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Sunday April 7, 2019

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Directed by Barry Levinson on TCM

THE NATURAL with Robert Redford

DINER with Steve Guttenberg

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16 hours ago, TopBilled said:

It's all those spooky atmospheric touches. I don't like the sappy ending, but the first 80% of the movie is brilliant.

I don't care for the ending, either. I don't know how it could have ended better, though. Maybe after the sentencing, just showing John and Pearl walking together on the downtown sidewalk, then panning to show that they are in fact with Rachel and all "her"other children in their single file formation , just like the scene earlier in the film?

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Just now, sagebrush said:

I don't care for the ending, either. I don't know how it could have ended better, though. Maybe after the sentencing, just showing John and Pearl walking together on the downtown sidewalk, then panning to show that they are in fact with Rachel and all "her"other children in their single file formation , just like the scene earlier in the film?

Actually I don't think the children should have survived. I think this could have been a grim cautionary tale about what happens when children are not looked after properly. The ending should have been more tragic. It might have helped moviegoers realize there are a lot of children whose lives are endangered. Because it gets such a happy pasted-on phony ending, the viewer can just leave the movie feeling all is right with the world again, and not have to worry about the fact there are still kids in our communities who need help.

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2 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Actually I don't think the children should have survived. I think this could have been a grim cautionary tale about what happens when children are not looked after properly. The ending should have been more tragic. It might have helped moviegoers realize there are a lot of children whose lives are endangered. Because it gets such a happy pasted-on phony ending, the viewer can just leave the movie feeling all is right with the world again, and not have to worry about the fact there are still kids in our communities who need help.

Good point; obviously that wouldn't have been an option in 1955 (maybe even not today, unless it was based on a true story.)

As for the " still kids in our communities who need help", I thought that was kind of what Rachel represented in the film. She just brought these homeless "youngins" into her home because no one else wanted or could take care of them. She wasn't their foster parent, as no one was paying her to house them. She just thought of it as her civic duty and religious duty.

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11 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

Good point; obviously that wouldn't have been an option in 1955 (maybe even not today, unless it was based on a true story.)

As for the " still kids in our communities who need help", I thought that was kind of what Rachel represented in the film. She just brought these homeless "youngins" into her home because no one else wanted or could take care of them. She wasn't their foster parent, as no one was paying her to house them. She just thought of it as her civic duty and religious duty.

Yes, that is what Rachel's doing. But she's a stereotype. And I think it's easy to have a sense of complacency, to walk away from the movie and say yeah, there are plenty of nice old ladies around who can look after latchkey kids. But the reality is that a lot of children are still left on their own and still in grave danger.

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER could have been a grim cautionary tale that served more as a clarion call for action. Why not go all the way with this story, and use it to hammer home some shocking truths about neglected children. A percentage of them do end up dead, because nobody advocates on their behalf.

I think if this film was remade today, one of the kids would be sexually abused. There would be real horror in the general situation. The preacher stepfather would be grooming them for his own gain. 

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Monday April 8, 2019

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Amateur sleuths on TCM

MURDER SHE SAID with Margaret Rutherford

THE MAD MISS MANTON with Barbara Stanwyck

THE PENGUIN POOL MURDER with Edna May Oliver

NANCY DREW DETECTIVE with Bonita Granville

DETECTIVE KITTY O'DAY with Jean Parker

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Tuesday April 9, 2019

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Rock Hudson westerns on Starz

THE UNDEFEATED with John Wayne

SHOWDOWN with Dean Martin
 

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Wednesday April 10, 2019

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50s melodramas on TCM

GOODBYE MY FANCY with Joan Crawford

THE GIRL WHO HAD EVERYTHING with Elizabeth Taylor

A LIFE OF HER OWN with Lana Turner

INVITATION with Dorothy McGuire

TEA AND SYMPATHY with Deborah Kerr

PAYMENT ON DEMAND with Bette Davis

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Thursday April 11, 2019

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50s westerns on TCM

3:10 TO YUMA with Van Heflin

THE MAN FROM LARAMIE with James Stewart

WARLOCK with Richard Widmark

RIDE LONESOME with Randolph Scott

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Friday April 12, 2019

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Ann Miller on TCM

TEXAS CARNIVAL with Red Skelton

LOVELY TO LOOK AT with Kathryn Grayson

THE KISSING BANDIT with Frank Sinatra

ROOM SERVICE with Marx Brothers

SMALL TOWN GIRL with Farley Granger

ON THE TOWN with Gene Kelly

HIT THE DECK with Jane Powell

TOO MANY GIRLS with Lucille Ball

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53 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Friday April 12, 2019

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Ann Miller on TCM

TEXAS CARNIVAL with Red Skelton

LOVELY TO LOOK AT with Kathryn Grayson

THE KISSING BANDIT with Frank Sinatra

ROOM SERVICE with Marx Brothers

SMALL TOWN GIRL with Farley Granger

ON THE TOWN with Gene Kelly

HIT THE DECK with Jane Powell

TOO MANY GIRLS with Lucille Ball

"Small Town Girl" should be a better-known musical.

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11 minutes ago, rayban said:

"Small Town Girl" should be a better-known musical.

Agree. Not sure why it isn't. Maybe there was a glut of MGM musicals around that time. Maybe if Ava Gardner or some flashier sex symbol had been in it, then it would be more well known? I dunno. But it's a decent musical.

I like the original non-musical version too, made in 1936 with Janet Gaynor and Robert Taylor.

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Saturday April 13, 2019

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Recently added on Starz

SADDLE TRAMP with Joel McCrea

ROBBERS' ROOST with George Montgomery

GUNFIGHT AT BLACK HORSE CANYON with Dale Robertson

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE with Kirk Douglas

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Sunday April 14, 2019

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Norma Shearer on TCM

A FREE SOUL with Lionel Barrymore

RIPTIDE with Robert Montgomery

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Monday April 15, 2019

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Civil war battles on TCM

GETTYSBURG with Tom Berenger

GLORY with Denzel Washington

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GETTYSBURG (strong ***1/2-out of 4 stars) (only made $8m,) was thee single longest release I ever attended at 4hrs & 14  minutes, ouit of it's powerful cast Jeff Daniels came closest to an Oscar bid, but typicallty of the staid ACADEMY, they didn' t want to include a tv work GRAND SCORE TOO BY RANDY EDELMAN as well,  powerful & a history lesson, shoulda' been anyway. Of that massive cast Jeff Daniels stole the show & some thought an Oscar nod, bu\it see the AMPAS wouldn't have ever included a tv work   I visited there as a kid around '76 it was creepy!

 

Ten yrs passed since it's 2nd in the books GODS & GENERALS (**1/2) ($15m.) & it was lacking? Might have been to DUVALL breaking ribs during a fall?

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On ‎4‎/‎13‎/‎2019 at 10:17 PM, TopBilled said:

Sunday April 14, 2019

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Norma Shearer on TCM

A FREE SOUL with Lionel Barrymore

RIPTIDE with Robert Montgomery

BY NO MEANS A FAN!

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On ‎4‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 10:08 AM, rayban said:

"Small Town Girl" should be a better-known musical.

MGM< & GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ONCE TAPED HER A RECORD 1,000 TAPS PER MINUTE!

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On ‎4‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 8:41 AM, TopBilled said:

Thursday April 11, 2019

 

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50s westerns on TCM

3:10 TO YUMA with Van Heflin

THE MAN FROM LARAMIE with James Stewart

WARLOCK with Richard Widmark

RIDE LONESOME with Randolph Scott

(***1.2) terrific, but the CROWE, BALE remake was good too (***) ($60m.)

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On ‎4‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 9:14 AM, TopBilled said:

Friday April 12, 2019

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Ann Miller on TCM

TEXAS CARNIVAL with Red Skelton

LOVELY TO LOOK AT with Kathryn Grayson

THE KISSING BANDIT with Frank Sinatra

ROOM SERVICE with Marx Brothers

SMALL TOWN GIRL with Farley Granger

ON THE TOWN with Gene Kelly

HIT THE DECK with Jane Powell

TOO MANY GIRLS with Lucille Ball

Though no fan, nice lady though Her last was Lynch';s bizarre MULHOLLAND DR (2001) (4 stars!) ($8m.)

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MY IDOL FRANCIS ALBERT"s CAREER LONG LAUGHING STOCK, BUT NOT THAT BAD (**)   FS was 5'8 & 12 & here only 125lbs!!!

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5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Monday April 15, 2019

 

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Civil war battles on TCM

GETTYSBURG with Tom Berenger

GLORY with Denzel Washington

GLORY is magmagrifuicent filmmaking on every leve4l!

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7 minutes ago, spence said:

BY NO MEANS A FAN!

YUK! & as Crawford said *Shearer was only up for 5  Academy awards because she slept witheith the boss THALBERG-(eventually buried nxt o each other47yrs later in GLENDALE!

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50 minutes ago, spence said:

GETTYSBURG (strong ***1/2-out of 4 stars) (only made $8m,) was thee single longest release I ever attended at 4hrs & 14  minutes, ouit of it's powerful cast Jeff Daniels came closest to an Oscar bid, but typicallty of the staid ACADEMY, they didn' t want to include a tv work GRAND SCORE TOO BY RANDY EDELMAN as well,  powerful & a history lesson, shoulda' been anyway. Of that massive cast Jeff Daniels stole the show & some thought an Oscar nod, bu\it see the AMPAS wouldn't have ever included a tv work   I visited there as a kid around '76 it was creepy!

 

Ten yrs passed since it's 2nd in the books GODS & GENERALS (**1/2) ($15m.) & it was lacking? Might have been to DUVALL breaking ribs during a fall?

& can you believe there's a trilogy titled THE LAST FULL MEASURE?"

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Tuesday April 16, 2019

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Gregory Peck on TCM

GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT with Dorothy McGuire

THE PURPLE PLAIN with Breda De Banzie

THE STALKING MOON with Eva Marie Saint

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