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  1. Chalk - A Comedic Film Noir

    Classic Film Lovers, I would like to introduce you to my latest project, Chalk. It's a comedic film noir with all the classic film noir tropes and even more laughs. We pay homage to classic noirs, while bringing a fresh, youthful spin. A tongue and cheek comedy that touches on sensitive subjects such as gentrification, urban displacement, and self-identity. It's a city of chalk slowly being replaced by dry-erase. Our lead detective is trying to solve a string of murders that have left the city on edge. It's most recent loss, the celebrated mayor of Chalk City. The suspect, the mayors beautiful and shrewd wife, Mrs. Chalk. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" meets "The Big Sleep" - http://www.thechalkmovie.com Eric Whitten (Producer | Writer | Director)
  2. Hello Fellow Noir Lovers, I always enjoy seeing new noir movies emerge and push the boundaries of classic noir archetypes. Because of this I've developed my own film noir and would like to share its story with you. Chalk is a short comedic film noir about a washed up detective looking for clarity in a world full of corruption, murder, and chalk. This film explores the cost of self-preservation. Set among a fictional backdrop, a city of chalk slowly being replaced by dry-erase, we explore the affect gentrification has on individuals by using comedy to approach this sensitive subject. You might be wondering why Chalk? Well, can you think of anything more black and white than chalk on blackboard? If I still have your attention then check out the film's website: http://www.thechalkmovie.com You might just be surprised how much this makes sense. -Eric Whitten (Producer|Writer|Director)
  3. HE died recently at 91.We all need to write olive films and pressure them as a tribute that in the future they restore the 3D version of money from home for d.c.p. showing at least since they got the flat version out on Blu - Ray and in the future reissue it in 3d on Blu Ray, Also recreating its stereophonic sound with it.
  4. This is a movie that was on TCM last year but for the life of me I can't remember the name. It's about an an actor with a giant ego playing in an outdoor summer stock theatre somewhere in the midwest. The plot is vaguely like "Enter Laughing" but that's not it. A local teenager is a theatre nut and gets a job as a stagehand hoping to land a role in a production. The star (who reminds me of Howard Keel but I don't think that's him) takes the kid under his wing while he waits for his big break, hoping an agent from New York will see him and sign him up. Meanwhile the stagehands play pranks on him like gluing a mug he's supposed to lift to the table. It was very funny - but what's it called? This is really vexing me. Thanks!
  5. I saw a movie some time ago about a college football player who was failing french. He winds up being tutored by a girl who falls in love with him. He winds up engaged to another girl, fails French, but is given one last chance to sort his grades. He goes back to the tutor, realized he is in love with her an intentionally fails his French exam, but she is the one grading it, and passes him. There is a scene where they dance around the library naming things in French. Can anyone tell me the name of the movie? I've been looking for a few hours now and I can't find it.
  6. The Flintstones

    Since I saw a post dedicated to Tom & Jerry, I was wondering, is anyone a fan of the Flintstones? I have seasons 1-3 on DVD, and now taking this course of Slaptick Comedy, I find myself appreciating the cartoons I love, that fall under this category I mean, much much more! (It's obvious I am a huge cartoon lover, isn't it?) Also, I don't know if anyone has ever saw this similarity, but has anyone ever thought of I Love Lucy while watching the Flintstones?
  7. *I think my other post was deleted? If so thank you!* Anyways, I wanted to post this since the subject of slapstick in cartoons has been brought up, I was wondering how people feel about anime? I know most anime is rather dramatic and dark, but some of Japan's anime, is very humorous and beyond entertaining. I find myself enjoying it more than most live action comedy I see now a day. One example of an anime that to me, fills every ingredient to what makes a slapstick comedy is the 2006 anime "Ouran Highschool Host Club" which is about Scholarship student Haruhi Fujioka, who is in debt to the school's host club boys for breaking one of their vases. In order to pay her debt of 8,000,000 Yen, she has to join the host club and pretend to be a boy. I for one adore this anime, and I find it's humor to be very exaggerated, type violent, traditional, and just overall fun, and I believe it would be fun for anyone who watches it. It has wonderful themes that not only touch today's society but I believe also hits back to the golden years, on both negative and positive sides. This is episode one, sadly you need a YT account to watch it, but if anyone is interested, I would be more than happy to supply a link where you can watch it! Both subbed and dubbed version! Does anyone else know or think another anime falls into this category? Do you believe that anime in general holds some form of Slapstick?
  8. Dogs in World War One

    Okay, so I was wondering if anybody could identify a film (20 minutes, maybe half an hour in length) that I saw on TCM a few years ago. It's a black and white talkie, probably from the '20s or '30s, about dogs fighting World War One. And to be clear, I'm not talking about dogs fighting alongside humans. I'm talking about anthropomorphized dogs fighting as though they were humans, doing all the things that humans did. They walk on their hind legs through some kind of proto-stop motion, and are dubbed with human voices. It is one of the most incredible movies I've ever seen, and for the life of me I can't remember the title or find any recordings of it online.
  9. Navy Blues 1941

    I've been trying to find a copy of this movie for years. If anyone can give me info on obtaining a copy I'd appreciate it. I don't know why TCM hasn't shown it. It's a great musical with a great cast.(Ann Sheridan and Martha Raye steal the show!) In my opinion, it's also a historical footnote as it came out in September of 1941. Many of the ships shown in scenes were either damaged or destroyed a few short weeks later.
  10. Please Help

    Greetings. I am trying to locate a short that I cannot find through IMDB. Back in the mid-80's, I saw a comedy short on TCM that left a definitive impression on me, and now I can't seem to locate it because another version of it was made in 1940 by Del Lord. The title is "Cold Turkey". In Lord's 1940 version, Harry Langdon played the starring role and it took place during the Christmas season. The version I'm looking for took place during Thanksgiving. Any information would be helpful. Thank you.
  11. In 1994, Harry Anderson of "Night Court" fame came to Portland to guest star in "The Cindy Williams Comedy Special", filmed at the studios of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Whereas some people can claim to have their "15 minutes of fame", I have my "15 seconds of obscurity": I was the chauffeur in the opening hitchhiking scenes, although you wouldn't know it because I believe that I was filmed from my shoulders down. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the Special and/or see it online? tonydebates@gmail.com
  12. Shown on Turner Classic Movies some time between Mar and Jun of 2014
  13. There is an old comedy movie I've seen. I believe it is pre-code, but certainly from the 1930's. The scene that's in my head is early in the movie in which an actress is in a bathtub, singing. What made the scene stick in my head is that it appears that helium or hydrogen is being bubbled into the tub, creating bubbles and foam which gently floats from the tub towards the celing. I've tried doing searches but haven't had any luck. I'm hoping someone can help me find this film again. Thanks all.
  14. June Allyson: America's Sweetheart

    This is a new thread for our current Star of the Month for May 2014: JUNE ALLYSON! YAY!!! I know some people dislike her for whatever reason, but I please ask you to be kind on here. If you have something yucky or mean to say, please try to refrain from being unkind. This is a thread for the nice and loverly people. Thank you kindly everyone! Now, who's ready and loves Junie?!
  15. What a wonderful film you have missed if you haven't seen "Rendezvous" with William Powell and Rosalind Russell! You really must watch it at least twice to get all of the wonderful ways that Powell and Russell work together so beautifully. And what a great comedy this is! It was filmed in 1935, so this is a very early work of theirs, but PLEASE if any of you agree that this is a forgotten masterpiece, let me know. I would love to discuss it..

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