DougieB

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  1. Those Innocent, Bygone Days!

    I had a hard time trying to figure out how that diaper was constructed. And I love the guys standing around on the pedestals like Oscars. It looked like Myrna Loy was getting as high off the musk as from the opium pipe.
  2. Those Innocent, Bygone Days!

    There's a clip of a Louis B. Mayer pool party that's been shown in a few Judy Garland documentaries, in which Rooney's perfectly proportioned and compact body is on display. I'm sure he was pestered by women and men alike.
  3. Call Me by Your Name

    It's hard to tell from all the press whether or not it's the "gay darling" aspect which is driving the interest. I have to admit I have hopes that after the vacuum left in the wake of Brokeback Mountain we might finally have another gay-themed film with broad popular appeal. But the public is so fickle about what it will and won't accept. Also, the age discrepancy thing is coming at the exact wrong time. My main concern is that the story in the book is told from a singular (and kind of brooding) point of view, that of the "boy". So much of it is stream-of-consciousness that the actual narrative is pretty bare bones. But, from the sound of it, there's a strong narrative in place for the film version, as well as fully-realized characters. (The father gets a lot of mention.) From all I've heard, I'm expecting excellence, but I think you're right to wonder if there might not be some kind of wish-fulfilment fantasy at work in terms of the film's reputation.
  4. Hilarious. It's like a combination of Kay Thompson, Bea Lillie and Fanny Brice. You've made my day and probably my week.
  5. 50s-70s romance movies?

    From the 1950's, I love Indiscreet, directed by Stanley Donen. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman aren't exactly young lovers but they're smart and chic, with expert comic timing. Age makes their romance all the more compelling. For the same reasons, I also love Vincente Minnelli's The Reluctant Debutante, with Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall as the older romantic pairing and a newly-minted Sandra Dee and a very appealing John Saxon for the younger audience. Both Harrison and Kendall were seasoned stage actors and, again, their comic timing is perfection. Another very smart romantic comedy from the 50's is The Swan, with Grace Kelly and Louis Jourdan as the star-crossed would-be lovers, as well as a surprisingly romantic Alec Guinness as her destined mate. All three films have obvious roots on the stage and may be off-putting for some for that reason, but I love all three.
  6. I'm wondering whether a certain "friend of Kyle" has had a hand in keeping his account updated. It's a possibility, given the love he engendered. And thanks to all who've kept this going, especially rohanka. In a situation like this it's definitely the thought that counts and photobucket be damned. And thanks to TCM for maintaining this beautiful archive; it's still a treat to wander through.
  7. No Words

    Awhile back Robert Morse did a great job in a one-person show called Tru, about Capote after his "disgrace" when he was holed up in his apartment without friends at Christmastime. PBS showed it. Of course, Morse would be at least 15 years older now, so it would depend on which specific part of Vidal's life they wanted to focus on. He used facial prosthetics for the part, which he ripped off during the curtain call, so I'm sure he could get Vidal's "look", especially on film. rayban's suggestions of Sean Penn and Bryan Cranston are both good ones. We've talked about Toby Jones and he might be a good choice too; he was excellent as Capote and also as Hitchcock in The Girl for HBO. He can do sweet and he can do villainous, both of which could be useful for Gore Vidal. And he's at an age where he could play up or play down. P.S. That reminded me that Anthony Hopkins did a film version of Hitchcock. He might be able to pull off Gore Vidal; Vidal's vocal cadences were probably closer to British than American anyway. And, of course, Daniel Day Lewis can do anything. Anyway, sorry to interrupt the flow of great photos you guys have been posting for those of us who have a sweet tooth for eye candy.
  8. No Words

    My first thought was that they were getting PUNK'D, so maybe he was a double agent.
  9. No Words

    Or is he just sick...S-I-Q-U-E? I'm continually amazed at how the human mind can contain an idea and its opposite at the same time without any internal alarms going off. (Much like a certain someone's tweets.) I agree he was somewhat attractive, but would we want this one back?
  10. 2017 Christmas Schedule

    Voicing disappointment is something we all indulge in around here, so don't worry about it. And it got us talking about Christmas movies, which it's definitely time to start doing, so thanks. I'm not familiar with Junior Miss, so I'll be looking for that one. Merry Christmas to you too, Cody.
  11. 2017 Christmas Schedule

    I agree that All Mine to Give is "harrowing". I think it's lumped in with Christmas movies because it has "heart" and there's a lot of snow, but I agree that anyone looking for feel-good holiday fare will be startled by what they see.
  12. The Man Who Fell To Earth

    We're so conditioned to think of film as a director's medium that it's really interesting to get a producer's point of view. I wish he'd talked about budget because surely The Man Who Fell to Earth was done on a much lower budget, which was part of what I loved about it. The carefully chosen NASA stock footage and the juke box of odd choices for musical soundtrack made it a closer relative to 1950's low-budget sci-fi than to (then) more recent films like 2001. Some of it was even downright shabby, like the flashback to his home planet with that weird train thing, but none of that mattered, to my mind, or got in the way of Roeg's storytelling. And if Bowie really was a little unhinged at the time, as Deeley suggests, I think it worked for the character of an alien making his way step-by-step on a foreign planet. I admire what Ridley Scott did with Blade Runner, with its amazing musical score and brilliant effects, but I adore what Roeg managed to do with far less. (With the notable exception of the scene added to the director's cut now in circulation in which a gun is sexualized as part of lovemaking....No thanks.)
  13. Recently Watched Action/Adventure

    Poor Flash is nowhere to be seen on the poster. That does seem to have been the heyday of the dog action hero.
  14. TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    TCM has shown April Love within the last year or so but in the pan and scan version. It's a pet peeve of mine that Fox, which introduced CinemaScope to the world, doesn't seem to care enough to keep widescreen prints in circulation. Hopefully TCM wasn't pleased the last time around and this time it will be a true widescreen print. I haven't much goodwill toward Pat Boone these days, but I liked his movies back in the day. I thought Bernardine was "cool" when I saw it as a kid....I know. Ha ha. Journey to the Center of the Earth was kind of amazing for its day and I thought Ann-Margret brought out a sensual side to "clean" boy Pat in State Fair.
  15. Neglected Films With Gay Favorites

    I think he actually got a screen credit for that one. So much of his work was uncredited. It's amazing to think that he was easily recognizable in one of the most iconic musical numbers of all time, "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", with one of the most iconic actresses ever, but never got credit. But I guess in a way it gives him more prestige than any mere screen credit would have. Did you catch Jane Russell's sly dig at the Production Code in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes"? When they show her one of the scanty costumes she says "The Breen Office would never approve." The year before they'd given her holy hell for a costume she'd worn in "The French Line". (which featured an uncredited appearance by Kim Novak as a showgirl in one of the numbers, to bring this full circle)
  16. Interesting stuff. I can't imagine Victor Mature as Moses, no matter how hard I try. I can, however, imagine Raymond Massey as Dathan. I generally like Edward G. Robinson but in this movie he's too much like a cartoon villain. (Not that the whole movie isn't kind of a cartoon in a way.) Massey probably would have made him more of a menace. I love the part about hiring the strippers. DeMille knew exactly what he was doing injecting all that titillating stuff into a "reverant" movie....selling tickets.
  17. Neglected Films With Gay Favorites

    There's a brief appearance by Gwen Verdon as a speakeasy dancer in one of the numbers. She may also have been in the "Ain't Misbehavin'" number you referenced, but the dancers were all in blackface so it's hard to tell. I always look for George Chakiris in dance numbers from around that time too, but he doesn't seem to have been hired for this particular movie.
  18. Handsome men who did not become movie stars

    Steve Cochran. Right you are. A whole different hunk. Guess I shouldn't have trusted my memory on that one. That's interesting about Lawrence Tierney. Not a whole lot of resemblance, but that can easily be the case with brothers. (Though now that I look at rayban's western photo above, I see it more.)
  19. Handsome men who did not become movie stars

    I just watched that too...on the MGM Channel, right? (Though TCM has shown it.) He sang in it too; I wonder what his training was, whether or not he had any musical background. Anyway, I've always thought he was hot, but unfortunately this wasn't the only atrocious movie he was in. Fox Movie Channel has shown Love and Desire from the mid-1960's, in which a slightly blowsier but still hot Brady co-starred with the "ageless" Merle Oberon, a match not made in heaven. It seems like he was stuck mostly in B movies and westerns and, to be honest, he wasn't the greatest actor but, as you said, he had enormous presence. He and Ralph Meeker always gave me the same kind of tingle.
  20. Neglected Films With Gay Favorites

    I don't know anything about Shipstad and Johnson, so I hope I'm not "defaming" anyone, but if you were skaters and you were gay and you were partners, skating together would be a dream-come-true and the only way you could do it, I suppose, would be for one of the guys to do drag. It's too bad that the times demanded it, because there's something so thrilling about seeing two men (or two women) partnering each other. Even in this much more permissive era, it's still a rarity.
  21. Neglected Films With Gay Favorites

    There's a number by Shipstad and Johnson, who created the Ice Follies, in which one of them is in drag. It's kind of dowdy drag, but he looks like he's a little too comfortable doing it. I wonder. In Mommie Dearest this is the film which she's preparing for at the beginning. We see Joan/Faye brewing coffee, doing her ice facial, etc, but all from behind. The first we see her face is when she stands up after lacing her skates, then turns to the camera with that high-voltage smile: "Let's do it!" It's hilarious that the big spare-no-expense Technicolor finale has zero skating by Joan. She's led onto the ice on some kind of carpet and just sits there on her throne while everyone skates around her. Way to throw yourself into a role, Joan.
  22. Neglected Films With Gay Favorites

    I never realized that. Do you happen to know which version TCM has shown? I love Judy in this too. She used the same kind of quiet underplaying which she used in The Clock and in both cases she was immensely appealing.
  23. Neglected Films With Gay Favorites

    I can't believe you came up with this still. Stewart looks bemused, but Ayers looks like he's ready to kill somebody.
  24. Random Alerts!

    I'll definitely try to track this down. I like that kind of fairy tale. The Swan is another favorite, though I'm unfamiliar with the source material in that case as well. I'm even a fan of The Merry Widow, implausibly starring Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas. (But there's nothing more fun than watching Lana struggle with implausible casting.)
  25. You're right. Baby steps over the course of many years. Unfortunately, there's that old adage about "one step forward, two steps back" and we're now in an era which seems committed to taking those backward steps and undoing selected parts of the progress that's been made.

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