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  1. kingrat

    I Just Watched...

    As several of you mentioned, it's amazing how much story is packed into the sixty-some minutes of Three on a Match. (And how little story is packed into a two-and-a-half-hour yawner today.) Lorna, what a beautiful picture of Bette. Mervyn LeRoy, who directed Three on a Match, predicted major stardom for two of the three ladies: Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak. Both are terrific in the film, and Bette does have the "nice girl" role. No wonder she fought to get Of Human Bondage.
  2. Neither have I, and I'd like to check it out. I believe that "Le rayon vert," the French title, is what we call "the green flash," when you can see a brief moment of green just as the sun goes down. I've been lucky enough to see this a couple of times.
  3. For Saturday afternoon, I recommend The Night Digger (aka The Road Builder), with one of Patricia Neal's best roles. The lives of Patricia Neal and Pamela Brown (always great) are changed when a gorgeous young man (Nicholas Clay) becomes part of their life. By the way, I'm not especially fond of Peter Brook's very one-note King Lear, despite the presence of Paul Scofield as Lear and Irene Worth as Goneril. Jack MacGowran brings the film to life in his brief appearances.
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    Monserrat Caballe 1933-2018

    Swithin, thanks for the tribute to a great singer. I heard her once in recital, and can still remember the glory of the pianissimos in "O mio babino carino."
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    favourite classic French thrillers/noirs

    Some additional French film noir not to be missed: Julien Duvivier continues to grow in my estimation. A great director. Panique was a big hit at the TCM festival a couple of years ago, a very dark film that also deals with the issue of French anti-semitism. Michel Simon gives a tremendous performance in the lead role. Voici le temps des assasins is a Jean Gabin film not to be missed. There's more than one dangerous female in this film. Another Gabin film to seek out is La verite sur Bebe Donge. The French class system or romantic love, which is the more treacherous and insane? Dedee d'Anvers features a great performance by Simone Signoret. Hollywood couldn't have gotten away with this ending.
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    Gosh, I really should check out Your Favorites more often. Especially when pictures of Perry King are available! If I remember correctly, the third season of Riptide did it in because they tried to backpedal away so much from the obvious gay overtones of the show. They introduced a pretty Englishwoman as a Miami police officer (or something) who was supposed to be a potential love interest for, I think, King, though my memory's hazy. Perry King would have been a big movie star in earlier decades, I think. He's a better actor and has more screen presence, even fully clothed, than 1930s wannabes like John Boles. People like Clark Gable and Gary Cooper had surprisingly little competition in this era for handsome leading man roles. He's not the type of actor that the Method people liked, but Henry Willson would love to have had Perry King and Joe Penny as clients (for more reasons than one) in the 1950s. If Troy Donahue and John Gavin could become stars, surely King could have been, too. He's certainly a better actor. Of course it's great for some of us that Perry King actually did make films at a time when screen nudity was acceptable. He's just the kind of guy that screen nudity was invented for!
  7. kingrat

    Scott Wilson (1942 - 2018)

    Oh, no. I was always a fan of Scott Wilson, who looked more like a Southerner than just about any other actor. I once went to a drive-in showing of Castle Keep (not a terribly good movie) just because he was in it. He absolutely deserved an Oscar nomination for In Cold Blood and would have been a perfectly acceptable winner.
  8. Bogie, I hope you like Pauline at the Beach. I remember liking it quite a bit. I'd like to see more of Rohmer's films on TCM.
  9. kingrat

    Margaret Lockwood Tonight (FRI 5th)

    And Cast a Dark Shadow and Hungry Hill. I don't know the films slayton just mentioned, but will have to look for them. I'm glad that Margaret Lockwood has a solid following among TCM fans.
  10. kingrat

    I Just Watched...

    I'd never heard of this one, either. Like many a musical comedy, it concentrates a little too much on the plot and not quite enough on the comedy bits which are tailored for Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Edward Everett Horton, etc. However, any fan of Gracie's crazy non sequiturs and unusual brand of logic (that definitely includes me) will find much to enjoy. Cecil Cunningham gets a larger role than usual, so fans of her mannish manner (that also includes me) will want to see this. This movie could also provide a great question for movie mavens: which man does Gracie Allen marry in College Swing: A) George Burns; 2) Bob Hope; 3) Jerry Colonna; 4) John Payne; 5) Edward Everett Horton.
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    I Just Watched...

    I enjoyed My Gal Sal quite a bit. TCM is beginning to show more of the Fox musicals. There's a distinctive look with somewhat muted colors (but lots of them), as the Technicolor people preferred. I'm always in favor of musicals with a lot of musical numbers; the cinematography and sets were excellent; and so were the costumes, some of them delightfully over the top, especially some of Rita's hats. Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature don't sing, but their dubbers do a good job. Neither is exactly a great actor, but they are more than adequate for their roles here. Rita is beautiful, of course, and Victor gets a shirtless scene. Carole Landis, in a supporting role, is maybe more sympathetic than Rita. The dynamic of the leading couple is curious. Rita isn't too sympathetic at first, then Victor becomes even less so. They can't stand each other, they don't treat each other well, so they must be in love. Fortunately, there's plenty in the film to distract us from this. James Gleason and Phil Silvers contribute to the fun.
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    Centennial of Holst's "The Planets"

    Anyone who enjoys English music should investigate more of Holst's music. The St. Paul's Suite is only one example, but a good place to start.
  13. Ray, I'd love to see the Duvivier film. He's becoming one of my favorite directors.
  14. Monday night gives us an opportunity to see the two best Ronald Neame films back to back: Tunes of Glory and The Horse's Mouth. If you like the smaller-scale David Lean films, these two films are the logical continuation of that style. Neame was a frequent collaborator with Lean, and with Alec Guinness and Kay Walsh (the second ex-Mrs. Lean) in both films and John Mills in Tunes, the resemblance is even more pronounced. If you like the larger-scale Lean films, there's Lawrence of Arabia earlier in the evening, although I do prefer seeing it on a larger screen. It's hard to go wrong with any of the four Monday night films.
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    What Current Big Stars Will Be Forgotten?

    Excellent example, Joe. Clint had a solid movie star image after those three films.

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