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  1. Crow, I 'm always happy with Eddie's selections on Noir Alley. That doesn't mean I like every single film he shows. But I've seen a lot of noirs, and at least on Noir Alley sometimes I get to view one I've never seen before. I like that he presents a wide variety of noirs, some foreign films, some British, some recently discovered languishing in a basement somewhere, some really classic, and some kind of rubbish. Also, some that it's a bit of a stretch to call them "noir". You can't have first rate grade A noirs every time. Come on. It's not "only going to get worse". It
    14 points
  2. I watched "The Ace of Hearts" (1921) the other night for the first time in a long time. I knew Lon Chaney died in 1930 and that Leatrice Joy had retired from the screen at the advent of sound and had lived to a very old age. But I had never seen any other film with John Bowers in it and wondered what happened to him. It turns out he had a very successful silent career and played the lead in most of his films in the 1920s, though not necessarily at major studios. Nitrateville.com actually had a thread about him and so I read through the information that they had. Most of the commenters seemed
    14 points
  3. Yes, what is going on that nobody (even in the so-called "older generations") wants to have an actual conversation or discussion anymore that comprises more than 4 words? I'm a writer by trade and I've always "massaged my message" before I sent it because words are important to me and I want to make sure I correctly convey what I think. I've had friends with whom I emailed back and forth for years who suddenly abandoned email for texting or FB messaging. God, what a seismic change. They can no longer have a substantive discussion on anything or even write more than 2 sentences in any com
    11 points
  4. I get the impression Muller is making most or all of the selections for Noir Alley, including Hell Bound. If TCM has a copy of a particular film and has broadcast rights, and Muller wants to feature it, the film will air on Noir Alley. I think some of these low budget films make for entertaining viewing. How about Ulmer's Detour? They couldn't even afford a shoestring for the budget. Sometimes, schlock can be the best choice.
    11 points
  5. It’s fall, technically, on the calendar, but here in LA it’s 98 degrees and the leaves don’t change til Christmas. So help me get my fall foliage fix by posting about cinematic autumn leaves! I’ll start with one of my Halloween staples — Hitchcock’s comedy TROUBLE WITH HARRY. I love everything about this movie, especially the trees! The movie’s New England setting makes me wish I could whisk away to Vermont right now. Now help me build the Fall Leaves Film Library (the FLFL) for the Fall Foliage Film Festival (FFFF)!
    10 points
  6. For those who might be interested, here are the original 1948 MGM titles to Frank Capra's STATE OF THE UNION. After the original release, rights reverted to Capra and he reissued it under the Liberty Films banner. The remade titles also misspelled Katharine Hepburn's name (as "Katherine"). Also significant is that the original release did NOT include the portion of the scene in Kay Thorndyke's office where her editors resign en masse. I've included the original cutting of that sequence on the video, followed by the original Liberty Bell end title (title was changed and music was cut in the rei
    10 points
  7. I think God put Burt Lancaster on earth for the sole purpose of playing Elmer Gantry.
    10 points
  8. I think we should brace ourselves for his response, which is sure to be something devastating, such as "Whatever"
    10 points
  9. If our parents made the same arguments in the 1950s and 1960s, we'd still be fighting polio...
    9 points
  10. That's a lot of noise just to say "I'm a weenie that's a-scared of needles."
    9 points
  11. I think the old movies are interesting regardless of their artistic merits simply because they're glimpses of a world that no longer exists. The same reason pottery shards from ancient Greece are so much more interesting than say, the ones from the coffee cup you dropped this morning.
    9 points
  12. The actor Tommy Kirk, who appeared in numerous Disney movies and television productions in the 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 79. He was one of many memorable young stars -- including Annette Funicello and Kevin "Moochie" Corcoran --who achieved fame on "The Mickey Mouse Club." The Hollywood Reporter said Kirk (pictured below at a memorabilia show) lived alone, and his body was found Tuesday in Las Vegas. Kirk once said that his career with The Mouse Factory was short-circuited because he was gay. “Disney was a family film studio and I was supposed to be their young leadin
    9 points
  13. I'm sure they've all be warned about what they will encounter so this message Board is avoided like the plague. Message Boards are filled with know-it-alls who whine about why TCM doesn't __________ (insert any esoteric narrow subject here) Those pictured above have been picked apart in here for their hair, voice, mannerisms. Mean, nasty, self centered comments about these people just trying to do their job. The anonymity of the internet is just allowing/teaching people not to have any real social skills. I was once part of a message board about my friend's rock band & knew the
    9 points
  14. Burt Lancaster's Elmer Gantry is number three on my list of Best All Time Screen Performances by an Actor.
    9 points
  15. As long as TCM continues to present films uncut and commercial-free, I'll be a fan.
    9 points
  16. Yeah, I saw a video of her smashing in the window of a locked door, then climbing through, all while being told by a LEO with a drawn sidearm to cease. She didn't. Actions met Consequences. She's about as far from a hero or a sympathetic figure as one can get.
    8 points
  17. As long as there will be message boards, we are always going to have people coming on and complaining about more recent films being shown on this cable channel. And some of these folks are always going to say that the demise of TCM is just around the corner and many will say that all they see are newer films. If one looks at the schedule, that is further from the truth. I agree that many of the films TCM shows are repeats. Often times the same film is shown multiple times per month. But as Tiki has written there are "newer" older films that have not been repeated as much or film
    8 points
  18. 8 points
  19. I would love some shots of the fall foliage outside your window! Here's that awesome set from ARSENIC AND OLD LACE -- I love the miniatures in the background with moving lights, a running train, steam chimney, etc. This is the Halloween movie that we always save for Halloween night because we love it so much. Here's a cast picture they took in that set:
    8 points
  20. Takeaways from a viewing of Hell Bound - 1. Using a junkie, as well as a seriously sick person, as part of a criminal master plan might not ensure a perfect execution of that plan. 2. Stabbing someone with a one inch knife might not finish that person off. 3. Never hide in an empty train car when ten tons of scrap metal are being dropped in similar empty cars around you. These are life lessons I will forever carry with me.
    8 points
  21. I've posted this in the LGBT thread, but I'm thrilled that The Inheritance, which I saw in London a few years ago, won four Tony Awards this evening: Best Play, Director, Actor, and Featured Actress. The Broadway production closed due to Covid before I could see it, but I did see the two-part, seven-hour play in London several years ago, with Vanessa Redgrave in the featured part played by Lois Smith. However, I had the pleasure to work with Lois Smith a couple of times and found her to be a lovely, talented, and very special woman, who made her Broadway debut in 1952. She is now the oldest p
    8 points
  22. How many times are we old timers going to need to address these types of comments? TCM is not dead… First of all I see that you have been a member of the Message Boards since May of 2012, and yet you have only posted on the boards a total of six times. Four of your posts appear in the last month. So obviously you have been around possibly lurking in the shadows reading but not commenting, that is until the changes were announced recently for TCM. Not everyone who is a member on the Message Boards likes to share their thoughts and this is okay. But I have to write this because I
    8 points
  23. Sorry that it doesn't fit your category....but the first thing that popped into my mind was 1967's TV Guide's description of STAR TREK the original series episode "Amok Time" "Spock gets the urge to mate and attacks Capt. Kirk"
    8 points
  24. I live in Florida. We're expected to kill at least one person every few years, or we lose citizenship. Your defense of Babbitt and her ilk is disgusting, disturbing and reprehensible. There can be no common ground with those people. They forfeited any right or expectation of respect on January 6th, if not before. I'm done trying to mollycoddle them or their defenders. They should be shunned from society for the rest of their lives. At the very least.
    7 points
  25. Maybe it IS you-you're saturated by the same old movies. I used to be able to have TCM on all day while working, but seeing the same movies over & over is a bore. I never went to the movies in the 70's-80's, so catching up on those is fun for me, there are good movies made in all decades. When I look over next month's schedule to see what I'd like to record, it's pretty easy to skim through the plethora of titles I've seen multiple times. But then, there's always a few that pique my interest-typically 3-6 per month to set for late night recording. This month was the Fleischer do
    7 points
  26. Yeah, the psychology was sketchy. First time William Holden actually annoyed me in a film, but he was young and still learning his craft I suppose. My favorite part was Eddie saying he didn't like it.
    7 points
  27. It's mostly about Westerns but would pertain to a lot of films from American Heritage Magazine 1971 enjoy! "IT DON'T HURT MUCH, MAMM" "Then how come they're digging a grave behind the old corral, Luke?" By JAMES S. PACKER "Oh, Sam, what happened?" "Nothing serious, Miss Sally Luke just picked up a little bit of lead." "Oh.no!" "Now Miss Sally, don't you fret. It's just a little ol' hole in his shoulder. He"ll be up and about in no time a-tall." Sure enough, in two or three days good old Luke is up and raring to resume his defense of sweet Miss Sally, the
    7 points
  28. To whom is the above addressed? America has always been great. It just hasn't been a nation where wealthy white males are in total control of everything for a while. Republicans as well as Democrats have voted for the debt the US has incurred. Mitch McConnell voted three times during the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling and Trump agreed with it. Whenever in control of Congress, the Republicans have always voted to raise the debt ceiling and to borrow trillions of dollars for their pet programs. Much of the debt is due to the tax cuts that Reagan, Bush and Trump and
    7 points
  29. I'm a sucker for Saul Bass titles. Most distinctive credits I've ever seen.
    7 points
  30. It is a great movie 9/10. My favorite story about the making of this film is how Friedkin got that performance out of Gene Hackman. Hackman was a gentle, soft spoken liberal and had to transform into this loud, bigoted violent cop. He went on busts with real life police like Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso. Egan was very much like the character of Popeye Doyle. After several weeks of seeing what the cops deal with, Friedkin saw the anger coming out in Hackman's performance and you have that brutal and stunning portrayal that you see on screen. After one scene where Doyle roughs up a suspect,
    7 points
  31. I've told young directors for years to avoid just this sort of dreck. I "get it" that breaking the rules can be seen as fun or "awesome," but it's mostly not. A friend of mine worked on Mindhunter, and if you watch that series, you'll see how precise and limited the camera movement is. The camera moves when it needs to and it doesn't move otherwise. That a channel that caters to classic film lovers is doing this is absurd. It's like watching some stupid sports set with 8 macho guys talking smack about football, while the camera roams the set. But to do it when there is only ONE presenter
    7 points
  32. Absolutely. It was Wilder's sly wink at the audience when the hearing aid was turned down in anticipation of what was coming. He'd already shown us The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, so it was his way of saying here we go again. Very clever. I think it was also to show that the little blowhard tyrant had a weak spot.
    7 points
  33. I assumed that Mario's horror connection was his participation in "Sex and the City."
    7 points
  34. I need a wine glass like the one Dirk Bogarde has in Modesty Blaise:
    7 points
  35. Congrats to Ms. Stewart. I very much enjoy her contributions to TCM and to the film community.
    7 points
  36. Wise Blood (1979) is a favorite film of this type. I'm of the opinion that John Huston did his best work late in his career, reaching his apotheosis with his last film, The Dead. Huston has a supporting role in Wise Blood, as the fire-and-brimstone preacher grandfather of the main character, Hazel Motes, played by Brad Dourif, who wants to start "A Church of Truth Without Jesus Christ Crucified." There's also a sidewalk preacher, played by Harry Dean Stanton.
    7 points
  37. The Night of the Hunter Winter Light Diary of a Country Priest More recently Calvary, Silence, and First Reformed.
    7 points
  38. Doctor Friggin' Zhivago . Which TCM loves to show, it seems every other week. I cannot understand why this looong over-wrought film is so popular with so many. It's too long, I get sick of all the snow, and I get sick of Lara's long-suffering smile. Oh, the poor dears, having an affair in the middle of a revolution, it's so hard to meet. Every time I hear that "Somewhere My Love" theme, I want to whack a samovar over the besotted couple's heads.
    7 points
  39. the inspiration this great actor gave to millions around the world in his heyday should never be minimized. to us as kids he was space.
    6 points
  40. Although I can't list the source( it being so many years ago) I do recall an article about those Western movie and TV shootouts. One point being that those early handguns were so inaccurate that two guys could shoot at each other at very close range and STILL miss each other by a wide margin. Rifle shootouts were more on the mark as those Winchester repeaters were far more accurate than a Colt pistol. And too... The article I read mentioned that the time-honored "cliche" of two men "drawing" on each other had to be myth due to not only the inaccuracy of the pistols, but the added f
    6 points
  41. On our first date, my wife (well, before she was my wife) and I went to a movie; and when the movie ended, as everyone around us bolted for those noisy doors and the usher started scraping gooey syrup off the floor, my wife and I stayed in our seats. We read the names of the Best Boy, Assistant Caterer, and the Secretary of the insurance company for the film; and we both turned to each other saying, "You read the credits, too!?" Well, that sealed the deal for me right then and there. So rather than ruin two marriages, we decided to marry each other. And we've been reading movie credits to
    6 points
  42. Ben Mankiewicz trying to be funny. Now that is horror.
    6 points
  43. nebelung is german for 'made of fog' or 'creature of the mist'. that is because of it's luxurious double-coated silver blue fur. a woman named cora cobb back in the early 1980s had a domestic shorthair cat who gave birth to a litter of kittens, one was a male with blue-gray fur whom she named siegfried. the father of the litter was a russian blue. later the same cat had another litter again fathered by the russian blue but this time producing a female kitten with blue-gray fur which was longer than siegfried's. she named this female kitten Brunhilde whom she mated with siegfried creating the n
    6 points
  44. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973, 1995) -- Claudia and Jamie run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum Vertigo (1958) -- the Legion of Honor in San Francisco Blackmail (1929) -- the British Museum House of Wax (1953) -- Vincent Price's creepy wax museum How to Steal a Million (1966) -- in the film it's supposed to be Musée Carnavalet, but the set was modeled after the Musée Jacquemart-André On the Town (1949) -- the American Natural History Museum Museum Hours (2012) -- the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna Manhattan
    6 points
  45. It is interesting the amount of anger leveled at some decisions at TCM. I am not a fan of the redesign. It think it is generic and distracting and have written about that elsewhere and sent a comment to TCM directly about it. However, I think that overall TCM has been making fairly smart choices about how it approaches programming as we move into the 2020s. The Sunday Night Silents hosted by a film professor, the Noir Alley with the incredible Eddie Muller, the goofy fun of the TCM underground are all features I watch and enjoy. I like that they are keeping the star of the month, tributes to c
    6 points
  46. TCM uses "classic" as just a marketing term it has no actual meaning with regards to the qualify of the film. E.g. how many 30s "programmers" are high qualify films? Few IMO. The studios made these to be released one time as the "B" picture. Hey, I love many of those films warts and all because I'm a fan of the actors and directors of that era, but they are not high qualify films and they were never meant to be.
    6 points
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