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  1. Well, Cinemalover, here's another thing we have in common. I was so thrilled when the Westerns Channel started showing The Big Valley about a year ago. I even talked a friend of mine into watching those episodes, and now he's hooked on it. They had such great writers on that show and some big-name guest stars. And those Barkley boys---mighty easy on the eyes! I'm glad you have discovered it. Terrence.
  2. Cinemalover, you were so right in including Barbara Stanwyck in "Forty Guns". She made many Westerns, and this is one of her best. I also liked her in "The Violent Men", even though she played such an evil woman. I had never thought about it before, but "Forty Guns" definitely prepared her for The Big Valley. Can you possibly imagine anyone other than her playing Victoria Barkley? That role was made for her. Terrence.
  3. Well, Cinemalover, I hope you get an opportunity to see "Take Me to Town" sometime. It's really very entertaining. I taped it from AMC several years ago, but it's not shown very often. For some reason, TCM does not show many of Universal's Westerns. And that's too bad, because they made so many during the 1940's and 1950's. Movies with Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler, Rory Calhoun, George Nader, and Audie Murphy. Oh well, one can only hope. Terrence.
  4. What a great idea to have something like that for Steve Cochran. He's an overlooked actor who contributed so much to his movies. He was always so believable. I remember as a child seeing him in a movie with Ruth Roman. I think it was called "Tomorrow Is Another Day." This movie has stayed with me all these years. I don't think it's been shown on TV for many years, but I'd love to see it again. A very good mystery. Terrence.
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    The Command

    I agree with you about "The Command." Definitely a better-than-average Western. I never pass up an opportunity to see Guy Madison and this is one of his best. Terrence.
  6. Well, since I love Westerns with a passion, there are several that I consider guilty pleasures. These are movies I can watch over and over again without ever getting tired of them. One is a little-known Western called "Take Me to Town" with Ann Sheridan and Sterling Hayden. It's really a fun little picture and Ms. Sheridan even gets to sing a couple of numbers. Another is "The Guns of Fort Petticoat", which is shown often on the Westerns Channel. It's fun to see a Western with so many roles for women, which is unusual for that genre. And a third Guilty Pleasure would be "Lady of the Town
  7. Mary, check TCM's monthly magazine. They seem to show this movie quite frequently. When you find it being played, all you need is a DVD or a videotape, and your mother can enjoy this wonderful movie time and time again. Terrence.
  8. I'm certain that "The Mad Miss Manton" is the movie being described. Although Barbara Stanwyck made a couple of other mystery-comedies, this is the only one where she played a socialite. It's really a very entertaining movie. And Hattie MacDaniel has some great lines in it. Terrence.
  9. I love being scared by a good horror movie, and the two that you mentioned certainly fit the bill. I have seen "When a Stranger Calls" and "Visiting Hours" several times each and I'm always thoroughly entertained by them. I think the reason I relate so much to these two movies is that they deal with commonplace situations (babysitting and hospitals). Carol Kane was so great in that one. I really believe she should have been nominated for an Oscar for it. By the way, the Gary Merill movie you talked about has a similar title, but it's called "Phone Call from a Stranger". Terrence.
  10. "The Night of the Hunter" is a horror film? That's a new one for me. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, but I'd never classify it as a horror film. True, it's a real thriller (the crazed man chasing a couple of innocent children) and I believe it's Robert Mitchum's greatest performance. And the photography is exceptional. But it definitely is not a horror film. Terrence.
  11. I have seen "Premature Burial" several times and you're right---it truly is frightening. It was made by American International and starred Ray Milland. I believe the story was originally written by Poe. It shows up on a cable channel from time to time, so I hope you get to see it again soon. Terrence.
  12. I've never really been able to get into "It's Always Fair Weather" and I've seen it several times. Perhaps it's because the tone is much darker than the average musical. And Cyd Charisse has only one number in this movie. I always feel cheated that she didn't have more. And as far as male partners, I'd have to go with Gene Kelly. The two of them really clicked. In "Brigadoon" they really made us believe that they were in love. I wonder if Tony Martin was ever jealous of the two of them. Anyway, here's another vote for the greatest movie dancer of all time. Terrence.
  13. These are two very entertaining musicals. I love them both. And Doris Day really seemed to be enjoying herself in these. By the way, there is a CD available of Doris singing all the songs from these two musicals. It's great fun to listen to. Terrence.
  14. Bellanosey, you made some very good points in your comments about Gene Kelly and his movies. But let's not be too harsh when it comes to Vera-Ellen (or Very Ellen, as you called her). True, she was never nominated for an Oscar, but when people went to her movies, they expected to see a beautiful woman in some great dance numbers. And that's exactly what they got--whether it was with Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire, or Mr. Kelly as her partner. And I've always felt that her 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" from "Words and Music" is one of the greatest ballets on film. So, if we want to see some specta
  15. "Nightmare Alley" really is quite good. It was one of Tyrone Power's favorites and gave him a rare opportunity to show the public that he really could act. Unfortunately, it didn't do the business that the studio had hoped. I don't think that Americans wanted to see him in anything where he didn't play the good guy. And I love Coleen Gray in this one. Another much overlooked actress. Terrence.
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