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  1. Have you seen someone you know in a movie?

    And obviously smart! Carnegie-Mellon don't take no dummies!
  2. True, but Joy Page was much less annoying in "Casablanca" than Walter Brennan in "To Have and Have Not". After all, she was great eye candy and obviously was willing to 'go all the way' with Humphrey Bogart, just like she did with Claude Rains. I think Lauren Bacall would have preferred to get slapped multiple times with her passport from Dan Seymour than sleep with Walter Brennan, right? If Eddie were written out of the script, I think the point you make about Bogart's persona and character would still have come across positively to the viewing audience.
  3. Have you seen someone you know in a movie?

    Yeah, I knew he was in "The Naked City", but I was only 4 when it went off the air, and I never got into watching much night-time TV until about 1967 or 68. If we had cable back in the late-60's, I'm sure we would have seen re-runs of it like we see with many series that were popular from the late 80's to fairly recently, with the plethora of stations and viewing options we have today.
  4. I Just Watched...

    I was impressed that TCM showed a triple-header (basically) of premieres Friday night/Saturday morning. I caught bits and pieces of "Man In The Wilderness", which is a great testament to one's individual fortitude. I got wrapped up in watching basketball while this aired, so I'll try and catch it on TCM Movies On Demand. I started watching "Inferno", and sure enough, I dozed off 30 minutes into it! I'll have to catch that one via computer too. I woke up mid-way through "Robinson Crusoe" and decided to pull a 'half-nighter' and watch "Into The Wild", which I had never seen before. The cinematography on the movie was excellent, but the movie was two and a half hours long, which I find to be tedious unless there's plenty of action or dialog to hold my interest. The acting was very good, and I thought it did a good job of providing an insight to Chris McCandless' psyche. Overall though, the movie was a bit of a downer. Many people can relate to the theme that you don't need money or excessive wealth to be happy, and this film effectively showed this. Still, it was sad that the main character "checked out" of society at such a young age. I'm not sure if Chris was ultimately satisfied with what he set out to do. It's one of the great mysteries movies such as this leaves for the viewer. In a sense, he turned out to be selfish, whether it was intended or not, because he didn't give himself the chance to do as much good for as many people as possible. At least, that's my take on his life. Now, we have to be a little selfish in life with regards to living. If we don't take adequate care of ourselves, how can we be of service to those who might need us when called upon? On the other hand, "Into The Wild" is a classic example of one of my favorite sayings; "I never seem to have what I want, but I always seem to have what I need.". I give ITW a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
  5. Have you seen someone you know in a movie?

    I was 11 years old when I met Harry Bellaver. At the time, I wasn't into classic movies, but I did know him from the soap opera "Another World" where he played 'Ernie', a local mechanic who owned a small auto repair shop. Now, I wasn't into watching soap operas either, but my mom was the one who turned me onto anything he was playing in, if it was airing on television. During the summer months or days when school was out of session, I'd try to catch "Another World" to see him, since he was the local boy who made good! My parents owned a tavern and one night, Harry and his family from New York came back home for a visit with his brother, sister-in-law, and nieces and nephews. About four or five tables were put together to accommodate everyone who showed up for dinner. Even though he was not a young guy or perhaps the most recognizable actor to most people aside from his family and people were their friends, it was quite a thrill to shake his hand and say hello. Today, I live in the house where Harry's brother and sister-in-law lived where they raised 6 kids, two of whom are still alive and I see regularly around town.
  6. The Overplayed and the Underplayed

    I've never seen "Moby Dick" before. It's been shown on TCM, but it was many moons ago according to MovieCollectorOH's compendium. It's also been some time since "Breaker Morant" has been shown. I've seen "Breaker" several times, so it's not a particular 'must-see' for me, but for those who haven't seen it before, it would rate as a personal premiere, like "Moby" is for me. I like Gregory Peck for the most part, and I get it when people say they find him to be too wooden as an actor. As Captain Ahab, it would give the viewer a chance to see him play a role that, I assume, requires a higher degree of emotion and expressiveness compared to what we usually see in his movies.
  7. Eddie, as portrayed by Walter Brennan in "To Have and Have Not". The character is very annoying and adds next to nothing to the plot. Agree with Dargo's earlier comment about Robert Ryan. He was very good at playing very bad people. Another person I'd put on the list is Richard Widmark. Like Dan Duryea, he played many roles where his character was 'pitchforkable'.
  8. What's the Weather Like where you are ?

    It rained hard enough so I could hear it on my aluminum awnings on the west side of my house late Friday night. This was a good sign as my area has been under drought conditions since mid-September (about 7 inches short of normal in the 3-month span). I stayed up until 2 watching the Diamond Head Classic from Honolulu before I went to bed. When I got up this morning, about an inch of snow had fallen and actually stuck to the grass and rooftops! The trees looked very wintry too. After several inches of snow blanketed parts of the South a couple of weeks ago, I was lamenting the possibility that Atlanta got more snow in one day than I'd probably see all Winter! Most of what fell overnight is supposed to melt today, but there's a chance for another inch of snow heading into Sunday morning. With the temperatures supposedly trending cooler than Saturday, there's a chance we'll have a White Christmas, even though it might be a minor one.
  9. No kidding! Talk about beginning a complaint with, "They can put a man on the moon, but....". I got a new computer in May of this year and several keys look dingy and faded on my keyboard compared to lesser-used ones. By this time next year, I could see myself buying 'white-out' or some other kind of liquid paper product to restore the disappearing candidates.
  10. my christmas wish...

    For some time, I've considered starting a thread here called "A Day In Your Life", modeled somewhat on the "I Just Watched" thread in the General Discussions section of the TCM boards. My intent was to find out what interesting things are going on with the TCM posters here or something humorous, embarrassing, or even disturbing that they may have witnessed or experienced. My hope was that such a thread would be kept free of politics, which unfortunately, has come to dominate the Off-Topic Chit-Chat threads. Despite the differences we have in our ages, our outlook on life, our own life experiences, and the diverse places where we call 'home', there are some common things we might come to realize that transcend these differences. My concern about starting such a thread is that it would get buried and relegated to page 3 within 15 minutes of introducing it!
  11. SPORTS

    What a finish to the Steelers-Patriots clash in Pittsburgh! The last 4 minutes alone had some awesome plays and controversy to satisfy or dream-crush any football fan. And it was set against the backdrop of a dramatic, high-stakes, season's end contest. I could easily see one of these two teams playing in the Super Bowl. Jacksonville is good enough to make it to the big game too, but I think the Jaguars' undoing might be performing well under the glare of the playoff spotlight. This is the first time in 10 years that Jacksonville have qualified for the AFC Playoffs. The NFC Playoffs ought to provide enough rock 'em-sock 'em action where anyone could make it to the Super Bowl. Philadelphia, Minnesota, the Rams, New Orleans, and Carolina have all had outstanding seasons so far. Question is which team will join the Wild Card mix. Atlanta and Dallas are rounding into shape. Seattle is slumping. Detroit is running out of games. The Carson Wentz injury was a real killer for the Eagles, whose chances of representing the NFC are now greatly diminished. Even if he were healthy though, it wouldn't have been easy for Philly to get to the Super Bowl, as the NFC seems ultra-competitive this year. Even though the Rams bolted St. Louis for Los Angeles, I still like watching them play (especially this year since they have an offense that is reminiscent of their Super Bowl win after the 2000 season). Sean McVay is a strong candidate for Coach of the Year in the NFL.
  12. I Just Watched...

    "The Bishop's Wife". I still can't decide whether I like this film all that much or not. I know it's usually at the top of many people's lists among Christmas-themed movies. The acting is alright by Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Monty Woolley, Gladys Cooper, James Gleason, and Elsa Lanchester. Maybe the cynicism of some of the characters was a turn-off, but I guess it shows how timeless that trait is in people. People today are just as greedy and needy for attention as they were in 1947! All in all, it is a subtle picture for the holidays; not much of the dialog or acting is over the top. I think what bothered me most about the bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young) was the lifestyle they led. They had an ostentatious house, though not as imposing or gorgeous as the one Gladys Cooper lived in, and they couldn't seem to do anything for themselves. I mean, they had a housekeeper, a cook, and a secretary in their employ. They also had a single child (a daughter), and while they obviously loved her, the kid never ate a meal in the dining room with them. The sermon given by the bishop at the end of the film was great and offered the message of hope for mankind that is commonly heard by many people at this time of year. This was a very good print of this movie. Other stations that I've watched "The Bishop's Wife" on are rather muddy, with dialog to match, and maybe that's another reason I've not really enjoyed watching it in the past. Ben Mankiewicz's comments after "The Bishop's Wife" were absolutely priceless, and totally worth watching this film all the way through, which I had not done for many, many years.
  13. SPORTS

    5 down and 35 to go! The annual glut of bowl games kicked off on the 16th; absolute nirvana for college football junkies. I think the conference that fares the best in terms of winning percentage gets some kind of recognition and maybe a cash prize to be shared with that conference's member schools? Could be wrong there, but the first day of games yielded these won/loss results: Sun Belt Conference: 2-1 (Troy and Georgia State won; Arkansas State lost) Conference USA: 2-2 (Marshall and Middle Tennessee won; North Texas and Western Kentucky lost) Mountain West Conference: 1-1 (Boise State won; Colorado State lost) Pacific 12 Conference: 0-1 (Oregon lost)
  14. After reading this thread, I've come to the conclusion that if I needed some muscle to back me up from the school bully who stole my lunch money every other day, I'd pick Clark Gable. If I wanted someone to ease my troubled mind with a bedtime story, I'd take Errol Flynn...he had the kind of soothing voice that could melt bricks. On the plus side for both guys, they were two of several classic Hollywood actors that could rock a mustache!
  15. Question of the Day: Ruby Keeler

    OK, sagebrush. But remember, you asked for it! "I'm runnin' all over this town... You've got me feelin' like a chump... As Bette Davis said... When she turned her head... 'This place is quite a dump!'..." (poster takes a bow and scurries off stage to avoid projectiles)!

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