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    Watch TCM Now On Roku

    Rok-who? ::shrug::
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    Had Kevin Hart Hosted the Oscars Before?

    Kevin who? nvm
  3. I'm surprised I don't know this myself as I'm always fairly comfortable with WWII history. But this is an obscure aspect of the war, I've never seriously considered. For German Nationals residing in Great Britain during WWII, what was their daily life like? Were they nervous? Apprehensive? I'm talking also here about dual nationality German-Britons; or, British subjects of German descent. Were they resented by their British neighbors? Were they monitored by the authorities, or put under any kind of confinement or curfew? Did they have to 'register'? Was there any kind of German 'cultural underground' in London say, during the Blitz? Were there German restaurants or nightclubs, beerhalls, or 'rathskellars'? Were there German performers in English theaters or in cabarets? Would they have been booed or hissed off the stage, by British audiences? This is for some personal research. Not too many folks out there these days who might know something like this. Classic movie fans usually know a lot about the 1940s. T'anks Mac!
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    Worst movie from your favorite talents...

    Cary Grant's least-enjoyable performance: he plays an XMAS-minded 'angel' in 'The Bishop's Wife'. Yuck.
  5. Just for fun. Can be any star from in front of --or behind --the camera. For example, I like Gene Hackman in almost anything from his heyday but there's a couple flicks of his which I have zero interest in. "Zandy's Bride" for one. Gorgeous western cinematography, but Hackman plays a hard-nosed and unpleasant SOB. Practically a wife-beater. Even if I could stomach that, the wife in question is the singularly homely Sarah Miles? Vera Miles? (sometimes just can't keep those two straight). Discuss. p.s. keep it clean! No expletives, please.
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    Worst movie from your favorite talents...

    One film contains my least favorite performances from two of my favorite stars. Although in real life, they became good friends on this assignment. 'Rachel and the Stranger' with Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum, and William Holden. A rather pointless frontier romance.
  7. Science stooges--for some reason--tinkered with, and finally invented this useless but fun-looking material. Its a velcro-like fabric so 'black' that it resembles those 'fake train tunnels' Wiley Coyote use to paint on the sides of mesas.
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    Interviews with Vulgar Words and Phrases

    There's plenty of famous people in history, from whom I'd be surprised to hear slovenly, piggish phrases emanate. I refer to classic Hollywood stars, or perhaps famous athletes, diplomats, musicians, artists, or authors from that same period. They usually knew better. But when it comes to the Hollywood trash present in today's contemporary media landscape, (the 'video' era) no--I wouldn't be surprised by that at all. I'd expect it of them. Over time, society has gradually become less formal, and so we wind up today with pierced, tattooed mumbling oafs in wool knit caps. This is not to indicate that I feel ("H + E + double hockey sticks") is grounds for as serious a complaint as you just reported but there's other phrases which would make me grimace. Gratuitous and immoderate use of expletives is the mark of the churl, in my opinion.
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    Tyrone Power

    Any fan of Tyrone Power simply must view him in 'Abandon Ship!'. A role not as well-known as many of his others but its among his best work. And one of the greatest maritime movies ever. Its my personal favorite of all his films. Power really does have a superb filmography but this one stands out to me. Co-starring Stephen Boyd. What more could you ask? p.s. NO, its not a lifeboat noir!!!
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    Dead female in guest room noir

    It could fit a dozen different crime, detective, or mystery movie plots.
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    I'm fine with classical holiday symphonic or choral compositions but not with 'holiday muzak' or the silly, saccharine songs from holiday children's cartoons. Sung by nameless, faceless, drooling, dripping, oozing, muzak artists. My god. 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer', 'Frosty the Snowman', 'Jingle Bells'? For cryin' out loud. Sweet Creeping Jesus. I don't even wanna know where these insipid monstrosities ever came from. The fact that America's marketing agencies blithely suppose I yearn to hear these ditties every year (for a full month out of every twelve) is bad enough as it is.
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    Best Party Scene

    Any one of Jay Gatsby's parties (thrown by Robert Redford with Edward Hermann on piano) is my first reply.
  13. EricJ obviously an aficionado of cartoonery. Bravo. Darg Man too
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Holiday movies are not my thing either. But that's likely due to the deeper gripe I have which is that holiday music is atrociously bad. Makes me want to burn my ears off with a blowtorch. Among the very worst music ever conceived. Insanely bad.
  15. It was surreal genius storytelling. Breaking the 4th wall, knocking down the 'happy cheerful anthropomorphic cartoon animal tropes'. Astounding. Besides Sammy, who else was Screwy's target? Droopy Dawg?
  16. I was hoping someone would mention Screwy Squirrel. I'm a fan. The frenzied pace of those toons was amazing. Manic. I definitely don't want any politically-correct committees outlawing Screwy Squirrel for some fool reason.
  17. Daws Butler was the voice of Huckleberry Hound. Talented voice actor. He was a regular on the Stan Freberg Show. Freberg was notable enough to nab a cameo in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World". Butler appears as a guest on Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" but he didn't win the grand prize.
  18. The lesser houses like "Harvey Toons" have their charm and appeal. I have a guilty pleasure for one called "Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse"; if anyone recalls it....
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    Ranches and Cattle Drives

    I just discovered a title I hadn't known about before. Lee Marvin and Jack Palance in "Monte Walsh".
  20. The Ham Man said: I won't hold out on ya. Elmer Fudd was done by Arthur Q. Bryan, who was a supporting character on the Fibber McGee & Molly radio show. He played "Doc Gamble". His biography is fairly fascinating, take a look sometime.
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    The Romance of Trains

    Okay but David Jansen is the only Fugitive in my book. None other necessary!
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    Y'know now that I am musing more on this I can name at least one flick --its one which I have a sentimental spot for--its also a genuine classic--and its one I often wonder why more people don't lionize, admire, or make-as-much-of as they do say, the tenderest of Jimmy Stewart flicks and suchlike. The film in question? Paul Muni and Claude Rains in "Angel on My Shoulder". Is this aired often on TCM? I think it should be; if it is neglected then I think it makes a good pick for an Essential.
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    The Romance of Trains

    I would vote for the train crash in 'Greatest Show on Earth' as being the most entertaining and satisfying ever filmed. Even though John Frankenheimer filmed a real crash in Burt Lancaster's incredibly well-done thriller, ('The Train') ...the de Mille variation is just a heck more fun. That convertible goes flying like a kid's toy. And the man we love to hate (Lyle Bettger) right along with it. Yet another instance of a blond villain getting his--and how! I hope I'm recalling all this correctly. Unless I'm very much mistaken, wasn't he also the villain in "No Man of Her Own"?
  24. p.s. great trivia question. Elmer Fudd's voice was one of the few which did not come from Mel Blanc. Who's was it?
  25. I can't imagine harboring such an opinion. I'd watch a Merry Melodies/Looney Toons cartoon anytime, anywhere, and under any conditions. Always such a mood-booster. A bad Bugs cartoon? How can such a thing even be? Was recently chatting with a newly married couple at my local late-night pharmacy (where I was getting a prescription refilled and refilled and refilled). They had a toddler at home, and I forget how the topic arose but they assured me the infant was being raised on a wholesome diet of Warner Bros and Hanna-Barbara. I toasted them with a vial of my favorite Rx elixir.

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