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Everything posted by VP19

  1. And if it makes us squirm a bit, is that a bad thing? How many times have we heard William Powell, Clark Gable, or some other star from the 30's and 40's say *"That's mighty white of you"?*You could practically start a drinking game on that lovely little throwaway line, which in six short words reveals more about America's racial attitudes in that era than all the flowery 4th of July rhetoric. I saw it used in the Powell-Loy film "Double Wedding" (forget which of them said it), and I was taken aback. An online check reveals it may come from doing a favor for someone that is not really a
  2. Dad is 89-year-old Frank Mankiewicz; he and Ben will introduce four films with ties to their family, starting with "Citizen Kane" at 11:45 a.m. (ET), co-written by Frank's father, Herman J. Mankiewicz. Learn more about this family, and TCM, at http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/grandson-of-citizen-kane-co-writer-continues-a-family-tradition-as-a-tcm-host/2013/06/14/2b63e5f2-cf85-11e2-8f6b-67f40e176f03_story.html My take on this, as well as their ties to Frank Mankiewicz, is at http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/609780.html
  3. I prefer to think of Haas as the poor man's Josef von Sternberg, with Cleo Moore as his Marlene Dietrich.
  4. William Powell, James Cagney and James Stewart.
  5. How about "Hands Across The Table," the 1935 Carole Lombard-Fred MacMurray romantic comedy? Change what whittles Fred's fortune from the Depression to the 2008 economic downturn, and you have material for a remake. I know that in the late 1980s, Teri Garr reportedly wanted to remake one of Carole's comedies (she has often cited Lombard as a role model), and I wonder whether this was the one. With the right script, I could see this as a vehicle for the likes of Kate Hudson or Anna Faris.
  6. Here's more about "Stark Love," and the rather strange tale of its leading lady: http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/51194.html
  7. > {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote}I'm not so sure of the choice of Lombard from My Man Godfrey. Could you really listen to her for an entire evening? If so, I call that true love! The reference was to Lombard circa 1936, not Irene Bullock (Carole's character). I chose Lombard in '35 because, unless you did it really early in '36, some guy named Gable would get in the way, and no mere mortal could compete with him.
  8. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}This is the toughest-looking Ida Lupino pic I could find. Odd that there weren't more, because she was tough so often in her movies. > > > > > Look Bub, shaddup about the Duchess. And how should I know where that grinning cat went? All I really want is to down whatever's in that liquor bottle your'e holding, and get outta here. > Whaddya mean, "I'll need more room?" > Hey, who wouldn't mind a nine-foot-tall Ida Lupino?
  9. Tough choices to make. Universal could make our work so much easier by giving TCM access to the several hundred films in its pre-1948 Paramount catalog; in recent years, SUTS honorees such as Carole Lombard and Claudette Colbert have had virtually no Paramount product as part of their 24 hours ("Hands Across The Table" was shown for Carole, not sure what was carried on Claudette's day), and both made plenty of programmers for the studio that deserve to be unearthed. And showing Paramount films would give a different twist to when TCM finally gives William Powell a SUTS day; I'd love to see "In
  10. For my thoughts on SUTS (a good lineup, but not quite as exciting on the whole as last year's), go to http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/600487.html. Oh, and TCM, will you finally award William Powell his first SUTS day in August 2014?
  11. Within the next few days, we should learn the August schedule and the lineup for the 10th anniversary of Summer Under The Stars, the favorite period for many TCM fans. Any thoughts? Has anyone seen the schedule yet (we have some hints from the August schedule for "The Essentials" and "Essentials Jr.")?
  12. I regularly use it as a basis for entries at "Carole & Co." Can't say enough good things about the site. (For an example of the library as a resource, check out http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/592728.html.) Some of the publications that may be of particular interest to fans of classic Hollywood include, from the "trades": The Film Daily (1918-1936) Hollywood Filmograph (1929-1934) Hollywood Reporter (1933-1934) Motion Picture Daily (1931-1934) Motion Picture News (1928-1930) Motion Picture Review Digest (1936-1939) The Screen Writer (1945-1948) And from fan
  13. My top three for each gender: *Actors* 1. William Powell 2. James Cagney 3. James Stewart *Actresses* 1. Carole Lombard 2. Myrna Loy 3. Barbara Stanwyck
  14. Please see several other threads on the topic.
  15. > {quote:title=AddisonDeWitless wrote:}{quote} > > I'm happy whenever I see silents on the schedule, be it an all-day marathon or prime-time showings, and I wish TCM sent a little more love down Silent Film Lane than they do...One showing Sundays at midnight is a piddling offer when the "genre" still has committed fans out there. I love silents as much as anybody, and I'm happy whenever TCM shows them outside the "Silent Sunday Nights" timeslot (e.g., the all-day salute to Lon Chaney on April 1, the anniversary of his birth). At the same time, it must be acknowledged that silents h
  16. Anyone blaming this on Ben Mankiewicz doesn't understand how TCM works (or, in this case, doesn't work). I'm certain his intro was taped some time ago, in preparation for showing the silent version of "Blackmail" -- and indeed, for the first few minutes, we heard synchronized sound effects but no dialogue. Then, suddenly, talking...not gibberish as Charlie Chaplin gave us in "Modern Times," but actual dialogue. Lots of dialogue. (When viewing a talkie in 1929, that's what audiences wanted to see, er, hear.) I'm guessing TCM had both versions available (they wouldn't have promoted it as a s
  17. Ebert was a superlative film critic; that's obvious to just about anyone. But to me, what made him special was his work as a writer, on all sorts of topics (not just movies), and that was the angle I used in my tribute to him Friday: http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/591335.html
  18. So, which was better -- Hank 5 or Dick 3?
  19. Try this, which has all sorts of goodies from the film library archives at New York's fabled Museum of Modern Art. There are copies of Photoplay, Picture Play, even the 1931-32 Paramount pressbook, all featuring ads in full color: http://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Amuseumofmodernart&sort=-publicdate&page=1
  20. Speaking of "Oz," do any of the film adaptations of "Oz" books from L. Frank Baum's production company survive? Baum lived in Hollywood in the 1910s, and the movies were an outgrowth of the various stage productions of "Oz" stories that were quite popular around this time.
  21. When Mamie was eight and living in South Dakota, she saw Clark Gable and Carole Lombard arrive at the Sioux Falls airport in October 1941, when Clark and Carole were going on a hunting trip. In her autobioography, she says she was awestruck at Carole's beauty and the couple's glamour.
  22. My favorite film from Doris is "Teacher's Pet." She has better chemistry with Clark Gable than one might expect. My favorite song of hers? Well, I'll name two. From her Les Brown era, "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time"; from her solo years, the magnificent "Pretty Baby," which one writer perfectly described as being both maternal and sexy at the same time.
  23. *My top three, unquestionably:* 1. Carole Lombard 2. Myrna Loy 3. Barbara Stanwyck *After that, it depends on my mood, but in the next tier are (in alphabetical order):* Constance Bennett Joan Blondell Claudette Colbert Marion Davies Marlene Dietrich Ann Dvorak Glenda Farrell Kay Francis Jean Harlow Miriam Hopkins Ida Lupino Una Merkel Ginger Rogers Jane Russell Elizabeth Taylor Loretta Young *These are among my favorite ladies from the post-classic era:* Julie Andrews Goldie Hawn Julie Newmar Michelle Pfeiffer
  24. Intriguing mix. TCM could very well do something similar, although a few days no doubt will be reserved for SUTS semi-regulars, or even a few stars who have been underserved (e.g., Clark Gable, who's only appeared in 2003 and 2009). Oh, and if we're actualy doing Frank Morgan and Eugene Pallette this year, why not fellow character acting greats Walter Connolly and Una Merkel in 2014?
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