DougieB

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  1. And how is that any different from someone (you) demanding that generations more current than yours only have access to the version which was crafted for audiences almost 60 years ago? According to your logic, shouldn't you "have to learn to respect" their wishes too?
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    NOW PLAYING (100 YEARS AGO)

    It's amazing the amount of time you must be putting into this to come up with this kind of detail, especially for films which technically no longer exist. Great job.
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    NOW PLAYING (100 YEARS AGO)

    I'm curious to know what the "Boudoir" in the Symphony Theater where tea was served might have been. Some snackbar-adjacent lounge maybe. I hope the women who showed up for that were kinder than the critics. "No one will care to see her on celluloid again, after this picture."...Yikes!
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    Ernie Kovacs

    I have a feeling that her perspective may have changed depending on when she was asked. In a British interview in 1988 she said James Cagney was her favorite and "maybe" Cary Grant was second. I can't find my copy of My Story just now, but I think that's where she mentioned Lemmon.
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    Top Ten Ernest Borgnine Favorites

    His career was a long one, with lots of exceptional performances, but what I really love about him was that he'd give his best effort to many other films which were maybe marginal at best. He definitely was no acting snob, going where the work was and doing what he was hired to do with total dedication. He was in a few of my favorite 1960's stinkers and added his own special touch to each. In The Legend of Lylah Clare he was the blowhard studio head. In The Oscar he was a private eye digging up dirt on the "hero". And in Go Naked in the World, which I actually like a lot, he was the tycoon/patriarch dealing with the fact that his son's fiancé was actually a call girl well-known to him and his buddies. It was a good-sized role of an over-sized character; he had major scenes with his son, daughter and wife as the family kept unravelling and he managed to keep it real throughout. And, of course, Marty was sublime, which is why it seems to be the favorite of so many people.
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    Ernie Kovacs

    I agree that Rock would seem to be the natural answer, but I'm still pretty sure I remember Doris citing Jack Lemmon, though it could be she was talking about her favorite actor out of all actors in general. I'll try to track it down.
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    Ernie Kovacs

    I'm pretty sure I remember Doris saying Jack Lemmon was her favorite actor to work with on the basis of this one movie. Kovacs' character was an oafish kind of villain and the movie was comic in a "folksy" way, without one-liners and mugging. North to Alaska was a John Wayne bro-bonding adventure like Hatari! and Kovacs seemed to be there to help drive the comedy, He played a heavy in Our Man in Havana, a corrupt police official, and seemed right at home. The movie is more black comedy and satire than "comedy". I like Strangers When We Meet as the melodramatic potboiler it was; sordid yes, but the romance between Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak was plausible. Kovac played a smarmy writer of popular fiction who hired hot architect Douglas to build him a trophy house.
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    No Words

    It's interesting that one of the reasons it was so attractive to residents was that it fell outside the jurisdiction of Chief Gates. It shows how local police (then and now) can really effect the quality of life for gay people.
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    "The Crown" -- some issues!

    It's odd to be having this conversation on a site devoted to movies, a realm in which unrealistic standards are generally the norm. Your candor is refreshing and I hope you take some comfort from the fact that so many people probably give themselves more credit for looks than they actually deserve.
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    TORCH SONG TRILOGY is airing

    Painful is right. The play gets a lot of deserved credit for the brilliant quips, but not enough for the fact that the play really lays it out in terms of the hurt gay men had to (and still have to in many cases) endure just to get along.
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    Most romantic couple on screen

    OMG. Those big brown eyes! Great cast of supporting characters too.
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    Worst movie from your favorite talents...

    Maybe Cass Timberlane (1948)? It was based on Sinclair Lewis, but the movie was more soap-ish than most of Tracy's films. His love interest (more like infatuation, really) was Lana Turner, who could sometimes pull a performance out of her ***, but struggled in this one, in my opinion. The whole thing didn't make much sense.
  13. I also couldn't participate on Facebook. SueSue, is there any chance you could summarize the event for us? Did anything new come out of the questioning? I was at a similar event when William Mann published his book (Wisecracker) about Billy Haines and some interesting, unpublished, details came out when he answered questions.
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    NOW PLAYING (100 YEARS AGO)

    I get that the letter-writing was a promotional gimmick, but it also shows that movie theaters were becoming a real part of the community, just like all the other merchants in town. I remember as a kid bonding with "my" theater. I hope no husbands intercepted this letter to "the ladies", asking if they were sure they wanted to stick with their men. That well-meaning theater manager could have been run out of town. (Kidding, I think.)
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    Fosse/Verdon series

    Good catch. I had to watch it again to hear it. And it's Tab Hunter himself who says it.
  16. If they matched the carpet, Oscar was in more than just legal trouble.
  17. I'm not an emoji person, but maybe I should be. It was funny. You a funny lady.
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    TORCH SONG TRILOGY is airing

    What a shame. It really takes a lot to catch people's attention these days. Now that we have same-sex marriage and RuPaul's Drag Race, the "outsider" angle of the play may have been blunted. Arnold worked in a hole-in-the-wall drag club, but now they're everywhere. Gay people still have a tough time sometimes, but the angst of Arnold battling with his family (mother) and trying to establish his own family may just read as quaint. I've always loved this play because it reflected my time and elements of my life; when you don't have that personal connection to your own life (ie: young people today) maybe it's easy to just pass over. Too bad.
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    Thoughts about Rock Hudson & Marc Christian

    I'm not finished with the Griffin book yet, so I haven't gotten to the Marc Christian part. I recall from the time that the main basis for his suit was that Rock continued to have unprotected sex with him after Hudson had been diagnosed, without informing Christian. Tom Clark was also named in the suit as having been a party to the deception and, unless I'm mistaken, I think George Nader may have been named as well. Although to the best of my knowledge Christian remained HIV-, it would seem as though Christian had a great legal basis for a suit, though there always seemed to me to be an element of opportunism there as well. (I think there was some question about how much sex he and Hudson were actually having at that point in their relationship.) Anyway, most of this is my memory, so grains of salt and all that. If I recall correctly Christian figured in the 1980's TV movie about Hudson and the filmmakers took him at his word about the relationship in terms of how it was depicted, maybe because they thought it gave them something bullet-proof and sensational at the same time. Good job, TB, and I'll be interested to hear from people who have more details than my poor brain has managed to hold on to.
  20. Good thing you've got your Gay License because you could get pulled over for that one.
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    NOW PLAYING (100 YEARS AGO)

    Just out of curiosity, I checked the database to see if this was the same David Butler who transitioned from actor to director and it turns out to be the same one. This was apparently his first film as an actor. He went on to a long career as a director, including a number of Shirley Temple films in the 30's and a bunch of Doris Day films in the 40's and 50's, including Calamity Jane, Doris' personal favorite. His last film as a director was in 1967 with Bobby Vee and Jackie DeShannon, either a sad footnote or a triumph, depending on your point of view.
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    Fosse/Verdon series

    Agreed. Fosse was taller, with longer legs, and I'm sure you're right about choreographers favoring their own style and look. I didn't mean to slight Gwen Verdon, who was obviously one of the greats, but I think Fosse "stole" (not intentionally) the focus in that number. I wonder how much actual dancing we'll see in the series. Sam Rockwell has given some impressive performances, but is dancing in his wheelhouse at all? Some actors can be full of surprises, so I'm willing to wait and see. I also wonder what the New York/Hollywood split will be. Just from the cast of characters to be portrayed, it seems that it will be more theater than movies, which is probably how it should be.
  23. Or pecs. The kid in me really wanted to see Aquaman in his orange and green suit, but instead we got that WWF character.
  24. And who knew at that time what a talented musical performer she is. Use your Gay License to check out YouTube for the "22 Musicals in 12 Minutes" segment of James Cordon's show. Very clever and super fun. Haven't seen Mary Poppins though.
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    Fosse/Verdon series

    What a great number. As much as I admire Gwen Verdon as a dancer, I have to say that I couldn't take my eyes off Fosse. It was like watching Fred Astaire; every movement was articulated perfectly. I suppose it makes sense that the choreographer would be so on his game as one of the dancers, but seeing them side-by-side it was even clearer. You can see it in the screen shot above, the slightly sharper movements and poses. There was a moment when they caught each other's eyes and grinned that made me grin too.

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