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  1. midnight08

    Age does not matter in Hollywood?

    Angela Lansbury also played Elvis Presley's mother in "Blue Hawaii" yet she was only 9 years older than Elvis.
  2. When TCM switched to an email "now playing" guide I was one of the first to sign up for it as I subscribed to the "now playing" magazine for several years. It took 3-4 months and several inquiries before I finally began receiving the "now playing" guide thru the email. I received it for a number of months but it stopped again. I haven't received it for about 3 months. I've given up. Have other TCM members had this problem? I don't have any more incentive to keep trying to receive it so I just browse the schedule for the month and write down any films of special significance that I want to view.
  3. midnight08

    Dean Martin- Sep. Star of Month

    I wish TCM would have shown "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed" as it includes two of my favorite TV stars; Elizabeth Montgomery and Carol Burnett.
  4. midnight08

    *CANDIDS* 2

    Does anyone know what happened with Joe (bansi4)? I know he had Parkinson's disease but he was still posting now and then. This thread was my favorite. Everyday when I came online to the TCM board this thread was the first one I viewed.
  5. midnight08


    Thanks for letting me know. It's sad to hear. I know there was a thread several months ago about former posters who either disappeared or passed on but no mention was made about "johnboy".
  6. midnight08

    Carole Lombard....Star of the Month?

    I believe Carole and Jean would have gotten along beautifully. Several years ago I read a book called "Gable, Lombard, Powell and Harlow" which chronicled the relationships between these four stars. Although Carole had divorced William Powell they remained the best of friends. Powell went on to date Jean. Jean and Gable were like brother and sister. We all know the chemistry that Gable had for Carole and visa versa. They were all friends and went out together on occasion. They even attended the 1936 Oscars together. The unusual thing about it is that there are no photos of the four of them together nor are there any photos of Jean with Carole. Even though top notch stars are rarely loaned out to other studios it does happen. Carole was loaned out to MGM for "The Gay Bride" in 1934. Right before her death MGM was working out an agreement with 20th Century Fox to loan out Jean Harlow. I also believe that if they had worked together the atmosphere on the movie set would have been wonderful. Both stars were known for their generosity and kindness toward the backstage workers and all the "little people" that worked behind the scenes.
  7. midnight08

    Tyrone Power

    I liked Tyrone Power and found him a great actor in all genres. Tyrone and Robert Taylor were both extremely handsome men but I find Tyrone to be a much better actor than Taylor. He was more believable in his roles.
  8. midnight08

    If They Had Lived...

    Sometimes I wonder where Rudolph Valentino might have gone had he not died before the sound era. His popularity had slipped somewhat but it gained momentum when he signed on with United Artists for The Eagle and Son Of The Sheik. He had an accent but those who knew him claimed his accent wasn't thick. But the sound era also brought a new type of romantic idol such as Clark Gable. The era of the Latin lover ended. Rudy's contemporaries such as Nils Asther and Ramon Novarro weren't as popular in the sound era and faded. Ramon had a pleasant voice and even a great singing voice but it wasn't enough. I wonder if Rudy might have failed the voice test and retired, become a character actor such as Gilbert Roland or possible a producer/director working behind the scenes.
  9. midnight08

    If They Had Lived...

    I too have often wondered where Jean's career might have gone had she lived. She was only 26 when she died so she had several years ahead of her as a leading lady and at her death she was at the peak of her popularity. MGM had already toned down her image due to the production code in effect and she proved to be as popular as ever. MGM had many films already scheduled for her when she died. She was pegged to co-star with Cary Grant in "Topper" and I think she would have been much funnier and appealing than Constance Bennett. She had already started playing more sophisticated roles to suit her toned down image. Unfortunately, we'll never know.
  10. midnight08

    If They Had Lived...

    I don't see her in either of those roles. Carole would have been in her early 40's by the time these films came out and would have been too old for those roles. I can see her in Adam's Rib doing the role played by Katherine Hepburn (with some extra comedy thrown in) and I can also see her playing against Cary Grant in Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House. She might have even tried some dramatic roles to expand her talents as an actress. Who knows? She might have even decided to settle down and have a family with Clark Gable and quit films altogether.
  11. midnight08

    That winning smile.

    I'd venture to say that most of the stars from the 1930's, 40's and 50's had winning smiles thanks to the studios where they were under contract. The studios made sure they always looked their best. Any flaws were hidden as much as possible. Take Clark Gable for example. Photos of him in the 1920's showed a young guy with big ears and terrible teeth. By the 1930's and under exclusive contract to MGM he had his rotten teeth replaced with dentures and voila! A winning smile, complete with a dimple that he didn't have before.
  12. midnight08

    Carole Lombard....Star of the Month?

    I believe she was SOTM at some point in the last several years but I believe she's due for another turn. I'd especially like to see some of her early Paramount films.
  13. midnight08

    Summer Under Lionel Atwill

    I'm surprised that no one mentioned "Secret of The Blue Room" as that was a TCM premiere. I taped it but haven't watched it yet? Any comments from those that viewed it last night?
  14. midnight08

    Vanishing Movie Cliches

    Can't think of any off the top of my head but one that does come to mind is the phrase "That's swell"; used countless times in films from the late 1920's early talkies thru the 30's and into the 40's. Another one I thought of from the many gangster films was "take him for a ride". We knew it wasn't going to be a Sunday drive thru the countryside.
  15. midnight08

    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    I remember about 10 years ago TCM had mentioned they were reaching an agreement with Universal to show many of their pre 1949 Paramount films. This agreement was supposed to begin in 2010. I was anxiously awaiting it. Well, other than a few Paramounts (i.e. Christmas in July with Dick Powell) nothing seemed to come from this deal and TCM never did say what happened. it simply slipped "under the radar".

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