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  1. Kay

    What Are You Listening To?

    Here's another solid western swing band. I love the violin playing on this track. Really pretty tone. Not sure who it is tho.
  2. Kay

    What Are You Listening To?

    Yeah, I'm a big fan of early western swing, too. There's a wealth of great string band music in there. I love Milton Brown and early Bob Wills, tho I find later Wills material had too much accompaniment with the brass and accordion stuff. I like it smaller. Another good group is Leon's Lone Star Cowboy's, (I do have a weakness swing clarinet, it has a sweet sound in string bands, I think.) It turns out there is only the one Johnson Boys tune featured on that comp. I recall looking at that one, and another "Folks, He Sure Do Pull Some Bow" comp, which does not feature them. I own neither CD, tho I probably should. There are some great compilations of this kind of music put out by the label Document, too, many of which are on YouTube. Here's one with a backing clarinet, not heard often enough on blues records.
  3. Kay

    What Are You Listening To?

    Thanks; I find it pleasant enough, but I do gravitate more toward earlier, hotter type material. I find I have a harder time finding music that pleases me as I progress forward in time. Tho that song did remind me of some of this British folky jazz material I remember being peculiarly fond of. Not really similar, but it made me want to hear this. I think this one is the bassist's showpiece. Pretty violin line, tho.
  4. Kay

    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Has anyone mentioned Rex Harrison in Anna and the King of Siam yet? I would guess he got the role because his eyes already sorta had that look about them, but his nose and skull were giving it away. And when he started talking every last shred of illusionment (oh, it IS SO a word, google) was lost forever. That having been said, if anything can make Rex Harrison look convincing in that film, it's Lee J. Cobb in that same film. Oh my goodness.
  5. Kay

    What Are You Listening To?

    For a long time I was really obsessed with the early string jazz/blues material and was digging up everything I could find in the ways of jazzish violinists and guitarists and small bands and whatnot. I felt like I had pretty much exhausted everything the internet had to offer until about a year ago I had a musical revelation when I discovered the Sons of the Pioneers, much to my own surprise, not being a huge fan of country music in the past. What surprised me even more, tho, was that this band included a fine string jazz duo that I had never heard of in all my searchings and researchings on the internet for so long. I thought I'd heard it all, but these two were tucked away in a western band, where us jazz fans weren't supposed to find them.
  6. Kay

    What Are You Listening To?

    I've always liked Lonnie Johnson's violin playing, too, I kinda wish he had recorded more on the instrument. Do you know if there is a album that compiled his work with the Johnson Boys? Seems I haven't seen many titles under that name, tho some multiple artist compilations feature a track (or two? I'm only recalling "Violin Blues" at the moment, aside from some of his earliest recordings. When I first heard it I didn't think it was him playing 'cause I didn't know anyone played violin and sang at the same time.)
  7. Thanks, but this isn't the film I'm remembering. When I was searching for the film I did mostly get results about that painting, but it's not the same image used in the movie I saw. The movie wasn't really a period piece either, as I recall. It was more of a hipsterish sort of film with smart-alecky type characters.
  8. Kay

    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    I watched Another Part of the Forest on TCM the other night. Gotta say- despite the fact that I love every filthy inch of Dan Duryea's weasel hide and frequently laughed out loud at his antics in this movie- was he not playing EXACTLY the same character he played in The Little Foxes? And considering this was a prequel, he basically fathered himself? It's a bit disturbing if you take it literally, even more disturbing than the concept of Ann Blyth growing up to be Bette Davis.
  9. I got another one for ya. This film is probably from the 2000's, but once again keywords fail me, so here's hoping. This film was about the multiple forgery of a pencil drawing of a woman wearing pearl earrings. A con man teams up with an artist to forge this drawing and sell it at least a couple times during the film. Later the artist gets arrested and the talented con man defends him at the trial. At the end of the film (spoiler alert) they have to turn in the original artwork and have an expert examine it, but they lost the original for some reason I forget, and the artist has to forge the picture once again, from memory this time. When they present it to the expert he surprisingly proclaims it to be the real thing. Why? Because he didn't draw the earrings. Apparently the original drawing did not show earrings, but every forger in history had mistakenly included them. Later the con man asks the artist why he left the earrings out. "She looked better without them" was the reply. Yeah, yeah, suspend disbelief. I didn't say it was a great film, did I? Anyway, thanks for looking again.
  10. Hi there. Long time, no see. So I saw the climactic fight scene to this film on TV some time ago, on the station A&E if you must know, and didn't have the wherewithal at the time to find out what it was, so here I am wondering. Anyhoo, if you know your martial arts films this should be easy, (easier than seems to be to google keywords:) This fight scene had a lot of comical elements to it, with mostly real stunts being performed, not like "Kung Fu Hustle" cartoon comedy, except for some silliness where one of the fellas drinks gasoline and starts breathing fire on his opponent. I hope that's a big enough clue, 'cause it's about all I've got to give you. I also remember one of them being knocked onto a bed of coals and hopping across it in crab-walk pose. The whole thing was pretty tongue-in-cheek. I don't think I heard any dialogue while I was watching but I feel it was probably dubbed. It was pretty recent looking, no older than the 1990's, I bet. Well, thanks for clicking.
  11. No, I still don't know what it is. I'm just bumping-up to keep track of this thread and add a tiny piece of info that I realized I never added. That "mad doctor-looking fellow" that I mentioned, initially a semi-neutral character, eventually kidnaps the leading lady, or holds her life hostage in some way or another. I think. That's all. I'm not expecting closure, but there you have it. G'night.
  12. Kay

    Noir Alley

    Yeah, all of them definitely proved themselves as actors later on. If they hadn't then their popularity probably wouldn't have been so durable. But their looks, especially those of Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam, I feel were no small reason that they made their careers in film, (on Van Cleef's wiki page it says he was asked to get his nose hook corrected to play a different, more sympathetic part in High Noon. Wouldn't that have been a tragedy?) Neville Brand, on the other hand, was very impressive as an actor right out of the gate. I can't claim that it was just his looks that made his crazy frightening gunman in D.O.A. so effective. So I guess I meant what I said a bit less literally for Brand. I keep reflecting on this George Sanders quote: The important thing for a star is to have an interesting face. He doesn't have to move it very much. Editing and camerawork can always produce the desired illusion that a performance is being given.
  13. Thanks for the recommendation.
  14. I admit that I never understood why he was. Or... why he was in movies. Or at least why he was the star of movies. He never seemed particularly talented or likable insofar as dozens of other character actors were. The best performance I've ever seen him give was in The Boy with Green Hair (1948).
  15. Kay

    Noir Alley

    I love Elisha Cook, Jr.. I don't know that there's anyone who ever shared his specialty before or since, (though I see some parallels between him and Dwight Frye and somewhat Steve Buscemi more recently, don't you?) That is, being the fall guy, or culprit, or victim, or some manner of hysterical, disposable character in just about every film he played in. Yeah, he isn't properly celebrated, but I think he had a great career. How was he not murdered by an enthusiastic fan? I'm not sure I'd be able to resist. Just to see the look on his face.

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