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  1. i saw this a few years ago. the thing i remember most about it was Joan Peers. i wouldn't exactly call her a great actress, but she sure was nice to look at. she only made a handful of movies but somehow i've seen a majority of them. i especially enjoyed her in 'The Tip-Off'. i wonder what became of her? she seemed to have retired from movies while still in her early 20's. imdb doesn't have anything about her, besides that she lived from 1909-1975. i'm guessing it was the usual story- got married, had kids, lost interest in pursuing an acting career, etc. but i really have no idea. anyone know her story?
  2. totally agree, excellent day to watch TCM. mainly excited about the Torchy Blane marathon. i like Glenda Farrell, and i think i've only ever seen one of her Torchy Blane movies. i'm also looking forward to Wednesday 2pm EST, for *The Twonky* (1953) - about an alien that looks like a television. very low budget Twilight Zone-y kind of movie, but enjoyable. (at least i think it was, i haven't seen it in 20 years, so my memory might be fuzzy.) i do remember Gloria Blondell (Joan's younger sister) had a small part in it, one of the few full-length films she ever appeared in. Gloria was mostly a stage and radio actress.
  3. Joan Blondell and Ricardo Cortez in BROADWAY BAD (VERY pre-code film, at least for the first 20 minutes or so; butt slaps, gratuitous extended clothes-changing and lingerie shots, the works. Sadly, it is unlikely this will ever be shown on TCM, since it was a FOX film.)
  4. > {quote:title=Film_Fatale wrote:}{quote} > I don't know that it should be limited to just Asians. Many white actors portrayed all kinds of ethnic groups then considered "exotic" by Hollywood. It was considered perfectly acceptable as late as "Breakfast at Tiffany's* - remember Mickey Rooney in that one? i've also seen some westerns where the female lead who was supposed to be Native American was very obviously a white actress in dark makeup. those kinds of things drive me crazy. i know it was just a product of the time those movies were made, but to me it just seems like lazy casting. "(and vitaphony is STILL the best screen name on the TCM boards!)" thanks, Chip! my runner-up names -- *ClarkOfGreenGables* , *HugeBeaumont* Message was edited by: vitaphony
  5. how about a month devoted to movies featuring white actors playing Asian characters? (kidding. just thinking about it makes me cringe)
  6. i remember loving that movie when i was a teenager. i taped it off AMC sometime in the late 80's and watched it many times. every scene in Margie looks like something from a norman rockwell painting; nostalgia for a perfect time and place that never really existed.
  7. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > I would like to see more classic Japanese films on TCM. There were some very good ones made in the '40s and '50s. > > Also, I'd like to see more war-era German films. There are plenty available. I'm not talking about war related films, but just regular films made in the '30s, and up until 1945, such as the 1943 "Titanic" version that TCM aired last year. It was very interesting. There was the regular ol' Titanic, but everyone on board sounded like Nazis. i'm a huge Ozu fan, so i would love to see some more of those on TCM. you bring up an interesting point. are we now far enough removed from WWII that it is now okay to show Japanese or German films from that era that may contain anti-USA / UK propaganda messages? would Americans still be offended?
  8. i don't see what people are complaining about. TCM has much less repetition than any other movie channel. and the repeats of things everyone has already seen is mostly an issue in the primetime lineup, and throughout Oscar month. Solution: record all the movies airing in the late night and mornings, when TCM tends to run the more obscure stuff and B-movies, and you will never run out of "new" classics to watch.
  9. Joan Blondell has long been one of my favorite actresses of the 30's-era, so i'm always scanning the TCM schedule for her early movies. out of the 47 feature-length movies she did for WB while on contract there, these are the only ones that have never aired on TCM, or atleast not in the past 10 years (unless i somehow overlooked them): The Famous Ferguson Case (WB-First National, 1932. Joan Blondell, Grant Mitchell) The Perfect Specimen (WB, 1937. Joan Blondell, Errol Flynn) (also not on TCM is Convention City, which is presumed lost)
  10. it is also currently playing at Hulu.com. i just saw it last night. very enjoyable movie. the location footage is stunning. actually there are a bunch of classics now playing at Hulu, many of which i haven't seen on TCM in recent years. not sure how many would be classified as noir, but there's a Dana Andrews film from 1950 called *Where the Sidewalk Ends* that looks promising in the description (i haven't seen it yet). also at Hulu is a Vincent Price movie from the 60's called *The Last Man on Earth* that i really enjoyed. it is technically a horror film, but it has a lot of noir-ish qualities. it is B/W, and Vincent narrates all the way through it like he's a hardboiled detective from the 40's. (btw, *I Am Legend* is a remake of this, so if you've seen that already, you might not want to bother with the Vincent Price version, even if it is more fun.)
  11. "I couldn't help but see Judy Garland only at 2 years and I didn't see Gene Kelly or Henry Fonda on the list even once." Gene Kelly is a surprise, since he was top-billed on so many big budget musicals that presumably sold a lot of tickets. more glaring absences - Barbara Stanwyck, William Powell, Jean Harlow, Carol Lombard, Joseph Cotten, any of the elder Barrymores (though i suppose Drew made the list in the 90's-'00's), Charles Laughton, Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Robert Montgomery, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas... and that's just the ones i can think of off the top of my head, actors that i thought were big stars in their time, or atleast they were in a lot of movies i enjoy. and yet Betty Grable was a top draw for 10 years running. go figure. Message was edited by: vitaphony
  12. yeah, Laurel and Hardy definitely. their late-20's / early-30's short films were huge hits. their later full-length movies weren't as popular, which is one reason why i think they didn't make it onto here. another is that the Laurel and Hardy comedies were usually the openers for full-length movies, not headliners by themselves. charlie chaplin's full-length movies were few and far between. most years he didn't have any movies in theaters, so even if he was still a big star in the 30's it wouldn't have mattered to the theater-owners in this survey. Marx Bros were huge in 1930-'32, but that was an ensemble act rather than one standalone star so it probably doesn't count.
  13. intriguing list. quite a few surprises on there. marilyn monroe was a box office draw for only 3 years? also i never knew greer garson was so popular in her time (5 years? why?), whereas many of her contemporaries which seemed to me like bigger stars, such as Lana Turner, aren't even on the list. it is fun to theorize about the way the list would read if they'd started surveying in 1929, the beginning of the sound era, instead of 1933. It seems like there'd be some shuffling in the ranks. Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Will Rogers, Wallace Beary, Janet Gaynor, Marie Dressler and Joe E. Brown would all have likely been ranked higher, and Gary Cooper would have closed in on John Wayne's lead, if not surpassed him. in addition, i think some late-20's silent stars who were still huge at the beginning of the talkie era might've squeezed onto this list; Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, Clara Bow, etc.
  14. wow, what a fantastic movie all around The Blue Dahlia is! the story was exciting, but those early scenes in the car with Alan and Veronica just talking were probably my favorite parts. they could've made the whole movie just those two shooting the breeze for 90 minutes and i would've still loved it. Alan Ladd's voice is so relaxing to listen to, and i will never get tired of staring at Veronica Lake. Has there ever been a more gorgeous actress than Ms. Lake in this movie? i think not. and her acting talents were perfectly fine here.
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