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    Cartoon Network Bans Speedy Gonzalez

    Now if a 'savage' has been offended, in this case, I could see why.
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    Noir Alley

    Yes, that is the film, set in a banana producing central American country (unnamed if I recalled correctly). I call it an adventure film but it is so much more. E.g. The rebels are lead by George Tobias. One of the funnies exchanges (but about a very serious situation), if where Tobias and Ann are in jail cells and talking. Tobias is about to be executed and he gives a ring to Ann saying to her he will not have any use of it. She says back to him 'afraid its going to melt'. Like I said, odd film, but Ann has so many great cracks that I just love it. PS: I have always wondered if Woody Allen was a fan of this film.
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    The Man Who Came To Dinner

    I wonder if removal of that line related to the next film Bette would make, In This Our Life. After the issues with the Production Code 'folks' caused by Turner and her sweaters, the director of the ITOL, Huston, was advised to redo scenes where well-built Bette was wearing sweaters without a bra (or a very giving one!). Of course Huston had a thing for Olivia De Havilland which also upset Bette (complaining Olivia was getting more close-ups); If Bette could have ran around in those sweaters, well, maybe what went on during filming would have been different!.
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    Noir Alley

    The film could have used a slower prequel! Yea, I first had torid and saw that auto-correct 'fixed' this but I didn't notice HOW it was fixed! Either way, have you seen this film? Fine film and my favorite one for Pat and Ann. The girls-going-at-it scenes between Ann and Helen Vinson are priceless.
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    Noir Alley

    My favorite film with Pat O'Brien is Torrid Zone with James Cagney and Ann Sheridan. This is one fun adventure film. It is a rather odd film in that most of it is played for laughs, but there is good amount of violence. Related to people being too sensitive; the violence is mostly done by American businessmen on poor locals (who the Americans are exploiting for pennies on the dollar). That was funny in 1940, but not so much today. Anyhow, Pat is full of energy in this film playing a manager that takes advantage of everyone he can for a buck (which leads to constant battles with Cagney).
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    Cartoon Network Bans Speedy Gonzalez

    There is no way for us folks today to know if more people are offended or NOT then they have been in the past. All we know if that people are now much more likely to be VOCAL about being offended and that private companies trying to protect their bottom-line are much more likely to react. (e.g. we see something similar with #MeToo). I don't support private companies doing that, but as long as such 'bans' are NOT mandated by the government, I'm generally OK with them (e.g. it is rare for me to 'ban' a private company that put a 'ban' in place).
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    The Man Who Came To Dinner

    Anyhow, the jacket used in Man Who Came to Dinner is the same one used for the Robert Walker character in Strangers on a Train. Of course maybe the costume designer had to take it in after Monty stretched it out!
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    Detective Story

    Given the times was a doctor willing to perform such services more of a quack or a more of an able bodied servant? Clearly from the detective's POV he was 'evil' but the detective was over-the-top about almost everything.
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    The Man Who Came To Dinner

    Woolley wasn't 'large' by any means; otherwise Robert Walker and him couldn't have wore the same smoking jacket. Now there is some movie trivia for ya all!
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    Women respond to misogyny and sexual predators with power

    Trump Jr. is indeed a moron, but please tell me you don't support the notion that because men have historically been sexist, that 'what is good for the gander is also good for the goose'; i.e. men should be denied jobs by female owners \ managers just because they are men. To me that is the issue with identity politics today; it is NO longer about equality and being treated fairly but instead being sexist or racist in support of one's identity.
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Either was the original Hollywood studio-era adaptation of To Have and Have Not by Hawks with Bogie \ Bacall (but this was made during WWII so it made sense to make the bad guys Nazis). Warners Bros did make another adaptation 6 years later, with John Garfield and directed by Curtiz. This version is very faithful to the short story and in many ways a much better film (but because the Hawks version was the first paring of Bogie and Bacall, that one is still very special to me). There have been other adaptations of The Snows of Kilimanjaro but I don't know how faithful they are to the short story.
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    GOP madness Unbound...

    Now here is some actual GOP madness and gross corruption. Sadly the Feds under Trump, will try to ignore this.
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    GOP madness Unbound...

    Uh, it is what those that voted for Vos want and that is how our system works. He won his district in 2016 with 64% of the votes. It appears you're confused with the job of a member of the State Assembly verses that of a governor. I see no 'madness' in the quote (but I do see madness in posting it claiming there is).
  14. Note that a night of Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell films last month is a good example of what Antoniacarlotta mentions as it relates to the 'two sides"; The host, Dave Karger, mentioned this related to the film Traveling Sales Lady: That in most of their other films, the two played gold-diggers where their primary mission was to get married to a rich man or until that happened, to fleece rich men (often married ones), so they could have the lifestyle they wanted. Traveling Sales Lady was different in that the Joan character was a daughter of a rich business man that had zero respect for her as a women with a brain and the ambition to go with it. Joan ends up working for the competition and of course is very successful. (but the ending is the typically one where Joan is willing to give up her career for the love of a man, but in this case, she might of anyway since her main goal was to show her father that she 'had it').
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    Mueller Wrecked Flynn's Life for No Acceptable Reason

    Not sure I'm following you; If Flynn lied to protect his family, why did he admit to the lie? Therefore I don't think Flynn lied to protect this family but instead either his reputation or someone higher up on the food chain. Either way, Flynn's punishment will be very light and his reputation mostly salvaged. I.e. his reputation would have been damaged beyond repair if he had continued to lie and was conflicted for perjury.
  16. Yea, the MacMurray character felt Babs had retained her "femininity" regardless of the fact she was a successful business owner (and he was right!). But yea, I don't view strong women as lacking femininity, even nasty wicked women characters like Davis in The Little Foxes. TCM has had similar discussions related to the femme fatale in noir films; E.g. is such a women a feminist? They are strong and they take charge by using their femininity. Much can be found on the web related to this.
  17. Clearly it was unrealistic during the 30s - 50s to show women leading major companies. So why did Hollywood push this theme more often then it occurred in the actual business world? These type of films, as well as the actresses that starred in them, did well with audiences. (especially with 'younger' women, I assume). So while 'the USA was a man's world', studio bosses knew there was gold to be found in pushing strong independent women and associated themes. Actresses like Davis, Stanwyck etc... were at the same level as the major male stars and in most cases dominated the films they were in. Yea, sometimes they played a more traditional female role but most of the time they were in charge of their destiny.
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    Mueller Wrecked Flynn's Life for No Acceptable Reason

    I don't know; To me Flynn lied for no acceptable reason.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Breaking news!! Man, glad I didn't miss this one.
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    Noir Alley

    I found the Philo Vance films interesting last night because while the serial continued to use some of the same character actors the lead (Vance) was played by different actors. I can't think of another serial that has done that. Of course other serials have changed the lead actor (e.g. The Saint), but I don't recall the producers using the same character actors from film to film.
  21. The Asian-American use of identity politics is clearly the weakest of the there 'groups' and are often just folded under the wider people-of-color banner. There are some exceptions in specific areas with large Chinese or Vietnamese populations but otherwise they lack numbers in any given area (district) so use of one's Asian identity isn't going to gain many votes. Harris has generally downplayed any racial or gender identity and I respect her for that. This allowed her to gain support from many CA Latino politicians at the dismay of Sanchez. In addition I suspect there are CA voters that believe Harris is 'black'; I.e. they classify her based on her skin color and like Tiger Woods don't know that she is half-Asian (of course some don't 'view' India as being in Asia!!!). The endorsement by Obama, which Harris played up (which was wise since Obama is well liked in CA) likely confused others. It clearly confused Sanchez! I'm going to update my post above because Harris hasn't used identity politics much, if at all, when running for various offices here in CA. There isn't really any need to but when running for a national office like President, she may feel she has too.
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    Trying to find a film name..

    Check 'manage your account' and the 'notification settings' to make sure the 'button' is checked to receive them when users (like me now), use the 'quote' feature to reply to one of your post. Anyhow, glad TB could help you out and Deception is one of better films Davis made for Warner Bros, but ending her contract. Of course having Claude Rains in a leading role helped the film.
  23. Note that CA Dem Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez said something similar about Harris when Sanchez was running against her in 2016 for the CA US Senate seat after Obama endorsed Harris; That he did so only because they have the same skin color. This is what happens when a Dem (Sanchez) tries to use identity politics go up against a fellow Dem of 'color'. Sanchez also complained that leading CA Latinos didn't endorse her (because they're suppose to according to those playing this game).
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    Noir Alley

    Collins played corrupt political figures very well in noir films like Touch of Evil and The Racket.

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