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    Errol Flynn's girlfriend in a parallel universe,back in time
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    All things Classic Hollywood, classic television, my favorite show of all time: I LOVE LUCY, movies and television in general, old time radio shows, Disney, watching football, fantasy football, watching boxing, watching old school WWF Survivor Series, Wrestlemania and Royal Rumble (Macho King FTW!), antique stores, thrift shops, camping, road trips, traveling, discovering new beers and cocktails, reading, history, and learning in general. I just love learning!

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  1. speedracer5

    Finally saw CITIZEN KANE on DVD last night...

    No. Buddy and I were watching The Simpsons (It was the hilarious clown college episode, so there's that). There weren't any movies on today that were interesting to me. Buddy and I did watch The Awful Truth the other day. Buddy likes musicals (I bet he'd love Funny Face ;-P) and he also really likes I Love Lucy--or at least I pretend he does. But he truly does seem to be attentive to musicals--especially the colorful Gene Kelly ones.
  2. speedracer5

    Finally saw CITIZEN KANE on DVD last night...

    Interesting. Now I feel like I need to re-watch Citizen Kane just to see the cockatoo's missing eye! Thank you! Buddy is a yellow-sided green cheek conure. He's 1.5 years old. My husband had him picked out when he was still inside the egg.
  3. speedracer5

    Finally saw CITIZEN KANE on DVD last night...

    That cockatoo in Citizen Kane looks even scarier with the all white eye. Either his eye is closed or perhaps it's the stage lights reflecting off of it. This is my bird! His name is Buddy.
  4. speedracer5

    I Just Watched...

    I love Funny Face. Kay Thompson is fantastic and I wish she had been in more films. Apparently she didn't like making movies which is why she has so few on her resume. The photography session between Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire is the highlight of the movie for me. The "Clap Yo' Hands" song is one of my favorite parts of the film. This movie is one of my absolute favorite musicals.
  5. For Anita Louise day, I recommend both of the films with Errol Flynn: The Sisters. This film features Flynn as a ne'er do well sports reporter who meets Bette Davis at a Presidential Election celebration in 1904 in Silver Bow, Montana. Flynn and Davis have a whirlwind courtship and marry. Davis quickly discovers that Flynn, while charming, is not the most responsible and the couple struggle financially. Anita Louise plays one of Davis' sisters who marries Alan Hale, a much older man. Louise, it seems is a bit of a golddigger. Green Light. In this film, Flynn plays a brilliant young surgeon who ends up sacrificing his career on behalf of his older, esteemed colleague. Louise plays a young woman whom Flynn falls in love with. One of the conflicts of the story however, is that Louise is the daughter of the woman who died on the operating table under the watch of Flynn's older colleague. Louise doesn't know that Flynn is the doctor who has claimed responsibility for her mother's death. I am recording: That Certain Woman- A Bette Davis movie that I haven't seen The Go-Getter- Only because I liked the synopsis: "A Navy veteran with one leg fights to make himself a success."
  6. speedracer5

    Upcoming Releases

    Woohoo! “Some Like it Hot” ! I didn’t even notice that Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are on the cover too. -and- “The Magnificent Ambersons” ? Just in time for the next sale!
  7. speedracer5

    I Just Watched...

    1. I know! Whenever characters' ages are mentioned in films, I usually think, "Really?" I mean I know people tended to look older back then, and hair and makeup can definitely aid in the aging process, but man. Like in Casablanca, they say that Bogart is 37. I'd buy 47. In How to Marry a Millionaire, William Powell guesses that Lauren Bacall is 25. Maybe 35. Even when Bacall was actually 19 in To Have and Have Not, I would have easily accepted her as 29. I think it's probably the voice. I never really thought much about Robert Ryan, but as I see him in more films, I like him. Then there are character actors like William Frawley and Elizabeth Patterson, who look exactly the same in a 1930s film as they do in I Love Lucy! Mayor Pike from The Andy Griffith Show pops up everywhere and no matter what year the film is from, he always looks and sounds exactly the same. 2. Corrected. I was writing from memory, I mis-remembered. "Whit Bissell" sounds like a model of a vacuum cleaner. I thought he looked familiar, then I realized that he plays a character in The Time Tunnel, this sci-fi time travel show from the 1960s that I've been watching on Hulu--it stars dreamboat James Darren! 3. John Hodiak is pretty cute. I thought so when I saw him in Lifeboat for the first time. It's a shame that Hodiak succumbed to that surprise heart attack. 4. Yes. Abner Kravitz (aka George Tobias) is the husband to Gladys Kravitz, grade A snoop. The Kravitzes are the next door neighbors of the Stephenses. Gladys always legitimately sees something kooky happening next door, goes: "Abner! Abner! Mrs. Stephens has a pool in her front yard! (for example)." Then by the time Abner comes to the window to see whatever it is, Samantha has always made it disappear. Abner just thinks Gladys is nuts and gives her some sort of medicine. Not sure what the medicine is. I always assumed it was a sedative or something. For the record, Gladys Kravitz #1 is WAY better than Gladys Kravitz #2.
  8. Then there are people like Gloria Grahame whom I believe started at MGM and it wasn't until she went to other studios that her career took off.
  9. speedracer5

    I Just Watched...

    I've caught up on a few of the Audrey Totter noir that aired last week. I recorded all the noir films that aired: Man in the Dark, The Sellout, The Set-Up, Tension, High Wall, Lady in the Lake and I already had The Unsuspected recorded previously. On Saturday, I watched Tension. This was a great movie. I enjoyed the storyline. Totter's character was a real witch. I was only vaguely familiar with Audrey Totter prior to her SUTS day. She reminds me of a cross between Gloria Grahame and Ann Sothern. I liked the storyline of the meek pharmacist, Richard Basehart, who only wants to buy a nice home in a good neighborhood for himself and wife Audrey Totter. He works the night shift and does without any luxuries in order to save for the home. Totter, on the other hand, is bored by Basehart and is unimpressed by the home that he finds in the suburbs for them to move into. She won't even look inside. Totter has also been cheating on Basehart with pretty much every guy who comes into the drugstore. She ends up leaving Basehart for this hairy rich guy with a beach house. Basehart goes down to the beach house to get his wife back and hairy rich guy beats him up. Humiliated, Basehart comes up with a scheme to get revenge: he will create a new identity, Paul Sothern, and Sothern will kill hairy rich guy. Of course, complications arise when "Paul Sothern" meets his new neighbor, the beautiful Cyd Charisse, whom he genuinely gets along with and likes. After the murder, the detectives get involved as well and beginning putting heat on everyone in the film. Barry Sullivan plays the main detective and I thought he was very good. Apparently I've seen Sullivan in quite a few films and didn't remember his name. Anyway, the whole motif of the film is that everyone has their breaking point, and sometimes people have to be pushed to the brink in order for them to break, and in the case of crime, break the case open. Sullivan is seen fidgeting with a rubber band throughout the film. I felt that that was symbolic of him putting the pressure on someone, hoping to get them to break and provide valuable information that will help solve the case. This was a great film and I liked the turns the story took. I also enjoyed the ending. --- The Set-Up This was a good, short noir. I initially felt like it ended a bit abruptly, but as I think about it more, there wasn't really any more that was needed for the story. The tension lied in anticipating Robert Ryan's fate at the conclusion of the film. In this film, Robert Ryan played an over-the-hill boxer (supposedly 35, but looking much older) who was just pummeled in his last fight. He's not even the main event. He's fighting after the main event. His agent, Abner Kravitz, makes a deal with a gangster that he'll have his fighter throw the fight after the second round to the much younger fighter, who is allied with the gangster. Abner Kravitz is so sure that his fighter will lose the fight, that he doesn't even tell Ryan about the deal! In Ryan's world, his wife, Audrey Totter, is tired of seeing her husband get the crap beat out of him every fight and worries very much that he'll end up getting killed. She begs him to quit. She even refuses to see her husband's fight, even though up until then, she'd gone to all the ones prior. Throughout the film, scenes alternate of Totter wandering around the streets trying to take her mind of her husband's fight and Ryan's 4-round fight. I liked the gritty aesthetic of this film and I love boxing movies. Boxing is a sport that is perfect for the gritty world of noir. --- The Sellout This was a pretty good movie, though a little confusing at times. In this film, Walter Pidgeon plays a newspaper editor who goes on a vendetta to bring down the local corrupt sheriff's department. Pidgeon and a colleague (Walt Bissell) were arrested and brought to the local county jail for bogus reasons. Pidgeon ends up posting bond and leaves, but Bissell is beat up and then kept in jail until he can have a trial. Much of the beginning of the film depicts Pidgeon gathering all his incriminating evidence... then he disappears. John Hodiak plays an assistant to the attorney general. He is tasked with investigating the fracas in the county. He does a great job. This is maybe the third Hodiak film I've seen? Hodiak completes much of the investigation and works to put away the corrupt law department. Karl Malden plays a police captain who teams up with Hodiak for the investigation. Malden also wants to get rid of the corrupt law department. Audrey Totter plays a woman who works at one of the clubs that the sheriff & Co. use as a front for their dirty business. Totter, I don't believe, is privy to any of the shenanigans that go on in the back room. Sam Drucker (Green Acres & Petticoat Junction) plays the owner of the club who also acts as a bit of a mole and updates Hodiak and Malden with the illicit business going on in the backroom. Burt Mustin, aka "Gus the Fireman" from Leave it to Beaver, plays the judge of the "kangaroo court" at the jail. He isn't entirely honest either. This was an interesting film, but I feel the weakest of the three I watched. The ending was good, though it was a little confusing. I liked the cast, especially Hodiak and Malden. Totter has a very small role in this film and is really only in a handful of scenes.
  10. speedracer5

    NEW HOSTS DAVE KARGER AND ALICIA MALONE...

    Isn't that the stuff that is administered to people who are believed to have ingested poison? I think that's the medicine they give people to induce vomiting in an attempt to get the poison (or what not) out of their system.
  11. speedracer5

    NEW HOSTS DAVE KARGER AND ALICIA MALONE...

    I am assuming that the person really wanted to vomit for whatever reason. Nobody on TCM, Tiffany included, has ever made me feel like that.
  12. speedracer5

    NEW HOSTS DAVE KARGER AND ALICIA MALONE...

    I don't think it stands for anything. Isn't Ipecac that stuff they give people to make them vomit?
  13. speedracer5

    What Are You Watching Now?

    I’m watching one of the noir films I recorded on Audrey Totter day— “The Set-Up.” I love noir and I love boxing.
  14. speedracer5

    Errol Flynn....still the best.

    How can you not?
  15. speedracer5

    Errol Flynn....still the best.

    I completely agree with everything you've written about Flynn. Looks aside, Flynn's on-screen presence is tremendous. He's also such a unique personality. While other performers definitely are charismatic and interesting, I don't know how many performers are as charismatic as Flynn. I instantly empathize with his characters' plights and want him to "win" each time. Even in Uncertain Glory, where he's a convicted criminal, I was hoping for his character to get away when he disappears for awhile while Paul Lukas is sick. His accent is so charming and the way in which he delivers his lines is part of what makes him so fun to watch. Even in his Westerns, perhaps one of the most American of film genres, Australian Flynn seems right at home in them and I find his Westerns very enjoyable to watch. Westerns are really my favorite of genres, but I'll watch them here and there depending on the cast. Flynn is just so charming in his roles that no matter how average the film might be (Four's a Crowd and Footsteps in the Dark come to mind), his personality carries the film and makes it enjoyable and worth watching. He even makes his "That's What You Jolly Well Get" singing and dancing scene in Thank Your Lucky Stars work. I fully attribute that to his tremendous natural talent. I find some of the trained actors like Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton (for example), difficult to watch at times, because it's so obvious that they are acting. At times, they can just seem stiff or just plain dull. Flynn's natural talent makes him far more believable in his roles than any of the traditionally trained actors. Some actors, like Cary Grant, for example, have personalities that really only work in a specific set of genres. Grant for example, would be out of place in a Western. Bogart would be ridiculous in a costume film. However, Flynn seemed to be at home in any genre. If he'd have been in better health and at a better place careerwise, I would have loved to have seen Flynn in some more noir. I think his weariness and weathered looks would have been perfect in the world of noir.

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