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  1. This is a very interesting topic...and there were several "event" movies that are probably lost to time because they were made for TV.. Here's one.."Love Among the Ruins"..a total delight..probably as good as anything in the theater at the time..it starred Olivier and Hepburn in their first pairing and was directed by Cuckor..I have a "store bought" video..but wish it was on DVD.. And how about these? "Seven in Darkness" "Dr. Cook's Garden" "The Over the Hill Gang"
  2. I've mentioned on this thread before that I have lunch with Dale Robertson about twice a week..I have enought stories on this particular picture to write a book
  3. I am in the entertainment media..have to see pretty much every picture that comes out..most of them an endurance test..but have finally landed on a gem.."The Astronaut Farmer." Truly one of those that they "don't make 'em like they used to.." It is a very 70s movie, with lots of character and a terrific "lump in your throat" script. It is not mean spirited or crude or sardonic. There are no bad words or burps or other bodily emissions Now, it's a very low budget picture..I think someone told me around $12-$13 million..so it might make its money back..but the people who belly ache all the time about there not being true family picture to see should storm the theater..
  4. I have watched "Clockwork Orange" in the past month and it is still a stunner..there hasn't been a picture released in many many years that can touch it
  5. I worked on a newspaper for a long time..so I always loved a Jack Webb picture called "-30-" that I haven't seen since about 1975.. Now I'm a PR flack..so, if course, it's "Sweet Smell of Success."
  6. I had the great privilege of having dinner with him in 2002..he was failing somewhat but a very articulate and gracious man..who allowed me to wear him out with questions..wanna hear a bit of trivia about him..he is married to a Hammerstein..as in Rodgers and..That was the ocassion that caused our interaction, the opening of the latest version of "Oklahoma!" on broadway
  7. Probably looked forward to this picture more than any other this year..I had read the book and the movie package of Soderburgh and Clooney made it look like a gem.. I watched an Oscar screener of the picture and it is a total, unequivocal dud. Warner's didn't even screen it for local media in this market. Major league disappointment.
  8. One of my all time favorites.."Green For Danger" is out this week on a Criterion DVD..I would LOVE to see "The Green Man" again..that is a jewel that the old USA network used to run all the time..wish that St. Trinian's was on DVD.. How about this great Alistair Cook picture.."The Ruling Class?"
  9. "Five Against the House" is an all time sleeper..without looking it up, I remember in it was a very young Alvy Moore..Mr. Kimball from "Green Acres" Is it Phil Karlson?
  10. It was a letterboxed version on Sundance. I dvr'd it and burned a DVD.
  11. I set up for last week's day of "Ealing" pictures and when I finally got a chance to look at them today there were several of the pictures that bled through the schedule.. Anybody else have that problem?
  12. Just the opposite..I think it's better than ever..there is certainly room on this channel for letterboxed prints of modern favorites and "lost pictures"..I was thrilled to see "Still of the Night" on the other night..and the next month's schedule finds others of that ilk.. You just keep on with what you're doing TCM!!!!!!
  13. He made a barely released picture with Jackie Gleason called "Mr. Billion" that I wish TCM would air
  14. There was a big hubbub when it was released on dvd in Europe as part of a Leone package..the word, and this was about a year ago, was that it was on its way here in that same package TCM has run the picture exactly once and it ran over the time limit on my TIVO so I don't have it..but I LOVED it when I was in high school
  15. This should be in the Turner Library as it is MGM..why does it not show up? It's an Elmore Leonard script and, while I haven't seen it, might be fun
  16. Looks like it's back on the schedule..it has been on one time before, full frame and edited..why? Will it be shown that way again?
  17. genius

    Tim Holt

    I have friends who knew Holt very well in his final years here in Oklahoma City...I know there are some very interesting stories, but I want to call and make sure the details before I post
  18. Thought this was a Jim Thompson thread..but I've got a great Sterling Hayden story too.. The movie that comes closest to the spirit of Thompson is "The Kill Off"..a little indie that's as down and dirty as it gets.. Now, to Sterling..a friend of mine was the producer of all the "Godfather" pictures and went to Sterling's boat to try to persuade him to take the part..the holdout? Hayden didn't want to cut off his ponytail! Another great Hayden performance in a drab movie..."King of the Gypsies"
  19. The remake is atmospheric, has terrific performances and features more of the book than is in the original..and fyi, I am a film reviewer - the studio people they hire to pump up message boards would never deign to be on this one - I see most of the movies long before they are released and just thought folks here would appreciate hearing..jeez
  20. Saw a press screening of this new picture today..and it's a gem..and, dare I say, better than the first movie...Highly recommended
  21. I too had the great honor to meet Mr. Grant..in the mid 80s he brought his traveling road show to Oklahoma City University and I, as I press member, got to break bread with him..The great part of the evening though was that I was able to take my dad, a sort of big shot around town, as my guest..It was the only time I was able to do something like that for him and it was a magical experience. Mr. Grant was humble, articulate and employed every single atttribute you would hope to see from him.
  22. Fred Astaire and Elenor Powell dancing to "Begin the Beguine" in "Broadway Melody of 1940"
  23. Frank Sinatra was the greatest interpretive musical artist of the 20th Century. I saw him three times in three different parts of the country, including, of course, Vegas, and, even when his age marred his performing abilities, he was the most magnetic, creative and humble performer I have ever seen. Just listen to "Frank's Place" the standards channel on XM Radio..while the programmers continuously play great singers like Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Crosby, Ella and the like, whenever I hear a standard performed by anyone else, I know that Frank did it better. I also saw Elvis twice, the last time in March before he died, and he was reading the song lyrics off a page he held in his hand.
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