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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    "The Ugly Duckling", HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON (1952) Next: A sea song.
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    Name 10 Facts About This Actor

    7). Joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the age of 75.
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    First Movie SONG That Comes to Mind

    The 'Iowa Corn Song', sung by Jean Arthur in A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948). Next: a lullaby.
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    All about FOOD

    RISO AMARO ("Bitter Rice"), 1949
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    SUGGEST A SOTM (STAR OF THE MONTH)

    DFJ is a great choice.
  6. Fred MacMurray owned a lot of real estate in Northern California, and also raised cattle and produce in that area.
  7. Until 2003, the Oscar ceremony was typically held in late March - sometimes even in April. I believe TCM's month-long custom started during that time.
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    SUGGEST A SOTM (STAR OF THE MONTH)

    Dana Andrews. He seems to me way overdue for SOTM treatment.
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    TCM schedules

    THE BLACK CAT has several good attributes, including being the first pairing of Karloff and Lugosi. The production design is also interesting, seeming almost as Art Moderne as an Astaire/Rogers musical. ...But, pay attention to the main theme, which is a romantic melody that builds to a dramatic release. If you think you've heard it before it may be because it was substantially repurposed for DODSWORTH (1936.0
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    Marie Antoinette

    I'm sure if it had not been for the Hollywood portrayal of those sweet Revolutionaries no one would have been bothered by mob trials of innocents, systematic executions, torture of clergy, irrational intellectual coercion, descent into despotism, and then the rise of foreign wars as a means to counter domestic unrest. ...If only...
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    Do many of you like Shakespeare?

    I'm all for Shakespeare, but I'm not sure the works are well served by cinematic treatment. I think Olivier's HENRY V is fairly brilliant; I like his HAMLET (1948 Best Picture winner); and I like Joseph Mankiewicz's JULIUS CAESAR (1953), with the all-star cast. There are several other good movie treatments, and several that are not good (Roman Polanski's 1971 MACBETH, for example.) The great value of Shakespearean work is the language - which is typically underserved by cinematic production. On the other hand, Shakespearean plots can be very effective in film when transposed to a different setting. For example of the latter, I'd cite A DOUBLE LIFE (1947, a reworking of OTHELLO, with an Oscar winning performance by Ronald Colman) and FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956, a loose adaptation of THE TEMPEST.) I also think KISS ME, KATE (1953), from the Cole Porter musical, is an entertaining treatment of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
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    Patricia Neal as SOTM January 2020

    This is a good choice... I approve it (fwiw.)
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    Preston Sturges

    I think Sturges' life is interesting and perhaps influential to his work because one might just as easily expect it to have made him cynical and bitter: the films reveal the opposite. And while you may not mean to dismiss his upbringing as "privileged", that is something of a loaded term now. I think his upbringing is marked by careless and unreliable parents, however much money may have been available. In fact, his mother's involvement with the bizarre occultist Aleister Crowley suggests (to me, at least) some possible abuse of the boy. Anyway, the films stand on their own.
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    October 2019 Spotlight: Short & Sweet

    This is a clever choice for a spotlight. I'm looking forward to a lot of these titles. The TCM article gives a lot of attention to DOWNSTAIRS (1932) - which I have not seen in a long time, and I'm looking forward to seeing again. But caveat emptor: It's not really on the schedule.
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    TCM Premieres

    It looks as if IT GROWS ON TREES has been pulled from the schedule. That's a shame: this world needs all the Irene Dunne we can get.

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