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  1. Someone once said, "There are those who write fiction...and those who live it." B. Traven was both. The author of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' obscured his origins, much like Colonel Tom Parker [who was no Colonel or even American!]. B. Traven was reported to have been: Ambrose Bierce, a group of leftist Hollywood scriptwriters, a black American ex-slave, or the illegitimate son of Kaiser Wilhelm. Some of the occupations he is said to have toiled at are: photographer, merchant seaman, fruit farmer, explorer. Some of the nationalities he claimed were: English, Swedish, Lithuanian, American, German and Mexican. The truth, which wasn't fully known till about 1980, even by his widow, or his family in Germany, is as follows. B.Traven was born illegitimately in 1882 and named Otto Weineke, later taking his father's name of Feige, when his parents married, in Schweibus, Germany. First apprenticed as a locksmith as a teenager, he then became an actor under the name Ret Marut in Berlin, till his first story was published in Danzig in 1912. After writing anarchist articles for 'Der Zeigelbrenner' he was arrested and sentenced to death in Munich in 1919. At this point Marut is never heard of again, but B. Traven arrives in Tampico, Mexico and from then on, has all his works that are published in Germany dealt with, by using P.O. Box 972 and 1208 as his only return address. Even though his works 'The Ghost Ship, 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' and 'The White Rose' plus many others sold well, he refused to allow any biographical info or photos of him to appear on the books or elsewhere, even refusing the publisher's request that they speak of this condition of his contract. In 1942 an identity card for a Traven Torsvan was issued in Acapulco, which was another of his many identities. Now for the ultimate writer's revenge. In 1947 after corresponding with Traven [after negotiations to film TSM had been completed] about being an advisor on the set possibly, John Huston awoke in Mexico City to find a small, frail blue eyed man standing at the foot of his bed, who introduced himself as Hal Croves, with a letter from Traven begging off because of ill health, but suggesting that as Hal Croves was knowledgeable about all Traven's books, he might be of help. Croves goes on location for the sum of $150 weekly, to be technical adviser for film accuracy. Croves steadfastly denies to any of the many who confronted him, that he might be Traven, and also assiduously evaded any still photographers who attempted to take his picture. On a fishing excursion with Huston and then wife Evelyn Keyes, Croves' abilities as a fisherman were so limited and he seemed so ill at ease, Huston doubted he could be the wordly Traven, who had lived so many adventures. One of the few technical comments Croves made to Huston, was that the part of Howard was written for a much older man than Huston's father, and Croves suggested someone more frail like Lewis Stone as a replacement, which Huston promptly ignored. After the film was released to great acclaim [but not at first in ticket sales] for Huston's screenplay and directing, for which he won the AA, Huston was quoted in 'Life Magazine' as saying that he believed Croves was Traven. A letter was printed from Croves saying " If Mr. John Huston believed I am Traven, then why was he paying me a lousy hundred dollars a week? He [Huston] only shows publicly in how low an estimate he is holding Traven, whose story gave him the chance of his lifetime. Never again will Mr. John Huston have an opportunity to direct a picture, based on any other of Traven's books [even though some were in negotiations] as Traven does not need Mr. John Huston." There is lots more to this story, but I will let it suffice that Traven kept up this facade, for the rest of his life, probably for fear of being deported to Germany, and finally died in 1969, when legally Torsvan died. It occurred to me while I watched the film of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" on TCM recently and saw John Huston's name on the screen as big as all get out, and the small attribution to Traven's book, that like the mountain which had the gold that was being plumbed, so also did Traven's story have all the ingredients waiting to be mined and the credit was more Traven's than all those who took credit for the film's success. And in retrospect the gold was returned to the mountain, with the kiss-off letter to Life, putting credit where credit was the author's feet. Even when the legendary writer's origins were unearthed in the 1980's, there were stll legends, like the Kaiser connection that are unanswered. Someday maybe this story of impersonations and twists and turns will be turned into its own feature length film....and wouldn't it be a good one?
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    Typecasting in films, maybe -

    bad for the actor, but good for the viewer. There are so many character actors, who were typed...yet seeing them in a part, means we have a shorthand at knowing what is happening in the film. If we see Allen Jenkins, then we know someone might need a cab or a chauffeur. Even though Jenkins, had more ability than just being cast as a Damon Runyon oaf, and Warners did occasionally use him as a dense detective, he nevertheless was still used as the chauffeur for people like the suave George Sanders as the Falcon. If we see Martin Kosleck, then...we know Mel Brooks better run, because this is the real thing, as Losleck is one sneering, nasty Nazi. Now in real life, no one was more anti-Nazi than Kosleck, who was born in Barketzen, Germany in the early 1900's, but left with the artistic migration of his peers...and was destined with his Teutonic physiognomy to play people like Goebbels in "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" and in "Hitler". One of my favorite of his roles was in the Rondo Hatton flick, "House of Horrors" and in "Pursuit to Algiers". Nevertheless, when one needs a mealy mouthed, martinet type Nazi, to kow tow to a Jean-Louis Heydt commander, no one was as good as Kosleck. If we see Akim Tamiroff, then we know we are in for some foreign intrique in exotic places. Born in Russia in the late 1890's, Tamiroff was a graduate of the Moscow Art Theatre, but later even played in clubs in Chicago, and was known for being a bit multi-ethnic on film, with roles as a Chinese bandit, a Spanish Civil War guerrilla, a Cuban, French Canadian and a Tartar. One most memorable roles was as Grandi, in "Touch of Evil" and who can forget his enjoyable performance in Dassin's colorful, "Topkapi". But though Tamiroff also played normal parts in some Paramount films, like a boss, even if it was Mafioso inclined, one knows when they see him enter a scene...that one is probably not in Kansas anymore. So...which typecasted character performers, do you always enjoy seeing on screen?
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    Movie posters...

    film stills, or other film memorabilia collectibles.... Do you partake of this addiction, or do you just have a want list so far? Movie posters, and press books are going up in value yearly. There was that six sheet of the original "Frankenstein" film which sold for six or more figures in the last few years. Some guy found it in a trunk from a yard sale as I recall, and it was the first one ever found in existence to have survived, and was only known from the original press book announcing the film. As I recall, It showed the monster coming into the bedroom of the bride to be of Colin Clive, and unnerving her. One who gets into this type of collecting, can use up all wall space displaying their treasures, even if they are just of the one sheet variety. Movie fans with smaller living spaces, can collect film stills or movie magazines, and still have room for their normal furniture hopefully. I got into a Jackie Coogan hunt once, and came home from a movie memorabilia show with a Jackie Coogan doll, a used Jackie Coogan peanut butter tin, a Jackie Coogan movie magazine from the time of "The Kid", and a Super 8 film of "Peck's Bad Boy". The three authentic items from the 1920's during his heyday in films as a child star, were pricey and Jackie apparently has quite a following, even among fans of the Addams Family. If you have any movie posters, which ones of your collection are your favorites? I do have the poster for "In Cold Blood" and wonder if with the recent notoriety if that one has gone up in price. What are you looking for, if you currently don't have it in your movie memorabilia stuff? Do you display your items or do you just store them to protect them, and look at them occasionally? Enquiring minds want to know...
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    Paintings in movies

    For some reason, I always find it interesting to find out who painted the works featured in some of my favorite movies. For example, the well known commercial artist John Decker, friend to Barrymore and others, painted the works in "Scarlet Street' as all probably knew. While watching "Portrait of Jennie" recently on TCM, I kept wondering who had really done the portrait attributed to Eban Adams. Other great portraits in films could include Scarlett's in GWTW, and Lady Caroline's in "Rebecca" and of course who can forget the changing portrait in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"> Any other favorites that you wonder about?
  5. can you name that woman? Now I can't rightly say man, because that would be about satyrs, which is a whole different thing, and Hollywood films concentrate much more on the distaff half in these compromising matters. In truth, anyone with a smattering of knowledge from Masters and Johnson knows, that Hollywood's take on ****, is not really very accurate. Just like their overusage of the patented Amnesia storyline, to get where they want to go in the script, Tinseltown producers use the Nymphomaniac hook, when they want to add some spice to a film, ignoring the real, and rather unpleasant and chronic condition of such folk who suffer from a somewhat debilitating condition, but I digress. For me, one of the best portrayals of **** on film [at least by Hollywood standards] is by Maureen Stapleton in the film, "Lonelyhearts" from 1958. This film is based on a novel by writer, Nathanael West, who also penned one of the most downbeat Hollywood exposes ever put on paper, "The Day of the Locust". Stapleton puts a proper twist on her obsessive character who is smitten with Montgomery Clift, to such distraction...that he almost gets offed by her hubby in the film, as played by Frank Maxwell. Interestingly, at least to me, Maxwell [who was in another famous film in the Nymphomaniac category; see if you can name it!] was married at one time to actress, Maxine Stuart, who did the incredible voice for Janet Tyler in that famous episode of Twilight Zone, later known as "The Eye of the Beholder". The movie "Lonelyhearts" also benefits by some fine dark sided cinematography by ace, John Alton, and also starred Robert Ryan, Myrna Loy, Dolores Hart, and Jackie Coogan. TCM showed this film recently and it is a well done expose also of the newspaper business. So...who's your favorite Nymphomaniac on screen, post or pre-code and don't be embarrassed, it has been a staple in Hollywood films since time immemorial.
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    Guest Programmer Suggestions

    I am so jealous of a poster who possesses the superior intellect and acerbic wit that you have shown in all your posts, that I am green with envy! Would that you might actually make some posts that are not in this thread though, as the throngs would appreciate seeing some actual conversation concerning movies from you, I bet in some of their threads too. Why should only I be the fortunate one..alas. Just my guess though about future posting from you, since if the main course is as fulfilling as your verbal appetizers, I think that we have found the match for H.L.Mencken and his erudite reflections right here at the TCM board. Do you plan to ever frequent any other thread, or just this one? Thanks for helping me achieve my goal of 900 posts by the way! Onward and upward.... I have to leave now. Have fun at the group home and I hope they show your favorite movie tonight, "David and Lisa"!
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    Livin" in the 40's

    for the Forties, well actually the Twenties, and Thirties too, and maybe the Fifties and Sixties. Okay, I can stop there as I definitely do not have a fond feeling for the Seventies or Eighties! Interestingly, though one might think living through the Depression and War Years was quite debilitating, I too have had relatives talk about the fun things they did trading ration stamps, and collecting foil into those balls, and having hose [this was the women relatives of course, although my relatives being quite outre, not only knew gay people from that time period, but knew some rather wild folks who lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio, who were male hippie types with long hair and sandals, and knew all about dilated pupils, just like Gene Krupa] which would not run, since they made the stockings in a lockstitch so as to save women from getting runners....and other fun things like buying those chubby coats, which were sheared and called Lapin [for rabbits that are French..haha!] and you see them in old films. My women relatives saved a lot of their clothes, so I have I Miller shoes, and bias cut dresses, and art deco jewelry that is fun to wear to costume parties. I remember my relatives talking about how they would go to the theatre for the whole day sometimes, and watch vaudeville shows with W.C. Fields, and Blackstone the Magician, and even Houdini, and can you imagine how much fun that would be? Seeing a cartoon, and a serial, and a B-movie and then an A-movie, and all kinds of live acts. Wow...I bet they were tired when they finally went home. The old movie magazines present a glorified picture, but just like my grandmother has said a million times, that no one really with a good brain thought that the Martians were here during the Welles' broadcast, which she listened to...I think most people living then were not as awestruck with movie stars as people are now. But they did enjoy their pictures, but the stars made so much less money, and really had to toe the line at the studios. I'd like to ride in one of those old cars with a running board or rumble seat, and being in those old movie palaces must have been much more entertaining, than sitting in these puny, ugly multiplex chopped up theaters now. Great question, Vallo!
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    not. Why should I make your self appointed dictatorship easier for you?
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    movie title

    as it is about a butler who takes charge when his dimwitted Lord of the Manor has no idea what to do in an emergency. This was made into a British film in 1957, from the J.M. Barrie play and stars Kenneth More, Sean Connery's ex-wife, Diane Cilento, Sally Ann Howes, Cecil Parker and Martita Hunt. Maybe you could request it as a possible movie for TCM? I'm assuming your second question is not about someone from the same movie, so I might venture as a guess perhaps Eleanor Powell, who seemed to me to dance ramrod straight, but there are others who it could be also. Maybe someone else has some ideas on that...
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    Your favorite practitioner of Nymphomania on film -

    That movie has Ray Danton in it too, plus guys who later became more famous like Jack Cassidy, Chad Everett and Alex Cord. No, I had not remembered the last three being in it, but just refreshed my mind at IMDb. I simply love those late Fifties or early Sixties exposes on film, of the secret sex lives of those WASPY American couples in suburbia of the Fabulous Fifties, and of the very Douglas Sirk archetypes. Your mentioning of "The Chapman Report" made me think of Kim Novak in that film with Kirk Douglas called "Strangers When We Meet" wherein they are allusions to Kim maybe being a bit like Claire Bloom. I sure would like to see all of Cukor's footage of Bloom and thanks for reminding us of that film!
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    Your favorite practitioner of Nymphomania on film -

    Martha Vickers is the quintessential nymphomaniac on film, and thanks for mentioning her. Carmen Sternwood is just the icing on the cake, in that film! Thanks!
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    Guest Programmer Suggestions

    "rude", yet non-onanistic header line respond to you and say that though I've salivated occasionally, enjoyed solidating in my time, been a victim of solicitation and solicitude, and been salsainundated, I've never been accused of "soliciating" so I doubt most indubitably your perspicacity in saying that you were responding to "unsoliciated information" in your post concerning my or any other TCM viewer's evening hobbies. Is this a new word you've coined, as it is most interesting and I think you should supply it to Ambrose Bierce for his next lexicon collection. That's a rhetorical question really.....
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    Paul Winchell

    I remember Hal coming for dinner. And I also remember Lucy and Ethel going to Hal's apartment I think, and looking through scads of lingerie and peignoirs, that he was going to give them cutrate. You know Lucy, always looking for a bargain. And poor Ethel had the old cheapskate Fred, so even a bargain was usually too expensive for her. Sorry if I made one episode into two, and thanks for the correction!
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    1940's Biographies

    about the glamorous Gloria Grahame, if you can find it. I've seen it on Amazon, but may be out of print. It is an excellent biography of the movie queen, detailing her many loves and losses. Here's the old listing I had of it, of books that friends of mine were searching for: "Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame" by Vincent Curcio * Hardcover: 319 pages * Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st ed edition (October 1, 1989) * ISBN: 0688067182
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    I saw those listed in the new Movies Unlimited catalog I just got, and it looks like a great collection, especially for Tierney lovers. Did you see the other similar boxed sets of various genres?
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    two of my favorite movies..."Detour" and Ida Lupino's "The Hitch-Hiker". That movie with William Talman, as one of the nastiest hitchhikers ever to be out on the road thumbing a ride [well except for maybe Lawrence Tierney!] is a classic, and not too many people, outside of films buffs have seen it. It's great that TCM is showing it, as it has major writing pedigree what with the participation of the great, Lucille Fletcher, who wrote "Sorry Wrong Number" as a radio play, and also the similarly named episode of the Twilight Zone, with Inger Stevens, which was also spooky...yet an entirely different story and take on hitchhiking. "The Hitch-Hiker" also is aided by the marvelous moody cinematography by movie giant, Nick Musuraca, and also stars Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy as the nice guys who make a really bad decision while going fishing. Tallman is almost as chilling in the scenes from the film using his character's most reptilian eye, as he was in the commercials he made before death, talking about his upcoming demise due to his lung cancer. Barbara is great in TSLOMI!
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    Guest Programmer Suggestions

    not "night" in my little neck of the world's woods, but viewed as late afternoon, to be spent on the veranda sipping Brandy Alexanders, but why quibble? Your antipathy is not that of a neophyte, since only familiarity breeds contempt, but if masquerades please you..carry on. If you are home "tonight" at 6:00pm, may I suggest you watch the fine TCM film below, as I think it will resonate with you: "6:00 pm Light In The Piazza (1962) A woman's efforts to marry off her daughter are hindered by a family secret. Olivia de Havilland, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton. Director: Guy Green. C-102m, TV-PG" Enjoy!
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    Movies edited/altered

    When you say "badly edited" I think you are sugarcoating it. One of the last movies I watched on TCM ages ago, was Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train". At the part where the [oops, spoilers ahead!] merry-go-round goes beserk and starts speeding up, AMC apparently also decided to speed up the movie to make a photo finish, and I could barely watch the action. I then recalled that during the film, certain action scenes had seemed to run at an alarming rate of speed, that would rival the Keystone Kops programmers. But at least they had the excuse of using different sprocket hole distances, which made their films look so full of alacrity. Another thing on AMC and other stations of its ilk, is when they compress the credits to the side of the screen, so that they can get their cockamamie ads for coming trash on, or when they talk over all the end credits music. Well, that's my beef, and TCM does none of the above so they are tops in my book!
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    ~*~Classic Film 21 Questions~*~

    Richard Basehart as Roy Martin in "He Walked By Night"?
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    Your favorite practitioner of Nymphomania on film -

    show this one recently? I seem to remember seeing it and was mesmerized by the costumes and decor. Excellent choice and I shall now want to resee it to get more of a handle on Myrna's character, in view of your fine description of her. As I'm sure you know [but I didn't] this is a film according to IMDb which has many missing minutes, even on the DVD. Thanks!
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    Gone With The Wind

    And by the way, I'm mutually flattered to be confused with you. Margaret did write a bang up book, and it seems like many American women have read it in their teens or early years. What I'd like to know is how many young males read it. I just have never met too many. My aunts, mother and grandmother were all like yours, Gypsy and talked about reading it and their experiences seeing the film. These were all big library visitors, who would get a book like "Rebecca" and try to read it in one night. But GWTW does take a lot longer, unless one is a speed reader, and why speed read it, as it is better savoured slowly in potent doses. I inherited the original book, but it is not a first printing, so I'm sure it is not worth much except sentimentally. I also inherited a really cool movie version book of it, that apparently came out concurrently with the film release I think. It has a lovely red cover, and a really large format, with beautiful colored photos from the film interspersed between the chapters. When the film would be on tv, I would compare the pictures to the scenes, and often things would be colored different, as in the scene where Scarlett puts on the hat from Rhett backwards, so I'm not sure if the book publishers tinted the photos or not. I also got as a gift from our 95 year old neighbor, the original movie premiere program, and I think it is a LOOK magazine with a giant photo of Vivien in that fuchsia dress at Ashley's party. The magazine is not in good condition, but the movie program is pristine and so beautiful and has gorgeous portraits in color of all the main actors, and with lots of other information on the film. I don't remember crying the first time I saw Rhett leave Scarlett, but that might be due to reading that Margaret Mitchell always envisioned Groucho Marx as a Rhett prototype, as he was one of her favorite performers! Imagine Groucho saying that line...then he'd leave doing the Groucho walk, and I bet you would not have cried, Gypsy....
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    Guest Programmer Suggestions

    You've really upped the bar with those choices for the TCM guest chair, and it would be fun to see what they would pick as four favorite films. I had to go look up Atom, not thinking I'd seen any of his films, but was happy to see "The Sweet Thereafter" on it at IMDb which I really did enjoy. As for the comments by Seconal and the Gibber, I really owe them bigtime. Thanks to being responsive to their factitious posts, I have reached a new high of 900 posts just today, so I shall toast them tonite while I watch my Movies Unlimited copy of Maria Montez and Turhan Bey in that Ali Baba movie, and ask myself concerning my dastardly traits of verbose overkill and rudeness, "Death, where is thy sting?". Great list you came up with for sure!
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    Guest Programmer Suggestions

    to know your limits, and if one has nothing to say, it is proper to keep one's posts to be of the shortwinded kind. Short subjects, like Mickey Rooney are amusing and always entertaining. If, on the other hand, one has a lot to say, and is talking about the Rosetta Stone, it is unfair to shirk the responsibility of doing the subject matter justice. And trust me...I do have a lot to say about movies, and only a limited number of years to say it in. Being that I find movies to be of the utmost interest, I shall promise to continue giving them the longwinded treatment which they deserve, particularly since this is a movie forum and not a shorthand forum, begging for posts of an abbreviated or expurgated nature. But you are most welcome to give your truncated versions of thoughts, if it so pleases you and your dilettante etiquette guide to posting on the Internet. I hope this attention to you, shall prove beneficial to your most erudite ego, which I can see from your posts so far, shall be quite a boon to the site. I shall miss having you read my posts, but il n'y a pas de quoi....such is life.
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    Your favorite practitioner of Nymphomania on film -

    excellent in that film, Feaito. I do enjoy Malone's most breezy and tortured portrait, and the film as a whole has so many attributes, great direction by Sirk, melodramatic though it may be, a great cast, and that wonderful theme song at the beginining with the leaves swirling around the mansion. Oh, and it has Grant Williams as the cute garage guy. Thanks for the Dorothy vote!
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    thanks for noticing, in your triptych of posts, that I am going for the Guinness Book of World Records award, for the most posts in a year at TCM message boards! I have a good start but really need to put on the steam in the next three months, and I'm hoping for 200 posts a month to cinch it, instead of the measly 100 that lazy me has been accomplishing. By the way, I notice you too just registered and surprisingly only a few days before our other new poster, Sectionone7. You seem to have a lot in common, and I'm sure you both will enjoy yourself here. I feel that the posters who enjoy the place most, are not passive-aggressive, or hiding behind pseudonyms... but come right out and just say what is on their mind, and I can see you have that in spades. Thanks again for being so interested in me, in your first week here yet, to access my post numbers I do consider it quite a compliment! By the way [spoilers ahead]...I'm not a "he". Be sure to give me the results of your newly instituted survey, that you so cleverly worded as: "Speaking of Therealfuster, anybody other than myself think that he excessively posts on this message board. I mean, C'mon close to 900 posts in 9 months....isn't that 100 posts a month!" Enjoy!

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