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HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM

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Connecting Threads Together Thought:  DREAM WIFE, with Betta St. John, who played Liat in South Pacific on Broadway with Juanita Hall (non-Caucasian performers), who was cast in the film but didn't sing which starred Mitzi Gaynor, but could have been made with Doris Day, (recently deceased).

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1 hour ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I usually try to focus on the "hits" and not the "misses"- but two films that I really recommend avoiding are on today- DREAM WIFE (1953)- which is the WORST NON-BETSY DRAKE FILM CARY GRANT EVER MADE and IRMA LA DUECE (1963), which actually starts out promisingly, but then goes off the rails totally.

the TCM UNDERGROUND feature is ANOTHER REPEAT- BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER- starring SUSAN TYRRELL- it's interesting enough if you haven't caught it already.

It's Irma La Douce. But Duece is a catchy name! Would be a great casino employee name.

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5 minutes ago, Hibi said:

It's Irma La Douce. But Duece is a catchy name! Would be a great casino employee name.

OMG!!!!!!!!!

I JUST REALIZED WHAT I DID!!!!!!!!

(IM DYING)

[DUECE is another name for...nevermind]

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13 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

OMG!!!!!!!!!

I JUST REALIZED WHAT I DID!!!!!!!!

(IM DYING)

[DUECE is another name for...nevermind]

LOL!!! I had to look it up. I'd never heard it used that way. :D

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20 minutes ago, Hibi said:

LOL!!! I had to look it up. I'd never heard it used that way. :D

learn something new (and hopefully disgusting) every day!

(that's my motto!)

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31 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

learn something new (and hopefully disgusting) every day!

(that's my motto!)

LMREO!

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3 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I usually try to focus on the "hits" and not the "misses"- but two films that I really recommend avoiding are on today- DREAM WIFE (1953)- which is the WORST NON-BETSY DRAKE FILM CARY GRANT EVER MADE and IRMA LA DUECE (1963), which actually starts out promisingly, but then goes off the rails totally.

the TCM UNDERGROUND feature is ANOTHER REPEAT- BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER- starring SUSAN TYRRELL- it's interesting enough if you haven't caught it already.

To the innocent filmgoer who wonders, "How bad could a film with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr be?": the answer is Dream Wife.

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18 minutes ago, kingrat said:

To the innocent filmgoer who wonders, "How bad could a film with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr be?": the answer is Dream Wife.

I realize there is very stiff competition for this title, but DREAM WIFE is quite possibly the MOST SEXIST FILM OF THE 1950s. 

(Take a minute to let that sink in)

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11 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Saturday, June 22

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10 a.m.  Popeye: Learn Polikeness (1938)

Bluto needs more than a course in Polikeness, The Strangle is not a 30s dance.

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“But for me I always say, what about Dog Day?” - @Ava and @BenMank77 discuss one of Al Pacino’s most underrated performances in DOG DAY AFTERNOON (‘75).

Tomorrow night at 8pm ET on the #TCMEssentials.

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Saturdays at 8et on @tcm have become film classes taught by @ava. I’m along for the ride.

This week, an early Trans aware pic by Sidney Lumet, who turned claustrophobia into a mini genre.

Pacino, C. Sarandon, Durning, Cazale, & Penelope Allen kill it off Frank Pierson’s script.

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Sunday, June 23/24

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2 a.m.  Pitfall (1962).  By Hiroshi Teshigahara.

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20 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

 

[DUECE is another name for...nevermind]

:D  

So, I'm guessing the Italians MISSPELLED it in calling MUSSOLINI "Il DUCE"?  ;) 

Sepiatone

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22 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I realize there is very stiff competition for this title, but DREAM WIFE is quite possibly the MOST SEXIST FILM OF THE 1950s. 

(Take a minute to let that sink in)

Made in the age of HUAC, it does look like they are trying to check all of the boxes, doesn't it? I think my least favorite era in American film is probably the early 50s/black list era. Take a look at "Big Jim McLain" if you have a chance. It is a howl fest. Basically it portrays patriotic Americans as likeable good looking people, but American Communists  are social misfits and physically unfit people,  just dying for the validation of their Soviet masters. Yes it is a John Wayne film, but it is still way over the top.

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11 minutes ago, calvinnme said:

Made in the age of HUAC, it does look like they are trying to check all of the boxes, doesn't it? I think my least favorite era in American film is probably the early 50s/black list era. Take a look at "Big Jim McLain" if you have a chance. It is a howl fest. Basically it portrays patriotic Americans as likeable good looking people, but American Communists  are social misfits and physically unfit people,  just dying for the validation of their Soviet masters. Yes it is a John Wayne film, but it is still way over the top.

Aesthete that I am, The biggest flaw in BIG JIM MCLAIN is that they shot a film on location in Hawaii and did it in black and white and not color.

I mean I can be a pretty forgiving person if you give me something nice to look at.

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2 hours ago, calvinnme said:

Take a look at "Big Jim McLain" if you have a chance.

I watched it and found myself wondering what people's opinion of it would be if Jim were working for the Kefauver Commission instead of trying to root out Communists.  To me the movie was more like a sub-par episode of Hawaii Five-O than a howler.

Unfortunately, a lot of people are conditioned to have the reflexive response that anything anti-Communist from that era must absolutely be labeled as terrible.

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Monday, June 24

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11:30 a.m.  The Wild One (1953).  Starring Marlon Brando but Lee Marvin still manages to make an impression.

 
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Tuesday, June 25

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4:30 p.m.  Mystery In Mexico (1948).  By Robert Wise.

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On 6/23/2019 at 4:54 AM, Bogie56 said:

Monday, June 24

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11:30 a.m.  The Wild One (1953).  Starring Marlon Brando but Lee Marvin still manages to make an impression.

 

we need a "WOLF WHISTLE" emoji.

Lee is hot in this pic.

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Monday June 24-

If BOY SLAVES (1939) got anyone interested in the "plight of Depression Era youths from a Leftist perspective" genre- WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD is on this morning.

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10:45 TONIGHT, AND IT BETTER BE IN MY HULU FEED- 1953 HOUSE OF WAX, not as good as THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM overall, yet better in some ways...

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Wednesday, June 26

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11:45 p.m.  Enchanted Island (1958).  Dana Andrews finds true love on a South sea Island … but why do the in-laws have to go and eat people.

 

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1:30 a.m.  Marie: A True Story (1985).  With Sissy Spacek and Jeff Daniels.  I haven’t seen this one before.

 
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Marie, a True Story is about the corrupt regime of a Tennessee governor named Ray Blanton. Blanton appointed Marie to, IIRC, a prison board. The best way to win parole or pardon, of course, is bribery. I haven't seen the film, but I can assure you of this: no matter how slimy, oily, and ludicrous the actor playing Blanton seems, the actual man seemed even more so.

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Thursday, June 27

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8 p.m.  To Hell and Back (1955).  Alan Ladd was not available and Audie Murphy stepped in.

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