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  1. midwestan

    I Just Watched...

    Yeah, I saw "The Picture of Dorian Gray" before "Mr. Buddwing". I keep forgetting she was in that one too. I first saw Dorian Gray back in the 80's on my local PBS station. It was the only time I'd seen it until I caught it a couple of times on TCM.
  2. midwestan

    I Just Watched...

    She was only in a couple of scenes. The one you saw at the end was considerably brief. The more substantial scene for her comes in the first 15-20 minutes of the film as Garner begins his odyssey to discover who he is and what the hell's happened to him. Prior to this movie, I only knew about Lansbury's work in "Gaslight", "The Manchurian Candidate", and the television series "Murder She Wrote", so seeing her in the role of a jaded and frumpy middle-aged wife who apparently led a very disappointing life was a revelation to me.
  3. midwestan

    I Just Watched...

    The girl on the beach was Katharine Ross in one of her first, if not the first credited big-screen roles. Thanks to TCM, I never knew anything about this movie until it was shown during James Garner's tribute as either Star of the Month or his Summer Under The Stars day many years ago. It's a movie I really like and one of those that you may need to watch more than a couple of times to fully get what's going on in it. Garner's character (Mr. Buddwing) is so vulnerable as an amnesiac trying to figure out who he is, let alone how and why he woke up one morning sitting on a Central Park bench. The four principal female characters were all great, especially Angela Lansbury (in a relatively small role) and Jean Simmons. Simmons, Ross, and Suzanne Pleshette turn out to be amalgams of Mr. Buddwing's wife, Grace, in various stages of their relationship. Piece by piece, Garner starts to regain some semblance of memory and we learn what's really happened to his wife, whom the audience never sees, except at the end when her saran-wrapped upper torso in a hospital bed is shown following her attempted suicide. The film is beautifully shot and the scenes at the penny arcade on Broadway and the ensuing dice game in Harlem are quite memorable (at least to me, anyway).
  4. I love "The Dr. Blake Mysteries" too. I noticed the movie marquee for 'Vertigo', but didn't really pay too much attention to the time frame as it relates to the series. They probably should have gone with the magazine cover story as "What's after Sabrina?" for William Holden?
  5. midwestan

    The Roaring Twenties

    Burnett's show was pretty awesome when it spoofed classic films. "Mildred Fierce" and "Rebecky" were two of my favorites.
  6. midwestan


    That last play in regulation certainly had that "Wow" factor that quickly morphed into an "OMG...what's he doing?". What got lost in the drama of the waning stages was the fact that the Cavaliers were even in the game. Vegas oddsmakers were posting numbers that prior to tip-off had the Warriors as prohibitive favorites with the potential of being the most lopsided championship series in NBA history. Was this Cleveland's best chance to beat Golden State, or will this series be more compelling than the bettors were thinking? LeBron James is definitely the kind of player than can put a team on his back and will them to victory. His play and the results in this post-season speak for themselves. The Warriors have more consistent weapons at their disposal, and they are the rightful favorites, but if a couple of guys have "off" nights, this could be a final series that will be talked about for many years to come.
  7. midwestan

    August 2018 Schedule is up

    16 times? Good grief, where was I, in a coma or something? Still, averaging less than one screening per year is surprising, but I guess you could say it's shown more on TCM than many other films classic fans are clamoring to see.
  8. I could just hear them announcing a 'blood skate' while playing the sad and disturbing song, "Timothy" by The Buoys from 1972.
  9. midwestan

    I Just Watched...

    The script is a little muddled at times, but it comes together for a satisfying, if violent, finale. (7/10) Very true, but you can't "beat" the ending. It was pretty unexpected.
  10. Wow, talk about 'jumping the shark'!
  11. midwestan

    August 2018 Schedule is up

    I'm pretty stoked to see "The Mask of Dimitrios" on the schedule for Peter Lorre's day. I've only seen it a couple of times, but I really liked it. According to MCOH's stats, it's only been shown maybe 3 times on TCM since 2001. It was the film debut for Mildred Pierce's second husband (Zachary Scott).
  12. midwestan


    The Preakness was one of the craziest races I've ever seen in the Triple Crown series. The foggy conditions were almost surreal. Credit to the announcer for keeping up on things on the far side of the Pimlico track...good thing there were only 8 horses in the field Saturday!
  13. My knowledge of classic film is devoid of any scholarship or authority, but one thing I noticed in "The Big Heat" came near the end of the movie. Is this the first time (and perhaps, the only time) in film that two women wearing mink coats shot each other? (Jeanette Nolan and Gloria Grahame)
  14. midwestan

    Unbilled Film Performances

    I always liked Sonia Darrin's performance in "The Big Sleep". She played Agnes, Harry Jones' supposed girlfriend. She had some good scenes with Bogart (in Geiger's bookstore, Joe Brody's apartment, her car when she told Marlowe about Eddie Mars' wife's whereabouts). She only played in 10 films according to IMDB, and most of them were un-credited.
  15. midwestan

    Please dump the blacklisting reminders

    This is my mantra and probably that of other TCM posters when it comes to the network being able to show those rare Universal, Paramount, or Republic studio releases!

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