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  1. Chances are past Loy days on SUTS were partially Powell days, too.
  2. Melissa McCarthy certainly is a good actress, but she's not even the most talented comedienne on CBS Monday nights. That honor goes to Anna Faris, who made several fine comic movies in the latter half of last decade ("Smiley Face," "The House Bunny") but never quite caught on. She moved to TV last year in another Chuck Lorre-produced sitcom, "Mom," where she and Allison Janney play daughter-and-mother recovering alcoholics trying to make ends meet. That in itself doesn't sound all that funny, but Faris and Janney have terrific chemistry and the scripts have plenty of heart. "Mom" will be back
  3. William Powell would have been the male lead in "Ninotchka" had he not been recuperating from a long illness that nearly killed him. He had worked with Lubitsch in the silent era, and probably would have had terrific chemistry with Garbo.
  4. If TCM was going to run a Lombard film for "Essentials Jr." on Aug. 10, which should they have chosen? ("My Man Godfrey" is out of the running, as it aired on "Essentials Jr." in August 2011.) Based upon the schedule and what was available to TCM (Universal still hasn't issued or given TCM rights to some of her early Paramount programmers), I can think of two movies: "True Confession," a comedy with Fred MacMurray where Carole plays a compulsive liar who is charged with a murder she didn't commit, and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," a marital comedy co-starring Robert Montgomery (and directed by, of a
  5. Drop me at MGM in 1935, with Carole Lombard (on loan from Paramount) and Myrna Loy fighting over me (not literally, of course) in this romantic comedy. I wind up with Carole, of course...but Myrna gets a nice consolation prize in William Powell (thus making L.B. happy).
  6. "To Be Or Not To Be" will be part of the "Essentials" on June 28, and on "Essentials Jr." Aug. 10. Is this the first time a film has aired on both series during the same season? I wrote about it at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/702797.html.
  7. There's one used copy at amazon.com for $197.16. Can't find any other places for it.
  8. As a Carole Lombard fan, I'm delighted to see two of her films make this season's Essentials (though I note "To Be Or Not To Be" is also an Essentials Jr. selection). It always seemed that one of Carole's films would be the one shown after an Essential, usually one starring Katharine Hepburn -- that happened at least twice in recent years. I'm particularly pleased to see "Twentieth Century" make the cut; I'm eager to hear Drew Barrymore's thoughts on her grandfather's brilliant performance, plus I sense Lombard is one of her favorites.
  9. As someone who's met and interviewed Julie, I would agree with you; unfortunately, during her heyday as an actress, she rarely got a chance to show off her comedic skills, particularly in movies. (TV was somewhat similar, aside from her turn as Catwoman on "Batman" and on the gimmicky sitcom "My Living Doll.") I sense producers were too in awe of Julie's phenomenal physical attributes -- her height, her curves, her legs -- to realize she was a talented, funny woman. I doubt that would have been the case had she been born some 20 years earlier; studios in the '30s would have known how to proper
  10. Not all that shocking, when you keep in mind that Bill was born July 29, 1892, and I'm sure that since SUTS debuted in 2003, TCM did a few Powell birthday celebrations over the years.
  11. Claudette Colbert was a Paramount star, too. Regarding Lombard, the only Paramount film being shown on her day is "True Confession" (when Carole got the honor in 2011, the only Paramount movie that day was another Lombard-MacMurray pairing, "Hands Across The Table"). Since she spent seven years at Paramount, one wishes more of her films there could show up on TCM -- the lesser titles could take the place of her programmers elsewhere. (The same applies for Claudette; I'm delighted "The Smiling Lieutenant" is airing.) I wrote about this at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/696321.html.
  12. Believe it or not, this is Powell's SUTS debut.
  13. My thoughts on this year's SUTS: http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/696321.html
  14. You must mean Saturday, because the "Essentials Jr." schedule is out and "Marty" isn't on it. Here's the complete "Essentials Jr." list, released the other day: (Based on this, who might TCM honor on those five August Sundays?) * June 1: Bringing Up Baby (1938) * June 8: The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) * June 15: The Yearling (1947) * June 22: Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956, American version) * June 29: A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) * July 6: Jason and the Argonauts (1963) * July 13: The Little Princess (1939) * July 20: Silent Comedy Shorts –- Laurel & Hardy in “Two Tar
  15. My Man Godfrey A Hard Day's Night Horse Feathers One Way Passage Hands Across The Table
  16. Powell's on the wrong side of the law in "Jewel Robbery" (and even disarms his foes by giving them cigarettes laced with "wacky tobacky"), but I don't believe his character resorts to violence in order to get what he wants. And Powell is so debonair doing it that you really don't perceive him as a villain.
  17. "Vigil In The Night," the Carole Lombard nursing drama shown on TCM today as part of a tribute to director George Stevens, featured an alternate ending for markets outside the U.S. The film was set in England, and in this version, several of the characters hear Winston Churchill declare war on Germany following its invasion of Poland. ("Vigil" was released in early 1940.) In 2006, TCM ran both endings as part of its Lombard "Summer Under The Stars" tribute, but hasn't run it since. Does it still own the rights to it, and will it be shown again one day?
  18. The premise of the film reminded me of one of the Three Stooges' very best shorts, "Micro-Phonies" (1945), which IIRC borrowed an element from "Love Crazy" (1941).
  19. I knew there would be some kind of shot at Griffith, which I didn't like. If anything I feel he's increasingly undervalued today. The "shots" weren't so much aimed at Griffith as to the oversimplification of his legacy. No, he didn't invent closeups and such, but more than any filmmaker of his time -- and he made hundreds of films -- he popularized them. And had "The Birth Of A Nation" concluded with Lincoln's assassination and the families returning home to their respective sides, you still would have had an epic of about an hour-and-a-quarter, one you could show to audiences of any colo
  20. "This Is The Night" (1932), the Paramount comedy with Roland Young, Lili Damita, Charlie Ruggles and Thelma Todd now best known as Cary Grant's film debut, has some blue-tinted scenes adding ambiance to its portrayal of Venice at night.
  21. As for supporting stars and the rest of them - Jeanne Crain I can buy. Hattie McDaniel I can buy. Charles Coburn is just....ugh. Ramon Novarro? Give me a break. Who's Glenda Farrell? It doesn't help if TCM hasn't shown her movies much before - essentially unknown = not a Star. Coburn isn't among my very favorite character actors, but he's certainly worthy of a SUTS salute...and his selection could pave the way for some of my favorites with similar status (e.g., Walter Connolly, Frank Morgan) to warrant a SUTS day in future years. Are you accepting McDaniel as the "token" SUTS minority sta
  22. The leggy Goldie adds her perspective to the "dumb blonde" debate...
  23. In the past here, I've praised something called the Media History Library Project (http://mediahistoryproject.org/). The good news is now, it's easier to use than ever, thanks to the develop of a search platform called Lantern. Users now can run fulltext searches across the entire collection at once (including extensive runs of many magazines); simply go to http://lantern.mediahist.org. You can see how I've used it for "Carole & Co." at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/624814.html.
  24. Meanwhile, Fay Wray watches Lombard and Dietrich go at it from the sidelines...
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