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    My Catholic faith, classic movies, cooking, traveling, politics, camping, scenic art, old buildings (love watching them being restored).

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  1. Wow, what a lively topic for my return to the Boards. Don't let this happen to you. While installing a new printer last month my very old computer blew up from the strain. A friend of a friend tried to repair it for a couple of weeks but to no avail. No, I was too stupid to use backup. I used his laptop to order this one and just got it last night. So far I can get my e-mails, YouTube and the Boards but it very complicated. I guess I'll have to learn as I go. This one was a steal and all I have to do is add a printer which I'll do later. The Drury books were much better than Advise and Consent which really ticked me off. The funny thing is I was so sheltered I had no idea until much later what Brig did that was so bad he felt led to suicide. The Best Man and Manchurian Candidate are great and yes I can see parallels to our current state of affairs. I'm wanting to see Seven Days in May as people seem to think "it can happen here". I'm beginning to come to that "nothing will surprise me anymore" thought.
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    Dorothy Malone (1925-2018)

    I'm glad to hear that she enjoyed making Westerns so much as she was in some very good ones. In Colorado Territory, a Western version of the 30s crime story, High Sierra, she is the respectable but selfish "good girl" who is nastier than Virginia Mayo's "Tramp". Later she's more than a match for Randolph Scott in one of his better films (I can't remember the name of it but it has Peggie Castle, Paul Richards and John Beregrey so you know it's good). That bookstore scene in The Big Sleep reminds me of a similar but lesser one in a Burt Reynolds film, Shamus. The woman is dressed in the same way but instead of amusing flirtation with a hint of more to come later in only a minute she's taking them off and bedding the guy just because--he's the star. Bogie and Dorothy did it better. R.I.P., Lady and thank you for all your fine work.
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    Charles Boyer

    I've seen most of the films scheduled except for Back Street which I had to see to compare with the color Hayward/Gavin/Miles version from the 60s. No color here but a more honest depiction of what being the mistress of a married man is really like. Boyer is a sometimes selfish cad as well as lover to her and his anger at his son for siding with his mother over him nearly destroys any sympathy for him. And even though his wife is rarely seen-as opposed to Vera Miles being a major and whichy character in the later version-you wonder about her and how this must make her feel. (Credit Tim Holt's performance for a good part of this.) I can't recommend Four Horseman or Love is a Ball as I saw each when they came out and was not impressed. It's not Boyer's fault; they're just not that good. If you feel differently, okay. Four Horseman has a very large cast of recognizable folks so it might be worth seeing for that.
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    I'm sad to hear this. Bradford Dillman was the perfect Francis of Assisi even though the real one was rather short instead of tall. His performance was amazing and has stayed with me until this day. He could also be nasty. I've never seen Compulsion but he did a Big Valley episode where he's a "Jeckel and Hyde" character who nails both sides of his character. I was glad to see that his daughter, Dinah, was still alive and well. A fine writer, he told of her fight for life at age 5 after she was bitten in their yard by a rattler who'd come down from the hills during a heat wave. He made you feel you were there with him. It seems he was able to do the same for the sports arena. He was also a great director; if I saw he was doing the job I knew it would be worth my time. He seems to have left a legacy in several fields of art but what would you expect from somebody smart enough to marry a redhead from Florida? R.I.P., sir and thank you.
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    Regarding: It's a Wonderful Life Is this female that I'm sorry I share a gender with aware that there's another version of the story, It Happened One Christmas, that as the roles reversed? Marlo Thomas is Mary but she is the one who saves her company and the town from Potter with loyal support from husband George (Wayne Rogers) and the townspeople. I actually saw this one before the original which I'd never heard of before that. After seeing and enjoying this new one for a couple of seasons I finally caught the first one and liked it too. The central theme is the same regardless of the sex of the main character. I thought the battle was for equal rights for both men and women under the law. This one sounds like she expects us to take over the world and men can just take it or roll over and die. That's equal?
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    CBS once again validates colo(u)rizing

    During the month I've seen two b&w films colorized on ISPN; one was so good that had you not seen it in its original form you'd never guess it was colorized while the other was a failure. They were shown as a double feature so the comparison was right there to see. The good one: Red River. It's a Western so seeing all that scenery in what must be close to a natural state is a treat. The color was not garish but realistically muted like the Columbia Westerns. You purists will disagree but it made a great movie go over the top. I'll take it either way but I'm glad I say it this way. The bad one: Angel and the Badman. It wasn't in the same league. The color was often off and sometimes "bled" from one thing to another. It detracted from the story. If b&w was necessary for the mood and the movie was deliberately shot that way for a reason then it should stay that way. The Postman Always Rings Twice is such a movie. Lana Turner was in white in all but one scene to make her seem more sympathetic than she should have been; in the color version, the shorts and turban outfit was coral. I would veto that. If it's a Western or costume picture where b&w was done to save money and colorizing it would visually enhance it then I'm for it if it's properly done. I'm thinking of The Sea Hawk, Marie Antoinette, or Colorado Territory (Leonard Maltin's review says that one does have a colorized version I've not yet seen). I guess I'm just a color animal who thinks some films benefit from it while realizing others should stay as they are. I'll respect the purists' opinions but hold to mine.
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    Goodbye to Another Forum

    It's happening again. Compuserve is following in the footsteps of IMBD and shutting down it forums on December 15t. With our own Boards reduced and these forums gone it's getting harder to express oneself online in civilized places. It's sad.
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    The hits keep coming. Ann Wedgeworth, Mel Tillis, now this. Earle Hyman Dies: Veteran Broadway Actor, Cosby TV Dad Was 91 Earle Hyman, a classically trained actor of steady grace, imposing presence and consummate skill, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. He was 91. Hyman’s career on and off-Broadway spanned more than six decades and a multiplicity of Shakespearean roles at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. But it was as Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s sympatico dad Russell on NBC’s The Cosby Show that Hyman reached his widest audience, earning him an Emmy nomination in 1986. In addition to classic performances in roles ranging from the title characters in Othello and Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, to the bombastic James Tyrone in Papp’s all African-American production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Hyman also had memorable performances in contemporary works. In the original 1980 Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Lady From Dubuque, a play that left the critics and audiences baffled, Hyman played a soft-spoken, karate-chopping enforcer and partner to Irene Worth’s canny Angel of Death. The role earned him his only Tony nomination. He also had a role in Lincoln Center Theater’s 1987 premiere of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, NC, to an African-American father and a Native American mother, who moved the family to Brooklyn, where he grew up. An early exposure to the plays of Ibsen aroused his interest in both the theater and Norway. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Hyman would perform in both the U.S. and Norway, where he made a second home. Hyman came of age during a time marked by a new flourishing of African American writers and stars, including playwrights Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins and Ntozake Shange, and actors Gloria Foster, Mary Alice, James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman, among many others. At the same time, Hyman was an early and dedicated advocate of color-blind casting. “I am 65 years old and I am still saying that all roles should be available to all actors of talent, regardless of race. Why should I be deprived of seeing a great black actress play Hedda Gabler?” he once asked. Among Hyman’s notable film and television performances were as Panthro in Thundercats and roles in television films of Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and Macbeth. He also took roles in Norwegian series. In his last New York stage appearance, in 2009, he played Ferapont in Anton Chekhov’sThree Sisters, in a Gatehouse Theatre production presented by the Classical Theatre of Harlem.
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    ann wedgeworth dies

    I first saw her on Another World in 1968 or so when she was brought in to complicate things for a young couple but she was so lovable you began rooting for her to get the guy-she did. They ended up with their own show. After that I watched whatever she was in. I never figured out why when they were playing musical chairs on Designing Women she didn't end up there as she would have been perfect for it and the accent was real. RIP, Dear Lady, and thank you for a great body of work.
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    7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    I ran into this film on a Sunday in 1972 in Gainesville when things were not going well for me. I almost didn't watch but with nothing else catching my attention I stuck with it. My situation had my feelings all damned up but by the time the movie ended I was laughing and crying at the same time and for a while after. Why it drew this out of me I don't know but I never forgot it. I taped the movie and am watching it later wondering how I'll react this time. Perhaps Peter Sellers would have made a good "Dr. Lao" but I can't see anybody else but Tony Randall in the role. This is after I almost dismissed the movie because I couldn't imagine him being believable as an Asian-times-7. This is what I first though of when I heard he'd died. Thank you, Sir, for proving me wrong and providing me, and hopefully many others, with wonderful entertainment.
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    7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    I ran into this film on a Sunday in 1972 in Gainesville when things were not going well for me. I almost didn't watch but with nothing else catching my attention I stuck with it. My situation had my feelings all damned up but by the time the movie ended I was laughing and crying at the same time and for a while after. Why it drew this out of me I don't know but I never forgot it. I taped the movie and am watching it later wondering how I'll react this time. Perhaps Peter Sellers would have made a good "Dr. Lao" but I can't see anybody else but Tony Randall in the role. This is after I almost dismissed the movie because I couldn't imagine him being believable as an Asian-times-7. This is what I first though of when I heard he'd died. Thank you, Sir, for proving me wrong and providing me, and hopefully many others, with wonderful entertainment.
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    This I did not know. There is a slight resemblance between the two although Elizabeth's demeanor was more classic while Sharon's is freer and outgoing. One thing they shared was talent. She died way too young.
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    R.I.P. Tom Petty (1951-2017)

    In 1989 I was working at a place where calling it Hell gave that place a bad name. I feared leaving and trying to get another job at my age so I rode it out. Full Moon Fever had just been released and I Won't Back Down was all over the radio. You won't believe how many times it played in my head during that time but it made a real difference. I got to see him play at USF later on. See something good has come out of Florida. RIP, Tom, and thank you. You are an inspiration to all of us fighting depression.
  14. They were the "everyday folks" couple despite their polished diction and her beauty. While they often played famous or affluent people there was always a down-to-earth quality that everyone could relate to. You believed a woman who looked like her would choose a man with the quiet passion, moral strength and dependability his characters usually had over the more dashing but less stable "Prince Charmings". This is most evident in The Forsythe Saga where they are part of a triangle with 'Mr. Dashing" himself, Errol Flynn. His cold and possessive character cannot express his feelings for his wife and loses her to his own brother, played by Pigeon, who can show her the love and respect he has for her that she needs so much to fell and return. Even if you don't believe in divorce it's not hard to understand why this one happens. I disagree with David Letterman who called Pigeon "the most wooden actor in Hollywood history" when The Bad and the Beautiful played on The Essentials Saturday night. His work was understated but the feeling was always there. The same was true of Garson. Perhaps we've all become jaded by "letting it all hang out" and instant gratification to appreciate the "low and slow" approach that just might last longer in the end.
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    How did this news manage to escape us or is it just me being busy with Harvey bugging my sister in Texas and now us folks in Florida. He was a friend of TCM and I can't remember a time when he wasn't popping up on movie and TV screens in all kinds of roles (I think he could have lived at 4-Star with all the work he did for them). Actor Richard Anderson Dies at 91 LOS ANGELES — Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for co-starring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor told The Associated Press. “The Six Million Dollar Man” brought a new wave of supernatural heroes to television. Based on the novel “Cyborg” by Martin Caidin, it starred Lee Majors as U.S. astronaut Steve Austin, who is severely injured in a crash. The government saves his life by rebuilding his body with atom-powered artificial limbs and other parts, giving him superhuman strength, speed and other powers. Anderson played Oscar Goldman, Majors’ boss at the secret government spy agency the astronaut went to work for after becoming a cyborg. “Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him,” Majors said in a statement Thursday, adding the two first met when they filmed several episodes of another hit television show, the 1960s western “The Big Valley.” “I called him ‘Old Money.’ His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years,” Majors said, adding Anderson was “still the sweet charming man” when they spoke just a few weeks ago. “The Six Million Dollar Man” began as a TV movie in 1973 and when it proved a hit it was turned into a weekly series the following year. Its popularity led to the 1976 spinoff show, “The Bionic Woman,” starring Lindsay Wagner. Anderson took on the Oscar Goldman role in that show, too, sometimes appearing from week to week in both series. “I can’t begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson,” Wagner said in a statement. In real life, Majors recalled, Anderson embraced tennis, traveling the world to play in tournaments. “He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor,” he said. Anderson, who stood 6-feet-4, began his career in 1949 with a small role as a wounded soldier in “12 O’Clock High.” Soon after, his comedy scenes in a TV series called “Lights, Camera, Action!” drew the attention of MGM, which offered him a screen test and a contract. He had decided to try acting after watching Gary Cooper movies, and at the screen test he performed a scene from Cooper’s “The Cowboy and the Lady.” At MGM he played secondary roles in such movies as “The Magnificent Yankee,” “Across the Wide Missouri,” “Scaramouche,” “The Story of Three Loves,” “The Student Prince,” “Hit the Deck” and “Forbidden Planet.” “When people ask me where I received my education, I tell them it was at MGM U,” the Internet Movie Database quoted him as saying. “The biggest lessons that I learned is that acting is a talent. You can’t teach it. And even if you have the talent, you have to get the part.” When MGM began thinning out its contract list in the late 1950s, Anderson was let go. He went on to make movies for other studios, appearing in such films as Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory,” “The Long Hot Summer,” “Compulsion,’ “The Wackiest Ship in the Navy,” “The Gathering of Eagles,” “Johnny Cool,” “Seven Days in May” and “Kitten With a Whip.” Anderson was also a frequent guest on TV series and had regular roles on “Bus Stop,” “Perry Mason,” “Dan August” and “The Fugitive.” Other television credits included “Slattery’s People,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Virginian,” “The Rifleman,” “Bonanza,” “Mannix” and “The Mod Squad.” He also acted as producer when “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” were revived in later years as TV movies. Richard Norman Anderson was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, on Aug. 8, 1926. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he began appearing in high school plays. After two years in the Army, he began studying at the Actors Laboratory in Los Angeles. Soon he was landing work in radio and summer stock productions. Anderson was married and divorced twice. His first wife, Carol Lee Ladd, was the daughter of actor Alan Ladd. His second wife, Katharine Thalberg, was the daughter of actress Norma Shearer and movie mogul Irvin Thalberg. The couple had three daughters, Ashley Anderson, Brooke Anderson and Deva Anderson, who survive him. The family says memorial services will be private.

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