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Posts posted by SueSueApplegate

  1. Sad to say Adieu to TCM’s Spotlight on Jazz in Film! Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy this wonderful series. 

    In other TCM news, the exciting panel discussion on “The Complicated Legacy of Gone With The Wind“  has posted today. The #TCMFF panel in 2019 with author and historian Donald Bogle, critically acclaimed producer Stephanie Allain, author of “Frankly, My Dear: Gone With The Wind Revisted” Molly Haskell, and TCM’s own Professor in Residence Jacqueline Stewart presented a well-received, balanced approach to The film....


  2. TCM Spotlight - Jazz in Film


    The fabulously  innovative programming, created by Senior VP of Programming Charles Tabesh, has been a joy. The TCM Spotlight on Jazz in Film has been an especially entertaining series hosted by the Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller, always ready with relevant asides and historical perspectives . Muller's  co-hosts have also made this series unforgettable.  Much like the foresight in planning the #TCMFF, such variety mixed with informative opinions of Muller and his co-hosts have again reinvented the joy in the original mission of TCM. 

    Even though this is the forum for discussion of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, the direction of this Spotlight series highlighting Jazz in Film is indicative of the creativity, foresight and planning inherent in one of the most popular film festivals in the U.S. Congratulations to the TCM Staff once again.  Lest we not forget the talent coordinators, the researchers, and the programmers who nurtured this latest series along to its fruition. 


    Love this wonderful June highlights piece from TCM. It includes an audio comment from  Star of the Month Ann Sheridan in The Opposite Sex, a film screened poolside at the #TCMFF in 2019....

  4. In Stephen Rebello's new book 'Dolls! Dolls! Dolls!,' out Tuesday, the author details the 1966 story's journey to the big screen.

    Jacqueline Susann's novel Valley of the Dolls, published in 1966, is still one of the best-selling books of all time — more than 31 million copies to date. The novel, which centers on women finding success in New York City, grew more popular after the story was adapted for the big screen — but its journey to the screen was not all an easy path.  

    Check out The Hollywood Reporter article here.



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  5. Happy Heavenly Birthday to Robert Osborne! TCM is celebrating Robert today with some of his intros and comments. 

    From the TCM Twitter feed: 

    “We're remembering our beloved host Robert Osborne on his birthday today by bringing back a block of Bob's Picks starting at noon ET today. Before and after the films, you'll see intros and outros from Robert like this one for HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN ('44).”


    We miss you, Robert!


    Robert Osborne, who served as the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) since its launch in 1994, passed away in New York City. As the face of TCM, Osborne brought viewers out of their living rooms and into the world of classic movies, providing insider information, facts and trivia on TCM movie presentations. In recognition of his extensive career, Osborne received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2006. And in January 2008, he received a special award from the National Board of Review for his contributions as a film historian.

    In addition to his regular appearances on TCM, Osborne co-hosted TCM's The Essentials each week with such personalities as Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore and, most recently, Sally Field. For TCM, Osborne hosted special one-on-one interview series entitled, Private Screenings with marquee interviews including, Lauren Bacall, Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Jane Powell, Jane Russell, Esther Williams, Mickey Rooney, Charlton Heston, Leslie Caron, Tony Curtis, James Garner, Debbie Reynolds, Patricia Neal, Robert Michum, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Anthony Quinn, Ann Miller, June Allyson and Betty Hutton.

    A true ambassador for Turner Classic Movies, Osborne made countless public appearances for the network and served as the host of the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood and the TCM Classic Cruise. He also penned a regular column for TCM's Now Playing magazine.

    A Hollywood columnist and critic, Osborne was known as the official biographer of Oscar® thanks to a series of books he wrote on the subject of the film world's annual Academy Awards®. His last book, 80 Years of the Oscar, written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was called the most comprehensive and definitive book ever done on the subject."

    Osborne's many appearances included serving as a host-moderator with the Boston Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He hosted events in venues including New York's Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall, City Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and Jazz at Lincoln Center; Los Angeles' Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn theatre; Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va.; Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.; Chastain and the Verizon Amphitheatre in Atlanta; and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

    Born in Colfax, Wash., Osborne graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism, appearing in local plays in his non-study hours. He eventually went to Hollywood as an actor and soon after was signed to a contract by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for their Desilu studios. It was Lucy who encouraged him use his journalistic skills and interest in Hollywood history to pursue writing, which he considered "the best career advice" he'd ever been given. Lucy remained a friend and mentor to him until her death.

    Osborne was a reporter and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter for more than 25 years, covering all aspects of the movie and television business. In 1982, he also began as the on-air entertainment reporter for the nightly news on Los Angeles' KTTV. In 1987, he was signed by CBS to make daily appearances on the CBS Morning Program, and from 1986-1993, he was also a regular host of The Movie Channel cable network prior to joining Turner Classic Movies in 1994.

    From 1981-83, Osborne served as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). He was a frequent guest on Good Morning America and other network shows; was twice a CableACE nominee for his "Osborne Report" segments for The Movie Channel; and was nominated for an Emmy® as Outstanding Host Moderator.





    Hope you've  enjoyed the first installment of TCM's The Essentials if you've had a chance to see it yet. 
    Enjoy this lusty month of May on TCM!
    The Essentials - May 2020


    Animator/director/screenwriter/producer/voice actor Brad Bird joins Ben Mankiewicz as our newest co-host of the popular TCM franchise, "The Essentials," which presents classic films we consider to be "must-see" viewing.

    Phillip Bradley Bird was born in Montana and trained at the California Institute of the Arts. His animated features as director include The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007). The latter two films brought him Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film. Live-action credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) and Tomorrowland (2015). Among his other accomplishments was serving as a creative consultant on The Simpsons and helping to develop that show's style.

    Below is a selection of the "Essentials" to be discussed by Bird and Mankiewicz. Singin' in the Rain (1952), the classic MGM film musical and most everybody's favorite, stars Gene Kelly in a performance that seems the embodiment of the joy of performing, along with memorable turns by Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds and Cyd Charisse.

    Ace in the Hole (1951), a chilling film noir from auteur Billy Wilder that takes a cynical look at the relationship between a manipulative press and a gullible public. Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless reporter who exploits the plight of a man trapped in a New Mexico cave.

    The General (1926) is considered Buster Keaton's masterpiece and one of the great comedies of the silent era. The film is set during the Civil War, with Keaton cast as a southern railway engineer with "two loves" - his locomotive and his sweetheart Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack).

    Casablanca (1942), the standard by which all wartime romantic melodramas are judged, seems perfect in every way - from the cast headed by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains to the masterful direction of Michael Curtiz and, of course, that song.

    The Red Shoes (1948) is an exquisitely rendered British drama with Moira Shearer as an aspiring ballerina torn between art and love. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the film is considered by many to be among the greatest of all British films.

    For a more detailed list of the films, visit the official site for THE ESSENTIALS.

    by Roger Fristoe 
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    Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, a Tarantino-like rewrite of post WWII LaLaLand, sans the violence but the ne plus ultra as far as sex is concerned, showcases Sue Sue friend Glenn Taranto as a doctor in Season 1, Episode 2. 

    FYI, pass holders: Glenn was a TCM Guest Programmer with Robert Osborne in 2009....


    Congratulations, Glenn! You were mahvelous, dahling!

  8. The TCM Podcast with Ben Mankiewicz and Peter Bogdanovich  is now available wherever you find your favorite podcasts. More here....


    Peter Bogdanovich was a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood’s top directors. But he soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn – and a devastating crime.  Now, he looks back on a life of fame and failure, and through it all, an enduring love of the movies. A new seven-part documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies.


    A young film buff grows up in New York, learning to obsess over the movies the way his father obsesses over art.  With his sights set on acting, Peter unexpectedly finds his calling as a director – by sparring with one of the biggest TV stars of all time.





    After writing about movies and directing theater, Peter drives across the country to break into the movie business.  With his new wife and closest collaborator by his side, he finally meets Orson Welles and turns a low-budget directing gig into his first critical success.

  9. From TCM Headquarters: It’s an exciting day for TCM, as we launch our first-ever documentary podcast, #ThePlotThickens: I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich.

     As you may have seen on the network or on social media, we are proud to bring this seven part series to our audience.”  
    Find it here. And on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you find your favorite podcasts.



    Here’s the link to the TCM Roundtable discussion I attended Tuesday  with General Manager Pola Changnon, Vice President of Programming Charlie Tabesh, and Host Ben Mankiewicz with other credentialed media...

    Tonight begins the Special Home Edition of the #TCMFF! At 8 p.m. EST. Follow along on social media with #TCMFF. 

    Ben will be on @ET (Entertainment Weekly) Instagram at 4:00 p.m. PST discussing the #TCMFF Special Hone Edition if you’re on social media! 


  11. APRIL 16 - 19, 2020
    TCM Classic Film Festival Logo

    Welcome to the TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition, an on-air celebration of TCM Classic Film Festival movies and moments from the past decade that fans can enjoy from the comfort of their homes. As a part of the Special Home Edition, TCM is proud to showcase films that have been a part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, both from years past and slated for this year’s event.


    See the schedule here!

  12. FYI: An earlier report on social media from the countessdelave indicates that TCM's Charles Tabesh has been working on special programming for TCM that will air during the regularly scheduled dates for the  #TCMFF 2020...

    I hope all of our pass holders enjoy this treat on our favorite channel, as well as regular fans of TCM. During this difficult time in our nation's history, TCM remains a comfortable, virus-free place to gather with our friends. 

    If you are on TWITTER, join in with the hashtag #TCMParty and #LetsMovie.


  13. Here are some good bets for the #TCMFF from Beth Ann Gallagher who does social media for film noir, and other aspects of the fest....


    (L-R) Special Guests Joie Lee and Oscar-winner Ruth E. Carter speak onstage at the screening of 'Do the Right Thing' at the 2019 TCM 10th Annual Classic Film Festival.
    CRAIG BARRON - Visual Effects Artist SERGE BROMBERG - French Archivist and Preservationist MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Writer, Actor BEN BURTT - Sound Designer GEORGE CHAKIRIS - Actor, Dancer BRUCE DERN - Actor MICHAEL J. FOX - Actor, Author, Advocate BOB GALE - Producer, Writer, Director STEPHEN HORNE - Silent Film Composer and Accompanist PIPER LAURIE - Actress RUTA LEE - Actress, Dancer CHRISTOPHER LLOYD - Actor LEONARD MALTIN - Film Critic and Historian FLOYD NORMAN - Cartoonist, Animator MARGARET O’BRIEN MINK STOLE - Actress RUSS TAMBLYN LEA THOMPSON - Actor, Director LILY TOMLIN - Actor

    *We regret the following will no longer attend as previously announced:


     Inc. A WarnerMedia Company. All Rights Reserved.


    Actor Illeana Douglas (L) and TV personality Dick Cavett speak onstage during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival
  14. New Films!



    THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T (1953)

    Dr. Seuss wrote his only Hollywood screenplay about a young boy who dreams that he is held captive by his evil piano teacher and is forced to play piano for eternity.


    John Gilbert stars as a womanizing swashbuckler who falls in love with the woman after he bets he can marry her in this silent romance.


    Burt Lancaster stars as a swashbuckling hero waging war again a tyrant in this action romance.


    Dick Powell stars as a newspaper man whose life gets complicated when he is gifted a newspaper that predicts the next day’s events, resulting in a series of misadventures with his clairvoyant girlfriend (Linda Darnell).


    THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)

    Walt Disney’s animated classic following the adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised in the jungle but threated by the arrival of a man-eating tiger Shere Kahn, in Disney’s final production before his death.


    POLYESTER (1981)

    Director John Waters’ melodramatic tale of a suburban housewife (Divine) whose life falls apart until a dreamy new man (Tab Hunter) helps her pick up the piece



    Producer and film archivist Serge Bromberg’s returns to the Festival with a special presentation of restored shorts and 3D reels from innovative filmmaker George Méliès’ early work.



    Margaret O’Brien is a young orphan who helps bring life back into the lives of her cranky uncle and sick cousin when she begins tending to an overgrown, secret garden.


    When the older brother of seven Oregon woodsmen marries his new bride, his brothers began courting women in their small town for themselves in this musical starring Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn and Ruta Lee.


    SPACEBALLS (1987)

    Mel Brooks’ spoofs the sci-fi genre, particularly the Star Wars trilogy, with this comedy about a star pilot and his sidekick on a journey to save a princess from the evil Lord Dark Helmet.


    STELLA DALLAS (1925)

    In this silent drama, a woman’s failed marriage to a wealthy man leaves her penniless and with a daughter, causing her to sacrifice all that she has for her child. This presentation will feature live musical accompaniment by composer Stephen Horne.


    Julie Andrews stars as a struggling, down-on-her-luck singer who finds success, and personal complications, when she impersonates a male female impersonator in this gender-bending musical comedy.



    *JULIE ANDREWS *CRAIG BARRON - Visual Effects Artist *SERGE BROMBERG - French Archivist and Preservationist *MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Writer, Actor *BEN BURTT - Sound Designer *GEORGE CHAKIRIS - Actor, Dancer BRUCE DERN MICHAEL J. FOX - Actor, Author, Advocate BOB GALE - Producer, Writer, Director *STEPHEN HORNE - Silent Film Composer and Accompanist PIPER LAURIE *RUTA LEE - Actress, Dancer CHRISTOPHER LLOYD - Actor LEONARD MALTIN - Film Critic and Historian FLOYD NORMAN *MARGARET O’BRIEN *MINK STOLE *RUSS TAMBLYN LEA THOMPSON - Actor, Director LILY TOMLIN - Actor
  16. Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary) (1918-2020)

    In case you missed this homage to Diana Serra Cary....

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    She was Hollywood's first female child star, trailing only "The Kid" (1921) juvenile Jackie Coogan and charming moviegoers 10 years before Shirley Temple. The cherub-cheeked, bob-haired Baby Peggy starred in a series of two-reel fairy tales for Century Pictures, among them "Little Red Riding Hood" (1922) and "Hansel and Gretel" (1923), and famously lampooned adult silent film stars Clara Bow, Pola Negri and Rudolph Valentino. In 1923, she signed a $150,000 contract with Universal Pictures and seemed poised for superstardom in "Captain January" (1924) until arguments over her profit share caused a rift between her manager parents and the studio brass. Blacklisted at age six and unable to work, Peggy rallied in vaudeville but returned after four years to a Hollywood that had no use for her. After a decade in bit parts, Peggy Montgomery broke from the film industry to remerge as a writer, adopting the professional name Diana Serra Cary and appointing herself a Hollywood historian. Author of informative books on movie cowboys, child actors, and a biography of old friend Jackie Coogan, she told her own story in 1996 with Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Premiere Child Star. Able in old age to set aside the bitterness with which she had once considered her lost childhood, Diana Serra Cary embarked on a third, very late-life career as the last surviving star of silent films and the subject of the 2012 documentary "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room."

    Baby Peggy was born Peggy-Jean Montgomery on Oct. 26, 1918, in San Diego, CA. Peggy's father, Jack Montgomery, had been an open range cowboy in his youth until his livelihood dissipated with the modernization of the West. After stints as a construction foreman and park ranger, Montgomery moved his family to Hollywood, where he found work in 1920 as a stunt rider. He was doubling for cowboy star Tom Mix when his 19-month-old daughter was discovered by director Fred Fishback, who was then auditioning children for a role opposite Brownie the Dog, a canine contemporary of Rin Tin Tin. Sporting a bowl haircut and clown makeup, Peggy made her film debut in the Century Films short "Playmates" (1921). The act proved popular with moviegoers and Peggy Montgomery's film career blossomed overnight. She made several more two-reelers (dubbed Five Day Wonders) with Brownie before going solo in "Third Class Male" (1921), "Little Miss Mischief" (1922), "The Little Rascal" (1921) and several films directed by Alfred J. Goulding, among them "Carmen, Jr." (1923), "The Kid Reporter" (1923), "Peg o'the Movies" (1923) and "Peg o'the Mounted" (1924).

    It was part of Baby Peggy's cinematic shtick to mimic established film stars of the age, such as Clara Bow, Pola Negri, Mae Murray and Rudolph Valentino, while her most popular films were based on fairy tales, among them "Little Red Riding Hood" (1922), "Hansel and Gretel" (1923) and "Jack and the Beanstalk" (1924). A child star before there were laws to protect underage film actors, Baby Peggy forfeited an education to work 18 hour days and perform dangerous stunts. In 1923, she signed a $150,000,000 contract with Universal Pictures, for whom she made her feature film debut as an orphan who reforms a mobster gang in "The Darling of New York" (1923). At the height of her career, Baby Peggy had banked over $2 million, was receiving over a million pieces of fan mail a year, and had been invited as a mascot to the 1924 Democratic National Convention. Living high on their daughter's earnings, Jack and Marian Montgomery bought homes in Beverly Hills and Laurel Canyon, bred horses, and invested $30,000 on a Duisenberg coupe. Though he worked occasionally as a stuntman for Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Montgomery made full-time work out of managing his daughter's career.

    When producer Sol Lesser claimed that "Captain January" (1924), which had starred Baby Peggy as a seaside foundling taken in by a kindly lighthouse keeper, had failed to turn a profit, a distrusting Jack Montgomery broke his daughter's contract with Universal. As a result, Baby Peggy was blacklisted in Hollywood, washed up at age six and unable to find work. Her family's sole breadwinner, she rebounded with a four-year tour of the vaudeville circuit, in which she sang and danced for five shows per day, earning $1,800 a week. While the entire family traveled with Baby Peggy, Marian Montgomery's stepfather absconded with their savings, emptying their bank accounts and taking the heirloom silver and Havilland china. Baby Peggy's estimable vaudeville earnings would soon disappear as well, squandered by her parents on high living and poor investments. The family repaired to a ranch in Wyoming to retrench but the property was lost after the 1929 stock market crash. Destitute, the Montgomerys returned to a Hollywood humbled by the Depression and ruled by a new child star named Shirley Temple.

    Though Jack Montgomery was able to find work as a horseman in low-budget westerns, Peggy reentered the industry as a bit player. Father and daughter appeared in small roles in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Crusades" (1935) and Peggy won speaking parts in "Eight Girls in a Boat" (1934), "The Return of Chandu" (1934) and "Ah Wilderness!" (1935). In 1936, Shirley Temple starred in Twentieth Century Fox's musical remake of "Captain January," but the best Peggy Montgomery could do was extra work that paid less than $10 dollars a day. For the next decade, Peggy appeared in unbilled walk-ons, her last credit being in the RKO Radio Pictures comedy "Having Wonderful Time" (1938), starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - whose father she had rivaled for the affection of moviegoers 15 years earlier. Never having had an education in her youth nor the opportunity to experience life beyond the studio set, Peggy Montgomery became an autodidact, excelling at writing and eventually selling her articles to magazines and newspapers.

    With the divorce of her parents, Peggy distanced herself from her family, adopting a nom de plume for her second career as a writer. Having converted to Catholicism and earned a living running the book shop of the Santa Barbara Mission, Peggy Montgomery rechristened herself Diana Serra - Diana borrowed from the actress Diana Wynyard and Serra from Junipero Serra, a Franciscan friar who explored the California coastline in the mid-18th century. With one failed marriage behind her, Diana Serra found happiness with artist Bob Cary, whom she married in 1954. The couple relocated to Mexico, where Serra became a first time mother at age 43. After her return to the States in 1967, she recreated herself as a Hollywood historian, publishing such volumes as The Hollywood Posse: The Story of a Gallant Band of Horseman Who Made Movie History, Hollywood's Children: An Inside Account of the Child Star Era, and Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy: The Autobiography of Hollywood's Premiere Child Star. After the death of her husband in 2005, Serra began making public appearances to celebrate her career as both a child actor and the last surviving star of the silent era of film. At age 94, she also participated in the 2012 documentary "Baby Peggy: The Elephant in the Room." Baby Peggy died on February 24, 2020 in Gustine, CA at the age of 101.

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