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basilfawlty12

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  1. Hello, While going through the TCM schedule, I've noticed that lately the network hasn't been playing that many of the later Warner Bros. pictures. I had thought that TCM added the post-1950 Warners library to their stable of films (which had included the MGM/UA library and pre-1950 Warner Bros. films) when Turner became Time-Warner's head. Yet there are a ton of post-1950 Warners films that TCM rarely (if ever) plays: MISTER ROBERTS, EAST OF EDEN, WAIT UNTIL DARK, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, THE BAD SEED, BONNIE AND CLYDE, AUNTIE MAME, etc. Does
  2. My favorites: Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) They Knew What They Wanted (1940) North by Northwest (1959) M (1931) Trouble in Paradise (1932) The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Either one: Gun Crazy or Deadly is the Female (1949) 8 1/2 (1963) - I also like other title that Fellini considered, The Beautiful Confusion Best Use of a Movie Title (for how it relates to the film): La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) (1960) Persona (1966) The Hours (2002) Worst: The Flaming Teen-age (1956) Kazaam (1996) - did
  3. Actually, I like Criswell's intro to PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959): "We are all interested in the future, for it is in the future where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives!" "Future events such as these will affect you...in the future." And - I can't remember all of the lines - but there are many bad moments for the ages in BOOM! (1968) such as the Witch of Capri (Noel Coward) howling for Flora "Sissy" Goforth (Elizabeth Taylor) and Sissy (Taylor) showing off her talent for Kabuki theater (with music which she provides).
  4. My favorite bit of news from this past year was the DVD release of Love Me Tonight (1932) with Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier; I only wish (1) it'd been the 101 minute version, not the 88 minute one (I hope someone somewhere can find that Myrna Loy scene that was cut!) and (2) Kino would've released it with some commentary from someone - or some extras of some kind. As it is considered one of the greatest movie musicals, surely there's someone out there who could comment on it. I was also happy to see that Once Upon a Time in the West was finally released to DVD. Now if The Hi
  5. I'm another Dressler fan - I only wish she'd have been able to make more films. She steals the show in Dinner at Eight and proved herself an able dramatic actress in Anna Christie. I wish TCM would show some of her work with Polly Moran more often, particularly Reducing and Politics.
  6. My favorite comedians of all time: * W. C. Fields - particularly in The Bank Dick (1940), It's a Gift (1934) and The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935). I'd say Bank Dick is his best film, but the first thirty minutes of Man on the Flying Trapeze are probably the funniest work he ever did. *Jack Benny - I like his radio show probably better than any other, but he was also wonderful in To Be or Not to Be (1942) and the rarely seen The Meanest Man in the World (1943). *Bob Hope - only I have to be careful - less is more with Hope, in my opinion. I loved The Cat and the Canary (193
  7. Hey all, I don't post very often and I don't have the time to scroll over every message / topic that's been posted...but I do notice a lot of negative feedback that the network has been getting, and I just wanted to add my 2 positive cents to relieve the tedium. A while back, I was concerned that TCM seemed to really be going to the dogs, not only because I was seeing what seemed to be more modern films on the schedule, but also because they seemed to be showing the same films all the time. However, over the past 8 months or so, it seems to me the network has changed somewhat for the bet
  8. I don't know about the "best" but I know what my favorites are. Lillian Gish: The Wind (1928) Charles Chaplin: Modern Times (1936) Marx Brothers: Duck Soup (1933) James Dean: East of Eden (1955) James Cagney: Public Enemy (1931) Joan Crawford: Mildred Pierce (1945) William Powell: The Thin Man (1934) Barbara Stanwyck: Double Indemnity (1944) W. C. Fields: The Bank Dick (1940) Cary Grant: The Awful Truth (1937) Humphrey Bogart: The Maltese Falcon (1941) Peter Sellers: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Charles Laughton: The Suspect (194
  9. Don't know if it'll help, but if I were teaching a year long film course and just wanted to acquaint people with what I felt were (for one reason or another) the most important films ever made, this would be my schedule: Semester I The Battleship Potemkin Greed Sunrise The Passion of Joan of Arc Metropolis M Trouble in Paradise Modern Times The Rules of the Game Citizen Kane Double Indemnity Brief Encounter Open City Semester II The Bicycle Thief Rashomon Ikiru The Searchers Strangers on a Train Vertigo The Seventh Seal Wild Strawberries Tokyo Sto
  10. Here's my list - it's pretty all inclusive (at least for me). Favorite Comedies: The Awful Truth, Topper, Bringing Up Baby, Twentieth Century, Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera, The Women, Animal Crackers, Some Like it Hot, It's a Gift, Arsenic and Old Lace, Harvey, Adam's Rib, The Bank Dick, The Apartment, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, City Lights, Steamboat Bill Jr., Stage Door, Trouble in Paradise, Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, The Thin Man, Born Yesterday (1950), Dinner at Eight (1933), My Man Godfrey (1936), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The La
  11. I would like to see TCM do as they did in August (I believe it was) when they devoted each day to a different star, only I'd like to see them do it with some "forgotten stars" or stars that aren't that popular with the public at large these days, but who made some real classics. Some of them I would include would be Sterling Hayden, Robert Ryan, Marie Dressler, Miriam Hopkins, Margaret Sullavan, Alastair Sim, Eleanor Parker, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, W. C. Fields, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, Alan Ladd, Kay Francis, John Barrymore, and the actor who in my
  12. I would like to see TCM do as they did in August (I believe it was) when they devoted each day to a different star, only I'd like to see them do it with some "forgotten stars" or stars that aren't that popular with the public at large these days, but who made some real classics. Some of them I would include would be Sterling Hayden, Robert Ryan, Marie Dressler, Miriam Hopkins, Margaret Sullavan, Alastair Sim, Eleanor Parker, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, W. C. Fields, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, Alan Ladd, Kay Francis, John Barrymore, and the actor who in my
  13. I would like to see TCM do as they did in August (I believe it was) when they devoted each day to a different star, only I'd like to see them do it with some "forgotten stars" or stars that aren't that popular with the public at large these days, but who made some real classics. Some of them I would include would be Sterling Hayden, Robert Ryan, Marie Dressler, Miriam Hopkins, Margaret Sullavan, Alastair Sim, Eleanor Parker, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, W. C. Fields, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, Alan Ladd, Kay Francis, John Barrymore, and the actor who in my
  14. I would like to see TCM do as they did in August (I believe it was) when they devoted each day to a different star, only I'd like to see them do it with some "forgotten stars" or stars that aren't that popular with the public at large these days, but who made some real classics. Some of them I would include would be Sterling Hayden, Robert Ryan, Marie Dressler, Miriam Hopkins, Margaret Sullavan, Alastair Sim, Eleanor Parker, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, W. C. Fields, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, Alan Ladd, Kay Francis, John Barrymore, and the actor who in my
  15. I would like to see TCM do as they did in August (I believe it was) when they devoted each day to a different star, only I'd like to see them do it with some "forgotten stars" or stars that aren't that popular with the public at large these days, but who made some real classics. Some of them I would include would be Sterling Hayden, Robert Ryan, Marie Dressler, Miriam Hopkins, Margaret Sullavan, Alastair Sim, Eleanor Parker, Joel McCrea, Joan Bennett, W. C. Fields, Maurice Chevalier, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Merle Oberon, Alan Ladd, Kay Francis, John Barrymore, and the actor who in my
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