BelleLeGrand1

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  1. BelleLeGrand1

    The Obvious Question About LOST HORIZON:

    Unfortunately, it's not Peter Finch singing on the soundtrack (sorry, Lorna). He's dubbed by a guy named Jerry Whitman. It's probably just as well with Liv not singing either. I do love that the woman dubbing pregnant Olivia sounds a little out of breath in "The Things I Will Not Miss" number. Very realistic for someone in her condition dancing around a library. Only James Shigeta, Sally Kellerman and Bobby Van do their own singing in the movie.
  2. That's a really good one. I especially like that the letters are addressed to "James." This is where having left the party should come in handy; no more emails or regular mailings begging me for money.
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    Any former IMDB users here?

    If you'd like to discuss a particular movie, perhaps you might want to start a thread on the Films and Filmmakers board or on one of the genre boards. I think your idea sounds nice in theory, but a board for each classic film (which would start lots of debating when movies might be left out, or which films should be classified as "classic") might be unwieldy.
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    Summer stock comedy, what's the title?

    That's very kind of you to say, Azure. If there's a board I won't leave at TCM, it's this one (that's why I winked) as I do love a challenge. Now, Off Topic Chit-Chat's another matter entirely!
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    Future of Democratic Party?

    For the past 10 years, we've lived in IA, and participated in the evil caucuses in both 2008 and 2016. As we live in one of the larger cities here, Bernie did very well in our district, receiving an equal number of delegates as HRC. However, we are an anomaly, as the larger rural population skews much more conservative (hence the election of Joni Ernst to replace long time Dem. Senator Tom Harkin). Considering the massive head start HRC had in money, name recognition and, of course, having the backing of super delegates before a single vote was cast, it's amazing how strong a showing Bernie made in the state as a whole. But, the DNC couldn't allow the momentum to continue unchecked. I didn't mean to insinuate that Warren would have beaten Trump (not saying that Bernie definitely would have either, as some people assert), only that if she had come forward then Bernie probably would not have run, but would have supported her candidacy instead. Of course, Trump lied. He was just being a politician.
  6. Just what is Bernie trying to accomplish anyway? Better men than him have tried before to play ball with the entrenched power players and have failed: Thanks to HIGHWAY for posting the following in the other thread; needs to be seen here as well:
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    Summer stock comedy, what's the title?

    I do believe you've done it again, Azure. Well done. The synopsis at imdb fits like a glove, down to the pranks. Think I'll retire from playing for awhile.
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    Future of Democratic Party?

    He may not have a (D) after his name, but Bernie represents traditional Democratic values more than any DINOs in the current party leadership. If someone like Elizabeth Warren (who turned out to be a big disappointment) had stepped up to the plate, he probably wouldn't have run at all. A big part of the problem is that the Democrats have turned their backs on their base in favor of their big corporate donors. Remember this quote from Chuck Schumer: "For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.” Yeah, that strategy worked out real well, didn't it? With that kind of attitude, they shouldn't expect the working class to return to the fold anytime soon. Trump certainly isn't of the working class, but he sure knew how to talk to them.
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    Summer stock comedy, what's the title?

    I believe you hit on it in your question; it's Summer Stock (1950) starring Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. It's set in New England, rather than the Midwest, but otherwise this sounds like the film you're looking for.
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    Future of Democratic Party?

    It's kinda like the chicken and the egg conundrum. Who abandoned whom anyway? If the Dems are to unify, it must be a two-way street. So far, the DNC seems reluctant to admit any missteps in both the primary process and general election. Instead, they seem to be pointing fingers everywhere (Comey! The Russians! Bernie Bros!) but at themselves. Unification where one faction of the party is expected to submit meekly to the powerful establishment leadership simply won't work. If it feels too much like being in an abusive relationship, then why stay? Yeah, I left the Dems after almost 25 years of actively supporting candidates from national to local levels, as is my privilege. If that sounds like "whining" so be it. I wish I shared your optimism that the party can be salvaged, but if they insist on continuing down the path they're on, I feel they're heading for irrelevance.
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    Where's my favorite all time movie?

    Yet somehow, they couldn't manage to program even one movie beginning with "E" Seems a shame, especially considering John Hurt passed away earlier this month, and they could have played The Elephant Man.
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    What Joan Crawford movie is this?

    Thank goodness that mystery is solved! Great work, Azure. I actually watched 3 Joan movies today, none of which was Montana Moon, because I really was curious. Never would have guessed that was it.
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    What Joan Crawford movie is this?

    You're right. The scene in the clip is from a sound film; both Our Dancing Daughters and Our Modern Maidens have only sound effects but no dialogue, which would eliminate those two possibilities. It's probably something from the early thirties.
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    information, Please!

    It has to be Dead End (1937) starring Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart and the Dead End Kids. You described that scene very well. Great movie.
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    Anyone Here Not Celebrate Christmas?

    There are plenty here of different faiths (or no faith) and cultures, Tiki, but that doesn't necessarily relate to celebrating the holidays, it seems. Maybe people don't want to feel left out, or they find comfort in continuing the traditions they experienced in their youth. We've been in a constant state of upheaval since moving from OH 9 years ago and haven't settled down enough to bother with trees, presents, decorations and other niceties. The one tradition we do indulge in is having a good meal and settling down to watch football (like on Thanksgiving) but other than that, it's just another day. Christmas and other holidays seem to be more about consumerism these days anyway, so I don't feel like we're missing out on anything.
  16. Haven't watched yet, but I see it's Mike. Gonna like it based on the thread title alone.
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    Future of Democratic Party?

    So far, I've only read the most recent post at this blog, which was suggested to me by my spouse today: https://seeyouin2020.blogspot.com/2016/11/democrats-have-nothing-to-lose-and.html Democrats Have Nothing To Lose And Everything To Gain By Leaving Their Party "As I elaborated on in a previous article, the approach of trying to reform the Democratic Party is not as easy as its advocates prefer to admit. What has become especially apparent this year with the blatant efforts from Democratic leaders to undermine Bernie Sanders' campaign is that the neoliberal wing of the party has many devices in place to protect its organization from reform. And even as a great deal of progressive activists aim to change it, though I don't doubt they'll make some progress, given the change-resistance nature of the Democratic Party, there's little chance that it will be sufficiently reformed in time for the extremely important 2020 election. And that obstacle to reforming the party may well prove to be the final nail in its coffin. After forty years of increased economic exploitation, the public's patience for neoliberalism has grown very thin, and unless major changes soon occur within the Democratic Party, it will doubtless become diminished to near irrelevance. Even Robert Reich, who is currently working to reform the party, has written that if Democrats don't manage to remake themselves into something capable of systemic change, they will "be supplanted by another organization." I'm looking forward to checking out some of the other pieces posted here, if this is an example of the type of thoughtful writing to expect.
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy: Thanksgiving as a kid vs. Thanksgiving as an adult http://theoatmeal.com/comics/thanksgiving
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    Electoral College

    Yes, that's the post to which I referred. President Obama might disagree if we can believe this excerpt from a recent Politico article, which I posted somewhere in its entirety: "“You know, I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa. It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall, and there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points,” Obama said. “There are some counties maybe I won that people didn’t expect because people had a chance to see you and listen to you and get a sense of who you stood for and who you were fighting for.” I'd say HRC lost Iowa, as well as much of the Midwest because she didn't reach out to them like Obama did, but took them for granted while she focused on her wealthy donors and celebrity endorsements. Any Democrat might have had a difficult time trying to get a third consecutive term, but when a "change" candidate is what's needed, she was absolutely the wrong choice. Your point about people in general getting their info filtered through TV and other media is well taken, though. Voters want to be spoon-fed their info in bite sized, easy to understand doses and can't be bothered to research a candidate's history or voting record.
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    Electoral College

    I guess I AM a good audience, or maybe just too lazy to post. Shouldn't come as a surprise since I basically said much the same in this thread on 19 Nov.
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    Future of Democratic Party?

    This may have been discussed elsewhere, but it's food for thought: Michigan's 2016 presidential election by the numbers http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/11/michigans_presidential_electio.html Some highlights: "0.3 percent: That was Donald Trump's margin of victory in Michigan, according to tentative results posted on the Michigan Secretary of State website. The website showed Trump with 2,277,914 votes, or 47.6 percent of the total, and Hillary Clinton with 2,264,807, or 47.33 percent. 87,810: Number of voters this election who cast a ballot but did not cast a vote for president. That compares to 49,840 undervotes for president in 2012. 60: Counties where Clinton got less than 40 percent of the vote. That compares to 10 counties in 2012 where Obama got less than 40 percent." I wish the second stat would have been broken down by party, but if nothing else, it demonstrates dissatisfaction with the choices in both major parties. It also proves the fallacy of blaming third party voters, IMO.
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    Electoral College

    At the risk of appearing to be a Trump supporter, I have to admit he makes sense here: http://time.com/4571185/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-popular-vote/ “If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily,” the President-elect tweeted on Tuesday morning. “The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!” They both campaigned knowing the vagaries of the Electoral College, and even President Obama was critical of the HRC campaign strategy of virtually ignoring the Midwest. While it's impossible to say that he would have won bigger, it certainly would have influenced where they placed their emphasis.
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    Hillary Clinton - take 4

    Wonder if there's a betting line somewhere on how long it will be before one of them initiates divorce proceedings? I often wondered if she stayed with him only because of her presidential ambitions. I think she'd have gotten a lot more respect and sympathy from women if she'd dumped his philandering a..
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    Hillary Clinton - take 4

    It's just a different collective horde mentality, unfortunately. Both sides are guilty of this.
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    Future of Democratic Party?

    You don't think this is a winning strategy? In July, Schumer said, “The number one factor in whether we retake the Senate is whether Hillary Clinton does well, and I think she’s going to do really well. [...] For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.” Then, yesterday came this: "We will unite our caucus and speak to the blue-collar worker in West Virginia, and Michigan, as well as the people who live along the coasts," Schumer, 65, said after emerging from a closed-door party-caucus meeting in which Democrats anointed him as minority leader in place of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is retiring. He's a fast learner, that one, ay?

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