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  1. Bottom line: There's simply no way to not like William Powell. (...if you have any taste at all, anyway)
    14 points
  2. 12 points
  3. Alicia Malone as a TCM employee has NO control over the content she is told to read. So, if you have a problem with her "lecturing," blame the management, not the "reader." The idiotic "Star Signs" spotlight??? Not her idea, I'm sure. She's just the poor host who got the short straw and was forced to deal with these segments. I'm sure Ben and Eddie said: "No way" (and they have the power to do so) and Karger was lucky enough to get out of doing it. I've liked Alicia from Day 1 and she only continues to get better and better.
    11 points
  4. TCM celebrates William Powell's 129th birthday with a day's worth of WP films. Sit back and enjoy! One of my absolute favorite actors. Some of his best (IMHO) are: The Thin Man, Star of Midnight, My Man Godfrey, Jewel Robbery, Crossroads, The Kennel Murder Case, Double Harness, Evelyn Prentice, Mr. Roberts and the list goes on and on and on. What are your favorites?
    9 points
  5. So wonderful in LIFE WITH FATHER. I think it's his best role. One of my favorite actors.
    8 points
  6. There are people with allergies to the ingredients in the vaccines. There are people who have an immune system disorder which contraindicates vaccination. The vaccines are restricted for those under 12 (Pfizer) or under 18 (Moderna, J&J)
    7 points
  7. A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941) Boys Town (1938) Where the Boys Are (1960) Here Come the Girls (1953) The Sunshine Boys (1975) Earth Girls are Easy (1988) My Girl (1991) The Boys from Brazil (1978) Guys and Dolls (1955) Dames (1934)
    7 points
  8. Charm goes a long way and Alicia has it in spades. Unfortunately, though, she seems (like Jacqueline Stewart, used mainly for "inclusivity" and little else) hemmed in by whatever trend TCM feels the need to follow/explore/exploit. Ben and Eddie have it easier. These two apparently have carte blanche to be themselves, for better or worse, lol. Dave Karger is a cypher, however. Smiling, wooden, doesn't bring much to the party but I like him anyway. Always looks like a deer in the headlights unfortunately.
    7 points
  9. "Ah, zo Philip, I zee after all zees years you apparently still haven't gotten past zees obsessions of yours about Miss Malone, und especially ven she zez zometink about zex, eh?! Vell, I zink your actions vere you zay you change za channel venever she comez on your TV iz a good zing und you zould stick to doing zis." (...Siggy up there always gives people good advice ya know Phil, and especially in THIS case here and because of the FACT that NOBODY with ANY authority to hire and fire the people employed at TCM ever reads nor really gives a DAMN about what ANYONE around here ever posts at
    7 points
  10. I do, and I also remember in 2000 assisting her deplane off a Northwest Airlines flight into LAX along with her husband Roger Smith and right after she had had a pretty bad spill in Minnesota off her motorcycle. She had just recently suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder, but still was very pleasant to interact with that day. (...I remember actually kidding her by telling her that if perhaps she had been riding a better handling Triumph motorcycle instead of a Harley, maybe this wouldn't have happened to her...she got a kick out of that...nice lady who I had known had been a
    7 points
  11. Connie Gilchrist Kathleen Freeman Virginia Gregg
    7 points
  12. I generally stay away from politics on this forum. Frankly, I don't understand why vaccinations for COVID has become political. However, apparently it is. It's clear the variant is spreading rapidly in all states, but especially in red states where people have resisted being vaccinated because of their political affiliation. I really thought we had this thing under control back in May, but that is not the case. That's why I'm asking, no pleading; with anyone reading this to go get the vaccine if you have not done so. I have six grandkids, five of whom are not old enough to receive the shots
    6 points
  13. Except of Muslims, blacks, women in positions of power, immigrants in general, anyone seeking an abortion and Democrats, you mean.
    6 points
  14. Yeh, that's right. You're not being reckless and irresponsible by ignoring science and refusing to get a vaccine, thereby endangering the lives of others, including potentially the fully vaccinated with the arrival of new variants. You're standing up for rights and freedoms. It's a shame that others around you may pay with their health or even lives for your freedom stance, you rugged individualist.
    6 points
  15. I personally know people who cannot take the vaccine. It's not BS. This happens with all vaccines (and medications, in general).
    6 points
  16. You can't fix stupid so it does no good to argue with them. I was in a store today and a woman was at counter talking to owner. Customer said she was not going to get vaccinated and not going to wear a mask because it is "just like the flu." I stopped listening and took my masked self to another part of the store.
    6 points
  17. So, how many fully vaccinated people died of Covid compared to UN vaccinated people? Lessee..... unvaccinated/607, 881----- Fully vaccinated/ 91(far as I can find). With "pre-existing conditions" being the major factor. Sepiatone
    6 points
  18. Do you ever watch the news? Get your head out the sand and pay attention to what's going on . You're going to get sick eventually if you don't get vaccinated. New evidence shows that people even with a mild case of covid will suffer the effects on their brain, heart and lungs for the rest of their lives. You can't answer my above post about Moderna and how they've worked on this vaccine for 10 years. You can't answer because it proves your excuse is baloney. Car insurance companies raise the rates for people who are a danger to others on the road. You are a danger to others and I wouldn't
    6 points
  19. OK I'm going to chime in here with an unpopular opinion: I don't care much for the Thin Man movies because I find the Nora Charles charactor bossy & smug. I've noticed these unflattering charactor traits in other early female roles with Jean Arthur, Jean Harlow, Kay Fwancis & especially Roz Russell. As for William Powell, he's a household favorite. I don't actually know why, he seems to not be acting, just reading lines. But if you watch his face, all is shown there as if you could read his thoughts by his facial expression. His handsome appearance & demeanor just translate
    6 points
  20. I feel it would be slightly unfair for me to select a single movie as best because his performances were uniformly brilliant and any assessment I made would center more on the movie as a whole rather than only his work in it.
    6 points
  21. A haunted house full of dead prostitutes headed by Gloria Grahame in her last film? Oh HELL yes, please!
    6 points
  22. Reminds me of a story once told to me by a famous jazz musician. When he got to be 78 years of age he finally gave in and went to a hearing specialist to get fitted with hearing aids. Right off he was surprised to be able to hear sounds he hadn't noticed for years ..... but when he got home he was even more surprised to discover that he was also married. 😂🤣
    6 points
  23. The pivotal scene with Jo and Prof. Bhaer in any iteration of Little Women. ...and so on, and so forth...
    6 points
  24. Ah youth! BUtterfield 8 refers to the phone exchange in NYC, which serves the Upper East Side. Phone numbers are allocated in batches of 10,000 numbers, and each "batch" is an exchange. Up until the late 50s/early 60s, exchanges had names. In larger cities, names were usually chosen to reflect the neighborhood they served. In other places, it was somewhat random. AT&T maintained a list of acceptable exchange names. For example, in the town I grew up in, our exchanges were CApital 3 and CApital 6, even though we weren't a capital city, and not near one. It was just a name c
    6 points
  25. I agree that Jacqueline Stewart isn't used enough. She's obviously brilliant, excellent on camera and should not be used to talk only about race/feminist film issues. I'd love to hear her insights on all kinds of films. Karger has improved (slightly) but he is completely wooden and clearly has no depth of knowledge about "classic" (particularly anything pre-1970) films. Pretty much a waste of the viewers' time and he, more than the others, reads what's on the prompter and brings absolutely nothing to the party. On the evening of Florence Rice films he talked mainly about her co-sta
    6 points
  26. Casablanca (1942) Roman Holiday (1953) Monsoon Wedding (2001) Match Point (2005)
    6 points
  27. The Quiet Man (1952) Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) Say Anything (1989) The Goodbye Girl (1977)
    6 points
  28. dry titles, but some rain scenes I thought of: a rainy end for The Public Enemy Psycho rainy revenge for Freaks Barbara Stanwyck standing in the rain in Stella Dallas Steamboat Bill Jr.
    6 points
  29. The Rains Came (1939) Miracle in the Rain (1956) The Rainmaker (1956 / 1997) (two unrelated films) Rider on the Rain (1970) The Devil's Rain (1975) Who'll Stop the Rain (1978) Black Rain (1989) Raining Stones (1993) Hard Rain (1998) Dancing in the Rain (2018) Also, the climactic battle sequence of Seven Samurai (1954) takes place entirely in the rain. "Chubby Rain" was the film-within-a-film in Bowfinger (1999). And Magnolia (1999) features a memorable quasi-Biblical rain of frogs.
    6 points
  30. Singin' in the Rain (1952) The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) Soldier in the Rain (1963) Rain Man (1988) Purple Rain (1984)
    6 points
  31. Eve Arden and Ben Johnson are two that I think don't get nearly enough credit for their abilities. I honestly can't think of a bad performance from either of them that I've seen. And that includes Johnson in The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Crap movie, solid acting (from him at least).
    6 points
  32. Like midwestan, I just watched a music documentary 2019's LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE which is offered free on YouTube with incredibly distracting commercials. Since I've always been a fan & admirer of Ronstadt, little was new to me. But it was fabulous to hear colleagues reminisces & insights from those who worked with her. I was amazed at all the great footage of Linda as a youngster and beginning performer in the folk music world. I love that Linda is a true artist and is not bound by any genre-it's ALL music...and she is our seminal lady singer. This movie was
    6 points
  33. I will never forget when I lived in Los Angeles I was talking to a guy at the Abbey in West Hollywood, he was a college graduate who had a job at a major talent agency if I recall. I mentioned to him that I was raised an Episcopalian and he looked at me, scrunched up his nose and said “Is that some kind of cult or something?” And without missing a beat I replied “yes, and we hold our pagan gatherings at country clubs and golf courses across the nation.”
    6 points
  34. I'm just hoping for a Phrenology series after this one. Maybe a study on which actors have the criminal head shape.
    6 points
  35. How's that old joke go again? Oh yeah: "Jews don't acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Protestants don't acknowledge the Pope as the leader of Christianity. AND, Baptists don't acknowledge another Baptist inside a liquor store." (...good one, ain't it)
    6 points
  36. I had a house full of people today for a birthday party. TCM was on in the background and her GOD-AWFUL pants brought the party to a screeching halt. The party girl -her 80th- exclaimed "What is she wearing!" and all heads turned and you could hear a pin drop. We haven't seen a worse pair of double knit slacks since Hillary ran.
    5 points
  37. For the most part, the features are in alphabetical order. However, I do have my Sherlock Holmes together, L&H together, A&C together, W&W together and Charlie Chan's together. The shorts and cartoons are all grouped by series or studio. And trailers are on reels by studio. Climate control is, thankfully, natural. my theater building has a concrete foundation and is built into the side of a mountain of water. So it's naturally cool year-round. No nitrate. Everything is 16mm. I have only a few films with mild vinegar. And everything is kept out of cans so they can breathe.
    5 points
  38. I like Alicia Malone. Some of the comments on this post about her seem harsh. I like the way she shares interesting information before/after films and she's a good host. Some of the other hosts are amazing especially Eddie Muller and Jacqueline Stewart but that doesn't mean Alicia Malone isn't good. Muller and Stewart have a wealth of knowledge and share great insights on classic movies. I've rented noir films that include commentaries by Eddie Muller that show his expertise and really enhance your appreciation of the film. Jacqueline Stewart knows the history of film and goes the extra
    5 points
  39. From July 31-August 3, 1921, the Poli ran The Love Special, starring Wallace Reid as Jim Glover and Agnes Ayres as Laura Gage. The film was released on April 17, 1921, at five reels. The Library of Congress holds a complete copy. Plot: Jim Glover, construction engineer, is chosen to guide the president of the railroad company, Gage, on an inspection trip. Laura Gage, the president’s daughter, is aboard the train as well as Allen Harrison, a director for the company. The railroad intends to build a cut-off so Glover helps Gage obtain an option on the needed land, which is owned
    5 points
  40. Who knows? → Maybe the CC was accurate and Alicia did want some 'Mary Jane'! Wacky Weed! Mara Ju Wanna! Seeds 'n' Stems! Perhaps the 'CC' people know something we don't! If we see an intro featuring Alicia with the BREWER & SHIPLEY song "One Toke Over the Line" playing in the background, well, shucks . . . there could be some HERB burning in the studio!
    5 points
  41. I'm having a funday watching all these wonderful William Powell movies TCM is airing today. I've seen them all plenty of times but it doesn't matter. It's total comfort food. It's days like this that I'm grateful for TCM.
    5 points
  42. Lillian Gish in The Night of the Hunter? Even strong women sometimes need weapons when dealing with crazy.
    5 points
  43. foggy ferry ride--They Can't Take That Away From Me Shall We Dance French countryside--Two For the Road Empire State Building--Sleepless in Seattle
    5 points
  44. It looks like the **** Hole Of The Year Award Has Found A Winner!
    5 points
  45. Ashley Wilkes was a closet case if I ever saw one and there were tons of closets in Twelve Oaks.
    5 points
  46. "It's alive! It's alive!" (usually said to gently tease someone who has finally woken up, much later than usual) "I am a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firma-mint" (usually said with self-mockery, in recognition of some tiny, insignificant achievement). Basically a variation of the Stuart Smalley mantra, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and goshdarnit, people like me!" "I dunno nothin' 'bout birthin' babies, Miss Scarlett!" (to indicate my lack of knowledge or skill in some particular area). But usually adapted to whatever the situation is ("I dunno nothin' 'bout cookin'
    5 points
  47. Lauren, Billy and Michael Chapin Bobs, Billy, Coy, and Delmar Watson The Dionne Quintuplets
    5 points
  48. Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales). 2014. Directed by Damián Szifron. Argentina. An Anthology movie composed by six short stories about the unexpected consequences of revenge. 'Bombita' is my favorite segment, and I also liked 'Pasternak', 'The Rats', and 'The Proposal'; 'The Strongest One' has a good ironic ending, but 'Til Death Do Us Part' goes on and on to an underwhelming end. The cast includes Ricardo Darín, Rita Cortese, Oscar Martínez, and Leonardo Sbaraglia.
    5 points
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