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What Are You Watching Now?

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18 hours ago, shutoo said:

Just finished the 1933 Fox production of State Fair.  Since the musical 45 version is one of my favorite musicals, it's surprising, to me at least, that I think I've only seen this version once before, years ago.  It's pre-code, so the relationship between the son Norman Foster and Sally Eilers is much more suggestive..they weren't just singing and holding hands...and sweet little Janet Gaynor says she feels like " raising hell". I'd forgotten at the end, dad Will Rogers makes the remark that his beloved pig Blue Boy is destined to become ham...that's upsetting...Same story, of course, and Gaynor steals the show.

I like both versions. I even like the 1962 production with Pat Boone and Alice Faye.

Gaynor and Ayres teamed up again for SERVANTS' ENTRANCE (1934)...something about them together seems kinda sweet. 

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The Professionals (1966) - TCM

w/ Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Ralph Bellamy and Claudia Cardinale. Plus written and directed by Richard Brooks.

Hard to go wrong with those names.

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Now I'm watching THE NIGHT WALKER (1964). I found a copy of it on YouTube.

Such a silly but atmospheric "chiller."

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I’m watching Noir Alley—“The Stranger”

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The Fox war film THE FROGMEN (1951).

It's as good as I remembered. TCM's never aired it.

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I just got back from “Rebel Without a Cause.”  I will say that this is probably the only slightly negative Fathom experience I’ve had—which wasn’t Fathom’s fault, but rather the theater’s. I don’t know what was going on in the projection booth, but first it took forever to start the film. Then when they did, there was no sound. The sound finally came on during the opening credits when James Dean is lying in the street. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to hear Ben Mankiewicz’ introduction. 

Anyway. The film was as good as usual. James Dean was really cute. It’s a shame he was killed so soon after the film. My husband likes Natalie Wood, even though he didn’t like her hair in this film. Sal Mineo was adorable. Shallowness aside, I really like this movie. It’s an interesting string of events depicting kids just trying to find their identity in the world. Sal struggles to find a family. His parents abandoned him. I feel so sorry for his maid/guardian. Talk about having duties above your pay grade! Natalie struggles with having a father show no affection towards her. She joins up with the bully gang, just so she feels accepted. Jim struggles with finding a place where he belongs and can stay out of trouble. His mom moves the family whenever there’s a hint of trouble. Jim’s dad has no backbone and lets his wife and mother walk all over him. Jim feels he doesn’t have a strong male role model. Throughout the entire film, the kids face being told they don’t belong, are too young to understand, and given blasé nothing answers when voicing concern. 

I love how Nicholas Ray shot the film and his choice of locations. The LA scenery, especially the Griffith Observatory was a great move on his part. 

Great film. I love to watch this one over and over. 

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I’m watching “The Tarnished Angels” with Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. The more I see of Hudson, the more I really like him. 

To quote the great Ethel Mertz: 

“Would you like a piece of Rock, Mr. Candy?” 

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Really love British actress Kathleen Harrison. Watching her in a comedy called WHERE THERE'S A WILL (1955).

She lived to 103.

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

Really love British actress Kathleen Harrison. Watching her in a comedy called WHERE THERE'S A WILL (1955).

She lived to 103.

I do too..will put this one on my to watch youtube list; in Mr. Lord Says No, she has a wonderful scene explaining to a bureaucrat what her home means to the family

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7 hours ago, shutoo said:

I do too..will put this one on my to watch youtube list; in Mr. Lord Says No, she has a wonderful scene explaining to a bureaucrat what her home means to the family

She seems to have equal skill with comedy and drama. I haven't seen the film you mentioned. WHERE THERE'S A WILL is currently on YouTube. Not sure how long it will remain posted.

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I’m enjoying Rita Hayworth night on TCM. I’m on my third film—“My Gal Sal.” I didn’t like this film the first time I saw it, but I think I like it better now. 

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BANK HOLIDAY (1938) on YouTube. It's the third time I've watched it in three days. 

I guess this means I think it's a good film.

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The Return of the Vampire (1943) - MeTV (Svengoolie)

w/ Bela Lugosi as the vampire Armand Tesla, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Roland Varno, Miles Mander and (last but far from least) Matt Willis as the werewolf Andréas

It is only the 6th of October and I already feel like I'm behind in my Halloween viewing!

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The Phantom of the Opera (1925) - TCM On Demand

w/ Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry and Arthur Edmund Carewe 

An ideal second movie for the Halloween season!

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I'm loving TCM's Rita Hayworth SOTM tribute.  I watched it last week and now I'm here for week 2.  Just finished up Gilda and almost at the end of The Lady From Shanghai.  Looking forward to Cover Girl and Tonight and Every Night! Tomorrow's a late start at work--woohoo! More time for movies!

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Cry of the Werewolf (1944) - MeTV (Svengoolie)

w/ Nina Foch and the always reliable Barton MacLane

And I'm even farther behind in my Halloween viewing! But at least this time I'm catching one that I haven't seen before.

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Hollywood Rivals: Keaton and Chaplin - Documentary that gives a brief overview on the two comedian's works. 

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I'm watching a strange British drama called THE CARETAKER (1963). Someone posted it on YouTube earlier today.

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