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Posts 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 TCM gave her a day. One of the most beautiful women to ever hit the screen, and she could sing like no other.

  2. I have to chime in on Veronica Lake. It'd be great if TCM could lease her movies and do a tribute to her. It's high time someone did.


    And please do another Norma Shearer day, not only becuase she's my favorite but because she deserves it. Talk about beauty and talent, and she was such a major star. I'd love to see more of her silents on the station, and how about screenings of "The Trial of Mary Dugan" and "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney"? It's been years since either of those were shown. But it was great to see "Lady of the Night", "Their Own Desire," and "Strangers May Kiss" (which is on right now and the DVD recorder is on a roll). I'm glad you're showing these rarely seen titles and not "The Women" for the 1,000th time. And not that it shouldn't be seen that much, it's one of the all time great classics, but these other more obscure movies need to be played more often in my opinion. They're what make the station so great.


    And I don't know if someone mentioned it, but I'd love to see a day for Joel McCrea. I can't remember if one has ever been done, and he's a truly underrated actor who deserves some attention. Today he's not remembered as one of the great leading men of "Hollywood's Golden Age" in the same way stars like Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, William Powell, Spencer Tracy etc. are, but he was in so many great movies, and was excellent in every one of them. He had that great "everyman" quality. You could always identify with him. He never seemed far fetched or out of touch. And if you plan a day for him, please include "Primrose Path" that he did with Ginger Rogers. It's one of the greatest movies that nobody's ever seen or heard of.

  3. 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 story.


    Another thing about Chatterton is that she was very attractive. She's never mentioned as any kind of a beauty of that period, but she was very sexy, and could hold her own against most of the beautiful actresses of the day. She also had a great voice and great diction, which was welcome and needed in the early talkies.


    And just one correction regarding Norma. She didn't win the Academy Award for "A Free Soul" although she was nominated. She won it for "The Divorcee" made one year earlier.

  4. 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 with Alec Guiness and Grace Kelly. You gotta hand it to TCM, where else could we see such a rare movie!

  5. I can't believe that politics are now being discussed on the boards. Back when I posted regularly we frowned on these kinds of threads. But, since the thread is already going... I just have to say, does it surprise anyone that Mankiewicz is left wing? Most people in the Hollywood community are, and even though he's probably at the very bottom of the rung as far as the Hollywood community goes, he's probably no exception. However there's also the possiblity that he was just reading from the cue cards, and therefore has nothing to do with those statements which were probably written by someone else. In retrospect we shouldn't blame him. All in all any political statement should be left off of the TCM airways. It's an escapism station, we get enough of reality from just about every other station.

  6. I used to have Time Warner and that happened to me as well sometimes. More often though it was the pixilating of the picture, with a brief freeze. Not usually for very long though as you were experiencing. Time Warner is not the greatest and yet they have a monopoly over the NYC area. An alternative is Comcast, a smaller cable company, or try to get Direct TV if you can, it's great.

  7. 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 right, perhaps Bob O. did mention Mary Boland before "The Women" last night but I didn't see the intro so I don't know. In the lineup on the web they had Rosalind Russell pegged as the "funny lady" being showcased with that movie (and deservedly of course) so I just assume that Boland wasn't mentioned in any way. Too bad, she really was one of the screen's great comedic character actresses. That voice and face, just one of a kind.

  8. 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 hopefully we see a few more of her movies released, including "Smilin' Through" which also has great performances from Fredric March and Leslie Howard. Aside from Shearer I'd also love to see "George Washington Slept Here" with Jack Benny and Ann Sheridan. It's such a great comedy from the 40's with a great cast and has always been a favorite of mine, even though it's not as well remembered as I think it should be. Another title I'd love to see is "Primrose Path" with Ginger Rogers and Joel McCrea. The performances in this movie are incredible, way above what you'd expect from Rogers and McCrea and from an early 40's RKO melodrama. The whole cast is amazing, especially Marjorie Rambeau - it's easily her greatest performance.


    Does anyone know if there's a place where we can request titles on the Warner website? I don't see an option for that and I'd love to suggest the titles I just mentioned.

  9. 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, including W.C. Fields and Burns and Allen and who could forget her as the mother in MGM's "Pride and Prejudice," a role that was perfect for her. She and Marsha Hunt provided the comedy relief for the whole movie.


    Aside from Boland being forgotten I'm still happy to see that "Ruggles" is on TCM. I haven't seen this movie since AMC showed it about 10 years ago, back when they actually played classic movies. I'm glad TCM was able to get the rights to show it. It's really a gem and very emblematic of the Paramount style of the 1930's, the kind of movie we'll never see again. Thank goodness it survives.

  10. 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 pulled off beautifully. Howard was equally as good as Pickford, and believe it or not, they made a very believable couple, even though in real life she was older than him I'm sure. The direction by Frank Borzage, the production values, sets, costumes, etc., it was a first class movie all the way. And it was completely devoid of silly sentimentality, or ridiculous over-acting which plauged some of the early 30's dramas that were made in a similar fashion. This movie is suprisingly contemporary in it's portrayal of their marriage, and I don't mean because of how Pickford handles a particular situation in the story (I don't want to give it away), I mean in the way that she and Howard relate to each other.


    But it was clearly Pickford's movie and she really gives a top notch performance. Even though she didn't make any more movies after this, it's nice that she went out on a high note instead of fading away in terrible movies as so many other legends have done.

  11. 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 TCM. You should be providing the email address or phone number of a direct contact with your company in order to resolve this as it is a serious concern to people. This is email spam at its most horrendous.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 for a lousy looking print.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 animated Hopper paintings. That one is so unique and well done, they'd be foolish to take it off. And I'm also pretty attached to the evening "Feature Presentation" fanfare as well, since it feels to me like I'm out at the movies. It's like that moment when the lights go down, and everyone stops talking. And it's also a great lead-in to the monologue of our fearless leader, Robert Osborne.

  16. 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 black," which started a trend, that I think to this day still continues, with the "woman in black" visiting his grave on his birthday. And the documentary spoke of how fans turned against her when he died, since they felt that a lot of her sorrow was an "act." It's debatable as to whether it was or not. It also states that no one knows for sure if they were engaged or not. Supposedly they were, but no one can say definitevely. It also stated that she was with Valentino's brother when Valentino was finally laid to rest in the crypt. It was just the two of them, and she kissed the coffin before it was entombed.


    That's about it from what I remember.


    And Richard, I've been sick with a head cold the last few days, so I didn't get back to the museum to see any of her films. And I was thinking of going tonight after work to see "Hotel Imperial," but I don't really feel like sitting in a theater and coughing the whole time. I hope that the documentary gets released onto DVD with a few of her films included, similar to how the Olive Thomas one was, this way I'll get a chance to see them.

  17. 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.

  18. 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 a retrospective of her films. The director of the film dept. said how great it was to have her there, even though it was rather late in her life. He said she wasn't up to speaking to the audience, but was present for some of the films. I'm sure she'd be thrilled to know that now there is another retrospective going on.

  19. 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's going to the next showing, which is next week I believe. Richard, please weigh in!

  20. 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 it, but you are thanked in the credits. It's a shame that he didn't use you, not even briefly, since he gave a TREMENDOUS amount of screen time to Jeanine Basinger. And it's not that I dislike her, but knowing that he cut you but yet showed so much of her is a little ridiculous. And I do respect her, a lot more than I do other so called historians, like Molly Haskell who I can't stand. But, it would've been nice to hear from you since you had a personal connection with Pola, and Basinger only offered her opinions and knowledge through studying her films. Hearing from someone who actually met Pola is a lot more interesting in my view. But you would like Basinger's comments, she's obviously a fan and has seen all of Pola's films, so she was definitely the best historian to interview. Anthony Slide was also in it, but not half as much as Basinger, and Basinger's comments were better anyhow. A.C. Lyles was in it a lot too though, and I wasn't too impressed with what he had to say, which was nothing special. They could have cut some of his screen time in my opinion. And as your friend said, the documentary did focus mostly on her career. Although of her personal life, it did talk about her romances with Chaplin and Valentino (whom she was supposedly going to marry), and it spoke briefly about her childhood in Poland, and her mother. It also spent some time on her retirement in San Antonio, Texas, and her friendship with a lady who she met in New York who basically took care of her financially. (I can't remember the lady's name). But all of this I knew from reading Pola's autobiography. There was really no new light shed on anything if you've read her book. And speaking of her book, the ghostwriter of the book was also interviewed, but once again only showed briefly since so much time was given to Basinger and A.C. But all in all it was a well done film, and it was well received by the audience.


    I met Kotowski briefly afterwards, since he was shaking hands and thanking people for coming, and I congratulated him on the film. What was really a thrill though was saying hello to Eli Wallach. He and Anne Jackson walked out with Kotowski's wife, and I was a few people behind them. When we got outside, I said hello and shook his hand, and told him how we had met on Long Island a few years back, and how nice it was to see him again. He thanked me and then I left. It was great getting to meet him again, and he's still going strong at 90! God bless him. Anne Jackson looked good too.


    I hope to get back to the museum to see a few of her films, and I hope that this documentary makes it to DVD. And Larry, if it does, perhaps your interview will be included. And you know, after seeing it, I couldn't help thinking how great it would be for TCM to show this documentary, to perhaps have a Pola Negri night. Considering the direction that the station is going in, it's doubtful they would do it, but it would be great. Considering how incredibly famous she was, she should be remembered a little more than she is.

  21. 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 many classics in their two wonderful theaters. And I hope you saw Van Gogh's "Starry Night" on the 5th floor, probably the most famous painting in the museum's collection, that and Monet's Waterlilies.


    And I'm glad you ate at '21'! One of the most famous restaurants in the city.


    Hope you're able to visit again some time.

  22. 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.

  23. BrianCanuck, glad you agree with me about "George Washington Slept Here." And I see you're a big Ann Sheridan fan! I hope you have the DVD of "I Was A Male War Bride," which was released a few years ago. I think it's one of her best, she and Grant were excellent together.


    And Dewey, great call on "The Woman in the Window!" I haven't seen it in years, simply because you can't find it anywhere and as far as I know, TCM nor any other station ever plays it. What an excellent forgotten gem of a movie. I was lucky enough to see it on the big screen once, which was quite a thrill. Nothing like a great suspense movie in a darkened theater, especially with Edward G. Robinson and the beautiful Joan Bennett at the helm.

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