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    "Come back Shane" come back on Blu Ray. Where is this most beautiful film on Blu Ray. Why doesn't Paramount release this classic Western {#3 on AFI's Greatest Westerns} list and # 45 on its greatest movies of all time. This is without a doubt one of the most beautifully photographed films of all time. It deserves a reissue on Blu Ray with all the bells and whistles that it deserves, like the original cast Stevens wanted ..Monty Clift as Shane , William Holden and Kate Hepburn as the Starretts. Behind the scenes { If any exist} on the making. Even if there are no extras avaiable the film itself deserves to see the light of day on Blu Ray...Common Paramount, bring "Shane" back the way he deserves..
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    James Cagney

    Another year and no birthday tribute to the wonderful Jimmy Cagney. Has he ever had one. Or has he ever had a "Star of the Month"? Jimmy has a big fan base out there and richly deserved. Does anyone know why he's been overlooked ?
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    Yes Cagfan. I posted on film noir Gangsters about the lack of Jimmy's films on his birthday. I know there are a lot of fans out there in the dark [ forgive me Norma ] who love Jimmy.. We'll keep plugging away for Jimmy, that's the kind of hairpins we fans are...
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    James Cagney

    Cagney dominated Warner's in the 1930's and somewhat in the 40's. If you're unfamiliar with his work the best thing to do is start at the beginning. The film that shot him to stardom was "The Public Enemy". William "Wild Bill" Wellman told production head Darryl F. Zanuck he would make the biggest, toughest gangster ever and he did. A story of 2 boyhood friends who turn to a life of crime. Lead Edward Woods and James Cagney as the pal were cast. But after a few days, Wellman looks at the rushes and realizes that Cagney is the dominate actor and switches leads. The film and Cagney blows everyone away. But Jimmy wasn't just a tough guy, he started out as a hoofer. The guy could sing, dance, do comedy and use a gat. Any of the films listed above by jamesjazzguitar will win you over as a Cagney. But also his Academy Award nominated film "Angels With Dirty Faces" will blow you away The ending is still one of the greatest acting pieces you'll ever see. To round out the 1930's is "The Roaring Twenties". Start the 40's with Jimmy's Academy Award for Best Actor "Yankee Doodle Dandy". The bio pic of song and dance man George M. Cohan Jimmy and Warner's butted heads in the 30's and 40's and Jimmy left and came back. He did some good films outside Warner Bros. but at Warner's he was at his best with scripts, directors and co stars. I hope this has been of some help, sorry if I ran a little long...Fred...
  5. I directed an interview in 1974/75 with William "Wild Bill" Wellman. He talked about Brian Donlevy and making "Beau Geste". He told the story of Donlevy making Ray Milland's life miserable during the shoot. Always riding him and being an **** in general. Well, it seemed Milland found out that dear old Brian was deathly afraid of blood. Also Milland was a expert swordsman. When it came to shoot the scene where Milland stabs Donlevy with a bayonet, Donlevy was wearing a chest protector, but Ray knew where the protector ended and the skin was open. So Milland pricks Donlevy in his rib cage and the blood starts flowing and Donlevy faints dead away and he never bothered Milland again. Wellmans story, not mine...It was Donlevy that described his morning ritual before going on the movie set..1- Insert dentures....2-put on hair piece....3-Strap on corset...4- ...Lace up "elevator" shoes. He did get nominated as Best Supporting Actor for "Beau Geste", bur lost to Thomas Mitchell for "Stagecoach"... I was a fan of Donlevy's and enjoyed his films...
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    The Rifleman & Other TV Westerns

    That's the reason Ty Hardin "Bronco" is there. The Bros Warner bought him in to replace Clint Walker when he took his little stroll...
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    Your favorite film genre???

    I can see that I'm in the minority here. I love film . But, if I have to I would say I'm a big fan of Westerns. I grew up on them in the 1940's and TV in the 50's. As I stated earlier I love all kinds of film. Drama, Horror, Comedy some Musicals. But my true love was and is the Western. As a kid in the 1940,s I rode the range with Tim Holt, Roy Rogers,Randy Scott Hoppy and of course John Wayne, Gary Cooper You knew who to root for. There was the good guys and the bad guys. When I was introduced to television in the 1950's I met Ken Maynard, Johnny Mack Brown, Buck Jones all those hero's from the 1930's that were reintroduced to us on TV. Then the genre grew up as I did. I watched James Stewart go after his brother in "Winchester'73" and Duke covets a baddies wife in "Hondo" and turn vicious in "The Seachers", Alan Ladd protects a family in "Shane" Then there were the new stars who wore 6 shooters. Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Glenn Ford and others. Then TV discovered what I knew all along. Thar's gold in them thar Westerns. Hello "Gunsmoke", "Wagon Train", "Maverick", "Bonanza" "Rawhide" , "Have Gun-Will Travel" and dozens and dozens of others.Then all of a sudden the sun started to set on the Western movies and TV series. Now a days when I see an ad for a new Western in the theaters or a new TV series I feel like a kid again. I think I'm going to feel that way until the sun sets on me...".Take 'em to Missouri Matt"...
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    Silver-Screens best Wyatt Earp???

    Ford's first choice for "Doc" Holiday was Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He said he believed that Fairbanks could have done a lot with the role and there was a strong resemblance to Holiday. But Zanuck forced Mature on him and a few days later Ford warmed to Mature and seemed pleased with his performance. It's possible or maybe Ford was having a hard time with Walter Brennan, they disliked each other, Brennan had trouble getting on a horse and Ford yelled "Can't you get on a horse" to which Brennan replied "No, But I have three Academy Awards for acting". They never worked together again. or the fact Mature was in the Coast Guard during the was and Ford was a Navy man...
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    Silver-Screens best Wyatt Earp???

    Mature said in an interview I read years ago that he considered his role of Doc Holiday the one he was most proud of. He also stated another time when a Country Club turned him down because they did not allow actors, that he was not an actor and he had 64 films to prove it..I always enjoyed him on screen, mostly his dramatic roles like "Kiss of Death", "I Wake Up Screaming" and especially "Cry of the City". I remember years later he came out of retirement to do "After the Fox" a Peter Sellers comedy where he parody of himself in a funny role..He later said about the script "it didn't make any sense to me, but it made me laugh"...I moved to Hollywood in 1969 and one day I was just driving around mainly sight seeing. I think I was on Wilshire Blvd. and I drove past this TV Appliance store "Victor Mature's TV's".. It was there for many years. I should have gone in...
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    Silver-Screens best Wyatt Earp???

    As a purely great Western I have to say John Ford's "My Darling Clementine". The film IMHO is poetry. A factual telling of the OK Corral.? No. Not even close. I know people who say if Ford knew the real Wyatt Earp so well how could he do a version so wrong. Well, Ford didn't write the novel or screenplay. It was an assignment given to him by Darryl F.Zanuck. Ford owed him one last picture.He [Zanuck ] re-edited Ford's version and added some additional footage he had director Lloyd Bacon shot. BUT, it is still Ford's film..Zanuck was a master editor and he kept Ford's version [ with a few exceptions ] in tact.As far as the true story, I think "Tombstone" is the most honest version of events that took place on the streets of Tombstone in the early 1880's. Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer stand out in their roles. Outside of "Clementine" it's the version I've seen the most. "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" another real good Western. Plays fast and loose with the facts. But Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas are at the top of their game and are fun to watch.. Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp is good and Dennis Quaid's "Doc" Holiday is on the money, but the film tells me more than I ever wanted to know about Wyatt Earp.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    Sorry, but that is Simone Signoret and not Lola Albright...
  12. Don't know if this is a true story or not. But in 1976 when "King Kong" opened, Barbra Streisand's "A Star is Born" opened within a week or so of each other. Jon Peters, Barbra's hairdresser, boyfriend and film's producer happened to run into Dino DeLaurentiis at a party in Hollywood and was going on how much better "Star" was doing Box office wise than "Kong", to which Dino replied .."Well that doesn't surprise me. After all your monkey can sing"...Like I said true or not it's a good story...
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    Golden age: Roll call

    He also appeared with his brother Arthur Shields. They co starred in John Ford's "The Long Voyage Home" and "The Quite Man" together....
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    Bedtime Story

    This film was remade as "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Steve Martin in the Brando role and Michael Caine in David Niven's role Glenne Headly in the Shirley Jones part...Didn't know if you was aware of this. Also you can watch "Bedtime Story" on YouTube..
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    Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

    When I heard of Roberts passing I did a quick intake of breath. Almost like someone punched me. I never met the man, I truly wished I had, as I considered him a friend that I could sit in my living room and listen to him discuss film after film after film. I never tired of his love of movies and the actors and actresses in them. Or the directors, producers, cameramen. Anyone connected with that magical world. We lovers of classic films are a strange breed at times. We will sit and watch old black and white movies that we've seen dozens of time or run to a theater if they happen to run the classic we watched last week on TCM. I did that a few weeks ago with "Singing in the Rain".We never get tired of watching Ilsa walk away from Rick or Ethan Edwards keep looking for Debbie or Brigid O'Shaughnessy staring straight ahead as the bars of the elevator close or any of the thousands other. Bob didn't either, he bought something each time he talked about a film, even if he had talked about it a month ago. He shaped TCM with his knowledge, humor, wit and style.He will be missed by all those wonderful people out there in the dark...
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    Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

    It was hard to read of Robert's passing. He was the face of TCM and it's soul. A man who loved movies and the people who made them. To me it was like having a friend come into my living room and discuss the films and their stars.I know he had been ill for quite a while and the last time I saw him was at the death of Debbie Reynolds in an TV sound bite at her passing. he didn't look well.But still when the news comes it's a shock. R.I.P. I think he'll have a lot of friends greeting him when he arrives....
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    Status of 'Beyond the Forest'

    The opening lines from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" Taylor and Burton walk into their house and Taylor says "What a dump" then ask Burton "What's that from, Burton answers "I don't know" and she says "It's from some damn Bette Davis picture from some God damn Warners Bros epic...
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    The Unforgiven (1960)

    This never really hit a "Great" western.I agree with Hepburn being wasted. The rest of the cast were excellent. No fault of Miss Hepburn, as a big fan of hers.The story goes that the real nun she portrayed in "The Nun's Story" helped her in her recovery after her back surgery and miscarriage she suffered following the accident. If you think about it "The Unforgiven" is "The Seachers" in reverse. Whites have kidnapped a Indian baby and raised her as their own. It was written by the same author of "The Seachers" Alan LaMay. John Huston said the "The Unforgiven" was entirely the one film of his that he hated...
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    I was working at a local TV station in L.A. in the mid 70's and directing a interview show called "The Movie makers". Well, Our guest on one show was Irwin Allen. After the interview I went into the studio and the host introduced me to Irwin Allen. He told Allen that I had worked as film consultant on the just released Warner Bros. 50th anniversary albums. Mr. Allen looked at me and said "I though they could have been better". Not thinking, I replied "I though the same about "The Story of Mankind". Mr. Allen just looked at me, turned and walked away....
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    2/15 @ 6:30 pm THE LOST PATROL

    Don't know if story is true or not. But Ford was 2 days behind on his shooting schedule and RKO sent some exec. in a plane to get Ford caught up. Well, the plane land and screws up a shot Ford had set up and working in the desert is a royal pain. So when the exec. tell Ford he's 2 days behind Ford grabs the script and tears out a couple of pages and tells the guy I'm all caught up. He never filmed those pages. True or not, it sounds like John Ford...
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    I was working at a San Francisco TV station in 1968. We did an interview with the Professor who was appearing at a club in the city. They showed us to his dressing room and we knocked on the door and he said come in. Well, I walked in with my camera and the host and an assistant. The Professor was standing there in his under wear ironing his pants. He wanted to do the interview in his underwear, but the host thought we should do it with pants on. I agreed with Irwin, but he put on his pants and invited us to watch his act.We accepted and then he said during his act he ask the audience if they have any questions and he gave us each a question to ask him. My question was "Tell me Professor, do you believe in sex before the wedding"? His answer was "There's nothing wrong with sex before the wedding as long as you don't block the aisles"...
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    Golden age: Roll call

    Regarding the feud between Allen and Benny. I loved the story about Benny's tree. It seemed that Waukegan, Ill. where Benny grew up had planted a tree in his honor, but the tree died. Allen reported the death of the tree on his radio show and stated "Well, what do you expect. How could the tree survive in Wuakegan when the sap lives in Hollywood." Some stated it was a Christmas tree. Sadly Allen died way to young and never really established himself on TV like Jack Benny did. But he was a very funny man...
  23. William Wellman the director said he had always wanted to hit his ex wife in the kisser with a grapefruit, but figured he would pay for it in the divorce. So when he directed "Public Enemy" Mae got the fruit by proxy. Wellman said he had also considered a omelet but went with the grapefruit....That was according to Wellman...
  24. When Debbie Reynolds died Bob gave a short sound bite on her death. He didn't look well....
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    Interesting Actors on Classic TV Westerms

    Ty Hardin played "Bronco". Warner's brought in "Bronco" when Clint Walker of "Cheyenne" walked out in a dispute over money. . After Walker returned Warner's started to alternate the two series and a third was introduced "Sugarfoot" with Will Hutchins.

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