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TCM and Other Sources for Classic Film

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On 5/17/2019 at 8:49 AM, TopBilled said:

Friday May 17, 2019

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Gary Merrill on TCM

 

A BLUEPRINT FOR MURDER with Jean Peters

 

ALL ABOUT EVE with Bette Davis

 

THE LAST CHALLENGE with Glenn Ford

They really should show his 1967 performance in The Incident with Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling, Beau Bridges, Brock Peters, Tony Musante, Charley Scheen, Ruby Dee, Jack Gilford, and Ed McMahon.

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1 minute ago, cigarjoe said:

They really should show his 1967 performance in The Incident with Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling, Beau Bridges, Brock Peters, Tony Musante, Charley Scheen, Ruby Dee, Jack Gilford, and Ed McMahon.

I agree. He's very good in that one. So is Ritter and the rest of the stellar cast.

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Monday July 15, 2019

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Out west with Glenn Ford on TCM

THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE with Broderick Crawford

JUBAL with Ernest Borgnine

3:10 TO YUMA with Van Heflin

COWBOY with Jack Lemmon

CIMARRON with Maria Schell

THE SHEEPMAN with Shirley MacLaine

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He was a big, big star at MGM for a long, long time.

His "underplaying" can be annoying.

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7 minutes ago, rayban said:

He was a big, big star at MGM for a long, long time.

He had also made quite a few films at Columbia in the 1940s and early 1950s, before he moved over to MGM.

He had trouble transitioning to television. He did three series in the 70s and none of them lasted very long.

He then went back to making films, low budget stuff. He was kind of like Joan Crawford in that regard. He didn't like to play supporting roles. He'd rather be the lead in a grade Z film at the end of his career, instead of playing support in a big budget "A" film.

And he stayed away from guest shots on hit TV shows. He always wanted to be the star.

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I don't remember any of his TV outings.

I prefer him in the 40's and 50's.

"A Stolen Life" will always be a favorite.

 

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9 minutes ago, rayban said:

I don't remember any of his TV outings.

I prefer him in the 40's and 50's.

"A Stolen Life" will always be a favorite.

He did a western cop series called Cade's County for one season (1971-72). It was a modest hit but not popular enough for CBS to renew it. 

He then did a TV movie called Punch and Jody in 1974, which was about life in a circus. It was a pilot for a series that did not get picked up. 

Next, he did another TV movie pilot called The Greatest Gift also in 1974. That one was picked up for a series. It was a rural family drama, similar to The Waltons in which he played a preacher/farmer. Julie Harris was cast as his wife. It only lasted ten episodes. 

He didn't try another series after this. He went back to movies (low budget ones) and when he would do television again, it was usually a TV movie or a miniseries in which he had a substantial role.

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Wasn't he a regular "square" for a time on Hollywood Squares?

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6 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

He did a western cop series called Cade's County for one season (1971-72). It was a modest hit but not popular enough for CBS to renew it. 

He then did a TV movie called Punch and Jody in 1974, which was about life in a circus. It was a pilot for a series that did not get picked up. 

Next, he did another TV movie pilot called The Greatest Gift also in 1974. That one was picked up for a series. It was a rural family drama, similar to The Waltons in which he played a preacher/farmer. Julie Harris was cast as his wife. It only lasted ten episodes. 

He didn't try another series after this. He went back to movies (low budget ones) and when he would do television again, it was usually a TV movie or a miniseries in which he had a substantial role.

After his long movie career, it's interesting that he would even attempt a television career.

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19 minutes ago, Thenryb said:

Wasn't he a regular "square" for a time on Hollywood Squares?

I wasn't aware of that. 

13 minutes ago, rayban said:

After his long movie career, it's interesting that he would even attempt a television career.

I think some of them didn't want to relinquish life in the spotlight. So after their movie careers went into decline, they tried to keep going as stars on network television. James Stewart did that too, and like Ford he had two failed TV series in the 1970s.

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Tuesday July 16, 2019

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Maureen O’Hara at RKO on TCM

THEY MET IN ARGENTINA with James Ellison

THE FALLEN SPARROW with John Garfield

THIS LAND IS MINE with Charles Laughton

THE SPANISH MAIN with Paul Henreid

SINBAD THE SAILOR with Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

A WOMAN’S SECRET with Melvyn Douglas

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Wednesday July 17, 2019

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Cagney plays a criminal on TCM

THE PUBLIC ENEMY

WHITE HEAT 

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37 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Wednesday July 17, 2019

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Cagney plays a criminal on TCM

THE PUBLIC ENEMY

WHITE HEAT 

His late-career performance in "White Heat" is just so impressive.

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24 minutes ago, rayban said:

His late-career performance in "White Heat" is just so impressive.

Surprisingly he was not nominated for playing Cody Jarrett in WHITE HEAT. 

It was one of the year's best performances.

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Thursday July 18, 2019

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O’Neal & Streisand on TCM

WHAT’S UP DOC? with Madeline Kahn

THE MAIN EVENT with Paul Sand

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7 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Thursday July 18, 2019

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O’Neal & Streisand on TCM

WHAT’S UP DOC? with Madeline Kahn

THE MAIN EVENT with Paul Sand

So much of her work is dominated by a sense of SELF that seems to cancel out the existence of others.

It's "Look at me".

"I am enough."

Her EGO is off-putting.

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2 hours ago, rayban said:

So much of her work is dominated by a sense of SELF that seems to cancel out the existence of others.

It's "Look at me".

"I am enough."

Her EGO is off-putting.

In a way I agree with this, though I respect her talent. I think she's a little bit easier to take as a singer than as an actress. 

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24 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

In a way I agree with this, though I respect her talent. I think she's a little bit easier to take as a singer than as an actress. 

I agree about Babs as a singer. TCM doesn't show Yentl enough.

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2 hours ago, rayban said:

So much of her work is dominated by a sense of SELF that seems to cancel out the existence of others.

It's "Look at me".

"I am enough."

Her EGO is off-putting.

Interesting POV here and one I never considered before,,,, but I understand; I.e. I have always found her 'off-putting' but really couldn't say why,,,, maybe you have supplied that 'why'.

 

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3 hours ago, TopBilled said:

In a way I agree with this, though I respect her talent. I think she's a little bit easier to take as a singer than as an actress. 

Yes, as a singer, she is - glorious.

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Friday July 19, 2019

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Recently added on Starz

JESSE JAMES with Tyrone Power

RIO GRANDE with John Wayne

TOP GUN with Sterling Hayden

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Saturday July 20, 2019

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College professors on TCM

LOSING GROUND with Seret Scott

ACCIDENT with Dirk Bogarde

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