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  1. Just glanced through the TCM schedule for October. They always spend the month leading up to Halloween with plenty of old horror flicks, and this year looks have a nice variety in horror. Vincent Price will be showcased, several of his Edgar Allen Poe based movies are on tap, as well as a good selection of Hammer films and a few old Universal Classics. October is my favorite month - not just on TCM but all around, and I'll be eager for it this year.
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    Bat Masterson on Encore Westerns channel in August

    I will miss Lawman! But I agree, there were so many western tv shows in the late 50's and early 60's - some of them less than stellar. But there were a few that were exceptionally good. Have Gun; Wanted: Dead or Alive; Maverick and the few episodes of Trackdown are my personal favorites. I enjoy Rawhide from time to time, as well. For some reason, I am drawn more to the shows where one main character travels around the west than I am to the shows where there is a larger cast that is stationary in one town or ranch.
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    B&W Korean War Movie

    Possibly it the 1959 movie "All the Young Men". It was a Korean War film, set in winter, and there was definietly a scene in which the squad was walkin along in the snow and ice. Starred Alan Ladd and Sindey Poitier.
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    Any Untouchables Fans?

    Yes, indeed!! I've purchased the first three seasons on DVD and really like it. I had never seen it before, and I really think it was well written and love the period atmospheres - the old cars and the old suits. Classic!!
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    Bat Masterson on Encore Westerns channel in August

    Very good! I often record Lawman in the afternoon while at work, and then watch both episodes while I am doing my work out right after getting home, come August, I will add Bat to my work-out line up. What time slot will it be in, do you know? I own all the Have Gun Will Travel episodes on DVD, and have never been a big fan of Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, so if they replace one of these shows with Bat Masterson, I'm ok with that. I'd dearly love to see them start airing reruns of Trackdown some time!
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    How Do You Choose Your Movies?

    I have several different methods. There are specific genres that I am so fond of, that I try to watch every movie I can find in that genre (for example, World War II films, Film Noir, Espionage, Screwball Comedies, etc.) Also, the era the film was made in sometimes makes one film more attractive to me than others - the late 1940's and the early 60's are favorite time periods for me. The star will make a big impact on my choice, my most favorite actors and actresses I will try to watch their entire body of work if I can. Finally, if I have heard great things about a fiolm I have not seen, or if it is known to be an "essential" film, I will be more liekly to watch it.
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    D-Day movies? Memorial Day movies? Duh?

    The Longest Day and D-Day, The Sixth of June and Saving Private Ryan are films I usually try to watch every year during the first week of June. This year, I thought seeing the Garner film "36 Hours" (for the first time in many years for me) was a nice change of pace to celebrate D-Day's anniversary. It's WWII spy fiction with quite a twist.
  8. Anzio used to be shown on tv once in a while when I was a teenager back int he early 80's, but I have not seen it broadcast in decades. I did purchase a bootleg version of it on DVD when I working overseas 3 years ago, and it certainly played loose with the facts, much like Battle of the Bulge. For whatever reason, trhey changed the names of General Clark and General Lucas to General Carson and General Leslie -- then went downhill from there!
  9. JamesH -- In spite of my thoughts that perhaps it is not an appropriate movie for a Memorial Day tribute, I would to certainly say that I do do like Kelly's Heroes - as a comedy and caper flick, it's a real hoot. In addition to be being very much a typical Eastwood film, it is also very representative if it's time -- the age of the anti-hero was at it's peak in 1970!I agree with your assessment of Battle of the Bulge. It may be that the movie makers were trying to condense a lot of different apsects of the campaign into one fictionalized story, but even at that, they did a poor job of creating any sense any accuracy. The first time I watched it, I was expecting a movie along the lines of The Longest Day, in which case a great deal of effort was made to reflect real events.I have similar issues to the 1968 move "Anzio", which, in terms of inaccuracy, does to the Anzio campaign what "Battle of the Bulge" does to the Ardennes Campaign.
  10. I think the movie you are asking about is The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission. It was a made for tv movie which first aired in February of 1985, and it did have a scene where they could have killed Hitler but didn't.
  11. JamesH -- I had a very similar train of thought yesterday afternoon when I turned on TCM to see what Memorial Day film was on, and once again, it was "Kelly's Heroes". While I do find this movie to be funny and enjoyable on occasion, it certainly strays very far from reality, and it shows a group of soldiers breaking every civil and military law in the books. Every year on Memorial Day, I can't help wondering if it is an appropriate film to air on the very day when we honor those who gave their lives in defense of their country. Maybe next year, we could leave this one in the vault for the weekend?
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    Favorite Locations in the Movies

    The safari compound in "Hatari" would be my favorite. I also like the sheriff's office in Rio Bravo. Morbius' house in Forbidden Planet. Dracula's castle in the Hammer films 1957 version. The hotel in Key Largo.
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    Hey! Our Man Flint!

    Indeed, slaytonf. The Harry Palmer films would be top of my list (I never cared much for The Billion Dollar Brain, though). There were lots of others they could showcase. The Venetian Affair, based on Helen MacInnes' book and starring Robert Vaughn is a good atmospheric spy flick from 1968. I've already mentioned The Quiller Memorandum. Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold would be a must. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren in Arabesque. I think they'd find it easy to put together enough titles to do a weekly 60's Spy Night one month. A spy parody night, a "spying is a lonely, dirty business" night, a Euro-spy night. It would make for a great month of viewing!
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    Hey! Our Man Flint!

    Our man Flint is hands down my favorite of the Bond parodies from the mid 60's. I just read the TCM review of the movie, and they made the point, with which I agree, that most of the parody elements are in the first few minutes of the film. After that, it becomes a pretty good action-thriller, with comedic elements thrown in. The biggest running joke of the two movies, in my mind, is the exaggeration of the diverse set of skills Flint has. He can literally do anything, from talking to dolphins, to teaching ballet to stopping and starting his own heart. I think Our Man Flint is head and shoulders above its sequel In Like Flint, and Our Man is the only spy parody from the 60's that really generates much action and suspense. The others are too funny to be suspenseful. Having said all this, I would also say that I have always been a big fan of the films from the 60's "spy craze" and love them all, whether serious or parody. The Quiller Memorandum and The Ipcress File are my two favorites, but there were many good serious spy films of that era, and a lot of good fun parodies. And they all had such great theme music! I'd like to see TCM do a 60's spy movie theme one month. Edited by: prc1966 on May 20, 2013 1:02 PM Edited by: prc1966 on May 20, 2013 1:04 PM
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    Forbidden Planet...

    I've always been fond of this film for it's atmosphere. I think the setting -the "planet" - has an eerie, melancholy and lonely feels to it that always impressed me. Also the intererior sets of the hige machine that operates the planet also had looked impressive. I got the sense that a man like Morbius oculd easily become enchanted with such a solitary setting, and kind of sympathized with his desire to keep his private world to himself.

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