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  1. Exactly, Gagman, beautifully put. The simple fact is that silent films were never truly silent. You?re right about the studios releasing suggested music out with the film, something they called ?cue sheets? and they listed the major scenes, the length of the scene and the suggested piece of music for the scene. Theater?s generally had resident musical directors that took care of putting the music together, so there were usually major alterations made to the studio suggested cue sheets? lots of those cue sheets were binned altogether as musical directors often felt they could, for want of
  2. His role as Red Nichols in The Five Pennies is his best performance, that I believe wholeheartedly.
  3. Yes of course, I adore Up in Arms! Especially Dinah Shore's version of Tess' Torch Song-- great stuff, that. I think it's funny that Virginia Mayo was set to star in the film but (for reasons I can't remember) was replaced at the last minute. She instead starred (of course) in Kaye's next film, Wonder Man. But she's still in Up in Arms-- in the chorus, singing with the other WACS just before Danny ships off. Remember that bit?
  4. Well done for mentioning Timeless Records-- those CD collections are aboslutely *pristine*, definitely far superior to ASV. Their "Jazz Goes to the Movies" CD ( http://www.timelessjazz.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=288 ) is a real gem. And before Gus Arnheim's band kept the Cocoanut Grove hot, Abe Lyman's Orchestra got the job done. I was THRILLED when I found Timeless Records also has a CD of their recordings as well. ( http://www.timelessjazz.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=90 ) Useless factoid: Charlie Chaplin recorded an original compsitio
  5. As strange as it sounds, that's what happened on last night's episode of The Family Guy. It featured a musical number where Stewie (for those of you not acquainted with the show, Stewie is a wonderfully evil one-year old talking genius) is forced to dance a musical number in order to take a ride in a helicopter (don?t ask.) He begins singing the tune to Gene Kelly?s famous routine from Anchors Aweigh that featured Jerry the mouse and, lo-and-behold, the next scene cuts to the actual Kelly routine with Stewie taking Jerry?s place. It was actually very well done, if you can believe it, and h
  6. It's remarkable that Danny doesn't have a boxed set, and I quite agree with the three volume idea for the three main studios he worked with. My personal favourite of Danny's films are the Goldwyn films. Yes, the Court Jester is timeless, and White Christmas and The Five Pennies are excellent films, but my heart belongs to the Goldwyn years. Having titles like Wonder Man, The Kid From Brooklyn, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Hans Christian Andersen in a boxed set they deserve would be such a treat as they are certainly some of the most delightful, charming films I've ever seen.
  7. I would have to put down Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as my favorite buddy flick. Next I'd have to pick a buddy flick that never was: the ending of Casablanca with Rick and Renault walking off into the horizon and Rick's line 'this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.' My mind has always reeled at what awaited those two, considering the fantastic chemistry they had throughout the whole film. *sigh* I guess I'll never know...
  8. Chaplin. Keaton. Lloyd. The best at comedy bar none.
  9. Well, Carrie and The Shining both scare the living daylights out of me. Wait Until Dark, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Deliverance are also creep-fests that will ensure a restless night nor two. Oh and there?s this B film from the 60s with Joan Crawford in it called I Saw What You Did. Never mind the horrible soundtrack and campy acting, it still manages to give you Goosebumps.
  10. I don't know about anyone else, but the Marx Bros. New Year's Eve celebration went down terribly well in my household: The family was over yesterday, and I of course had TCM on most of the afternoon (to the grumbling dismay of my football loving cousins). Knowing my love of classic films, they purposefully talked through most of Foreign Correspondent, poking fun and laughing... until the airplane crash climax, of course, when they suddenly grew rather silent. (Good job, Hitch!) And then on comes Duck Soup and, not even two minutes into the film, my little 15 year old cousin Tyler starts to
  11. Sergeant York, Gone With the Wind, It?s a Wonderful Life, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers, My Darling Clementine? Ward Bond was in them all and he certainly is one of my favorite character actors. Everytime I see a film and notice that he?s in the billing, well, I settle right on down and snuggle up. Billy Gilbert too, I think, was perfectly delightful. His scene stealing Pettibone in His Girl Friday is legendary, as is his role in Destry Rides Again. (Mischa Aurer was also in Destry, someone else who was a solid, comic character actor)
  12. 31 December 2006 Moira Finnie Dean of Students Classic Cinema College Dear Ms Finnie: As head of production at Paramount Pictures, it is my pleasure to take this opportunity to first congratulate you on the continued success of your institution. A former colleague of mine, one William Holden, who is a Professor at your college teaching (as I understand it) Fundamentals of Screenwriting and Beginners Violin, has just related to me some of the truly colorful events that recently took place during your Film Restoration Department?s holiday party. Many stories seemed to involv
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