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  1. I just watched SEND ME NO FLOWERS (1964) after many years! I love this movie so much. So many great things about it (even though Doris Day's husband Marty Melcher was a total crook, we do thank him for exploiting her in these movies). One thing was the LIMIT on characters--it was really simple to keep track of plot-wise, compared to Rock and Doris's other films. Every character is perfect, a pro actor playing them, and they are all experts in comedy. I love them all. The OTHER fantastic thing is the SET. Rock Hudson and Tony Randall live next door to each other, and the interiors are perfection---the ultimate middle-class dream sets of 1964, that people all over the world aspired to copy. The bedroom colors MATCH Doris Days' blonde hair. Every little set prop is adorable. Tony Randall's KITCHEN is the ultimate designer kitchen for that era, in BRONZE colors for the appliances (very cool, modern, and popular.) Doris Day, as a housewife, spends her days at the grocery store, or playing golf with her girlfriends. Life is good. A gossipy milkman delivers all sorts of things (Honey, milk, eggs, etc). to the door every morning. This is life as it was once lived in the paradise of the suburbs. And, best of all PAUL LYNDE steals the movie--he is a sweet character, the Cemetery Plot salesman, and just about saves Rock Hudson's marriage at the end. He was so good in everything. Unfortunately, IRL., Paul was a tortured soul, and quite unpleasant to work with. But the movie "WORKS" because of his performance (ditto the film BYE BYE BIRDIE).
  2. Reading the new biography of Rock Hudson (ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS) started me wondering. Rock had open-heart surgery after a possible heart attack in 1981. Couldn't he have gotten a transfusion of AIDS-tainted blood? Blood banks certainly weren't TESTING for AIDS in 1981. And getting a blood transfusion would be a SURE way getting the virus, instead of the unknown, unseen, and private sex life he had. ---if anyone knows WHAT YEAR "AIDS" appeared, please tell us.
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    CLEOPATRA (1963) - why the hate?

    CLEOPATRA has been running this month on MOVIES! channel. The kind of film that you don't watch, but that watches YOU. You really can't turn it off when it gets to certain points of history. You can't look away. You can't figure out how Liz Taylor can even SEE through that perfect eye makeup. Or, how you can ever breathe again after seeing Richard Burton look so darned CUTE in those.... Well, they had a lot of embossed leather and cool golden accent work available from Italian craftsmen on this picture, and Burton has great legs. CLEOPATRA is different than QUO VADIS (horror and fear--please don't throw me into the arena with those darned lions!), BEN-HUR (some sort of religious message), and SPARTACUS (extremely fit guys killing each other.) CLEOPATRA is all "decor". And lots of love. And lots of "style" - death comes from a bowl of fruit with some "movement" in it---oops, later, there's a viper slithering across a dark marble floor. Now THIS is watchable. and---CLEOPATRA is subtle. You may be whammed over the head with the silk draperies and huge throne rooms and milk baths in marble, but there are some cool plot-points that are suggested, and stylish. Has anyone really watched this movie? Certainly not Liz Taylor's biographers. All they seem to record are all the drunken fights between cast members, soon to be ex-spouses, and various facial injuries that Liz and Dick caused each other on their wild nights up and down the Italian landscape after hours. This movie was a wild scene, with time off waiting for Liz's face to return to normal, and for the 2 stars to appear after making love day and night. A financial nightmare, but wow, does it, and the 2 stars, look GOOD.
  4. In the mid 1960's, John Dall did his last performances on "Perry Mason" episodes. This A.M. I just watched him in "Case of the Laughing Lady", on MeTV. He's great, and he looks great.
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    CLEOPATRA (1963) - why the hate?

    re: SEE YOU IN HELL, DARLING Wooow!This never came to my town, I know that! (Probably because of the title!) I love adorable Janet Leigh, even when she is wielding a whip. One wonders if (like Tony Perkins) the rest of her career was a post-PSYCHO "makeup" that perhaps went a little too far. But she's cute in anything. She's quite proper in THE FOG, which is all I ask of her. She also had the most ladylike VOICE of all actresses. Scarlett Johanssen tried to replicate that a little in HITCHCOCK.
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    CLEOPATRA (1963) - why the hate?

    Hi!-I can't find this movie on IMDB.COM, and I've never heard of it.... What is the year? One (made for tv) movie I have never forgotten though, is HOUSE ON GREEN APPLE ROAD (1970), which starred Janet Leigh and William Windom, and was cutting-edge!
  7. Anyone ever discover WHY Howard Hughes constantly screened a copy of ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968)? I mean DAILY. Many times a day. thanks, if you know!!!
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    FBI busts actresses, CEOs in college admissions scam

    2 words that these "actresses" don't seem to know : PREP SCHOOLS Not only do these celebrity parents want to throw away money, they seem to want to keep their children as stupid and dependent as possible. Sort of like PETS. For the well-heeled parent, all these problems (getting the young ones into fine colleges) can be easily solved by their attendance at a (gasp) prep school. FINE (and very expensive) ones exist on both coasts, though the best are in New England. Sure, the tuition and fees and boarding can get close to $50,000 a year (or more) but the social worth, friend connections and prep for fine colleges is well worth it. And it's LEGAL. Look at Meghan Markle (now Duchess of Sussex)- Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, and then Northwestern University, where she joined one of the most exclusive sororities, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
  9. watching the "extras" for DR. STRANGELOVE, it seems that Kubrick is totally supported and styled by British crew and experts. Shouldn't we see his work as a "hybrid"? And why the MASSIVE fascination and hilarious treatment of DEATH? Artistry, or just weirdness?
  10. Tom Neal, gorgeous, doomed hunk who stars in DETOUR, is offered a free dinner by the driver (Edmund MacDonald) he has "hitched" with on his way to L.A. "That's sure white of you, mister" he says. This line is fuzzed out in the Movies! channel broadcast. Perhaps he is saying "nice"? Anyway, I don't know why they have to mess around with the "Noir of all Noirs", Edgar Ulmer's low-budget masterpiece. Any opinions? Should Movies! channel weep in shame? Or just wait for the cops to pull them over?
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    Haunted Houses

    One of my faves is THE SMILING GHOST (1941) It stars Brenda Marshall (Mrs. William Holden) and the super (African-American) comic Willie Best, who was in hit after hit, including HIGH SIERRA, GREEN PASTURES, CABIN IN THE SKY, and TONS AND TONS of films in the 1930's and 1940's.
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    How did Rock Hudson REALLY catch AIDS?

    Thanks for the information!!!!😺
  13. Reading about Rock Hudson, i discovered that Howard Hughes was so obsessed with ICE STATION ZEBRA that he would call up his Las Vegas television station, and order them to play the movie all the time! Must be nice! So---if you owned your own Television station, and were a reclusive (germaphobe) Billionaire holed up in a hotel with bodyguards, what movie (or movies) would you order up for the entire CITY to watch? For me, it would be a toss up between: ISLAND OF TERROR (1966), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958), and SEVEN SAMURAI (1954).
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    ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968) - Howard Hughes' cult film

    Thanks for this information!😏
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    Noir Lit 101

    Don't miss reading the original book: James M. Cain DOUBLE INDEMNITY---the ending is strange and mysterious, very "moody". also-- If you like the re-make of Cain's MILDRED PIERCE, it is much more like the original book.
  16. This obscure film is supposed to be one of Rock Hudson's breakthrough roles. (according to his biography ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS). has anyone seen it? thanks!
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    has anyone ever seen THE FAT MAN (1951)?

    thanks so much!!!! 🙃
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    CLEOPATRA (1963) - why the hate?

    Thank you, Dougie B! Right---the money is up there on the screen. Kind of fun to imagine what taking away all the booze and pills might have meant to this movie, and cast. According to the Liz Taylor biography (THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD BY Ellis Amburn, 2000), the director was on uppers, and all the cast was on downers. Liz could get seriously sick at the drop of a hat (a condition that happened all during her career, though she was a tough bird, living until 79). Nobody planned a darned thing in the movie (BEN-HUR was meticulously planned for in Hollywood before anyone got to Rome to film it.) And, funnily enough, (IMHO) Roddy McDowell (Liz and Dick's dear friend) ended up stealing the movie (and the Empire) in the last scenes.
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    All things Doris Day

    Not to disrespect funny and "ideal" Rock, but John Gavin had his own unique charm. Another wonderful thing is his voice. I have just been reading the biography of Rock Hudson (ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS by Mark Griffin, 2018). One interesting thing in the book---Douglas Sirk (who was one of the architects of Rock's stardom) said in person, Rock seemed handsome, but just that. You had to see him through the camera lens to get what made him "special".
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    The Curse of Kerr, IT RHYMES WITH STAR!

    LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME--- a crazy film, but very loveable! Everyone is great, but the real Ruth Etting looked like CHER, not Doris Day.
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    A popular film, it is featured in the "In a foreign field" (season 2) episode of "Dr. Blake Mysteries" (a retro-mystery series set in Australia in the 1950's)
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    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

    Welch performing his role well--- TRIAL lawyers are "born" actors---the trial itself is a "play" in many respects. This is the profession where you will find them, so it is an easy win that Welch could play his part, after being so interesting and compelling during the real-life Army-McCarthy hearings. (and speaking of actors, who was a better "actor" than Joseph McCarthy in his appearances during the Blacklist mania? Did he believe a word he said? Probably not.)
  23. WOW! Is this gorgeous NOIR, or what.? But---it's also Neo-Noir, in which terror originates from a government or a corporation which is out of control.
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    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

    wow, I think Lana Turner would have been super in this movie. But, it would have been a different movie altogether (more "Hollywood") Lee Remick's youth adds so much drama--especially up against creepy/ugly George C. Scott in the courtroom. But the REAL-LIFE rape victim (in photos) is a more mature looking woman, much more like Lana Turner---older, but quite sexy.
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    Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

    who Kathryn Grant will marry--- IRL, of course, she hooked up with Bing Crosby (exactly 30 years older than her). It took her FIVE YEARS to decide to marry him, after he proposed. ------------------------------------------------------- But the guy who is in love with Kathryn Grant's character in ANATOMY OF A MURDER is the other bartender, the wonderful Murray Hamilton, and James Stewart comments in the movie that this is so. James Stewart is BROKE, remember? He will remain a bachelor....

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