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  1. CaveGirl

    Dayton, Ohio 1903

    Correction, forgot to put the extra "u" in the town's name! The original spelling of this town is Daytuon, Ohio. I know this because my friend who is a magician is from Daytuon, said that French settlers came there in the 1700's and named it, but later fools who didn't believe in powered flight, the Wrights or even evolution, wanted to drop the "u" and won out. My friend has one other outstanding distinction also, she taught Rob Lowe magic when he was a child in Daytuon.
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    Obscure films with well-known stars

    I just saw a wonderful film that I know you would be enarmored of, Sgt. Markoff! It is called, "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" from 1968, and stars one of your favorite female thespians, Mamie Van Doren as Moana. I recall being a big baseball fan, you said you first appreciated her talents when she dated Bo Belinski, and in this movie she brings a certain je ne sais quoi to the role, and it is only sad that Mamie never got to perform the part of Grushenka from Dostoevsky, as she wished. The movie is unique in that I could not tell if it was in color or black and white, due to some startling cinematographic technique, or maybe it is just faded, but Mamie and the women are magnificently attired in seashell brassieres and white hip-huggers and still can take on all the astronauts who have travelled to Venus to rescue their lost crew, proving as you've said many times, woman is stronger than man when it really counts. One more reason to look for this gem, is that actor Gennadi Vernov who plays Astronaut Andre Freneau is a dead ringer for Ian Bannen, but of course without the fine Scottish accent. Look for this classic, and no thanks are necessary, Sarge! P. S. Peter Bogdanovich directed this under an alias, but don't blame Mamie for that...okay? Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968) Unrated | 1h 18min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
  3. I hate detest, despise and abhor "blockbusters"! P.S. Next research project for you, Sarge is to look up Akira Kurosawa's remarks in the dinner given for him by Spielberg way back, that was televised. Let's just say, Spielberg's name wasn't mentioned in Akira's remarks, but it was obvious to whom Akira was referring, in his cracks about sequels, blockbuster films and the like and why his own films had lived on.
  4. Well, goldang and tarnation...I'm surprised at me too, Sarge! For eons I would say and think exactly what you are saying and thinking, that the times may have changed but things haven't improved, and I had my guidepost of not even wanting to watch any movies made after 1960. But then I guess, I got worn down by people calling me an annoying curmudgeon, and holding to snobbery standards, just because I thought the current movies stunk and so did the cinematography, which doesn't even deserve such a high faluting term. And now, I finally got tired and joined the masses and you give me hope that there are others with such strict standards, and I am not alone finally. Thank you for giving me the will to live again!
  5. CaveGirl

    Intriguing Low Life Characters

    Latrice, if you liked SB, I think you will also enjoy "The Servant" and thanks!
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    Multifarious MacGuffins

    The term MacGuffins, coined supposedly by a screenwriter of Hitchcock's named MacPhail, is the basis of many a progression in films. Just yesterday I watched "The Cat Burglar", directed by cult icon, William Witney. This tasty little crime caper had a MacGuffin in the form of stolen espionage papers which also seemed to take a page out of the handbook of Ophuls, with an item passing through many hands, like a pair of invaluable earrings.The stolen notebook went from a pretty blonde's briefcase, to the cat burglar's lair, to holding up a dresser leg [at least a few pages], to the trash heap and then finally to fill a cat's litter box.Starring June Kenney and with memorable bits by Bruno VeSota and the adorable Billie Bird, as the landlady, this film was so low budget they had to use the same framed print that adorned the abode of Billie Bird, also in the cat burglar's dump flat.If you enjoy watching how without a MacGuffin many films would be a bore, submit your favorites now,
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    Dens of Iniquity

    I always want to enter movies which feature appealing dens of iniquity, like the opium den-ish joint in "The Letter". When Bette Davis enters that Oriental room with all the wind chimes pealing out sounds of warning, to meet up with Hammond's spooky wife [as played by Gale Sondergaard] the whole place just reeks of atmosphere. I feel a good den of iniquity should have some red light habituees, a roue or two, interesting lighting, and possibly Nazimova in full costume. Of course some here might have a more ruffian vision of what their favorite den of iniquity should resemble, and that's fine too if they would like to share. There is actually a silent film called "Den of Iniquity" from 1925 with sets by Alfred Junge that I look forward to seeing sometime.
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    This is fascinating, Stephan!
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    As long as it is not Seth Rogen [sp?], I'm fine, Spence. Miss seeing your posts! Stop in more often...
  10. My other favorite! Most artists know that the truly difficult thing to do, is make a line drawing or pen in ink portrait with less lines, not more. To synthesize something down to its essentials, get a true likeness and have the finished product have sophisticated aplomb, is incredibly hard to achieve unless you are someone like Hirschfield. Let's see how good you are, Sarge. Where's the tribute to his daughter, NINA in this portrait?
  11. Well, you've said it all, Arpirose! Hurrell's works are pure masterpieces. I started buying books with his portrait photos as far back as when I was in high school. The chiaroscuro, the mellow shading effects and even the enchanting poses, make him a star, above others. Thanks for this nod to a true master of art and photography!
  12. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    Ewwww...and I mean that in a good way! Nice call... I've never seen that. Yikes, but I love anything by Jim Thompson. You do come up with the best stuff, CigarJoe. Thanks, I'll look for it.
  13. They are sad, lonely people? They are malcontents? They are Luddites? Choose any of the above...
  14. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    Funny you mention that as I was just thinking of buying the former on dvd the other day from a catalog. Thanks!
  15. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    OMG, why is the idea of you at a pool table not a surprise, Dar? Now I may not be as good as my cousin, Kristy, who could practice nightly on my Uncle's Victorian pool table, but I do know my way around some Eight Ball games, and can bank a few shots, as long as there is a Ladies Aid unit available occasionally. Don't have a personal chalk holder anymore, but game on, if you wanna challenge me. I get skinnies!
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    Dens of Iniquity

  17. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    Love Kay also, Lavenderblue! She's so classy so when Kay gets near criminal activity it makes it all the more fun. Thanks!
  18. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    Yeah, that was a fast ride down the roller coaster, was it not, with Tierney smiling all the way watching the train wreck! Thanks, TB.
  19. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    Seen'em all and love them all, CJ! Whoa, Nellie..."Blue Velvet" is just way out there and I also like the seedy atmosphere in Babs' brothel, but all your choices are winners. Thanks!
  20. CaveGirl

    Dens of Iniquity

    Admirable choice, Sarge! There is a decided air of discontentment and unsavory activities inherent in this film. Love Ona Munson also in her full regalia. Thanks!
  21. I am, but maybe not for the most favorable reason which would be a compliment to it. It's like, when you study the Mona Lisa, you also find it instructive and valuable to see every other version of the painting, some done as studies, some done in Leonardo's own studio possibly, as seeing what might pass as exact copies, educates the eye and one finds instructive. But also in reality, if Hitch's version never existed, I would not be dismayed to recommend the second version as it is at least a true attempted reconstruction of the first. Great topic, TB!
  22. CaveGirl

    The Battleship Potemkin 1925?

    What a wonderful movie. Totally mesmerizing, with such hypnotic scenes of people swaying in action at the exact same time, purposely done like synchronized dance routines. A truly epic adventure to see for the first time and as my old literature professor once said, "Great art is something you can watch or see again and again without being bored. Knowing what is to come is actually even more of a joy as you reexperience it."
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    I've been watching all of them, since Garbo is truly sublime, from her first film in America which they showed, all through her career. Her stillness, like a character in a painting by Vermeer, and lack of overdone effect, as was so common in the silent days and the 1930's, is indubitably remarkable. I've also been enjoying seeing how each of her male stars reacts to her, from Ricardo Cortez, to Antonio Moreno and Clark Gable and Ramon Navarro, through John Gilbert and all the way up to Melvyn Douglas.
  24. CaveGirl

    Deanna Durbin

    It would also be nice to have an RIP thread for posters. Now I'm talking about truly fatal mortalities, and not just being brain dead. Oops, that might be something you would wish I posted in the more "crass" areas, right, Sgt. Markoff? Mea culpa...and please excuse my sardonic comments.
  25. There is only one movie which chokes me up, "Who Will Love My Children" with Ann-Margret. I sure wish TCM would play this film sometime, even if it is a tv movie.

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