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TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

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19 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

So many winners in here, of course, on top of the list has to be THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD.

Been awhile since I saw THE SEA HAWK, but I do remember liking it quite well. Have to catch it again.

THE SEA HAWK is a favorite of mine. Too bad it was not filmed in Technicolor.

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Robert Taylor as the bad guy on TCM

UNDERCURRENT with Katharine Hepburn

CONSPIRATOR with Elizabeth Taylor

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4 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Thursday April 12, 2018
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Robert Taylor as the bad guy on TCM

UNDERCURRENT with Katharine Hepburn

CONSPIRATOR with Elizabeth Taylor

Never seen UNDERCURRENT (one of the very few films with Kate that I haven't seen), so I will have to check that out. Understand it also has Robert Mitchum in it too....got to catch it.

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16 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Never seen UNDERCURRENT (one of the very few films with Kate that I haven't seen), so I will have to check that out. Understand it also has Robert Mitchum in it too....got to catch it.

It's not her best role. She was very unhappy making it. I don't think she and Mitchum liked each other. He was on a loan out from RKO. But the cinematography is excellent, and Taylor shines in a villain role.

One very weird thing about UNDERCURRENT is that Marjorie Main plays the housekeeper, and she just disappears after the first half hour with no more mention of her character. It was like they decided they needed her on another MGM picture, so they wrote her out of this one halfway through filming.

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1 minute ago, TopBilled said:

 

One very weird thing about UNDERCURRENT is that Marjorie Main plays the housekeeper, and she just disappears after the first half hour with no more mention of her character. It was like they decided they needed her on another MGM picture, so they wrote her out of this one halfway through filming.

Sounds very similar to Thelma Ritter in ALL ABOUT EVE.....she disappears before or just about halfway through the movie with no explanation.

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Just now, Bethluvsfilms said:

Sounds very similar to Thelma Ritter in ALL ABOUT EVE.....she disappears before or just about halfway through the movie with no explanation.

The first time I watched UNDERCURRENT it was part of a daytime tribute on TCM for Marjorie Main. And I remember thinking, why did they pick this one. She has so many other titles and in those other movies, she doesn't disappear a third of the way into it.

Re: Hepburn. I think the problem is that she hated the script (for whatever reason) and did not want to do it. But the studio threatened to suspend her so she was forced into it. She could be very difficult if she had to do something she didn't want to do. So she walked on to the set with a negative attitude and started fighting with Mitchum. Taylor was always a true professional, so there were no problems with him. This was his first film in two and a half years because he had been away at war.

Another interesting bit of trivia is that UNDERCURRENT is directed by Vincente Minnelli. In the 40s he typically was assigned musicals. So this was an early foray into dramatic territory for him, and I believe it was his only film noir.

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I know Kate didn't like working with Bob Hope in the one film they did together (forgot the name, but then I forgot the whole movie altogether). 

Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant are the only two male actors that I can think of in which she appeared in more than one film. I wonder what her other male co-stars thought of her.

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9 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

I know Kate didn't like working with Bob Hope in the one film they did together (forgot the name, but then I forgot the whole movie altogether). 

Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant are the only two male actors that I can think of in which she appeared in more than one film. I wonder what her other male co-stars thought of her.

She worked with Charles Boyer twice. There were probably a few others. The film with Bob Hope was THE IRON PETTICOAT. She was unhappy they were rewriting the script during production to insert more jokes for him, making it "just another Bob Hope movie" which was not what she signed up for.

She was probably happiest working alongside Spencer Tracy. And her favorite director was lifelong friend George Cukor. She was supposed to make TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT in the early 70s with Cukor. But the man who was in charge of MGM at that time, Jim Aubrey, despised her. Aubrey thought she was incredibly difficult to deal with and he had her removed from the film during rehearsals just as they were about to start filming. Last minute replacement Maggie Smith stepped in. Hepburn was extremely upset about it, since it was a role she very much wanted to play. Plus she was looking forward to Cukor directing her again.

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Friday April 13, 2018
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Randolph Scott westerns on TCM

THE TALL T with Richard Boone

RIDE LONESOME with Pernell Roberts

DECISION AT SUNDOWN with John Carroll

COLT .45 with Zachary Scott

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Saturday April 14, 2018
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Margaret Lockwood on FilmStruck

THE LADY VANISHES with Michael Redgrave

THE MAN IN GREY with James Mason

THE WICKED LADY with James Mason

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Bill Travers & Virginia McKenna on TCM

THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH with Peter Sellers

BORN FREE with Geoffrey Keen

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Vincente Minnelli in the 1940s on FilmStruck

CABIN IN THE SKY with Ethel Waters

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS with Judy Garland

THE CLOCK with Judy Garland

THE PIRATE with Gene Kelly

MADAME BOVARY with Jennifer Jones

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On 4/14/2018 at 1:50 PM, TopBilled said:

Sunday April 15, 2018Screen Shot 2018-04-14 at 10.35.23 AM.jpg

Bill Travers & Virginia McKenna on TCM

THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH with Peter Sellers

BORN FREE with Geoffrey Keen

They were a delightful duo, especially in those two films.

I can understand the worldwide appeal of "Born Free".

And Miss McKenna is still with us.

 

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, rayban said:

They were a delightful duo, especially in those two films.

I can understand the worldwide appeal of "Born Free".

And Miss McKenna is still with us.

Yes, they were beautiful together, on screen and off screen. 

I'm glad TCM saw fit to honor them one evening.

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Tuesday April 17, 2018

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Peggy Cummins on TCM

GUN CRAZY with John Dall

CURSE OF THE  DEMON with Dana Andrews

HELL DRIVERS with Stanley Baker

THE LATE GEORGE APLEY with Ronald Colman

ALWAYS A BRIDE with Terence Morgan

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1 hour ago, TopBilled said:

Tuesday April 17, 2018

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Peggy Cummins on TCM

GUN CRAZY with John Dall

CURSE OF THE  DEMON with Dana Andrews

HELL DRIVERS with Stanley Baker

THE LATE GEORGE APLEY with Ronald Colman

ALWAYS A BRIDE with Terence Morgan

CURSE OF THE DEMON looks interesting. 

Never seen it, but anything with Dana Andrews is worth watching.

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28 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

CURSE OF THE DEMON looks interesting. 

Never seen it, but anything with Dana Andrews is worth watching.

The one I love is ALWAYS A BRIDE, a cute British romantic comedy. I hope people get a chance to see it.

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Wednesday April 18, 2018

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30s horror on Starz

FRANKENSTEIN with Colin Clive

DRACULA with Bela Lugosi

THE MUMMY with Boris Karloff

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN with Elsa Lanchester

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23 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

CURSE OF THE DEMON looks interesting. 

Never seen it, but anything with Dana Andrews is worth watching.

Not this one!

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4 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Wednesday April 18, 2018

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30s horror on Starz

FRANKENSTEIN with Colin Clive

DRACULA with Bela Lugosi

THE MUMMY with Boris Karloff

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN with Elsa Lanchster

Love this lineup! Can't miss with any in this bunch.

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12 minutes ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Love this lineup! Can't miss with any in this bunch.

Yes. These are on Starz. DRACULA and THE MUMMY were just added to Starz streaming so I thought I'd mention them. These Universal horror films sometimes air on TCM in late October.

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Thursday April 19, 2018

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Julie Christie on TCM

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD with Terence Stamp

THE GO-BETWEEN with Alan Bates

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Friday April 20, 2018

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Advertising in the 60s on TCM

THE THRILL OF IT ALL with Doris Day

GOOD NEIGHBOR SAM with Jack Lemmon

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On 6/22/2014 at 4:56 PM, Dargo said:

 

C'mon now, TB. "Svengoolie"?! REALLY???!!!

 

(...dude, HIS jokes are even worse than MINE!!!) 

 

LOL

Hey, I watch Svengoolie occasionally. Where else am I gonna see hilarious B-movies without having to hear lame jokes obscuring all the insane dialogue, like they do on that crappy Mystery Science Fiction show, Dargo?

Now of course if you were hosting any films, I might be persuaded to watch your show. Could you bring back Vampira to work with you maybe?

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3 hours ago, CaveGirl said:

Hey, I watch Svengoolie occasionally. Where else am I gonna see hilarious B-movies without having to hear lame jokes obscuring all the insane dialogue, like they do on that crappy Mystery Science Fiction show, Dargo?

Now of course if you were hosting any films, I might be persuaded to watch your show. Could you bring back Vampira to work with you maybe?

Hmmmm...funny you should mention "bringing back (the now deceased) Vampira" for something like this, CG!

Ya see, just recently I've been drawing up plans in my head on how to do this very thing. AND, the, ahem, ninth one I came up with I think has a very good chance of success!

(...ironic, ain't it)

 

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