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    There's also video at "The Heiress" web site: http://www.theheiressonbroadway.com/video/ The Charlie Rose interview with the cast includes video of the Broadway play and the actors discussing their characters in the play: http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60145137
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    "The Heiress" just finished a run on Broadway: http://www.theheiressonbroadway.com/ The web site for the Broadway play includes an excellent discussion guide with background on the characters, the world the play takes place in, relationships between the characters, etc... It's a PDF document: http://www.theheiressonbroadway.com/files/6813/5396/8168/HEIRESS.DiscussionGuide.pdf TCM's article on the film, written by Frank Miller, states that Olivia de Havilland saw the Broadway play in 1948 and was inspired by it to play Catherine. De Havilland then approached William Wyler about making a film: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/77655/The-Heiress/articles.html As for "A Letter to Three Wives," there's a chapter in the book "Women's Film and Female Experience: 1940-1950" by Andrea Walsh that deals with the characters in the film. The chapter is titled "Suspicion Explored and Denied: 'A Letter to Three Wives' (1949)" and starts on page 185 (online at Google Books): http://books.google.ca/books?id=GZDJq2AQq3cC&q=alettertothreewives#v=snippet&q=suspicion%20explored%20and%20denied%20a%20letter%20to%20three%20wives&f=false As an aside, I think it's sort of humorous that so many men here on the message board are commenting on female characters in these films. What do the female message board users think of the female characters?? Anyway, just trying to be helpful... P.S. This isn't a direct reply to you, Miss W. Just a general reply to all...
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    Past reviews, including for older, classic films are here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/series/reelhistory Think she's rated about 246 films, so far, on the history in them... Alex von Tunzelmann is an historian and author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_von_Tunzelmann
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    "'The Dallas Buyers Club': don't buy this history. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are just what the doctor ordered, but this drama's message about sexuality and Aids is all bad medicine." http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/12/dallas-buyers-club-accurate-matthew-mcconaughey
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    Shirley Temple is gone

    R.I.P. CBC news item here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/shirley-temple-dead-at-85-1.2531741 CBC Radio Archive feature from 1944 allows you to listen to Ms.Temple speak at a war bond rally in Ottawa, Canada: http://www.cbc.ca/player/DigitalArchives/WarandConflict/SecondWorld+War/ID/1519635249/ Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 11, 2014 2:08 PM
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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    For anybody who cares, "Toronto Star" reporter Robyn Doolittle (No relation to Eliza Doolittle. Or even Doctor Dolittle. As far as I know?) has written a book about the Rob Ford saga entitled "Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story": http://www.amazon.ca/Crazy-Town-Robyn-Doolittle/dp/067006811X?tag=8013063-20 Seven days after the book came out, Doolittle has sold the movie rights for it: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/10/robyn-doolittle-book-tv-movie-rights_n_4759825.html So the guessing game has begun regarding an actor to play Mr. Ford. John Goodman, Jack Black, Kevin Smith, and Kevin James are some of those mentioned... Also less likely candidates such as Val Kilmer and Ryan Gosling... As for you Hamster, maybe movie title will be "Almost Sober: The Rob Ford Story"???? And maybe Leno's a candidate to play Ford?? Now that Mr. Leno has retired from "The Tonight Show." Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 11, 2014 1:35 PM
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    Have to assume Mr. Clooney has seen "The Train." This article (http://newsok.com/george-clooney-teaches-art-history-in-monuments-men/article/3931168) quotes Mr. Clooney: "Yes, we wanted to make an entertaining film,? Clooney said. ?We were not all that familiar with the actual story (of 'The Monuments Men'), which is rare for a World War II film. ... We thought it was sort of a mix between 'Kelly's Heroes' and 'The Train.' And we wanted to talk about a very serious subject which is ongoing still, and we wanted to make it entertaining. That was the goal. We'll find out.? I like George Clooney. And it's too bad the film reviews for "The Monuments Men" aren't that great: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_monuments_men/ Live and learn, I guess. He's made other historical films and this one won't be the last, I'm sure. P.S. Post title refers to an old Canuck novel, and flick: "Who Has Seen the Wind." Just a lame attempt at humour.
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    "Reel History" - Alex von Tunzelmann

    "Capote" starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/07/capote-philip-seymour-hoffman-in-cold-blood
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    " Soylent Green" (1973)

    Ingredients and nutrition facts here: http://blog.soylent.me/ Think "artificial flavor" includes toenail clippings from Charlton Heston... And his dandruff too... (;-) Try it and report back: https://campaign.soylent.me/soylent-free-your-body/checkout/amount
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    Many of the film reviews mention how traditional the film is. For example, "The Christian Science Monitor" reviewer states: "It?s like an over-the-hill gang variant on ?The Dirty Dozen,? except not as much fun as that sounds.": http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Movies/2014/0207/The-Monuments-Men-is-lackluster-despite-a-great-premise-and-cast The reviewer for "Salon" says: "Clooney's movie is a slow-witted, occasionally agreeable retread of numerous WWII band-of-brothers flicks its director no doubt watched on TV as a 1970s teenager.": http://www.salon.com/2014/02/07/george_clooneys_boring_european_vacation/ Other reviews at Rotten Tomatoes: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_monuments_men/ Apparently Clooney did have in mind 1960s films like "The Dirty Dozen," "The Great Escape," "Kelly's Heroes" (1970) (and maybe a TV show like "Hogan's Heroes" for all I know...). And some reviewers compare it, negatively, to the Clooney flick "Ocean's Eleven." Obviously the film is not going to win any awards. It's well-intentioned but has too many problems with it. But I think Clooney tried to make an entertaining movie while dealing with some serious history at the same time. And for the average moviegoer it may lead to people digging deeper to learn about the history the movie is based on. There are too many ironies for me. As the Monuments Men were chasing the art stolen by the Nazis, for one example, American soldiers were looting art and other valuables from the Hungarian "Gold Train" (train of valuables the Nazis and Hungarians looted from Hungarian Jews sent to Auschwitz): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/daily/oct99/train15.htm To repeat the quote from another post below, an American property officer (Capt. Howard A. MacKenzie) stated: "the only difference between the Germans and the Americans in looting was [that] the Germans keep very accurate records, and with the Americans it was free enterprise unchecked." This looting, in the case of the "Gold Train," was mostly kept secret from the American public until 1998. In that year, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States was created to find out what happened to the stolen goods: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Gold_Train In the case of the "Gold Train," the looting by American soldiers was from generals on down in rank. An official report on the "Gold Train" from the Art Research Staff to the Presidential Commission is here: http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/pcha/goldtrainfinaltoconvert.html Anyway, there's a long history of art looting and destruction from the Romans, to Napoleon, to Hitler, to the present day... Films like "The Train" and "The Monuments Men" are entertainment that also can inspire people to find out more about the actual history. Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 9, 2014 1:42 PM
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    Never seen that one: "Snow Treasure" (1968): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062282/ TCM info on film here: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/90628/Snow-Treasure/ Pricey if you want it on video: http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Treasure-James-Franciscus/dp/B0009GF11I/ref=sr_1_2/184-2934983-4636223?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1391902581&sr=1-2&keywords=Snow+Treasure
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    " Soylent Green" (1973)

    Was reading about this dude, Rob Rhinehart, who was created a food substitute he named Soylent: http://metronews.ca/news/canada/933785/life-to-busy-to-eat-well-replace-food-with-soylent/ Americans get to try Soylent as of March 1, 2014, and Canada is to be the first international market for the stuff soon after. Rhinehart said he got the name of the product from the novel the movie is based on: "Make Room! Make Room!" Wiki page about the product here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_%28food_substitute%29 Official site here: http://www.rosalabs.com/ And you can order your Soylent here: https://campaign.soylent.me/soylent-free-your-body U know, to have something to drink/eat the next time "Soylent Green" in aired on TCM...
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    A Discussion of William Holden

    I've always liked William Holden. Remember as a teenager I bought "Golden Boy: The Untold Story of William Holden" by Bob Thomas, waaaaaay back in 1983, after it first came out: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/871129.Golden_Boy Later donated that book to a local library. Anyway, just a personal aside...
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    Sorry, didn't read your reference to "Kelly's Heroes" before my post (was writing it while you posted, I guess)... Didn't know Clooney was inspired by that film, but not surprised.
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    I guess the movies ("The Train," "The Monuments Men") do provide a way for people to learn more about the history of looting and the destruction of art works. And it's a subject of current interest, not just related to looted art in Europe and North America. For example, the Taliban destroyed art in Afghanistan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_Art_in_Afghanistan#The_Giant_Buddhas_of_Bamiyan And some Timbuktu manuscripts were destroyed in 2013 in Mali, Africa by al_Qaida-allied rebels there: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/28/destruction-timbuktu-manuscripts-offence-africa http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/28/mali-timbuktu-library-ancient-manuscripts?guni=Article:in%20body%20link So the films do have a modern relevance. I don't know, but wouldn't be surprised if Clooney had the above in mind (he's done some activist work in Africa) with his latest film, 'tho it's set in World War 2. Clooney was also in "Three Kings," a film about American soldiers in Iraq who steal gold that the Iraqis had stolen from Kuwait: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Kings_%281999_film%29 That film is about looted gold but could also have been about looted art. Suppose you could say the same thing about "Kelly's Heroes": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly%27s_heroes (Don't know if the gold in the flick above was originally stolen by Nazis or not?)
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    No problem. There was an episode of "Hogan's Heroes" from 1966 on the subject - "Art for Hogan's Sake." "Fact vs Fiction" feature on "The Train" here: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=202977755949863934429.0004c21b285fab53706fa And I've seen "The Train" many times, for those who haven't viewed it, a film review is here: http://danhf.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/forgotten-masterpieces-1-the-train-1964/ The subject of looted art is very interesting and full of ironies. For example, and referring to World War 2, in 1945 the Soviets looted art from Berlin and their conquered areas of Germany. This stolen art was shipped to Moscow and elsewhere and as of today the Russians refuse to return it or pay remuneration: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/21/us-germany-russia-merkel-art-idUSBRE95K0OG20130621 Quoting from the article above: "According to Berlin's Humboldt University, the Soviets plundered more than a million books and thousands of works of art at the end of the war." The Russians say the looted art was spoils of war and they point to France as an example of why they don't have to return any stolen art. Under Napoleon, the French looted art from all of Europe (including from Russia during Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of 1812): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looted_art#Looting_by_Napoleon'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looted_art#Looting_by_Napoleon'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looted_art#Looting_by_Napoleon'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looted_art#Looting_by_Napoleon Since much (much was returned after Napoleon's demise, but much was not) of that stolen art (including art stolen from Russia) is now in the Louvre in Paris, and elsewhere, and the French have no intention of returning it or paying remuneration, why should Russia have to return any stolen art, they argue? An irony related to "The Train," is that one can wonder how much of the art stolen by the Nazis was originally stolen by the French from other countries? An irony related to "The Monuments Men" is American looting of art during World War 2, including the "Gold Train": http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/daily/oct99/train15.htm The article above quotes an American property officer who stated: "the only difference between the Germans and the Americans in looting was [that] the Germans keep very accurate records, and with the Americans it was free enterprise unchecked." Anyway, a good start on the history of art looting is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looted_art Even the British have looted art from all over the once British Empire, and elsewhere. Greece, Egypt, Nigeria, etc. want stolen loot returned from Britain, for example: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/greece-refuses-british-offer-of-parthenon-marbles-loan-1.823686 The Brits say - no way... In the case of the Elgin Marbles in the article above, the Brits say the treasure is "safer" staying in Britain. The Greeks have been trying to get stolen art returned for years: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jul/11/parthenon.arttheft So there you go... Edited by: RMeingast on Feb 8, 2014 12:29 PM
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    Monuments Men/The Train

    I haven't seen "The Monuments Men" and only know that it is controversial. Controversial to different people for different reasons: One perspective from Britain: "How Hollywood wrote the real Monuments Man out of history: British academic gave his life to protect art from the Nazis... but he doesn't even get a mention in the new George Clooney blockbuster": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2542119/How-Hollywood-wrote-real-Monuments-Man-history-British-academic-gave-life-protect-art-Nazis-doesnt-mention-new-George-Clooney-blockbuster.html Another from Rafael Medoff, director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington, D.C. : "'The Monuments Men' Shows How America Saved Paintings While Letting Jews Die: Audiences may not feel quite so good about the new George Clooney film once they learn the full story behind WWII art rescue efforts": http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/160918/monuments-men The film is based on the book by Robert Edsel: http://www.monumentsmen.com/ A film review is here (by Tom Shone of "The Guardian"): http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/feb/06/monuments-men-george-clooney-review Read a review by Jake Coyle of the AP in which he writes that "The Train" is a "more superior and grittier film" compared to the Clooney flick: http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/movie-reviews/well-meaning-monuments-men-weighed-down-1.1674106
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    Black History Month

    I think TCM tries to do the best they can with what they have to work with. "Buck and the Preacher" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buck_and_the_Preacher) aired on TCM on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was a new film to me and I enjoyed watching it: http://thedissolve.com/news/1281-cable-pick-of-the-day-012014-buck-and-the-preacher/ The same thing with "The World, the Flesh and the Devil" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World,_the_Flesh_and_the_Devil_%281959_film%29) on that day. If anybody wants to see changes at TCM, try sending a letter to TCM Viewer Relations: TCM Viewer Relations 1050 Techwood Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30318 Or people can phone TCM and leave a message at 404-885-5535. Or make "noise" on the message board and hope someone from TCM sees it.
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    Your Favorite Maximillian Schell Film

    I like "Topkapi" too... That film aired on TCM a few times last year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topkapi_%28film%29 Another one is "First Love." Written, directed, and featured Schell and was nominated for an Oscar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Love_%281970_film%29 Too many good films to have a favourite for me...
  20. Mr. Osborne was in this episode of "One Step Beyond" titled "Brainwave" from October 1959 (Season 2, Episode 3): The full episode is available above but you can fast forward to the 2 minute mark to see Mr. Osborne as a gunner under fire who suffers from combat stress... Mr. Osborne is "Seaman Driscol."
  21. Supposedly you can view the 1958 episode of "The Californians" with Robert Osborne as Corey Harris ("Dangerous Journey" - Season 2, Episode 9) here: http://www.tvduck.com/The-Californians.html Note: I haven't done the "Create a free account" thing to view the episode. SO BEWARE! It may simply be a scam. You can buy a video that includes the Robert Osborne episode of "The Californians" here: http://otrdvd.co/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=889 "Dangerous Journey" is the episode with Mr. Osborne. Edited by: RMeingast on Jan 7, 2014 5:06 PM Fixed web address.
  22. This thread seems kinda fun... << Bob worked for a Modeling agency, and they got him the random commercials for various products. >> By the looks of this commercial ( ), Mr. Osborne was hired as a finger model as his two fingers get more time than the rest of him... Watch Mr. Osborne in the pilot episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies" from September 1962 here: P.S. Modelling is British/Canadian spelling
  23. Article in the "New York Times" recently (by Robert Ito) about the 1919 silent film "Anders Als die Andern" ("Different From the Others"): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/movies/different-from-the-others-a-1919-film-on-homosexuality.html The film is being restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive: http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2013-03-09/anders-als-die-andern-different-others Past thread from 2008 about this movie was in Pre-Code Films: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8035089
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    Tom Laughlin (1931 - 2013)

    TCM aired "The Delinquents" (1957) in 2008: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8087985 "The Delinquents": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Delinquents_%281957_film%29 Laughlin was in "Gidget" (1959) too... Don't know if TCM could get its hands on all the "Billy Jack" films and air them at some point with "The Delinquents" and "The Master Gunfighter"??? "The Born Losers" (1967): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Born_Losers "Billy Jack" (1971): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Jack "The Trial of Billy Jack" (1974): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial_of_Billy_Jack "Billy Jack Goes to Washington" (1977): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Jack_Goes_to_Washington
  25. Liked Ms. Totter very much in "Lady in the Lake." Can't remember the episode of "Murder, She Wrote" from 1987? Anyway, I liked her. R.I.P.

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