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  1. I wish more people would watch her on YouTube. An amazing dancer who needs to be remembered.
  2. I only watched this movie because the lovely dancer Barrie Chase was in it.
  3. > {quote:title=Kusz wrote:}{quote} > Hey Smiler, with Mai Zetterling in this picture maybe that's why it's called "Knock on Wood". Ha, yeah---Clarence & Terrence are less wooden than Mai. She wrote a book and said she hated this movie, and didn't like Danny or Panama & Frank either.
  4. Very happy to say that Danny's masterpiece "Knock On Wood" is finally out today on DVD. I just watched it and it's as funny as ever and the picture quality is pretty crisp also. One of Panama & Frank's most clever scripts. "Gromek." "You're welcome."
  5. If you don't like "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," you should have your funny bone checked immediately - by a specialist. "Aunt Belle, say it don't matter!"
  6. > {quote:title=scsu1975 wrote:}{quote} > > {quote:title=musicalnovelty wrote:}{quote} > > I think you'd better post a few choice shots of Lola to clear our heads after that one! > > Maybe these will help: > > > > > > They Help! Thanks!
  7. And it was a little hard to take the NY teen punks in the neighborhood seriously since one of them was played by Skip Young, Wally on the Ozzie & Harriet Show.
  8. JimCM

    Thelma Todd Day

    I miss Thelma. Bring her back. How about Corsair, This Is the Night, Speak Easily and Babes in the Goods...?
  9. You are so right! Also, you get the impression he doesn't even like classic films with his snarky intro's...
  10. Ha, exactly how I felt. That 17-year old kid(who looked more like he was 34) didn't seem to realize how lucky he was...He hit the Lola Lotto.
  11. Wish TCM would run Wheeler & Woolsey's "So This Is Africa," their one Columbia film. It's funnier than all their RKO movies put together.
  12. I thought Lola Albright was GREAT in "Cold Wind in August." When I was a kid I loved her on the Peter Gunn show, but this may be her greatest role as the world-weary stripper. A very underrated actress...
  13. I went to see Fortune Cookie at the age of 15 when it first came out in '65 - I was the only one in the theatre that night - and loved it! Incredible cast - Lemmon, Matthau, Cliff Osmond, Sig Ruman, Lurene Tuttle, Herbie Faye, Howard McNear, great script by Wilder & Diamond, and great cinematography by Joseph LaShelle(who shot The Apartment, a rather similar film). Also, the witty musical score by Andre Previn really put this movie over. The last of the great Hollywood black & whites of the 60's. An era I was very sorry to see pass...
  14. JimCM

    Thelma Todd Day

    Wow, TCM ran Babes in the Goods and I missed it? And how about that striptease-in-silhoutte that Thelma does in the department store window as a delighted Arthur Housman watches from the sidewalk?
  15. JimCM

    Thelma Todd Day

    TCM's 'Summer Under the Stars' will honor the great Thelma Todd on Monday, August 30 with 24 hours of her films, including shorts she made with Charlie Chase(Dollar Dizzy, High C's), and Laurel & Hardy(Another Fine Mess, Chickens Come Home). Also lots of Todd-Pitts shorts and Todd-Kellys, but it doesn't include my all-time favorite Thelma Todd short, "Babes in the Goods."
  16. Great news! This is perhaps Danny Kaye's best film next to "The Court Jester." And it's no coincidence that both movies were written by the great comedy team of Panama & Frank. Look forward to seeing Clarence & Terrence again. For me, the only catch is Mai Zetterling - a real stiff.
  17. "Operation Mad Ball" is included in the recent Jack Lemmon Film Collection DVD. It contains other lesser-known Lemmon films, "Phfft!", "Notorious Landlady," "Yum Yum Tree," and my favorite, "Good Neighbor Sam." You probably can get it through Amazon.
  18. Are you kiddin'? I didn't kick no bucket. The whole thing was a gag on those five schnooks who came down to the car wreck. "Aunt Belle, say it don't make any difference!" Ha! Suckers! Smiler Grogan, Everybody's Friend
  19. Ernie Kovacs was set to play Melville Crump the dentist. It was going to be his first movie with his wife Edie Adams, but sadly, it wasn't meant to be. But I thought Sid Caesar was wonderful in the role and worked great with Edie.
  20. I have many happy childhood memories of watching wacky comedies in my neighborhood theatre. Just a few that come to mind - The aforementioned Who's Minding the Store, It's Only Money, The Thrill of It All, 40 Pounds of Trouble, The Man From the Diner's Club, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, The 3 Stooges in Orbit, 3 Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, Call Me Bwana, Good Neighbor Sam, The Great Race. A great time to be a kid.
  21. Good thread. Dmytryk was underrated. I know for a fact that he was very proud of 'Mirage' and its quick-cutting flashback technique. He also felt the film gave a big boost to the career of Walter Matthau. Another one of his favorites - 'Soldier of Fortune' with Gable.
  22. Believe it or not, at one point Russell Crowe was considering playing Moe in the Farrellys' Stooge movie...
  23. "We're three of the best riveters that ever riveted!"
  24. "How High Is Up?" was the first Stooges short I saw as a child on WPIX-TV in New York. I was hooked on the Boys from the opening scene: They're sleeping under their jalopy when a fire hydrant bursts and they float down the street on a mattress into oncoming traffic. I've been a fan ever since.
  25. > Good point and good choices. Those two shorts are from a period (1939-1940) when The Stooges, and especially Curly were at a real creative peak. Hollywood was at its creative peak from '39-'41, including the 3 Stooges unit at Columbia. Also during this time they made another one of my favorites - "How High Is Up," with the boys working as riveters on a skyscraper. Curly at his best...
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