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    Classic Character Actors

    I view Jack Carson as more as a second tier star than a character actors (after say 1946). He was the lead male role in a few WB movies in the late 40s, but regardless of how we classify him he was a joy to watch.
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    why is TCM becoming less classic

    I also think "THE GOODBYE GIRL. It was the best movie of its genre in that period". Of course there are a few qualifiers there, as in 'its genre in that period'. Is the movie an Essential for a station like TCM? I would say NO, but only because it doesn't break new ground, but than my view of what is 'essential' is very narrow.
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    Show the Godfather saga on TCM PLEASE!!

    Well we have different taste. Like I said I think both I and II are very good movies, but just not some of the greatest ever made. Hey, I don't think GWTW is one of the greatest movies ever made either because of the soap opera aspect of the movie. I just happen to enjoy movies from the 30s - 50s more.
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    why is TCM becoming less classic

    I believe the people that appear to just not get it, like Fred, really do get it. They know they are NOT paying X for TCM, this is just their way of complaining about bundled cable services.
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    Show the Godfather saga on TCM PLEASE!!

    Well I think The Godfather II is better than The Godfather and while I feel both a very good movies I don't think they are in the top 25 of greatest movies of all time. Most of the time when I mention to someone I love old movie, they will mention The Godfather. To them this is an old movie and they are surprised I don't think it is one of the best of all time. Sadly the movies I mention are rarely even known to these people.
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    TCM - Thanks for Little Lord Fauntleroy

    Yes it was nice to see Little Lord Fauntleroy. What fine acting from such a young boy! Just so natural. I enjoyed all of the Cromwell films last night. I had never seen Night Song. Merle Oberon looked great in that film. There were certain shots that really didn't add anything to the plot that look to me that they were done just to show a close up of Merle. I can see why the camera couldn't move from her. Dana Andrews as a musician was strange but Hoggy made their scenes come alive.
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    Favorite Bette Davis movie?

    Yes The Corn is Green is a first rate movie. I always recommend that movie to people that view Bette as being too over the top; i.e. too forceful of an actress. Of course these are mostly people just unaware of the full scope of her work or aware mainly of the movies she made in the late 50s and early 60s.
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    The Enchanted Cottage

    I watched the entire movie last night and it is different than a lot of the standard Hollywood stuff released at the time. The subject is tricky since one could imply it based on shallowness; that love is based on looks. Of course the movie turns that around and says that when people are in love, looks don't matter (they are overcome by the sheer force of the love), but again, that could just be shallowness. Until the last 3 or so years I didn't even know who Dorothy Mcquire was but I have now seen her in a few movies and she is a fine actress. This wasn't an easy role and one other actresses wouldn't wish to be associated with, I assume.
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    Did you mean to say The Rifleman instead of the Wild Wild West? Two different lead actors in those.
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    Yes, this is indeed a must see noir for the reasons you note. Chester will go down as one of the biggest creeps in noir history.
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    I Walk Alone(1948)

    To ensure I'm not misunderstood I think Lancaster was a quick learner and he was a very natural actor even when he played over the top characters (e.g. Rainmaker), later in his career. But in this early effort his lack of experience shows. I also think Scott didn't help. For example, look at Kirk's first movie; Martha Ivers. I'm sure having a female co-star like Stanwyck has to help a novice actor.
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    Born in the wrong time (?)

    Well when I was visiting all the wonderful chateaus in France I had that feeling until I saw their bathrooms. For example, the bathroom Neapolitan used. Here was the bathroom of the leader of France and it was no better than an out-house!
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    You are on target. Just ask the leader of Syria. He believes violence will solve the problems in that country (and from his POV he might be right). But most people don't believe he is right.
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    Along Came Jones(1945)

    Just so people don't get confused while "Jones" is a western it is also camp comedy. I really like this movie and it has a good balance with the silliness in the scenes and dialog between Jones and George and the grit and evilness of Jarrad played to great effect by Dan Duryea. Than we have Young in the middle of it all and she really rounds out both of these different aspects of this movie. But anyone looking for a standard Cooper hero western will be very surprised.
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    I Walk Alone(1948)

    This movie has been discussed a lot on another thread. While I enjoy the film, to me it has a few major flaws that prevent it from being an 'A' picture. One is the acting of Lancaster and Scott. Lancaster overacts. Yea, he is angry and I get that but to me the acting looks like the type one gets in a acting training school: "Burt, now act really angry and upset"; Just too much like James Dean in my view. Scott is just weak. I do think Douglas is wonderful in this movie. The only other thing I think is flawed is the ending. The entire plot is built on the fact that Douglas has grown up. He doesn't need violence to be a crook. He is now what we call a corporate gangster. (a fact Lancaster is never able to understand). But after Douglas is about to be exposed by his accountant he turn back to the type of guy he was many years ago. I just don't see Douglas doing that after he has changed so much. So to me a better noir ending would of been Douglas having a set of clean books where the accountant couldn't pin anything on him and than Lancaster, the guy that only understands violence, killing Douglas, and going to the death house. The happy ending was just too sappy and un-noir like.
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    Johnny Eager(1941)

    Well it is listed in the film noir book I have. I consider it a noir especially the ending. One of the best Taylor, Turner, and Van Heflin in an MGM movies that has the look and feel one would associated more with a Warner picture.
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    "Yes we can can!" said Little Nicola.

    Man, you have given me an idea for an duet acoustic guitar song. One guitar plays the chords and the other plays the flute part as solo guitar lines. I have always loved this song but kind of forgot about it. Now I'll google the chords and work that out. This is a cool early Greg Lake song.
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    King Creole(1958)

    I often get his movie mixed up with the Elvis movie Kid Galahad which is a remake of a Davis, Eddie Robinson, Bogie movie. Are you sure that in book King Creole is based on Danny was a fighter? That really confused me since of couse Kid Galahad is all about boxing.
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    Day of the duds

    Well the movies is doing very well at the box office (in second place based on the stats I saw), and the L.A. TImes gave the movie a very good review. That surprised me but since the Three Stooges are icons of comedy I guess a lot of younger people didn't mind seeing modern actors taking their place in a movies that really isn't a bio.
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    Related to Young Man With A Horn, in my view the reason Kirk's character went for Amy, the Bacall character was because she didn't like music. i.e. Kirk entire life was all about music and so falling for someone NOT into music was a way to add something different into his life. Of course it was a major mistake but as a musician I can also see the logic there.
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    Yes, that scene is the unrealistic plot moment for this film. Ginger wasn't a complete dummy and thus she had to know it wasn't wise to tell her bro-in-law that she was going to spill the beans. All she had to do was say she was leaving town. Instead she tells him she is going to expose him as well as the ****. The topper was that then she says she isn't afraid of him. Even someone with an IQ of 70 would of be afraid for their safety after mouthing off like she did. The script writer just got lazy and uncreative.
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    Joan Leslie

    Yes, the girl in the black hat is clearly Joan Leslie. Wow I never knew she was that young in roles like High Sierra.
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    Leslie Howard as SOTM in July 2012

    I wonder if TCM still wants to have Spike Lee host after his latest stunt. Maybe they should replace him with Reggie Miller. (for those that don't know Miller he was just accepted into the NBA Hall of Fame and Lee and Miller had one of the greatest all time feuds between player and fan of another team). Anyhow glad to see my favorite actor, Leslie Howard, getting his due as SOTM. Too bad they are not showing Its Love I'm After. That is one of the best comedies of the 30s IMO.
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    Joan Leslie

    Thanks for explaining the legal reasons Joan was able to win her suit and get out of her contract. So while she might of filed the suit because of the poor roles she was given that wasn't the legal reason she won her suit. If actors could sue for that Bogie wouldn't of made High Sierra after making Doctor X!
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    Rock Hudson and Comedy

    I agree with you. Both Grant and Day are at least 20 years too old to be playing characters that would act the way they do. I would always say I love Grant in everything until I saw this dud.

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