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    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    Haven't seen The Pajama Game (1957).
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    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    TCM has shown This Gun For Hire (1942), The Glass Key (1942--not sure about the '35 version), Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943), and Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) all a number of times. And and at least the '39 version of Beau Geste. (I think I also remember seeing the '26 version with Ronald Colman, but I may have seen it somewhere else.)
  3. William Powell played Philo Vance in a few movies, The Canary Murder Case (1929), The Greene Murder Case (1929), The Benson Murder Case (1930), and The Kennel Murder Case (1933). They aren't pinnacles of cinematic art, but they are engaging and fun to watch. Powell is paired with Jean Arthur in the first two, and Mary Astor in the last. He teamed up with Ginger Rogers, tho not as Vance, in Star of Midnight (1935).
  4. Never completely despair. It's amazing, to think of it, the movies I've wanted to see that have shown up here. I surprised myself with how long I could hold my breath. There's That Man From Rio (1964--on again, btw, this month), the restored Metropolis (1927), the restored Funny Face (1957--finally!), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Plein Soleil (1960), and so many more. But others. . . .you wait, you long, you hope *sigh*. Perhaps--well, never completely despair: Charley and the Chocolate Factory (1971). About the best example anywhere of how a great actor can change an otherwise reprehensible waste of time and filmsotck into something not only worth watching, but enjoyable. Gene Wilder is brilliant, and the only thing worthwhile in it. There is a great song--no, not that one, which shall remain nameless, it's "Pure Imagination," but you don't have to watch the movie for that, it's been covered by lots of people. The Road Home (1999). Director Yimou Zhang's glowing, dreamy, recounting of the romance between a village girl and a transplanted grade-school teacher in cultural revolution-era China, occasioned by the passing in old age of the teacher. Told in flashback, with the present in black/white, and the past in golden-light suffused color (ring a bell?), it manages to tell an intimate tale of a charming love story with a bit of an epic sweep. And the ending gives you the same feeling about the human condition the the end of Ray's Apu trilogy does. Lucy and the Miracles (1970). Now, I definitely know I'll never see this one. It was one of the movies on an old TV anthology called The CBS Children's Film Festival. It's a Czech movie filled with irreverent, anti-establishment types, round-pegging it through a square-holed society. The story centers around a little orphan girl, played by what must be the most adorable child actress ever, who makes it her job to find parents for her fellow orphanage inmates. Does she find ones for herself? You'll have to watch the move to find out. (Hint: if you can understand Czech, try Vimeo.) They Might Be Giants (1971). This one is the hardest to hold with my imperative not to despair. It's almost worth trying to be a guest programmer so I can request it. It's not a great movie. It's flawed. In many places it drags, or gets silly, or can even make you cringe. But it is magnificent. And Joanne Woodward and George C. Scott give two of their best respective performances in it. The story is a modern-day, as of '71, reenactment of Sherlock Holmes' and Dr. Watson's titanic struggle with evil personified in Prof. Moriarty. They traipse around, through, up, down, and under New York in their quest, eccentric characters piling up one on the other to the extent that the center of normality shifts, and they become rational. And the supermarket scene--I'll tell you, many movies try to create zaniness. Almost all fail miserably, coming up with only awkward clumsiness. But in this movie--it works! Delightful, playful--and zany. But the ending is what it's all about, transcendence, and madness. All wrapped up in an agonizingly beautiful score by John Barry.
  5. My guess is you are thinking of Get Carter (1971), with Michael Cane: https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0067128
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    Movies you almost despair of seeing on TCM

    Le Doulos (1963). People turn on their friends and longtime associates, to the point of killing. They betray the ones they love. The most disreputable prove to be most trustworthy and reliable. Is the world upside down? Is wrong right? No, the villains and virtuous are not what they seem. So maybe the world is right, and good prevails. Virtue rewarded, justice done. . . .Nah. Everybody ends up wounded or dead, even the innocent. One of Melville's best.
  7. Who better to have direct that most opulent output by that most opulent band than that most opulent director, Ken Russell? The saga of a boy's journey through psychic shock to religious iconism is saved from grandiosity of course by the genius of Pete Townshend and The Who's musical brilliance. In a similar way, Ken Russel's movie adaptation of Tommy (1975) is saved from visual excessiveness by rushing headlong into even more excessivness. Though I admire him greatly for his visually robust filmmaking, his movies for me can be tiring to watch. But I watch them all the same. And in this case, whatever the drawbacks, they are made up for by the music and the performances. And let us all be grateful it was made while Keith Moon was still alive. Nothing could have saved it then. Tommy (1975), not the last musical this month, on Tomorrow morning at 1:15 a. m.! Pacific Time!
  8. A continuation of the mixing of blues and western swing musicians that went on earlier in the century. One of few ways African-Americans and whites mixed socially in apartheid south. Clandestinely, of course.
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    Sally Ann Howes

    One of the things I like most about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), she has one of the purest, sweetest voices I know. The only singer I can call to mind to approach her dulcet tones is Judy Collins. When she sings, her voice reaches right down into the middle of you. Born of a show biz family, she started early on the stage, eventually starring in stage musicals and acting in movies, and finally arrived when she took over for Julie Andrews in "My Fair Lady." As much as the movie did for raising her profile, it didn't pan out into a big movie career. Just fine for her, as she preferred the stage. She also enjoyed success in TV productions. She's still with us, though retired, living the life of a naturalized American in New York.
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    Hard to Find Robinson Film...

    Yyyeah, but you know I'm talkin' about the kind E. G. Robinson would be in, a gangster movie, not a bleak, sardonic satire on the human condition.
  11. Definitely apostrophe. My reference is not named. I can name it if you want. There, you've made me look up the meaning of apostrophe.
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    Hard to Find Robinson Film...

    Didn't seem like a movie liable to musicality. But with Alice White in it, who knows . . . . Are there gangster musicals from that era at all?
  13. O what havoc nuns hath wrought!
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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:
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    That's a nice car!

    Whatever the uncertain worth of Le Douxième Souffle (1966), there's no doubt about the 1966 Dodge Dart in it:
  16. Attentive viewers will have recognized in the opening shots of the cafe scene with Jerry Mulligan and Milo Roberts, as the camera pans across the crowd scene, Benny Carter in the jazz band. One of the great alto saxophonists, Mr. Carter was also a band leader, and major composer, with a number of songs that have become standards, including "Cow Cow Boogie," "When Lights Are Low," and "Because of You." You will hear playing over it a leisurely rendition of "But Not For Me," but I can't say if it's him playing.
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    The Immortal Blacksmith (1944)

    For lagniappe.
  18. So are the songs. "Why doncha all jus ffffffadeawayyyy. . . . Don't try ta dig what we all s-s-s-s-ayyy. . ." The original punk song. Twenty years before punk.
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    The Immortal Blacksmith (1944)

    Pardon me for exhibiting my out-of-it-ness, but is this 50-50 thing a count down to 4 July?
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    Monday is Joan Blondell Day!

    What a cutie! Always one of my favorite actresses, and a really fine actress as well. Catch her in Other Men's Women (1931), with her stage bud Jimmy Cagney.
  21. I didn't take it as rude. I just thought with the passage of time, you might find something worthwhile in it.
  22. Hey, wait. It's not April first.
  23. That would be too much opulence.
  24. Mine is Direct TV. When I click on the button I get the following: There was a problem verifying your account with your TV Service Provider Please try again But trying again never works. I have a Macbook Pro with OSX El Capitan 10.11.6. I tried Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Nothing works.

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