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  1. MontyCliftLover

    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    I guess I should add that I think the bigger issue is that some of the actors they had play Asians at least had some facial features that could pull of the Asian look (face shape, nose shape, etc). Alec Guinness does not. Perhaps that's where the issue is.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Yes, I do realize that. However, I saw recently The Bitter Tea of General Yen and thought Nils Asther did a good job of playing the role of an Asian male. The makeup was still a little irritating to me but I found him much more believable. I thought Alec Guinness was just horribly miscast in A Majority of One.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    The only thing that bothered me in Lawrence of Arabia was the way he speaks. I still can hear that British accent which seems out of place when playing an Arab. However, his acting was awesome and the makeup and costume helped him to look Arabic. To contrast, I thought Anthony Quinn was almost completely believable as an Arab in that movie.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    It's interesting that this topic came up because just the other day I was watching TCM and the movie A Majority of One was on and I was so horrified by Alec Guinness portraying a Japanese man that I had to turn it off. Really, really bad. Not Alec Guinness' fault, I'm sure he did his best but just watching him look like he was squinting (probably bad eye makeup) and that stereotypical accent - ugh, I couldn't watch!
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    Sadly, Monty would never have taken a role like that, though. That's what's unfortunate about his career is that he could have done many wonderful movies but was insanely picky with scripts. At least prior to his accident. After his accident, he was kind of forced by finances to take anything.
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    Painfully inappropriate casting.

    I mean, honestly, I though Eli Wallach was great in that role. I didn't even recognize him. I realized it was him when I saw the credits. I actually thought it was a Hispanic actor. But then again, I'm not Hispanic myself so I would think someone who is of Hispanic descent might be more sensitive to accents and such.
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    Best movie ever

    Monty has some good movies for sure but not any in the same league as Lawrence of Arabia. From Here to Eternity was probably the best movie he was in.
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    Best movie ever

    Is Lawrence of Arabia the best movie ever made? Your thoughts? If not, what do you think is?
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    Pittsburgh chapter?

    There is a lady who is working on forming a chapter. I don't think she will mind if I give you her email. You can let her know you are interested in being added. I'll send you a message.
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    New Poll: Favorite Male Screen Star

    Oh dear I completely forgot Orson Welles. He's got to be up high on this list somewhere probably 5th.
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    Sadly Neglected Performances by Children

    Ivan Jandl in The Search. One of the best performances I've ever seen by a child actor. And the Czechoslovakian government would not let him come to America to get his Oscar, nor would they ever let him make another American movie. Pretty much destroyed any possible career he would ever have. A really sad story.
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    New Poll: Favorite Male Screen Star

    Ugh this is really hard to decide because there are so many good male actors and it's hard to rank them. I'm going to do two lists - one of older movie stars and one of more current day: Older: 1. Monty Clift 2. John Barrymore 3. Laurence Olivier 4. Spencer Tracy 5. Yul Brynner 6. Marlon Brando 7. Jack Lemmon 8. Peter O'Toole 9. Lionel Barrymore 10. Robert Mitchum More Current: 1. Anthony Hopkins 2. Morgan Freeman 3. Daniel Day Lewis 4. Kenneth Branaugh 5. Ralph Fiennes 6. Denzel Washington 7. Colin Firth 8. Brad Pitt 9. Ryan Gosling 10. Adrien Brody It's really hard to come up with the top ten for the older stars because there are just so many I like.
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    I Just Watched...

    Hi all! I'm new here so please bear with me. I'm so glad to have somewhere to discuss TCM movies. My family is completely sick of me trying to talk about them! ha ha! Anyhow so some recent movies I have seen (I DVR anything I'm interested in and then watch later, so some weren't shown recently on TCM): An American in Paris - literally the first time I've seen this (shameful, isn't it!). Can I say I love Gene Kelly? Not only because he is from Pittsburgh (like me!) but because I think he has one of the best smiles ever and, of course, his dancing is so amazing. His acting and singing aren't the greatest but it gets him by, I think. Even so, if I was Leslie Caron I would never have chosen him over Georges Guetray a.k.a Henri. Also, I'm sure it's just me but the song and dance numbers go a little long. I just lose patience with them after a while and fast forward. I guess I'm not a huge song and dance fan - although some of the songs are very catchy and I do like Gershwin. I kind of wish Henri and the lady sponsoring Gene Kelly would end up together just so no one was left alone. Ha ha! The Great Race - I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jack Lemmon. He is so funny and can do some many ridiculous characters. I think he steals every movie I've ever seen him in. Tony Curtis is good, he's Tony Curtis seems kind of always the same but I've only seen probably three or four movies with him in so I can't judge that much. I really like Natalie Wood as well. One of my favorite performances of hers is Splendor in the Grass, that performance just sticks with you. I like that she can do drama and comedy. Again, I think it's my attention span but the movie seemed so long to me. Parts of it were funny but to me some parts just tried to hard to be funny. Overall, I liked it. I don't know that I'd watch it over and over again though. Also, I did like Peter Faulk in this movie as well. Thought he was just as funny as Jack Lemmon in a more understated way. San Francisco - WOW. This movie blew me away actually. I'm a big fan of Spencer Tracy. I like Clark Gable. However, I thought Clark Gable was great in this movie. Jeanette McDonald sings beautifully in this. All around great and it brought out a lot of emotion in me, especially at the end. Super impressed all around. Those are three I've seen recently. I've seen TONS of movies in the last couple months and could actually write probably 40,000 words just talking about movies. On the DVR I currently have: Lawrence of Arabia (again, never saw, believe it or not) and Captains Courageous. Looking forward to seeing these! Thanks for listening! Hope it wasn't too long and annoying!
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    Pittsburgh chapter?

    Hi all fellow TCM enthusiasts! I just joined TCM Backlot and I saw all the local chapters and was hoping I could join a Pittsburgh chapter, if one was in the works. I'm hoping we can gather together five people so we can start one. Is anyone else in Pittsburgh that would be interested? Would love to meet/talk to other old movie fans!

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