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  1. midwestan

    I Just Watched...

    Because of TCM, I now like Mamie Van Doren better than Mamie Eisenhower!
  2. midwestan

    Noir Alley

    Well MissWonderly, I've seen enough of both guys over the years that I can distinguish between the two of them. When Eddie mentioned that "Lady In The Lake" was Montgomery's last role at MGM and that he went on to do "Ride The Pink Horse" at Universal, I was crestfallen. Paramount, Universal, and Republican offerings on TCM are rare treats to die-hard viewers here. I checked with MovieCollectorOH's comprehensive and trustworthy site, and to my surprise, "Ride The Pink Horse" has been shown 14 times on TCM. However, the last airing was in November of 2005; so it will probably be another 13-14 years before we get to see it again (if ever)🧓!
  3. midwestan

    Noir Alley

    Different strokes for different folks, I guess! I happen to like canned peas; I use them frequently when making casseroles or one-pot dishes. Another thing about spaghetti in the movies (at least in the 1940's anyway) is that most people seem to be eating it with a spoon rather than a fork!
  4. midwestan

    Noir Alley

    I also thought it was interesting that due to scheduling, Totter was the first choice to play the role of Kitty Collins in the Warner Brothers flick "The Killers", but couldn't because she was making this picture with Montgomery, Ames, and Nolan, et.al. It would have been interesting to see what she brought to that part compared to how Ava Gardner played it.
  5. midwestan

    Noir Alley

    Hey Dargo...sorry you didn't like the film as much as I did, but hey, we can't all like brussels sprouts, can we? 😀 What I enjoy about Noir Alley, and I think most here would agree about, is the nuggets of information Eddie provides in his pre- and post-movie wrap-arounds. For this week, the tragic story about Lila Leeds was unknown to me. When he mentioned what happened to her, my first thought was, "Well, it sounds like her film career was about as productive as Andrea Leeds' was.".
  6. midwestan

    Noir Alley

    Well speedy, I think some of the decisions to put Marlowe on-screen and in front of the camera may not have been Robert Montgomery's preference. This was the first film to be shot entirely this way, and the head honchos at MGM were probably not willing to take such a risk of having its male lead to be 'heard, but never seen'. Audrey Totter was on one of the brief TCM 'fill-in' segments between films and said the final scene had to be re-shot showing her and Montgomery kissing, because test audiences didn't like the film's original ending. According to Totter, she and Montgomery hated that scene the most of all the ones they had together in "The Lady In The Lake". Totter is briefly in "The Postman Always Rings Twice". She's the gal with the nice, but disabled convertible at the train station as John Garfield sees Lana Turner off as she goes home to Iowa to be with her sick mother.
  7. midwestan

    Noir Alley

    The more I see "The Lady In The Lake", the more I enjoy watching it. I don't know how I would have reacted to the first-person perspective of the camera shots had I seen this film when it first came out, but I sure dig it now. It's a technique that still works. However, if a majority of films were shot this way, it probably wouldn't be as unique and therefore, not as interesting to watch. I really like the supporting performance of Jayne Meadows here. She could spew out a fast-talking line with the best of her contemporaries, although delivery of such lines doesn't seem as prevalent in the 1940's as it was a decade earlier.
  8. midwestan

    Starring John Boles March 4

    When I first started watching TCM, lo these many years ago, about the only thing I knew about John Boles was that he was Stella Dallas' husband, Stephen. His biography on IMDB is interesting, to say the least. The guy seemed to be so good at so many things, he had a choice of numerous career paths and would have been successful at whichever one he chose. In December of last year or perhaps January of this year, TCM showed 'Rio Rita' from 1929. Like 'The King of Jazz', it was done in 2-strip technicolor, and Boles showed off his singing skills, which I thought was better than his acting. Not knowing he had the ability to carry a tune, I was blown away by his performance. I hadn't seen 'Craig's Wife' before last night, and I thought the film was excellent. Rosalind Russell had a way of being so casually pleasant, then possessive and spiteful at the drop of a hat. Boles displayed some good facial expressions here with some of the saddest eyes you'll ever see when the character is brooding, but when he smiled, he could light up a room. I also thought Jane Darwell's performance was top-notch, along with Elizabeth Risdon and Billie Burke, who departed from her usual scatter-brained, paranoid portrayals, and played the thoughtful neighbor of the Craigs. Like some guys, I think Boles looked better with a mustache than without (as was shown in 'The King of Jazz').
  9. midwestan

    the walls of malapaga

    I too was disappointed with the quality of the print from "The Walls of Malapaga". I was almost ready to ditch watching it after 10 minutes, but then the quality got a little better, so I stuck with it. After another 5-10 minutes, I was so hooked on the story that I rode out the remaining imperfections. For years, I could never watch "The Front Page" because of the actors' washed out faces. The film was restored recently, and for the last couple of showings on TCM it's been decent to watch. As for the inability to read the subtitles easily because of white letters on a white background; I wholeheartedly concur! It's more than a little disappointing to not understand what's being said, and not being able to read what the dialog's about. I have noticed on a few TCM Imports selections that some subtitles are in yellow letters. For a black and white film, that's the perfect color choice to help those of us who are deficient in or void of understanding a foreign language.
  10. midwestan

    Trump Shutdown

    And to that, I'll say, "so what"! How many potential government employees have been turned off by what's happened the past 35 days? Maybe they think having a federal government job isn't so great after all? Subcontractors and people that rely on business from government employees can't recoup their losses from this shutdown. If it took a month before our departmental systems began to show signs of strain from this recent stunt, lawmakers will know in the back of their minds that future shutdowns can last about 30-35 days before things start to get out of hand. So, they can punish other politicians, employees, and the general public whenever they get the yen to force a governmental shutdown, just to score a few meaningless political points with voters back home over a variety of issues.
  11. midwestan

    Trump Shutdown

    So, the USA is good to go...through February 15th, anyway. There probably won't be another shutdown if no deal is reached by then; President Trump will probably declare a National Emergency to procure funds for the American version of the Berlin Wall. However, if he doesn't opt to do that and there is another furlough of employees or forcing people to work without pay until the government is up and running again, I hope all federal employees walk off their jobs in solidarity with those who are getting ripped off. If everyone did it, the shutdown would last two days at most. I'd like to see superiors try to fire everyone for such a job action too; there aren't enough trainees in the pipeline to fill those positions, no matter how insignificant those jobs might seem. It could also lead managers and appointees in management positions to actually have to get on the front lines and do some actual work instead of sitting behind a desk and taking phone calls all day.
  12. midwestan

    NOW I'M REALLY MAD ! ! !

    I drove an LTD when I was in college. And you're right...that thing was like a boat compared to other cars on campus! In March, 1980 myself and 6 other crazy college kids piled into that beast and drove from Peoria, Illinois to Denton, Texas to watch our school in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional. Ah...the memories!
  13. midwestan

    NOW I'M REALLY MAD ! ! !

    Sad, but true Sarge...sad, but true.
  14. midwestan

    Another TCM function that died

    Hey now speedy...as long as there's a TCM, Joan Fontaine will never die! For that matter, neither will anyone else featured on the screen of this network. 😉
  15. midwestan

    NOW I'M REALLY MAD ! ! !

    In a tragic way, it sort of brings the phrase, "Large and in charge" into sharper focus.

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