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  1. 20 hours ago, arpirose said:

    DICK DALE THE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR has died. at the age of 81. He was most famous for the rock version of MISIRLOU.  

    THIS VIDEO IS from the original recording of Misirlou from 1962. Dale was lefty who played on a right handed Fender guitar. I believe ft was a STRATOCASTER.

    Thanks so much  Arpirose!

    Dale certainly had a unique and revolutionary style.

    I bought the cd "King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale and the DelTones" last year so I'll be playing it tonight in his memory. 

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  2. 42 minutes ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

    My favorite modern crime authors are Andrew Vachss (who continues the Hammett style, although he is fading off in output these days) and James Crumley, who writes in the style of Raymond Chandler. Although my vote for Crumley is largely based on his first book, (and the rest of his series is said to be uneven in quality). Still, he has written the best modern example of Chandler's verve.

    Going back further, I would vote for other post-war guys like George V. Higgins (who wrote Eddie Coyle), Elmore Leonard, Donald Hamilton (who wrote Matt Helm), Ross MacDonald, and Jim Thompson.

    My favorite fictional writer is James McLeod. He tends to repeat his plot lines often but I still find his work very amusing, as he doggedly hunts down the criminal element in society, Sgt. Markoff. He does like a pastiche of Chandler's work with a touch of Spillane thrown in for good measure.

  3. On 3/15/2019 at 9:01 PM, Dargo said:

    Funny, but whenever I do my Brando impression (usually either his "I could'a been a contendah" OR yes, this "STELLA" thing), I actually DO do it with a nasally sound, CG!

    I mean, isn't that how he usually really sounded anyway?

    (...well, along with that whole mumbling thing too, of course)

    Yeah, but can you do Brando with his Shakespearean accent from "Julius Caesar"?

    I know, I only do Julius Marx.

  4. On 3/15/2019 at 10:14 PM, Sgt_Markoff said:

    author John Fowles excelled in novels of obsession ('The Magus', 'The Collector', 'The Ebony Tower', 'the French Lieutenant's Woman'). The movie adaptations are of wildly uneven quality. But I personally was fascinated by seeing Lawrence Olivier with a nude, lissome, Greta Scachi ('Ebony Tower')

    Codicil: I can't take credit for any anthropological expertise when I air my opinions--I merely favor the ideas of Frederich Engels, who in turn drew his ideas on marriage from one of the founders of modern anthropology, Lewis Morgan, who himself famously surveyed the family traditions of the fearsome Iroquois Empire. People keep saying that anthropology has surpassed these landmark studies ...but you can't prove that by me.



    I also find that not much has changed since Sir James Frazer wrote "The Golden Bough" in terms of the  behaviour of earthlings, Sgt. Markoff.

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  5. I had the book with this title from quite a few years ago, which introduced me to many B-film directors. It must be in my garage now, since I haven't seen it for a while, but I remember looking for all the films mentioned in the book and was well rewarded when I would locate them to watch.

    I'm not even sure anymore of all the names mentioned in the book, but I do know that once I got into the B-film archives, many of these directors became my favorites. I particularly like Joseph H. Lewis who directed the wonderfully atmospheric "My Name is Julia Ross".

    If you have a favorite King of the B's director, please share now.

  6. 4 hours ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

    Kudos on Voynich. Now that is some serious bidness. What's that obscure little backstory...something about how the translator was the 2nd husband of a 1rst wife of a classical composer who did the score for...some movie based on it...?

    Frankly I'm not far enough in reading to answer your questions, Sarge.

    I will say, from what I'm reading this is way more difficult to decipher than Colonna's "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" since maybe it is untranslatable. At least Colonna had some fun mixing up languages when he invented words, which could be solved with some intense study.

  7. 32 minutes ago, jakeem said:

    The British actor Arthur Treacher was a quintessential second banana. He appeared with Shriley Temple in "The Little Princess" (1939)...

    ...and went on to serve as the announcer and sidekick for Merv Griffin's CBS late-night talk show 30 years later.

    Image result for arthur treacher merv griffin images



    I saw an amusing clip of him recently, in which Merv had Totie Fields on the show also, and liked to have both Arthur and Totie sit next to each other on the couch, showing they looked the same height, and then have both stand up, and Arthur looked about two feet taller.

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  8. What would films be without such characters?

    Of all the sidekicks in films, the one I will watch in any film, is the inimitable Arthur Hunnicutt, who brings rural accents to any scene or situation. This man is so hilarious on screen, that I often watch the other players as he regales them with stories, which sound like he is a victim of Munchausen's syndrome.

    I get the feeling sometimes that he is just ad-libbing parts of his lines, since the other players look perplexed and also quite amused as he takes over the bit and steals scenes consistently. He was so entertaining in films like The Big Sky, The French Line and The Kettles in the Ozarks, a role he was born to play.

    Born in 1910 in Gravelly, Arkansas, he always looked elderly, and was still acting in things on tv like TZ episodes in his later years.

    I'll leave it up to you to mention other sidekicks you admire, and second bananas, and my favorite in the latter is Donald O'Connor.

  9. On 3/11/2019 at 4:15 PM, Sgt_Markoff said:

    Aye. Thanks. Well to clarify, naturally I'm not eliminating the factor of unattractiveness. Or 'disaffection'. Sexuality, animalism, etc. But from among a field of uniformly attractive men who usually court an eligible female, this principle I'm asserting (economics governing long-term unions) seems supportable. Goes all the way back to Jane Austen, and that era when mothers began instructing their daughters that they 'may just as well fall in love with a rich man as a poor one'. That was just after the commercial change that came over Europe and just prior to the Industrial Revolution. Whereas in pre-modern Europe, peasant marriages were likely practical and pragmatic--anything but romantic.

    And of course, I didn't mean to be someone who doesn't get that you are making a generalization which has a lot of truth to it, Sarge...that I should be taking personally.

    Your historic view of such matches, and how women often choose their spouses is dead on. Thanks for a scholarly overview!


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  10. 2 hours ago, lavenderblue19 said:

    One of the creepiest stalker films and books for me was John Fowles The Collector. I read the book first  then saw the film when I was a teenager. Both the book and film were so disturbing and frightening. Samantha Eggar and Terence Stamp were both excellent. 

    You are so right, lavenderblue, and I'd forgotten that film though it was so great.

    Stamp is a true stalker, since he thinks he can win over Eggar, just by force of will, now that he has some money, and when her life is ended, he just goes on to another possible victim, like many stalkers in real life do.

    I too read the book after seeing the film, and the book is excellent also. Thank you!

  11. 23 hours ago, DVDPhreak said:

    A good source of info are the testimonials of stalking victims posted on social media, such as the one from this journalist, to name just one.  A total stranger who saw you online could do things that make you fear for your life.  Many of these accounts are from well-known and/or attractive and/or young people, but in fact ANYONE is susceptible to this kind of thing if you make yourself vulnerable to it.

    Thank you for your insights on this topic.

    I so agree that mayhaps an online stalker can be even more dangerous than someone offline. One would hope that any website that has posters, would have the integrity to protect posters from having to deal with posters who continually harass others. I

    Knowing how long it would take for one to get any results from administration on a poster who is being a constant problem, one would hope that the site would give posters a Block button to just eliminate the threat immediately with no need for further argumentation on the site.


  12. 15 hours ago, Dargo said:

    Wait! "Anti-Semitic" you say here, Sepia???

    Well, tell ya what here, dude.

    If YOU won't let it slip that I've recently shaved my head and joined the Neo-Nazi Party, then I CERTAINLY won't!!! ;)


    (...look ol' buddy, ANYBODY who'd dare accuse me of being "Anti-Semitic" simply because I don't and have never found Ben's voice to be a "pleasant" and/or a "resonant" and/or a "mellifluous" one, would be a, well, they'd pretty much be a damn fool and REGARDLESS their religion and/or creed...but YEAH, I sure as hell know that there ARE a lot of damn fools out there in the world today, and hell MAYBE even some that might actually BELIEVE I've now "shaved my head and joined the Neo-Nazi Party"!!!) 


    Why not just join a Pro-Androgen Party and then your hair will fall out all on its own, Dargo?

    Oh, was that a TIC comment?

    Never mind...

  13. On 3/14/2019 at 12:42 PM, Sepiatone said:

    You guys need to meet my Aunt Stella, if you REALLY want to hear a "nasal" voice!  :rolleyes:

    And too, in today's over emphasis on "PC", your complaints in this case, may be construed as ANTI-SEMITIC!  ;) 

    Believe me...I've been to a buddy's Bar Mitzvah, and years later, his son's Bris.  MAN!  Thought there was an invasion of GEESE happening!  ;)


    I'm glad I've never heard Brando yell out "STELLA!!!!" with a nasaly [sp?] voice.

  14. 22 hours ago, DVDPhreak said:

    A good source of info are the testimonials of stalking victims posted on social media, such as the one from this journalist, to name just one.  A total stranger who saw you online could do things that make you fear for your life.  Many of these accounts are from well-known and/or attractive and/or young people, but in fact ANYONE is susceptible to this kind of thing if you make yourself vulnerable to it.

    Yes, the internet has stalkers too who one would expect each website to protect. Thanks for the info!

  15. On 3/13/2019 at 7:07 PM, Michael Rennie said:

    Sorry CaveGirl. I just couldn't resist. Don't believe Una O'Conner was unattractive. I know of two versions of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." I won't go there. There is the obvious one with Barbra and Neil and a Country version.

    If you want a fun laugh, look for this title on YouTube: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: You Don't Bring Me Flowers

    Not wanting to be a Matchmaker, I could say, you would not have to ask LawrenceA twice to watch a movie. Am I right? He seems a very genuine sort of chap.

    I must ask just one thing. Movies about those who Stalk. Would you consider a film with Britney "Spears?"

    You originally said: "Of course, it helps if he is amusing and has a good personality and brain also."

    Would you settle for 2 out of 3?

    Love that song and I could qualify since I CAN cook!

    Actually I love Una, as she was hilarious in BOF with her little shrieking sounds and how she glides around rooms, but she is also a great actress being from the Abbey Theatre and all. I still think Dargo would not be dating her though, since he tends to be somewhat superficial in spite of all his other fine qualities, and only likes girls like Ava and Yvonne Craig, ya know.

    I think your song picking is superlative, but not as sure about your matchmaking skills.

    Speaking of fun laughs in music, my favorite album is the "Louie Louie" compilation with Black Flag and even the USC Marching Band versions, so I shall look of the Ukelele Orchestra title.

    Name your two out of three, before considering consummation.

    P.S. Yes, to the Britney query.

  16. There were a lot of groovy movies in the 1960's and the way to identify them often is by their peace signs, psychedelic music, flower power clothing, strobe lights, beaded curtains, trippy rabbit posters, rad pads and..sometimes if you are lucky, Vladimir Tretchikoff's famous "Chinese Girl" portrait [aka The Green Lady].

    I tend to be more partial to the Swinging London scene films, though American ones are fun to watch also, so my choice is "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas" which seems to have a true hippie vibe. 

    Second place for me, for grooviest movie ever not set necessarily in London, is "Barbarella".

    I'm always open to new and unseen groovy flicks though, so what's your suggestion?

    Addendum: Tretchikoff's Green Lady was first painted in 1952, and graced many a mantle in  British homes in its numerous prints. It has often been used in British films to show a dichotomy between the classic times of the 1950's in those environs, as contrasted with the new swinging lifestyles in the 1960's. Carnaby Street and Portobello Road boutiques were even selling kitschy clothes adorned with such Tretchi prints of mysterious Orientalism subjects by the time of the British Invasion. Hence The Green Lady has been used in films like "Alfie", "Performance" and "Frenzy" and has been rediscovered numerous times since it seems to be an indelible image in the popular consciousness of the British public of either bourgeois mediocrity or mysterious popular art.

    If you've seen Bowie's video called "The Stars Are Out Tonight", or ones by the White Stripes, or even a Monty Python video, you might remember the greenish-hued lady on the wall.

    Tretchikoff's masterpiece and original painting sold at auction in 2013 for almost a million pounds [982,050.00 to be exact!].

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  17. I'm reading that book by Jerry Lewis about his relationship with Dean Martin called "Dean and Me: A Love Story" and Jerry's true affection for Dean Martin really comes out in this very unusual book. It's like Jerry saw Dean as an older brother who would help him grown into maturity himself and is a great read.

    I'm also reading "The Secret Confession of Jack the Ripper" [debatable?] and a book on the history of the Voynich Manuscript.


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  18. What a great list, TB! You have covered the gamut of possibilities.

    I own that book with the complete script of Kane, I have read the story that "Rashomon" was based on, I own the Zapruder film video copy and love Joe E. Ross on C54WAY, but even I refuse to ever watch that horrid Paul Newman film, "The Outrage" again.

    Fabulous and legendary examples and thanks!

  19. If one wants to know if a person is a real expert in a field, like antiques, baseball statistics or even movie lore, meet up with them in a libation type lounge sometime and see what they know off the top of their head without a prewritten script.

    That's the real test of expertise.

    Just saying.

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