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    Upcoming DVD's

    Digital Bits provides a list of upcoming classics on DVD -- found in a spartan little file you can download and keep handy on your desktop... http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/barriemaxwell/maxwell063005.html Click on the "Classic Coming Attractions Database" hotlink to begin the download.
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    "Who's On First"

    One Night In The Tropics -- 1940.
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    TCM DVD rights?

    Also of interest, Warner has issued Keaton and Chaney sets, marketed as "TCM Archives" editions.
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    When will TCM become High Definition?

    Glad to see you have calmed down a bit. No one is proposing to do away with the standard definition TCM channel. If a separate TCM-HD channel eventually gets launched at some point, you can simply choose to ignore it. No need to bother. Or if an occasional movie shows up in hi-def on the regular TCM channel, you will see the same movie, using your current TV and VCR, but converted to the standard format that you're used to. High definition is just an option... not something that's being shoved down anyone's throat. There's no need to sound the death knell for civilization.
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    When will TCM become High Definition?

    Anything new to report on the much anticipated TCM-HD channel?
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    TCM coming to Canada, stay tuned???

    Glen, check out the discussion in the Rogers forum at digitalhomecanada.com/forum
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    Abbott & Costello Movie

    Also performed in the earlier, One Night In The Tropics, from 1940. The new A&C DVD sets are great value, btw.
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    And, I have yet another question

    I should have mentioned an important little detail earlier -- Asta was quite the roguish male in all those Thin Man movies, but the Asta of Hammett's novel was a female!! ... which only makes sense, considering that Asta is a popular name for girls, not boys... at least in Sweden. Here's Hammett's first mention of Asta... "When I opened the door to go out, the dog came in, and put her front feet on the bed, her face in my face. I rubbed her head and tried to remember something Wynant had said to me, something about dogs and women." It's a fun read. While the novel is different from the movie, the seeds are all there. If anyone's interested, try to find the Dashiell Hammett omnibus, compiling The Thin Man and four more of his stories. The Maltese Falcon is one of them. It's often found in used book stores, going cheap.
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    Charles Bronson

    I just watched him a couple of weeks ago in House of Wax... billed as Charles Buchinsky at that point in his career. He had a pretty good run. I like a picture he made called Hard Times, where played a Depression era, bare knuckled, prize fighter. Breakheart Pass was good too. It was always fun watching him play along side his wife in a lot of his pictures. Jill Ireland was a very classy lady.
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    Robert Evans & his docu. lovefest of himself!?

    I haven't seen the film, but I've got the book and it's a fun read. I remember a few choice bits regarding Steve McQueen. McQueen and Ali McGraw fell in love while doing a picture together called The Getaway, and of course, as a result, she ended up leaving Mr. Evans. This all happened at a time when Evans was pre-occupied fighting with Coppola over The Godfather production, and was paying very little attention to Ali and domestic life. Ironically, McQueen had wanted Tuesday Weld for his co-star, but Evans had insisted that Ms. McGraw get the part. Evans does a mea culpa in the book, but certainly spares no dislike for Mr. McQueen either. He seems to take pleasure in telling us that his nickname for McQueen was "macho" and also relates a story involving a private meeting with McQueen and some lawyers and McQueen wanting to take legal custody of Evan's kids. Evans implies that he had something personal on McQueen that forced him to back off. As far as that Papillon story goes, I hadn't heard about it, but I wouldn't doubt it for a minute. We all have to decide for ourselves whether we would have done the same.
  11. >> He also starred in the best version of Treasure Island (1950) ever made. << That was your opinion and I gave you mine. I have read the book numerous times and I have seen the 1934 movie just as many. I also own the recent DVD of the 1950 version and have watched it twice. I'm comfortable with my opinion and I don't feel the need to trot out any reviewers, paid or otherwise, to help validate it. That said, I agree with this comment from Christopher Null at filmcritic.com ... "Pity then that the only reason this kid-friendly Island is truly memorable is Newton. The story is short and mishandled." BTW, disagreeing with your opinion doesn't stop me from wishing you good luck with your project.
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    And, I have yet another question

    Asta is a literary creation of Dashiell Hammett... a Schnauzer in the book, but a Fox Terrier in the movies. I believe Asta is a popular name in Sweden, so maybe Hammett had some connection there. Just a guess. Maybe you're thinking of ASCAP. (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Kind of similar sounding. Try a google search for ASTA and see if anything looks familiar.
  13. While I certainly feel for Bobby Driscoll, and don't want to speak ill of him, I can only say that Treasure Island from 1950 does not hold a candle to MGM's Treasure Island from 1934, and his performance falls well short of what Jackie Cooper managed to pull off along side Wallace Beery. Only the performance of Robert Newton redeems that 1950 version in any way. IMO.

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