Polly of the Precodes

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    Noir Alley

    I was at that screening tonight! I didn't try to talk to Eddie, but tomorrow or Sunday I do mean to ask him some things about Underworld USA...in light of the things he said about Pickup on South Street.
  2. Not on today's schedule, but in 1954's Pushover Kim Novak wears a couple of outfits that pretty clearly do not have a bra underneath....
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    Which movies would you most love to see in a theatre?

    I'm waiting for the opportunity to see The Godfather I and II on a suitably big screen. I held off on seeing 2001 until it came to the main screen at AFI Silver, and I'm glad I waited.
  4. Several years ago when cigars were fashionable I had the misfortune to be at a concert near someone who was smoking a vanilla-scented cigar. A good cigar doesn't smell bad, but the combination was terrible. Speaking of Golden Age actors and cigars... Yes, that cigar is lit.
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    I Just Watched...

    I have an album of Parker reading some of her poems. What I don't have is a working turntable right now. Excuse me while I check YouTube....
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    Movies About Movies - Need Suggestions

    https://letterboxd.com/peterhildebrand/list/characters-who-are-stuntmen-stunt-performers/ A list of films about stunt performers, an important element of filmmaking.
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    On that note what are your favorite Spencer Tracy films?

    THIS. Apparently all of Tracy's Fox films have either been restored or are scheduled for restoration. I've seen The Mad Game and Disorderly Conduct at film festivals, and they deserve to be better known.
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    HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

    Or if you've read Nabokov, "Nymphet."
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    If you could turn any book into a movie, who would you cast?

    The Better Things (1931) From the serial The Better Things in Life (1930), by Anita Loos, later reworked as No Mother to Guide Her (1961) Director: Dorothy Arzner Screenplay: Anita Loos Elmer Bliss: Harold Lloyd Viola Lake: Miriam Hopkins Lansing Marshall: Lee Tracy C.C. Cahoon: Guy Kibbee Aunt Minnie: Marie Dressler Cal Barco: Charles "Chic" Sale
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    Actors You Would Have Liked To See Play Bond?

    Baker was actually shortlisted for the first Bond movie. But that's the face of a man who drinks beer, not a martini made to exacting standards.
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    you will not hear the word 'damn' on MOVIES!

    1) These digital subchannels are broadcast via the public airwaves and therefore subject to FCC regulations. (TCM and other cable channels are exempt from those regulations.) 2) These networks' Standards and Practices departments appear to exercise even more stringent policies. This may be done in order to not offend "viewers of a certain age" and/or the advertisers looking to sell their products to these audiences. 3) I still think it was pointless for Movies! to air All That Jazz, given the number of obscenities that had to be bleeped and bare breasts that had to be blurred.
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    Who Has Gone to any of the TCM Fathom Events, or Plan to?

    I went to the Dracula (1931) double feature (the English-language and Spanish-language versions) several years ago. It was really fascinating to see the two versions back-to-back. But Carlos Villarías' performance doesn't come near to Lugosi's performance in the title role (he doesn't own the role to the degree Lugosi does). More recently I saw the Fathom Events presentation of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It wasn't very well attended, but at least the crowd looked diverse.
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    Films Which Are Considered Classics Which You Can't Stand.

    See also Lolita (1962)--I don't hate it but when Sellers cuts loose he completely wrecks the mood and narrative.
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    Films Which Are Considered Classics Which You Can't Stand.

    *Nods sympathetically* Art direction and sound design to die for, but colder than Antarctica.
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    I Just Watched...

    Have you seen 1937's The Pearls of the Crown? If you haven't, do so as soon as possible. It's a feat of multilanguage performances and precision editing, and very, very funny and irreverent towards history.

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