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    Ever had a bad experience at a movie theater?

    The last REAL movie theatre experience for me was GORKY PARK (1983). great film, but the cinema was air-conditioned to freezing levels. It was awful. Then, I realized ALL the new cinemas were, and from then on it was either VHS (later, dvd) or the various classic film festivals (which at that time were numerous) at our local University. All over now, of course, and it's DVD's all the time. Back in the 1950's and 1960's, movies were heaven to attend, watch, and eat in.
  2. This is a great portrayal, of one of the members of the USO group that James Caan (supposedly playing Bob Hope), and Bette Midler (supposedly playing Martha Raye) are traveling around Britain in, to entertain the soldiers and airmen during WW2. This BLONDE DANCER steals the show at every stop---I can't find her mentioned in the the IMDB.COM cast list. PLEASE if someone knows, who is she? thanks!!!!
  3. Angela Lansbury was quite a fox --- don't miss her in GASLIGHT (1944), Bette Davis was indeed PLAIN---she always said she owed her career to her makeup man (who was also one of her lovers---either Perc Westmore or Gordon Bau).
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    Germans in GB during th' war

    Lots of stuff about this in the first season of "Foyle's War" I think that they were eventually rounded up and placed in internment camps on the Isle of Man. This was just about all foreign nationals. I can't find the details on the IMDB.COM pages, but I'm pretty sure the "internment" information is shown in the first episode in the first season "The German Woman." German nationals were also "interned" in the U.S.A. during WW2.
  5. Thanks so much, Lawrence A!!! It was driving me crazy....! She played the unforgettable: "Victoria Lee" (perhaps based on the gorgeous and tragic Carole Landis.)
  6. I have just been reading Bob Hope's book about his USO tours in Europe during WW2: I NEVER LEFT HOME, 1944 - he runs into many friends and co-workers, as well as studio executives that have signed up, including: Burgess Meredith, Clark Gable, and Bruce Cabot. If you want to experience WW2 as it happened, this is a great book. -------------------------------------------------------- lots MORE than these, of course---Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jimmy Stewart, Tyrone Power, Farley Granger, etc. Some of them saw LOTS of action, some didn't at all. Many became stars later: Lee Marvin, for example.
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    The Cast Of 12 Angry Men In Other Films

    MY FAVE roles of the classic ANGRY MEN cast----being known for 12 angry men just isn't enough!!! 1. Martin Balsam-THE ANDERSON TAPES 2. John Fiedler-THAT TOUCH OF MINK 3. Lee J Cobb-THIEVES' HIGHWAY 4. E G Marshall-INTERIORS 5. Jack Klugman-THE DETECTIVE 6. Edward Binns- PORTLAND EXPOSE 7. Jack Warden-THE SOUND AND THE FURY 8. Henry Fonda-THE BEST MAN 9. Joseph Sweeney-THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 10. Ed Begley-ON DANGEROUS GROUND 11. George Voskovec- THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD 12. Robert Webber- DEAD HEAT ON A MERRY GO ROUND
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    Alan Ladd---tragic "noir" superstar

    What DIDN'T happen to ruin Alan Ladd's life? His Mother committed suicide in front of him. He drank himself to death. But---what a movie star---what movies! I just watched APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER (1950) and it's a "Laddathon" -- nothing could be closer to his tragic persona, and no star could be more doomed or beautiful at the same time. If you love "noir" and want to see the thrilling underbelly world it created, with the best of the best (actually a total dream cast), don't miss this film. Even Jack Webb is there---a vicious, ape-like thug Jack Webb that you won't see anywhere else.
  9. Help! A question about what would $10,000 (in 1924) be worth TODAY? This is approximately the year in the movie GIANT, when the horse was purchased for $10,000. Thanks, if you can help!
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    money equivalency--help. $10,000 in 1924???

    Thanks a million!!!! I really appreciate your speed of light response. :=)
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    GIANT (1956)

    One of those movies that you ditch work for and watch downtown in a revival cinema. MUCH more meaningful if you are a Texan, as I am. Seems mythic, but the whole darned state is as mythic as heck! Some observations: >>ONLY proper "accent" was Mercedes McCambridge's. THAT is the way we talk. >>Visual poetry of this film was stupendous, even in the very first scenes--Rock Hudson, without saying a word (not the proper accent, anyway because he's a yankee) simply embodies the state. He IS Texas. >>Stupendously perfect "extras", the Texans, at the various social gatherings--barbecue, funeral, etc. They were EXACT. >>In this film (perhaps the way George Stevens planned it) the MEN are more gorgeous than the women. Liz Taylor's gorgeous presence is kept in "neutral" by her hair and wardrobe, which does NOTHING for her, and many many shots of her in shadow as she converses with the 2 male stars, bringing the men into a lighted foreground, and leaving her unseen. Ditto the daughters of Riata (Judy and Luz)--their clothes (and lack of glamour closeups) are blah. >>ONE woman is glamourized--Juana (Elsa Cardenas). >>If there is visual poetry on screen, it is simply James Dean in this movie. He is everything.
  12. ....as to James Dean, I don't care what he is. He's simply the most gorgeous (and talented) actor that ever was.
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    GIANT (1956)

    quite true, Sgt. Markoff. Actually, to SUPPORT the various mythic wonderful unique legendary farms/ranches/spreads, etc., the CITY Texans are taxed massively for their homes and land. That is, if you CONTROL a county, through your friends, relatives, in-laws, etc. you can set YOUR "tax rate" in the basement, and let all those city-dwellers pay for everything, like YOUR school systems, as well as theirs, too. Great scenes in GIANT as Rock Hudson pow-wows in his home with his various "tame" politicians, judges, etc. This has not changed. The people/families that run the rural counties answer to no one. But Texas has that extra added something - when you live here, you are part of that myth--there is no escaping it.
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    Favorite Movie Lines

    "I don't want to die." "Neither do I, baby, but if I have to, I'm going to die last." -OUT OF THE PAST ................................................................ BY THE WAY----ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN buries THE POST. just saying......
  15. JAMES DEAN making tea for Liz Taylor in GIANT--- is that masculine enough for you? (anyone want to post a foto of this, please? I don't know how to.)
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    Noir Alley

    SPOILERS FOR BLUE GARDENIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a lot of issues with BLUE GARDENIA. Being a rabid Richard Conte fan, I love the movie (especially the fact that his wife IRL is featured in it). But I really wish that Richard Conte and Raymond Burr could have swapped roles. I just don't see petite Anne Baxter whacking huge Raymond Burr by accident. She might have had a chance killing Richard Conte if HE had played the "playboy" role, but this is the main problem with the movie, IMHO. Raymond Burr (as he proved in his series "Ironside") was just BORN for cop roles, and he should have played the cop in BLUE GARDENIA.
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    George Sanders

    Doesn't anyone want to mention VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1960)? Sanders MADE that thrilling little s/f a cult masterpiece. other, unforgettable films starring him are: CALL ME MADAM (1953) and WITNESS TO MURDER (1954)
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    Edward G Robinson

    THANKS for this gourgeus lobby card! Love the 1930's, and love EGR!!~!!~
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    Movies I watch again and again.

    MIDNIGHT LACE (doris day) HITCHCOCK (anthony hopkins) 42nd STREET (warner baxter) ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (charles mcgraw) STALAG 17 (william holden) ONE, TWO, THREE (james cagney) LES DIABOLIQUES -original and the re-make TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (jean gabin) WHITE HEAT (james cagney) BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (william holden) QUAI DES ORFEVRES (louis jouvet) LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (doris day)
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    “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II”

    Exactly what I thought.!!!!
  21. As well as a FROG emoji (which is now a racist symbol, for some reason) the shooter in Pittsburgh sent his last message: "Screw the optics, I'm going in!" Anyone know what that means? Or should we care what the gun-toting loners post?
  22. Thanks, Gershwin fan! I appreciate it.
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    “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II”

    Again, again, it all comes down to the casting for DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. sure, Audrey was too old IRL to pass as Anne Frank, but IMHO, she was the natural choice. I think she turned it down, anyway. But WOW, it would have been quite a wonderful film (and not a "Hollywood" pastiche) if she had played that role. A super important story that we WISH had starred a woman who had LIVED it.
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    “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II”

    This is DRAMATIZED in the excellent "Audrey Hepburn Story" (2000) a biopic TV-movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, which is pretty easy to find on DVD. An excellent film of a fascinating woman's life.
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    Raymond Burr just keeps amazing me

    Of course, he RULED television series as "Perry Mason" and "Ironside". But his "noir" films are pretty wonderful. And he is unforgettable in these great triumphs in black and white! DESPERATE (1947) not a mobster to get on the wrong side of RAW DEAL (1948) a mobster fascinated with fire, who dumps cherries jubilee on his girlfriend WALK A CROOKED MILE (1948) - A communist--enough said? BRIDE OF THE GORILLA (1951) - passionate scenes with gorgeous, doomed Barbara Payton BLUE GARDENIA (1953) - a eager playboy who dumped the WRONG woman! REAR WINDOW (1954) - pathetic neighbor across the courtyard from Jimmy Stewart CRY IN THE NIGHT (1956) - he plays the creepy dangerous massive "mama's boy" who finds Natalie Wood irresistible CRIME OF PASSION (1957) - he learns the hard way not to turn his back on Barbara Stanwyck

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