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  1. 14 points
    We knew it would come one day but when I saw Jakeem's thread title just now I still said, "Aw, NO!" One of the great stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, who appeared in a larger number of my favourite films than most, Olivia de Havilland was an intelligent, sensitive artist who enhanced so many films with her presence. She also had the courage to challenge Jack Warner and the studio system when she took Warner Brothers to court and won in 1944, in what became known as the "De Havilland Decision" for challenging the studios that would place stars under extended contracts whenever they went on strike. As a sign of Hollywood's respect for her she soon afterward won two Academy Awards as best actress in a four year span in the late 1940s. While many of her obituaries will undoubtedly mourn her as the last cast member of Gone With The Wind to leave us, I will always primarily think of her as the perfect leading lady to Errol Flynn in a series of costume dramas and westerns in which they were memorably teamed. In Captain Blood and Robin Hood Olivia and Errol complimented one another beautifully to bring a fairy tale like quality to their screen adventures. Of course, Olivia's ambition and determination to break away from those films (much as she liked Flynn) allowed her opportunities for greater dramatic depth as an actress, not only with her two Oscar winning performances (To Each His Own, The Heiress) but in one of her most challenging roles as a mental patient in The Snake Pit. Later she had the opportunity to bring charm and ambiguity to the role of a woman suspected of being a murderess in My Cousin Rachel. Olivia de Havilland lived her final decades in a Parisian townhouse, living an enviable lifestyle of grace and refinement, as befits one of the last of the Hollywood film legends. RIP Miss de Havilland, and thank you for being a cherished part of movie history.
  2. 13 points
    Not wishing to draw too much unwanted attention I did fail to notify that I went into the hospital for spinal fusion surgery and just returned from PT/OT rehab yesterday afternoon. All went well, glad to say, and my doctor informs me that wit this type of surgery it can take up to a year to fully recover. Mybe shorter, depending on several factors. So, it'll take some time for me to build the endurance of sitting at my PC and working on a keyboard,so be patient and hopefully I'll be back so to being the same Sepiatone some of you've come to be annoyed with. Whichever, I'm glad to be back and catch up with y'all. With much love and graditude Sepiatone
  3. 13 points
    I had the same reaction you did Tom, Oh No, when I read about her passing. Olivia was a favorite of mine. The Heiress, it's a film I've seen so many times and never tire of it. Olivia de Havilland's performance was brilliant. To Each His Own, another favorite. Anyone would be hard pressed to find a performance of hers that wasn't great. I love her performances with Errol. Her wonderful performance in the touching film Light in The Piazza is a favorite film of mine. I wish she could have stayed on longer. Truly a classy, chic, talented woman, a pleasure to watch on film and she had the well deserved title of a Hollywood Legend. RIP Olivia de Havilland
  4. 12 points
    HAPPY GWTW is included! All those who agree LIKE my post!
  5. 12 points
    A great actress and a great lady has gone from us, and along with her, perhaps the last major link to the old, great Hollywood. But what a life, and what a body of work she has left us! My favorite of her films -- and my favorite film -- is Anthony Adverse (1936), in which she grows from a teenage peasant girl in Leghorn (now Livorno) Italy into the world's leading opera singer, who is having an affair with Napoleon. She was 19 when she made the film. As Angela Guisseppi (later Mademoiselle Georges) in Anthony Adverse
  6. 11 points
    RIP Now the Golden era of Hollywood is a time that is gone with the wind.
  7. 11 points
    Oh, she was wonderful...just watch her face... RIP
  8. 10 points
    Hooray! A new What a Character - Thelma Ritter! Awesome segment. Thanks TCM! She deserves it for sure. Same goes for the great John Qualen! A really well done piece which I found very informative! Another great addition to the roster - Eric Blore!!! TCM is doing a great a job with these.
  9. 10 points
    Free from prying gossip columnists and spouses, I hope that Olivia and Errol embark on a passionate affair in the afterlife.
  10. 9 points
    Dame Olivia de Havilland has died of natural causes in Paris, weeks after the observance of her 104th birthday. She was the last surviving star of the classic film "Gone With the Wind" and one of the last links to the Old Hollywood. Three years ago, the actress -- who was born a British citizen -- was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to drama. She became the oldest woman so honored. She was nominated for five Academy Awards during her prestigious career. Her recognized roles and movies are as follows (Oscar wins in bold):  Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939). Best Supporting Actress. Emmy Brown in "Hold Back the Dawn" (1941). Best Actress. Miss Josephine 'Jody' Norris in "To Each His Own" (1945). Best Actress. Virginia Stuart Cunningham in "The Snake Pit" (1947). Best Actress. Catherine Sloper in "The Heiress" (1948). Best Actress. TCM @tcm We at TCM are saddened to hear that beloved film icon and one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland has passed away. Our friends at @THR remember her here: https://bit.ly/30SMLXg 12:08 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Sprinklr Brent Lang @BrentALang Olivia de Havilland was a big screen luminary, but her greatest legacy may be “the de Havilland decision." By taking on the studio system and winning, she freed many actors from onerous contracts. #RIP 12:08 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter Web App Kevin Jacobsen @Kevin_Jacobsen Olivia de Havilland. Wow. This woman was fierce. She was a survivor. Her work in the 1940s is unparalleled, rightfully earning her two Oscars. If she only had The Heiress it would have cemented her legacy. But her commanding performances in The Snake Pit, To Each His Own, Hold Back the Dawn, what a career. So many incredible parts. She fundamentally shifted the studio system with the De Havilland Law. A true icon, the last star of an era gone. RIP. 12:00 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter for iPhone Carrie Rickey @CarrieRickey O, no! @ODehaviland has left us. What a lady! Wrote this when she was just a girl of 100. Olivia de Havilland at 100: One Critic's Love Letter to the Hollywood Legend Celebrating the 100th birthday of the enduring star yahoo.com 12:32 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter Web App Amy Argetsinger @AmyArgetsinger RIP Olivia de Havilland, who won her first Oscar in 1946. Now, the living person with the oldest Best Actress honors is Joanne Woodward, who won hers in 1957.... But the living person with the oldest acting Oscar, period, is Eva Marie Saint, best supporting actress in 1954. 12:43 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter Web App Dave Karger @davekarger My very first @TCM hosting assignment was our Star of the Month tribute to Olivia de Havilland for her 100th birthday in 2016. The Snake Pit. The Heiress. To Each His Own. In This Our Life. I was then and will forever be mesmerized by her beautifully expressive face. 2:32 PM · Jul 26, 2020·Twitter for iPad
  11. 9 points
    Of course he will be always known as The Beatles' drummer but a talented star in his own right. He did not sing lead on too many Beatle songs but they were all entertaining, my favorite is "With A Little Help From My Friends" from the Sgt Pepper album. He was also the best actor in the group. He had a great solo sequence in A Hard's Day Night". My favorite of his non Beatle movies was The Magic Christian (1969), while not that great was better than most of ones he appeared in (some are really bad like Caveman and Sextette), Here he underplays as a sidekick to Peter Sellers and there are some amusing moments and good music. My favorite of his solo albums is Ringo, which has two great #1 singles "Photograph" (which he co wrote with George Harrison) and "You're Sixteen" a great remake of the Johnny Burnette song. What are your favorites of his music or movies?
  12. 9 points
    I had ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD on hold at my library before lockdown and just received it....as usual coming late to the party. Since it was already talked about here ad nauseam, there's only a few things I'd like to add: As someone who was around (a teen) during this time period, I found all the extra attention to place setting, hair and especially the costuming absolutely outstanding. You know a lot of time, effort & expense was put into every scene for authenticity. I hope the production staff was duly honored. WOW I also found all of the performances outstanding. I'm finally a Leonardo fan and most definitely a Brad Pitt fan-not just a pretty face. The hippies were also excellently portrayed. The most wonderful scene is Sharon Tate watching her new movie in a theater and hearing patron's reactions-brilliant! I cannot deal with violence which often leaves out great filmmakers like Scorcese & Tarantino. Knowing the story revolved around Sharon Tate & the Manson ranch of hippies (I'm an old hippie, btw) I figured when the ending came, I'd just fast forward through it, since most on this board talked favorably about this movie. I had MrTiki preview it and he said "the ending is not what you're expecting and you should be able to handle it" Braced & ready the ending was completely surprising. Yes, there was crazy violence shown but thankfully rather absurd almost laughable like a schlocky horror movie - THANK YOU! FINALLY a Quenten Tarantino movie I can enjoy. This movie was beautifully written & photographed, obviously Tarantino's vision. Loved it!
  13. 9 points
    Without question the most poignant scene that Olivia de Havilland ever shared with Errol Flynn was their final scene in They Died With Their Boots On. It depicts the moment of farewell between General Custer and his wife just before he departs for the Little Big Horn, and it is played by both participants as they though have a foreboding that he will not return. Both actors are beautifully restrained in their portrayal of emotions, in contrast to Max Steiner's sweeping musical score which pounds on the viewer's heart strings. I recall calling this scene "a small masterpiece of suppressed emotion' in a letter that I sent to Miss de Havilland many years ago. In real life, of course, it's well known that the two stars did have strong feelings for one another, Flynn later writing that he fell in love with Olivia while making Charge of the Light Brigade and Olivia, while stating that their relationship remained chaste because of Errol's marriage, saying that her feelings for him were very real, and she still felt that way about him as late as in a 2009 interview. What adds to the power of the departure scene in They Died With Their Boots On is that fact that this was the two actors' final film together. What's more, when they played this scene, both Errol and Olivia knew that they would probably never co-star again. The scene, in that respect, can be seen as a farewell between the two actors as much as it is between the characters they were playing. I read that in 1978, long after Flynn's death, Olivia attended a special presentation of this film in Los Angeles. But as the film approached the farewell scene Olivia left her seat and went into the lobby and wept. After all those years the scene still had so much emotional resonance for the lady that she could not bear to watch it again. "Travelling through life with you, M'am, has been a very gracious thing."
  14. 9 points
    "I always hoped I'd see you again, Errol. Have you been a good boy?" "Well, of course I have, darling. I've been waiting all this time only for you." "Liar . . ." "Well, old girl, it's only been 50 years. You can't expect me to have completely changed."
  15. 9 points
    TCM Remembers: Olivia de Havilland
  16. 9 points
    Just for everybody's info, if you are trying to find an old post topic, its surprisingly much quicker doing the search with Google rather that using the search on the Forum page. Just put TCM forum and the topic in the browser. 😎
  17. 9 points
    Now this is reminiscent of an old movie storyline: The filmmaker Sergio Leone and Morricone were boyhood schoolmates in Rome (circa 1937).
  18. 8 points
    My favorite swan song is Robert Donat in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958). He was not well during filming but managed to complete the film, in which he played the Mandarin of Yang Cheng. His last line in the film, spoken to Ingrid Bergman: "We shall not see each other again, I think. Farewell." He died a few months before the film opened.
  19. 7 points
    Gina Lollobrigida is 93. Cicely Tyson is 95 Ann Blyth will be 93 next month Leslie Caron is 89
  20. 7 points
    Margaret O'Brien is 83 Glynis Johns is 96 Angela Lansbury is 94 Eva Marie Saint is 96
  21. 7 points
  22. 7 points
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/obituaries/ennio-morricone-dead.html The Italian composer wrote atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of of international directors. Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose atmospheric scores for spaghetti westerns and some 500 films by a Who’s Who of international directors made him one of the world’s most versatile and influential creators of music for the modern cinema, died on Monday in Rome. He was 91. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, who said that Mr. Morricone had been admitted to the hospital last week after falling and fracturing his femur. To many cineastes, Maestro Morricone (pronounced more-ah-CONE-ay) was a unique talent,crafting melodic accompaniments to comedies, thrillers and historical dramas by Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Terrence Malick, Roland Joffé, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Mike Nichols, John Carpenter, Quentin Tarantino and other filmmakers. Mr. Morricone scored many popular films of the past 40 years: Édouard Molinaro’s “La Cage aux Folles” (1978), Mr. Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982), Mr. De Palma’s “The Untouchables” (1987), Roman Polanski’s “Frantic” (1988), Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” (1988), Wolfgang Petersen’s “In the Line of Fire” (1993), and Mr. Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” (2015). In 2016, Mr. Morricone won his first competitive Academy Award for his score for “The Hateful Eight,” an American western mystery thriller for which he also won a Golden Globe. In a career showered with honors, he had previously won an Oscar for lifetime achievement (2007) and was nominated for five other Academy Awards, and had won two Golden Globes, four Grammys and dozens of international awards. But the work that made him world famous, and that was best known to moviegoers, was his blend of music and sound effects for Sergio Leone’s 1960s spaghetti westerns: a ticking pocket watch, a sign creaking in the wind, buzzing flies, a twanging Jew’s harp, haunting whistles, cracking whips, gunshots and a bizarre, wailing “ah-ee-ah-ee-ah,” played on a sweet potato-shaped wind instrument called an ocarina. Imitated, scorned, spoofed, what came to be known as “The Dollars Trilogy” — “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), all released in the United States in 1967 — starred Clint Eastwood as “The Man With No Name” and were enormous hits, with a combined budget of $2 million and gross worldwide receipts of $280 million. The trilogy’s Italian dialogue was dubbed, and the action was brooding and slow, with clichéd close-ups of gunfighters’ eyes. But Mr. Morricone, breaking the unwritten rule never to upstage actors with music, infused it all with wry sonic weirdness and melodramatic strains that many fans embraced with cultlike devotion and critics called viscerally true to Mr. Leone’s early vision of the Old West. “In the films that established his reputation in the 1960s, the series of spaghetti westerns he scored for Mr. Leone, Mr. Morricone’s music is anything but a backdrop,” The New York Times critic Jon Pareles wrote in 2007. “It’s sometimes a conspirator, sometimes a lampoon, with tunes that are as vividly in the foreground as any of the actors’ faces.” Mr. Morricone also scored Mr. Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968) and his Jewish gangster drama, “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984), both widely considered masterpieces. But he became most closely identified with “The Dollars Trilogy,” and in time grew weary of answering for their lowbrow sensibilities. Asked by The Guardian in 2006 why “A Fistful of Dollars” had made such an impact, he said: “I don’t know. It’s the worst film Leone made and the worst score I did.” "The Ecstasy of Gold,” the theme song for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” was one of Mr. Morricone’s biggest hits. It was recorded by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma on an album of Mr. Morricone’s compositions and used in concert by two rock bands: as closing music for the Ramones and the introductory theme for Metallica. Mr. Morricone looked professorial in bow ties and spectacles, with wisps of flyaway white hair. He sometimes holed up in his palazzo in Rome and wrote music for weeks on end, composing not at a piano but at a desk. He heard the music in his mind, he said, and wrote it in pencil on score paper for all orchestra parts. He sometimes scored 20 or more films a year, often working only from a script before screening the rushes. Directors marveled at his range — tarantellas, psychedelic screeches, swelling love themes, tense passages of high drama, stately evocations of the 18th century or eerie dissonances of the 20th — and at the ingenuity of his silences: He was wary of too much music, of overloading an audience with emotions. He composed for television films and series like “The Sopranos,” wrote about 100 concert pieces, and orchestrated music for singers including Joan Baez, Paul Anka and Anna Maria Quaini, the Italian pop star known as Mina. Mr. Morricone never learned to speak English, never left Rome to compose, and for years refused to fly anywhere, though he eventually flew all over the world to conduct orchestras, sometimes performing his own compositions. While he wrote extensively for Hollywood, he did not visit the United States until 2007, when, at 78, he made a monthlong tour, punctuated by festivals of his films. He gave concerts in New York at Radio City Music Hall and the United Nations, and he concluded the tour in Los Angeles, where he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. The presenter, Clint Eastwood, roughly translated his acceptance speech from the Italian as the composer expressed “deep gratitude to all the directors who had faith in me.” Ennio Morricone was born in Rome on Nov. 10, 1928, one of five children of Mario Morricone and the former Libera Ridolfi. His father, a trumpet player, taught him to read music and play various instruments. Ennio wrote his first compositions at six. In 1940, he entered the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, where he studied trumpet, composition and direction. His World War II experiences — hunger and the dangers of Rome as an “open city” under German and American armies — were reflected in some of his later work. After the war, he wrote music for radio; for Italy’s broadcasting service, RAI; and for singers under contract to RCA. In 1956, he married Maria Travia. They had four children: Marco, Alessandra, Andrea and Giovanni. His first film credit was for Luciano Salce’s “The Fascist” (1961). He soon began his collaboration with Mr. Leone, a former schoolmate. But he also scored political films:Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers” (1966), Mr. Pasolini’s “The Hawks and the Sparrows” (1966), Giuliano Montaldo’s “Sacco and Vanzetti” (1971) and Mr. Bertolucci’s “1900” (1976). Five Morricone scores nominated for Oscars displayed his virtuosity. In Mr. Malick’s “Days of Heaven” (1978), he captured a love triangle in the Texas Panhandle, circa 1916. For “The Mission” (1986), about an 18th-century Jesuit priest (Jeremy Irons) in the Brazilian rain forest, he wove the panpipe music of Indigenous people with that of a missionary party’s European instruments, playing out the cultural conflicts. In “The Untouchables,” his music pounded out the struggle between Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and Al Capone (Robert De Niro) in Prohibition-era Chicago. In Mr. Levinson’s “Bugsy” (1991), about the mobster Bugsy Siegel (Warren Beatty), it was a medley for a star-struck sociopath in Hollywood. And in Mr. Tornatore’s “Malèna” (2000), he orchestrated the ordeals of a wartime Sicilian town as seen through the eyes of a boy obsessed with a beautiful lady. Talking to Mr. Pareles, Mr. Morricone placed his acclaimed oeuvre in a modest perspective. “The notion that I am a composer who writes a lot of things is true on one hand and not true on the other hand,” he said. “Maybe my time is better organized than many other people’s. But compared to classical composers like Bach, Frescobaldi, Palestrina or Mozart, I would define myself as unemployed.”
  23. 7 points
    Catch Me If You Can (2002)- based on a true story Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) forges checks and commits identity theft.
  24. 6 points
    One of my oldest dearest friends works on that show. She has great things to say about the cast & crew. Last night I watched HOPSCOTCH '80 catching up with TCM's recent broadcast. It was yet ANOTHER Ronald Neame movie-man that guy has a great filmography including every genre. It's the story of a CIA spy played by Walter Matthau, who gets coldly replaced & fired after years of successful work. Dangerous situation, as he has so many government secrets. The movie is his attempt at writing a tell-all book, then escaping undetected so he can retire with his long term gf played by the wonderful Glenda Jackson. In fact, ALL the acting is superb and the story is well told with twists & turns you never quite follow until it all wraps up in the end. Gorgeous European locations add to the enjoyment, as well as very amusing comedic touches. For example, while typing his book, he speaks to a photo of his slime ball boss wonderfully played by Ned Beatty. With every sentence, the camera interchanges with a shot of the photo and the boss's expression changes from smiling to concern to horror! I don't want to reveal anything about the story. But if -like me-you don't get enough Matthau in a movie, this one is a true gem. A real WOW of an ending too. (available as a Criterion release)
  25. 6 points
    There aren't too many great male singers left besides Tony. But there are a few-- The effervescent Johnny Mathis is 84 years-old. The very smooth Jack Jones is 82. And the jocular Steve Lawrence is 85.
  26. 6 points
    Carroll Baker, whose status as a screen sex symbol may have overshadowed her acting talent at times, is 89.
  27. 6 points
    The great Sidney Poitier is 93. He's the oldest-living Best Actor winner.
  28. 6 points
    http://www.tcm.com/remembers/ It looks like Bette Davis' SUTS day has been bumped for a 24-hour tribute to Olivia de Havilland. All times EST 6:00am The Male Animal 8:00am Princess O'Rourke 10:00am Light in the Piazza 12:00pm In This Our Life 1:45pm Captain Blood 4:00pm Dodge City 6:00pm The Adventures of Robin Hood 8:00pm Gone with the Wind 12:00am The Heiress 2:15am To Each His Own 4:30am Hard to Get
  29. 6 points
    Ray - During the 1980's and early 90's I lived in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. As was often the case I'd be up early to take the train into Manhattan either to work, meet friends, maybe audition for something or to see a Broadway play. Occasionally on my return from mid-town, when the weather was decent, I would feel adventurous and get off the subway at the World Trade Center or City Hall Park. Nothing like a nice day in New York to walk the rest of the way home by way of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was on one such day that I was stopped halfway across the bridge by a man I remember as being tall and well-dressed. He asked me for directions to Connecticut. "Connecticut? I asked." "Yes. the man replied, I'm on my way home." "You can't get there from here.", I said. "It's too far to walk." The man quite earnestly said, "I do it all the time." "You do? That's quite a walk." The conversation drifted to other things I can't recall now but at one point the man asked what I did for a living. I told him I was trying to be an actor. He said his father had been an actor. "Really? Who?" "Have you ever heard of Basil Rathbone?" "Of course!" "You know who he is?" "Yes, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes." "You really do know who he is." Our conversation continued for a bit until he reiterated that he had to get home. I told him I didn't think he'd be able to walk to Connecticut. He told me he stayed in Brooklyn with his daughter and grandson. We parted ways but I was afraid that he was confused and might get lost or hurt so I followed a bit behind him to make sure he got where he was going. When he arrived home safely I made note of the address and name on the door. Later that night I looked in the Brooklyn phone book for the name I saw. A very nice woman answered. I explained who I was and about my encounter with her father. I told her I was sorry to bother her but I was concerned about his wanting to walk to Connecticut and possibly getting hurt. She told me they had had this problem before. That they kept a piece of paper with their address in his pocket just in case he got lost. She started to cry. Through her tears she told me he had been an international flight navigator and now he couldn't find his way home. As our conversation was ending I asked her if his father had been Basil Rathbone. She said yes that was true. Though I didn't know it at the time that would be my first encounter with someone suffering from Alzheimer's. I felt just as confused as he was. In the last seven years I've become quite acquainted with this terrible disease. It's been at least thirty years now and every so often my thoughts return to that chance meeting on the Brooklyn Bridge with John Rodion aka Rodion Rathbone. Grateful, I guess, that it was I whom Mr. Rodion asked directions and not someone who might have meant to do him harm.
  30. 6 points
    How about my posting a pix of the cast during production. Will you settle for that?
  31. 6 points
    Since My Fair Lady is being discussed it reminded me that Julie Andrews would be great guest host. (I believe she was, but having her on again,,, would be nice).
  32. 6 points
    The lovely and talented Marsha Hunt (Pride and Prejudice, The Human Comedy) is 102. In the 1940s, she took a heroic stand against the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a member of the Committee for the First Amendment and was blacklisted as a result. She persisted nonetheless and continued to work in movies and TV when she could. Since her semi-retirement from show business, she has spent much of her time on humanitarian issues.
  33. 6 points
    The most important thing I learned from Star Trek is that green lives matter.
  34. 6 points
    Well, here is my review from about 7 years ago, so you can judge for yourself if you want to watch this: In the opening credits, somebody sings "Sexpot Goes To College," which is an alternate title for this flick. I can think of a few more titles, but I don?t want to get banned from the TCM boards. Colossal misfire, unfunny, unentertaining, unbelievably bad, and one of the greatest wastes of non-talent ever conceived. Granted, you don't expect much from a Mamie Van Doren flick, but this thing is truly abysmal, and more boring than a John Kerry speech.A robot/computer named THINKO selects the newest faculty member for Collins College. That would be Mamie, who has 13 degrees, can speak 18 languages, and has a sign over her bed reading "Over One Million Served." The reaction of the welcoming committee consists of astonishment (Louis Nye), disapproval (Pamela Mason), and lust (Martin Milner). Mamie tries to impress them with her knowledge of theoretical mechanics: "When I blast off, I've got an escape velocity which gets me to my aphelion point practically instantaneously." Actually, I understood that. Mamie is introduced to the science class, and gives a psychology demonstration by firing two pistols. Next, she sets her sights on helping the star football player overcome his shyness. The football player is played by Woo Woo Grabowski, whose character's name happens to be Woo Woo Grabowski. Woo Woo is being wooed by Tuesday Weld, who looks cute but does not give her performance the old college try. Elsewhere, we have Minjanou Bardot (Brigitte's sister) as a student who apparently is writing a book about sex, two moronic gangsters (Mickey Shaughnessy and Alan Drake playing characters named "Boomie" and "Legs" who think THINKO is a bookie), John Carradine as a lecherous biology professor, Jackie Coogan as Admiral Wildcat MacPherson, and Jose Gonzales-Gonzales as a Mexican.The thin plot involves the discovery that Mamie used to be a dancer named "Tassels Monclair." So I'm not sure how she found the time to get so highly educated. Mamie does get to dance in a tight silver dress, and sings "Baby," accompanied by Conway Twitty's band. This is definitely the highlight of the film, but it quickly deteriorates as Coogan, Carradine, Nye, and some other guy prance around with her, and do a weak impersonation of a chorus line. Then everybody scatters when a monkey shoots off a machine gun. Apparently, even Cheetah can pass a background check.There are a few subplots, but they are hardly worth mentioning. In fact, I can't even describe them. The dialogue is witless, as witnessed by this exchange between Bardot and Drake:Bardot: "Parlez-vous francais?"Drake: "Not if I can help it baby, it gives me gas."ROFLMGasOThis makes at least three films I've seen with the musclebound and mentally challenged Woo Woo Grabowski ... College Confidential, The Beat Generation, and now this. I have no idea what he is doing in any of these films, and apparently neither does he. Coogan is obviously doing a W. C. Fields impersonation, and falls flat. Shaughnessy seems to be channeling Lou Costello; please, switch channels. John Carradine gets to do the Charleston and the tango with Mamie. He makes former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner look like an amateur. Nye spends the entire film looking like he is suffering from hemorrhoids. Vampira has a bit part as Nye's assistant; I didn't even notice it was her until one of the final scenes. Bardot needs to have her libido excised. Pamela Mason is out of her league. It's no wonder a few years later she cleaned out hubby James in the divorce; she couldn't have made any money from this dreck. Milner overacts, does doubletakes, and mugs wildly for the camera. In the finale, he commandeers a fire truck (from Charlie Chaplin, Jr.), and, with Nye hanging on the ladder, sets off after Mamie to propose. The truck is pulled over by Officer Kent McCord, thus starting a long and beautiful friendship with Milner.
  35. 6 points
    The Breaking Point works far better for me than To Have and Have Not (a film I like) because, unlike the Hawks film, it touches me emotionally. The Hawks film works well as a slick, rather superficial entertainment, clearly Casablanca derived, more memorable for its place in Hollywood history as the beginning of the romance between Bogie and Baby and for the sexually bantering dialogue between them than for its story, superficially derived from the Hemingway novella. Bogart is in Super Hero form, and its audience never has any doubts that, in the end, he will be triumphant. That is not the case at all with The Breaking Point. Aside from this film's realistic and moving portrait of a family man so desperate for money to support that family that he puts his life on the line, the Harry Morgan of this film is highly uncertain that he will succeed. His emotional vulnerability, as performed by John Garfield in what I think may well have been the performance of his career, is palpable and pulls me into the film, even upon repeat viewings. As masterfully directed by Michael Curtiz, the entire cast is excellent and very real in their portrayals. Phyllis Thaxter's finest hour as Morgan's wife, particularly in her final scene in which she pleads with her proud husband to let his injured arm be amputated. "A man alone ain't got no chance" Morgan says, a theme in this film never more clear than that final scene when the former war hero, now feeling helpless, begs his wife to never leave him. A special note to the performance of Juano Hernandez and his character's relationship with Morgan. The love these two men have for one another, without a single reference in the screenplay to their different skin colours, makes this film, in its own modest way, a poignant plea for racial harmony. One more thing, that final crane shot of the little boy alone on the wharf as he looks for his father. I've yet to see this film without that scene leaving me blubbering like a baby. The Breaking Point is a great film.
  36. 6 points
    Newbies: Be careful what you read here. This thread is just another anti-Dem; Pro-Trump rant. Anyone reading this who is not familiar with the people posting, there are two sides to every argument. The majority of people posting tell the truth about Trump and the GOPers, but MovieMadness and others refuse to accept it. Al Gore would have won in 2000, but the Supreme Court called a halt to recount. So the GOP governor and Sec. of State for FL threw the election to Bush. Clinton won because GHW Bush sat on his a$$ after claiming a victory in the Gulf War. Bush let the economy go to hell and Clinton and the Dems revived it. That's why he won two terms even with all the hoopla about him and Hillary. Trump only won 46% of the popular vote; Clinton won 48% so using MM's comments, Hillary should be president. Hillary was predicted to win in 2016, but for multiple reasons she lost the Electoral College by very small margins in the battleground states. Biden is not hiding; he is doing what he should during the Pandemic that thanks to Trump and the GOPers is out of control. Trump wants to get out and campaign and does not care how many people get infected and die from COVID-19. Trump has no plans for what he is going to do if he wins, other than more tax cuts for wealthy and creating a personal military force to protect him. Biden has real plans and is developing more.
  37. 6 points
    Ok, let's see... We've got some dim lighting, a bit of rainy weather in a few scenes, and an alienated young man... It's a Welsh noir !
  38. 6 points
    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! 3:43 PM · Jul 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone
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    Well, I am known as the movie buff in the circles I frequent. Topics such as films being pulled from viewing and needing more context has become a topic of conversation. I try facilitate a respectful conversation between differing viewpoints while offering what historical background on the films I know. I had a conversation just yesterday, with a few 30 somethings about Gone with The Wind and and one said "well no one protested back then". I told them that in fact there were protests and how Selznick dealt with Frank and Ashley's "political meetings". I also told them how Birth of a Nation really galvanized the African-American community to protest such portrayals in film. Did they learn something and change their mind? I don't know. Basically, all I can do is start the dialog and maybe educate people. In my Indian community, I run a movie club and most of the viewers are in aged 60-80 while I just turned 40. We have discussed phrases used in those classic film that are are really jarring today. The most meaningful discussion was about contemporary Germany events and after watching Fritz Lang's M. I had explained that many German filmmakers had left Germany in the 1930s, and one elderly gentleman in his 80s was surprised to learn how early the persecutions had started and the increasing levels, specific laws etc. I like talking things out and learning different perspectives, which I why I really like Jacqueline Stewart. How I wish I were about 20 years younger and still at the University of Chicago. I would have loved to taken classes with her and majored in something not so practical like economics. Sorry for being rambling and verbose, maybe I should be less annoyed with Mark Cousins, after all.
  42. 6 points
    Victor, Victoria --pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman, when she was...well, you know The Mind Reader --Warren William cons the crowds with a phony mind reading act The Princess Comes Across --Carole Lombard is a fraudulant royal to get on a ship Rings on Their Fingers --Gene Tierney is groomed to join a family of cons Hot Millions --Peter Ustinov fakes computer credentials to embezzle corporate money Can You Ever Forgive Me? --Melissa McCarthy's 'famous letters' are fakes Let's Fall in Love --Ann Sothern poses as a famous Swedish actress Six Degrees of Seperation --Will Smith presents himself as Sidney Poitier's son to gain entrance into NY society The Music Man --he was a fraud, but Robert Preston could sell ice at the North Pole edit: I've been trying to think of a film where a B'way producer has a 'nobody' pretend to be a French singing star, but I can't remember who was in it...anybody know? (the category made me think of it...)
  43. 6 points
    It looks like there will be an online concert for his 80th:
  44. 6 points
    Of course Ringo turning 80 is thread worthy. Glad the thread was started. It Don't Come Easy is probably my favorite. I really like Act Naturally, Ringo and Buck Owens recording. As a young teen Paul was my favorite, later on it was George. I LOVE the Traveling Willbury's ( thinking about George) and I played that tape constantly. I digress, so back to Ringo, I've always loved all the Beatles and wishing Ringo a Very Happy Birthday. ( OY! Ringo is 80, I feel so old)
  45. 6 points
    Dr. Johnny Fever, WKRP
  46. 6 points
    I agree that Ringo was the best actor in the Beatles. The others are amusing in A Hard Day's Night (and the Beatles' other movies), but Ringo created more of a character in HDN than the others did. I think the only other movie I've seen Ringo in is Son of Dracula (1974), which starred Harry Nilsson and featured veteran British actor Dennis Price, as well musician friends Keith Moon, Leon Russell, and Klaus Voorman. It came out while I was in high school, and along with a friend who was also a devoted Beatle fan, I went to see it in one of the few showings that this relatively under-distributed movie received. Even to our teenaged sensibilities, the humor seemed overly broad, but the movie was fun and featured some good Nilsson vocal performances ("Without You," which he didn't write, and "Jump Into The Fire," which he did). I've always wanted to see The Magic Christian but have never found an opportunity (although I love the Badfinger album with songs from the movie). Ringo is a great album, one of the best solo works by any of the ex-Beatles. In fact, because of the hits from that album, along with the excellent hit single "It Don't Come Easy," Ringo was the most musically successful ex-Beatle for a time. I won the Ringo album from a radio station when it first came out, and I played it endlessly. It features performances by all of the Beatles, the Band, Marc Bolan, Billy Preston, and Nilsson, among others, as well as songs written by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Ringo, and Randy Newman. A few years back, I saw Ringo and his All-Starr Band (this incarnation featuring Todd Rundgren). It was a very enjoyable night of hits associated with Ringo and his various band members. I remember being impressed by how fit Ringo was, for a guy in his 70s at the time. He was very energetic throughout the show and seemed determined to really entertain the sold-out crowd. Ringo Starr may not have had his biggest accomplishments in the movie world, but overall, he's entertained a lot of people for a lot of years. Happy Birthday, Ringo!!
  47. 6 points
    Mature is/was always full of those interesting kind of stories. One I liked was when he was filming some "Swords-and-Sandals" flick, business partner JIM BACKUS picked him up to rush to some crisis at one of their business concerns with Vic still in costume. They stopped for a bite at a roadside diner and the waitress looked hesitantly at Vic and the way he was dressed and Vic, in good humor allegedly asked her, "What's the matter? Don't you serve men in uniform? " And that he wasn't above self parody(think "After The Fox") or self deprecation, as we all know the tale of his trying to join a certain country club that refused him admission with the explanation "We're sorry, but we prohibit actors from membership." and Vic protesting...... "I'm not an actor, and I've got 30 pictures under my belt that proves it!" Sepiatone
  48. 5 points
    🎶JoJo was a man who thought he was a rabbit...🎶
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    Raw Story @RawStory Trump triggers outrage for giving best wishes to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking accomplice Trump triggers outrage for giving best wishes to Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking accomp... At Tuesday’s coronavirus news conference, President Donald Trump was asked to comment on Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite arrested as an alleged accomplice to deceased wealth manager Jeffrey... rawstory.com 5:59 PM · Jul 21, 2020·Hootsuite Inc.
  50. 5 points
    Kurt Eichenwald @kurteichenwald Every @WhiteHouse official and staffer who was involved in the arrangement and logistics of this press conference is in violation of the Hatch Act. American taxpayers' money is not supposed to be used for what is clearly a campaign event. Don the Crook is stealing from us again. 6:10 PM · Jul 14, 2020·Twitter Web App
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