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VP19

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  1. Impossible opposites meet at the Paramount lot.
  2. Ekberg always did seem larger-than-life: :
  3. Carole provides some tennis advice:
  4. Here's Connie, one sexy ghost...
  5. Did what you said above; no luck.
  6. http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/VP19/miscellaneous/parishiltoniconic00_zps8232b770.jpg! http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/VP19/other%20Lombard%20pics/carolelombardp1202-190c_zpsc240eb00.jpg!
  7. RIP Kyle. Thanks for being one of the people who helped make the TCM community so truly special.
  8. > {quote:title=Hibi wrote:}{quote}They aren't so much lost as not easily available. Most of her output (at least during the 30s) was at Paramount which is owned by Universal now. They don't turn up too often on TCM...... Neither do most Claudette Colbert or Carole Lombard Paramount programmers. Fans of these three legends say: "Get with it, Universal!"
  9. A little film called "My Man Godfrey," starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. Also, didn't Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan team on screen after their divorce?
  10. We need to get the ghosts of Carole Lombard and Claudette Colbert (both of whom have several films stranded in movie limbo) after these guys.
  11. A terrific writer...and let's not forget the 14 "Twilight Zone" episodes he penned. Speaking of that... http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/611893.html
  12. > {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
  13. The Costa version of "All My Tomorrows" is very good, but I prefer the Capitol version; to me, it's sort of the archetypal Sinatra Capitol recording. And the "Saturday Night" version I prefer is the Columbia hit from early 1945, arranged by George Siravo (who did many of Frank's up-tempo Columbia sides). Even at this early point in his career, when he was generally renowned as a balladeer (and a good one; the CD release of Frank's Columbia tracks in the late '80s and early '90s led many to re-evaluate this stage of Sinatra's career, and I'm glad he lived to see it), Sinatra could swing with th
  14. Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week) All My Tomorrows To Love And Be Loved It's The Same Old Dream Ring-A-Ding-Ding
  15. IIRC, Eddie Cochran was one of the acts featured in my choice for the best rock 'n' roll movie ever made, "The Girl Can't Help It" (starring another buxom '50s honey, Jayne Mansfield), as he performed "Twenty Flight Rock." It wasn't that big a hit in the U.S., but it probably had more chart success in the UK; it certainly was influential there, as it was among the first songs a young guitarist named George Harrison learned to play.
  16. Keep in mind that "Essentials Jr." films are chosen for families to watch, in order to get younger audiences interested in classic film. Knowing the story and the setting, the presence of the 'n" word didn't surprise me, but some families who are relatively unfamiliar with classic movies may have had a completely different reaction, perhaps a negative one. I don't know if Hader writes the intros himself (if so, he probably gets some assistance from TCM's writing staff), but had I been him, I might have added a warning.
  17. It's interesting that when "To Kill A Mockingbird" was shown on "Essentials Jr." the other night, the "n" word was used several times by the small-town racists, and host Bill Hader did not give any advance warning of this. (I'm not necessarily saying he should have, just that hearing the word -- even when uttered by characters in 1932 for a film released in 1962 -- is probably jarring to many in 2013.)
  18. 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
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