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About pilgrimsoul

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  1. One of Bendix's best roles was in "The Blue Dahlia". Bendix and star Alan Ladd were said to be good friends off screen as well, but something happened to cause a rift, though I'm not sure what. I also enjoy "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Cour"t, which, now that I think of it, was a sort of "road movie" with Bing Crosby and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Now, William Bendix's hair was decidedly weird in that movie.
  2. Very nicely written tribute to Jack Carson, Fedya. If you haven't seen it, the TCM Movie Morlocks blog has a funny mention of Jack Carson today too. I will bookmark your blog address in the hope that you'll add more reflections there soon. Thanks. Kenneth, I'll check out your blog next!
  3. According to IMDb & the Doris Day Net, the George Weidler who was Doris Day's spouse was Virginia Weidler's brother, so they would've been in-laws. The things you learn on the internet! Thanks, Cashette.
  4. These are good choices. I'd have to pick Montgomery Clift and John Wayne, (especially when young, in such movies as "The Big Trail"and "Shepherd of the Hills").
  5. I think that radio work & triangularization by the police is used in the clever early forensics movies, The Kid Glove Killer (1942), He Walked by Night (1948), Border Incident (1949) and Armored Car Robbery (1951) as well--though my memory could be faulty.
  6. Thanks for featuring Virginia Weidler, Mongo. I'm very fond of her precocious role as John Barrymore's daughter/keeper in "The Great Man Votes" (1939). I hope that TCM will show this again soon.
  7. Thanks for featuring Virginia Weidler, Mongo. I'm very fond of her precocious role as John Barrymore's daughter/keeper in "The Great Man Votes" (1939). I hope that TCM will show this again soon.
  8. Thanks for posting this. I'll try to stop by during that week. This is a neat idea.
  9. I'm glad that I finally got to see this movie thanks to TCM, but found a few things about it to be weak. In addition to the Hollywood issues outlined in Songbird's post, there were some casting and script problems associated with this production as well: Susan Hayward's hardhitting portrayal is excellent, and rarely pulls many punches, though I found that she looked a little too beautiful throughout the movie. Pretty people may be alcoholics, but they often neglect their personal hygiene. This is often one of the first clues that something is amiss to those around them. I guess that the filmmakers just couldn't bring themselves to show such a beauty looking realistically ragged. Lee Bowman, while smooth, is not compelling, or nearly as magnetic as a Crosby, Sinatra or even a Dick Haymes would've been from this period. While he does seem wrapped up in his own career, Bowman, a likable, if dull actor, was not particularly charismatic or adept at playing a character who was struggling with real problems. I've always found it odd that the movies kept trying to make him into a Don Juan type in films. I think that Bowman would've found a comfortable niche in Film Noir, if given more of an opportunity there. Being a "dreamboat" was not his m?tier, imho. Humor: There isn't any--or at least not much. What break is given the audience is provided by Eddie Albert, who gave a good, down to earth character some substance, as he would also do in a later trip down to the depths with Hayward in I'll Cry Tomorrow. Susan Hayward, while a good, hardworking actress, and a great beauty, is hampered, I believe, by a lack of humor in her characterizations. Perhaps this was just because of the scripts she received, but it also seems to be a hallmark of her acting style.
  10. In Fourteen Hours, I think that Moorehead says that she wants to go with him to Sea Girt, New Jersey, which he'd liked as a child. He wouldn't like it now--I've been there. Watch out for low tide.
  11. "PKTREKGIRL: ACCOUNTING POLICE!" How about the Charles Martin Smith character in The Untouchables with Kevin Costner. Smith gave his all to the cause, and made ferreting out the numbers sort of exciting. In reality, that is what would convict Al Capone (ultimately undone by tax fraud).
  12. If you liked The Devil Horse, you might also like another Western from the same period, called Law and Order (1932), which features Harry Carey & Walter Huston in a retelling of the gunfight at the OK corral that is drawn from a novel by W.R. Burnett. Interestingly, one of Burnett's best adapters to film, the young John Huston, cut his screenwriting teeth on this story--which gives his pop, Walter, a chance to be a tough hombre. Carey is his usual grand weatherbeaten self--as comfortable as a well-worn saddle. Harry Carey never seemed to act---just be his characters. He seems vastly underrated to me.
  13. I hope that all the great ideas contributed by the challenge's participants find their way into TCM's programming. Since I'd like to see the "Hollywood" series from Brownlow & friends and I really like the early talkies featured, I'll have to vote for lzcutter's week. Thanks for putting this together & many thanks to everyone for bringing new ideas for personal theme days on my dvd/vcr combo in the future.
  14. Funny that you should mention the attitudes about marketing to the burgeoning over 50 crowd. Actually, there's an ongoing debate within the advertising/marketing community regarding the future role of boomers vs. traditional demographic beliefs that only those younger groups are worth catering to by the media. There's documentation indicating that it's pretty foolish to ignore 78 million boomers who control 70% of the nation's wealth, controlling half of the discretionary income in each household and spending approx. $2 trillion on consumer goods annually and, by 2010, adults 45 and older will outspend younger Americans by $1 trillion. The age segment of the population that's 50-65 years of age will grow 70% within the next 15 years.Within that same period, the age group of 24-44 will actually shrink by about 4.3 million people, and that group will control less of the market than any time in modern history. And, being a slightly self-delusional crowd, we boomers will not go gently into that good night that advertisers see for us, especially since the average boomer considers middle age to be lasting until about 70-75 years of age now. I guess mortality is going to be a big shock for alot of my contemporaries someday. If you'd like to check on any of these statistics, you might like to go to Google and key in "The Boomer Report", which should bring you to numerous marketing reports that will verify this info. To make this long story short, just as young people skewed the country toward youthful concerns such as sex, drugs and rock and roll in the '60s and '70s, this enormous group within the general population is about to do it again, this time tilting the culture toward the more seasoned, (one can always hope, at least), preoccupations of older people. Hang on, it should get interesting.
  15. Funny that you should mention Ronald Colman, songbird, because one of the first movies that came to mind that I don't think I've ever minded seeing repeatedly is If I Were King(1938) starring Colman as Francois Villon, Basil Rathbone as King Louis XI, and Frances Dee and Ellen Drew as Villon's noble and peasant loves, respectively. This film also includes a beautifully recreated world of medieval Paris with a wonderful, slightly mocking script by Preston Sturges. They do not make them like that anymore.
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