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About moviejoe79

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  1. I've heard that "Paint Your Wagon" was pretty bad. And I can't sit through "Oliver." The worst one I actually sat through was "Hello Dolly." I just can't believe Streisand got the role when first of all she was too young for it, and second it was Carol Channing's role, hands down. Walter Matthau was good in it, and it was nice to see Louis Armstrong in a cameo but the rest of it just sucked, especially Michael Crawford who was so annoying I wanted to reach into the T.V. and knock him out. He acted like he was on speed the whole time, like a jittery schoolgirl. And to think, the great Gene Kell
  2. I LOVE Fred and Ginger's movies. To me they're time capsules of the glamorous 1930's. You have the great music written by the likes of Jerome Kern and the Gershwin's, along with Fred and Ginger dancing up a storm, with the most incredible art deco sets all around them. I've been watching their movies since I was a kid, and I'm ALWAYS entertained by them. I also love the great supporting actors that were usually cast, like Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore, Eric Rhodes, Helen Broderick, Alice Brady, Victor Moore, etc. And I'm actually surprised to read that some of you don't consider F
  3. OH! And I love the gas station scene in "Hold That Ghost" that Abbott and Costello run. Abbott: "Tell the customer the gas is 10 cents a gallon but that doesn't include Ethyl." Costello: If anyone asks for Ethyl, I'll tell them she don't work here anymore."
  4. $1.42!!! We're paying upwards of two bucks a gallon here in N.Y.! My favorite would have to be "Mad World" - Jonathan Winters is priceless - I wish he'd done more movies. I also enjoyed the gas station/diner in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" - one of the best film noirs ever. John Garfield and Lana Turner tear up the screen! I also love the gas station scene in "The Blues Brothers" when they stop and the station is "out" of gas. And then Twiggy pulls up and Dan Aykroyd flirts with her while John Belushi gets drunk. Another memorable gas station is the one in "The Petrifie
  5. Very good point tomagain77, and you have a very perceptive 6 year old!
  6. My point was that blackface in my opinion was not meant to "mock" black people. To me it is paying tribute to their talent, and even if my opinion is considered "wrong" it's certainly a better way of looking at the situation.
  7. I just want to say that I love "Holiday Inn" and along with a fabulous fish dinner, it was the highlight of my Christmas Eve. All of the numbers in that movie are great, but "Abraham" does stretch it a little. I have nothing against blackface, in fact I've always enjoyed Al Jolson doing it, but that number certainly wasn't a highlight of the movie. Regarding blackface in general, I agree that it is out of place in today's society, but for 1942 it was no big deal. And look at it this way - to have white people impersonating black people can be thought of as a homage to them and their talent. Lo
  8. Y'know Slappy, I actually want to see "Motel Hell" now to see how bad it really is. Sounds like a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" type of movie. And plus I used to work in a motel, so I'd probably get a few laughs out of it from that. Dammit! Now I gotta turn on AMC to see it!
  9. I too am dismayed by Paty's findings at the New York Film School - Yes, "Pulp Fiction" is a landmark, first rate film, but learn your film history! Sometimes I think I'm the only 24 year old out there that has any idea of what a "classic" film is. Anyway, onto the new host. I think he's ok, but honestly he didn't impress me much. And I agree about the camera angles. At first I thought it was a mistake that he didn't look into the camera that was on him. But it is nice to see a new face, and of course he does have quite a Hollywood pedigree. Hopefully he will share some anecdotes with us r
  10. I can't totally agree with you that the website stinks, but it is a bit much. Unless I am on at work, where I have a cable connection, I have to wait forever to go from one part of the site to another on a dial up connection. They have too much going on. And for some reason on a dial up connection I can't stay logged into these forums. As to whether or not it is moderated, I think it is, because not too long ago, the "TCM web staff" or some entity like that moved the Trivia post to its own category on the message board home page. But I don't think that anyone who runs the website pays much a
  11. I always get Fay Bainter and Fay Holden confused. And not just because they both had the same first name, but they were both under contract to MGM at the same time, and played similar roles, as far as I remember - and if I'm not remembering right, then I just proved that I'm all mixed up about these two ladies.
  12. I agree with you Mongo - Patypancake is extremely knowledgeable, and it is a pleasure to read her posts. And I think people are misinterpreting the purpose of this topic. It is not to revel in the misery of these stars, but to further educate ourselves about film history. Personally, that is how I look at this topic. Most of the other people who post on these boards, as well as myself, love film history, and are always looking to expand our knowledge of it. Sometimes the subjects are pleasant, and sometimes they're not.
  13. Thank you for the suggestion lolmsted, I will check out that bio of Marilyn. As much as I love them, I try to steer clear of star biographies, and even certain autobiographies, because many of them are biased in one way or another, and either exaggerate the stars strong points, or make a mockery of the star. But, if you say this book on Marilyn is the real deal, I'll take your word for it. As for Ramon Novarro - His death was a sad one, and was certainly a tragedy, but lets not forget that he invited those guys into his home, and was known for having young men around that he would pick up
  14. Aren't we all forgetting Judy Garland? Her death of a barbituate overdose in her London apartment bathroom is definitely sad. Even though she had a drug problem, she didn't deserve to die that way. Another one is Marilyn - I don't believe that it was she who overdosed on the drugs. Alot has been said about her being murdered by having the drugs forced into her, and by a very high profile murderer. In fact she was planning on getting re-married to Joe DiMaggio, her life was going too well at that point for her to willfully take her own life. At this time she was in the throes of an affair
  15. It is true that many cable subscribers cannot even get TCM, and are instead subjected to the crap which AMC has the nerve to show. I was just writing about this yesterday in another forum - living on Long Island, I know that the Long Island cable company called "Cablevision" owns AMC, as well as Bravo, and they will not carry TCM because it is competition for stations which they own. So the millions of people that live on Long Island and in Queens and Brooklyn who are under the thumb of cablevision cannot receive TCM unless they get a sattelite dish. I had to get one because after asking Cable
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