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Everything posted by pilgrimsoul

  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 f
  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 u
  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
  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.
  16. Two of last week's Summer Under the Stars, both of whom were inimitable and irreplacable: Carole Lombard Audrey Hepburn
  17. Konstantin Shayne is a little known actor whose distinctive presence in several films has made an indelible impression on me. I think that I first became aware of him in a small part in The Red Danube(1949), set in postwar Vienna. That film was an exploration of the real life tragedies that emanated from the postwar Allied policy ensuring the forced repatriation of thousands of Soviet and Eastern European citizens to communist controlled countries. The stars of this film are Walter Pidgeon, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, an outstandingly lovely Janet Leigh and Ethel Barrymore, who's very effe
  18. Mark, It's interesting to me that you mentioned the quality of the acting in Lumet's films. He seems to draw the finest out of his players, whether, as has been mentioned, Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker, Sean Connery in the films that I mentioned earlier, or Jack Warden in 12 Angry Men. I've never seen the Inside the Actor's Studio interview w/ Sidney Lumet in its entirety. I wonder if his way with actors was discussed much? Jdb1, What about Joan Hackett's tombstone?
  19. Jdb1, It's nice to see that the too brief life and career of Joan Hackett is appreciated. Sidney Lumet brought out something in her screen performance in The Group(1966) that was unique and striking. One could almost say that, had she been born in an earlier time, she might've had some roles that Margaret Sullavan would've done. They seem to have a similar steel beneath a gossamer sheen. I'm very fond of Hackett's performance in a little Western called Will Penny(1968) too---which also features the best acting by Charlton Heston in his entire epic-making career, bar none. Of her televisi
  20. There's an interesting Jack Carson performance rather late in his career in The Tarnished Angels(1958) being shown on Sun., Aug 13th at 2am EDT on TCM as part of its 24 hr. Rock Hudson marathon. In this Douglas Sirk adaptation of William Faulkner's Pylon, much better than average performances are given by Hudson, Robert Stack, and Robert Middleton, as well as Dorothy Malone, whose hot house beauty can be off-putting to me, but she's quite effective here. Yet I've watched this film just to see Jack Carson's poignantly loyal Jiggs character brood, fumble and acquiesce to the more flashily a
  21. I recently caught Alan Sr. on TCM in 1921's early Valentino epic, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Except for the fact that his hair was apparently red or brown at the time, Mr. Hale really didn't look all that different than he did decades later. What a career! He first appeared before the cameras in 1911, and wound it up in 1950, in a movie called Rogues of Sherwood Forest. Interestingly, the legends of Sherwood, Robin and his Merry Men played quite a significant part in Senior's career. He not only played Little John in Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.'s Robin Hood(1922), but he filled the same
  22. Okay, let's make it "I don't see much similarity in the acting style or physical bearing of Garfield and Leguizamo." To each his own, I guess. To get back on topic, Garfield's graylisting under the influence of HUAC, probably contributed to his early demise. Yet, as Robert Sklar, in the book City Boys pointed out, he had already had heart problems as early as 1941--one of the reasons that he was prevented from joining the armed forces during WWII. It seems ludicrous now, but his innocuous visit to Yugoslavia as part of a goodwill tour for USO during the war, his roots with the leftist G
  23. George Raft would win. He never had to hesitate to do any thinking, (or reading, from what i hear), so he'd be the most efficiently lethal tough guy. All the others tended to pause for thought and reflection on occasion---which made them infinitely more interesting actors.
  24. I just saw He Ran All the Way for the first time last night. Now I remember why I'd never been able to view his last movie in its entirety before. Not only does it have one of my least favorite actresses as a central character, (Miss Shelley Winters), but it's really painful to see Garfield's anguish. He nailed the desperation, anger and haplessness of his rather slow-witted character perfectly. Too bad it reflected so much of his own life at the time. I hope that since TCM has revived many of his movies periodically that a new generation of viewers come to appreciate his ability and appeal.
  25. The made for tv movie that you're thinking of is Moviola: The Silent Lovers(1980) with Kristina Wayborn as Garbo, Barry Bostwick as Gilbert and Brian Keith as Mauritz Stiller and can be read about in detail at this link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081514/ I've seen it. She's not bad as Garbo. Bostwick is icky. Keith is best of the three, trying to breathe some life into the proceedings. The other parts of this mini series were Moviola: This Year's Blonde & Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara Wars. Vague memories of these two. I think I'd much rather read a book about the events or see a go
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