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Everything posted by OllieTSB

  1. Completely forgotten film title. I think it's out on DVD, too. A man has decided to embezzle money from his bank vault, and plans to escape further on the long weekend. But travel plans fall apart and he can't get out of town, or can't get his wife out - or something. He spins his wheels trying to flee, but ends up deciding to return the money to the vault (on Monday morning!) using his position to get into the vault without raising alarms. But of course... even that doesn't work so well. I wished the lead actor was Joseph Cotten but, no... not even Wendell Corey.
  2. The trouble with these things is I end up discovering films I'd never heard of - and now desperately NEED to see 'em. TERROR AT BAR X. Oh boy... and I've never seen a "Bob Custer" western before. MYSTERY OF MR. X sounds terrific, too, but alas doesn't seem to be available on DVD. And SQUADRON LEADER X has that villainous Eric Portman donning yet another German uniform to create havoc for the Allies. Darned guy... Of course, X-15 is out of print these days. Ah well... I remember it vaguely. Should I inflict three versions of MADAME/LA MUJER X onto the scene, or rely on th
  3. Some additions... CITIZEN X (1995) Tale of the Russian serial killer... PILOT X (aka DEATH IN THE AIR, 1936)... I see this is also referred to as MURDER IN THE AIR. There's no mention of SICK IN THE AIR, or FEELING A LITTLE BAD IN THE AIR. (Obviously, this was before Prequels became popular, I suppose.) ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950) Lloyd Bridges, Morris Ankrum, Hugh O'Brien, Noah Beery Jr, Patrick Ahern - how bad can it be? (I'm having difficulty justifying any ol' X-name... I suppose X-RAY EYES permutates the "X" name, however.) SECRET AGENT X-9 (1945, Serial) Lloyd Bridges, Keye Luck, Ben
  4. Speed mentioned: Not movies persay, but in the Peanuts, you never see any adults... Some might argue that all we see are adults - just drawn very short. ha ha... My top two vote getters were already mentioned: Floyd Thursby... Sean Regan...
  5. Help! I am creating a film festival called X MARKS THE SPOT and trying to include every "X" film I can find. The Amazing Mr. X. Comrade X Doctor X and The Return Of Doctor X Madame X (both the 1929 and 1937 versions) Man From Planet X Man With X Ray Eyes X The Unknown Good films, bad films, and the occasional bore. I am avoiding the modern X-Men films - TV has those frequently enough. Doing an IMDB search on "keyword = X" isn't fruitful because every doctor's show and TV episode that mentions "X-Ray" gets included, along with Gen-X, and eX-lover, etc. So, if you ca
  6. Off to Ray Milland-Land... just for a moment. So many aging actors made some horrid films in their final years, either on a lark (hopefully!) but sadly I suspect some needed the money. Milland had plenty of TV appearances though, so one of his final films is strange - THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1972) where he is attached to Rosey Grier. Now, we've all heard about actors doing their stunts, or not doing them. But this film, well... the film is horrible. Top to bottom. But there is one thing that's doubtless: this is an heroic effort by both Rosey and Ray. Here is Ray, an o
  7. Speed, I've had the same conflicts with Hemingway's books since starting them in Jr High. His are difficult books because the phrasing is so repetitive - some forgive this style as being "typical journalist - repeat everything 3 times so the audience gets it". Ugh. His boring books are REALLY boring, too. I've seen good films based on his stories and I forgive filmmakers who take creative license to 'move things along'. I grew far more impatient with reading "all of Hemingway's books" after reading all of Steinbeck's, which are clearly my favorites. Yet, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS -
  8. It's amazing to see some of these actors deliver practically a first-pitch walk-off homerun in their first at-bats, so to speak. Eli Wallach's in THE LINEUP was his second film and, for a few years, IMDB didn't list the dozen or so TV appearances he'd made (I'm glad IMDB is getting more data, and I trust it's correct. I just wish their format would have retained the much-easier and trustworthy shopping links like 2005's edition offered). I suspect we could list Lee Marvin's and Richard Widmark's first two or three appearances as being of the seriously menacing type, too. For all of the
  9. OK OK - stop it with all this food chat! Good grief... it's been HOURS since I had a wee-hour's breakfast, and Wifey's at the shop and called for me to have a 30-min delay in my arrival due to her busy schedule. That's my lunch date, folks. Delayed. I'm STARVING. So, stop making these posts too interesting to bypass, and too often including food, recipes, etc. I'M STARVING!! But jeepers, there are so many wonderful films in just this last page of entries! And that's for that GAZEBO poster, Molo, because NOW I've got something for that disk's eventual printing! Wheee...
  10. After more reading about Hitler, the most frequent advice seems to be: "Consider the source" especially when I hear "Hitler's genius" being proclaimed. One of the rather fun portrayals of this analysis is one of Adolf's 1920s rich friends, Ernst Hanfstaengl's MEMOIR...OF AN INSIDER... Ernst treats us to all of HIS very best moments throughout this book. His magnificence. His own genius. And ultimately he's faced with a couple of staged assassination attempts as certain Nazis wanted to eliminate his influence although, if Ernst had listened to ANY weatherman, they would have readily
  11. I thought her best role was as that doctor - I hafta agree with Arness: "If she's the kind that takes care of sick people, I think I'll get a fever real quick." Without much on-screen action, this film's opening is thrilling, captivating - an absolute hook-line-and-sinker of a beginning. It's got a terrific supporting cast, drifting in for a bit of scene, here or there. William Shallert, practicing a skill he'd use to always befuddle him - looking the wrong direction at the right time. Ann Doran as one of the nurses, oh so concerned about the beaker of formic acid. Leonard Nimoy.
  12. Those aren't bad hats, by the way. Laura had recently returned from Lubbock, infamous for throwing tortillas. Laura's travelmates were too embarrassed to tell her that she should take the tortillas off - some of them had initially tricked her into pridefully thinking this was Lubbock's version of Mardi Gras beads. And when Laura responded with flashing, well, naturally, more tortillas were tossed. They would have been anyway. It's Lubbock, after all. It's what they do. No one of course told Laura. "They do have radio repair shops, by the way." At this point, Laura, humiliated
  13. Laffite, I'd argue that you're ignoring the Great Sydlexic Factor. Trog IS Torg to some! Er, DySlexic...
  14. (Hmmm... I didn't realize that George The Animal Steele was still with us. Hmmm... TCM's just gotta think of a most excellent guest host for a Tor Day's event.)
  15. I really want to argue against Palmy's thesis. I want to join James' argument for the school of positivity. But as I rehash all of the "Stlain should be" arguments, or some power-of-flight or some inventor's key process, I kept finding myself abutted by Adolf. Darn. Wifey said, "Too bad Bieber is 21st Century, eh?" Oh jeepers...
  16. That double-decker link is dangerous! After 20 minutes, Wifey came in, shrieked and pointed to all the peanut husks around my chair. Sorry... I thought I was tossin' 'em into the gutter, off the upper deck!! Bronxie, you're gettin' me in trouble...
  17. (At least Dargo's not silly enough to bring up the River Styx or resurrection possibilities of River Phoenix.)
  18. Roha, for 3 decades I had a recurring erotic dream that involved bodies and swimming pools of chocolate. Stupidly, I once described this wonderful recurring dream to a pal, who told me, "That's not an dream about eroticism - it's a dream about chocolate. You probably weren't allowed candy bars too frequently as a chidl, were you?" Uhhh, no. And Poof. I never had the dream again. Gone. One of my most-est favorite-est dreams. I've never spoken to that chap again.
  19. Whew! "Leg cramp" comments made me think someone had been talking to Wifey about her Dusty Rhodes Memorial Drop-Kick Sleeper Hold Dungeon games she was planning. Whew! I guess all of that was just a dream.
  20. ISLAND is a favorite because of Wayne's strongly-delivered almost-tearful scenes, so rare are those in his career. It's also got the huge cast - like he phoned up a lot of pals and said, "Got anything going on this month? Well... I could use ya..." HIGH & MIGHTY felt sort of a rip-off of ZERO HOUR, but it's actually the other way around. It's such a shame that I was tainted/poisoned by seeing the second-film first. Perhaps these (along with LIFEBOAT, ABANDON SHIP, IN WHICH WE SERVE, ICE COLD IN ALEX) were just the beginning of disaster films. Holy SAN ANDREAS, Batman!! I'
  21. I think Tone (and Lee Tracy) are two fo the great "Nothing Faces" in Hollywood, while I consider Bellamy's far more distinctive - it's got lines, jaws. He uses it fairly plainly - hiding expressiveness. But Tone and Lee Tracy have such a plain, everyman face - indistinct, in that way. Tone's FIVE GRAVES and PHANTOM LADY were two roles that pushed him to be a favored, collectible actor. But HER HUSBAND'S AFFAIRS and the rather neatly-twisted character he has in EVERY GIRL SHOULD BE MARRIED exposed us to characters a bit more complex than the first-half of each film offered. And he pulle
  22. Oh good grief - I didn't know TCM allowed posting of porn-pix. Food porn. Ah well... at least no one's posted pix showing vats of fudge being stirred with oars, or ladled out onto those frozen blocks of marble. Whew! One more note about libraries... even the mail-delivery services offer fewer and fewer classic DVDs because all of their purchased copies have been lost, stolen, broken, etc, and the DVD makers are no longer printing up new ones. They claim they're not selling well. Hrumph... well, when there are none available for purchase, those folks can guarantee "none will se
  23. My mistake in making my adoration for All Things Pleshette. She was indeed a MAJOR crush for me. "Why didn't the crows head for that flashy blonde instead?!!" Pleshette and, perhaps earlier, the sultry voiced Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) sort of wised me past those "All American Moms" of my first crushes. Pleshette, definitely, and then like you, Shelley Fabares. Something about her totally-cute-face, just too awesome to withstand. (Sometime in the '70s, Myrna Loy was doing dinner-theaters around the country and my mother foolishly let my father take her to see whatever Myrna was do
  24. Dargo, snicker... It's interesting that he died Sunday, June 7th but apparently the family released the news 4 days later. To make sure he wasn't going to get better? "Gee, then why worry with that stake thru his heart, ma'am?" I see that his first title-credits started with an English episodic/skit series (similar to the Playhouse-TV series in America) called KALEIDOSCOPE. My father-in-law remembered this with positive but vague sentiment. "It may have been too adult for me back then" (as he was about 6 or 7) "but I kept watching it. I wish I'd known to have paid attention
  25. FxRey, he's not a favorite star of mine but I think his importance to Hollywood and, out in the world, is beyond "good or bad" issues. He's simply too important, too identifiable as a legend. Nothing better states that than moral-to-the-story of MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY V. LIBERTY V and WAR WAGON are interesting films for him because he sort of sits in the back-seat, coasting along while others take the lead, but each of those remain essential in my John Wayne catalog. Neither 'move' without him, and perhaps he alone drives those films' characters along. My vote for "his most powerful
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