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    Do you give silent films your own soundtrack?

    Most of the silents I've seen on TCM have musical accompaniments that enhance the visuals. Piccadilly (1929) has a jazzy score that fits perfectly. The Freshman (1925) also. TopBilled mentions King Vidor, and The Crowd (1928) is another case of the soundtrack adding rather subtracting.
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    Cinema Segue

    The 39 Steps to How to Marry a Millionaire
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    Do You Know Me?

    Yes, it's Gilda Gray. Sorry for the late reply.
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    Adapt Ability

    The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) Next: Shakespeare
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    24 Hour Party People (2002)
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    Do You Know Me?

    I popularized a famous dance while working in the Ziegfeld Follies. I then made some silent films which, sadly, most are lost. F. Scott Fitzgerald also mentions me by name in The Great Gatsby.
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    Movies That Make a Statement

    Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
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    I Just Watched...

    The twist ending was pretty good, but overall about average. I agree with your your 2.5 out of 4 rating.
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    TopBilled’s Essentials

    I think Lured was featured in Noir Alley not that long ago. That's when I saw it. Eddie Mueller praised the film. Lucille Ball indeed was very good, but I could also picture Ann Sothern in the role. In the third act, the identity of the killer becomes fairly obvious; the cat and mouse game is still quite enjoyable. The cinematography was great, and as you point out, TopBilled, the London setting added to the atmosphere.
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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    Fellini Satyricon (1969) Next: Deep Space
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    '71 (2014)
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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    Columbus (2017) Next: Tokyo
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    I Just Watched...

    Good review of Green Book. I found it solid, middle-brow, mainstream entertainment. To say it paints with a broad brush is putting it mildly. Viggo Mortensen opts for a broad, outsized portrayal of the street-smart, unsophisticated Tony Lip. His performance is a blend of Robert De Niro satirizing himself on SNL, and a summoning of the ghost of Tony Soprano. And yet, it’s remarkably effective and endearing, reminding me of Vittorio Gassman’s performance in another buddy-road movie, Il Sorpasso (1962). Mahershala Ali plays piano virtuoso Don Shirley with a steely stoicism, and the contrast between the two men is delineated to the extreme. The early sixties period is rendered in rich detail, and Sean Porter’s photography keeps things going when the dialogue and pacing begin to slack. I’ll give Green Book a B.
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    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Theodore Bikel was in the The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart
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    Jane Powell as SOTM June 2019

    Deanna Durbin's character in Christmas Holiday is a "hostess" but really she's a practitioner of the world's oldest profession.
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    Jane Powell as SOTM June 2019

    I think Jane's work outside MGM allowed her to show a more savvy, perhaps even cynical side. Case in point is Three Sailors and a Girl from Warner Bros., in which she's still the girl-next-door but also worldly and hard-boiled. The Female Animal from Universal shows she could teach classes in the art of seduction.
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    Trafic (1971). Jacques Tati.

    Monsieur Hulot's Holiday from 1953 is a favorite of mine. I loved the seaside resort Tati stayed in. And there's a sequence in which he's playing tennis that is hilarious.
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    Name the comedy

    International House (1933) Next: Jobyna Ralston
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    Haunted Houses

    The mansion in Burnt Offerings (1976) was pretty scary.
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    Haunted Houses

    Great choice on Saltair Pavilion. I recently saw Carnival of Souls and loved it.
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    Name the Western

    The Maverick Queen (1956) Next: Mariette Hartley
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    The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

    The Bad Sleep Well (1960). Akira Kurosawa's bleak and riveting look into corporate malfeasance affirms that corporations can be tribal enterprises, hunting down nuisances that get in the way: competition, ethics, morality and people who threaten the interests of the corporation, or rather the people that run them. The opening scene, introducing us to the basic elements of the story, takes place at a company wedding reception. Reporters and photographers fly out of elevators, take their seats, and act like a peanut gallery, speculating and gossiping about which of the executives will be indicted next. The occasion is for the matrimony of Nishi (Kurosawa vet Toshiro Mifune), a promising but mysterious employee, and the daughter of the Vice President of Public Corporation, a company that seems to have its filthy fingers in everything. The ceremony itself is a gloomy, anxiety-filled affair: sweaty brows, deep breaths, and glasses raised with trembling hands. And a cake that terrifies certain people with unclean consciences. It turns out that Public Corporation is under investigation in an extensive bid-rigging and kickback scheme involving construction contracts. The narrative framework is procedural. Newspaper headlines shout out the goings on. Several people facing indictment have committed suicide. A window an executive jumped out of serves as a recurring symbol. Vice President Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori) is one of the figures targeted by prosecutors. He's the banality of evil, a weaselly, amoral survivalist. Nishi’s motives are slowly revealed. Mifune, in his business suit and glasses, resembles an enforcer impersonating a business man. He's on a parallel track with government prosecutors in setting things straight. But his methods are vigilante-like, and more effective in the short run. Tucked inside what is a political thriller and vengeance tale is a poignant portrait of Nishi falling in love with his wife, Yoshiko, a physically handicapped woman who never thought she would find anyone to love her. The actress, Kyōko Kagawa, makes the most of her screen time. The marriage at first was a calculated move by Nishi to gain access. Iwabuchi’s children, including his honorable son, suspect their father is up to no good. As a single parent who provides a comforting home for them, they choose not to pry, partly out of loyalty but also because they pity him. Over the course of the film, however, things unravel for the forces of good. This is not a Hollywood version of corporate venality being punished. It's a fatalistic message. A form of justice, however, does occur, courtesy of Yoshiko. As to whether the punishment is enough is anyone's guess.
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    Name the comedy

    Easy to Love (1934) Next: Ina Claire
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    Name the comedy

    Topper (1937) Next: Helen Walker

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