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    Washington Post's Best Dance Scenes in Movies

    Not from the classic era, but still quite entertaining, this exuberant number is a highlight from the 2005 romantic comedy, Adam & Steve. The dance off ensues while Jackie Beat performs a rollicking country/western-themed track. Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets star, while the always wonderful Parker Posey co-stars, along with Chris Kattan, of SNL-fame. The lyrics, taken out of context as they are, do not seem to make much sense. However, they do relate to a comedic episode earlier in the film that derails the romance of the main characters, for the time being.
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    Movie Poster Libel

    I found this lobby card in the bin at Larry Edmonds several years ago. I bought, and hung it, since I've always been fond of the film. However, when I look at it on the wall of my guest room, I am drawn to how unattractive Lana's legs and feet appear, especially since her legs were one of her best features. Is it just me? The Acapulco setting would explain their deep tan, but somehow they look so unnatural.
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    Memoirs of actors and actresses

    I really enjoyed reading Lessons in Becoming Myself by Ellen Burstyn. I like star memoirs and hers always comes to mind as a well-written favorite.
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    To Those About to Die, We Salute You!

    I'm not sure, TopBilled. I've got a VHS copy from a Cinemax broadcast, probably from the early 80's. Then, about six months ago, while shopping at a local thrift store, I happened upon a homemade DVD for 1.00! I've never seen a "proper" copy offered for sale. I know it's mentioned often when posters discuss films they'd really like to see. It must be a "rights issue".
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    To Those About to Die, We Salute You!

    Beyond the Forest has a great death scene! I will warn here of a spoiler alert (!) for those who've yet to catch this Davis classic. Film critic Bosley Crowther dismissed the film upon its release, writing,
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    Not sure if this has been reported, but read an obit in THR for Laurie Mitchell, who played the title character in Queen of Outer Space. She was 90.
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    "Harriet Craig"/"Craig's Wife"

    Ha! No, my canned goods and refrigerated items aren't in alphabetical order, but they are definitely arranged categorically, with all labels visible and facing forward.
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    "Harriet Craig"/"Craig's Wife"

    I love Harriet Craig, too. It's one of my favorites of her work in the Fifties, along with Female on the Beach and Queen Bee. Whenever I watch it, I am a little unsettled by seeing a bit of myself in Harriet. The obsession with things in the house being a certain way, and the jealousy she feels, even when completely unwarranted. At least I've never gone so far as to sabotage my spouse's career! After a viewing, I remind myself to lighten up, relax! If the vase on the mantle is moved an inch or two, it's not the end of the world.
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    Do You Watch TCM Underground Often?

    I'd like to see TCM Underground given some new "blood", with some of the great suggestions that have been made on this thread. Along with the fresh titles, I think a permanent host would be nice, who, along with introducing the evenings presentation, might also interview one of the stars of the film, or someone associated with the production. Since many of these movies are more recent than the normal TCM fare, I'm sure the talent would be available (living!) and probably jump at the chance to appear on the channel. This would cost some coin, though, and not sure TCM would be willing to pop for it.
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    The Importance of Avoirdupois

    Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers (1970) comes to mind. Shocking and realistic, it tells the story of Martha Beck (Stoler) and Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), who together swindled, and sometimes murdered, unsuspecting women who met Ray via a "lonely hearts club" scenario.
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    Lunatics at Large

    I'll go small-screen, comical on this one. Remember the "I Love Lucy" episode where Lucy misplaces the train tickets to Florida and they share a ride with a woman (played by Elsa Lanchester) they suspect is an "on the run" hatchet murderess after hearing a bulletin on the car radio? They're afraid of her and she's afraid of them, for the same reason! One of my favorites of the series.
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    Did Anyone Watch MANDINGO?

    No, Hibi, "Bad" was good! I think the proper title is Andy Warhol's "Bad". I haven't watched it in ages, now I want to give it another look. Carroll Baker plays a Queens beautician who is the go-between when people need to hire someone to do awful things, for one reason or another, collecting her cut as her stable of women do these deeds. Against her better judgement, she hires Perry King for a job. Her character is a hard woman! Loved Carroll in this role, after her glam roles in the 60's, in films like "Harlow" and "The Carpetbaggers".
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    Did Anyone Watch MANDINGO?

    I love "Bad". Aside from the Perry-parallel, I recall a baby meeting an untimely end in that film, too!
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    Happy 90th Birthday to Nancy Olson!

    Yes, she's looking great and is still a very charming and articulate woman. She was at the very first TCM Film Festival in 2010, for the screening of Sunset Boulevard, recalling her experience of filming that classic. Sunset Boulevard was presented again at this year's fest in April and she appeared once more, as Nancy Olson Livingston, to discuss the film, her life, and career. The audience at the Chinese Theater adored her!
  15. I like this one, too, with Lionel Barrymore hiding from the authorities disguised as an elderly woman, while seeking revenge on those who wronged him. Devil Doll (1936) touts pretty impressive special effects, as well, considering when it was filmed.
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    What classic movies does TCM not show?

    A couple of films I’d love for TCM to air are both from Paramount, I believe. Elephant Walk (1954) and Teacher’s Pet (1958) showing up on the schedule would be wonderful! Both are probably available to view online somewhere, and I believe I’ve got pretty good VHS copies I recorded decades ago in one of the 16 boxes of video cassettes I can’t part with. It’s just more of an event when shown on the channel and commented on by all who watch and post their thoughts.
  17. Charles Busch as Angela Arden in 2003's Die, Mommie, Die! has become a favorite of mine.
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    Mary Astor Doc

    Tops on my wish-list of Mary's films I'd love to see would be Desert Fury (1947. Sounds like it's right up my alley, and I've read that Mary's daughter says the character she portrays in it is the role most like her mother in real life.
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    Mary Astor Doc

    Yes, I hope this great documentary will be shown on TCM for all to enjoy. I was able to see it premiered at the TCM Film Festival this past April and came away knowing so much more about Mary's childhood under the thumb of her domineering parents, as well as her custody battle for her young daughter. As many know, Mary had kept a diary of her most intimate relationships. Her ex-husband hoped to use it against her to obtain sole custody of their daughter, Marylyn. All of this was playing out as Mary was filming the classic Dodsworth. For a nice writeup of the documentary, and it's talented creator, Alexa Foreman, please refer to the TCM Film Festival Forum section under SueSueII and scroll to the May 31st entry for SueSue Applegate's article.
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    High Class Pornographic Films

    Perhaps Caligula (1979) would fit the bill. It was produced by the magazine Penthouse.
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    Movies You Want to End Differently

    Oh, Cave Girl, if only! Since it is Xanax, I can't remember where I put it!
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    Movies You Want to End Differently

    This is a recent (fairly) favorite of mine. I admit, with no embarrassment, that I saw it six times in the theater, as it descended from first-run houses to the "dollar" theater. Each time I took someone I knew would be intrigued. I know there are many out there who didn't appreciate Haynes' homage to Sirk, if it can be called that. But with the angles that would have been unexplorable in the '50's, I bought into it completely. Without giving too much away for those who might want to enjoy this for the first time, I will say things don't work out for Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert. With her marriage over, and him leaving town, there is a very moving farewell scene at the train station, while the Elmer Bernstein score (I believe his last) swells.
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    Movies You Want to End Differently

    A few films that come to mind are Waterloo Bridge (1940), This Property is Condemned (1966), and I Want to Live! (1958). Guess there was only one way the last one could have ended and still be "true to life". On a more recent note, I'll add FAR from Heaven (2002). The endings, as they are, are probably one big reason these films are so memorable to me. But, can't help but wonder...what if?
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