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    "Fragments", TCM Sunday, September 9th

    Juanaquena, You may wish to make a request from TCM that they air this show once again. It is really worth a second look! You can contact the two gents who hosted the documentary to see if, indeed, there is a DVD in the works. Perhaps, with more interest, this could be a possibility.
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    "Fragments", TCM Sunday, September 9th

    I hope that you silent screen fans had the opportunity to watch this wonderful program, yet sad at how much cinema's early history is gone forever. So many silent and early talkies or just one reelers/several frames of movies, are no longer with us, due to the nitrate film disintegration. It was a very interesting 1 1/2 hour program; I'm certain that there must be enough classic titles to have many hours or dialog on those films that we no longer have. Fire & negligence were also responsible for the losses. The early talkies, sound and photography, were two, separate entities, the voices/dialog recorded on a disc. I learned that the coming attractions were shown at the conclusion of the feature film...not at the beginning as we currently see. Coleen Moore, Clara Bow, Theda Bara, Lon Chaney all have tantalizing lists of movies that no longer exist. Frank Capra's "Lost Horizon" [1937] is one of my favorite films. "The Magnificent Ambersons" too has lost ["edited"] scenes it it, but for a different reason. Still, the loss remains the same. I don't know if the above program remains elsewhere on TCM, but I'd advise you to watch it if indeed it is. To the cinematic world, these losses can only be compared to some of Shakespeare's literary works, where only titles of works exist...
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    THEM! (1954)

    I love all of the sci-fi movies from the 1950's. I believe that this feeling is due to not only living in that epoch, but having gone to the movies to see them. I grew up in Newark [yup, that one] and we had a neighborhood theater with a very large screen. The place had over 250 seats. Get in your seat when all the lights went out and you knew you were in for a real treat. Anticipation for the main feature grew as you watched the Popeye cartoons and the Bugs bunny sci-fi themed cartoons. I watch "THEM" 60 years later and I still get the tightness in my stomach. The "screetching" sound that the ants used to communicate, is enough to make you feel goose-pimplely all over again! Watch the movie again. Put yourself in one of those 250 seats and a 50' by 20' screen. Then the movie's intro theme. The first few bars get your attention when the giant T-H-E-M blasts in your face, then the music gets more subtle and eerie. Enjoy the show!
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still - 1951

    Was Michel Rennie the first choice for the lead role?
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    First silent film crush

    For me? Thelma Todd; hands down. More so, as she entered the talkies. Every time I drive past her Sidewalk Cafe, 17535 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades I sigh a little bit...so sad.
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    Gloria Swanson

    Clarklk...have you read her autobiography, "Swanson on Swanson"? It's an engaging book, all 500+ pages. She is not very kind to Wallace Berry, who was not a very good husband to her. But there are thoughts, reminiscences and names to, well, fill a book. Her recollection at the age of 81 is remarkable. So many of her films are noted; reading about the directors, fellow actors, friends and crew while making the films, makes for a great read. Highly recommended!
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    Favorite Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, or "Fatty" Arbuckle Film!

    I am particularly fond of Fatty Arbuckle's "Coney Island" [1917], which also includes Buster Keaton. I'm from that area and loved seeing the old amusement parks, i.e., Luna Park, Steeplechase, etc. I have the movie on DVD and watch it over-and-over.
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    Harold Lloyd This Week on TCM

    Hello Everyone, In the 1970's and early 80's in San Diego, there was a movie/theater critic by the name of Lawrence Gross on one of the local t.v. channels. He used to make reference to, and recommend to viewers, to occasionally look at the background that was going by, while viewing a movie. This goes double for the silents! Been watching the above mentioned movies these past few days and have been, indeed, watching a very nostalgic view of Los Angeles in some of the movies being aired on TCM. "Safety Last" and "Girl Shy" seemed to have the most of Los Angeles/Culver City streets and landmarks in the background. It is a fascinating way to see what L.A. looked like 90 or so years ago. Homes, big homes, with large lawns [in Girl Shy, you can see one home with sprinklers, watering the lawn]. Was wondering if there were any Harold Lloyd aficionados on the boards. I would be most grateful if they would care to respond to my inquiry; can you name another film of two of Lloyd's which included a good view of L.A. background, while the film was being produced? Any other silent films with an equivalent view of L.A.? The famous Laurel and Hardy "Music Box" is one such movie that comes to mind. Many thanks for taking the time to respond!
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    "Rodan" (1958)

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    Man From Planet X

    Hi Carolelover! Your thread is almost 3 1/2 years old, but I'm responding to it anyway. I didn't know that Sally Field's mom was in the movie! You probably knew this already...Margaret Field.
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    Twenty All Time Great Science Fiction Films

    What? No one mentioned "KRONOS"? Aww, c'mom folks you're killing me here. ;-/
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    The Tragedy of Montgomery Clift

    Used book stores, especially those with used DVD sections are a great place to finds treasures. If you live in N.Y.C., you know what I am referring to. I happened to find an unopened copy of a DVD on the life of director George Steven's, produced by his son, entitled, "George Stevens A Filmmakers Life."A wonderful DVD if you haven't yet seen it. One of the movies depicted in the DVD was, "A Place In The Sun". After seeing just a few brief clips of the movie, I knew I had to see it. NO! I had never seen the movie before. I found a very good used copy of the Stevens movie and cannot wait to watch it.
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    MARY PICKFORD

    Hello Everyone! I was a member a loooong time ago, but have never stopped watching TCM. It's one of the very few cable channels I have any use for. I just purchased a DVD of a PBS "American Experience" episode entitled, "Mary Pickford". It is quite a remarkable show and I believe that it is available to stream via the PBS website. However, I got the impression by watching the DVD [almost 90 minutes in length] that Ms. Pickford's life was less than a joyous one. Yet, having read both of small books that she wrote in 1935 [My Rendezvous With Life, Why Not Try God], the story of Ms. Pickford's life, portrayed on the DVD, seems to belie the tremendous amount of determination and faith within Mary in these two books. Is anyone also a fan of Mary Pickford's life? There are two biographies mentioned on the PBS DVD, which I will soon seek out to learn more. I can certainly appreciate the restrictions that are placed on a biography, having just 90 minutes to encapsulate a life as vibrant as Ms. Pickford's. The reading of Mary's books show me a woman, a very devoutly spiritual woman, as someone who can take the best, as well as the most trying & difficult parts of life to bear, with a determination that "there's more in me"! A quote from the book reads as follows..."My discovery was so wonderful and had brought me so much joy, given me so much spiritual light in the hardest hours of my life, that I want to share it with all who care to try it." Yet, none of Mary's ideology is even hinted at in the DVD. Quite a contrast, I must say. Yet, these two books of which I speak where written in a v-e-r-y pivotal time in her life... Her mother, the tower upon which Mary leaned, had died, Mary's marriage to Doug Fairbanks was in a shambles [to divorce Fairbanks a year later] and the acting career which she loved, was coming to a close. I hope that you too find Ms. Pickford's life nothing short of remarkable, as I did. I also have read the biography of Frances Marion ["Without Lying Down"] that was so splendidly done by Ms. Cari Beauchamp, which was subsequently made into a special program aired on TCM some time ago. Thank you TCM for such a wonderful and rewarding T.V. channel!

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