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  1. MLK Day = Sidney Poitier Day

    To be honest, I don't know, but it appears that the only variant she used was "Mandy Randolph", which is what she used for Swing!
  2. MLK Day = Sidney Poitier Day

    Here's something I just noticed while watching Swing! The actress (Mandy Randolph) who played the Birmingham town gossip, Liza Freeman, looked strangely familiar, so I looked her up in the credits but found nothing beyond that one movie. I started thinking about that face, and that voice, and then BINGO! It came to me. I can't find an obvious giveaway picture of Ms. Randolph, but...... .....on one of the most famous shows in TV history, she had a daughter named Sapphire. Given how iconic a role Ms. Randolph had on that show, I'm a bit surprised that Bob didn't mention the connection in his introduction to Swing!
  3. MLK Day = Sidney Poitier Day

    Glad I just checked my recording database before responding to that, because otherwise I might have offered you a stupid bet. I'd mistakenly recalled that I'd recorded those two movies from TCM, but it turned out they both came from the Fox Movie Channel. Thanks for catching that bit of misinformation.
  4. MLK Day = Sidney Poitier Day

    I'd be more than happy to live with less than perfectly restored prints. We get barely audible prints fairly often as it is when TCM presents some of those early sound pictures, so it wouldn't be breaking any new ground. And in terms of sound quality, it's almost impossible to get much worse than many recent movies where the characters are whispering to each other with background mood music drowning out the conversation. And I agree that it's nice to see Stormy Weather and Carmen Jones, but the truth is that those films are part of the regular TCM rotation already, and while they're perfectly fine films, they're nothing all that special in terms of programming. I'd much prefer to see imperfect prints of films I've never seen before. I mean I love North By Northwest, but.........well, you get the idea.
  5. MLK Day = Sidney Poitier Day

    I'm most thankful for all those early films produced by black-owned studios. That's what's usually lacking from TCM all year around, and not just on MLK's birthday. Movies like Cabin in the Sky and The Green Pastures are shown on a fairly regular basis anyway, and seeing them on the schedule for about the 103rd time leaves me less than thrilled. What I'd really love to see would be a SOTM theme that featured nothing but movies produced by independent studios, and that one of those evenings be devoted to those that specialized in films like The Duke Is Tops and Midnight Shadow. It that sounds far-fetched, consider that former SOTM tributes have honored the likes of "Singing Cowboys" and "Teen Idols". All it would take to feature independent studios for a SOTM tribute would be a bit of imagination, a fair amount of planning, and the will power to do it.
  6. April Schedule Up! Judy Garland SOTM

    Not if you ask George Louis Costanza....
  7. April Schedule Up! Judy Garland SOTM

    Maybe I'm just prejudiced because my wife is a gamine along the Audrey line, but as Joe Tex once said,
  8. The flaw in Double Indemnity

    Even more impressive was the fact that he first had to construct a time machine out of discarded manhole covers. We Americans can do ANYTHING.

    One of the most vivid childhood memories The Little Fugitive recalled was Joey's enterprising method of fundraising, which (a few years later, in Washington) we used to call "bottle collecting". In the movie, Joey just roams around the beach, picking bottles from trash cans, crevices, and temporarily abandoned picnic areas, redeeming them for a nickel apiece in order to keep riding his favorite pony. In Washington, we'd just grab them off of our neighborhood back porches during the day, when the occupants were off at work. We could sometimes make a buck or two over the course of a morning, although in DC we only got two cent a bottle rather than a nickel, so we didn't have it quite as easy as Joey. I imagine that the Coney Island deposit was set at a nickel in order to deter what otherwise might have been mass littering. But what really grabbed me about this movie was the look of Joey's neighborhood. I don't know exactly where it was, but in many ways it could have been almost any West Side neighborhood in the Manhattan of that period, before the gentrifiers took over and gave all the Joeys the heave-ho. The little things all rung so true: The clotheslines stretched across the alleys, the sidewalk graffiti evocative of Helen Levitt's photographs, the generally rundown look of the buildings and the apartment itself, the dirty T-shirts (dirty in great part because of the soot that permeated the city air), canvas sneakers and cuffed jeans....That was the New York I knew as a boy, and I've never seen any other film that depicts it with such a perfect eye for reality.
  10. I'd settle for a policy that stated that no film could be shown on "The Essentials" more than once every 10 years, with no exceptions even on a star's 100th birthday. Many of the true Essentials are now being played in the wee hours of the morning, when they should be showing in prime time.

    Since this movie's about to begin in 5 minutes, all I can say is: Don't miss it. It's the most perfect slice of life film about what it was like to be a boy in the New York City of the 1950's that I've ever seen. I was there and I know what I'm talking about. It's an absolute gem of a picture, and I hope they put it into the TCM regular lineup.
  12. Brando's entire screen pesona leaves me utterly cold, but I can't deny his talent, and I do agree that he deserves a SOTM tribute.* The only problem is that his few really great movies (Streetcar; On the Waterfront; The Godfather) are either already played to death on TCM or aren't going to be available. And I think we can live without being subjected to Last Tango in Paris. Let them run an endless loop of that film at Pauline Kael's buttered-up gravesite. * But only AFTER George Sanders gets his SOTM tribute----not before.
  13. The inability of TCM to secure the rights to The Godfather and Godfather 2 has long been a source of frustration to some of us around here, especially when it shows up so often on the commercial-saturated AMC, which is a non-starter. But as a Verizon FIOS subscriber, I just got a notice of free HBO service---all of their channels, not just HBO itself---that extends all the way through the end of March, giving us access to tons of recent films (The Talented Mr. Ripley; The Departed; O Brother, Where Art Thou?) that TCM has never shown. I wouldn't have bothered to mention this, except that now I see that in addition to all these other films, HBO is now going to run newly restored prints of what they call "The Godfather Epic", which will consist of a chronologically edited combination of The Godfather and Godfather 2, beginning two weeks from today. Unfortunately for football fans, the first three of these screenings will compete with the NFL playoffs, but not the last five. Here's the complete schedule of the dates, times, and channels: The Godfather Epic Sunday, January 17, 5:00PM ET - HBO EAST Sunday, January 17, 8:00PM ET - HBO WEST Saturday, January 23, 9:00PM ET - HBO SIGNATURE EAST Sunday, January 24, 12:00AM ET - HBO SIGNATURE WEST Friday, January 29, 9:00PM ET - HBO ZONE EAST Saturday, January 30, 12:00AM ET - HBO ZONE WEST Wednesday, February 3, 5:00PM ET - HBO2 EAST Wednesday, February 3, 8:00PM ET - HBO2 WEST The promo says: Francis Ford Coppola's legendary gangster epic "The Godfather" and its Oscar®-winning sequel "The Godfather II" are edited into this single film--told chronologically and with added footage that was cut from the original films. The only problem is that the uninterrupted running time of 424 minutes* forces those of us with DVD recorders to use the SLP (8 hour) mode, which for me is uncharted territory. But on my relatively small (32") screen I've never had any problems with the EP (6 hour) setting, so hopefully this won't wind up as one big blur. * By comparison, the two original movies' combined running time is only 375 minutes.
  14. I guess you're referring to Saigon, but I can't recall ever seeing that film on TCM or anywhere else. I would've included it if that hadn't been the case.

    I've been away for awhile, and just noticed this thread. I'm of two minds about this. My first mind wishes that no movie would ever play more than 2 or 3 times a year, maximum. Spread it out a little and give us more obscure films that some of us have never seen. Yes, I know, contracts and budgetary issues, but that's still my druther. OTOH I llllllloooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee Charade. I first recorded and watched it only back in February, and it was a revelation. Grant is Grant, say no more, Audrey is at her best in one of the few movies of hers that don't stick her with a wholly implausible male lead, the plot twist is nicely pulled off, and the trio (or I should say quartet) of villains are as memorable as the lead actors. It's one my top "finds" of the year, and I've liked it even better every time I've re-watched it. So yes, start cutting back on the repeats of the stiffs---all those sappy musicals, the endless "epic" Bible "spectaculars", Andy Hardy movies, etc., but cut Charade a little slack, at least for another few months. I mean just look in Audrey's eyes and knock Charade to her face. I dare you. Not even George Sanders would be that much of a cad.

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