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About jamesjazzguitar

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    There is nothing as bad as something not so bad
  • Birthday 06/15/1957

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    Jazz music and jazz guitar playing, hiking, and studio-era movies (of course!).

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  1. Yes, these 3 comedies are a nice break from standard war films (just like the two noirs last night were). The Caine Mutiny is a good suggestion. I could have some strawberries and cream while watching that one.
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    Add to this that UCLA recently restored Too Late for Tears and TCM is showing that version and yes, it is a must-see for any fan of noir. To me this is one of Duryea's best noir characters since it is nuanced. E.g. he lacks the guts to really carry off the type of person he initially portrays to Scott's character. Scott role is also nuanced since as the film progresses she transitions from just someone that wants some dough to 'get ahead' to someone capable of doing anything.
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    Ben Mankie's HUAC Rants

    Yea, I admit when I heard that I first though of someone here and if they would start a new thread about this evil practice! (wink). But like when Ben mentions HUAC I believe the reference was relevant since it related to those associated with the film (as writers, directors, actors). Therefore it isn't political but instead just informative. BUT this is the second time in a row for Eddie since he mentioned HUAC associated with Crime Wave. Someone should ask Eddie to show them his papers.
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    Nancy Drew: Public Enemy #1

    The film was the Ladd \ Lake noir, The Glass Key. This was a good adult role for her, in a major 'A' Paramount film, that got a lot of press after the splash Ladd and Lake made in This Gun for Hire. The brother was played by Brian Donlevy. The Glass Key is one of my favorite noirs, especially for the suicide scene where the Ladd character 'goats' the man into killing himself (which barely got passed the censors).
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    Noir Alley

    What is funny about all this and the 63 minute running time is I looked up at the clock and said '15 minutes into to this and nothing much has happened'. I believe the pair were just leaving San Diego from Hale's apartment. I.e. the first real 'action' was when the car pulls behind them and then tries to run them off the road. I was thinking, with the film already a quarter of the through,, they need to really pack a lot into those other 45 or so minutes. So I admit I keep looking up at the clock to see how much time was left, as a type of gague of how the story was unfolding. Thus I wish I wasn't aware of the running time. Note that something similar occurs when I watch hold-em poker on T.V. I.e. since I know the show will end on the hour, when there are only 2 or 3 contestants left and say 20 or so minutes, I know that there will be some big hands and someone will be the winner by the end of said hour (so this 'giveaway' reduces the suspense).
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    "The Swimmer"

    I have always classified Ava as a brunette, but that is because my mom is Japanese and that side of my family has really black hair; I.e. anything not as black, such as raven, is brunette to us!
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    Nancy Drew: Public Enemy #1

    While I would like to take credit the last post I made (before Larry), was back in 2014!!!! So yea, thank Larry.
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    I can't speak for other (of course), but my guess is because Hanks is one of the 2 or 3 most successful actors of his generation but only has a few top-notch \ really stretching type performances (e.g. Philadelphia being an exception?). Instead he plays every man type roles that are often not very interesting characters (say compared to a contemporary like Danial Day Lewis). I'm neutral about Hanks; I.e. I have enjoyed some of the films he was in and his performances were 'fine' (solid enough) but as far as an actor he isn't in the same league as someone like Lewis.
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    Really Bad Acting [I mean like abysmally bad...]

    She wasn't being paid to act.
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    Noir Alley

    Well he forgot about that when he took on the role in Clay Pigeon. (hey, too big of an opening to ignore!). Anyhow saw Clay Pigeon for he first time last night and enjoy it. It was as Eddie 'advertised'; nothing great but taunt, with enough suspense to keep me interested. (but I did 'peg' the bad-guy right from the start).
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    August 2018 Schedule is up

    Well those are two rather unique actresses in that they were not major stars or 'duh' choices so maybe someone at TCM did 'hear' your suggestions.
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    America's Gun Culture...

    These people are complete and total fools especially Duncan with the comment of "What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?". Really, what gun laws does he recommend that would 'keep them safe'? These vague talking points are just as silly and ignorant as those by the NRA \ North.
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    Movie Mysteries

    I always assumed it was a voice over especially after I saw the film on the big screen sitting in the 4th or 5th row. Sidney either was out of breath, said the line too low, or flubbed the line and so Huston had him do a voice over.
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    America's Gun Culture...

    What is happening is modeling behavior, which is common with teens, but in my day it was smoking (different things), drinking beer, or other such stuff that we would model after our older brothers or that cool uncle. I fear that this will be a much more common occurrence since it will be viewed by enough trouble teens as an acceptable way to express themselves.
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    HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

    I stand corrected. Of course my defense is that I haven't read a Nancy Drew book in over 40 years. (but as a lad I was really into them (as well as Encyclopedia Brown), and my friends would tease me about that).

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