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    Shorts/extras not showing up on schedule

    Thanks for bringing up this issue. The other day I caught part of a 1930s short with cowboys singing. I can't tell the name of the short film, what full length films played before or after it, or the name of the group except it wasn't Sons of the Pioneers or anyone I'd heard of. Anyhow, they were great and I wanted to know where I might find some of their recordings but I have to know who the group was first. Thanks for any help.
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    Blame Star Wars (1977)?

    Anyone know why TCM ran this movie twice in two days?
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    Blame Star Wars (1977)?

    This must be right but I am stunned. As with many other stories in both book and movie form, often I would see the movie first and while reading the book was able to picture the scenes with the lines spoken in the actors' voices, see their expressions, and so on, but in most cases I knew which things were in both and which were in the book only! The only time besides this I've had a "false scene" be so vivid in my mind was after the shooting of the mad dog in To Kill a Mockingbird, I thought Jem walked past the dog for a closer look. After seeing the movie on TCM I checked the book and he doesn't do this in either version. My concept of reality is slightly shaken! As for Star Wars, I had a modest collection including the novelization in paperback (from which I cut the pictures after getting a hardcover version), the bubble gum cards, the picture storybook, and a framed cast photo, and saw the movie in the theater (with a line down the block and around a corner--to this day I don't know how we all fitted in but we did)--and the drive-in, and must have seen it on TV, but this was my first viewing since Carrie Fisher's passing and I was just waiting for that line!
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    Blame Star Wars (1977)?

    Please advise on whether George Lucas, TCM, or I am to blame here. One of the most memorable lines for me in the 1977 original Star Wars film and the novelization is Princess Leia's, "Leave him alone. Can't you see what the old man meant to him?" during the escape from the Death Star. I was listening for it in the scene where she placed the blanket around Luke's shoulders, but I would swear that the TCM version went straight from Han Solo saying, "Come with me, kid, we're not out of this yet," to Luke shaking off the blanket to follow Han without Leia saying anything. Was this line only in the novelization, and I merely imagined it to be in the movie? Or was it in the original movie, and if so why no mention of such a significant cut on any of the fan sites listing changes? Was it somehow missing from the TCM version only but appears on the discs (I looked into getting discs several years ago, but everything I saw was Blu-Ray only and I wasn't buying a new player just for that), or, most sinister and insidious, was the line actually spoken in the TCM version and I briefly entered an alternate timeline in which that line doesn't exist? I can't find this scene on YouTube so help me, internet. You're my only hope! Thanks and May the Force Be With You.
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    West Side Story--The Classic that Never Grows Old:

    Does anyone know the exact model of Officer Krupke's car in West Side Story, and whether the car still survives? My dad had one almost identical and I want to know whether it was the same or a similar model. If this is not the best thread, is there a better one for this sort of question? Thanks.
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    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    My main problems with this movie were the music and the sets. They had one excellent song, Oscar-nominated, but heartrending, a couple of pretty good songs, and the rest meh, nothing really musically memorable, while every single song in the original was outstanding, many huge hits. As far as the sets, they had a more realistic interior for the exterior of what was supposed to be the same place, but WHERE was the huge hallway with the large tiles and pillars which is literally the second to last place seen in the original? Hellooooooo!!!!! This was way more than a lighting change! George Banks, an adult, could stand comfortably with BOTH feet in ONE of those tiles while Georgie Banks, a child, could not have fit both feet into one of the new tiles. For the up points, the animated sequences were excellent and the film was fast-moving. The original bogs down in several places and is hard to take in in one sitting. In this one the only dead time was the Meryl Streep song, and I was glad about that because I badly needed to go to the bathroom and this gave me two minutes where I didn't need to fear missing anything.
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    I Just Watched...

    On Wednesday my mom turned off a horror movie Ben Mankiewicz said contained a scene so awful it should have a warning bell so the faint of heart could look away. What was the movie, and did they actually sound any warning or did he just say that? Thanks.
  8. Years ago I read about a beautiful actress with a varied, interesting, and tragic love life. I am thinking 1930s but could go a decade or so either way. One of her closest loves was a handsome actor one of whose main stunts was climbing aboard a moving train, which he did in several films. (The article named the films and of course I don't remember the titles. I think not a stunt man, but back when actors often did their own stunts.) The actress was, I think, on board a train, leaving, and this gentleman tried to climb either onto this train, or onto another moving train, to wave good-bye to her, slipped, was horribly mangled, and died. She saw the whole thing. I have looked up the names of several actresses famous during this era and it either wasn't them or at least does not appear in brief internet items about them. Those whose entries I searched were Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Sarah Bernhardt, Ethel Barrymore, and Merle Oberon. What's more I don't know whether the actors and their films were from America or Europe, just that I think they were blond white people well-known in their day. Can anyone help? Thanks!
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    I Just Watched...

    SPOILERS on the ending of A Letter to Three Wives! DO NOT READ unless you have seen the ending! I would be interested on other people's takes after they consider mine! (Also if anyone can make sure Ben Mankiewicz sees this, I would really appreciate it, thank you.) Admittedly I didn't see the whole movie, but my mom has more than once, and we were both confused. Why would the note to Deborah be in Addie's writing? How would Addie know Brad was not coming home that night if she did NOT run off with him? Unless she was his secretary or had some other special reason to deliver a message from him other than to further torment Deborah, and even if that was her game, how would she even know that Brad would be either extremely late, or not coming home that night? (Assuming he didn't meet with foul play.) From seeing just the beginning and end of the movie and not all of the middle, I deduce the following. George was only a friend and never a serious contender for Addie to run off with. Not only was he happy with his wife, but a homewrecker like Addie would never consider running off with a poor and altruistic schoolteacher. This leaves only Porter and Brad. The theory (advanced on another movie forum) that Porter really did try to run off with Addie, then thought better of it and confessed to his wife, is very valid. He would have had no reason to go on with a detailed confession after Deborah left the table had he been only lying to give Deborah a better night's sleep. This leaves at least four possibilities concerning Brad. 1. Like George and Porter, Brad had no idea about the letter Addie wrote to the wives. He innocently asked Addie to send Deborah a note saying he would not be home that night, she did, but Brad was home the next day. 2. Brad himself wrote a note to Deborah saying he would not be home, which Addie intercepted with a note of her own just to mess with Deborah, but Brad was home the next day. 3. Having failed in her attempt to run off with Porter, Addie ran off with Brad and Brad was not home the next day. (This is the theory that Ben Mankiewicz is 63% sure happened and I also believed at first but it would depend on Brad being sincerely interested and Addie stringing him along until the last instant when Porter bailed.) 4. Brad wouldn't run off with Addie who was so mad she bumped him off and hid the body to make it look as if he had run off with her and Brad was obviously not home ever. It is absolutely maddening for the screenwriter NOT to let the audience know WHICH of these things happened. The thing to do is track down a copy of the book, and then book endings often differ from film endings.
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    More 'Shirley Temple' films, please!!!!

    For years the film Carolina (1934), in which Shirley Temple appears (but apparently does not speak) was considered lost, but it has emerged that at least two prints exist but have been suppressed for reasons of Political Correctness and everyone basically being offended by pretty much everything nowadays. Can this film please be restored and preserved for posterity? Air it late at night or with disclaimers or both if certain snowflakes can't stand it. It was during this film that Shirley met Delmar Watson who she personally chose to play Peter in Heidi (1937). Robert Young claimed that it was during Carolina, not The Little Colonel, that Lionel Barrymore became so furious with Shirley that Young feared for her life, and it was he who grabbed her, quite possibly rescuing her from a violent fate. I personally would be very interested to see this film and if some scenes prove cringeworthy so be it. If the whole film cannot be shown for some reason, could not Shirley's scenes appear in some special presentation? Thank you.
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    Young Tom Edison

    This TCM article on Young Tom Edison covers some of the details, http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/353375%7C0/Young-Tom-Edison.html, including one I would have had to mention had the article not. Tom (as he was called in the movie, although his real-life nickname was Al), was actually not dismissed from school by a personal visit from the schoolmarm, but MGM just couldn't resist reworking the Almira Gulch scene from The Wizard of Oz, to the point that, when the teacher said she wanted to talk to the parents, I yelled, "And their little dog, too!" and expected her to at least stuff the family cat into a hamper. I started to write that Edison was dismissed from school by a letter so cruel his mother had to lie about its contents, and an adult Edison was shocked when he came across the actual letter. (As a child he either couldn't read cursive or the letter was in a sealed envelope.) It seems this story, although touching, is entirely false. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/thomas-edisons-mom-lied-about-a-letter-expelling-her-son-from-school/ Apparently the world "addled," used often in the 1940 movie, was actually applied to young Edison, who spent very little time in school and was out at a younger age than Rooney in the film. According to the source below, it was a schoolmaster calling Edison "addled" which caused his furious mother to remove him from school and teach him herself. The TCM article implies the scene in which Tom rescued a three-year-old child from certain death on railroad tracks, and was rewarded by the child's father with help in his telegraph work, never happened, although this says it absolutely did. http://www.loc.gov/collections/static/edison-company-motion-pictures-and-sound-recordings/articles-and-essays/biography/life-of-thomas-alva-edison.html Also according to this, the grabbing by the ears to be lifted into a boxcar really happened,* but the boxing of the ears after the fire in the boxcar did not happen--the movie includes both and shows the doctor checking Tom's ears afterwards. The fire itself apparently did happen, as did Edison publishing a newspaper on a train rather than simply selling newspapers. The selling of candy and newspapers before he began publishing his own occurred in 1859 when Edison was only twelve. Edison had two surviving sisters and one brother out of the original seven children of his parents. The oldest sister, Marion, was married when Edison was two and is not mentioned in the movie. The older brother named William is undoubtedly the "Bill" of the movie. The younger of the sisters was indeed nicknamed "Tannie," but she was fourteen years older than Thomas Edison, not four years younger. http://edison.rutgers.edu/famchron.htm She was married in 1855, while this movie starts no earlier than around 1861 (as Fort Sumter is mentioned early on), at which time Edison would have been fourteen years old. The movie portrays a couple of seasons passing and later he is mentioned as being sixteen years old. I was very afraid during the scene where the doctor needed light to operate on Edison's mother that the movie would have Tom invent the lightbulb 15 or 20 years early but there was no buildup to that breakthrough which reportedly took over 1,000 tries, so they resolved the issue another way. Several major incidents, including the mother's operation and the spectacular climax, I am convinced did not happen, but don't want to post any spoilers of a thoroughly enjoyable movie. It's like that parody of a scene in The Right Stuff in which an astronaut worries he has not had a very interesting life, and the Life magazine reporter says, "Don't worry; we'll make your life so interesting, you'll wish you'd lived it!" Would definitely watch again. *I knew that part was true, having been unable to forget this lovely and charming illustration from the Childcraft volume Great Men and Famous Deeds.
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    Young Tom Edison

    Don't remember hearing of this film's existence until I saw it in its entirety last night. In process of fact-checking and may end up with something of book length!
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    Mankiewicz Tactful in His Landis Career Overview

    Talk about irony! This evening TCM ran a spot featuring Vic Morrow promoting The Blackboard Jungle. Immediately following that, Ben Mankiewicz came on with the evening's guest programmer, John Landis. Landis introduced the film he chose, Paths of Glory, about a military commander's indifference to vast losses of the lives entrusted to him in his quest for personal success. The Vic Morrow thing may have been intentional on someone's part, but the creepy thing is Landis was probably totally oblivious to the irony of all this. It also seems Morrow sensed years earlier how he was to die. http://www.aintnowaytogo.com/twZone.htm The whole thing was so creepy and ironic it would have been material for an episode of The Twilight Zone.
  14. What language was that in the titles of Peg o' the Mounted?
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    In the Pines Promo Criss Cross Questions

    Thanks, that would be a very well-known film! Turns out the answer is right on the author's website: https://lynnerae.com/novels/criss-cross-2/

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