Princess of Tap

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    Actress Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

    Eddie Fisher singing the songs from Bundle of Joy was one of my first records. He was a great singer.
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    Here's a surprise: Tyrone Power for Star of the Month

    Slay-- The person that you describe sounds like Robert Montgomery, Elizabeth Montgomery's father. I don't know how you got the two of them confused.
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    Happy 80th Birthday to Mary Tyler Moore

    They have--it's called Death!
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    There's been some discussion of that in France as well, although I hardly think it's as serious a problem with only about 500,000 people of Algerian descent in a country of approximately 65 million. Ever since the French lost Algeria as a colony, they were indeed forced to take on those Algerians who fought on their side and who certainly could not afford to go back to Algeria; or they would be killed. Le Pen's National Front is in part a response to the loss of Algeria as a National Disgrace - - Le Pen has been accused of using torture as a soldier during the Algerian War. Le Pen's daughter Marine Le Pen, who now leads the National Front party, which was founded by her father, is a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and his movement along with her father. Le Front National has for decades been one of the strongest promoters of anti-Semitism in France.
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    Classical Music

    Another movie composer that I forgot to mention who was absolutely wonderful is Miklos Rózsa. Rózsa actually said that he had a double life as a film composer and as a serious classical composer. That is amazing when you consider how many film scores he actually wrote-- I counted more than 90 on IMDb. My favorite one is Spellbound for the Alfred Hitchcock movie; Rózsa won the Academy Award for that one as well as 2 others - - Ben-Hur and A Double Life. Among his most notable scores were: Double Indemnity The Lost Weekend Adam's Rib The Strange Love of Martha Ivers The Asphalt Jungle El Cid Fedora King of Kings Lust For Life His classical compositions are vast. They include a symphony, concertos, chamber music, vocal music, piano music and works for solo instruments. His last score was for the Steve Martin movie, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, 1982.
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    Classical Music

    No, I was talking about people who actually had contracts and worked primarily in the Golden Era of Hollywood for the big studios for whatever reason, political or otherwise. Aaron Copland was a serious musician who may have been asked to do a couple of things in Hollywood, but he primarily belongs to the world of classical music. And he may have gotten involved with the studios because he needed the money - - his style of composing wasn't that popular in some quarters when he was just making his reputation. At any rate I think Aaron Copland is so overplayed and overdone in American music that we shouldn't even talk about him anymore-- okay? I don't have to tell you how many American composers there are that we never hear on the radio and are not played by symphonic orchestras. Yeah, almost everytime I turn on the radio-- I mean just about every day they play Aaron Copland. Because the people who donate money to the stations absolutely want to hear maybe just two or three American composers - - Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin, that's all they know. There's so much more to American, music so much more. Recently I discovered a composer named Howard Hanson and I've been playing him a great deal and I hope to discover more people in the near future. Every time they start to play Appalachian Spring,, I just turn it off and turn on Howard Hanson.LOL BTW-- They used some of Howard Hanson's music in Alien, instead of Jerry Goldsmith's. Hanson was still alive but he decided not to take them to court because they did not ask his permission first. Isn't that a cute story since we were talking about Jerry Goldsmith?
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    Happy 80th Birthday to Mary Tyler Moore

    Mary's had diabetes for over 40 years - - but I think the deterioration of her looks has more to do with bad plastic surgery. I remember seeing her on Larry King with Dick Van Dyke which now must have been about twenty years ago and she looked nice. But she was complaining about getting old and looking old. Whereas Dick Van Dyke said it didn't bother him in the slightest. So Dick Van Dyke didn't go down the plastic surgery road and today he looks like an older man, but he still looks like Dick Van Dyke, just a little older with white hair. After seeing what plastic surgery has done to so many people who were given such beautiful natural looks - - many of them probably would have been alot smarter just to age naturally. ( Kenny Rogers and Lee Grant-- just to name 2).
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    50's Lifestyle

    Sep-- In the oldest part of our town we have streets made from red bricks-- brick roads. Going to Europe, I remember how I used to freak out over the cobblestones and it never even occurred to me that our brick roads are probably just as Scenic and certainly as treacherous for high heels.
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    Here's a surprise: Tyrone Power for Star of the Month

    When it comes to Ty Power, he never gave a bad performance. I like the same things that everybody else likes - - Zorro, The Black Swan, Blood and Sand, Rose of Washington Square, Eddy Duchin etc. But I wish that everybody could see the ones that are so outstanding or not really typical of his image in Hollywood-- My personal favorites are: The Sun Also Rises, Witness for the Prosecution, The Razor's Edge, and, of course, Nightmare Alley. The first three have tremendous actors and actresses working with him who have fantastic reputations, so you can see just how great he is, when he is backed up with people of equal standing. Nightmare Alley is a tour-de-force for Tyrone Power and I really do believe had he been allowed to go on in that genre, he would have been one of the greatest noir stars of the post-war era.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    He sounds like someone who lacks a conscience.
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    Yes, Miss Moore had the Oscar nomination and the most movies to prove her cinematic success over the other Metropolitan Opera singers. I remember how Barbra Streisand's Fanny Brice mentioned her in a song from Funny Lady, so she must have been quite famous to the 1930's public. Star, You are so very correct and so very next--
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    Classical Music

    Beethoven wanted to study with Mozart, but Mozart died before he could accomplish that dream. Beethoven idolized Mozart and saw himself as a successor to that genius. As for the Great Master Hayden- - Beethoven studied with Hayden from 1792 to 1795. The composers who composed for the movies in the 19 thirties and forties are seriously studied and played by symphonic orchestras all over the world. Korngold who worked for Warner Brothers as well as Max Steiner, Franz Waxman and Hitchcock's composer Bernard Herrmann. These composers also created serious compositions that are not associated with the motion picture industry. One Motion Picture conductor, arranger and composer from MGM, Andre Previn, actually became a conductor of a major World Symphony Orchestra the London Symphony Orchestra. For the most part, recent Motion Picture music is relegated to the pop Circuit of orchestras. John Williams was the conductor of the Boston Pops for a number of years and there was even a great deal of acrimony, among those artists, about him presenting his Movie music for the Pops Orchestra. Bernard Herrmann was the chief conductor of the CBS Symphony Orchestra. Erich Wolfgang Korngold composed ballets and operas in Vienna in the twenties and thirties. He was also a professor at the Vienna State Academy. Korngold was Jewish. Had it not been for the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, he probably would have stayed in Vienna and become one of the most famous operatic composers of the 20th century. He left all that and a great deal of his savings behind to save his life and that's the reason he started working for Warner Brothers and the movies. I have the movie Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn, that Korngold scored so brilliantly. They have a feature on the DVD where you can just listen to the music because it's considered to be able to stand on its own as a musical composition. On the classical radio station, I've heard original compositions by Korngold and Herrmann, which have nothing to do with the movies. But they also play their movie scores as well as those of Waxman and Steiner. Your talent and background has a lot to do with the quality of the music that you would be writing for movies. Like everything in life - - it varies according to the individual.
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    50's Lifestyle

    Laffite-- You rang a bell with that one - - My brother and I, we were watching that show one evening on television. My father came in and surprised us with a Cocker Spaniel puppy. I only remember this because my brother immediately named the dog Skippy because the peanut butter commercial was on at that time. And so the puppy was Skippy for 16 years.LOL
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    50's Lifestyle

    The same goes for our local PBS stations. I probably watched this show for 25 years straight on the PBS just to see Arthur Duncan do his tap routines-- he may have been the last human being on television making a living just tap dancing. And that's all he did for all those years that Lawrence Welk had him on his television show. In addition, I got to see Bobby and Cissy do a duo dance number from a number of different dance genres each week. Arthur and Bobby also taught others on the show how to tap dance and they used to do cute little routines, like the kind I would teach my students. It all seems so long ago that we had that kind of entertainment on primetime television.
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    Biopics/Famous Lives On Screen

    Film Lover-- That's not who I was thinking of, but you hit all the marks! I'm a hopeless Agatha Christie fanatic. For people like me, the film Agatha is our most guilty "private pleasure". Thanks for mentioning that great role for Vanessa Redgrave. FL, It's your turn to "give it a go"--
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    Trump & International politics

    The Russian expert who gave her opinion above is none other than the great-grand daughter of the former Premier of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev. It was Nikita Khrushchev who backed down during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Kennedy Administration.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    "Oh, I wish I was in the Land of Cotton, Old Times there are not forgotten-- look away, look away, look away, look away................ With something this ugly, we all have a tendency to want to look away. But take a good look--the whole world is watching.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    If some of the people who voted for Trump are bigoted and hate black people, Latinos, and Muslims, then I'm willing to bet that they're not too fond of Jewish people either. People who are Prejudiced and Bigoted are against anyone who is not looking or acting like them when they look in the mirror. The Klan in the United States and Le Pen's National Front in France are great promoters of anti-semitism, as is Putin's Russia as well. Vautrin-- I think if you asked the kind of Trump supporters who we recently saw on this thread--cozying up to the confederate flag-- what they thought of Jewish people in general, you would probably get a strong negative response.
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    Actor/Movie Association Game

    On the Town
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    Richard Burton
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    *A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

    Cooper, Gary
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    50's Lifestyle

    As a preschooler, Spike Jones had that same effect on me. When his show would come on with all that loud crazy music and that scary picture of him, I would run to my room and jump over my baby bed rail and immediately go to sleep in a panic. My mother always forgot to lower the rail on the bed even though Spike Jones came on every week. LOL
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    I Saw A Deadhead Sticker on a Cadillac-- Don't Look Back

    If it's better, it's because they've had an opportunity to improve on the original. That reminds me of what I say about two of my favorite singers-- Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis. They recorded for the same company, Columbia and they were very competitive. Both of them recorded Maria from West Side Story, which is a very difficult song no matter what the arrangement is. Johnny's Arrangement really captures the essence of the theatrical setting of the song. It makes you feel like you're really in the ambiance of the show. Andy's recording came out later so that he could "beat" Johnny in terms of technical prowess with his arrangement because he had the advantage of hearing Johnny's recording first. And undoubtedly and there's no doubt in my mind that Johnny could have sung Andy's Arrangement just as well. But when you put the two recordings up against each other, Andy always wins, in my opinion.
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    Biopics/Famous Lives On Screen

    This distinguished actress played many diverse roles in the movies. Among three of her most distinctive roles were where she played real women in European history. The women were: 1) The wife of a legendary king 2) A famous novelist 3) The Mistress of a genius artist (painter) When your identify this actress, please also give the names of the three movies from the roles listed above.

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