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  1. OK. I once watched a movie about a post war veteran going to stay at this friend's or a bed and breakfast type of place in the countryside and he meets this girl who is so beautiful to him. She thinks he is the most handsome man on earth. In the end, we find out that they were only seeing the inner beauty of each other because in reality, he was actually an injured war soldier and she was real homely looking. I have been looking for the name of this movie for years. I saw it on classic movies when I was in high school (1986) and it has haunted me ever since.
  2. JOHN GARFIELD: DEAD BEFORE HE COULD REACH 40, THE AGE HE BELIEVED ACTORS BECAME GREAT ACTORS. John Garfield was a major movie star during the studio system era. He was an activist and campaigned for a role in Gentleman's Agreement opposite Gregory Peck about anti-Semitism. He won the role. Garfield was himself Jewish. Garfield was ready to join the fight in WWII and showed up only to fail the medical - 4F - like a lot of Hollywood stars did - because of heart problems. But Garfield wanted to contribute to the war effort as best he could and joined Bette Davis in starting Hollywood Canteen - a place where military personnel of any branch could stop off each night and be entertained by the most famous actors, actresses, dancers, singers and comedians every night. He and Bette Davis later played themselves in the movie version Hollywood Canteen. edit: Tom has pointed out that it was Bette Davis who was the actress behind Hollywood Canteen. No problem. Everyone wanted to help out. His signature movie is The Postman always Rings Twice. But other favourites of mine - I mean my top 5: Between Two Worlds Destination Tokyo They made Me a Criminal The Sea Wolf I've seen 17 of his films so far. Considering he died at 39 - he made a lot of films. The only film I tried to watch and could not get through was Dust Be My Destiny. Maybe it was a bad day for me. Maybe I just don't like this film. I'll have to try it out again.
  3. This is a seldom seen movie about Vietnam before it became the US' war. It is about the French at Dien Bien Phu. Ironically I saw it as a late movie on TV before I went to Vietnam.
  4. TCM can find only one Vietnam movie for Memorial Day? They seem to do this every Memorial Day or show none at all. And its The Green Berets-again! This is a typical John Wayne movie-plenty of action and not a bad story, but accuracy is not a key factor. I was in the US Army Airborne about that time and served at Ft. Bragg (Home of the Green Berets and the Airborne) and in Vietnam. There are plenty of better Vietnam movies out there that TCM should be able to obtain. Go Tell the Spartans with Burt Lancaster is one that deserves to be shown for example.
  5. While I was waiting for The Ten Commandments to download last night, I whiled away the time watching Casablanca again. I have seen this movie countless times, and for me, it was the film that motivated me into being the movie lover I am today. There is a magic about this story and its production that always grips me. Last night's viewing reminds me that this story takes me to foreign shores, yet the production never leaves Burbank, CA. Well, maybe there's a scene at the Van Nuys airport, but again, not that far. I still buy it. It is such masterful production design, it hooks me everytime, even when fully aware of the actual shooting locales. Am I the only one who feels like this?
  6. ben42day

    Paratroop Command where are you?

    I'm like Quentin Tarrentino about this hard to catch great old war movie. I think it's a jem that maybe because of the not to well known actors in it and maybe their budget was small it gets passed over more than it should. It's got some of the best action I've ever seen in a war movie and I've seen almost everyone out there, has a great realistic story line/plot, and whatever this movie lacked in budget or high paid actors they sure made up in action, realism and acting. I couldn't tell you how many times I've suggested this movie with no luck, even to go as far as writing several times trying to get the programmers to at least give us war movie lovers a night a week or a night a month dedicated to old hard to find war movies. Not the same ones you show over and over again on TCM which I never thought TCM would get like most radio stations I know that seem to have only tunnel vision when it comes to picking a variety of movies. Also I can hardly believe that women are up wee hours late night or till early morning where it's been off the record common knowledge that this is guys time and what guys do late at night and what do I see on nights when TCM should be playing thrillers, film noir, action, western, sci fi and of course, war movies only to see musicals or chic flicks,(Sorry ladies) or even now films that are on the verge of x-rated or only a few years old which I think is going to be a mistake TCM will regret in the future and maybe has a little bit of Drew's influence since she's so young. But back to the task at hand, I grew up in Detroit as a great escape (no pun intended)artist being the television was my means of escape growing up with Rita Bell, Bill Kennedy, Sir Graves Ghastly, The Ghoul, and movies in those days late night seemed to be geared totally to the male population with either westerns, sci fi movies or the good old war movie which back in the 70's and 80's they seemed to know who was watching T.V. late at night. Believe me TCM I don't know of anyone I know that wants to watch, especially on a good wind down night like sunday, all those silent films or foriegn language films back to back. Once in a while is cool, I like Charlie and Buster as much as the next guy, uh, er woman, ah um person, I mean, but you guys there seem to cater to everyone but the war movie lover. What's up with that one TCM? Anyway if you every want to see a great hidden gem of a war movie and if TCM ever plays it again just watch for Paratroop Command. Don't take my word for it just ask Quentin. Ben Scharf

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