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Posts posted by markbeckuaf

  1. I do dig your wacky comments, and thanks for posting all this.


    I don't mean to rain on your parade or anything, but here's my deal: my cable company finally (after years of prodding them) added FMC to their lineup this summer. I was psyched and stoked, for the first month or so. But I soon found that they only show a narrow window of classic (read: older) films each day, which is ok, except that they repeat like maniacs. I have already seen nearly all the films on your list, and I've only had FMC for about 2.5 months. Sheesh, yanno. So yeah, they ain't no TCM, but if you want a diversion, occasionally, and you don't tune into them that often, they are cool for dat.

  2. Right, you're not crazy. I've only had TCM since 2001, and it's obvious to me that there are fewer and fewer films on the schedule from 1929-1935-6. I'm on a bit of a mini-crusade about it, so join me, my friends! :) TCM Programmer insists it's not intentional to reduce amount of early 30's films, but we'll see. I'm dying to see what lay in store for us in December's schedule.


    Having said that, I'll represent where I can (I would be posting more but the durn posting issues are making it frustrating, I see that those are being addressed and hopefully will be fixed soon). I gotta give some props for LUCKY DEVILS (1933) which aired yesterday (a 30's film I'd not seen before too, woohooo!!!!!), and though it's aired 500 million times, I will give props for airing any early 30's film, including FLYING DOWN TO RIO, it's hip and chic and all that, not one of my faves, but hey, it's from 1933, so it's ALL good! :) Oh and I gave some props in a previous post for the *great* THE KID FROM SPAIN, that totally rocked!


    I guess the idea is that we early 30's fans will be getting crumbs (or so it seems), but I guess we should be durn lucky to get those crumbs, cuz they ain't fallin' from any other table but TCM's. I'm still gonna prod and provoke TCM and my good bud Kyle for more 30's films and some theme months that take us more back into the vault for those cool early sound and pre-code and mid-30's flicks! I'm down with that!

  3. Thank goodness for long weekends!!! Yay! I've been a watching fool!!

    Been watching lots of pre-codes!

    THE KID FROM SPAIN (1932), great little musical comedy with Eddie Cantor and Robert Young, and tons of great looking dames in scantily clad outfits (yowza for da pre-code era!!)--this was the only one of the pre-codes that was on TCM.


    THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN (1933) Very different offering from director Frank Capra, psychological drama, with Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther.


    BROADWAY BILL (1934) Another Capra film, this one a bit more like his usual stuff, it was funny, and made me cry too. He really did a great job of directing Myrna Loy, and Warner Baxter is always fine. Also check out Clarence Muse who gets a chance to do more than the usual stereotypical stuff here, and does it very well.


    DANCERS IN THE DARK (1932) Great pre-code film, set in a dime a dance joint, with George Raft, Jack Oakie, and the marvelous Miriam Hopkins, who is always so stunning!


    THE POWER AND THE GLORY (1933) Interesting character study, starring Spencer Tracy, and is said to have been an inspiration for CITIZEN KANE.


    CITY STREETS (1931) Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sydney (wow!!!) star in this pre-code gangster flick. Also very interesting to see Paul Lukas and particularly Guy Kibbee in roles against type, evil bad gangster type dudes. Cool to see Coop as a gangster, though not typically!


    GOD'S GIFT TO WOMEN (1931) Tough to believe Frank Fay in the title role as a wild playboy with hot dames on his arm at every turn, but maybe it's the "metrosexual" thing back in the early 30's though the term wasn't around then. Anyway, the dames come fast and furious, with the luscious Louise Brooks (who unfortunately doesn't have her trademark hairstyle, but the 'G' Girls twins do, thankfully!!! Yowza!!!), Joan Blondell, and the lovely Laura LaPlante!!! Wow!!


    REMOTE CONTROL (1930) William Haines knock-off that displayed his comic style very well, also starring John Miljan as a gangster who poses as a radio spiritualist.


    YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (1934) One of William Haines' final two films at the low-budget Mascot studios, it's actually quite a good film and for the first time I've seen my buddy precoder's WAMPAS girls!!! Yowza indeed!!! Excellent satire of hollywood to boot


    And not a pre-code, but enjoyed the "Boston ****" flick, THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME, mindless B mystery fun!


    And just now, early Labor Day morning, watching some old faves on TCM---just finished watching the John Ford Documentary, now getting set for the noir, RAW DEAL, and the great Laurel and Hardy short, THE MUSIC BOX! Life is pretty darn good!

  4. I tend to think of "classic" as more of an era than a quality. That is why I agree with another poster when they mentioned that they prefer the term "older films", because I totally love B films, films from poverty row studios, and the so-called lesser (read: low budget) flicks from the major studios. As well as the more mainstream classics from that era. I tend to like the silent era through the early 70's the best. I do love films from all eras, but as I get older, it seems I'm more interested in watching older films more and more, and nearly exclusively lately. I just enjoy black and white, pre-code, horror, noir, gangster, comedies, films that will help me sort of escape I guess more than films of today do. Even if they are hard-boiled, social comment films, they are from a different era, so I can kick back and enjoy them more, even if they are making me think. Of course, mindless fluff is fun sometimes too, but I'd rather be numbed by some Ann Miller RKO's for example, than anything going on out there today.

  5. While I can see why some folks wanted an "ignore" feature, I think it's the sign of poorly run board.


    A well run board has rules, and those rules are enforced by a moderator or group of moderators. Break the rules, get a warning. Break them again, maybe a second warning. Break them repeatedly, you're gone.


    Having an ignore feature is sloppy and lazy. Plus why does it feature so prominently under each user name in the thread? That's really a bad idea, it just encourages using "ignore" when it would be much more challenging and interesting to actually reply to someone. It seems like TCM is encouraging us all to just ignore each other, which in my mind is scary, because it won't lend to solidarity if and when TCM goes in some directions most of us would not like and some of us fear that they might one day.

  6. TBS and some other channels used to be very cool back in the day. In fact, TBS used to kind of be like old UHF channels with a diversity of programming. Nowadays most cable is homogeneous, and boring, with the exception of TCM and a very few other things, but very few, and even when interesting nowhere near as diverse and interesting as back in the day.


    I recall this one time when TBS was going to run a weekend marathon of Godzilla films (remember when alot of cable channels used to do stuff like that? You could see holiday marathons, weekend marathons, etc, of classic movies, cheesy movies, classic TV shows---once in a while TV Land will still do it, and I think Sci Fi still does it sometimes with THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but that's about it). Anyway, I have most of them on a couple of VHS tapes, and I kept the promos which aired before and during, they were so cool, they used the Blue Oyster Cult's song "Godzilla", and had all these cool montages and highlights, and yep, ol' Raymond Burr himself was featured prominently! They were awesome! And yeah, I don't care if the original was better or not, I dig most on Raymond Burr's version. He makes the film work for me.

  7. This is a very tough call for me, because you've pitted two of my favourite films and two of my favourite pairs of film actors, from two of my favourite genres. What to do, what to do. Can't do it. For a gangster/crime film, KEY LARGO is one of the all-time best, and Robinson is incredible in it, and Bogie is quite good as well. THE BLACK CAT---probably my favourite horror film, Edgar G. Ulmer's best, showing what he could do with an actual budget, and Bela and Boris, amazing---great soundtrack, atmosphere, set design---just incredible stuff, and the only film that paired the two horror legends where I felt that they were more or less given equal weight in their roles. Man, this is tough...I think I'll go with BLACK CAT though in this case, but hey, I'll sit down and watch either of these flicks any day of the week!

  8. I am going to totally groove on Broderick Crawford today!!! I just got back from work and now I'm settling in to my DVR, and man what a lineup!!!! I'm in seventh heaven! Digging on all th efilms you mentioned, plus I do like him in BORN YESTERDAY, that will be so much fun to watch again, and a few films I've never seen before: THE MOB, CONVICTED and SCANDAL SHEET. Rock out,man!


    You got that right: Broderick Crawford is kickin' butt and takin' no prisoners!!

  9. I can't say I'm a fan of Esther Williams films generally. Hey, if you dig them, more power to ya, and they have a nice place on TCM, no worries. Those types of films just aren't my style I guess, but I'll tell ya what: I totally LOVE the trailers and previews of her films, cuz she was a ****, man! :) And in those swimsuits?? Ooo la la!

  10. Oh yeah, I had Reagan's day pegged way back when the schedule first came out. As I mentioned a few times, it's the closest TCM got this month to the traditional WB late 30's films I love a lot, those crime, social, B-programmer types. A few of those on Friday for sure! And some of Reagan's other films were actually quite good too.


    Glad you're checking up on me, Kyle, I do go into 30's withdrawals, yanno. But yanno, now I'm going into pre-1935 film withdrawals, you know the kind. Are ya listening, TCM programmer??? ;)

  11. While I don't really see these as TCM type stuff (though I guess they could be), for the most part, I do think they could air quite nicely the first GODZILLA flick from 54. Yeah, we get the messed up version, but I like that version, with Raymond "Perry Mason" Burr. I do dig the 60's Godzilla flicks though, they are so cheesy, have GREAT soundtracks, and are so bad they are quite entertaining! Turner loved these too, they'd show up all the time on TBS and TNT, but those were the good ol' days of cable.

  12. I'm not a big fan of the splashy MGM musicals either, but ironically enough,most of Ann Miller's day was filled with B musical/comedies from RKO. Not all, but most. ;) And I kinda dug on those, they were fun, haven't seen all of them yet, but what I watched was a hoot! :)

  13. I'm watching NEW FACES OF 1937 now, and JAM SESSION earlier when I first got home from work. I'll take one of these little B's than a splashy colourful MGM any day of the week, even on Sundays! :) They're good stuff, man!

  14. As the person who started this thread, I didn't intend it to be one of the several "TCM is doomed" ones...I just noticed the change (doing away with 3 weekly genre slots), and thought it would be nice to see if other folks feel as I do, and would like to see these return. I know TCM shows these genres all the time, throughout their schedule, as they always have, but I thought it was nice for fans of these genres to be able to count on their weekly fix at a particular time.


    I don't in any way feel that "TCM is doomed". I like some of the changes, I don't like others, but hey...we're still getting days filled with great old films---silents, early 30's, you name it. My DVD hard drive can barely accommodate all the great films! Best channel on the dial, bar none!


    TCM Programmer, I would love to hear your input here and see if we can get some read on this particular change, and if there is any possibility to see a return of these 3 themed slots. Thank you!



  15. Hi,

    I notice that beginning in October, and continuing through December, that the following genre theme series are gone from the schedule:

    "Darkness After Dawn"--film noir

    "Cowboy Cinema"--Westerns

    "Syncopation Station"--Musicals


    While certainly all of those genres show up all the time on TCM throughout the regular schedule, it was so nice for genre fans to be able to count on a weekly fix at a certain time each week. Won't you please reconsider bringing all three of these back, and in particular, for me, the film noir showcase, "Darkness After Dawn", which is my favourite of the 3. Thank you!



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