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  1. For me, the funniest part of this gag is how they keep pushing the gag further and further. Every time you think they can't add any more people, they add another or three! Building, building, building! One's laughter builds as well - you can hardly catch some of the jokes for laughing. I think the door opening by Mrs. Claypool is nothing more than a way to end the gag, it's not really a punchline in the traditional sense... it may be, however, a nod to the closet gag on radio's "Fibber McGee and Molly"?
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    The telestrator is a great addition

    I agree - the telestrator adds to our understanding of some of these scenes; I second the motion that you don't go all John Madden on us, unless it's the gag from "Little Giants" where he helps the kid with the play called "The Annexation of Puerto Rico" :-)
  3. I am getting the 'unauthorized' message when I click on the link to the Daily Dose of Doozy #2, also.
  4. In "Tillie's Punctured Romance" I would venture to say that Marie Dressler and Mabel Normand did almost as many pratfalls, slips, and unusual physical moves as Mr. Chaplin ! Much as Margaret Dumont is essential to Groucho in many movies, these two were a big part of this movie, yet the general public hears little of them compared to Chaplin.
  5. I'm catching up (thanks, Hermine!) so forgive me if I'm repeating, but one of the most comedic aspects, to me, of this early film is the anticipation: we know what's going to happen as soon as the boy steps on the hose (really when he gets near it), but we wait, and wait, and wait for it to happen. It's timed really well, so that even though we know what will happen, we are surprised when it does.
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    "Beat" and noir

    Updating here to ask if anyone else noticed the "craziness" of the jazz band and "Jive lovers" at The Fisherman bar in DOA? They made them appear to be almost manic personalities
  7. Are there any pointers to the 6/26 noir movies On Demand (Xfinity) or on Watch TCM, or do I just need to find the listings through other means?
  8. Is there a way to get from a TCMdb listing to "when is this movie next scheduled on TCM" or "is this movie available 'On Demand' from my cable provider" or "is this movie available on WatchTCM"? I'm specifically looking for Summer of Darkness movies right now, but I feel this would be a nice link to have, and for advertiser-supported things might actually make TCM a little more money if people could impulsively decide to watch a movie they just read about in the database.
  9. I had to travel on the 26th and the hotel I stayed at did not have TCM (I shall speak to the management about this!! ) - is there any place to discover which ones are available via Xfinity On Demand or Watch TCM?
  10. Lime's entrance is effective in at least two ways: It is unexpected, at least to my mind. I haven't re-watched it yet, but as I recall the film, Cotten's character has been searching for days and has finally given up; we the viewers have given up along with him when suddenly he appears! The lighting of just the face, with the wry little smile and no dialogue. I also contrast this with the other entrances we've seen this week - those were primarily from the light, into the shadows. Even John Garfield's introductory sequence took him from bright sunlight into the less-well-lit diner. This entrance is exactly the opposite - from the shadows into the light, from the hopelessness of a fruiteless search to the hopefulness of seeing Lime, if only for a short while, to let it be known he's not dead.
  11. I don't think the lipstick scene with Lana Turner is so much about seduction as it is control - who will have the upper hand in this relationship? Garfield asserts that he will be, by making her come to get the lipstick, but her actions afterward belie that notion - she acts as though nothing serious has happened, and she leaves, asserting her own control of the situation.
  12. Notice the shadows and diagonals as we pan the floor to Turner's legs. If we were in the theater when this was new, and we had seen any noir films prior to this one, we'd immediately think "trouble". Her face being in light shadow, in addition to what she's wearing, let us know that this is no happy homemaker.
  13. -- Describe some of the things Marlowe says or does that make him a new kind of private detective? He implies that he does jobs that aren't completely "clean", perhaps bordering on illegal, but that he has his own internal moral code. This "seedy character with morals" is a change from the clear-cut "good guy" / "bad guys" situation in earlier detective films. -- Why do you think this kind of private detective fits so well within the film noir context? Film Noir is "darker" than other crime movies, and the lines between good and evil are not straight, clear-cut lines, but smoky, blurry, guidelines that are sometimes stepped over. Ambiguous situations call for a morally flexible (externally at least) detective. -- In what ways can this scene from Murder, My Sweet be considered as an important contribution to the film noir style? I think it introduces the idea of the private detective as a sort of shady, and as I said early, morally ambiguous, character.
  14. So many spoilers in this very long thread! I am trying to skip past them all. I haven't seen the film I like that the furnishings in the room tell me I'm dealing with someone who collects, but is a tad odd, before I even see him. I like the introduction of the two men - we immediately see them as opponents, even though we have no reason to be suspicious of Lydecker until the dinner with Laura is mentioned (and even then I realize I am only suspicious because I've watched so many crime movies and television shows that anyone who saw the dead person is some sort of suspect). Their faces didn't tell me much, though, other than 'eccentric' (Lydecker) and 'unphazed' (McPherson)
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    Facebook Group

    Perhaps because they perceive "Summer of Darkness" as belonging to TCM, TCM would have to start a FB group or page for it?

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