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    please help!

    I see this is an old thread, but AT&T has introduced Watch TV for $15 a month, a no-frills (no DVD) streaming service that includes TCM. BLU
  2. I'm usually able to figure out the "theme of the day" (performer, title, subject matter), but the lineup of 09/06/2018 has me stumped. Can anyone tell me what these films have in common? I Take This Woman, Men in White, Knockout, The World Changes, Oil for the Lamps of China, An American Romance, The Power and the Prize. BLU
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    Can anybody tell me the theme?

    Thanks! BLU
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    Can anybody tell me the theme?

    I don't think Clark Gable's character was married in Men in White... BLU
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    Spotlight: The Black Experience in Film

    Something about A Raisin in the Sun always bugged me... Lena says that she and Walter Sr. moved into their apartment as young marrieds. Now that Walter Sr. is recently deceased, Beneatha sleeps in the bedroom with her mother, but where did she sleep prior to her father's death? There are two bedrooms and a sofa in the living. The other bedroom belongs to Walter Jr. and Ruth, and Travis sleeps on the sofa. BLU
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    Spotlight: The Black Experience in Film

    "I would say it presents, unfortunately, a "believable real life situation" for what it was like to be black in Macon, Georgia in the early '30s." -------------- I have to wonder if in a real courtroom there would have been two chairs for those testifying based on their race (I thought the same thing with Pinky). BLU
  7. I specifically came onto the boards to see if anyone had posted about this. He's definitely slurring. This was, I believe, filmed a year ago (he mentions having just lost his mother and that his father would be 101 "this December"). He looks great, but he's definitely slurring his words. Maybe it is an effect of the cancer...but you're NOT imagining it! BLU
  8. She's on with Ben sharing her memories of and knowledge about Star of the Month William Holden, and she looks TERRIFIC! Anybody else agree? BLU
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    Happy 96th Birthday to Doris Day!

    She looks wonderful! Happy Birthday! BLU
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    Name changes(TV/movie characters....)

    This is only a TV show, but when Doris Singleton was first introduced as one of Lucille Ball's friends on I Love Lucy, her name was Lillian Appleby. After that one appearance her name became Carolyn Appleby. But the writers made a lot of changes on that show...the Ricardos had a different phone number every season! BLU
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    tribute to John Gavin

    "I'm not keen on showing Made-for-TV movies on TCM." -------------------- One thing I wish they'd show that was made for TV is "The Scarlett O'Hara Wars," part of the Moviola miniseries (the other segments might be appropriate for TCM as well, I believe they were period pieces) about the search for an actress to play Scarlett O'Hara. Bill Macy and Tony Curtis were too old to play the Selznick brothers, but the actresses they cast as the stars of the day were, as I remember, spot on. And I still remember that funny line David O. Selznick said when the police paid him a visit for violation of the Mann Act..."You must want my brother, Myron..." BLU
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    "Fred" Hitchcock?

    I noticed that, too and was momentarily confused because it sounded so weird. She also said something about being three or four "months" older than Oscar when I'm sure she meant to say "years." I just chalked it up to her advanced age. All things considered, I think she did a fine job and found her remarks about her late husband quite touching. BLU
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    Petite Feet

    Has anyone else noticed how tiny movie actresses's feet are? I don't just mean petite actresses like Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or average height actresses like Susan Hayward in I Want to Live!, but tall ones like Grace Kelly in High Society. Me with my size 8-1/2 wonders if anyone had larger feet... BLU
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    This One is for the Unnominated!

    My picks for nominations: 1) Claudia McNeil for A Raisin in the Sun (supporting) 2) Edward G. Robinson for Double Indemnity (supporting) 3) Sidney Poitier for A Raisin in the Sun (lead) 4) Rosalind Russell for Picnic (supporting). (I'm glad someone already mentioned the long-circulated rumor that she did herself in) 5) Al Freeman, Jr., for Malcolm X (supporting) 6) Kirk Douglas, Ace in the Hole (lead) There are probably others, but those are the ones that come to mind... BLU
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    Pregnancy in classic movies

    "As for the use of the word "pregnant" in a Hollywood film, the earliest I can think of is All About Eve. When Margo arrives late for Miss Caswell's audition and learns that her understudy stepped in, she states: "I consider it highly unnatural to allow a girl in an advanced state of pregnancy ..."" ---------------------- The word "pregnant" is also used in Caged, released the same year (1950) as All About Eve... "Another pregnant one," says one nurse with disdain. "Should I put 'pregnant'?" asks the nurse who is filling out paperwork. BLU
  16. I believe the "He gave her class, and she gave him sex" remark is attributed to Katharine Hepburn. Regarding feelings of Ray Milland's character toward Ginger Rogers's character in The Major and the Minor, I think this scene says it all: Looking at her with his weak eye closed, says, "Susu, you're a knockout!" then clears his throat and opens his eye, as if he knows his thoughts were traveling down an inappropriate road. Even Billy Wilder is on record as saying that The Major and the Minor was "the first movie from a major studio dealing with pedophila." But it was all good, harmless fun...
  17. Thought I'd mention that TCM (and Fox Movie Channel) are available on YouTube TV, which before stumbling upon I'd never even heard of. Local channels and most of the popular ones (no Lifetime or Hallmark) are available for just $35, with up to 3 televisions working at the same time (note that price goes up for those subscribing after sometime in March, $40). Certain Roku devices or Smart TVs (plus all Roku TVs) are required. They offer a 7-day free trial. I'm dumping Sling (for which I pay $49 with no local channels or MSNBC) like radioactive waste... BLU
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    Pregnancy in classic movies

    Most old movies feature the female who's supposed to be pregnant with a belly flat as a washboard, including Mary Astor in The Great Lie. I think the earliest movie in which I saw an actress wear maternity clothes was Leave Her to Heaven in 1945. Loretta Young also donned maternity clothes for It Happens Every Thursday, released c. 1953. BLU
  19. I think Lana Turner would again survive the Stompanato shooting (although rumors would persist that she did the stabbing, the same way they do about Princess Stephanie being behind the wheel of the crash that killed Grace Kelly). I also think that Gloria Grahame's career would not survive her marrying her stepson and having children by both father and son. I think Hitchcock's career would have ended had the public known about his advances toward Tippi Hedren. The studio system is a thing of the past, so forcing actresses to have abortions or the horrible treatment of the young Judy Garland will never happen again (I hope). But what about Joan Crawford's alleged porn movie? Ronald Reagan's alleged seduction of the much-younger Piper Laurie? Hmm... BLU
  20. Did the host of Girlfriends say that Joseph Cotten was in this movie?
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    Picnic

    I agree that William Holden was too old to play Hal...it's hard for me to believe this was only one year after Sabrina, probably the last movie he made in which he looked youthful at 36. He looks more like a suitor for Betty Field, who played Kim Novak's mother. But what gets me every time is Verna Fulton explaining to Holden that her mother is confined to a bedroom upstairs. "She's very old," she says. You're telling me. She must have been over 100! BLU
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    The Last Living Silent Star

    Well, my mother wasn't in the movies, but she shares the same birth date as Baby Peggy: October 29, 1918. God willing, she will turn 98 this year. Until a fall sidelined her the day after her 96th birthday, she drove and went to the Y three times a week and worked out on the treadmill. She flies up to Wisconsin 3 or 4 times a year (she's here with us now) and stays for 3-7 weeks, giving my sister and brother-in-law a break. I hope Baby Peggy is doing as well as could be expected for her age! BLU
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    "Lack of diversity"? Or.......

    I wrote about this in my monthly newspaper column. Here is the text. BTW, I'm black. -------------------------------------------- I’m old enough to recall when it was a big thing to see a black person on television, so an Academy Award nomination for a black actor was huge (blacks have been nominated and sometimes won in non-acting categories as well over the years). I think it’s pretty remarkable to be recognized as one of the top five performances, when you consider how many movies are released each year. I admit to being disappointed that no black actors received Oscar nods for a second consecutive year…but I don’t feel that boycotting the ceremony is the answer. The intent to boycott expressed by actress and Hollywood wife Jada Pinkett Smith, no matter how respectfully phrased, does carry a scent of sour grapes, since her husband, Will Smith (who is joining her in boycotting the ceremony), was not recognized by the Academy for his big Christmas release, Concussion. (I haven’t seen the film, but I’ve heard it said that the Nigerian accent he affected for his character was inconsistent). The Academy has long since been widely criticized for being a bunch of out-of-touch fuddy-duddies (a cry brought to a temporary halt a few years back they voted for an unusual winner for Best Song…”It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp”). Regardless, I’ve always been disturbed by the backlash against the Academy in the black community when a nominated black performer fails to win, the grumblings about how we’ve been robbed, hoodwinked, bamboozled. Jet magazine used to run an annual article about black actors who were “overlooked” for Oscar nominations, which essentially came down to every performance by a black actor (Whitney Houston being Oscar-worthy in Waiting to Exhale? Really? I canceled my subscription after reading that). Whatever happened to, it’s an honor just to be nominated? I wouldn’t want to see the Oscars resort to tokenism. The Academy is made up of people with distinct likes and dislikes, preferences, and emotions. For that reason, votes for Oscar nominations (and wins) are often given for reasons that have little to do with who gave the best performance. The public skewered the widowed Elizabeth Taylor when she stole Eddie Fisher away from Debbie Reynolds in the late 1950s…but then came that life-threatening case of pneumonia, and not only did Liz get a Best Actress nod for the awful Butterfield 8 (in which, ironically, she played a call girl), but she won. Both Peter Finch and Heath Ledger won posthumous Best Actor Oscars…what worse can happen to a person than dying? (Spencer Tracy did not win for his last picture Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, but he already had two statuettes.) The length of one’s career can also result in an Oscar nod for sentimental reasons, whether never nominated or never won. This recognition is usually for a supporting role, because few actors over 60 can carry a movie (one exception being John Wayne in True Grit). Sean Connery and Morgan Freeman won, while Lauren Bacall, widely expected to, didn’t. I can still see her son scowling when someone else’s name was announced. In terms of favorites, Oscar loves biopics. There is a very long list of people who got nominations or brought home the gold for playing real people (famous or not), and this extends to black actors. Oscar also likes awarding the It’s About Time Oscars…when a person has been nominated so many times without winning it’s gotten embarrassing. This didn’t do Peter O’Toole or Richard Burton any good, but both Al Pacino and Denzel Washington eventually got their lead actor awards (so did Henry Fonda, but he had to wait until he was on his deathbed). Unfortunately, sometimes sentimental Oscars bump the most deserving performances (Denzel didn’t win for Malcom X because Pacino won that year for Scent of a Woman because he lost for The Godfather Part II…this “consolation prize” awarding is threaded through the Academy’s history.) I think Viola Davis said it best when she said that black actors need more good roles; better parts will lead to more recognition. That said, the new rules the Academy has proposed won’t hurt. The sad truth is that with just five slots, someone is going to be left out. Looking forward to hearing Chris Rock’s monologue on Oscar night. ---------------------------------------------- BLU
  24. "During the intro, I heard her say Joseph Cotten also. Then I got even more confused when, during the movie, I heard someone say Joseph Cardin (Joel McCrea's character's name). It sounded just like Joseph Cotten to my ears. Maybe she (or whoever wrote the intro) was confused?" ------------------------------------------- Good point, CinemaFan! I missed that.
  25. Thank you to those who responded. At least I know I'm not nuts. Very unfortunate error, and I agree with the person who said that promo should have been previewed and corrected before they aired it. Maybe she'll correct herself at the end...

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