Bastet

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  1. Bastet

    *CANDIDS* 2

    I never knew (or never paid attention) to this tidbit before today, but Bergman died on her (67th) birthday -- she was born Aug. 29 1915 and died Aug. 29 1982.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    I always think of him as Dancer in After the Thin Man. Apparently, after he died, the government of Malta (where he'd grown up, and where he returned in retirement) issued two commemorative stamps in his honor.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    Yes, at age 91. I believe he had been in a nursing home for the last months of his life, but up through 90 he had been in pretty good health for his age, other than profound hearing loss. Truly a good, long life.
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    Favorite William Powell & Myrna Loy Movie

    I basically go in order except for ranking Song of the Thin Man above The Thin Man Goes Home. However, I can entertain arguments from those who rank After the Thin Man ahead of the original. But I enjoy them all -- it's Nick and Nora, how bad could anything be? And all six have terrific lines/moments ... there just seem to be fewer of them as the series goes on. Which was inevitable, especially since we no longer had Goodrich and Hackett as the writers after the third film and lost director Woody Van Dyke prior to the fifth. TCM had a marathon of William Powell movies today (his birthday), and I came home early -- just in time to watch Myrna Loy dump a plate of scrambled eggs on his head in I Love You Again. That's one of my favorite scenes, but I have many in that film. Loy does such a great job in the final scene with Kay's shifting emotions as it seems Larry has regressed to his uptight personality.
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    Favorite William Powell & Myrna Loy Movie

    I've long been surprised by how many people - mostly on IMDb, but elsewhere as well - list that as their favorite of the Thin Man films. It has moments I love, and I like the absence of Nicky Jr. and the fact Nora gets more to do on her own than normal, but I still put it last in my ranking of the Thin Man series. It just has such a different feel to it, with the sobriety, the small town setting, the different director, and such. And don't get me started on the spanking. Anyway, while the general consensus is the films declined in quality as the series went on, there is a sizable group of viewers out there who single this one out as a favorite.
  6. Pretty much all the romantic comedies I like are screwballs; the genre's somewhat irreverent approach to love and, especially, marriage is kind of the only way I can stomach films focused on romantic courtship.
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    Favorite William Powell & Myrna Loy Movie

    Oh, my appreciation for Myrna Loy is just this side of obsession. I grew up watching The Thin Man every time it was on TV (back when local stations aired black and white films), so there's some nostalgia, but I just find the Loy/Powell films very comforting. They make me happy after a long day. I love that one. I also like Wife vs. Secretary, with Loy, Gable and Harlow.
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    Favorite William Powell & Myrna Loy Movie

    The Thin Man (which, along with Bringing Up Baby, holds the title as my favorite film, period). I watch all six of the films in that franchise with some regularity, especially the early ones, which are superior. There are a couple of things from the novel I wish were in the film, and one thing from the Lux radio adaptation, but it's something close to perfect as it is. A close second is Libeled Lady. I'm not a huge fan of Jean Harlow - I don't dislike her, but a little of her goes a long way for me. With a foursome cast, it's the perfect amount. I do wonder if this film could have been even better had Clark Gable been cast as originally planned - since he works so well with all three costars - but Spencer Tracy does a great job. Walter Connolly is a delight. And the Loy/Powell combination is winning as always. I love the evolution of Bill and Connie's relationship; how she has his number at first, how their feelings for each other change (as a side note, I'd pay big money to see the deleted scene from the first night at the cabin), and how lovely and natural they are together as a couple. I also adore that his revelation of what was originally planned happens off-screen and is not something she has a fit over. Katharine Hepburn called this film "the funniest damn thing I've ever seen," and I can't argue with her. I also adore Love Crazy and I Love You Again. Jack Carson is a wonderful addition to the former, and Frank McHugh to the latter. Loy dumping a plate of scrambled eggs on Powell's head never gets old. Their first collaboration, Manhattan Melodrama, is a good showcase for Loy, Powell, and Gable. All work nicely together (it's no surprise to me that Loy starred with Gable numerous times as well, although nothing close to her 14 collaborations - well, 13 plus a cameo - with Powell), and I really get invested in the characters. I wish Evelyn Prentice had been a better script and thus a better finished product, as I'd have liked to see them continue to do dramas together as well. Double Wedding, as has been discussed elsewhere on these boards, has a bit of an off feel to it, but still contains quite charming moments (e.g. the picnic, the early scenes in the trailer). Jean Harlow's death in the midst of production plays an obvious role (she was Powell's girlfriend and Loy's friend), but the script also kind of falls apart in the end and the slapstick isn't really their bag. I don't watch The Great Ziegfeld very often. They do a good job as always, but it's such a whitewashed version of Flo, and of Flo and Billie, that I can't really get into it. All in all, I'm pretty sure I'd watch Myrna Loy and William Powell read the phone book. Their real-life friendship was really something special, and they absolutely loved working together. That goes a long way.
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    LEAST & MOST FAVORITE of the week...

    I think this is an underrated gem in the Hepburn/Tracy filmography, and I watch it fairly often (I have all their collaborations on DVD). I have to watch this every time it airs. I love pre-Code Stanwyck, and this movie is just delightfully dark.
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    Betsy Palmer 1926-2015

    Mrs. Voorhees is what makes Friday the 13th (the original, meant to be a stand-alone, not any of the gazillion sequels that followed and screwed up the original premise) more than just a cheesy slasher flick. She's such a different villain than what became the norm. Betsy Palmer took the time to craft a backstory for Mrs. Voorhees in her head, in order to play that small but pivotal role with a strong sense of the character's motivation. And she attended numerous horror fan conventions ... generally decked out in a cable knit sweater in homage to her character. I'm sure, like the paycheck being the reason she played the role in the first place, the appearance fees were the impetus, but from the footage I've seen (there are special features on the Friday the 13th DVD) she really engaged with the fans.
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    Arcane phrases from the classic era

    I use several of the phrases that have been listed so far: "The jig's up" (This makes me think of Jackie in one of my favorite episodes of Roseanne rather than old movies) "Now you're cooking with gas" (or "with propane") "lousy with" "tighten the screws"
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    Actress Elizabeth Wilson has died

    Yeah, I have seen her in many things, but she will always be Roz to me. She's such a delight in that role, and in the special feature for the 25th anniversary DVD release. It's also nice to hear the three stars all gush about her; she's one of those people everyone seemed to enjoy working with.
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    *CANDIDS* 2

    She looks like that in just about any picture of her with children.
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    Moving in the Movies

    Because I have seen Mr. Blandings many, many times, I can tell you it's actually, "If you ain't eatin' Wham, you ain't eatin' ham." Gussie saves the day. Someone mentioned they'd have loved to see it in color. I'm pretty sure there is a colorized version that used to air on TV (but, of course, colorized is a far cry from being filmed in color). That's my favorite film about the adventures of home ownership and moving. I like the Money Pit remake, too. Another film about moving I find funny is the Chevy Chase film Funny Farm.
  15. As a general rule, I'd want a prop that was useful in addition to its sentimental value for being in a favorite film, so something like a cocktail shaker from one of the Thin Man movies. However, I'd make an exception for the intercostal clavicle from Bringing Up Baby (even though it's just a random fake bone) or the Polaroid photo from Thelma & Louise.

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