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Posts posted by markbeckuaf

  1. Hibi, so happy you had a chance to view this flick!!! Thank you also for taking the time to share your thoughts about it! Actually kinda agree with ya about the plot points and such, but it's such a compelling and fun watch for me, I pretty much ignore those every time I check this one out! I totally agree with you about the cleaning lady, I do think they were probably going for some irony there, for sure!


    Thanks again!!!

  2. MusicalNovelty, I totally dug on BORN FOR TROUBLE!!! What a cool flick! Nice humor mixed in with mystery and crime, and done well at that!!! Faye Emerson really had that doe-eye look down, she was stunning! I was a bit surprised at the revelation, though not entirely, I just didn't think they'd go there, but they did! Usually authority types are not often questioned in these low-budget programmers--sometimes they are, but not usually that sort of authority figure! Good stuff!

  3. Miss Wonderly, I am not a fan of hot weather! I love my days filled with snow and ice!


    But I have to tell ya...my TV was on FIRE in the wee hours this morning watching THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE, and those scenes with the dames in their lingerie! Oh man, I had to take an ICE cold shower after that! Wooooowooowooowoooo!

  4. TCM Flix To Groove Hard To!!!! Mon, July 22-Sun, July 28!!!


    Hope everyone is enjoying a totally groovy summer and having fun watching TCM flix, staying cool in that summer heat, guys and dolls!!


    TCM is sure not shy about keeping the heat on and they kick it off hard on Monday, July 22 with a day filled with 30's and 40's band flix and shorts!!! Dig those cool tunes, daddio!!! Busby Berkeley hits it hard at 6am with HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1937), starring crooner Dick Powell, Rosemary and Lola Lane, Ted Healy, Alan Mowbray, Hugh Herbert, and spunky Glenda Farrell!! Busby keeps the grooves revved up next in GARDEN OF THE MOON (1938), one of my faves, with Pat O'Brien, sexy Margaret Lindsay, and John Payne!!! Then it's a block of shorts, with Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (1938), THE YACHT PARTY (1932), featuring Roger Wolfe Khan and his Orchestra!!, Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra (1940), and Borrah Minevitch and his Harmonica School (1942), then SWING CAT'S JAMBOREE (1933), with Louis Prima and his jazz quartet!!! Wow, that's hep! Then it's ORCHESTRA WIVES (1942), SHIP AHOY (1942), SWING FEVER (1943), and JAM SESSION (1944)!!! This is such a coolio day!!


    And it caps off with an evening of Johnny Carson interviews, this time Johnny is yakkin' it up with Mel Brooks, Dom Deluise, Bette Davis (totally cool!!), Burt Reynolds, and Fred Astaire!!! Then Fred sticks around for the pre-code THE GAY DIVORCEE (1934) with Ginger Rogers, and then it's just a total overnight with Fred and Ginger as TCM goes high-steppin' for the night: TOP HAT (1935), FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936), SWING TIME (1936) and THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE (1939)!!! It's the 30's baby and Fred and Ginger---you simply can't go wrong!


    Tuesday morning at 6:45am, I'm looking forward to a flick I've not seen before, directed by and starring Cornell Wild, STORM FEAR (1956) looks to be a pretty cool flick, also starring Dan Duryea, and Jean Wallace!!!


    TCM does a double take for Thursday's daytime lineup, with look-a-likes/twins taking over the day!!! And wow, it kicks off in style with Boris Karloff himself in THE BLACK ROOM (1935)!!! Next up, it's Laurel and Hardy in one of their funniest flix, OUR RELATIONS (1936), also with Alan Hale!! Up at 11:15am, it's my main men George Zucco and Dwight Frye in DEAD MEN WALK (1943), a poverty row creeper, but a very groovy one!!!


    If you like your noir with a bit of saddle burn, or your oater with a bit of atmosphere, you'll be digging on STATION WEST (1948), showing up at 7:45am Friday!!! It stars Dick Powell, who by this time is in full bore tough guy mode, the lovely Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Raymond Burr (creepin' it out!), Steve Brodie, Burl Ives (say what??!), Guinn Williams and Regis Toomey!! It's a winner, and I'd recommend it to anyone who digs noir, don't worry about the setting!


    Saturday's at 10:45 continues the tradition TCM has adopted recently of showing mystery series flix, and now that "The Falcon" series has come to an end, we kick off a short series with Walter Pidgeon as "Nick Carter", and starring in NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (1939)!!! Donald Meek also stars as Bartholomew the Bee Keeper, and what a hoot! Also starring Henry Hull, Rita Johnson, Stanley Ridges, Addison Richards, Sterling Holloway, and Milburn "Doc" Stone!!


    Late night Saturday features a double bill of Arch Hall flix for the TCM Underground, WILD GUITAR (1962) and the underrated, but very intensely suspenseful, THE SADIST (1963)!!! Low budget chills!!


    Sunday night features Jean Simmons, and she's rockin' it in SO LONG AT THE FAIR (1950), a "twilight zone" type of suspense flick!!! Then the Silent Sunday feature is out of this universe cool, the 1922 PHANTOM, directed by FW Murnau, and starring Lil Dagover! Gotta be checkin' this one out!!!


    Hope everyone is having awesome groovy times, and enjoying the coolio flix TCM is laying on us, cats and kittens!! Dig it!!!

  5. Sans Fin, I'm totally stoked that you grooved watching THE FALCON'S ADVENTURE today! I had to work today so didn't have a chance to catch it yet (DVR though!), but I've seen it before, natch. I agree with you overall, I think it was a good flick, and that folk back then probably didn't notice, but as the 40's wore on, these series films which had been very popular over nearly 2 decades were fading, with the advent of TV, I guess. Anyhoo...yeah, sad to see this series go. As I've said before, I wish TCM would be able to get their mitts on the 3 Falcon flix made after RKO stopped doing the series. That would rock! But all in all, totally amped over this little oasis of delight that TCM has offered us every Saturday morning for weeks now!


    Hope all is going great! Stay cool!

  6. Lavenderblue, thank you so much for sharing that story of you and your Dad watching Cagney flix together! I'm glad you'll have those memories to cherish always, and also glad that we'll have these flix to enjoy which we can on so many different and uniquely personal levels!


    Tom, I also want to thank you for the lowdown on Cagney that you provided earlier in the thread to parallel that of Eddie G's!


    I agree with your assessment as well, that Bogie probably, pound for pound, appeared in a greater collection of heavy hitter flix in the 40's and even into the 50's than his tough guy compadre's.


    I dig all three of them to the max! I'd say Eddie G is probably my favorite actor period, but I love watching any Cagney or Bogie performance, without question!! Again, thank you for this thread!

  7. Sans Fin, thank you for your post too, it cracked me up!!! :):)


    I agree with you 100% about the Falcon flix!!! Tom Conway is so totally smooth! I was watching last week's, and had to back up and watch some scenes twice, that's how much I dig his presence on the screen!! It really works it for me! I could prob watch mysteries from the 30's and 40's all the time and just be totally doing the twist!

  8. Tom, I totally agree, and totally dig on both DOWNSTAIRS and THE CAPTAIN WHO HATES THE SEA!!! The latter flick I only caught the first time a few weeks ago on TCM, and dug it enough to DVR it from this week's Gilbert fest to dig on again! I think the director mentioned to the studio that he was having trouble getting done on time cos everyone was pretty much soused most of the time! ****!


    And yeah, DOWNSTAIRS rocks! Gilbert was soooo smooth, I totally agree with you! Sad how things turned out.

  9. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote}

    > > Lois Moran stole the show as the golddigger who falls in love with the drunken mug! I love her SO much, she's so cute and spunky and sexy as heck!!

    > Hey! She's MY girl!


    > She is wonderful in this film.


    > 145277598_eab85556f7.jpg


    No way, Fred, my man!!! :P


    She was a dreamboat! That scene where she surprises Gilbert's character by racing to his western ranch and is waiting for him in his bed in sexy lingerie....Um...I'm def not passing up that bit of cheese cake!! Nossir!! :)

  10. I'm not quite sure why this flick gets short shrift, cos I really dug it hard! John Gilbert is wonderful in it, I thought, and Lois Moran stole the show as the golddigger who falls in love with the drunken mug! I love her SO much, she's so cute and spunky and sexy as heck!! I also dig on her golddigger gf, played by Gwen Lee! Admittedly, El Brendel, John's sidekick, is an acquired taste, but he has some comic moments, particularly in the courtroom and also with Willie Fung!!! This was a soft-hearted romantic flick from the pre-code era and one that moved me to tears at the end! I totally dug it, anyone else?

  11. Tom, that's an excellent highlight post of Eddie G's film career, and even at that, still doesn't hit all of his wonderful flicks, so many fine performances rendered by this amazing actor!!! Oh and I'd add THE LITTLE GIANT (1933) to the list of Eddie's fine gangster spoofs! That one totally rocked as well!!


    Thanks again for a magnificent and radically cool thread!

  12. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote}NO ORCHIDS FOR MISS BLANDISH (1948)!!!


    > This is a fun movie !


    > Mostly British actors, filming in London, but in an American style gangster film set in either New York or Chicago. :)


    > Jack La Rue is really good and mean in this film. I love Jack La Rue films!

    Oh yeah, this flick totally rocks!!! I can't wait to check it again this Saturday morning!!

  13. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote}I'm watching these John Gilbert movies !


    > THE PHANTOM OF PARIS is really good ! :)


    Fred!! I'm totally looking forward to catching up to John Gilbert's flix from the other day! Had to DVR all of 'em as I had to work long hours this week, but hey, something to def look forward to! I think that one is the one I'm MOST looking forward to, but all of them are pretty groovy!!

  14. Hibi, I'm sorry you didn't groove to this past week's Falcon flick! I hope you enjoy this week and next week much better! I actually missed last week's as well, but have it on DVR to groove to soon! I've seen all these before though! I think as the series wound down, they did lose a little steam, and the last two flix are actually re-makes of sorts of some of the early flix when George was sleuthing (and wolfing!!) in the lead role!


    These flix show up from time to time and TCM does a pretty good job of airing series flix from time to time in blocks or like this from week to week, so hopefully those that you missed will show up again soon!

  15. TCM Flix To Groove Hard To!!! Monday, July 15-Sunday, July 21!!!


    I hope all cool cats and groovy chicks are having a blast watching your favorite flix on TCM!! Before I dive into this week's grooves, feel free to check out my thoughts regarding the current week found here: http://forums.tcm.com/thread.jspa?threadID=169949&tstart=30


    Monday morning we kick it right off with a Stewart Granger tribute, at 6am we find ourselves in suspense with THE WHOLE TRUTH (1958), a flick I've not seen before, but gotta check it, also starring George Sanders and Donna Reed! This is followed by a "lite" noir, appropriately entitled, THE LIGHT TOUCH (1952), with Stewart, and once again George Sanders (guy gets around!!), and the lovely Pier Angeli!!! Dig it!!


    Tuesday morning we are treated to more TCM grooves, with a double pre-code delight! It's part of Director Lewis Milestone's tribute for the day, and it kicks off at 6am with Joan Crawford in a signature role as Sadie Thompson in RAIN (1932), with Walter Huston, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee and Walter Catlett!! Totally awesome flick!!! Next up, Director Milestone has more pre-code joy for us with Al Jolson, the lovely Madge Evans, Frank Morgan, and Harry Langdon in HALLELUJAH, I'M A BUM (1933)!!! Pre-coders unite!!


    Tuesday nights are all about Paul Henreid during July, as he's the featured star of the month! My main groove for this week will be the 11:30pm screening of the noir-ish HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948), one of my favorites!!! Paul has his hands full with the sexy Joan Bennett, this is one of the more compelling flix around for me! I recommend it highly if you haven't seen it yet! I'd also like to give a shout out for the 4:15am screening of SO YOUNG, SO BAD (1950), female Juvies, crazy, man! Stars a young Rita Moreno!


    TCM is hot to trot first thing at daybreak this week, as Wednesday they're hitting it out of the ball park yet again, with a tale of two Edward's!!! Well, it's Eddie G and Edward Arnold showing up in a great and underrated flick, UNHOLY PARTNERS (1941)!!! With the totally lovely Laraine Day!! Next up, it's George Sanders, Virginia Bruce, Lenore Aubert, my main man Robert Armstrong, Alan Napier (Alfred the Butler himself!!), and HB Warner in a WWII programmer, ACTION IN ARABIA (1944)! I love these when they work well with a good cast, and this one hums along! And as if that wasn't enough, it's Bogie and Bacall in arguably their smokiest and hottest team-up (and first, natch!) in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944)!!! Up at 2:30pm, it's a flick I've not seen before and do want to check out--TIP ON A DEAD JOCKEY (1957) with Robert Taylor getting mixed up in international intrigue, and the lovely Dottie Malone and Gia Scala showing up to spice it appropriately!!


    It's Thursday and TCM stays hot with more pre-code and B flick joy! 6am finds William Powell and Ann Harding mixing it up in the pre-code DOUBLE HARNESS (1933)!!! Followed by Fay Bainter, Ida Lupino and Lee Bowman in the very groovy THE LADY AND THE MOB (1939)!!! Then it's a flick I've not seen before, BORN FOR TROUBLE (1942) with Van Johnson, Faye Emerson and George Meeker!!! Gotta check it out! Eddie G and my main man Edward Brophy show up next in LARCENY, INC (1942), one of several gangster spoofs Eddie G made throughout his illustrious career, and it's one of the best!!! Laughs and yucks a'plenty!!! We're getting into some Preston Sturges for the remainder of the daytime flix, and back to the pre-code era for a flick based on one of his plays, CHILD OF MANHATTAN (1933), with Nancy Carroll, John Boles, Nat Pendleton, and Jane Darwell!! Pre-codes, man...love 'em totally!!! Then a flick I've tried to catch several times when it's been on TCM, but have failed, hope to catch it this time, it's CHRISTMAS IN JULY (1940), directed by Sturges, and stars Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest, and fussy nitwit Franklin Pangborn!! My next total groove in the Sturges fest is the finale, THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK, from 1947, and screened at 6:15pm, stars Harold Lloyd, Rudy Vallee, Lionel Stander and Raymond Walburn, this is yet another example of how well Harold Lloyd transitioned to the talkies, at least in my mind!! I dig it!!


    Baseball is the daytime theme for Friday, and once again, TCM is hitting the balls out of the park with regularity!!! It's like the home run derby at the All Star game!! More pre-codes to kick it off at 6am, with Joe E Brown leading the way in FIREMAN SAVE MY CHILD (1932) with the lovely Evalyn Knapp, and ELMER THE GREAT (1933) with the gorgeous Patricia Ellis and my main man Frank McHugh!! It's more Joe E in ALIBI IKE (1935), next up, with Olivia de Havilland and Ruth Donnelly, along with William Frawley and Roscoe Karns!! And OMG, an early 30's mystery flick, my deepest abiding passion, with Robert Young and the gorgeous Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton also shows up in DEATH ON THE DIAMOND (1934)!!! Ted Healy, Paul Kelly and David Landau also show up, as do the following in very brief cameos: The Mick, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond!!!! Totally dig it!!! Next up, it's THE BABE RUTH STORY (1948), a role ready made for William Bendix, along with Claire Trevor!! And at 2:30pm, it's Jackie Robinson starring in the flick about himself, THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY (1950)!!! Also starring Ruby Dee and Louise Beavers, this is a totally cool flick about a totally cool baseball player!!! At 6pm, a flick I've not seen before, starring "The Gipper", Ronald Reagan, in THE WINNING TEAM, about Grover Cleveland Alexander, it also features Doris Day, Frank Lovejoy, and Russ Tamblyn!!!


    Sadly, Saturday, July 20 will feature the final entry in the RKO "Falcon" series, I'll be missing on my man Tom Conway, who stars for the last time as Tom Laurence in THE FALCON'S ADVENTURE (1946)!! Also with my main man Edward Brophy! I wish TCM would be able to get their hands on the final 3 flix in the series, which was produced by a poverty row studio, starring John Calvert as The Falcon with a different name. Would be cool to see!! Pretty please??? :) Anyway, this has been a fun time and much appreciated, thank you for running this series, TCM!!! You rock!!


    Saturday night features Charles Boyer, and the flick I'll be watching for is one I've not seen before, HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT (1937), with Jean Arthur and Leo Carillo, looks to be a hoot, and it's from the 1930's, baby, gotta be groovy!!!


    TCM Underground is all about severed heads this week, with THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE (1958), and THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962)!!! Sheesh, just can't keep a good severed head down! Anyhoo, this looks like a cheesy double bill of low budget goodie-ness!


    Sunday's evening feature is "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and at 10pm it's Charlie Chaplin's masterpiece, MODERN TIMES (1936) with Paulette Godard!!! Then the Silent Sunday feature is MICKEY (1918) with Mabel Normand!!! I've never seen this one before, so looking forward to it!!! Late night features a French double dip with A NOUS LA LIBERTE (1931) and LE MILLION (1931)!!! Vive le TCM!!!


    Hope everyone is having awesome goodalicious times and enjoying flick watching thanks to our good folks at TCM!!! Many thanks, TCM, for all the groovy flix!!!

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