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  1. Bronxgirl, I think that a couple of factors may have swayed Academy voters in the year when this film was in competition. 1.) Loretta Young's role in The Farmer's Daughter was indicative of some of the postwar ideals that resonated with filmgoing audiences, and was still a rather apolitical film at the same time. Also, Miss Young had endured a long career since the silent era, enabling her to make many friends in the industry, and particularly at that time, that may have contributed to the voting. 2.) Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman, was said to be based on the private life of one o
  2. [nobr]I caught a few moments of the very likable Tim Hovey trying to keep his little pants from falling down on the parade ground at the military school depicted in this movie, and instantly recognized that he was the little guy who'd enchanted me in The Toy Tiger (1956), a Jeff Chandler movie about an artist and a small boy. A wise youngster, Hovey instantly recognized that Chandler would fit the bill presented by his imagination as a potential "explorer Dad" in that gentle little movie, which features some wonderfully funny and tender scenes between the Hovey and Chandler. Does anyone else r
  3. My memory of this movie is, in part, of the interesting use of sound and music. The train whistle, first heard when Brian Donlevy is most in peril, is later repeated, setting off painful memories for the character about the earlier time. A volunteer fire dept. signal interrupts Donlevy during a quietly intimate talk with Ella Raines, and the repetition of certain lines as narrative reflecting the lead character's state of mind, (a noir hallmark), are all used discreetly. Michele Michelet, the composer of the instrumental music for this film, heightens the tension and pathos throughout the movi
  4. [nobr] The wonderfully elegant and sharp-featured actor, Ian Richardson has passed away in London. Classically trained and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he will be immortal in my memory for his skilled playing of the Machiavellian politico in the parliamentary series seen in the U.S. as House of Cards on Masterpiece Theatre. Look up the word "hauteur" and Mr. Richardson's face should be found there: [/nobr] [nobr] From the New York Times, February 10th, 2007:[/nobr] Ian Richardson, 72, Versatile Scottish Actor, Dies By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON Ian Richardson, the Scott
  5. "Some truly talented people have died over the years and never even been given a paragraph of recognition. Go figure!!" Very true, Larry. In the midst of all this tawdriness, it also doesn't seem to have occurred to many to give a thought to the poor infant at the center of all these dubious claims of paternity. Nor has it apparently occurred to anyone that the, ahem, enormous artificial implants sported by this pathetic creature Ms. Smith may have contributed in part to her decline in health. Hope that this news cycle ends quickly. Such nonsense in such a world of troubles needing attenti
  6. Thanks for the laugh and the heads up, Moira. Since TCM showed the seldom seen Remember the Night (1940) last month and now Pushover (1954) this month, I hope to see another forgotten side of Fred MacMurray's talent on the tube soon---his comedic timing, which was on great display in Murder He Says (1945) and The Egg and I (1950), both of which I hope re-emerge on TCM soon.
  7. "Across the Wide Missouri,is in glorious color." Thanks for the correction, nishlinil. I think that the most recent broadcast of this movie was of a black and white print on my local PBS station. Glad to hear that it was in color.
  8. One of the few Western movies that I can remember vividly seeing in a real movie theatre was True Grit (1969). Parts of the movie were filmed in various sites in Colorado and Inyo National Forest in CA, as well as Durango, Mexico. Wherever they photographed those beautiful Aspen trees in the Autumn sunlight were located, I've always wanted to go there. The Duke was good too. Even though this movie turned out to be in b & w, in my memory of Across the Wide Missouri (1950) with Clark Gable and Ricardo Montalban, the beauty of the mountainous area around Durango, CO was in vivid color.
  9. The mention of Billy Wilder reminded me that he is said to have asked Fred MacMurray to play the Joe Gillis part in Sunset Boulevard before William Holden. MacMurray didn't like portraying morally ambiguous characters, which is too bad. He apparently preferred to be the inventor of flubber and the father of three on tv, rather than take work from the man who wrote him some of his best parts in Double Indemnity and The Apartment. Katharine Ross was supposed to have been first choice for the Daisy Buchanan part in the version of The Great Gatsby which starred Redford. I've also read that Al
  10. "I wonder what it is that makes non-violent people want to see gory violence played out." Ayres, I've noticed this increasing trend in all forms of "entertainment" in the last ten years especially. I don't have an easy answer for this, but I sometimes think that people are so numbed by the sheer amount of information and commonplace violence on 24 hour cable on the news and in movies and tv shows, that they need to feel something---so more graphic violence is needed. I find it particularly disturbing that documentaries and fictional depictions of violent crime, serial killers and prison li
  11. The woman was standing in the front doorway watching the man leave while shouting to him as he was driving away, "...and cut those toenails before you injure someone." Ann1941, I believe that the line is spoken by Diane Ladd to a departing Anthony Hopkins in the very entertaining The World's Fastest Indian (2005), which is out on dvd. It is a hoot.
  12. TCM showed another nice antiquated talkie a few months ago called Side Street (1929), starring Tom, Owen and Matt Moore--three real brothers--playing reel Irish American brothers who are a cop, a mobster and a doctor. George Raft is uncredited but quite noticable in this film as the choreographer who, during a party in the art deco splendor of the hoodlum brother's apartment, puts a somewhat lumpy-looking chorus line through their paces. When he trips the light fantastic during the movie, things almost come to life. The man was clearly a fine dancer, (maybe a bit more skilled and comforta
  13. Miss Goddess, It's nice to know that others responded to the doomed and oh, so beautifully gloomy Paris of Arch of Triumph(1948). I'm very fond of the White-Russian-in-Parisian-exile theme as personified by Louis Calhern in "Arch" and explored nimbly in the delicious Tovarich(1937). How can we forget the apogee of this interesting sideline of Parisian history explored most entertainingly in the romantic Anastasia (1956), in which Ingrid Bergman once more suffers so exquisitely? Another movie that visits the White Russian crowd in Paris is the forgotten Nelson Eddy-Ilona Massey musical Balalai
  14. Sometimes you see an actor repeatedly and understand that he or she is a hardworking, earnest professional who seems--well, emotionally guarded and distant from the audience despite their obvious efforts. Strangely, this often seems to occur when actors try hard to express often violent emotions that are unheroic but extremely human. For example, James Mason, who could play a Nazi sympathetically--The Desert Fox (1951), and an impresario with a cruel streak compellingly-- The Seventh Veil (1945). Susan Hayward consistently strove to create beautifully etched portraits of driven women in s
  15. The Painted Veil (1934) as a vehicle for Greta Garbo wasn't, in my highly subjective opinion, a great success artistically for Garbo, Herbert Marshall or George Brent--though, rumor has it, George fell head over heels for La Garbo during this film. I am delighted, though not really surprised by the appeal or durability of W.Somerset Maugham's stories, and this one, which, I understand, Edward Norton has pushed to have made for some time, looks promising, since it was actually filmed in some of the real settings for the tale. Btw, the book, which was first published in 1925, reflected well kno
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