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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. Lol. Though I’d hate to insult Andy Griffith by comparing him to what’s his face.
  2. I really like A Face in the Crowd. While Andy Griffith's character might be a bit extreme, I don't find the whole concept of the film far-fetched. It makes a great double feature with Network and I find that both films are still very timely.
  3. I Just Watched...

    She blamed her poor performance at the Olympics on her broken skate lace. IIRC, she fell on every single jump she attempted (she would have fit in perfectly with this year's crop of Olympic figure skaters. Seriously? These are the best skaters in the world?). I'm sure she was also frazzled and distracted by the ongoing FBI investigation. Any serious athlete would have spare laces and such. She was a gifted skater, but she didn't take her opportunities seriously and always had an excuse ready for why she failed. It was never her fault, but the fault of her mother, husband, the judges' bias toward her, her ice skate, etc. Even if she had skated flawlessly, the Olympic judges would have never given her gold. Nancy was the victim, she was almost guaranteed a medal somewhere. I'm just glad Oksana Baiul slipped in and stole the gold from Nancy. I never liked Nancy, I thought she was a snob.
  4. I Just Watched...

    How did you watch this film on TCM? As far as I know, it can't air on TCM due to rights issues. I've heard the radio show version of this film multiple times, but haven't been able to see the film.
  5. I Just Watched...

    I, Tonya (2017). I borrowed this movie from RedBox earlier this week. While I wasn't sure if I wanted to pay the big movie bucks to see this film in the theaters, I'll admit that I was waiting for it to hit RedBox. It finally came out on March 13. I had plans that evening (pub trivia!) that I had to wait another day and watch it on the 14th. Anyway. This film was awesome. Tonya Harding was from Portland, Oregon. She practiced at the ice rinks in two of the local area malls. One of her ice rinks at Lloyd Center Mall in NE Portland is still standing and has recently been remodeled. Her other ice rink, at the Clackamas Town Center in SE Portland was torn out when the mall remodeled about a decade ago. The area that housed the ice rink and skate rental areas was converted into a 20-screen movie theater (obviously more space was added from somewhere as well. Lol). Harding was also one of few women in the world who could land the triple axel, a jump that is considered one of the most difficult jumps to master. As a native Oregonian who was in the fourth grade during the whole Tonya/Nancy debacle, I was very up to date on all the drama. This story was front page news for much of 1994. For anyone who may not know, this is what went down in January of 1994: The US Figure Skating Championships were taking place in Detroit, MI. This competition was also going to determine who was going to represent the United States in the next month's Olympic competition in Lilehammer, Norway. The day before the competition, Nancy Kerrigan was coming off the ice after a practice session where she was attacked by an assailant with a telescopic police baton. She was nailed in the thigh, which was fortunate for her, as the real plan was to nail her in the knee. The assailant bungled the assault. Kerrigan's thigh was badly bruised. The infamous "why me? whyyyyyy?" video of Kerrigan bawling is the aftermath of the attack. Because of YouTube and the internet, it will forever be immortalized as well. Kerrigan was forced to drop out of the competition. Tonya Harding won the gold and my girl, Michelle Kwan won silver. When the Olympics rolled around, Harding and Kerrigan (!) were chosen to represent the US. My girl, Michelle Kwan was named an alternate. Kwan was ripped off if you ask me. Anyway, I digress. The Olympics roll around and Harding suffers her infamous broken skate lace incident and ends up falling on her jumps. She comes in eighth. Kerrigan wins silver and is a poor sport about it. My girl, Oksana Baiul had just edged Kerrigan out and won the gold medal. After the Championships, investigations were in full swing. The assailant was quickly captured, because he was an idiot. Then it came out that he had been hired by an associate of Harding's bodyguard and ex-husband. Everyone who planned this attack on Kerrigan were so incompetent, they deserved everything they got. The original plan was to slice Kerrigan's ACL, but then they decided that that was too extreme (you think?), so they settled on breaking her leg. Of course, the hit man missed, only bruised Kerrigan's leg, so she was able to compete in the Olympics. Harding's bodyguard, her ex-husband, the bodyguard, the getaway driver and assailant were all charged and served jail time. Harding kept switching her story from not knowing anything about the plot to having heard about it, but not participating in it. She was eventually charged with hindering prosecution and was banned for life from the United States Figure Skating Association. She was also stripped of her 1994 gold medal from the US Figure Skating Championships. I, Tonya provides a pretty interesting look at Harding's early life. In real life, Harding's mother was allegedly abusive and pushed her daughter very hard in figure skating. No doubt due to the expense involved--Harding and her mother were not wealthy. The film depicts Harding's mother, LaVona Golden, as being a monster who pushes her 4-year old daughter into figure skating--even forcing the coach to take her on, even though the coach very politely declined the offer. Golden is shown as hitting her daughter with objects, hiring people to heckle her in the stands (she skates better when angry, it is explained), forcing her to continue skating despite having to go to the bathroom and even throwing a steak knife at her. Harding is then shown as a teenager getting involved in a very violent on-and-off again relationship with Jeff Gilooly, who eventually becomes one of the masterminds in the Kerrigan assault. The film depicts Harding's life as very violent and tumultuous. Aside from her personal life, Harding is depicted as having a very hot temper--especially when it comes to what she perceives as low marks from the figure skating judges. In the film, Harding is depicted as having an uphill battle when it came to getting the scores that she felt she deserved for her routines. Harding could perform the difficult triple axel and her technical score should have reflected it as such. The judges are shown admonishing Harding for her tacky homemade costumes and less classy music. I used to be a very avid figure skating viewer back in the 1990s (I was up on my figure skaters back then) and I always thought that Harding seemed a bit trashy in comparison to her competitors. Her costumes did have a homemade quality about them (cheap fabrics, craftsmanship not has good, tacky flourishes like bows, ill-fitting) and she didn't choose to skate to ballets and classical music--she selected instrumental themes from movies and lesser (in the eyes of the judges anyway) sources. The judges never wanted Harding to be an elite skater. However, she could skate and her performance in the 1994 US Figure Skating Championships demonstrated that. She did not need to resort to collaborating in an attack on a competitor. Even if she didn't actively participate in carrying out the attack, she was aware of it. The film makes it seem like Harding and Gilooly were merely planning on sending threatening letters to Kerrigan as a means to psych her out during the Olympics. It was the bodyguard who took it upon himself to change the plan to breaking Kerrigan's leg. In I, Tonya, Harding insists that she was only complicit in the scheme when it was a threatening letter, not an actual physical attack. I, Tonya very much makes Harding out to be a victim. She is a victim of her childhood, a victim of her mother, a victim of her ex-husband and finally a victim of the US Figure Skating Association. She may have been a victim of abuse. Her mother disputes the allegations of abuse stating that Tonya has lied so much that she doesn't even know what a lie is. Maybe that's true, maybe it's not. We don't know. It is certain however, that while Tonya may not have intended for Kerrigan to be attacked, she knew about it and did nothing to try and prevent it. In Portland, Harding & co.'s unraveling came when her garbage was located was located in a trash can behind a restaurant in NW Portland. It seems that this restaurant was located about five miles from the transfer station. Apparently, whomever it was in Harding's gang that was responsible for disposing of the trash (maybe it was Harding herself, who knows) decided to dump it in the garbage cans behind the restaurant instead of completing the trip to the transfer station. When a restaurant employee was emptying the trash, she saw a bunch of bags that did not look like the restaurant's typical garbage. Upon closer examination, many documents related to the Kerrigan incident were located, including an envelope with Kerrigan's practice schedule and practice rink name listed. It was determined that the handwriting on the envelope was Harding's and this was the key evidence that proved that Harding was involved in the crime to some degree. (Author's Note: Why didn't they just burn the trash? Bumbling criminals!). While Harding may not have intended for this all to happen, there is no doubt that she knew about what had happened or would happen. She deserved to be stripped of her medal and banned. Margot Robbie did an amazing job as Harding. While she doesn't particularly resemble her (she's much prettier and taller), I thought she was great at bringing Harding's somewhat white trash aesthetic to life. I, Tonya used great computer technology to make it appear that Robbie had landed the triple axel. Apparently Robbie took extensive figure skating lessons prior to the filming and was able to do much of her own skating; but neither she, nor her skating double could do the triple axel. I also thought the costumers did an amazing job at bringing the "fashion" of the 80s/90s hair, makeup and clothing to life. I also loved that they re-created all the costumes Harding wore during her original competitions. Allison Janney was hilarious as Harding's mother. While I'm not sure if she was supposed to be funny, she was so outrageous that it was funny rather than horrifying--though some of the incidents like throwing the steak knife at Harding's arm was pretty shocking. I loved Harding's mother's bird. It is a crimson-bellied conure, and he was so cute. While he has different coloring than my bird, he has the same type of head. I liked when the bird was picking at Harding's mother's oxygen tube on her face. The rest of the cast was fine--nothing remarkable. The bodyguard was such an idiot. My husband and I laughed so much when he said that he was an expert in "counter espionage" as told in some travel magazine. We were wondering if this was true, because it was so stupid. Then at the the end of the film, they showed a clip of the real bodyguard mentioning his expertise in "counter espionage" and we were laughing so hard. While I'm not entirely sure as to how truthful I, Tonya was, but it was fun to watch. Harding's story has changed so many times throughout the years (and continues to change) that it's hard to know what actually happened. I loved how it was filmed in an interview style and with the characters breaking the fourth wall. I loved the scene where Harding herself attacks Kerrigan. It was so over-the-top that it was funny. I was never a big fan of Kerrigan, I always thought she was really full of herself and a snob. Not that I wanted to see her attacked, but I found this scene hilarious. I actually liked Harding better than Kerrigan when I watched figure skating and it's a shame that she lost her career.
  6. May Schedule Is Up

    I haven't seen very many Marlene Dietrich movies, so I think she's an excellent selection. I also like the movie series spotlight. I remember watching the Blondie movies WAY back in the day on AMC when it used to play Laurel & Hardy and other old movies, back with Bob Dorian. Perusing the schedule, this is what pops out at me right now: 5/1 The Seventh Dawn & The Devil's Brigade, two William Holden movies I haven't seen before. The Blondie series, while I probably won't record all of them, I may record the first one and maybe a handful of other ones--I'm going to look for the ones that feature future big stars like Rita Hayworth. The Mexican Spitfire series. I also probably won't record all of these, but I've never seen Lupe Velez in a film before and have heard so many legends about her, I'd like to see one of her movies. 5/2 Four Mothers. I didn't realize that there was a third film in this series. Maisie films. I also probably won't record all these, but I like Ann Sothern and I haven't seen any of the films in this series. 5/3 Look Who's Laughing. A Lucille Ball movie that I haven't seen before. 2 Private Screenings episodes, one with Liza Minnelli and the other with Ernest Borgnine. I hope TCM continues to re-air the Private Screenings interviews. There are many I haven't seen. 5/4 Audrey Hepburn birthday tribute Green Mansions is a film I always try to watch, but I can never get into it. Maybe I'll try again. Two For the Road. I watched this movie a few months ago and wouldn't mind watching it again. I really enjoyed the non-linear storytelling structure and the overall film. I just watched a Simpsons homage to this film a couple weeks ago. Wait Until Dark. Every time I watch this film, something happens to my DVR and I lose the film and everything else. Another time I recorded it, a big storm hit and my satellite went out. This movie is on at 3:00pm on a Friday... *maybe* I'll be able to watch it live, so I don't have to risk my DVR going kaput again. Birdman of Alcatraz. I've always wanted to see this film. It's a Burt Lancaster film that I haven't seen. The Swimmer. Oh man! I watched the first half of this film a few years ago when it was on live and had to go to bed so I couldn't see the rest. Finally, I'll be able to see the second half. 5/6 I Married a Witch. I keep trying to watch this film and always miss it somehow. It. I've never seen a Clara Bow film. 5/7 Anne Baxter birthday tribute Bedevilled and Chase a Crooked Shadow. These are two Anne Baxter films that sound interesting to me. 5/8 Petticoat Fever. A Myrna Loy film that I've never heard of. 5/10 The Marlene Dietrich block. It looks like these are her films with Josef von Sternberg. I've never seen any of these films, so I'll have to see which ones seem the most interesting. I'm leaning toward Morocco and Blonde Venus right now. 5/14 Hans Christian Andersen. A Danny Kaye movie that I haven't seen before. 5/15 Joseph Cotten birthday tribute. Many of these films sound interesting. White Comanche sounds interesting if solely for the pairing of Cotten with William Shatner. The Man With a Cloak. A Cotten and Barbara Stanwyck film that I haven't seen before. 5/17 Marlene Dietrich block. Angel. I like the Ernst Lubitsch films and I haven't seen this one yet. Desire. This one also sounds interesting and I've heard a lot about it. 5/18 I'm guessing that TCM has moved the Underground movies to Friday nights instead. Dudes. This movie sounds amazingly awful: "A couple of punks from the big city go on a cross country road trip out west and take revenge against a group of r ednecks*." This film stars Jon Cryer and Flea from "The Red Hot Chili Peppers." *-Apparently r ednecks is blocked? Really? 5/19 Desi Arnaz and His Orchestra short film. I love Desi, got to see this short. Valley of the Kings. An Eleanor Parker film I haven't seen yet. 5/20 The World of Harry Orient. I dislike Peter Sellers, but I've heard a lot about this film and would like to see it. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. I saw this film a few years ago and really liked it, I would like to see it again. 5/21 Robert Montgomery birthday tribute The precodes: Untamed, Private Lives (sounds particularly scandalous), But the Flesh is Weak (I love the title), When Ladies Meet (I've seen this film before, and really enjoyed it. I'd like to see it again). Trouble for Two. A Rosalind Russell movie that I haven't seen yet. Deadline USA. I've watched this Bogart film before and would like to see it again. 5/22 Street Scene. This pre-code with Sylvia Sidney sounds interesting. The Wagons Roll at Night. I've only seen this film once but don't remember much about it, I'd like to see it again. The Nancy Drew films. I love Nancy Drew! I am so excited that they're playing these. 5/24 More Marlene Dietrich. I love A Foreign Affair. I disliked it the first time I saw it, but the second time I saw it, I really liked it. Each time I see it, I like it a little bit more. I also really like Dietrich's singing. Kismet. This film looks interesting. 5/25 The Lady is Willing. I am intrigued by the pairing of Dietrich with Fred MacMurray. Mary Stevens, MD. This precode sounds like it might be scandalous. It features Kay Francis and precode stalwart Lyle Talbot. Yes, My Darling Daughter. I like Priscilla Lane. She's not the greatest actress, but I find her charming. 5/28 Pride of the Marines. An Eleanor Parker and John Garfield film I haven't seen yet. The Naked and the Dead. I am not a fan of Aldo Ray. But I love the title of this movie. 5/31 More Dietrich. Stage Fright. A Hitchcock film that I haven't seen yet and it features Dietrich and Jane Wyman. Rancho Notorious. This film is kind of strange but I like it.
  7. What ? ! No Oscar thread this year?? !

    I don't even have any issues really with mayonnaise, but the thought of eating spoonfuls of it, or it being in my mouth without the accompanying bread or other food items makes me involuntarily shudder. The texture would be horrendous. Even thinking about it right now I'm disgusted as to how gross that sounds.
  8. May Schedule Is Up

    It looks like 7. Mexican Spitfire Mexican Spitfire Out West Mexican Spitfire's Baby Mexican Spitfire at Sea Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event

    Eleanor Powell is one of my favorite dancers. I love when she adds in her acrobatics. I wish she had continued her career after marrying Glenn Ford. I love Ann Miller. Her tap dancing is amazing. Vera-Ellen is another of my favorite dancers. Aside from tap, she could also do ballet. Rita Hayworth was a great dancer, her two films with Fred Astaire are two of my favorite movies. I also love Betty Grable and even I am impressed by her gorgeous legs. Prior to actually seeing any of her films, I only knew her from an episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, "Lucy Wins a Racehorse," where Betty is appearing at Club Babalu with Ricky. The rehearsals are at the Ricardos' home and Fred is front and center, glasses on, waiting for Betty to make her entrance. Betty of course, is dressed in a flamenco style dress that is cut short in the front as to show off her famous legs. I also love Mitzi Gaynor. She is an amazing dancer. I don't particularly think of Barbara Stanwyck as a dancer, rather an actress who may have danced in some films. Barbara had a great set of legs too, as shown off in Ball of Fire. I also thought Judy Garland was a great dancer. While she may not have been as skilled technically as some of her peers like Vera-Ellen and Miller, I thought that Garland was a great natural talent.
  10. May Schedule Is Up

    I always thought that The Jetsons was just the futuristic version of The Flintstones.
  11. Joan Blondell

    Even though it was a small part, I really liked Joan in Desk Set. I agree, I think she was gorgeous. Even when she was older and definitely looked a little more matronly, she still had a gorgeous face. I wish that TCM would make her SOTM.
  12. Mickey Rooney ...

    I wasn't aware that Mickey Rooney was in Beat the Devil...
  13. Obviously all the most useful evidence would have been on the boat during the original investigation in 1981. Robert Wagner sold the yacht a couple years after Natalie's death (don't blame him, I wouldn't want to use it again). The new owner (who put the yacht up for sale a few years ago) had the yacht completely refurbished, but I guess they kept Natalie's cabin pretty much as it was with the original tile work. I imagine if there was any DNA on the boat, it's been cleaned off or painted over or what not.
  14. Studio Styles

    Warner Brothers was known for their grittier, more realistic locales and costumes. The gangster movies with Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney are representative of this. Paramount films seem to have an air of sophistication and elegance about them.
  15. Upcoming Releases

    I don't know if Red Headed Woman is on its own DVD, but it is part of I believe the first volume of the Forbidden Hollywood precode collection.

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