errors of known fact, but no longer so hyper critical of the actor's performance. That said, I have enjoyed the portrayals of recent historical persons that I have known of, seen, but not been over saturated by. Like in Apollo 13, and others.
  3. Thoughts about Claudette Colbert's movies

    In the summer before my senior year of H.S. I met this hot little Latina at the beach who looked amazingly like a young Claudette Colbert. I was instantly smitten and we had a brief but torrid romance. Ever since, whenever I've seen a movie with Colbert I think about that girl... whatever happened to her, how she's doing, what she looks like today? Does she ever think back to me, since she said that I reminded her of the actor who played the Rodney Harrington character in the Peyton Place TV series? I think that I've seen most all of Claudette's movies, from her beginning to end, but the ones which still turn me on with old memories are those from her earlier film career.
  4. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    Okay, I know that somebody is thinking it, so I'll suggest it. How about a truthful biopic about Marion Mitchell Morrison aka John Wayne. A movie about the man behind (or inside) the actor. A truthful biopic that would make me reconsider this "chicken-hawk" patriot that I used to idolize as a child. But again, who could "play" him. Perhaps, like Gandhi they could find a very talented "unknown" Ben Kingsley "type" that looked and could "act" enough like him to fit the bill. It could either be a career "defining" or "breaking" role of a lifetime.
  5. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    Maybe somewhat like him (behavior wise), but way too short to make a "believable" Mitchum in a biopic.
  6. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    Ah yes, the great George Arliss (1868-1946). From throughout the British Empire to the U.S., a well traveled actor, author, playwright, and filmmaker. Married once at the age of 31, and remained so from 1899-1946. Now that would be a very interesting biopic I'd like to see. George was master at playing many famous others (both on stage and screen) i.e. Benjamin Disraeli (twice, in 1921 & again in 1929), Alexander Hamilton, Voltaire, Arthur Wellesley (aka the 1st Duke of Wellington), Mayer & Nathan Rothschild, Cardinal Richelieu, ... I've recorded several of his films from TCM over the years but am still looking for others. Of his biopics I've recorded Disraeli (1929), Alexander Hamilton (1931), Voltaire (1933), and The House of Rothschild (1934). Still hoping TCM will broadcast The Iron Duke (1934) and Cardinal Richelieu (1935) (both of which TCM has never shown, but are currently available from Amazon, if it comes down to that). But can't find Voltaire (1933) anywhere? Fortunately I do have a DVR from a TCM broadcast back in 7/14/2012 (TCM's last broadcast). According to MCOH's TCM Schedules Summary, it was shown in July 2010 before that, for a total of seven broadcasts since 1994. TCM does occasionally air an Arliss classic every now and then, so Voltaire (and the others) may yet see the light of day one more time? However, if you have exhausted every other avenue and would rather not wait for a "maybe," then shoot me a PM... I'll dig my copy out from storage for you. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Arliss http://moviecollector.us/reports/TCM_SCHEDULES_SUMMARY_alpha.htm MovieCollectorOH statistical reports on TCM broadcasts http://moviecollector.us/reports.htm
  7. "I'd love to see a biopic about..."

    I really enjoy a good documentary (on practically anyone), I think PBS excels at showing such. And a well made docudrama comes in second after that. However when it comes to a movie biopic, that is an entirely different animal. Most biopics (especially those from the "Golden Era" of Hollywood) take great license with known facts, for the sake of entertainment (and remunerative) value. Aside from bearing the same name, there often is scarce resemblance to an actual personage. Also very difficult to capture the depth and breadth of an individual in a scant hour and a half or two. That said, I have long enjoyed watching many of those great old biopics that both entertained and sometimes inspired me. Especially those featuring Paul Muni, Fredric March, Laughton, Eddie G., or Tracy and Rooney, ... even Beery and Brando, etc. (Louis Pasteur, Juarez, Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Henry VIII, Rembrandt, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, Julius Reuter, Tom Edison (young and old), Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata),... Greer Garson (Madame Curie, Edna Gladney, Eleanor Roosevelt), Rosalind Russell (Elizabeth Kenny, Rose Hovick). Massey & Fonda (Abraham Lincoln), and Claudette Colbert & Liz Taylor (Cleopatra VII of Egypt)... Even enjoyed some of those deliberately made for laughs, i.e. with Don Ameche (Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram Stephen Maxim)... The list goes on and on, from then to now. But when it comes to biopics about well known and oft seen actors, I have long resisted anyone portraying my favorites on screen because I never believed any could do them justice. Not that I haven't occasionally watched screen portrayals of such as Harlow, Keaton, Gable, Lombard, Raft, and so on, but I often do so with such a critical eye that I often find myself unable to enjoy the presentations... that is until fairly recently. The OP mentioned one of my all time favorites, Errol Flynn. I have read a couple of his books and seen and appreciated a few documentaries about this enigmatic individual: Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler (1983) Secret Lives- Errol Flynn (1996) The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) Tasmanian Devil: The Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn (2007) But it wasn't that long ago that I sat down and watched (and found myself actually enjoying) the a fore mentioned made for TV movie My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend Of Errol Flynn (1985). Which featured a rather unknown actor (to me) Duncan Regehr portraying a young Flynn in his early years at Warner Bros. (from 1935 at age 26, to his infamous 1942 court case) within a span of about 2 plus hours. Loosely based on Errol's life and (as pointed out) a 1985 TV movie, watered down most of the actors truly "salacious" behavior leaving it to the viewers imagination. Still I found it enjoyable. I later watched a quite passable movie version of the last couple of years of Errol's life involving his controversial relationship with Beverly Aadland. The Last of Robin Hood (2014) featured Kevin Kline (as an older Errol) and Dakota Fanning (as Beverly). Enjoyed that one too! There is another movie that I've yet to see about Errol Flynn's youth and early manhood, ending before the start of his Hollywood career. It is a 1993 Australian production featuring Guy Pearce as Errol simply titled Flynn. Three films about Errol Flynn and yet they barely scratch the surface. There is so much left to be told and seen about this ageless adolescent adventurer with the "devil may care" attitude who just happened to be one of the most charismatic swashbuckling actors the screen has ever seen. With all that I know (and wish that I knew) about him, it would take a well made biopic mini-series to maybe do him justice.
  8. The End of "TV"

    It always makes me smile with disbelief when I hear a bunch of Bachelor and Bachelorette fanatics go on and on about that "reality" show. Trying to inject any rationale into such a "conversation" is akin to when I used to waste my time talking to some of my old acquaintances who avidly believed that everything they saw in "perfessnal rasslin" ("professional" wrestling) was real too! Or those that believed anything (and everything) in tabloid "news" print (i.e. the National Enquirer) was the gospel truth.
  9. Tomwomen in the Movies

    Come on Nip, this isn't a deep thread to plow through. film lover 293, already mentioned Johnny Guitar in the 4th post, AND MilesArcher added Calamity Jane in the 7th post.... Why not add something original like Debbie Reynolds in Goodbye Charlie (1964), released the same year as The Unsinkable Molly Brown. A hilarious (for its day) gender switching karma comedy co-starring Tony Curtis. (just in case CG should be lurking and maybe decide one day to resume posting here... ever hopeful )
  10. How many remember this one?

    Not so sure about that Eric. Though TCM did air several cartoons on Saturday's, back when Ben first began hosting, they have been rather stingy with them ever since... that is until they just recently began tossing in a cartoon or two again on Saturdays. I remember seeing Peace On Earth long ago on TCM (but NOT during Oscar month!). I just "fact" checked with MCOH's marvelous schedule summary and, according to it, TCM has only aired Peace On Earth a total of five times since its inception, and the last two times were were both in December of 2007 & 2005. For such a classic I consider that to be far below from being "up to my eyeballs" in over airing! And I personally can't remember seeing any of the Pepe Le Pew cartoons on TCM. If I did, it may have been back around 2003, or so? http://moviecollector.us/reports/TCM_SCHEDULES_SUMMARY_alpha.htm
  11. How many remember this one?

    Hah, I do vaguely remember seeing it, but it was very long ago! TCM shows a few Academy Award nominated shorts during 31 Days, but they always appear to be the same handful from the old studio era. However I don't recall them airing any animated shorts during that time? I wonder why TCM hasn't shown any later Oscar nominated (or at least winning) foreign (or at least domestic) animated shorts (and documentaries, etc.) during that annual marathon? They do generally toss in a later (more recent era) movie or two. I think that if they can do that, that for a little added variation they could (should) toss us an occasional "Crunch Bird" type classic or two (or three, or four, or more)!
  12. Orson Welles' The Other Side of the Wind

    Thanks Gloria, I never was one to avoid taking a few artsy-fartsy chances. Especially when a giant like Welles (or Hitch) was directing. BTW, I thought you were pretty incredible too, back in the day! You remember, when you were "big" before the pictures became too "small." But I think that extramarital relationship with Joe K. senior may have way-layed your stardom! That is until Billy dusted off the cobwebs and brought you back into the limelight with Bill. "Often all that's retained is the emotional impression" that sometimes happens when one is high as well... Whenever I see that "smoking" avatar of yours, makes me want to ask you for a hit... Seriously, though, I have known a few persons with "memory loss" and their care givers. There was this one "young" lady, with such a marvelous sense of humor. She always uplifted my day sharing little anecdotes about taking care of her husband at home who was experiencing early Alzheimer's and dementia. She would share that he always laughed at her jokes as if he were hearing them for the very first time. And he always had something funny (intentional or not) to say, that made her laugh in turn, with him... Going places or seeing anything with him was always like sharing a new experience. And making love was always like the first time... only better! He was a great guy, and despite his memory deficit, still possessed the wonderful good nature that she fell in-love with. Their kids (all adults or late teens) still got a kick out of their dad, and he was a joy to be around. I know that is far from the case with most... But her positive, always more than half-full attitude was quite refreshing!
  13. The End of "TV"

    Wow, I didn't know that... I thought that you were just "joshing" in that previous post... Much impressed Tiki (even more than I was before). Thanks for this insight into what I had long suspected all along. The only reality show that I thought was "legit" (at the time) was SURVIVOR. I became a regular watcher of that series at its inception, but have pretty well weaned myself from it the last couple of years. Though I confess that I do occassionally watch Discovery Channels NAKED AND AFRAID every now and then. I still think that those two "shows" remain "unscripted" aside from the scenarios that the "players" are tossed into. Sort of like lets set this up and see how they react to that. However, if you have some behind scenes insight to either of those please feel free to burst my bubble with enlightenment.
  14. What has happen to AMC?

    I used to watch AMC regularly and recorded many of their films on my VCR, back when they were the only station that I knew that showed those vintage studio era films that I grew up with in a commercial free format. When they began commercializing I eventually stopped watching AMC, except on a very rare occasion, and gravitated ever more toward TCM. I wasn't aware that I was a "classic" film fan in those days, I was just a nostalgia freak. Eventually though I became seriously interested in film history and preservation, and owe much of that stimulation to TCM. I think that many of us here that can still remember the old AMC, and are somewhat fanatical about TCM, probably have much in common. The generation that began watching the latter AMC are a different breed. "We" fondly remember the "old" AMC because it was a precursor to TCM for us. The current crop of AMC fans will remember AMC for different reasons. While I too devote about 80% of my present TV time to TCM, I do watch a few other things... Primarily PBS (also "uncut" and "commercial free"). Occasionally I check out some of my old haunts over at the History, NG, & Discovery channels, but I have long since stopped recording them as I found editing out the multitude of commercials way too time consuming and laborious. I did get sucked into Vikings, but opt for watching a season at a pop from DVD's checked out from my local library. Similar some of the older and more current seasonal mini-marathons from HBO that I am fond of. I too became caught up in AMC's MAD MEN, back when it was something fresh and, yes, nostalgically sixty-ish. I suffered through the commercials because I was entranced by the program. I later made the mistake of catching a rerun of an early episode of BREAKING BAD, and got caught up in sympathizing with the plight of Walter White, who at that time was an underpaid, underappreciated, educator with terminal cancer, who desired only to make enough money so that his family would be taken care of once he was gone. I never dreamed that I could become mesmerized by a program about "meth" dealers. But somehow this program drew me in. So after viewing a few episodes on TV I eventually watched the whole series on DVD's checked out from my local library. So I guess it was natural for me to give the prequel BETTER CALL SAUL a try out when it appeared. Again, sucked in by the great writing talent at work developing these characters. The thought of watching an on-going series about a zombies apocalypse was also something that I thought I could never get into. Perhaps it was due to a misdirected sense of "loyalty" to George Romero, Richard Matheson, and all those old zombie "classics" that I saw as a kid. But one evening I again erred and flipped on AMC during an episode of THE WALKING DEAD. I discovered that it was really a post-apocalypse survival adventure, with zombies thrown in as an added, ever present danger. But the real monsters in the show are us! Or what would (will) remain of us following a societal collapse, pandemic or not. Again, sucked in, and again back to the library so that I could view the entire series in chronological order (without the plethora of commercials). Then came the parallel FEAR THE WALKING DEAD series, ad infinitum... So for me, the "new" AMC has become an original series "testing" ground. I may watch an episode or two of something "new" and if I find it interesting I will request the commercial free DVD's from my local library. The only thing that I dislike about some of these thus far incomplete series' is that they have no "conclusion" in sight. I thought that I had out-grown my penchant for fantasies, but then someone turned me on to HBO's GAME OF THRONES. The series was already four seasons old at the time, and the library had all of them, so I checked them out one weekend and.... hooked again. And I have suffered through the intolerable annual wait ever since. Thankfully (though I know that I will also be saddened by withdrawals when it finally happens) this series (which has long outgrown George R.R. Martin's book series) is due to conclude next year (2019). By that time I will have to re-watch the entire series again just to bring myself back up to date. I remember when HBO was something "brand new" and later competed for my attention with ON subscription TV back in the early 80's. That was when those that could had those giant Satellite Dishes mounted in their back yards. ON died on the vine, but HBO survived and at that time became the "king" of "original" and very interesting programing. For a number of years I used to subscribe to HBO and was privy to a host of their wonderful shows from documentaries to movies to their award winning mini-series', from BAND OF BROTHERS to ROME to JOHN ADAMS (and everything in-between), HBO rarely disappointed me. But when cable kept hiking their prices I trimmed myself way down and today only keep my current TV provider for the sake of TCM, otherwise I'd likely just be paying for use of an ISP. Used to be a frequent customer of video rental stores, and eventually subscribed to NetFlix for their mail-order DVD's (and later "free" on-line programing). I suppose that I could always go back to that, and maybe a couple of on-line ala carte subscriptions, if TCM ever decides to go the way of AMC (commercial wise). If that should eventually happen then, in 10 or 20 years, a few "old-timers" will be fondly recalling the "old" TCM as some of us remember the "old" AMC today. My "problem" at present is how to eventually "dispose" of my collection (library) of literally thousands of DVDs that I've recorded, transferred from VHS, and purchased over the years. I suppose I could donate my original "purchased" DVDs to the public library. But I still have hundreds of recordings that I've never gotten around to finalizing (though I still possess two or three of the original and still functioning DVR's for that chore). I've transferred hundreds of videos to HDs and recorded hundreds more directly to several compact hard drives. But they are all reliant upon the current technologies (hard and software) for continued view-ability. Over the years I've devoted thousands of dollars and hours to this obsessive (compulsive) "hobby", and it saddens me that when I am eventually gone, that none of my grandchildren will likely appreciate these "old" things of mine (even if they still are technically able to watch them). I even still have a few of my old toys buried in storage that my mom kept. Over the years (along with the loss of family, "friends", people I grew up with, associates, and old "battle buddies") I have endured the loss of my hard copy library and most of my other "acquired" earthly "treasures" (through theft, vandalism, and environmental disaster). When I contemplate my own mortality I feel like I should attempt to find some respectful "home" for what I have left, if possible. Wow, this post certainly took a morbid turn all of a sudden... Time to close.
  15. What has happen to AMC?

    MPO is that ALL of Our threads and Our posts should be retained in perpetuity! I find it interesting when some of our "ancient" threads are bumped... Glad to know that they are all still there... And some read like little time capsules providing some insight into our past history and opinions. When the "New Host" thread was bumped, I thought it was about current news, then discovered that some of the same whining we have recently heard was posted when Ben was "the new host" on TCM. Pretty insightful, I think. Every now and then I like to stroll down memory lane and reread some of my own and others posts from way back when. Sometimes like to locate and refer back to them when the same topics repeat themselves. Also like rereading some of those amusing dialogues with those that used to make me smile with their rants and who sadly are no longer around to enjoy anymore. Our old posts and threads are like a journal or diary, whose pages I thought were all lost to us after the last "upgrade." I was very pleased to see that they are all (or mostly all) still there and recoverable. It would sadden me to see them disappear, even some of the "trashy" ones. So long as they aren't hogging server memory space (which is one of the few things that becomes cheaper each year) then they do no harm, and can still provide some relevance and enjoyment for us. But that is just MPO.

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