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Klaatu

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  1. Best Father: Godzilla in "Son of Godzilla." How would you like to have him standing up for you. The Worst Father: Godzilla in "Son of Godzilla" because, you know, Godzilla.
  2. The miscarriage is dubious but I do know that some people got a bit carried away while viewing horror movies. My grandmother, who wasn't exactly a poster child for mental health, viewed the 1931 Frankenstein. When the creature's hand started to tremble, possibly aided and abetted by Dr. Frankenstein's cries of "It's alive!" grandma sprang from her seat, pointed at the screen and screamed, "Oh my God! He's coming to life." At that point she went into a dead faint.
  3. Here's a piece of trivia that I've heard for years that I think it is questionable. I've seen it online and in print. It's about the 1932 movie, "Freaks." The cited passage is from IMDB's trivia page on the film: A woman who attended a 1932 test screening for the film claimed later that she suffered a miscarriage resulting from the film's shocking nature, and threatened to sue MGM. Did this really happen? Who was she? Who was her lawyer? When did she screen it? The story is fragrant with the air of a PR department. In those days even adverse news like stars feuding on sets or unhappy
  4. I think that it was sometime in 1994 or so. The movie was "I Never Sang for My Father."
  5. Please forgive me if you've already read this. I'd posted it elsewhere. I've called this post "48 States in 49 movies" because there's also a film for Washington D.C. I've been reviewing the July, 2018 titles carefully. On the 50 States in 50 Movies series there are two states that I don't find. I couldn't find movies connected to Rhode Island and Minnesota. They could be going old school and say they were doing 48 states but that would mean omitting Alaska and Hawaii, not Rhode Island and Minnesota. I think that they are there and I have somehow missed them. Has anyone else found them?
  6. I've been reviewing the July, 2018 titles carefully. On the 50 States in 50 Movies series there are two states that I don't find. I couldn't find movies connected to Rhode Island and Minnesota. They could be going old school and say they were doing 48 states but that would mean omitting Alaska and Hawaii, not Rhode Island and Minnesota. Has anyone else found them?
  7. I hope that "Brigadoon" will be featured in April, in honor of the April, 2015 schedule. Like the village in the film, the April schedule emerges, momentarily, out of the digital mists only to disappear again all too quickly.
  8. I'd like to say a kind word about the annual 31 Days of Oscar. Like many of you I won't be doing a great deal of viewing during that stretch. Fortunately I've seen, sometimes repeatedly, most of the titles offered. I deal with young people a lot. I'm continually stunned by their lack of knowledge of any film or actor that was around before they were born. I'll ask about Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Boris Karloff, Laurel & Hardy, The Marx Brothers, Bob Hope (and the list goes ever on) - with very rare exceptions - never heard of 'em. They seem to know the Three Stooges and John Wayne. I
  9. Some years back TCM aired another Mary Pickford, Daddy-Long-Legs from 1919. I'd never seen any Mary Pickford titles before and, as a fan of silents, I felt duty-bound to at least sample it. I was dreading it, preparing to get choked with saccharine! I was wonderfully, delightfully, wrong. I got completely entranced by Miss Pickford. I've since seen most of her available features and have read several biographies of her. What a wonderful actress! "America's Sweetheart" remains one of my all-time favorites.
  10. As you may be able t tell from my user name, I love science fiction. I'm glad that TCM airs the classics in the field. I would love to see some more esoteric fare on the channel. The following are some obscure titles that have either seldom, or never, aired on TCM. Every decade from the 20's to the 70's is in here. Also, the U.S. isn't the only place producing memorable science-fiction. There's plenty of stuff from plenty of places on the list. 1984 (1956) Day the Earth Caught Fire, The (1961) Deadly Invention, The (1958) Diabolical Dr. Z, The (1966) F.P.1 Doesn't Answer (1932) Face
  11. Any idea when there will be a programming announcement on December 21? It seems strange that we know about programming up to the end of January with this single, significant, blank spot.
  12. This is tough. Here are 6 of my 5 favorites! Thirties Horror Frankenstein (1931) Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Dracula (1931) The Mummy (1932) Freaks (1932) The Black Cat (1934)
  13. I recall a story that Matthau told about this movie some time back (we're talking about 40 years ago on an episode of The Dick Cavett Show - don't ask me why I remember this). He had a serious gambling problem - or to be more precise - a serious debt problem relating to his gambling problem. I don't think he was funding his gambling by visiting George Bailey down at the building and loan. Apparently the thumb breakers and knee shatterers weren't too far away. As an act of desperation he threw this movie together. If you notice a little more director daring in here, that would be the sound
  14. If you'd like to avoid massive brain damage don't make the mistake that I made. I sat down to watch "Starman" and, indeed, "Starman" is what I got. But this nasty little **** was devoid of Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen or anyone else from the 80's flick that I enjoyed so much. This was a Japanese import from the 60's. A series of late 50's mini-features got cobbled together into a quartet of four features sold to Japanese TV. Ouch! Are they ever awful! Oh the humanity! If you'd like to investigate further check out this link: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/n-s/starmanonetwo19645659.ht
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