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    Vintage movies, especially precodes and films of 30s and 40s, literature, music (classical, show tunes and soundtracks, literature -- college English instructor), public TV and radio, yoga and fitness

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  1. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    My father attended Catholic University with Leo Brady, the author of the book on which this movie is based. When it came out, it was a real big deal for Catholics at the time, but apparently, the film was a disappointment. Anyway, my dad was also a writer (mostly short stories) but ended up an English teacher, and perhaps had a bit of jealousy of Brady's success.
  2. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    I love this movie and haven't seen it in years! Was it shown on TCM?
  3. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    In Deception, I think the poor Paul Henreid character must have lost weight due to that stressful restaurant scene during which Rains is every waiter's nightmare.
  4. rosebette

    Cigarjoe's 3% rule

    I'm thinking the 3% rule might also apply to musicals, and I happen to be a musical fan. My husband and I were watching the That's Entertainment marathon New Year's Eve and thought about how brilliant it was for the editors of that series to pick the best numbers from musicals so we we don't have to watch the whole damn thing, especially the Esther Williams movies and those dreadful biopics like Words and Music, which are torture to watch in their entirety. Of course, there are the classics like Singin in the Rain, The Bandwagon, and An American in Paris, but very few musicals are of that caliber. The musicals from the early sound era are almost unwatchable. I even think some of the Warners' musicals from the 30s (except for Footlight Parade, 42nd Street, and Goldiggers of 1933) as being in that category, worth it only for the numbers, but not for anything else (how much Hugh Herbert and pre-film noir Dick Powell can anyone stand?). The same goes for those 20th Century Fox efforts with Betty Grable in the 40s. Who needs to give 2 hours of one's life listening to that banal dialogue and watching the same stupid plots?
  5. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    I'm rather partial to this film and wish TCM would show it again. Warner Baxter has a manic intensity which is almost tragic in this one, and Myrna Loy is exceptional as the woman who loves him, but tries to keep her emotions under wraps until the end. A slight spoiler alert -- this is mis-billed as a comedy. Anyway, this movie is far superior to the remake with Bing Crosby.
  6. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    I saw Barishnikov about 20 years ago in a one man show that my sister gave me birthday tickets for. He performed part of the show in a pair of red briefs. Both of us agreed we should have gotten closer seats. Not only was he still gorgeous and in great shape, he did a dance with a rolling office chair that reminded me of one of Astaire's numbers with a prop.
  7. Both her performance and Grant's come from the interior. Love the moment when she's basically chewing her hair as she wakes up, so natural. She is one of my favorite actresses, perhaps because she's not "actress-y." Even Rains, who can be the ham, is exceptional.
  8. Notorious is my favorite, perhaps because it is such a "small" film, really focused on three main characters, Cary Grant's, Ingrid Bergman's, and Claude Rains'. The closeness of it, especially the love scenes, focus on the intimacy between the characters, and yet in that intimacy, multiple betrayals. Hitchcock was one of the few directors who could bring out the darker side of Cary Grant in a way that was extremely compelling.
  9. Though she be but little, she is fierce.

  10. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    Sorry, but I've seen too many posts on message boards from guys claiming to look like Errol Flynn, Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, etc., etc. I need to see the real McCoy. Of course, I look just like the charming young brunette in my TCM profile pick!
  11. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    On Hardwicke's character, the same here. Although I'd go to my end gladly as Spring Byington does if the last thing I see is a solicitous Errol dressed in scrubs. Also, my hope through the whole flick was that he'd end up with Margaret Lindsay. Anita Louise was just a blonde cipher. Good thing she didn't get to be Maid Marian.
  12. You haven't seen those Warner blooper reels where the words "S-o-B" drop so prettily from Olivia's lips when she blows her lines?
  13. rosebette

    Tyrone Power

    I don't think Flynn could have pulled off the fop masquerade. Contrary to those who say Flynn, compared to action heroes of today, comes off as "effeminate," I think he's much too innately masculine. I'm a Power fan, too, but feel that Flynn just exudes masculine sex appeal. I also think that Flynn had a certain insecurity (if you've read is autobiography and biographies on him, you'll see this) which may have prevented him from taking on that type of role early in his career. Flynn was also more of a "studio product"; I think Warner's had a lot to say about his image. Power's playing at effeminacy fairly early in his career is a fairly big risk as an actor, and Nightmare Alley was another risk, taken fairly early in his career. His early death was truly a loss of someone who could have been recognized as one of America's finest actors if his career continued. I believe that the heart attack was definitely from a hereditary condition. I wouldn't even chalk it up to smoking. Our favorite fencer/villain, Basil Rathbone, was often photographed on set with a ciggie hanging from his lip, and he managed to stay active until a fairly ripe old age.
  14. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    I'm a big Rathbone fan, but I could never sit through the The Bishop's Murder Case. I don't know who filmed it, but it seemed mostly people's backs, and shots with the tops of their heads barely showing. The prints were always abysmal and the dialogue unintelligible (quite a feat, since Rathbone is known for his precise elocution). I think the Warren William flicks are better, but they have that nice B-level Warner's snap.
  15. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    I saw this movie, but can't remember the name. It got bad reviews, but I remember enjoying it. Fill me in, Tom.

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