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  1. My name is Mark and I was named after his character on The Rifleman. I met him once at 1one of the autograph collector shows. He signed a photograph for my mother and mentioned how touched he was to have someone named after his character! What a wonderful man he was.
    10 points
  2. I worked as a crew member in Hollywood for 42 years, at the beginning with MGM, and then through business rearrangements with the studios, Ted Turner buying MGM in 1986 being the one that effected me the most, spent my final 30 years at Warner Brothers. The actors that most quickly come to mind, as classic era actors, were three that I worked with on the tv show Dallas. Because of a personal relationship with a known member of that production, I got to be around the actors more than just on the set. First, Howard Keel, the man who basically replaced Jock Ewing. I certainly was not into musica
    9 points
  3. I've kept a film diary since I was 12 so I can tell you exactly what my top ones are. I've seen roughly 600 films, three times or more. A Christmas Carol (1951) 28 times The Great Escape (1963) 19 times Dr. Strangelove (1964) 18 times The Wizard of Oz (The) (1939) 15 times Casablanca (1942) 12 times A Clockwork Orange (1971) 12 times 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 12 times Bedazzled (1967) 11 times A Night at the Opera (1935) 11 times Paths of Glory (1957) 11 times Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) 11 times Abbott and Costello meet Fran
    9 points
  4. "Oh sure! Mention that rabbit and that mouse here together in this movie, but nooooo, nary a mention of me doing that show stopping piano duet I did in it with that other duck with a speech impediment from the Disney studio, eh?! Why, you're despicable!"
    9 points
  5. as a jaded cineaste, I like to deliberately leave certain immensely popular titles unseen so that i don't get to a stage where I've seen everything and thus have no reason to live. so, with that, I come out with what some of you may find shocking: before this morning, I had never seen THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (1971.) I have now. JESUS CHRIST what a depressing, oppressive, and immensely compelling movie this is. GREAT ACTING WITH SUNGLASSES 101 I really enjoyed the first half immensely, the second half is not meant to be enjoyed, but I was impressed nonetheless. HARD
    9 points
  6. Loved-loved-loved him on St. Elsewhere. (And WiseGuy too.) Goodnight Dr. Auschlander.
    8 points
  7. I was recently watching "Star of Midnight," a major favorite of mine and, once again, just loved William Powell & Ginger Rogers as a team. What a shame that they never teamed again. Ditto for Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington who had amazing chemistry in "The Pelican Brief." What other great screen teams can you think of that only teamed once? Lydecker
    8 points
  8. So many come to mind, but I’ll begin with Myra, portrayed by Vivien Leigh in Waterloo Bridge (1940). Believing her love, played by Robert Taylor, has been killed in battle, she becomes a prostitute to survive. Upon learning he’s actually alive, she’s unable to live with the shame. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.
    8 points
  9. Robinson and Cagney only appeared in one film together - SMART MONEY in 1931.
    8 points
  10. David Niven and Cary Grant only appeared together in The Bishop's Wife (1947), I would have liked to see this two Englishmen paired again, as friendly enemies.
    8 points
  11. Can I revive this topic with some classic singers (who also acted)? TONY BENNETT When I worked on West 57th St. in Manhattan (1980's-90's) I used to regularly go for a shine at a shoe repair place on 57th near 6th Ave. One day I stop in and Tony Bennett is getting a shine and I take a seat next to him. We chatted and he told me that he lived nearby (can't remember exactly where), don't remember much else of the conversation but he was very friendly. In 2000 or 2001 when I worked at The Rainbow Room, Mr. Bennett performed at an event there, and while he waited to be introduced he was
    8 points
  12. I was only on Dallas for two seasons but both Priscilla Presley and Barbara Carrera were there during those years, 1984-1986. Barbara wasn't around the set as much as Priscilla so I really don't recall much about her personally. However, that is not the case with Priscilla. I remember my mouth dropping when I first saw her, she was stunning. I don't say that lightly as seeing actors off camera frequently kind of numbs the experience. Priscilla was different though, She had the palest skin I had ever seen and blue eyes that kind of jumped out at you. But, for the sake of this post, I will comme
    7 points
  13. My cable company's online description of From Hell It Came: "Wooden acting marks this lumbering tale about a monster tree stump whose bite is worse than its bark."
    7 points
  14. Just want to say thanks to TCM for taking the time for this special tribute to Satyajit Ray. My grandfather was a college classmate of Satyajit Ray’s and anyone who met Mr. Ray said he was a one-of-a-kind human and creative genius. I’m a daughter of Bengali immigrants, born and raised in the US. My parents wanted their kids to know about both the artistry of Bengali culture and the complex beauty of the human spirit. As a result, this education included a heavy dose of Satyajit Ray movies! Satyajit Ray may never have been a child living in a rural village with little means, a wife struggling w
    7 points
  15. I've worked with many stars, as I've dropped into conversations here over the years. But there's one "star" that I never actually met, though I could have. I grew up in a big, rather grand apartment building in the Bronx. When I was 15, one of our neighbors -- a woman named Dora Klein -- asked my mother if I'd be willing to take her granddaughter Barbara to the New York World's Fair. This was in 1965. My mother told Mrs. Klein to ask me. Mrs. Klein told me that her young granddaughter -- about the same age as me -- was coming in from California, and would I take her to the Fair. I said no.
    7 points
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  17. Having posted these gifs the other day, upon looking up the careers of Cagney and Blondell I was surprised at how little these two high energy performers, both toiling at Warner Brothers for years, were actually co-starred. They both appeared in seven films for the studio which, on the surface, might sound like a lot. Upon closer inspection, though, four films hardly count as they were not used as a screen team in any of them. In fact, I'm not even certain how many minutes in those four they actually shared on screen. It was only in three films together that James Cagney and Joan Blo
    7 points
  18. A few months ago I watched an Ellen Burstyn interview and she discussed what is probably one of my favorite scenes in "The Last Picture Show": Burstyn's first Oscar nod came in 1972, as Lois Farrow, mother to Cybill Shepherd, in "The Last Picture Show." it was her first big role in film, with Peter Bogdanovich as director. "We had a scene where I hear my lover drive up. Oh good. My lover's here! And I'm just about to open the door, and my daughter comes in. And then I realize, Oh, it's not my lover coming to see me, it's my daughter – oh my God, my daughter's in bed with my lover!
    7 points
  19. How about (not classic yet) stars and celebrities I played softball with or against, or some noteworthy spectators, 1987-2007? These were mostly competitive leagues. Bruce Willis played one season (maybe '89 or '90) on China Club, an opposing team in the NY Restaurant League. He was a huge star at that time. Very nice guy, big and athletic, but not really a ballplayer. He batted 10th and DH'd (I assumed he helped with $ponsor$hip). One day I read in Page Six of the New York Post a gossip item about him hitting a "grand slam home run to win a softball game in Central Park". This seemed u
    6 points
  20. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/norman-lloyd-dead-106-1234951530/ Norman Lloyd, Star of ‘Saboteur’ and ‘St. Elsewhere,’ Dies at 106 The actor, also an esteemed producer and director, worked with Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin and Jean Renoir and had a long collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock during an amazing career in show business. Norman Lloyd, the actor, producer and director whose collaborations with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Bertolt Brecht and Jean Renoir made him a legend — albeit an off-the-radar one — in Hollywood, died Tuesday
    6 points
  21. Okay, this is an obvious variation on another thread here. The movies have provided us with an array of memorable characters who, even If fictional, can still haunt us, a few even, dare I say, passing into cultural legend. Here's one character that immediately comes to my mind. He was a king on his island until kidnapped and brought to civilization, where he was doomed by modern technology. Yet within his huge heart there beat the love for a woman. Twas beauty killed the beast. So anyone else have any nominations for tragic characters in the movies, some perhaps e
    6 points
  22. An early look at June. (click link & scroll down to bottom of page) https://www.moviecollectoroh.com/nightly/sched.htm
    6 points
  23. One person's Dreyfuss is another person's Hanks... 🙂
    6 points
  24. I could bore you all with stories from decades in the industry, but one kind of encounter now stands out to me. My boss at Warner Brothers was retiring and he was a huge fan of Charlton Heston. I had a family contact that was in the industry plus on the board of directors for the NRA. When approached, Mr Heston personally signed a photo for my retiring boss. I shortly thereafter knew this is one of the last ones he signed before he died. Because of Alzheimer's, Charlton Heston hadn't signed many personalized photos toward the end of his life and it made this particular signed photo very specia
    6 points
  25. Gene Lockhart and Herbert Hoover:
    6 points
  26. I've always blamed, "The Goodbye Girl," for starting a genre of movie in which the female star acts like a self-centered, ill mannered, mean, nasty, crank throughout the entire film, while the male star scurries around like a nervous Pomeranian, endlessly trying to please her. By the end I always hate her and have lost all respect for him and think they deserve a long hellish marriage.
    6 points
  27. Jacques d'Amboise, the George Balanchine protégé who starred in the 1950s film musicals "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Carousel," has died at the age of 86. The New York Times reported that he died of complications of a stroke at his Manhattan home on Sunday. As a teen dancer, he earned the attention of Balanchine, the New York City Ballet's legendary director (pictured below with Suzanne Farrell and d’Amboise). He performed with the company for about 35 years before retiring just before he turned 50. In 1954, d'Amboise was teamed with Virginia Gibson in Stanley
    6 points
  28. Oh, yes, every one of these films is worth seeing. I actually like all of them--not just admire them--and love most of them. Now I don't want to set your expectations too high, but: Sherlock Jr.--Imaginative and funny. If you like Keaton at all, this is not to be missed. Metropolis--The classic silent science fiction film. You need to see a restored version to enjoy the visuals. Warning: there are several musical soundtracks available, and.some are overbearing. You'll think of many SF films influenced by this one. The Passion of Joan of Arc--Some extraordinary visuals and a grea
    6 points
  29. Sherlock Jr is Keaton at his most inventive. This is one of his best visual stunts.
    6 points
  30. Gloria Grahame is a favorite on this board, rightly so. Although she's in several movies, it just seems she's just not on screen as much as we'd like to see her. I wonder if she was difficult on set? She has the same quality as MM in that when she's on the screen your eyes go right to her. Although she was "quirky", I was very turned off by the recent movie about her later years, "Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" despite deftly portrayed by talented Annette Benning. A different pose from this photo shoot hangs on my "Gloria/George" wall (note the netting panel under her neck that holds
    6 points
  31. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby had really nice chemistry in Road to Singapore. It's a shame they couldn't have . . . Oh, wait. Never mind.
    6 points
  32. My Dad owned The Gourmet and Gift Center at 153 W57th Street, right across the street from the Russian Tea Room. We sold imported fancy foods such as caviar, pate', truffles, coffees , teas, chocolates, etc. Many celebrities were regular customers including Gig Young, Harry Belafonte (whose office was next door) Igor Stravinsky, Bobby Short, Tony Randall, Barbara Walters, Al Pacino, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong ( to whom we would deliver as his modest house was just a few blocks from our home in Queens), and many of the Broadway, Metropolitan Opera and the Ed Sullivan Show cro
    6 points
  33. Say you don't give a damn, Sam Time to leave in The Dress, Tess Slip her a pill, Phil Just stay on that bus, Gus Scare them to death, Seth
    6 points
  34. Says the man who predicted a Trump election victory.
    6 points
  35. Irene Dunne and William Powell were so good together in LIFE WITH FATHER. I can't help but think they would have teamed well in some screwballs during the 1930's.
    6 points
  36. Rest assured, mabelnormand, there is no such rule. If there was a lot of us, myself included, would have been out of here a long time ago.
    6 points
  37. JACK LEMMON and LEE REMICK in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES both nominated for Oscars.
    6 points
  38. A MESSAGE TO THE TCM PROGRAMMERS: Just in case you ever check out this thread and while you are working on the schedule for July how about doing your loyal Canadian viewers a turn by celebrating Canada Day on July 1st? Thursday, July 1 What about featuring some of these people on July 1: Jack Warner, Louis B. Mayer (landed), Norman Jewison, Marie Dressler, Walter Pidgeon, Mary Pickford, Fay Wray, Walter Huston, John Candy, Glenn Ford, Deanna Durbin, Colleen Dewhurst, Lorne Green, John Ireland, William Shatner, James Doohan, Martin Short, James Cameron, Michael J. Fox, Keanu Re
    6 points
  39. Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer had really exceptional chemistry in History Is Made at Night (1937). I wish they had teamed up again.
    6 points
  40. It's a shame Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck only paired up in THE TWO MRS CARROLLS.
    6 points
  41. Roz Russell & Cary Grant only costarred in HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940). Ginger Rogers & Henry Fonda are superb in a 20 minute segment of TALES OF MANHATTAN (1942). Why they didn't get their own movie is a mystery. Julie Harris & James Dean were not able to re-team after EAST OF EDEN (1955). Mary McDonnell & Kevin Costner were great in DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990). Too bad they haven't made any more films together.
    6 points
  42. Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) After delaying it for a long time I finally stuck out this sorry combination of music, "comedy" and "horror." Three country and western performers (Ferlin Husky, Joi Lansing and Don Bowman), on their way to a Nashville Jamboree, stop off at an abandoned mansion for the night, not knowing it has a reputation as being haunted. Inside the place they will encounter four characters searching for some rocket fuel formula in the basement, along with a gorilla. The film is as lame at it sounds. Those into country and western music (I'm not) might lik
    6 points
  43. Who needs a hat when your hairdresser is insane?
    6 points
  44. They certainly don't seem to get along very well. Hey, Joan, why don't you dump that guy and come to me. Never mind that he has everything and I have nothing. We can work it out.
    6 points
  45. I just thought of Lupe Velez ; another tragic figure. Single and pregnant she was devastated that the father of her unborn child wouldn't marry her and so committed suicide. She was 36. She was also having financial problems. Legend has it that she was found dead with her head in the toilet. Her bizarre death tale (whether it be true or not) was even mentioned in the first episode of the TV series Frasier.
    6 points
  46. Not long ago someone posted episodes from Search for Tomorrow on YouTube. These were episodes from around 1983 I think. Olympia Dukakis had a contract role on SFT during that time playing a matriarch of a Greek family. The family didn't really catch on with viewers and they were written out by the next headwriter/producer. I guess it's a good thing she didn't end up spending years on a soap opera, because then she might not have done MOONSTRUCK or the other films that came later in her career. Rest in peace.
    5 points
  47. Honestly, even before Sunday night's Oscar debacle the show was on life support. I KNOW that The Academy clings to this telecast because it is (seemingly) the only way they funnel significant dollars into The Academy but, it's over guys. Give it up. Find another way to make money. The show has been pretty much a disaster for years and the more you mess with it (no host, no production numbers, no film clips, super sped-up In Memoriams, etc) the worse it gets. Go back to the early days of the Oscars where everybody already knew who won and you celebrated with a nice little dinner for the ch
    5 points
  48. The Steel Trap (1952) DVD 7/10 An assistant bank manager (Joseph Cotten) steals $1 million dollars from the vault and plans to flee the country. This film reunites Cotten with Teresa Wright, his co star in Hitchcock's Shadow Of A Doubt (1943). In the earlier film they were uncle and niece and here they are husband and wife. Wright is a blonde in this one, the only time I saw her that way. The Hitchcock film is one of my top ten favorites so I enjoyed the novelty of seeing them together again. As for this film, it is a pretty good heist/noir. There is narration by Cotten to help the
    5 points
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