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Everything posted by moviejoe79

  1. "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?" Just a guess, but it sounds like a line from that movie. A great one, by the way.
  2. Watching it all on T.V. these past few days is horrifying. Especially since there are people who've been trapped and stranded within the flooded areas, clinging to life. Last night on MSNBC and Fox News they showed the Convention Center and all of the people were begging and pleading just for water. There were people (mostly elderly) who already died there in the aftermath. People were holding their babies begging for help. It's so sick and sad that in this great country this is going on. I'm so glad that FINALLY four days after it happened the President is finally down there getting something
  3. Thanks Larry and Chandler for the info on Norma Shearer. It looks like she really enjoyed herself at that party! And brwym, you make a very good point about "The Trial of Mary Dugan." I've never seen either version on the station either. And I've requested Norma's version, but I haven't seen it turn up yet.
  4. Wow Lynn, what sad news. It's always a shame to hear about a Landmark being torn down. I hope you can get some mementos from the hotel when they sell all of its contents. And regarding Debbie Reynolds' supposed museum, the idea of it being atop the Kodak theater was scrapped awhile ago. Last I heard she was opening a museum in Tennessee near Dollywood, but I don't know the latest on that project. She's always said that she wants a home for these artifacts, yet she really doesn't do much to raise money for the effort. She had one auction a year or so ago and made a little over a hundred th
  5. Constance Bennett was great, and I'm glad that TCM devoted a day to her. She had a lot of class. I just can't believe she played such a mean character in "Madame X," and unfortunately it wound up being her last movie. Too bad it wasn't something along the lines of "Topper" or one of her other great 30's movies. She was also great in "Our Betters." The film itself is not the greatest, but she shines in it, and makes it watchable.
  6. Wow Larry, you have some incredible treasures in your home. I hope you have them insured! And I did read your recollections on Marion Davies and they were wonderful, thank you for sharing. I'm not surprised that Todd Fisher acted like a jerk. He was selling stuff on Ebay at one point, a few small items from his mother's collection, and most of it was from the Pickfair estate sale. I had corresponded with him about the stuff, and he was very abrupt in his replies. Debbie does have the LARGEST collection of Hollywood memorabilia in existence, which is a whole other side of her that most peop
  7. Hi Larry - Do you have any stories about Norma? Did you ever see her at any parties, and was she active in the L.A. social scene? Did your grandmother know her at all? Just wondering, since you have so many great stories about other Hollywood legends.
  8. Wow, yes that is interesting that you were in contact with Hutton. Can you tell us how she's doing now? And does she really live alone in Palm Springs? I had heard that she was living with one of her kids, or that she moved out there to be closer to them or something like that. Do you know any more about her current status?
  9. Larry, your stories about these legends never fail to amaze me. What great memories of Agnes Moorehead and Mary Astor, two of my favorites. I laughed out loud at Mary Astor's speculation as to how much money she'd make in her geisha girl outfit. I know we've all badgered you about this before, but you really should write a book, a memoir, it would be fascinating. And I wanted to ask you, do you know Debbie Reynolds at all? I know that she was great friends with Agnes Moorehead, so I thought perhaps you hung out with her on occasion, since you were so close to Agnes.
  10. Tabitha, I laughed out loud about your nail salon comment. I'm sure most of those women have never heard of "The" Women. Too bad it wasn't filmed in color, so we could see that jungle red, and it would've been nice to see Norma in at least one Technicolor movie. The only time she was ever in color was during a "Romeo and Juliet" scene that she did with John Gilbert in "Hollywood Revue of 1929," but the color is primitive, and nothing like the Technicolor of 1939, used in "Oz" and "GWTW." Norma and the rest of that great female cast would've looked great in Technicolor. And Tony, Norma inh
  11. I'm glad you're a big fan of Norma's too Keith. She was incredibly beautiful. I was reminded of just how radiant she was when I watched "The Divorcee" last night. And she really deserved the Oscar for it, since she runs the gamut of emotions from giddy young girl in love, to devoted wife, to scorned woman, to woman of the world, and then comes full circle as a woman who's lived, and who realizes that she wants her husband back, and he wants her as well. Basically they both feel remorseful for their indiscretions. It's really an excellent story, and could still be done today since it's so
  12. Norma Shearer was radiantly beautiful in my opinion. I don't know what it was about her, perhaps her smile, that made her just breathtaking on screen. And she's not typically beautiful in the general sense. She's no Jean Harlow, or Ava Gardner, or Lana Turner, who were all considered beautiful in a very sexy way. But she just shined on screen. And for anyone who wants to see her at the peak of her early 30's success, check out "The Divorcee" tonight. I haven't seen it in awhile, and I'm looking forward to watching it tonight. It's a steamy story, even by today's standards, and she's very g
  13. 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
  14. Hy Lynn - Thanks for mentioning this great convention. I've read about it, but was never able to attend. If you go, please fill us in! They also have a banquet at the end of the festival with all of the stars in attendance which is supposed to be nice.
  15. Hey everyone - I'm reviving this thread to remind everyone that Norma Shearer will have her day in the TCM spotlight this Thursday, the 25th. And check out the article about her that's on the homepage today.
  16. Thelma Ritter all the way! She was just awesome. And honestly I never cared for Edna May Oliver too much, I just found her kind of annoying. Thelma was a real smartass though with her great one liners. And she had this warm presence, so friendly like she was your next door neighbor. Soups on!
  17. Hi Larry, I was just scrolling through the thread catching up with things, and I'm so glad to hear that the Pola Negri documentary is still being made. I remember you mentioned that the project was on hold for awhile. I can't wait to see it. Are there still plans to do some scenes at MOMA or has that idea been scrapped? And thanks for more of your wonderful memories!
  18. I've heard of Ball's nasty side as well, and it's been documented that she was even distant from her children and grandchildren which I find a little odd. I tend to agree that she was a very complex woman, and I think that she definitely battled with some inner problems. I think a lot of it has to do with her success, as someone else said, she was probably trying to maintain it all. One thing I know, is that she did not care too much for the business side of things, she would rather focus on the actual production of her shows, however, she and Desi ran a studio besides performing in "I Love Lu
  19. Sorry, make that the 25th for Norma Shearer day.
  20. "The Women" from MGM in 1939. A GREAT movie that everyone can see when TCM showcases Norma Shearer on the 26th.
  21. Room for improvement? I don't think TCM needs ANY improvement. I mean c'mon people - they do their best to reach out to ALL of us. Do any of you realize that there are literally MILLIONS of people who get TCM, and perhaps are just discovering stars like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant, who most everyone here seems to be "tired" of. These new fans are probably thrilled that they can see their films, like the person who posted previously who can't wait to see Brando's day of films. He's a star who's films have aired over and over. But so what! That's what TCM is about, educating the T.V. audience
  22. I love the music from "Travels With My Aunt," which starred Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, and Lou Gosset Jr. The movie itself is not very memorable, but the score is just great. It's beautifully done, and fits the movie perfectly, as it adds so much to each scene. Unfortunately this movie isn't even available on DVD, so I doubt the soundtrack would ever turn up anyplace. And even though it's not really a "classic" it's still an enjoyable movie to watch. Maggie Smith is a little over the top, but the rest of the cast play their roles nicely. It was shot on location in Europe, and for that an
  23. Hi Larry - I too have experienced this problem. I once wrote a very long post about something and lost it, and I was EXTREMELY **** off, so I can understand your frustration. But coffeedan made a good point when he said to frequently hit either "Preview" or "Spell Check," since this will allow you to say logged in. If you're like me, then it'll take you a few days to simmer down before you can calmly compose another lengthy post, but please do so in time - I would LOVE to hear your memories of Marion Davies.
  24. I was lucky enough to see this great movie on the big screen in NYC on Saturday, and let me tell you, it blew me away. I saw a small portion of it once on TCM, and had always wanted to see the whole thing, so when I read that the museum was playing it, I made a point of going. The movie is about a girl from the wrong side of town, who's the member of a somewhat disreputable family, who falls in love with a guy from the better side of town. I won't say anymore about the plot for those who haven't seen it, and it's definitely worth seeing. Ginger Rogers stars in it, and it has got to
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