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  1. Hello All, Sunday evening, TCM ran 5 silent shorts of "the boys"; some which I hadn't seen since I was a kid in Newark, New Jersey, in the early 1950's. The one entitled "Big Business", where Stan and Ollie try their hands at selling Christmas tress in L.A. was unique in one way. During the ensuing fracas with Jimmy Finlayson, Stan calls to Ollie, but [if you can read lips!] you'll notice that Stan's lips are saying "BABE". This was a nickname which followed Ollie his whole life. I had never seen [or heard] Ollie's "other name" used in any of their movies before! Does anyone know of another film in which it was used?? Many thanks!
  2. animated Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet"

    Has anyone seen the adapted animation? It was no where to be found in Southern California, that I was able to discover. If you have seen it, in what way did it impress you? Will it be available on DVD soon? Joaquin
  3. "The Enchanted Cottage"

    Hello All, I'm watching the above movie as I type this; it so reminds me of a similar film, "I'll Be Seeing You", with Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotton. I've just checked and the latter film will be on TCM, December 18th and then again on the 25th. If you haven't see either in a while, they are, each in their own way, worth their weight in anything you care to call "precious". Why are there so few films of this genre made in our own time? Wishing you and all those you hold dear a most thankful and joyous Thanksgiving holiday! Joaquin
  4. DISH Network vs TCM - where are we?

    This is a very good thread! This was my experience with DISH today... I went right through "customer service", when "Cris" told me that there was nothing that he could do to help me. Spoke with the Philippine "accounts director" to voice displeasure with the "ongoing negotiations" with Turner. After 10 minutes on the phone, I believe this is going to take a lot longer to reach an agreement than anyone ever thought. I spoke with a neighbor who told me that she went to "customer service" and got a $40 credit on her bill, to "compensate" her for the inconvenience and the absence of the quality programming she was initially paying good money for. In Q3 {July-Sept], Dish lost 12,000 subscribers. It's less than 1% of total subscribers. The stock, "DISH" [on the NASDAQ] has current earnings, annual earnings, sales AND margins in the single digits. That's really poor performance. Paying more to Turner would exascerbate the problem. DISH's CEO owns 80+% of DISH stock and his yearly compensations is $2.2 million. I am a care-giver for my mom and dad...89 and 91 respectively. TCM is one of the very few shows they really enjoy, now its been taken away. I've been a loyal DISH customer since 2004. I'm told that they [DISH] are doing everything possible to deal with Turner. The MGM channel, chosen by DISH as a replacement, is abysmal. From the DISH website: “In the past year, DISH has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” said Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of Programming. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers. DISH has had a productive relationship with Turner Networks for many years,” said Schlichting. “We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to DISH’s programming lineup.” This sounds like "the line in the sand" and digging in their heels rhetoric to me. I don't know how this is going to wash out. I personally watch so few channels as it is. TCM is [or maybe soon to be "was"] my favorite channel. If you haven't already done so, call DISH and tell them how you feel, as I did today. It may not do much good, but it may make you feel better getting "it" off your chest.
  5. BEST Foreign Language Film Ever Made.

    Yes, there are many great dramatic, foreigh films. How about "foreign films" made in Europe [and elsewhere] for American audiences? Like "The Third Man" with Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton and Trevor Howard? Anyway, for comedy, Audrey Tautou's "Amelie" does it for me...great flick! Cheers!
  6. Staring 8:00 P.M. Eastern time, TCM is going to run several films including The Jazz Singer [Al Jolson/Danny Thomas versions] "Hester Street", "Avalon" and "Street Scene". A more recent and most enjoyable film that should have been added---but was omitted---is the Amy Irving classic "Crossing Delancy". If you haven't seen it and are from Manhattan or the metropolitan area, it's not to be missed! Even of you're not, see it, see it; go already! The 1950's were a great epoch to be a kid...
  7. The Thing '51

    I've submitted a question about the origional "The Thing from Another World" [1951] to several other lists and have not received a definitive answer that I am comfortable with. Perhaps you can assist me? For those of you who have this movie on DVD ot tape and can view these two parts I am talking about... About 6 minutes into the movie, the B&W "contrast" changes dramatically when Captain Hendry reports to General Fogherty's office. Fogherty tells Henry he's going to the North Pole because of a wire sent by Dr. Carrington, about an unusual airplane that has just crashed in the vicinity. Fogherty tells Henry, "...don't worry, you're going..." Right after that conversation, the messenger comes in with a weather report. What do you think has caused the terrible B&W transition from the rich, dark, black-and-white footage in the beginning, to the washed-out, bleached-out film that follows? The film resumes to its brilliant black-and-white with the plane taking off for the Pole. Then the "contrast" changes again! This time at the 32 minute mark, when they deliver the block of ice [w/James Arness inside it] to the outpost. Capt. Hendry tells Barnes to keep trying to get through, working with "Tex" the radio man to get a message to General Fogherty. This time, the change in "contrast" lasts for almost 7 1/2 minutes, until Barnes, locked in the room with Arness, begins to see through the block of ice. The remainder of the film resumes normally in traditional black and white tones. I've asked someone I know who works in Hollywood and she could not tell me why the disparity and clarity and tone of the film in these areas What do you think?
  8. The Monolith Monsters (1957)

    Someone mentioned John "Zacherle". Is he still around? Whem ny family lived in Newark, Zacherle used to be on Channel 13 on Saturday nights. Always made me laugh, looking down on the floor and conversing with his wife[?], always saying "Yes, my dear..." Here in the San Diego/L.A. area, there used to be a show that was on very early in the morning, maybe one or two A.M. On L.A.'s Channel 5, the show was called "Movies Until Dawn" Probably back in the early 1980's. Anyway, they used to show many of the old 50's sci-fi movies like TMMonsters. I recall seeing "Kronos" too. I had a VHS tape recorder and taped over 100 of the 1950's sci-fi movies. Yes, had to deal with the used car lot commercials, but the movies took me back to my chilhood in Newark. Kronos is a great movie. Earth vs the Flying Saucers, Attack of the Crab Monsters come to mind as "campy" but melancholy and nostalgic for me.
  9. "Godzilla"( 2014)

    If you're speaking of the latest effort of 2014, to canonize Godzilla, I'm sorry but I must disagree...and strongly. There was faaaar too much of David Strathairn and farrrr too little of the giant lizard. BTW, I grew up in Newark until 1972 and saw all of the 1950's sci-fi movies at the West End Theatre on 16th Avenue and 18th Street. Someday we'll talk about them, if you have the time. Joaquin
  10. Why didn't TCM show that marvelous interview with Jimmy Garner, from 2001, this past week? I would have gladly traded one of his movies and substituted it for that wonderful interview! Whatdya hear, whatdya say, Mr. Osborne?! Joaquin in San Diego
  11. Hello All, Just a note to remind you that this one-of-a-kind movie is going to be shown, once again on August 28th at 2:30 P.M. Eastern. Just thought you'd like to know... Thank you TCM! Alain
  12. Favorite "Shoot-Outs"

    My wife and I have just seen "Public Enemy" with Johnny Depp. In it was a great shoot out at the hotel in Wisconsin. I was trying to recall some of my favorite movies with some really great shoot-'em-ups"! Here are my favorites, so far, as they come into my mind... Probably the best shoot-out that I have ever seen and which is my favorite is the one in "Open Range", with Kevin Cosner and Robert Duvall and Annette Bening. It lasts for about 6 minutes and it really is a great scene. The next one that comes to mind is the scene from the Dirty Harry series entitled, "Magnum Force". Police come to serve a warrant and when the suspect says, "All right, then serve it!", the shooting starts. What are your favorites? Alain
  13. The Magnetic Monster

    Chiller Theater, of course! I was a devote' of that show I can tell ya. I remember seeing "I Married A Monster From Outer Space", "Attack of the 50' Woman" and many others on that show. As a matter of fact, I believe that they used clips from both movies on the Chiller Theater intro. Thanks for bring that show back to my mind again! Alain
  14. The Magnetic Monster

    Does anyone remember this classic from 1953? I was born in Newark, New Jersey in the late 1940's. I used to go to the movies [The West End Theatre] to see movies like this. The last time I saw it on tv was back in the early 1960's. Channel 11, WPIX in Manhattan used to have a horror/sci-fi program that was on around 5 or 6 P.M. on every Saturday The only thing I can recall about the movie was towards the end. They are trying to kill the "thing" and a metal ladder gets magnetically stuck to a chamber wall where they were working. I remember the end, but I won't spoil it for you by posting it here. It is one of the lesser known early '50's sci-fi movies. Alain
  15. Lookalikes?

    How about Jean Hagen and Patricia Neal? Don't know how to post the photos, sorry! Alain

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