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Everything posted by moviejoe79

  1. Just wanted to say thanks to TCM for showcasing Norma Shearer today. She really deserved it. She may not have been the greatest actress of the golden age, but she was arguably the greatest star. I'll never forget the first time I saw her in "The Women". She blew me away with her beauty and performance. She outshined Crawford and all the other great ladies in it. She really had it all and she's far too forgotten today. The lineup of movies was great too. It was nice to see some of her more obscure titles which are never aired. And celluloidkid, Kathryn Grayson was AWESOME. I'm so glad TC
  2. Wow, a great tribute to a fine actress. She's always been a favorite of mine simply because of "Dodsworth" which is one of my all time favorite movies. I think the chemistry between she and Huston is some of the best I've ever seen on-screen. Two powerhouse actors. It was a great production courtesy of Goldwyn and with a fine supporting cast that was on par with the brilliance of Chatterton and Huston. Another great film of hers that I wish TCM would play is "Anybody's Woman". I saw it at the Museum of Modern Art a few years ago and it's a great pre-code. She tears up the screen in this s
  3. This is awesome. I was shocked to see the lineup in the monthly schedule. They rarely show her movies anymore. I've got the DVD recorder working overtime! Interesting to see that "One Romantic Night" is actually titled "The Swan" when it began a little while ago. Perhaps that was the original title, or British title? I wonder where the print originated from. There was also a break between the title and the cast lineup that was clearly different, indicating that it was probably spliced together from remaining film elements. And I guess this is the original version of the story which was remade
  4. Hi Moira! And hi again Liz! Thanks for the warm welcome. It's so nice to see you two still here, and Mongo! I swear if he ever leaves the board will just have to shut down and start all over again! He's been the driving force... I do hope to be posting more. It's nice to see that there are still good discussions going on here. When I drifted away the board was really in the doldrums (which is why I drifted). But I see that there are a lot more people here then when I left, and that's great! Nice to see that there are more classic movie fans finding it. And Moira you might be righ
  5. Hi Liz! Thanks for the welcome back. Things are fine, and I hope to be posting more on the boards. I see that Moira is around again and that Mongo is posting great stuff as always! Nice to see that you guys are still here!
  6. Thanks filmlover for the tip! I was about to place an order, good thing I read this thread first! I'm also very pleased to read that "Strange Interlude" looks good, whoever it was who mentioned it. I'll be sure to order it now. I'm so glad to see four Norma Shearer titles in the mix thus far. For years now I've been hoping for a full fledged box set of her movies but I think she's too forgotten to warrant that kind of release. The last one they did was for Natalie Wood (deservedly) but a box for Shearer wouldn't draw enough buyers, even though every movie is an A list MGM production. So hopefu
  7. Was anyone else surprised that Mary Boland was not mentioned once during Osborne's intro for "Ruggles of Red Gap"? The theme for tonight (and the rest of the week) is funny ladies, meanwhile the "funny lady" star of this movie is not mentioned once, and only Zasu Pitts is mentioned. Granted, Pitts is also funny and deserves mention, but why would Mary Boland be left out? She was hilarious in this as well as many other films of the 30's, most notably as the Countess de Lave in "The Women". She was also very funny in "Six of a Kind" which featured an all star cast of Paramount comedians, includi
  8. Did anyone else watch it tonight? I was very pleasantly surprised. I intended to watch it since it was Mary Pickford's last movie, and boy did she deliver. It's a shame that she didn't continue to make films, since she was a very talented actress who had no problem in transitioning from silents to sound. Leslie Howard co-starred with her as well as Ned Sparks and C. Aubrey Smith. The other players I was not familiar with. I won't go into details on the story since the synopsis is in the database, but I have to say, in spite of the story sounding somewhat trite and predictable, it was pull
  9. I have not visited these boards in months, and this morning I had OVER 700 emails from the "tcm watch forums" nonsense. I have taken myself off of the email list for every forum I had unknowingly been watching, and I am still getting these reminder emails. And I had not received a reminder email in quite a long time, until being besieged with them this morning. This is a serious problem that you must address NOW. I am not going to spend my day deleting these emails, filtering through to find the important ones that I do need to read. And I am not sending a generic email complaint to T
  10. I just want to add my two cents regarding this years segment. I have to say, it's a lot better and much more appropriate than last years. I enjoyed the song as well. And we can always count on TCM to mention the more forgotten stars that the regular media leaves out. MSNBC had a nice pictorial tribute to stars who have passed, but they failed to mention many of the stars that TCM befittingly included. And regarding the presentation of it, perhaps TCM paid attention to the high level of negative feedback that they received from last years tribute which was not half as respectful as this one is.
  11. Yes, "Broadway Bill" was released, as was "Platinum Blonde" and "Lady For a Day," although I think "Lady" has since been taken out of print. I'm grateful for this set because as you stated Edge, the films will be remastered. Also, some of the prices for the previous releases of these films were a little high, and I had to think twice about buying some of them, and most I didn't buy at all. I was VERY disappointed in the print of "You Can't Take It With You," arguably his best movie, and the retail price was something like $30. On deepdiscount it was $22 and change, and even that's a lot
  12. Happy Birthday Jayne Meadows! Mongo, you're absolutely right about her energy and genuine love of life. I met her at a convention in California this past January, and she was amazing. It's hard to believe she's 86! She was telling story after story, wonderful anecdotes, and it was a pleasure to hear her reminisce. I hope she will write, or is writing a book about her incredible life.
  13. I'll miss it too, but things seem to change very quickly at TCM and without much reason so far as I can see. It was a nice "old fashioned" intro, and I also perked up or walked over to the T.V. (if I was doing other things) when I heard it, since I knew I was going to be in for something special, or at least unique, as some of you also mentioned. In retrospect I don't mind the change so much, since I know it's inevitable, so it doesn't really shock me anymore when the station changes things. My only request is that they don't change the morning "Look for the Silver Lining" intro with the
  14. pktrekgirl, to answer your question, her relationship with Valentino was greatly covered in this documentary. It spoke of how they met, their romance, and how they were the epitome of 1920's Hollywood glamour. Regarding his death, the documentary stated that she bid him farewell in California before his train trip that led him to New York where he died. The documentary even had footage of his funeral procession, with the mobs of people just trying to touch the passing hearse. It also showed footage of Pola, in black, in a state of total despair. It mentioned how she was the first "woman in
  15. Edge, thanks for this great news! I had asked in another thread if anyone knew of what became of this promised set. Since it was advertised in the Cary Grant set done by Columbia, I was anticipating its arrival. Thanks so much for filling us in. I'm gonna check deepdiscountdvd right now to see what kind of a price they're offering it at.
  16. Thank you Larry for enlightening me on the situation. Richard, I completely understand about the U.N. General Assembly. It's a mess in midtown, and even busy here at the hotel where I work, where the White House press office is based. I went up to MOMA to get my ticket after lunch, since I'm only about 10 blocks away. I had a feeling it would sell out, since Eli Wallach was there, and since it was the "premiere." But definitely try and see it at the next showing, which I believe is the only other one they're doing. You know, Pola visited MOMA sometime in the late 70's / early 80's for
  17. No problem Larry, I was planning to see it anyway. And don't feel too bad, because as I said, you were thanked in the credits. You know, there's a guy with a Pola Negri website that was interviewed, and he didn't offer much insight either. It's great that this guy is such a fan, but once again, I think that your comments would've been more interesting. What did he have you talk about when he interviewed you? I'm still surprised that he didn't use any information that someone who knew her could provide. I'm wondering if Richard was there. He hasn't visited this thread in awhile. Perhaps he'
  18. Larry, and everyone else - I went to the premiere last night, and it was a nice event. The theater was full, and Kotowski and Eli Wallach were there, along with Anne Jackson, Wallach's wife. The evening started with an introduction by the Director of the Film Department, followed by Eli Wallach coming up to the podium to say a few words about Pola. Then Kotowski was introduced, and spoke briefly about the film in a VERY thick accent. (I guess that's why he only spoke briefly). The film itself ran the 89 minutes that you expected it would Larry, and unfortunately you were not in
  19. Scarlett, I'm so glad you had such a great trip! I'm a New Yorker, and I love to hear when someone from out of town enjoys a trip here. I really can't imagine anyone coming to New York and being let down by it. Aside from the noise, dirt, crowds, etc., it's still the greatest place on earth, with anything and everything happening at once. I didn't even hear about this event at Radio City, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Radio City IS an amazing place, and even though I've been there dozens of times, I'm still in awe of it. Did you happen to see any movies when you visited MOMA? They show man
  20. In the episode, it actually does carry on a bit further. After the exchange that stoneyburke mentioned, Hans says something like "never say 'ok' either," or something to that effect, and Lucy says, "I would say 'ok', that's a swell way to get off to a lousy start." I can't remember it verbatim, but it's very funny. That whole episode is hysterical. Especially when he has them do the "dary-down-pip-pip" or whatever the hell it was song. Fred was priceless in this scene.
  21. Below is a link to last month's issue of "Classic Images" where an article appeared regarding the tribute. Nice photo of DeHavilland, Osborne, etc. When you copy and paste the link, go to page 32 to see the article. http://ee.classicimages.com/e-editions/demo/?haspdf=1
  22. Great reading so far Larry, I'm glad you're having such a good trip. Looking forward to more posts. By the way, this coming Monday is when the Pola Negri documentary premieres at MOMA. Will fill you in...
  23. Thanks for the kind words Mongo, and for remembering my birthday. I'm actually flattered that you would mention it. And thanks for remembering Kim Hunter when you listed those who passed the other day. What a great actress she was, and a very down to earth woman considering her accomplishments in movies, the theater, and T.V.
  24. Thanks for the nice anecdote, jdb1. I also live in N.Y., and love hearing stories about celebrities being seen around town. And Jack, the Paris is currently playing "The Boynton Beach Club." Great theater, although I haven't been there in a few years. The Ziegfeld is also a great one, really they're both the best movie houses left in the city. The next time you're in N.Y., try to see a movie there. The Ziegfeld is actually having a five week classic movie festival that begins today. Here's the link to the movies... www.clearviewcinemas.com/ziegfeld-classics/index.html They're showing some gr
  25. Hello Ned, nice to have you on the boards. I've heard of your book, sounds like an interesting read. Behind-the-scenes Hollywood tales can be very enlightening, and good for a laugh sometimes too. As Mongo mentioned, how is your mother doing? I remember seeing her in a documentary not to long ago. I believe it was the one on Errol Flynn. And do you keep in touch with your stepfather Van? Last I read, he's living in a home in Nyack, New York. How is he these days? Would love to hear some of your childhood impressions of your father's and stepfather's contemporaries. I'm sure you went
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