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  1. I'm not saying that Lamarr was at the same level as Thomas Edison, just responding to the argument that to be an inventor, someone must have an advanced degree.
  2. Does one need an advanced degree to be capable of understanding technical or mechanical concepts or creating inventions? Thomas Edison didn't have an advanced degree either. I happen to teach English at an institution that has an enormous engineering department. I have students who were already building their own computers in high school. My husband is a software engineer who is now in his 50s. He dropped out of college to work on computers because he liked them and picked up a few things in a work study job. His current partner in business never finished college and does most of the R&D for the company. If Hedy was a male working with a male collaborator, would she be accused of sleeping with him or getting credit for someone else's ideas?
  3. I've read Hedy's Folly, which is one of the sources for the documentary, and also saw a one-woman show at UMass Lowell (which has a huge engineering and computer sci department) on Hedy. It's my belief that she did have a hand in those inventions. Her fascination with inventions dated from her early childhood (and her close relationship with her father), and it's well-documented that she was always working on various inventions in her home. Do we still need to believe that she got the credit because she slept with someone just because she was a beautiful woman? Certainly the woman interviewed on those tapes was no dumb bunny.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Five Little Pepper and How They Grew -- I must have read this book half a dozen times when I was between the ages of 10 and 12, and I adored it and wanted to be like Polly. The book was written around the turn of the century, but of course, the film is set in the Depression. I thought it was charming, and the kids were very natural. Little Phronsie was a real scene-stealer. I thought the subsequent entries in the series less strong, and the butler sleeping with kids was actually kind of creepy.
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    I Just Watched...

    This movie was not that well-received when it was released, but viewing it today, it has one of Flynn's more nuanced performances.
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    The Old Maid And Old Acquaintance

    The difference between the Miriam Hopkins' character is that in Old Maid, I want to scratch here eyes out, and in Old Acquaintance, I want to shake her even harder than Bette does, maybe until her teeth start to fall out.
  7. rosebette

    I Just Watched...

    That scene in the forest is one of the most frightening ever. I took my kids to see it when they were between 4 and 7 (I had 3 less than 2 years apart) because I had such fond memories, and that scene scared the bejesus out of them. I also enjoy the parody of "Whistle While You Work" in Enchanted with Amy Adams.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Breaking Point (1950) - Compact, emotional, gritty, and sensitive, this film is apparently more faithful to Hemingway's original conception of To Have and Have Not. One of Garfield's finest performances, and I'd rate it among Michael Curtiz's top five. The ending is powerful and haunting. It's hard to believe this little masterpiece came from the same man who directed Casablanca and The Adventures of Robin Hood. I also ended up catching The Proud Rebel and Young Man with a Horn. It's as if Curtiz learned how to work within a more intimate landscape in his later years. These are the films that are true classics of the director's later years, not the over-rated White Christmas which is just a technicolor rehash of Holiday Inn.
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    I Just Watched...

    I just watched Call the Midwife last night. I must admit, Sr. Monica has reduced me to tears on more than one occasion.
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    I Just Watched...

    Actually, I'm a fan of both The Jewel and Indian Summer. I think The Jewel is a much better written series and explores in more depth the complexities of Anglo-Indian relations.
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    I Just Watched...

    Yeah, hubby and I were saying she ought to get arrested for stealing the picture.
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    I Just Watched...

    The Rains Came(1939) -- we weren't going to watch this one because it started too late, but ended up getting hooked. Rather amazed that Myrna Loy plays a woman who probably qualifies as an upper-class s**** and yet somehow manages to be charming and sympathetic. George Brent was pretty good, too. Tyrone Power was knock out gorgeous and had that proper spiritual/mystical quality as the Indian doctor. Yes, his eyelashes were longer than either of the leading ladies' (and they were probably wearing false ones or lots of mascara). Despite the statue of Queen Victoria, I was rather surprised that the portrait of colonial India was not that rah-rah British Empire; the English were depicted as rather greedy and corrupt (Nigel Bruce, Myrna Loy, the social-climbing missionary parents of Brenda Joyce), rather like Indian Summer on PBS last year, but without the sex (although there is definitely implied sex with Loy's character). The special effects were astounding, well-deserving of the Academy Award.
  13. Fred does light up a cigarette after the Night and Day number in the Gay Divorcee.
  14. Didn't Crosby have a few extramarital affairs himself or was the relationship with Grace Kelly just a rumor?
  15. One of my dad's favorite stories was of the day his father took him downtown to see The Adventures of Robin Hood and then to a diner to have what he described the best hamburger he ever had. He described feeling like a king as his dad held his hand on the way to the theater. He said every Saturday, when he smelled shoe polish (because his dad would shine his shoes before going downtown), he would angle and hint that he wanted to tag along, so that he could walk by a theater and persuade his dad to take him to Dodge City or The Sea Hawk, or whatever the latest Flynn pic was. Yes, it's hard not to forgive someone who brought such joy to a young boy, and later to an old man.

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