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  2. Watching it on Hulu right now! I’m thrilled this film is finally showing up on TCM, it deserves to be worked into regular rotation.
  3. I don't think FRANKENSTEIN would have made a difference for Lugosi (But it would have made a big - and not positive - difference for FRANKENSTEIN). Lugosi's problem was that he was not able to capitalize on the fine performances he gave in THE INVISIBLE RAY and SON OF FRANKENSTEIN. His role in NINOTCHKA was fine but brief. Lugosi was limited by his thick accent, similar to how Eduardo Ciannelli found limited range in Hollywood (though he was a brilliant stage actor and singer). Lugosi's addiction forced desperate decisions aka Monogram. So it's a pretty sorry story all-around. But Bela Lugosi was an intelligent, informed actor. At least he had one bright light in '48 when he played a much more literate Dracula in that superb horror comedy.
  4. The recent westerns have been muddy, grubby dramas about muddy, grubby people and the cat houses they visit. The "code of the west" is buried on Boot Hill. And the thrilling action of the great B-Westerns is now prohibited by the ASPCA. So if you want a good, old fashioned rip-roaring horse opera you'll have to settle for the cowpokes of the past. And speaking of Westerns, I should mention that we just released a three-CD album of Western scores by Max Steiner! http://www.chelsearialtostudios.com/saddles/feather_river_main_title.mp3
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  6. I wrote this back in 2008: Westerns that were made in the 1939-1973 "Golden Age of The Western" (both in film & TV) have a certain pallet, part of it is a look that we who lived through that period or those of us that are Western Aficionados or just have seen a lot of Westerns recognise as being the "correct look" a feel that is the "correct feel" and certain traits that comprise the "correct deportment's" for a Western. Once you get those conventions correct then you can, within those conventions, try and push the envelope in a creative way. Granted that during that time period there was a gradual flexibility in character motivations between 1939 and and the early 1960's, look at the controversy surrounding the psychological Westerns and notably "High Noon". Later a more jarring one with coming of the anti hero in the Spaghetti Westerns, but the conventional look stayed generally within the same boundaries. We also had a more realistic depiction of violence ratcheted up over that period. Our stable of actors that could make a convincing lead in a Western are very limited. In the Golden Age the lead actor had a weary weathered leathery look and was usually in his thirties or older and was show to be wise beyond his years. The actors in their twenties played the young hot heads or the naive and inexperienced kids who usually made a fatal mistake and got blown away early. Now a days the scheme is turned on its head, it's the young adults and teens who are showed to be more knowledgeable than their elders, it may be playing to today's audience demographics but it doesn't ring true. On top of all that you had a stable of conventional character actors who made a career of just appearing in film Westerns and in TV Westerns who also contributed to that same "correct look" over the transitional change from cowboy as boyscout to cowboy as anti-hero in the span of their lives. Forget the hewing close to historical accuracy BS, or trying too hard to get the archaic speech patterns correct, the more modern directors attempt to make a Western too true to the actual historical West the farther they get away from the classic Western and its look. For me watching a Western should be like slipping into a comfortable old pair of shoes.
  7. she was platinum blonde as a bridesmaid in Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) I know this publicity photo is pretty big, but I think the lucky blonde blurb is funny, considering she wasn't going to stay blonde for long...
  8. 1897 was a terrific storyline. I think one of the best. 1840 was good, particularly the beginning with the ghost of Daphne, but for me at the time it got complicated. As for the Parallel Time plots, I don't get the purpose but for giving the roster of actors the opportunity to play new characters. And remember when they briefly went into the future, I believe 1995?!!!
  9. Ophelia, played by Jean Simmons in Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948).
  10. Robert Young was in THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE (1945) with Hillary Brooke.
  11. Kurt Russell is almost 70.... Though that reminded me, Hateful Eight was a pretty good modern western.
  12. TCM Underground in excellent form with the first one.
  13. My favorite of her's is Broken Blossoms. Such a beautiful film (especially for 1919).
  14. I just like the idea of an ending in which Sam gets the girl. Of course, Rick gets stuck with Carl in a skimpy outfit but that provides us with a message: Life isn't perfect. "Isn't perfect? IT SUCKS!"
  15. Good film. If you like Arsene Lupin, the original book is definitely worth checking out.
  16. OMG!!! I had no idea! How come I didn't hear about this somewhere else? Thank you, Swithin, for posting this. Terry Jones learning how to fly... God bless him. This makes me sad. I wish I could thank him for the laughs. 😢
  17. Eddie Cantor was in The Kid from Spain with Robert Young.
  18. Terry Melcher, Doris Day's son, and his friend Bruce Johnston used to do these Beach Boys rip-off numbers for Columbia Records. They're listed there as producers but they also sang on the records. For a while they had a little Duo going on. But they broke up and Terry decided to stay at Columbia and went on to produce The Byrds and Paul Revere and the Raiders for the rest of the 60 s. While Bruce actually became a Beach Boy and started singing on the records before he got the publicity as a new member because of his Columbia contract. Bruce is one of the outstanding voices on two of Brian Wilson's iconic songs-- "California Girls" and "God Only Knows".
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