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  1. Hate to dash any fans of the long ago gone opera singer & movie star singer: MARIO LANZA-(l921-l959) but from all accounts he was said to be yet another huge HOLLYWOOD egotistical JERK! Over 17yrs I've posted items about others in the same vein in it;'s history & often forget to include Lanza for some reason? & typically, gossip & who knows, he was said to have mob connections a bit, that the real GODFATHER Charles "Lucky" Luciano-(l896-l962) was said to have him.....put away, or as they like to phrase it WHACKED!? His wife was very, very vocal about this until her shortly after early demise as well? At any rate, does anyone enjoy his MUSICALS OR HIM?
  2. Yet another rare shot & of my very first hero & idol asa kid ages 9 to 25
  3. TO JAKE HOLMAN. first of all 4 big stars for that handle! And I had not seen this post/threads,etc-(THOUGH I PREFER THE NORMAL WRITERS TERMOF ATUICLE) until just now & let me tell you Mr. McQueen, THIS IS ARGUABLY THEE FINEST ON THESE FORUMS/BOARDS RIGHT NOW! & thats saying a lot due to the competition pal!!! A MASSIVE 4 STARS! & KEEP MORE COMING & ON A PERSINAL NOTE< PLEASE, PLEASE MORE> NATALIE, TRACY, SINATRA, CAGNEY & EVEN GARBO YOU SHOULD BE PROUD
  4. WOW! JAKE, THANK YOU EVER SOI MUCH FIOR INCLUDINGBHER HERE! Do you have more of her, *TRACY,*SINATRA,etc???
  5. It's rumored that after the 2 time legendary *COOP saw him in this very fine film he had as face lift
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    Mad about Musicals & Mario Lanza

    Many Hollywood insiders started to say that Lanza's increasing ego was getting larger then his waist
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    Mad about Musicals & Mario Lanza

    Can't wait for what rayban?
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    Top Ten Films of...

    & TO LAURA POALMER< how could any true moviebuff 4-get REDC RIVER, you didn't After *Ford saw it he told *"The Duke" "Hell, I didn;t know you could act" unquote & you folks left out *Ford's FORT APACHE?
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    Top Ten Films of...

    *Scorsese has listed for moist of his life THE RED SHOES as being among the top ten finest ever made! & among his biggest influences since childhood That year & (SINS OF OMISSION BY *THE AMPAS) were *Bogart as Fred C. Dobbs & Edward G. Robinson as Johnny Rocco!!! Neither even in the golden race
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    Top Ten Films of...

    Yet another strong cinematic year, but TREASSURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE towers above all, no mater what holllywood &the AMPAS voted for??? Wasn't THE NAKED CITY also a '48 film? & the *OSCARS loved JOAN OF ARC & of course Best Actress winner for *Jane Wyman in JOHNNY BELINDA Personally though My "Alternate *Oscar winner for Best actress that year gioes to *Olivia de Havilland in THE SNAKE PIT! Plus *TRACY & *HEPBURN did a terrific (***1/2) picture in *Capra's STATE OF THE UNION OOPS, how could you leave out ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN???
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    Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread

    Unfortunately I never even heard of her though> Pretty young, what happened to her?
  12. OVER *"THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD???"
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    I Just Watched...

    That Harry Lime Avatar is easily among thee greatest on these forums!!! (P.S. there is an utterly marvelous radio program aired every Saturday night down here "HOLLYWOOD360" & features all the heavweights of the 1940's & '50's as they were originally aired & it is among my fav dats of the week (& 4 hours too!) & speaking of Harry Lime, last week the had *Welles doing a program on him. But my favs are the comedies Jack Benny A &C, LIFE OF RILEY,etc Sole debit it's young host plsays modern era music leading in al;l the timer & for anyone interested you can buy these great tapes at above title & even has a companion pc magazijne REWIND or it's REMIND Check out the website for more!i Just an example of some of the stars that do it via radio back then are>William Conrad, William Bendix, Eve Arden, Jack Webb, Richard Widmark, Basil Rathbone doing SHERLOCK HOLMES & many more! GO CHECK 'ER OUT UNDER THAT TITLE (www.hollywood360) & let me & us know what you think??? Even Groucho pops up periodically!
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    Top Ten Films of...

    TREASURE losing must rate among *Oscars biggest screw ups!!!
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    I Just Watched...

    CavEgirl, this is still mostly known as *Hanks debut & he gets it in a hammick opr something, am I right. it was around time he was on that god awful tv series BVOPSSOM BUDDIE WHO KNEW?
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    The FilmStruck Thread

    I told a longtime online pal o';mine (Cliff Aliperti of thingsandotherstuff & other neat sites) that you folks thought that eventually our beloved TCM would go be the wayside & that Film Struck may take over, plus in connection with the camp I belong to TCM Backlot. He nixed the entire idea though? WHO KNOWS?
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    The FilmStruck Thread

    THANK YOU KUDOS & ALL FOR THE SHOT OF HER FRIEND!
  18. Never forget a very long & well written article in Premiere back in the early 1990';s & it's topic was the same about "Nobody Even Mentions W.C., Fields anymore>" unquote & this has sadly only gotten worse ever since, even TCM rarely covers THE GREAT MAN anymore & if so, it's like some big deal anymore??? Some of this may be because he died ever so log ago on Christmas Day 1946-(& typical of Fields, he loathed that holiday to start with) Plus of course children. All well known about this true comedic GENIUS! A word they use far too often in the medium of film, but I'd rank him among the true cinematic geniuses, along with *WELLES, HITCH, *CHAPLIN, KEATON, *KUNRICK, *BRANDO, *STREEP.etc Don't just take my word for it, try & think of the last time you read, saw, or anything on William (Claude) Dukenfield-(l879-l946)-(TRIVIA: yet another like his contemporaries that chose GLENDALE'S, "Forest Lawn, park"_ ) & he's the guy that came up with the oft used latter bit that "IF IT BENDS IT'S FUNNY, IF IT BREAKS It'S NOT" unquote, meaning his ever present pool cue. A great bit *Woody Allen used to great effect about Alan Alda's jerk of a character in his 1989 brilliant CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS by Ahe way!tt Not just another Hollywood gossip story listed her either, who saw Blake Edward's 1981 "s.o.b?" Welp, they had an homage to a real incident involving Fields, Gene Fowler, Errol Flynn & the just deceased John Barrymore! It's a long story, but check out that ok (**1/2)( comedy & it was obviously what Edwards was doing, this time with *William Holden, R. Preston-(marvelous), Robert Webber & Richard Mulligan filling in those shoes. Actually I've always thought those fella's scenes were the only good ones in that '81 release. Though the press had a field day because *Julie Andrews had 1 brief bit showing off her breasts. There was & still is for W,C. fans that want to find it, from 1986 on him. Aired on PBS back then. An excellent docu on him. & touches on just about everything Fieldsian 40yrs after his demise. & of course his battle w/alcoholism. Plus the time when *Katherine. DeMille & *A. Quinn';s child drowned in his swimming pool. Many say that incident changed him. His era at Paramount first & then Universal studios in Burbank. His ever present DT's & insomnia, W.C. couldn't sleep unless it was raining on his roof. BOMBING in the silent era, obviously because it was his voice that was ever so spectacular! (TRIVIA: *Brando once said in a latter interview he thought 1932's THE DENTIST was the funniest thing he ever saw) & his biggest stretch as an actor in *Sekznick & M-G-M's grand 1933 DAVID COPPERFIELD. I;m among his legions of fans myself that think he still deserved *Oscar attention, i.e. "My Alternate *Oscars" especially for 1935's MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE & his mt. summit 1934's brilliantly made on all levels IT;'S A GIFT-(easily among Hollywoods top ten comedies!), THE BANK DICK & MY 2nd FAV> 194's surrealistic NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK Despite his genius he is known to have been among the industry's most difficult stars, often showing up loaded & when given the script he'd tear it up & write his ideas on the back of a grocery list or something. Plus, it''s true he & Mae west-(l893-l980) did not get along whatsoever. Very often they'd have to shoot a scene without the other one even present. W.C. of course also had a perfecto voice for the radio & his battles with Charlie McCarthy are rightly so classics!!! AGAIN, TRY & FIND ABOVE MENTIONED 90 minute DOCUMENTARY, I HAVE IT SAVED SOMEWHERE IN MY BOXES. & his grandndson is everywhere thesedays-(looks a bit like him too) always promoting his one of a kind grandfather. ap[parently Groucho was not a fan though & on one of his 3 or so appearances on Dick Cavett when Dick asks him about W.C. fields he simply says "I DON'T SPEAK ILL OF THE DEAD" unquote (MORE TRIVIA: Originally *Capra & RJO wanted him for Mr. potter, don't know what occurred, but of course *L. Barrymore took over that famous role instead) My "Essential W.C. Fields>#1st IT'S A GIFT (l934 Paramount) 2. NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN EVEN BREAK (1941 Universal) 3rd THE BANK DICK (l940 Univ.) & his biggest $hit$ 4th fav (close-call between) DAVID COPPERFIELD & MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (P.S. though that short THE DENTIST is perfect!) His last was 1 I;ve never seen yet 1945's TALES OF MANHATTAN THANK U
  19. To Jakeem, I only recently looked up several celebs IQ's, but not his as yet Highest still by far is James Woods with between 184 & 186!
  20. Ever since he got hitched he toned down his ultra liberal political jazz
  21. I already touched on this on these forums, were you able to read it yet? However, as I always say I think he's cool & a fine actor, but there are a few more deserving still alive. *Duvall, *Hopkins, *Sarandon & others first! & as you of all know unlike the *Academy Award AFI recipients must accept it in person Wonder about (3) time leading actor *Oscar victor *D. Day-Lewis as well?
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    The FilmStruck Thread

    Now going over it a bit I think I get it, but please make it very clear? Like THIS WEEK ON "STAR OF THE WEEK?"
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    The FilmStruck Thread

    LawrenceA, thanx for the tip of NATALIE! However, please explain in detail exactly what this section is & what it's all about? I'm well aware of tcm's new Film Struck, but you folks broke things down a bit & need to know why ???
  24. Just thought about this via a metaphor to the well received (& I THANK YOU FRIENDS!) item on William (Claude) Dukenfield-(l879-l946)-(TRIVIA: & once again for true bona-fide classic era moviebuffs that desperately have long wanted to see whats left still-standing from that glorious era, his place was also torn down! As was "Pickfair")-(which was located at 1143 summit, drive in B. Hills. Ironically *Charles (Spencer) Chaplin lived on same road at one time) I once did an article-(prefer term to post or thread) on (THINK I DID OVER 17yrs?) on HOLLYWOODS GLORIOUS GOLDEN AGE/STUDIO-SYSTEM-(circa 1925-1960-63) & where legendary places were or maybe still are. Among all-time most outright "DISPICABLE"-(due to the morality of it) was THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN!!! & if my fellow TCM-ITES may enjoy it I'll dig into the old books & try it again sometime? That's why in this era I was mostly drawn to the famous graveyards, not for being morbid, but a said star spent lots of time there as well choosing their location out. & so far(emphysis on so-far) HCOC has yet to attempt to tear them down, yet? (P.S. Although when I first finally got to see where NATALIE ("Westwood") was laid to rest in April '99, 18yrs later I was worried because that tiny park is surrounded by huge industrial buildings.) & yet Tinsel-Town had the....to officially deem Jayne Mansfield's fmr pink palace a heritage of some sort, E. Humperdink moved in & wanted to repaint it but wasn't allowed) (AN ASIDE: Always wondered who "YES MAN" & Honorary Mayor: Johnny Grant's true favs were? By the way for history buffs his office looked more like a dentist or lawyers office, squeezed in between THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL.) Back to business, given the over used phrased "GENIUS" as I wrote before I truly think W.C. was genuine. as was what I;ve always rated "Cinema History's all-Time, all-Around Comedic Genius in *Chaplin. Buster Keaton-(l895-l966) obviously anothere, but it wasn't just sound that destroyed Buster-Joseph (Francis) Keaton, L.B. Mayer-(l885-l957) loathed movie comics & wanted to destroy the already alcoholic Buster-(said to start with ex-wife Natalie Talmadge who took $everything$) so L.B. got even by having him play 2nd fiddle to Jimmy Durante. There are scenes opposite Durante where you can obviously see Buster was fried! I know I'll offend lots, but I respect Harold Lloyd-(l893-l97l)-(another resident in GLENDALE by the way) but never made me laugh at all, something though even "The Little Tramp" can't really do, I just watch him & Keaton in amazement! saw docu's yrs & yrs back on the stuntmen for these giants & all said they never heard anybody double for Buster. Then of course came Stan Laurel-(Arthur Stanley Jefferson)-(l890-l965) & Oliver (Norvell) Hardy-(l892-l957) all know they were lucky crossing over from silent to sound. & almost all doubt me over the yrs when I try & tell them they-(well, *Hal Roach-(l892-l992) won an *ACADEMY (AMPAS) AWARD once.-(YOU CINEFANS KNOW WHAT 4) Back in the mid 19080's L. Maltin used to host a nightly show showing many of those shorts on Nickelodeon. still have 'em somewhere on VHS. (TRIVIA: The vast majority of their shorts were shot on Atlantic Avenue just outside the still-standing CULVER STUDIOS. *Roach also filmed lots of the "Our Gang flix" there to & H. Lloyd did some of his works there. Think on or near Thomas Ince, blvd.) & some TCM-ITE may have been 100% on a topic they started THE MUSIC BOX THE MOST PERFECT MOVIE EVER MADE. THE MARX BROS-(career: l929-49) Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx-(l890-l977), Chico-(Leonard) Marx-(l886-l96l), Harpo (Adolph Arthur) Marx-(l888-l964) NOW, since I first saw these maniacs I got belly laughs, same as the Stooges. THE THREE STOOGES-(career: 1934-59 only for the Columbia shorts though) Moe Howard-(Moses Harold Horwitz)-(l897-l975)-(like Groucho, he was also their business man mostly), Larry fine-(Fineberg)-(l902-75), Curly Howard-(Jerome Horwitz)-(l903-52), Shemp Howard-(Samuel Horwitz)-(l895-l955), Joe YUK! Besser-(l907-88) & Curly Joe DeRita-(l909-93) when I first got a VCR in 1983-(recall the top loading ones?) I musta' taped everything "Stooges" (still have approx. 90 of the 190 shorts theyt made at AKA "The Germ of the 0cean" "Poverty Row" Columbia & working for what the late great columnist James Bacon called his book "The Meanest Man in Town" *Harry Cohn-(l89l-l958) & I still much more like those then DVD's, you can jam 'em up with lots of stuff!) Originally it was of course Ted Healy-=(l896-l937) & his "3 Stooges" but Hollywood only wanted them. Shemp was scared of ted, well known drunken violent temper. (CINEFAX: Another item that's never been proven & probably never will be either, just too-long ago & all are deceased. But, within the last 5 to 10yrs a huge rumor has been spreading that Healy-(well known for drunken bar brawls) was beaten to death by 2 men, witnesses said & 1 of which was alledgedly *WALLACE BEERY-(l885-l949)? When the press got uold of this, L.B. sent him & his family on a 2 to 3 month cruise. & then we of course also had ABBOTT & COSTELLO & Costello Bud (William) Abbott-(l895-l974) & Lou Costello-(Louis Cristillo)-(l906-59) really represented WW2 more than any other movie comics, matter of fact it's said Lou contracted rheumatic fever while touring so much. & they were officially annual $box-office$ champs for 1942. Personally I just adore the duo's short-lived tv show (l952-54) the most! It's easy to find on youtube & I don't care what the so called experts say, I've never seen a greater straight man then Bud Abbott! Most choose *George Burns, very close call. & of course *Bing Crosby-(l903-77) & Bob Hope-(l903-2003) Now, speaking of "THE WAR!" It's an absolute that Hope toured more wars than any star in history! (TRIVIA: *"The Woodman"-Woody Allen has a few heroes, but Bob is his A #1. &^ they topped annual $B.O.$, but seperately *Bing for 5 consecutive yrs-(l944, 45, 46, 47 & 1948 & Hope for 1949. On 1 of my oldest vids I have a classic movie docu & *Walter Matthau without pause calls "LAUREL & HARDY" the greatest comedy team in motion picture history, who agrees? I go 1 better, just me though & it's tv "The Honeymooners" (l955-56) & Jackie (Ralph Kramden) Gleason (l9l6-87) & *Art (Ed Norton) Carney-(l9l8-2003) it's no small wonder that Gleason's idols were Ollie & Jack 0akie. NOW, that brings us to today AT THE MOVIES????? Chris Tucker, Pauly Shore, Jack Black, David Spade. Don't get me wrong whatsoever, I reeely like Bill Murray, Steve Martin & Eddie Murphy's ego seems to have gotten in his way anymore? & I thought *ROBIN WILLIAMS-(l951-2014) was another genuine comedic GENIUS, especially on stage & when he could use it, on THE SILVER-SCREEN!!! Excuse long analysis, but good comedy is my favorite genre THANX AGAIN
  25. HEY BUDDY! NATALIE has hardly ever been honored, so it did not seem like (3) times??? Who holds the record, I bet it's between *B. Davis & Cary Grant, am I right? But for some reason you didn't include *Davis above?

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