Chuck V.

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  1. The 1962 film Jack the Giant Killer was a virtual replay of 1958’s The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, same director, same actor as hero, same actor as villain, fairly similar plot structure. JtGK’s producers get sued by T7VoS’s producers which interferes with the re-release of Jack. After sitting on the shelf for roughly ten years, the film is partially re-dubbed as a musical and sold to TV. It's been recently re-released on Blu-ray in both the original and musical versions. Enjoy and marvel:
  2. Can anyone provide any thoughts (or links) that give some information about Sewell's editing style? I would be especially interested to see some analysis of what personal touches she may have brought to the material(s) she worked with.
  3. Or maybe something with animated foxes?
  4. Citizen Kane Apocalypse Now Ordinary People The Blair Witch Project The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
  5. It is true that when Shirley Eaton was painted for Goldfinger, they did leave her partially unpainted so her skin could breathe. However, this was unnecessary. People do not breathe through their skin. So, unless Ms. Eaton was an insect, she should have been alright.
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    One can see Lena Horne perform in an abbreviated version of Show Boat at the beginning of the Jerome Kern biopic Till the Clouds Roll By. She only sings "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" (in the Show Boat section of the film.) To me, in this clip, she seems just a touch too dark-skinned to pass for white (for the time period, when deliberately getting a tan was not the custom), but I suspect more could have been done with make-up and lighting if so desired. For those interested, here's the entire public domain film of Till the Clouds Roll By, which climaxes with Frank Sinatra providing a non-traditionally hued rendition of "Ol' Man River":
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    When Ginger Rogers sings "tummy," if she's performing to playback, then it has to have been a pre-conceived gag rather than a flub. Una Merkel's reaction certainly looks like an attempt to further sell the gag.
  8. I wonder if this was intentional on TCM's part or not. I recall an instance or two where they accidentally aired pan 'n scan prints (and as I recall were apologetic about it afterwards).
  9. I do recall one possible instance. It was a documentary about Cary Grant. The documentary briefly addressed the rumours about his sexuality. One of his ex-wives was brought on to discuss the matter and this sweet little old lady commented, "I don't know why everyone is talking about Cary being a homosexual when he spent all those years ******* me." The audio was cut for the offending word or perhaps bleeped. Either way, one didn't hear it. While it's safe to say that the former Mrs. Grant was censored, it could still be argued that, if this was a TCM production, then the production itself was not censored, as it came out exactly how TCM wanted it.
  10. Without commercials, it's well under two hours.
  11. That is an inconsistency, I won't deny. Presumably they prefer to deal with silents as a separate entity, but when considering content and potential censorship, I don't see why there is a reason to.
  12. I still think these "eras" are fairly distinct, even though there is evolution within them. The sauciness of some of the pre-code films wouldn't fly during the production code, while something like The First Nudie Musical (let's stick to our brief) couldn't have been distributed pre-code or during enforcement of the code.
  13. You can catch The Boy Friend and Cabaret on the 28th.
  14. Tommy plays on the 28th. Beach Party and Viva Las Vegas are on the 26th. Stowaway (with Shirley Temple) is on tonight.
  15. Technically, but I wonder if it wouldn't be better to think of there having been three eras of the Hollywood sound film, pre-code, code, and the rating system era.

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