Polly of the Pre-Codes

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  1. 2018 New Years Movie Resolution

    Watch Intolerance (1916). See at least some of AFI-Silver's annual film noir festival. If schedule and budget permit, make a return trip to Capitolfest. Try to find a film aficionado boyfriend.
  2. 42nd STREET (1932) to cool for "The Code"?

    Actually, the Motion Picture Production Code was drafted in 1930; it was only in 1934 that they developed an enforcement mechanism.
  3. Favourite Christmas films

    The Thin Man has become my Christmas Eve tradition.
  4. Any news regarding what TCM is showing on the 13th?

    https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registry/complete-national-film-registry-listing/ The 2017 National Film Registry list just came out; could TCM be doing some sort of tie-in? (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is one of the honorees.) Maybe a run-down of this year's inductees, combined with RO interstials for those titles that have screened on TCM?
  5. Suggest a Movie feature

    TCM has shown a relatively obscure movie I requested, but it was a Warner Bros. title and fitted into a Mary Astor day. I am sure it becomes much more difficult for the programmers if the requested film is not part of the Warner library and must be licensed from another studio.
  6. Silent Film Ideas

    Yesterday I rewatched Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother (1927). A number of family groups turned out to see it. Afterwards I was talking to the theater programmer, who talked about recognizing various gags from Scooby Doo and other animated series. This might be a useful angle to attract modern audiences.
  7. Mid-Atlantic accent

    https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/06/that-weirdo-announcer-voice-accent-where-it-came-from-and-why-it-went-away/395141/ This article surveys the rise and fall of the "Mid-Atlantic" accent. Most people encounter it these days in films from the 1930s to the 1950s (often by actors who had started on the stage), but it seems to have been associated with broader concepts of status and prestige.
  8. HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

    Next on Turner Crass-n-Sick Movies. Followed by James Cagney in White Meat..."I did 'em, Ma! Top of the world!"

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