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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).
  4. 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!

    So there you are, blithely watching something--a movie, or TV show, or something, all unsuspecting, and someone drives up, and gets out, and--wait a minute. . . .you can't help saying to yourself: That's a nice car!: or:
  8. slaytonf

    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. . . .
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    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:
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    As usual, the father is the last one to know.
  15. Couldn't believe my eyes and ears this morning watching You For Me (1952). Jane Greer herself says the word of her sister. The sister herself wears maternity clothes and is distinctly swelled. They still don't say prostitute, tho. . . . So was this the first? Hard to think so for such a low-profile, and low- other things movie--regardless of Herself's appearance. And when did prostitute first appear? Oh, and there is butt humor, too. Foreshadowings of the Farrelly Bros.?
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    One of the more unfortunate of current fashion trends. I'd compare it to others that have come and gone, but why fill my head with unpleasant images?
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    owooooo!!
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    So as time went on, TV got touchier about marital relations. Wonder what was going on at the Cleavers?
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    Did we ever see Ozzie and Harriet's bedroom?
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    The more things stay the same, the more they stay the same.
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    Pregnant and showing in 1952!

    That was my point. Until, as posted here, the late 40s, women even at the point of labor remained svelte and lissome. And the most elaborate and circumlocutory euphemisms were used to describe the condition. Even the phrase 'going to have a baby' is rare. It's my impression that even under the sanction of marriage, the censors at the Hays office were still uncomfortable with this most intimate aspect of human biology.
  22. The studio system was renowned for manufacturing actors personas. Along with the formidable output of their respective PR departments, of course, they excelled at a careful tailoring of roles calculated to take advantage of their successes and strengths. But like all human undertakings, they sometimes fell away from the mark. Far away. Sometimes actors were given roles so inappropriate watching the movies makes you cringe in embarrassment for them. I noted elsewhere how disconcerting the appearance was of Edward Robinson as a Chinese tong hitman in The Hatchet Man (1932). His phony eyelid make-up coupled with his trademark voice and mannerisms, so effective elsewhere, make it almost impossible to watch. I don't know why I kept with the movie. Perhaps out of respect for Mr. Robinson and the director, William Wellman. Perhaps out of perverse fascination with the grotesque. We also see Loretta Young and Leslie Fenton submitted to the same enormity.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Just having some fun. . . .soap all you want.
  24. slaytonf

    TCM and aspect ratio

    Abel Gance, visionary.
  25. slaytonf

    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    I'm going to retitle this thread. Letsee. . . .how 'bout 'Soap Opera Hour.'

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