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  1. RIP Kyle. Thanks for being one of the people who helped make the TCM community so truly special.
  2. > {quote:title=AndyM108 wrote:}{quote} > > Overrated: The mid-30's through the mid-40's. Great for screwballs and romantic comedies; not so great for anything else; way too much censorship and way too many noble priests > > Way too broad a brush. There were plenty of great films made from 1935 to 1941 beyond the screwball/romantic comedy genre, and other genres began to come into their own (e.g., westerns with "Stagecoach," the beginnings of noir with "High Sierra" and the '41 "The Maltese Falcon," plus "Kane," of course). It really wasn't until after Pearl Harbor that
  3. The '30s are my favorite film decade too -- and yes, as somebody said, there were an awful lot of "programmers" produced by the studios, some good, some mediocre, a few worse than that. But the sheer volume of movies made in that decade meant Hollywood wasn't always going to hit 1.000. (Remember, films then were in most theaters for two, three days at the most; if you didn't like what you saw, you waited a few days and hoped for something better. By mid-decade, most studios had established departments specializing in second features.) Let's not forget that this era was before television, w
  4. William Powell, James Cagney and James Stewart.
  5. > {quote:title=Im4movies2 wrote:}{quote}I've read that Joan Blondell, not her real name, was great friends with Bette Davis. They both studied acting together. Well, Joan wasn't her real first name -- that's Rose -- but it is her middle name, as she was born Rose Joan Blondell on Aug. 30, 1906. (Believe it or not, Warners actually wanted to change her name to Inez Holmes!) Learn more about Joan at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/436757.html.
  6. And remember -- "Nothing Sacred" (8 p.m. Wednesday ET) is a restored print, enabling us to watch the antics of Carole Lombard, Fredric March, et al in the full, glorious Technicolor audiences saw in theaters in 1937. This screwball gem no longer is the prisoner of public domain.
  7. I believe Crosby's film career does eclipsed his musical career in the minds of most people today. How many people today go and buy Crosby's music, say compared to Sinatra? One can say that not many go and buy Crosby's movies either but because of the Road pictures, award winning movies like The Country Girl etc... his movies are more well known than his hit records, excluding White Christmas of course. If that's the case, and you're probably right, more's the pity, because Bing was a revolutionary pop singer, particularly early in his career. He and Louis Armstrong popu
  8. I suppose you could compare Bing Crosby to Elvis Presley -- both were the top record-sellers of their day, and both had significant movie success (although Crosby's movie career was far more diverse than Presley's, and aimed significantly higher). Both were heavily influenced by black (and country) music of the time, too. (Heck, Elvis was indirectly influenced by Bing in that Dean Martin, who Presley was a fan of, in many ways patterned his style after Crosby.) I tend to think of Bing and Elvis primarily as singers who found second careers in movies (that applies for Doris Day and Frank Sinatr
  9. Many, many August 4ths ago, a friend claimed that he & his partner took a Ouija board to her crypt in Westwood and he swore that it spelled out only one message over and over: "GO AWAY LEAVE ME ALONE ... GO AWAY LEAVE ME ALONE ..." Based upon some of the crap her reputation has gone through these 49 years, I frankly wouldn't blame Monroe for feeling that way. She was a capable actress, especially in comedy, an icon of her time, but she would probably believe much of the posthumous adulation has gone overboard.
  10. I'm guessing some of those Columbia films TCM showed in its infancy no longer belonged to Columbia itself, but to independent producers who may have sold their rights to other packagers that found their way to the Turner library.
  11. The Raft-Lombard pic was taken on the set of her "Hands Across The Table," where Carole plays a manicurist (hence her outfit). They had made two films together, "Bolero" and "Rumba," and were scheduled to do a third, called "Concertina"; however, the success of "Hands Across The Table" in the fall of 1935 led Paramount to give Lombard top billing for this next film, and George wasn't happy about it. (The script may also have been altered to beef up Carole's role at his expense.) Raft walked off the production, and the male lead was taken over by Lombard's leading man in "Hands Across The Table
  12. Director William Wellman ("Midnight Mary," "Wild Boys Of The Road," "Nothing Sacred") was also a leap year baby, born Feb. 29, 1896. Since there was no Feb. 29 in 1900 (there are none in years ending in "00" where the first two digits are not divisible by four), it meant Wellman didn't celebrate a birthday on his actual day until he turned eight!
  13. > {quote:title=mongo wrote:}{quote} > > JANE RUSSELL (1921 - 2011) R.I.P. Lovely photo of the wonderful Miss Russell.
  14. > {quote:title=mongo wrote:}{quote} > > Lovely Carole Lombard playing Cupid...shoot Gable in the arse At the time it was taken, I think Carole would've been aiming at Bill Powell...or maybe Robert Riskin.
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