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    Any and everything Classic Hollywood; reliving my nostalgic Nick-at-Nite days by watching a combination of Hulu, Amazon Prime, You Tube and my DVDs; my favorite TV show of all time--I LOVE LUCY; cooking; baking; trying new beers, wines and cocktails; antique stores; writing my blog; playing with Buddy--my yellow-sided Green Cheek Conure; traveling; sleeping; procrastinating; anything and everything that I like.

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  1. speedracer5

    May 2019 Schedule is up

    While I'm not the biggest fan of Paul Newman, I don't dislike him. I'm glad to see someone new selected for SOTM. I love the idea for the Spotlight: WWII Homefront. The domestic side of WWII always interests me--more so than the battles and the military aspect. I also like the spotlight on "Meet Cutes." I didn't realize that this was a thing. I just wrote an entry on my blog for the "Meet Cutes" Blogathon. Mine was about That Funny Feeling (1965). Noir Alley 5/4 Nightmare Alley 5/11 White Heat 5/18 Key Largo 5/25 Dead Reckoning 5/2 Since You Went Away, a Claudette Colbert film I haven't seen. Happy Land. I like Don Ameche and his films don't air as often on TCM. 5/3 Looks like TCM is doing a birthday tribute for Robert Osborne. The evening features "Robert Osborne's Picks." The Time, The Place and The Girl. I've never heard of this film! But it features two actors I enjoy: Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson. Lady of Burlesque was really good, I wouldn't mind seeing it again. If you didn't get your fill of Mac and Me and The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, they're on again! Maybe RO really loved these films and these are being shown in his honor. Lol. I think TCM has run out of underground films. 5/4 The Primetime theme hasn't been scheduled yet. I am excited about Nightmare Alley. I own my own copy, but this is a fantastic film! The Gypsy Moths is a Burt Lancaster film that I haven't seen. 5/6 Close to My Heart. A Gene Tierney film that I haven't seen yet. 5/7 Blackbeard's Eighth Wife. An Ernst Lubitsch film I haven't seen yet. 5/8 The Big Steal & Second Chance. Two Robert Mitchum films that I haven't seen yet. 5/9 Miracle in the Rain. I do love me a good "soaper." The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. I've always wanted to see this film. The Very Thought of You. I loved this film the last time I saw it. I was hoping that TCM would show it again. 5/11 The Primetime Theme this evening isn't scheduled either 5/10 The Eyes of Orson Welles documentary 5/14 A Girl, A Guy and A Gob. I love this movie! 5/17 A Blueprint For Murder. This film sounds very interesting. 5/18 Another unplanned Primetime 5/25 So they have something in the works for Saturday nights before Noir Alley 5/30 Till the End of Time. A Dorothy McGuire and Robert Mitchum film that I haven't seen! 5/31 ::yawn:: I feel like the same day of horror movies has been trotted out every month. I swear these are the same films in the same order!
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    I Just Watched...

    I've managed to remove three films (count 'em three!) and only recorded one in its place (Merrily We Live). I am making progress! --- Operation Mad Ball (1957). I recorded this movie during the Ernie Kovacs birthday tribute a few weeks ago. I actually recorded everything that evening, except Bell, Book and Candle which I already own. I was only really familiar with Kovacs from an episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour that he and Edie Adams appeared in. I had no idea his brand of comedy. The experimental comedy of The Ernie Kovacs Show was very interesting, especially in context of the era in which it was made. 'Operation,' was Kovacs' first film. He was excellent as the stuffy, by-the-book captain. He made a great foe for Jack Lemmon. It's a shame that Kovacs was killed at such a young age and so early in his career. Anyway, this film takes place at a military hospital unit after WWII. Because they're not in war, the soldiers and nurses stationed at the base are bored. Lemmon plays the brash, but personable soldier, Private Hogan. Hogan is portrayed as Captain Lock's (Kovacs) biggest nemesis. However, Colonel Rousch (Arthur O'Connell) likes Hogan and reminds Lock that he is the most decorated soldier in their unit. Hogan decides that the men in the unit need something to cure them of boredom--a big blow out party. The remainder of the film features Hogan and the other men in the company trying to covertly plan and set-up this big shindig right under the nose of Captain Lock. A venue is procured and fixed up, supplies are organized, a band is cobbled together and nurses are invited to be the dates of the servicemen. There is a conflict when Rousch wants to arrange a party for his brother on the same night and later, Hogan is potentially without a date when he has a falling out with Lieutenant Bixby (Kathryn Grant), the dietician nurse whom Hogan has a crush on. I enjoyed this film very much. I always enjoy Jack Lemmon and I really like Ernie Kovacs. Arthur O'Connell is always reliable. Kathryn Grant was very pretty. There were a ton of people in this film whom I recognized: my boy James "Moondoggie" Darren played one of the younger soldiers who also plays the ocarina in the band; Roger Smith (Auntie Mame) plays Corporal Berryman, whom Lemmon enlists to help plan the party. The old uncle from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ("THE BLESSS-ING") portrays one of the other soldiers. Dick York (Darrin Stephens #1 from Bewitched) is Corporal Bohun who works as Lock's assistant and is hired by Lock to spy on Hogan's activities. Mickey Rooney makes a very loud, boisterous appearance as Bohun's cousin (Master Sergeant Yancey Skibo) who helps Hogan plan his big shindig. Look for a young Mary Tyler Moore in an uncredited role as a nurse who piles into the back of the ambulance, enroute to the big party! --- Macao (1952) This is the second Robert Mitchum/Jane Russell pairing that I have seen. This was an interesting film. In this film, Russell portrays a singer, Mitchum is an ex-serviceman and William Bendix portrays a New York detective who also dabbles in contraband. All three characters arrive at the same port in Macao, a unique east Asian locale where people speak Chinese and Portuguese. A corrupt police officer (Thomas Gomez) informs Vincent Halloran of the three new strangers in Macao. Halloran is the big casino boss and leader of the underworld movement. Halloran apparently has been tipped off that New York Detectives plan to lure him out into international waters (about 3 miles off the Macao coastline) so that they can arrest him. Gomez assumes that Mitchum is the detective and tells Halloran. Russell ends up applying for a job as a singer with Halloran and he hires her. Mitchum tries to get a job but is turned down, mostly because Halloran is under the assumption that he's a detective. Gloria Grahame plays Halloran's girlfriend. Her talents are wasted in this film. The only really interesting thing about her character is the wild wrap/glove combo that she wears in the casino and the fact that she seems to play on both sides of the fence when it comes to being a "good" character or a "bad" one. This film was okay. I don't know if I'd watch it again, but I'm glad I watched it this time. Jane Russell does a horrible version of "One For My Baby (and One for the Road)." Sinatra sings it very melancholy and Russell tries to make it sound uplifting. I loved Russell's costumes in this film and I liked the scene toward the end when Mitchum chases the enemy through floating fishing boats and large nets. --- It Had to Be You (1947) This was a strange film. I can't decide if I liked it or not. In this film, Ginger Rogers portrays Victoria Stafford. A woman who has had three weddings in three years and hasn't said "I do" at any of them. Each time she's prompted to say "I do," she bails. My opinion is that she's jumping into marriage too soon. Really? Getting married within a year of meeting someone? Anyway, a year after failed wedding #3, Victoria announces that she wishes to marry her new beau. Her father is understandably skeptical. He orders Victoria to spend a month alone and seriously think about her relationship and determine if she really wants to get married. Victoria goes to her Maine home for reflection. A month later, while on her way home, Rogers has a dream about a man dressed as a Native American (Cornel Wilde). When she wakes up, the man from her dream is in her train compartment! Now normally, I would assume that her dream has come to life, but only she can see him. No. Everyone can see him. He follows Victoria home and stays at her family home as a friend. She introduces him as "George Mocassin" (pronounced Mo-Case-in). Based on his tendency to wear mocassins. Understandably, Victoria's beau is not a fan of George Mocassin. While out shopping, Victoria comes across Johnny Blaine (also Cornel Wilde), a fireman, in a department store. He looks exactly like George Mocassin, but more serious. They of course get off to a bad start and Johnny cannot stand Victoria. However, they meet again and end up discovering that they have a ton in common--including three failed weddings that did not result in a marriage. Johnny decides he wants to marry Victoria. He goes to her father to ask for her hand. The Staffords assume that Johnny is George and are against the wedding. Johnny thinks they are bonkers and leaves. Toward the end of the film, the "man dressed as a Native American" thing begins to make sense. As Victoria is watching old home movies, she comes across a video of herself as a kindergartner. In the video, a boy dressed as a Native American gives her a kiss. This is the moment when Victoria realizes that George Mocassin is the little boy she's been pining over since she was a child. The film ends with an Officer and a Gentleman-moment between Wilde and Rogers. In this film, Rogers affects a breathy, dingy voice. I'm not sure if I enjoyed that as much, but her comedienne skills were fully on display. Wilde was fun as George Mocassin, but as Johnny Blaine, he was a bit stiff. Maybe Wilde just needs to wear costumes to be able to have fun in his film roles. This film was enjoyable, albeit a little confusing. Rogers wears this bizarre wedding veil that has a big plastic circle on it. I think it was supposed to simulate the idea of a halo? I'm not sure. What I love about the golden era of Hollywood films, is that the actresses sometimes wear the wildest looking gowns and hats, but they always look elegant.
  3. speedracer5

    Joan Bennett for SOTM

    I think that Joan Bennett would be a great SOTM. Linda Darnell for that matter as well. I like Joan. She reminds me of a more jaded version of Jane Russell, sans the bosom, but add acting ability. I loved Joan in Woman in the Window and Scarlet Street. Her 1950s roles playing Elizabeth Taylor's mother in Father of the Bride and Fred MacMurray's wife in There's Always Tomorrow are not as exciting as her 1940s output, but she still turns in a solid performance. I think I have The Man I Married recorded on the DVR.
  4. speedracer5

    New Poll: Favorite Male Screen Star

    Lol! Oh man. I forgot about him. How fickle I am. I was thinking about classic era stars.
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    New Poll: Favorite Male Screen Star

    1. Errol Flynn 2. Gene Kelly 3. Humphrey Bogart 4. Cary Grant 5. William Holden 6. Robert Mitchum 7. John Garfield 8. Jack Lemmon 9. Fred MacMurray 10. Burt Lancaster 11. Fred Astaire 12. Montgomery Clift 13. Claude Rains 14. Edward G. Robinson 15. James Stewart 16. Rock Hudson 17. Gregory Peck 18. Dick Powell 19. Peter Lorre 20. William Powell 21. Tyrone Power 22. Donald O'Connor 23. Clark Gable 24. Vincent Price 25. Joel McCrea
  6. speedracer5

    What's wrong with actors nowadays?

    I love The Dick Van Dyke Show as well. I do recall hearing that Carl Reiner made a concerted effort to keep his show from becoming dated. I think we can all agree however, that Ritchie is perhaps the worst child actor of all time. He always YELLS HIS LINES.
  7. speedracer5

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    Woah! Don't get this thread shut down. We all know what happened to the beefcake thread, where to my knowledge, I do not recall a full frontal nude man eating an egg salad sandwich being posted.
  8. speedracer5

    What's wrong with actors nowadays?

    I think early in his career, the studio tried to perpetuate the idea that he was Irish. Flynn himself tried to downplay his Australian heritage. I don't believe he ever returned to Australia after leaving in the 1930s. But even in his own autobiography, he states that he was born in Tasmania. There's also a copy of his Immigration paperwork floating around on the internet where he states his birthplace as "Hobart, Australia." I believe Hobart is in Tasmania. I doubt Errol could lie about his birthplace on legal government paperwork.
  9. speedracer5

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    Lol. I was wondering what would draw you to move to Astoria. They do have a few great brew pubs though. Apparently the owner of the Goonies house has put a giant tarp over it because he was sick of people trespassing all over his property.
  10. speedracer5

    What's wrong with actors nowadays?

    Errol Flynn was born in Australia.
  11. speedracer5

    Woody Allen has been shelved

    Nora, not that this has anything to do with what you said, but I just saw your profile saying you're in Astoria. Are you really in Astoria, OR? Or are you really into The Goonies right now? If you are really in Astoria, you're only about an hour and 45 mins away from me!
  12. speedracer5

    What's wrong with actors nowadays?

    I've found that my new (well new in 2017) UHD flat screen Smart TV has a great picture, but sometimes it's hard to hear the sound in older movies and TV shows. I'm not sure if that has to do with the quality of the recording, the tv, or both. I always assumed it was because the speakers are on the back of the TV. My parents' old tube TV seemed to have great sound, but that's because the speakers were in the front. We recently re-arranged our living room. Our TV was moved from a big open wall to a location with a corner. I've found that the TV has much better sound being in the corner, than in the open. I assume it's because the sound can now bounce off the wall. I have my TV hooked up to a surround sound as well and there are different settings, including a "cinema" setting. I have found that the "night" or "loud" setting are better than "cinema." Sometimes though, I still have to crank the sound up to be able to hear everything clearly.
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    What's wrong with actors nowadays?

    I was about to say that Brando perfected the mumbling actor speak. It's one of the reasons I mostly dislike his acting. I did like him in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront.

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