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  1. slaytonf

    " The Green Pastures ", Sunday

    You mean, like it's too good for TCM to show? Or is this another one of those baiting posts designed to elicit more of that tired old griping about how movie watching has been ruined by the civil rights movement?
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    Movie name

    Glad I could help!
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    Movie name

    How 'bout History is Made at Night (1937), with Jean Arthur, Charles Boyer, and Colin Clive?: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/78115/History-Is-Made-at-Night/ Click on the READ THE FULL SYNOPSIS button for the full movie description.
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    Secret Agent/Spy Films

    In the spoofy vein, there's the Derek Flint movies, Our Man Flint (1966), and In Like Flint (1967). They are silly, and outdatedly sexist, but James Coburn plays the expert-at-everything, master-of-all-situations Flint so coolly, so self-composedly, that they end up being a lot of fun to watch. In the more serious vein, there are the Harry Palmer movies, The Ipcress File (1965), Funeral in Berlin (1966), and Billion Dollar Brain (1967). They are a serious response to the Bond-mainia of the time, with some really good anti-establishment themes running through the storylines. Except the last one goes over the top. Not a big surprise, as it was directed by Ken Russell. A one-off with George Segal, The Quiller Memorandum (1966) is also good. In the super-serious vein, you have something like The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1966), starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. Based on a John le Carré novel, it's as much a downer as you get in spy stuff. Then there's the Eurospy genre. These were mostly shameless trashy rip-offs of the Bond movies, designed to capitalize on the frenzy generated by Sean Connery's on-screen machismo. They were made in all different countries, Italy, France, Germany, Britain, and are mostly not worth wasting the time it takes to watch the credits. There are some exceptions, including Some Girls Do (1969), Deadlier Than the Male (1967), and Danger Route (1967). A couple of TV series, both with Alec Guiness, and both from John le Carré, are also good: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), and Smiley's People (1982).
  5. The real question is does the moral fabric of society corrupt film-art?
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    Classic Cartoons on TCM

    Don't hold your breath on those. If I'm not mistaken, Disney bought them. And if there's anything with a tighter death-grip on it's property--um, I can't think of a clever ending. Anyway, it's pretty tight.
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    Classic Cartoons on TCM

    TCM presently shows cartoons Saturday mornings. They never were shown other times than the Cartoon Alley series you mentioned, even before a lot of interstitial material was pushed out by ads for the various money-making schemes TCM has going. The one time TCM showed a lot of the WB toons was for a tribute to Chuck Jones back in 2009, I believe.
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    That's a nice car!

    They had the Bristol 400 manufacturer's son on the program talking about it. Though I hate to admit it, I have to hand it to the germans, copying a design that hadn't even been created yet.
  9. slaytonf

    That's a nice car!

    Some good souls are generous enough to post episodes of the UK version of Antiques Roadshow on YouTube (it's a YT channel, so you can view it without qualms). This is not to be confused with the Antiques Road Trip show I've posted cars from. A recent show from Bristol featured a car I'd never heard of before, the Bristol 400: I think I'm in love.
  10. Now I feel two inches tall.
  11. Gosh. And the whole world was holding its breath. . . .
  12. slaytonf

    Native American Film

    Oh, and Arab images, too.
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    Native American Film

    TCM has done an exploration of Native American images on film, back in 2010 (incidentally, it proved no more problematic than their series on African-Americans, women, gays, Asians, and Latinos). Here is a link to the article on it: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/296716|0/Race-Hollywood-Native-American-Images-On-Film.html As for TCM being an old movie channel, this tired old misrepresentation of TCM's mission has been repeatedly pushed and pushed down over the years. Evidently, Robert Osborne himself has been powerless to prevent it:
  14. slaytonf

    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    As usual, the father is the last one to know.

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