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  1. DougieB

    No Words

    Bravo to all these guys (and gals). It must have been heavily edited. There's no way those shorts stayed on the whole time, with all that slipping and sliding.
  2. DougieB

    "Les Girls"

    Has TCM ever shown Marjorie Morningstar, which Gene made for Warner Brothers right around this time? I remember it being kind of an odd film, but I'd love to see it again. I guess mostly he turned to directing. I thought A Guide for the Married Man was pretty appalling, but that was more the material than Gene. No matter what anyone says, I loved Hello Dolly and thought he did a genius job of directing it.
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    August 2018 Schedule is up

    I know it's ridiculous to be so excited, but there's a TCM premier of Sylvia (1965) on Carroll Baker day, August 25. It's one of my favorite trashy (no way around it) movies and I've never seen a good print of it. Carroll's actually really good, as is George Maharis as the private eye tracking down her past on behalf of her fiancé, Peter Lawford. The reason it's perfect for TCM is that his travels bring him into contact with an great array of actors in cameo roles: Viveca Lindfors as a librarian from Sylvia's childhood, Aldo Ray as her abusive stepfather, Edmund O'Brien as a salesman who picked her up after she fled to Mexico with an itinerant preacher, Ann Sothern as an arcade worker who took her under her wing, Nancy Kovak as a stripper/ "business" associate of Sylvia, Joanne Dru as her "business" partner when they strike out on their own, and a cross-dressing club owner (I forget his name.) who fronts an escort service where Sylvia makes her fortune. It's rags-to-riches with all the hints of sleaze the mid-1960's would allow, but it's good-hearted and good-natured too and I can't wait. (And Baker is beautiful, without the weight of all the expectations put on her in The Carpetbaggers and Harlow. Speaking of which, shouldn't TCM just finally show Harlow, call it the inaccurate rip-off it is, but acknowledge it as a glossy show-biz film of interest to the kind of movie-lovers TCM attracts?) P.S. I wonder if the TCM premier of The Owl and the Pussycat will finally feature Streisand's F-bomb, which has been edited out of every print I've seen. Also, bare breasts as reflected in a mirror, which may have been a body double, but who knows?
  4. DougieB

    Male Beauty In The Movies

    I'll bet you're right. He hadn't really established himself at that point, so he was probably being nudged in the direction of what had already worked for someone else. Thankfully he survived in the business long enough to basically be himself. P.S. Love the "Encountered, Briefly" avatar. You sure can pick 'em.
  5. DougieB

    "Les Girls"

    If she had arrived earlier, she probably would have competed for roles with Leslie Caron and Cyd Charisse. Very exalted company to be in. She was obviously multi-faceted. She managed very well playing the "two faces" of Angell, her own version and Lady Wren's version. I supposed Cukor had a lot to do with helping to keep the different personas straight, but Taina was certainly up to the task. Kay Kendall too. It was fun seeing Kay demurely sipping a spoonful of obviously distasteful medicine in her own version, then greedily swigging gin from a perfume bottle in Angell's version. The comedy was all deftly handled, but I couldn't help wishing there were even more musical numbers, because the ones we saw were knockouts. I'm actually ready to see it again and it's still on my DVR, so... Did you notice that Alicia Malone referred to her as Tania (Tan-ya) Elg? Homework, girl!
  6. DougieB

    Male Beauty In The Movies

    It really begs the question of how much Cooper and some of the other male glambots of that era were "in on it". It's not exactly gift-wrapped, but it's right there front and center. I suppose they allowed themselves to believe it was only for "the ladies".
  7. DougieB

    "Les Girls"

    I'm old enough to remember when CinemaScope was introduced, an innovation that I loved. So I always have a fondness for the movies from that era, even the lousy ones. The first widescreen musical was There's No Business Like Show Business and at that point they hadn't quite figured out how to deal with all that space. Some of the numbers looked like they were filmed in an airplane hanger and featured all sorts of extra added nonsense just to fill the screen to capacity. By the time Les Girls came along they'd figured out widescreen wasn't about capacity; musical numbers could be streamlined and elongated in really elegant ways. As well as Les Girls, Daddy Longlegs is another example of a very stylish and "modern" use of widescreen, in particular to enhance choreography. (Funny Face and Silk Stockings too.) It was a great era in graphic art in general, when the 1950's were starting to morph into the early 1960's and all that deluxe "Mad Men" coloration and configuration. Les Girls was a prime example of what was now possible and it's such a shame that musicals were beginning to fade just when they were really getting their footing in the new medium. P.S. It actually brought a tear to my eye seeing the CinemaScope logo and music used for La La Land after all these years. Ah, what might have been...
  8. DougieB

    Brainwashing: Capra style----

    My feeling about the film has changed over time too. I still think it's too long and obviously was taken from a three-act play, but Capra had a good handle on the "nuttiness" of the characters and didn't let it get out of hand. A production is playing at this very moment at my local community theater; I'm still deciding whether or not I'll go, because I'm afraid of what could happen in less capable hands than Capra's. I don't think Capra bothered as much about social "classes" as he did about individual people and he understood that individuals who are capable of reinventing themselves are the bedrock of social stability and eventual evolution. The fact that he tended to recast some of the same people from movie to movie kind of reinforces that idea. It was great seeing Ward Bond walk in the door, along with some of the other regulars. It's easy to look back, without a world war looming (I hope), and critique some of the ideas thrown out in the course of the film/play, but the sense of danger lurking beneath the surface of the era meant that people's minds were on all sorts of theoretical solutions. It may or may not be correct to say that Capra only explored a limited number of them, but let's remember that Capra was directing an adaptation of a (very successful) Broadway play, not promoting some kind of "auteur" agenda.
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    Most romantic couple on screen

    Can we vote twice? (Probably not, but it's such a difficult choice.) My back-up would be Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne. The romance in Love Affair (1939) is so sweet, but Boyer also has such an intrinsic erotic charge to his personality and Dunne seems so open to it, that it's pretty sexy as well. And the humor...Not at all overdone; just on the level of a very pleasant camaraderie. Sometimes movie couples have their ups and downs over the course of a film (in terms of audience relatability), but I never once lost the sense of attraction between these two fine actors.
  10. DougieB

    Male Beauty In The Movies

    When you've got it,,,,,, Not a fan of the hair. All it needs is a spit curl. But I'm a huge fan of the attitude.
  11. DougieB

    "Les Girls"

    I couldn't resist. And now back to Les Girls ......
  12. DougieB

    "Les Girls"

    You're so right that the story doesn't hang together totally, but this movie is such a treat to watch. I've loved Mitzi Gaynor ever since I can remember and Kay Kendall is too precious for words. One of the few times I've seen Taina Elg is in this movie, but I love her as well. The three of them in the "Ladies in Waiting" number are wonderful; they really do seem like an "act", which makes the premise of the movie ring true. But you're right; once the whole thing hits the courts it gets pretty muddy. It's much better to just relax and watch some of the most stylish musical numbers ever put on film. All it needed was Dolores Gray to make this musical nirvana.
  13. DougieB

    A Very English Scandal

    There's more than one kind of sex??? That's just wrong.
  14. DougieB

    Male Beauty In The Movies

    Or maybe not...
  15. If there's a point of dispute, it would be as to whether or not The World of Henry Orient (1964) is a "world class" film. (I think it is.) But there shouldn't be any dispute that Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker gave stunningly natural performances as the two early-teen running buddies obsessed with "celebrity" pianist Peter Sellers. It's remembered mostly as a Sellers movie which included the added star power of Angela Lansbury and Paula Prentiss, but the heart and soul (and the bulk of the screen time) belongs to the two young girls. It's an especially difficult stage of life to capture accurately on film, but these performances really shine. I watch just about every showing and, thankfully, on TCM it seems to show up at least once a year. It didn't pave the way for big movie careers, but that may have been a choice on the part of these two intelligent young actresses. Walker is on the left; Spaeth is on the right.

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