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    Recently watched Noir

    Yes, Jean Wallace was rather bland type blonde. Someone like Liz Scott might of raised the tention in a few of the scenes that featured Wallace.
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    Curse of the Cat People--the greatest un-sequel.

    I have to admit the first time I started to watch Curse of the Cat People, years ago, it didn't hold my attention and I didn't watch it all. But then I saw Cat People again and the special on Lewton and I really got into his movies. So I watched 'Curse' again, and 'got it'. I think the first time I saw it I expected the movie really be a sequel and be more of a horror film instead of the "very strange, dream-like little movie" it was (and a good one at that!).
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    Film noir runneth over on the schedule lately

    Note that the term I used was collateral damage and NOT 'blame'. I used collateral damage on purpose because it is similar to how the 'good guys' (e.g. USA, Israel), defend themselves or fight for justice. Some innocents get killed or harmed in the process. Bannion like the soliders fighting in these conficts are NOT to blame. It is too simplistic to frame the discussion in terms of blame or not to blame. Thus once one frames the discussion in the terms of blame one creates strawman points. Bannion leaves a lot of collateral damage in his quest for justice. That was my basic point and I still stand by it. You also frame the discussion in black and white terms by implying we don't see Bannion "as a sympathetic character". Our point was that Bannion isn't a complete and total sympathetic character. This point is why The Big Heat is more than just a hero driven crime drama but a film noir. Even other cops in the force start to lose some sympathy for Bannion. In a standard hero driven crime drame the hero would get total sympathy for having his wife blown to bits. Note the case in this noir world. The same applies to the ending. In the noir world corruption isn't stopped and the city all cleaned up. Like The Racket, corruption takes a hit but it will of course come back in a different form. As for the gangster daughter; Yea, she is only mentioned in the movie in passing but she is mentioned for a very specific purpose. The reference relates to the myth that one can live outside the world of corruption. But like Bannion's wife corruption will impact even those not directly involved in the battle between good and evil. Bannion implies that the daughter could also end up being collateral damage as a way at getting under the skin of the gangster. Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Oct 15, 2011 5:45 PM
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    Favorite Bette Davis movie?

    What is also sad is that some actors also cared so much about their image that they turned down roles associated with negative or 'bad' characters. For example, George Raff not taking the role of Walter Neff in Double Indemnity. I guess George was no brighter than some of his fans (or his expectation of his fans).
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    Well my screen name is very literal. My name and the fact I play jazz guitar. Now there is a link between jazz guitar and classic movies. I played rock guitar when I first started getting into classic movies. I really liked the songs I would hear in these classic movies. But I wasn't a good enough musician to play them so I took leasons to learn to play in a jazz style and improve my ability to read sheet music, so I could play the great standards of the 30s, 40s and 50s.
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    best romantic comedy ever?

    Yes, The Strawberry Blond is a great movie. I have an original Olivia promo still from the movie. Olivia really showed she had comic timing. This was another movie that help me determine what type of women I would be attactive to. I had a girlfriend that was like the Rita character. After seeing this movie I realized that if one is going to be married that Rita type of character was NOT a good mate. Just because your friends might feel you are luckly in reality living with that type would be a nightmare. Thus I dump her and started looking for my Olivia.
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    "Yes we can can!" said Little Nicola.

    How was that Hey Jude single released? I have to assume both the A and B side was Hey Jude. That means that the B side would be mostly just that la, la, de la, la, etc......ending.
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    Favorite Bette Davis movie?

    Sometimes people dislike an actor because of the roles they play. If one mostly just saw Davis roles like The Little Foxes or Mr Skeffington than I can see a reason for a dislike (for those that cannot separate the actor from their roles). I remember Bette from the Johnny Carson show and here she could be somewhat brash. That also turns people off. Me; I love Bette.
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    Tomorrow: the 3-most overplayed films on TCM...?

    I'm fairly sure I saw The Dark Mirror on TCM in the last 2 or so years. Olivia is very good in the movie and the other interesting player is Thomas Mitchell as the detective. Lew Ayres is his low key self. Olivia was compared to Bette Davis since she released A Stolen Life the same year (46). But Bette's movie was more fluff and romantic while The Dark Mirror has more of an edge. The Dark Mirror was also directed by Robert Siodmak. He just completed The Killers and his direction also added to the vibe in the movie. A very good movie many classic movie fans haven't seen and clearly one not shown enough. Great picture you posted. Two is always better than one!
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    I tend to agree with you with regards to a proper time and place for one to make a political statement. But let's say I was Michael Douglas and I was picking up my best actor Oscar for my role in the movie Wall Street and the current Wall Street protest were going on. Movie often make a political statement so would it be improper for Michael to say 'unlike Greko, I support the Wall Street protesters!' while getting his Oscar? Making some type of 'out of the blue' political statement at an event like the Oscars isn't cool in my view but I'm not sure the above example is an out of the blue comment. i.e. there is some context to support making that type of comment.
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    "Yes we can can!" said Little Nicola.

    Devon George of the LA Lakers was called the Fifth Beatle. The Lakers had a team of 4 future all stars (Shaq, Kobe, Malone, Payton), and George was the other starter. So he was called the Fifth Beatle by the media during that season. By the finals Malone was out because of injury and the Shaq Kobe battle was raging and the Lakers lost in 5 to Detroit.
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    Tomorrow: the 3-most overplayed films on TCM...?

    Being a major DeHavilland fan I would also like TCM to show Olivia movies other than The Heiress. I agree that TCM tends to show certain 'hit' or 'key' movies associated with stars too often. So yes, it would be more interesting if they showed other movies assoicated wtih these stars in place of just showing a 'hit' over and over again. I do wonder about this sentence: But honestly, I don't think the programmers are scheduling THE HEIRESS because of her. They are putting it on the air, because of Montgomery Clift. What makes you think the above? What inslight do you have on what makes 'the programmers' tick? Why would they promote Clift over Olivia?
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    You are not correct when you state "unless it interfered with the performance of your job" because what you are missing is the performance of OTHERS at the work place. If one's comments inside or outside the workplace create a hostile work environment for OTHERS at the work place than one can be fired for creating this hostile work environment. So using your **** example, if someone was an open member of the **** and his co-workers complained that this **** member create a hostile work environment for these co-workers the **** member could be fired. For example, the **** member couldn't post **** signs in their cube or where a "I love the ****" t-shirt to work. These are all restrictions of one's speech conduct and the employer has a legal right (in fact duty under the law), to apply these restrictions. We agree that for public figures the contract outlines the terms. For example, the fine Kobe got from the NBA for saying a gay slur. But even for non public figures we lose a certain degree of free speech as it relates to employment. So I stand by my POV here; The issue is not one of free speech (since one is 'free' to say what they want as it relates to action by the state gonvernment), but what are legit (legal), ground for an employer to punish or terminate an employee for speech conduct. In that context speech is NOT free of conquences.
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    Maybe I'm being too picky but you said this "and THEN I will believe TCM would have every right to fire him". In this context the term 'right' means legal ability in my view. Again, TCM would have 'every right' regardless of your or the general public's opinion. i.e. our opinion doesn't impact TCM's right to fire him or not. Thus instead I would of said; "I would support TCM decision to fire him". The main reason for my reply is you also say " ,,,because he TOO is a citizen of this country,..". What does being a citizen have to do with any of this? To me your are implying that by being a citizen he has certain LEGAL rights as it relates to speech and employment. So while you say 'very true, james' that comment implies you either don't understand my POV here or don't agree with it. Being a citizen doesn't give one the right to say what they wish, even outside the work place, as it relates to employment. Well unless there is a contact that says otherwise and most of the time the contact favors the coporation and not the employee. Note that in many cases (Charlie Sheen, Imus, etc..), the network station had a legal obligation to pay off the employee. i.e. they could fire them but not without a monetary consideration. I assume with Williams, ESPN will pay him for use of his song, as defined by the contact terms, but just not play the song.
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    Tomorrow: the 3-most overplayed films on TCM...?

    As much as I love guitar, that is a whole lot of guitar! Even for Johnny!
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    Tomorrow: the 3-most overplayed films on TCM...?

    I don't see the need for this type of thread unless actual facts (stats), are made available. Yes, I did see that this thread was framed as a question, but if no one can answer the question, then I don't see much value to the thread. In other words I would be very interested in seeing a list of the 20 movies shown most often by TCM in, say, the last 12 months.
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    Let's try and define Noir

    Thanks for explaining where the 'list' come from. It all make sense now. What would be interesting would be to compare the list from various sources and then categories them from their. Say there are 4 sources. Then we have these categories: Every Source says this is a noir 3 of 4 say this is a noir only 1 says this is a noir This comparison would tell us about how each source defines a noir (well at least to some degree). As for color noirs, I don't think a movie like Bad Day at Black Rock is a noir but I do believe Niagara and Leave Her to Heaven are. But as I noted my criteria is more character plot driven than visual.
  18. I see the point you are making but I have to disagree with this sentence: All of society's deepest fears...thrown right in their faces. It wasn't 'all of society' but a segment of society. Yea, a large segment but only a segment. Again, agnostics like me felt the movie was a joke. The movie did have a major impact but the people it really impacted where Catholics and those that believe in the concepts outlined in the movie. To other the movie is just camp, and not very good camp. All horror movies have some element of 'campness' but this one was really over the top in my view and thus one of the worst of the genre instead of one of the best.
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    The issue is NOT freedom of speech. This is very common misunderstanding when topics like this (i.e. should a private company fire someone for activities performed OUTSIDE their job), are discussed. One does NOT enjoy freedom of speech, even outside the workplace. e.g. If I made racist comments outside the workplace and I'm hosting a radio or TV show, the network can fire me. While I have freedom to SAY these racist comments the network has the freedom to fire me for them. To me freedom of speech means there are NO negative ramifications for one's actions (speech in this case). In employment one does NOT enjoy freedom of speech and I believe this is correct. (i.e. the network should have a legal right to fire someone for speech or conduct they deem isn't correct). Now I don't agree Baldwin should be fired but I believe the TCM should have the right to. Only TCM management gets to decide NOT viewers. But if enough viewer complained than I would understand and even support TCM for letting someone go.
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    When I see a comment like 'I hate to drag politics into something' and then they do, I find it very hard to believe. Why the need to make such a comment and then get into politics. Anyhow, I guess you want the host to NOT be involved in any type of politics. IF that includes all and any type than I can understand that position (i.e. there is logic behind a consistant position). But most of the time people with this POV only are against those from the other 'team'. How about Hank Williams Jr and Monday Night Football getting rid of him because of his Obama Hitler comment. Anyone that support Baldwin being removed must ALSO support Williams. i.e. both were involved in politics. Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Oct 13, 2011 2:07 PM
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    Does Cameron's "TITANIC" go down as classic?

    More character driven than Titanic? To many (not me), Titanic is the most romantic movie of all time. Of course Leo goes from having the hots to being just down right cold!
  22. The people I know that really found the Exorcist scary were Catholics and others that believe in the concept of heaven and hell and the devil. To them the concept of having one's so called 'soul' taken over by the devil was real. This made the movie all the more real. I got this first hand going to see the movie with friends when we were teens. I would laugh at most of the movie and found it to be a joke but I could tell it impacted some of my friend. We discussed this later and it all related to their religious upbringing. The one good thing to come out of this was that us teens discussed concepts we haven't before (things other than sports and girls!). I also lost a girl friend over this movie by asking something like 'well of course you don't really believe in an actual devil'! Yea, for her as well as many (the majority in the USA???), it was REAL.
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    Joseph Cotten, KING of 1940's Movies

    I think Cotten was a very good actor and enjoy his work but I will admit I associated many of his movie roles with someone OTHER THAN Cotten; e.g. Welles (even in The Third Man), or Hitchcock. Hey, that might not be fair but there are only a few movies where he has the lead male role and the first thing I think about related to that movie is Cotten; e.g. Portrait of Jennie come to mind. This is similar to how I 'view' Glenn Ford in many ways.
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    Let's try and define Noir

    Under another 'noir' thread you posted this: Late tonight/tomorrow on TCM are a number of movies listed in my massive noir list... Woman on Pier 13 Beware, My Lovely The Racket Crossfire Act of Violence The Set-Up Bad Day at Black Rock (Yes a color movie) Are you saying hat Bad Day at Black Rock fits your visual 'requirement' for being a noir? I fail to see how it does based on 'the way it was shot' (but it does have some noir themes; e.g. obsession. I only ask because of the comment related to The Big Heat. As to your last point that I dismiss *the Big Heat* as a noir, it is because of the way it was shot that doesn't make it a noir to me. See how I am being consistent here? *Lolita* is also not a noir due to the way it was shot.
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    Film noir runneth over on the schedule lately

    In The Big Heat women are clearly classified into one of two types; Saints or trash. Bannion clearly uses women in other category. His wife and kid are saints and to some degree the daughter of Lagana the mob boss. While it appears Bannion cares about women at the end their lives are not worth much. What is more important is beating the mob. 4 women are killed as part of Bannion's quest. Bannion clearly cares about his wife but the other 3 women? They are just collateral damage. As noted, at the end Bannion does finally appear to understand that women are more than just collateral to be used for his purposes (yes, his legit and nobel purposes but still purposes just the same). He treat Debby as a human being! That is a big change for Bannion. What makes Bannion a noir character is this dynamic. i.e. we should feel A LOT of sympathy but we only feel a little. Hey, are we also like Bannion?

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