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Everything posted by moviejoe79

  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone, and for anyone that doesn't celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays! All the best, Joe
  2. chillybug, the movie was "Holiday Affair," and I've heard that it's a great movie, but haven't seen it yet myself. Funny enough, a critic mentioned it on a radio talk show the other day on NPR as his favorite Christmas movie, which was surprising to hear. They even played a sound clip from it. It's not really regarded as one of the all time great Christmas movies, but it sounds like it should be, since I've only heard good things about it. And I saw that "Fitzwilly" did have a Christmas theme, and it was a pretty good movie. Dick Van Dyke was great in it, and it was nice to see him in a m
  3. caseytdog, you're not alone in your puzzlement. I'm still trying to figure out this segment myself. The imagery, and the whole motel thing makes absolutely no sense at all to me. And I don't know if I'm just stupid since I can't figure it out, or maybe there's nothing to figure out! The imagery might just be there for the sake of "art," and I still say it has NOTHING to do with honoring the dead. And about the stars shown, I did see Ruth Hussey, Simone Simon, Eddie Albert, and June Haver. I don't remember seeing the others. And by Porky you meant Gordon Lee who played Porky in the "Little
  4. yeah, and I have to ask, tonight they're supposed to be showing Christmas theme movies, but right now "Fitzwilly" is on, and so far I don't see any Christmas connection at all? I guess I'll have to keep watching! And I would love to see "The Bishop's Wife" too. I love that movie and haven't seen it in awhile. I would also love to see "The Man Who Came To Dinner" again. That's a great Christmas movie, and a very funny one too. Maybe next year TCM will play it around this time.
  5. gwtw, no one would accuse you of being disrespectful of Linda Martinez's unfortunate death. What we (or I, as I don't want to speak for anyone) found to be disrespectful was the fact that their "motel scene" going on throughout the segment seemed to revolve around a woman who was suicidal, and since Linda Martinez committed suicide, I find the similarity a little strange, and a little uncalled for. But, I guess I should look at it this way - at least TCM does a segment for these stars and people that any other station could care less about. And as for Janet Leigh and Howard Keel, they bot
  6. I hadn't thought about the connection of Linda Martinez to the woman in the motel, who seems to be suicidal. And I thought this segment was disrespectful BEFORE this point was brought to our attention in this thread. Wow, TCM really did mess up big time with this tribute. What's going on over there? I think that whatever department makes these segments and is in charge of new material needs to put under some control. Seems like they're getting a little ahead of themselves. Like I had said before, I think it's fine if they want to do eye-catching, avant-garde imagery, just don't do it during a
  7. I think Vallo's right. And Vallo, I didn't know you lived on Long Island! That's where I'm from, but I live in NYC now. Nice to see someone else from the metro area!
  8. Hi Larry - It's nice to know that this was Agnes Moorehead's favorite movie. I can understand why, since she was so good in it. And I have no doubt that she was glamourous in real life. But I always see her as Charles Foster Kane's mother, or as the housekeeper in "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte." Even in "Dark Passage" she looks evil, since her character is, even though she's dressed well. But in "Mrs. Parkington" she was just totally different. She was not only glamourous, but she played such a sweet, sympathetic character, and it was nice to see.
  9. I have to disagree here. I don't think Clift is underappreciated at all. He's always spoken of as one of Hollywood's greatest actors of the 50's, and is considered to be on ths same par as Marlon Brando and James Dean. Liz Taylor speaks very highly of him, and considers him to be the greatest ever. I don't know where a "lack of appreciation" would be coming from, but it doesn't come from any fan of classic movies, and it sure as hell doesn't come from TCM, who gives regard to everyone, especially the big stars like Clift.
  10. I caught the annual tribute today as well. We really did loose a lot of wonderful people, including Ernest Lehman, who I didn't realize had passed away. And stargzn, I too was a little puzzled by the shots of a toilet, phone, lit cigarette, etc. Odd to say the least. It seems to me the whole tribute revolved around a woman in a motel. What that has to do with the loss of people in the entertainment industry, I do not know. I guess it was supposed to be "avant-garde," but to me it was just a little disrespectful. Having a nice song and shots of each star is sufficient for a tribute. Save th
  11. Hi Larry, good to see you around again. I also love "White Heat," ever since I first saw it on video years ago. The last time I watched it was at the Museum of Modern Art when they screened it as part of a festival of some kind, and ironically Virginia Mayo had just passed away about a week before the screening. I thought of it as a tribute to her, rather than part of their festival, whatever festival it was. I think everyone in the movie is brilliant, especially Cagney who really blew me away. He really lets his emotions tear loose in his performance. I don't know where he got some
  12. Thanks guys for the kind replies. And in addition, I'd like to emphasize the fact that I wasn't trying to downplay the programmer. As I thought about it more, he may very well select all of the films himself, since he's indicated that before, however, I would think there are influences and contributions coming from other sources. For instance, if someone at the station has an idea for a "theme" night, the programmer would have to then choose movies that fit the theme. And come to think of it, it would be cool if TCM allowed us viewers to suggest theme nights, and then perhaps have an online vo
  13. Allow me to interject here without being attacked. I don't think the programmer has too much say in what is and what is not played on the station. I doubt very much that the powers that be give all of the movie scheduling responsibilities to one person. And I don't mean that as an insult to the programmer, I just think that there must be more people involved. And regarding the repeated movies, I think they are repeated in order to attract more viewers. Someone who's not too familiar with classic film who's flipping through channels is more inclined to stop and watch "Guess Who's Coming To
  14. Speaking of Lois January, she'll be appearing at the Hollywood Collector's and Celebrities Show in Burbank, California this upcoming January 27 & 28. And "Christmas in Connecticut" is my favorite Christmas movie too, and it is underrated. But perhaps that'll change, since it's now on DVD, and also because TCM plays it every Christmas Eve. I always look forward to watching it that night.
  15. You're right Kimbo, about the party scene in "Mrs. Parkington." Pidgeon thinks that Garson is upset about the fact that almost nobody came, but meanwhile she's thinking of his feelings the whole time. I also think she looked great in that scene, more beautiful than any of the others. I think she really stands out in that scene because it's the first time we really see her done up as a "lady" after marrying Pidgeon. Before that scene she's pretty young and homely looking.
  16. I've never liked Ben either, as I've said in another thread. I'm 26, and frankly I find him totally uninteresting, and actually a little annoying. He has this attitude like he thinks he's cool, and really all he's doing is trying too hard and it shows. He's trying to be interesting, but because his lack of knowledge is so great, he just can't pull it off. As another person my age said in this thread, I'd take another Robert Osborne any day. And it doesn't matter how old the person is, as long as they're interesting, and obviously have a love for what they're doing. And having class is a big he
  17. Thanks guys for the replies. And thanks for recommending "The Valley of Decision." I'll have to see it now. I've also heard that "Random Harvest" is pretty good. I think I'll try to see that one first, since I think Garson and Ronald Colman would be great together. I'm anxious to see them act together. And it must be a good movie since it was a winner in the "DVD Decision" poll held by Warners and TCM every year.
  18. crispycomment - I wasn't directing my remark at you, I was just saying it in general. A lot of people seemed to still be upset over the logo, even after the situation with Kong was explained. And I'm glad you can finally enjoy TCM.
  19. Hey Edge - this is great news, although I have to disagree with you about "Summer Stock." I thought Judy Garland was great in it, and the music was very good. I also liked Gloria DeHaven as her sister. Gene Kelly might not have been at his best, but it's still a good movie, one I like more than some of the others listed. And I do agree with you about "Words and Music," which is a GREAT movie, which I would take over any of the ones listed. Every star in it is a favorite, and every musical number in it is memorable as well.
  20. I watched this great movie last Wednesday night, the night before Thanksgiving, and I was surprised at how good it was! I've been meaning to post about it, but I haven't had the opportunity. I was just sitting down in front of the TV (or TCM, I should say, since it's always on), and this movie was starting. Within the first couple of minutes I was hooked. Greer Garson starred in a tour de force performance as Mrs. Parkington, with Walter Pidgeon co-starring as Major Parkington. Both of them were excellent. It also had a great supporting cast, with Edward Arnold playing the corrupt adult son of
  21. Hi Johno - You may be thinking of the 1943 version of the movie, with Claude Rains as the Phantom. It also starred Nelson Eddy and Susanna Foster. I haven't seen the film for many years, so I'm not familiar with what you described, but this is the only other classic film version that is out there. On IMDB, it says that this version is on DVD, so you should check it out to see if this is the version that you're thinking of.
  22. Very good point Alix, it never even occured to me that her silents (and others) are not shown because of no music score. However, you'd think that there would be some kind of music track they could play, however it may sound. And I would watch one of her silents with no music at all just to be able to see it.
  23. vallo, do you know how Pat Morita died? Seems to me it must have been sudden if he was still working in films that have yet to be released.
  24. I saw it a long time ago, at least six months or so, but I wish they'd play it more often, it's fun to watch. And the music track on it is great too, it fits it perfectly.
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