Ralph

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  1. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    Righrt, Mongo. Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken in the very funny "Miracle of Morgan's Creek." - 30 -
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    Most Influential 20th Century Director

    Movieman - I don't "get" them either, but someone must. And, unfortunately, the ones I do get don't sell tickets. It has nothing to do with age; it has to do with growth and learning and life experience and intelligence and wisdom and the pursuit of excellence. "Some people can thrive and bloom, living life in a living room. Some people sit on their butts, got the dream, ya, but not the guts. IMHO
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    Trivia 101

    OK, here's another clue: "A baby! HOW many??? Ralph
  4. Ralph

    Most Influential 20th Century Director

    But they do have to be loud and crude and cheap and if their target audience is adolescent boys. And Spade and Sandler and Schneider movies make money. It's sad, but it's a fact of life. If it was your money on the line, who would you get to star? Sandler or DeNiro? Streep or Lohan? Streep and DeNiro will get you the critics, Sandler and Lohan will sell the tickets. You know this as well as I do. This is nothing new, it has always been this way. When you're hot, you're hot; when you're not, you're not. Pity.
  5. sweetbabykmd - I had to buy CineMax or I could not get TCM. As a matter of fact, I had to buy CineMax, HBO, Star Movies, Hallmark Movie Channel and MGM before I could get TCM. We have one cable company here (out of Thailand; in Laos there is none) and it's not about what we want - it's about what they offer (sell). Ralph
  6. Ralph

    Larry's Classic Star Reminiscences

    Hi Larry - I'm glad to see you made it back to Calgary with your virtue (and sense of humor) intact. The Asian Orient Express does depart Bangkok and go down south and through Malaysia to Singapore. But there is another Thai train which departs Bangkok and goes north to Nongkhai (which is where most tourists enter Laos - over the Thai/Lao bridge). It is a 12-hour trip from Bangkok, through one of the poorest sections of Thailand, so the best way to do it is to depart Bangkok at night and arrive in Nongkhai 12 hours later. You can get a sleeper if you book a few days in advance. If you visit Vietnam on the QM2, that is really all you will have time for - to get fleeced. Why don't you come for four or five days (or more) and I'll meet you there? That's good news about the Pola Negri documentary, isn't it? I hope you and Liz do manage to get together for a dinner at least. We don't have a Polish Film Festival in Thakhek, so I suppose the documentary won't play here. (Actually, we don't have a projector, so if it ain't on DVD, forget about it). Nice to be back home and sleeping in your own bed? Ralph
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    Trivia 101

    It is a great movie/play, isn't it, Fernando? I like the Robert Montgomery/Rosalind Russell version better than the later one - wasn't the later one with Albert Finney? Nice to hear from you again, Fernando. And CineSage Jr., is there a CineSage Sr. around (I noticed you added the "Jr." after you had been here a while)? O.K., here's Today's Trivia 101: Another "boy, was I drunk last night" excuse. Ralph
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    My Favorite Trivia

    Shoot. I tried and tried on this one and couldn't figure it out. Smarty!! Ralph
  9. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    And the Montgomery movie is?
  10. Ralph

    Marni Nixon!

    I saw Marni (and Margaret Whiting) in an off-Broadway production of the musical "Taking My Turn" in the late 80's. Marni was a lovely, middle-aged woman and in great voice. I remember she had a beautiful solo called "And They Played Vivaldi." PBS broadcast this a couple of times, but I haven't seen it since. Does anyone know where I could get a copy? Ralph
  11. There are other channels. "The World of Suzie Wong" was on CineMax last night.
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    Glynis Johns

    Presteign - That's what press agents do - they ****. Miss Dors was successful enough in the British film industry to be noticed by Hollywood and dragged over here to be the latest answer to Marilyn. That she didn't make it is not her fault. Many people tried and many people failed - including Marilyn (Marilyn died at 38 - that's not exactly as success story). And someone blaming Arthur Miller for Marilyn's troubles!! Marilyn had lots of problems long before she met Mr. Miller. Diana Dors went back to London, did a very successful TV series and starred in several legitimate stage productions. She was acknowledged as an excellent actress and was much loved by the public. And she died far too young. And give Jayne Mansfield some credit. She was a Broadway star who went to Hollywood and lived the dream of many little girls in the world - to be a movie star. Along the way, she made some monumental mistakes and her career plummeted. But she was still working and making at lot more money than I do at the time of her death (also far too young). And Jayne did leave behind some seemingly well-adjusted children who always speak well of their mother (and father). Daughter Mariska is now on a TV show in the US - I forget the name of it. You really can't compare Marilyn and Jayne and Diana and Mamie and Betty and Sheree - some got the breaks and some didn't. And remember, according to everything I have ever read, Marilyn would do anything (or anyone) to get a job. I don't know if that is true of all these gals. Ralph
  13. Ralph

    Favorite Gay Actor

    No, I think Warren Williams played first base. Or do I have my Williams' mixed up?
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    Trivia 101

    Thanks, MrWriteLA; I wasn't aware of Akim Tamiroff being in both "The Great McGinty" amd "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. The answer I was after was Brian Donleavy. Not my first mistake, and probably not my last. Today's Trivia 101: This prolific Welsh actor/director/author's work was often autobiographical. Two of his most famous plays were made into movies, one starred Robert Montgomery and one starred Bette Davis. Name the two movies and the triple threat actor/director/author. Ralph
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    Trivia 101

    Hi gramdc - of course it is. Hairspray. I forgot to mention that Harvey is still doing it in Las Vegas while the show is still going strong on Broadway. And John Travolta is set to do the movie. Today's Trivia 101: What actor played the same character in two Preston Sturges films? Ralph

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