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  1. I love "Advise And Consent", "Seven Days In May" as well as "The Best Man". Don Murray's character was based on a true story:The novel’s plot turns on the blackmailing of Brigham Anderson, a young senator from Utah whose wartime homosexual affair, once exposed by extreme proponents of the nominee for State, leads the senator to shoot himself inside his office on a Sunday afternoon. The episode was suggested by the actual suicide of Senator Lester Hunt of Wyoming in 1954, and its treatment perhaps conditioned by Drury’s own rumored homosexuality. By the way, in 1963, Cliff Robertson portrayed John F. Kennedy in the movie "PT 109". In 1964, he portrayed Richard Nixon in the movie "The Best Man", however, I wonder if the character Joe Cantwell is meant to resemble Robert Kennedy, who hated Gore Vidal!
  2. The flaw in High Noon (1952).

    Stephan55, that is a well-written essay regarding Muhammad Ali, but I beg to differ with you on some of the issues surrounding the decision not to serve in the US military. Watching Cassius Clay beat Sonny Liston for the Heavyweight Championship on a live closed circuit broadcast at Manhattan's Rivoli Theater on February 25, 1964 was the beginning of my love affair with boxing and, briefly, with the new champion. When he announced his conversion to the Nation of Islam and spoke on behalf of its' racist and separatist doctrine, I turned away from him but not the sport itself. By the way, few remember that his original Muslim name was Cassius X, in the manner of his mentor and hero Malcolm X. When Malcolm was excommunicated by Elijah Muhammad, Ali turned his back on Malcolm who was subsequently murdered. Some say that Louis Farrakhan was one of the killers. Muhammad Ali had an IQ of 78. I remember reading an article in Ring Magazine soon after he won the title which mentioned that he had difficulty reading the word "creatures" from a Nation of Islam-produced pamphlet. He was akin to a child in a man's body. His failure of the army intelligence test gave him an initial deferment. It was only Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's "Project 100,000" in 1966 that enabled "Special Americans" like Ali, as he labeled them, to join the US Military. McNamara promised that the military's resources could improve the intelligence of these recruits and make them suitable for service. Ali had little understanding of the Vietnam War. His actions and his finances were under control of the Nation of Islam who had brokered a deal with the US Army to enable Ali to serve. He would have been allowed to continue his boxing career, all that would be required of him was to box exhibitions for the troops and visit wounded servicemen in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. The sticking point for the Muslims had to do with his wearing a uniform. Amazingly, if Ali had not divorced his first wife, Sonji Roy, to whom he was abusive, his marital status along with his substandard mental abilities may have given him the deferment the Nation of Islam was seeking. Read Thomas Hauser's excellent "Muhammad Ali And His Times' or Mark Kram's thought-provoking "Ghosts Of Manila" to understand the real Muhammad Ali as opposed to the musings of talking heads that were not aware during this time and only get their opinions of him second hand.
  3. Go ahead, cry me a river.

    The Platters' signature song "Smoke Gets In You Eyes", was sung by Irene Dunne in "Roberta" and by Kathryn Grayson in the remake; "Lovely To Look At", both recently shown on TCM.
  4. Surgical Cinema

    For me, "Dark Passage" with Humphrey Bogart takes the prize for cinema surgery!
  5. The jokes on us because one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets was that Ann Sheridan was flat chested and wore "falsies"!
  6. My Favorite Year

    I have noticed some similarities between the movies "My Favorite Year" and "The Lost Weekend". Both Peter O'Toole and Ray Milland hide liquor bottles in their coats and when O'Toole escapes the nightclub, the band plays "Somebody Stole My Gal". When Ray Milland is thrown out of the nightclub in "The Lost Weekend", the band plays "Somebody Stole My Purse" to the same tune!
  7. Remembering Otis -- 50 years later

    Gary Puckett, "Young Girl" "Woman, Woman" "Over You" blows??? Ok, Here goes:
  8. Remembering Otis -- 50 years later

    Love me some Otis! Gary Puckett's version of "To Love Somebody" blows the Bee Gees away!
  9. TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

    I am a big boxing, Twilight Zone, and classic film fan and I hate the movie "Requiem For A Heavyweight". I find Anthony Quinn's acting cartoonish and that hoarse voice drives me crazy. Supposedly, Quinn adopted the voice in order to mimic the effect of being punched in the throat. I have met many fighters and ex-fighters in varying degrees of mental acuity and have never heard anyone speak in that kind of voice. The original 1956 Playhouse 90 production of "Heavyweight" is another matter entirely. Jack Palance will make you cry and Keenan and Ed Wynn in the supporting roles are phenomenal. Also look up "The Man In The Funny Suit" AFTER you watch the TV version of "Requiem".
  10. Share your unpopular opinions here!

    There are two sides to every story; the popular, self-serving one and the truth. In Allen Ryskind's "Hollywood Traitors", he writes that HUAC was endeavoring to uncover those members of the American Communist Party that were taking direction from the Soviet Government, as opposed to the current way of thinking that the evil Right-wing Committee were trying to ruin the careers of simple leftist-leaning members of the filmmaking process. The litmus test is the dates of September 1, 1939, when Stalin and Hitler became allies and June 22, 1941, when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. The members of the American Communist Party, (many of them Jewish), who did not resign when Hitler and Stalin became allies, and urged the US not to enter WW2, suddenly changed their opinions and encouraged US intervention after June 22, 1941 (Pete Seeger, Dalton Trumbo) were being given direction from the Soviets. Another true hero of the left, Paul Robeson, stated that, in the event of WW3, American Blacks should fight on the side of Soviet Russia against the United States!
  11. I Just Watched...

    Here in Los Angeles, the local PBS station, KCET, has been showing classic movies on Friday nights. This week I watched "St. Martin's Lane," with Charles Laughton and Vivien Leigh, made just before GWTW. This was a wonderful British movie with terrific, heartbreaking performances by Laughton and Leigh. The story concerns a group of London street performers, or buskers, who make their existence by entertaining the crowds waiting in the West End Theater district. Also in the movie is a young, and very thin, Rex Harrison.
  12. What's Missing From TCM

    Recently, on the show "TMZ Live" , they had a trivia contest and the clues were "Songbird", "Penny" and "Nabisco". i yelled "Sky King"!
  13. What's Missing From TCM

    How about weekday afternoon NYC programming in the 1960s? Officer Joe Bolton with the Three Stooges, Captain Jack with Popeye, the Merry Mailman (Ray Heatherton, Joey's Dad) and Sandy Becker as Morton Mork and, a little later, Soupy Sales, often with jokes that only adults could "get"! As for movies, "Million Dollar Movie" constantly showed either "King Kong", "Son of King" or "Mighty Joe Young" every night for a week in rotation!
  14. The 1945 "A Letter To Evie" starred the 100 year old Marsha Hunt as well as Norman Lloyd, who will be 103 on November 8, playing her boss in the shirt factory!
  15. Your Favorite Scene in Woody Allen Film?

    "Broadway Danny Rose" "Get the ax!" "There's an ax?"

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