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Everything posted by moviejoe79

  1. Rich, how cool that you saw Dianne Weist at MOMA! I love seeing celebrities around N.Y. The best experience I had was when I saw Jean Simmons and Rex Reed after a concert at Carnegie Hall. When they exited, they strolled up 7th Ave., which was a surprise to me, since I expected them to get into a waiting car, or maybe hail a cab. I took the opportunity to say hello to Jean Simmons and tell her how much I've enjoyed her movies, and she was very gracious. Please tell me about when you saw Paulette Goddard. And have you ever seen anyone else around town? Ever see Garbo on her daily walks? And Lar
  2. Rich, glad to know you're around! I will be going to the premire showing of the doc, the one that Eli Wallach will be appearing at. Hope to see you there. I was going to try to see "Hotel Imperial" as well, since, as you say, MOMA says it was filmed in Paramount "high style." Sounds great. And the live piano accompaniment should be nice too. I have yet to see a silent there with the live piano, since I usually only go to the sound films. This past Friday I saw "Dodsworth" there. Incredible. Nothing like seeing one of your all time favorite movies on the big screen, with an almost packed theate
  3. GWTW, welcome back. I recently started visiting the boards again myself. And lzcutter, what was this writer's panel event at Radio City? I work a few blocks from there, and depending on what it was, I would have gone! Especially if it was related to the movies in any way, like a panel with screenwriters.
  4. Very interesting topic. I don't think in all the time I've been visiting the boards have I seen this brought up. The movies that I'm thinking of may not be considered the "saddest" in general, but they did make me cry. And I'm not trying to be macho, but it does take a lot to make me cry. Firstly, there would be "It's a Wonderful Life." I was lucky to have seen it on the big screen the very first time I saw it, instead of on T.V. around Christmastime as so many others do. I really think the the T.V. showings of it ruin the emotional impact. First of all, the commercials are distracting, a
  5. In Robert Osborne's column in the Hollywood Reporter, he said that Van will be turning 90 tomorrow, Friday August 25. He's living in a retirement home in Nyack, New York, north of Manhattan. I hope he's doing well! To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of his, to me he wasn't really a "great" actor, but he was excellent in the movie "Miracle in the Rain," with Jane Wyman (another legend of the Golden Age that's still with us). It's always been an underrated movie, not as well remembered as some of his others, but it's such a nice story, and the two stars were very good together. And I
  6. Hello everyone, I've been away from the boards for awhile, so I don't know if this has been discussed, but I wanted to mention the N.Y. premiere of the new documentary about Pola Negri. The boards own Larry was interviewed for it, (and Larry you probably already know this), but the Museum of Modern Art is having the documentary's New York premiere on Monday, Sept. 18th at 8:15 pm. The screening will be hosted by Mariusz Kotowski who made it, along with acting legend Eli Wallach, who is interviewed in it since he worked with Pola in Disney's "The Moonspinners." Hayley Mills, who also s
  7. Speaking of friends, I've been able to get a few of my close friends to watch some of the classics, and some they've really enjoyed, like "Casablanca" (natch). But most people around my age think it's odd to watch "old" movies. I tell them that just because they're old doesn't mean they're bad! The word "old" has such a negative connotation. That's why they're "classic" to me and I'm sure most everyone else on here. It's like Peter Bogdanovich says in his promo for "The Essentials," something along the lines of "there's no such thing as an old movie, just great movies that you have yet to disc
  8. It's always nice to see other young fans. I'm 26, and still consider myself a "young" classic movie fan myself. But I've been hooked since I was about 3, laughing at Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello, so I guess by now I'm an old timer! It's nice to see that you were introduced to the classics with the great Fred and Ginger movies. When I was a teen, I would come home from a crappy (for lack of a better word) day at school, pop "Shall We Dance" or "Swing Time" into the VCR, and get lost in a glittering, art deco, 1930's paradise. Happy viewing, and keep posting here on the boa
  9. Thank you for that insightful comment.
  10. LOL - that was very funny Susan. But there's no denying he looked good in his prime.
  11. I just read some of the thread, and I'd like to add a few things. Mongo, I agree that Kim Novak would be an EXCELLENT choice for "Private Screenings." I'm sure TCM has contacted her, I mean, why wouldn't they have already? Perhaps she has reasons for not doing it. From what I know, she's basically left showbiz behind, and lives a comfortable retirement in Northern California. And Larry, in regard to Loretta Young, she was photographed in the late 90's, a couple of years before her death for an issue of "Vanity Fair," for their annual "Hollywood Portfolio" that is part of their annual
  12. I've been a fan of hers ever since I first saw her in "A Place In the Sun." She gives such a heart-breaking performance in it. And I've loved her other roles, espescially when she was playing a mother, comedically, like in "Lolita," and "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell," and very dramatically, like in "A Patch of Blue." I even loved her as the old lady piano player in "Stepping Out," she was very funny in it. She really could play anything, since she was so versatile an actress. And considering her roller-coaster of a life, it's good to know that she made it to 85. May she rest in peace.
  13. Scarlett, the series is technically called "MGM - When the Lion Roars." It was a three or four part documentary done by PBS back in the 90's. It chronicled the whole history of MGM in detail, with great interviews with surviving stars, directors, and other people from the studio. Patrick Stewart narrated and hosted it. Segments and certain interviews from it were used in the recent documentary about Irving Thalberg that TCM produced. Perhaps you saw it. I taped it from PBS years ago when it was on real late, but I haven't watched it in a long time. It was great though, and yes, it is some
  14. Wow Larry, I'm sorry to read this. I was reading about her on the internet a couple of months ago. It seems she had a bookstore there in Aspen that was pretty popular. I don't think she ever looked back on her Hollywood childhood. It seems she led her own life, and was not too affected by her parents popularity and Hollywood legacies. I wonder what her thoughts were about them, and what her recollections were of her childhood. Too bad she never wrote a book. But it's nice that she led her own life, and was successful without clinging to her parents fame. The Thalbergs also had a son. I wonder
  15. You know, one of the reasons it's so great to have Robert Montgomery as star of the month is because we get to see so many great Pre-Codes as well as his many great co-stars. Like tonight, we had "The Big House" with Wallace Beery and Chester Morris followed by "The Divorcee" with Norma Shearer and Chester Morris again. It's nice to see Chester Morris in two movies back-to-back, he's a star that's too forgotten in my opinion. And best of all, these movies are on in primetime! Next Monday there will be four more Pre-Codes on in primetime, and two of them with Norma Shearer. She and Montgomery s
  16. I personally wouldn't mind seeing Angela Lansbury. I think TCM is trying to get the most notable stars they can, whether or not we want to see people like Ann Rutherford, and Laraine Day, which, I might add was a GREAT suggestion. I just wish they could get Joan Fontaine or Liz Taylor. I would be wide eyed and totally glued to the screen watching either one of these two legendary ladies being interviewed by Robert Osborne. Either one of them would wind up being one of the most popular Private Screenings ever, right up there with Betty Hutton.
  17. This movie sounds like it will be a lot of fun to watch. Sounds similar to "The Sunshine Boys," a real favorite of mine. That role sounds perfect for Jennifer Jones. I just watched "The Towering Inferno" for the first time last night, and it was great. Jennifer Jones was of course wonderful in it, especially paired up with Fred Astaire, and the rest of the cast was great too. But (and here comes a BIG spoiler) I was upset when she died! I thought, damn! of all the people in the movie she has to die, after saving those kids! But of course, it was because she was such a great lady in the mov
  18. Tom, I agree, I would love to see some of Gloria Jean's movies. I've only seen "Never Give a Sucker An Even Break," and "Copacabana," because they're the only films of hers that are available to watch. I'm sure TCM would show some of her movies, especially since they have a review of her new biography on the website, but, I don't think they have the rights to any. Universal owns the rights to her movies, and unless TCM can lease a few titles, it's doubtful that we'll ever see any. Have you ever seen her website? It's www.gloriajeanchildstar.com. She sells signed photos on there for $
  19. Thanks for the info Larry! And I'll certainly keep my eyes peeled. I wonder if Miss Jones has a place in the city? And to hear that she's filming a movie, that's really something. I wonder who coaxed her into doing it, since she's been retired and rather elusive for so many years. Unfortunately I haven't seen many celebrities on the street. None really. But once after a show at Carnegie Hall, I approached Jean Simmons after she exited the theater as she was walking up the block with Rex Reed. She was very sweet, and genuinely appreciative that I knew her work. And I was surprised to see t
  20. Larry, funny you should bring Marge Champion up. I was just thinking about her recently, after seeing her name announced (as well as Mr. Saddler's) as performers in a benefit show. I saw them both a few years ago at Carnegie Hall in a show that was a tribute to the MGM musicals. Other performers like Esther Williams and June Allyson were there, but let me tell you, Champion and Saddler stole the show! They performed "I Won't Dance," and they were great. Both danced around as if they were decades younger than they are, and they both sounded great too. And she still lives by herself in a hi
  21. Wow, this Snik person has quite an anger problem, don't you think? And Snik, maybe you get away with this kind of behavior on other message boards (which I'm sure you frequent, since people like you love them), but, on these boards we try to have civilized conversations, which is what this one was, before you came along. Take your foul remarks and nasty attitude someplace else. And that's all I have to say to you. I won't even reply to your next remark (which I'm sure is forthcoming), since it's not worth it. I suggest we all follow Path's advice.
  22. Snik, you're WAY out of line saying that there's nothing but a bunch of old **** that are displeased with this segment. I'm not OLD by any means. Who the hell do you think you are making such an unfounded statement like that? Just post your opinion without making assumptions about everyone else. I don't mind the hip/edgy filming and editing style that TCM uses. It does put a new spin on a lot of the old material that they show, (although it is getting dark, as another poster mentioned.) Just don't do it when you're remembering the dead. If some station did a tribute like this when the Pope
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