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  1. Coal miners put out of their jobs by Obama/Clinton policies don't give a hoot about this Liberal media ploy.

     

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    Jake, please go put on a miners hat and go down in those mines and take in some deep breaths.  Replace the dirty, environment destroying coal mining with clean energy. Those miners can work those new  jobs, and live in a far healthier environment. And live longer healthy lives with a brighter  future to pass on to their children. 

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  2. film lover, I think the film's on location Mexican photography also adds a lot to the authentic atmosphere of the production.

     

    The Big Steal's largely light hearted tone makes it quite a contrast to Out of the Past, the other Mitchum-Greer outing.

    I caught on to THE BIG STEAL some years ago now,  and I really like the film a lot. It's one of those  fun films that I think of on occasion to just sit back and watch my dvd and enjoy. The dvd has some nice audio commentary and I have a couple of bio books on Mitchum.  The back story on the making of this little film is interesting and could make for a good little film itself. Mitchum had just been busted for drug possession (really not a big deal,  just some personal pot usage) but the potential for a career ending scandal was there. So RKO (Howard Hughes) quickly threw this film together to try to keep Mitchum  out of jail (that little ruse didn't work, the judge gave Mitch a short sentence in the county jail,  filming was done before and after Mitchum's time served). The original storyline was much tougher, violent, with dark  shady characters. They lightened that up considerably, almost to a comedy level with Mitchum a rather likable, almost lovable guy. A number of actresses considered for the costar were reluctant to be associated with Robert Mitchum  because of the "scandal" surrounding him. Jane Greer volunteered for the part because she had such a good time working on OUT OF THE PAST with big Bob. Jane was pregnant  at the time so the wardrobe people had to accommodate for that and she couldn't be doing too much physical activity. And they had to be careful with camera angle shots.  The resulting film is a little short in length, it could have used a little more padding.  Ramon Navarro's inspector cop almost steals the film, they should have given his character a little more involvement in the climatic scenes.  The film was reasonably successful at the box office, but more importantly this film helped smooth over Robert Mitchum's public image and keep his career going.

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  3. Let's call the "war with Iraq" what it really was, "the unnecessary,  illegal , counter productive war created by the outright lies of the criminal Bush/Chaney administration" . Comparing the death tolls between  Iraq and Vietnam can be misleading. Many soldiers seriously wounded in Iraq survived because  of  the advanced medical techniques available today (and a more quick,  intense response to aid those wounded), things not available to our fellows during Vietnam.  Of course we have a very large number of those "non dead" from Iraq who now have very serious and often permanent disabilities from those battlefield injuries.  Which means we as a nation should be sparing no expense to provide for the ongoing care for our veterans. But that will take money, lots of it. And heaven forbid we should have to ask the well healed to pay something more in taxes to help meet those expenses.  The oil billionaire Koch brothers for example, they continue to benefit from the oil revenues. Instead of spending  countless billions to  buy out and corrupt the  nation's  political system why not  contribute that money to the veterans who they (and people like Jake)  profess to honor so much?  And people like Donald Trump are a big part of that hypocrisy.

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  4. This whole situation plays out like the classic story of "The boy who cried Wolf"  The long time increasing  stupidity of the republicans of constantly throwing mud and making anything a democrat does into a terrible scandal  has just completely destroyed their (republicans)  credibility. So if there is any real substance to a charge , the general public will just dismiss it as "politics". And to believe the republican line, there is no acceptable way  of investigation  that is objectionable and  non partisan if it  doesn't lead their way.  That is the right wing extremist point of view that runs the present day republican party.  And the few remaining "sane, rational republicans" that are out there  just stand back and won't call out the nut jobs.   What has to happen, and what I want to see, is the whole party implode and a new more responsible opposition (to the democrats) party emerge. And the right wing nut jobs can crawl back into their holes.   

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  5. I'm in the middle of an 'Andy Griffith Show' marathon.   I can't believe it, I think I'm actually watching an episode I haven't seen before!

    I just recently watched a  tv movie starring good old Andy, GRAMPS.  This was made in the early 90's and Andy plays a "lovable" old codger who was long estranged from his son (John Ritter) and the son's wife and little boy. But we quickly learn that  Gramps Andy isn't so lovable, he's a very dangerous psychotic who stops at nothing to get his way, including murder. Andy is very, very scary in this one (I recall seeing him play similar characters in other films , not to mention A FACE IN THE CROWD). Maybe the  extreme sharp contrast between these psychos and his usual "Sheriff Andy" and " lawyer Matlock "  makes him all the more scary in these roles.

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  6. I watched YELLOW SKY which I had recorded a while ago following recommendations from fellow posters (I think on the Richard Widmark thread). It was on the Encore Western channel. Gregory Peck and Anne Baxter were also in it. Expertly directed by Wild Bill Wellman. Great photography. It was quite good. Fine performances from all the leads. I was expecially impressed with Anne Baxter; she looked very natural with minimum makeup and costume changes. Sometimes the women in western movies are all Hollywood-glamorized but she looked real and was quite touching in the final scene.

    Anne Baxter sure "touched" Greg Peck a couple of times in this film ,  I thought he was going to need serious medical attention. :D

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  7. LOL

     

    Nope, Mr. R. I always attempt to keep all my Stepfanies, Stephanies and Stefanies in the dark about the others.

     

    (...saves a whole lot of potential ill feelings that way, ya know)

     

    ;)

    That has to be tough on Valentine's Day, making sure you  don't send a "Stefanie" card to "Stephanie"  etc.  Does Stephanie Zimbalist enter into this confusion?

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  8. You must see THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE! It is one of my favorite, favorite movies (my favorite Cagney film) and everyone else in the cast shines as well. Olivia is particularly entertaining in this, showing quite a flair for comedy and she pairs up very well with Cagney. And even though Rita Hayworth (the strawberry blonde of the title) is very alluring , Olivia's "plain girl" does not let Rita steal any scenes. Olivia de Havilland could do it all, a remarkable actress, I hope she is doing well and enjoying this milestone birthday.

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  9. i was thinking, it really is kind of shocking that LAUGHTON was only nominated THREE TIMES for the Academy Award, winning deservedly for THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII and earning well-deserved nods for MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY and WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION.

     

    But that's all.

     

    I know he wasn't "HOLLYWOOD" and he could've cared less AND a lot of his films were British and/or "under the radar"- but really- just off the top of my head, his work in  ST. MARTIN'S LANE, THE SUSPECT, THE BIG CLOCK (for supporting), HOBSON'S CHOICE, and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (although, again, sort of a supporting role) each and every one was without a doubt one of the five best performances given by an actor in those years.

     

    (and it's worth noting, he should've earned nominations for REMBRANDT, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and RUGGLES OF RED-GAP but was nominated for other films made in those years. )

    I believe that if I could make just  one change in the academy awards winners it would be to give Laughton the best actor for HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.  Interesting that I watched some of Svengoolie's airing of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS and Sven commented that Laughton was not happy with that role, only doing it for contract obligation. It's a riot seeing Bela Lugosi in his get up.  They use that scene of his mugging for the camera in AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON (the Carrie Fisher segment).


  10. I notice that Jake holds some wildlife in great esteem , as long as its in some far off place and doesn't impact him personally. He doesn't picture wildlife in America; wolves and bears in Yellowstone, Alaska, etc. They of course get in the way of the economics of the oil, coal, timber industries.  Off shore drilling threatens all of the sea creatures, but that doesn't count either. Climate chance and pollution of the air, land and water threatens all life. If the oil industry moves in on the habitats of the beautiful lions, tigers, elephants, etc  they will all be history in quick order.  Ah, just a small price to pay for the big bucks.

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    Good old Jake, the number one hypocrite strikes again.  Many of his "heroes" like  Donald Trump, Dick Chaney, John Wayne, etc  avoided military service of any kind.  George W. hid out  in the Texas National  Guard (and supposedly the Alabama too) , and was often AWOL from that duty. Ronald Reagan   "wore" the uniform during WW2, but got "special duties" that kept him in Hollywood (and how he ever merited getting promotions to Captain, explain that).  Real patriots don't wrap themselves in the flag to glorify  themselves or to further their politics.  As I have often stated I did not serve in the military but I have a genuine appreciation for those who did serve, and the sacrifices that many made and yet they don't exploit for personal endearment. Pure speculation on my part, but I have found that those who do the most bragging don't really have much to brag about.

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  12. Several weeks ago I recorded "M" (1951) , which is a rather good remake of the classic 1931 German film that starred Peter Lorre as the mentally disturbed little man who preys on young children.  David Wayne gets to play the thankless role in the new film and does a very effective job here, Wayne was a very good actor (he was Pulver in the MISTER ROBERTS stage play with Henry Fonda).  Wayne's hysterical pleading to the mob  at the end was very intense. A lot of well known  character actors appear in this film (did anyone see William Schallert make a brief appearance?). Watching this film (my first time) made me think of the classic HE WALKED BY NIGHT with Richard Basehart  as the deranged killer on the loose and being hunted down.

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  13. O'HENRY'S FULL HOUSE is sort of a showcase for people who were under contract to 20th Century Fox at the time  (1952) . My favorite segment is the first one with Charles Laughton (who almost always entertains me a lot ),  David Wayne is also there, and Marilyn Monroe has a rather brief part (still she is noticeable) . Ironically today Marilyn is the one most promoted  on the dvd , while the other Fox  gals (Anne Baxter, Jean Peters, and Jeanne Crain) are the real stars featured.  I   single out "The Last Leaf" for Jean Peters'  excellent work, damn I wish she hadn't  "retired" from acting  so soon after.  "Ransom of Red Chief"  works well, Fred Allen  and Oscar  Levant offer up a peculiar kind of comedy here.  "The Gift of the Magi"  is nicely done, that is such an often imitated little storyline but it always works.  Ironically, for me anyway, the story I like the least here is "The Clarion Call".  I am  always such a big Richard Widmark fan and I know he is purposely spoofing his Tommy Udo character, but I think it is a little too over the top.  It's like a one joke  that's played too long and gets tiring.   Oh well, they can't all be winners.

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  14. Yea,  I was disappointed HRC felt she needed to pander to that coal miner and the coal mining industry in general instead of just explaining what I believe is the correct course;  phasing out coal as an energy source.   Note I say 'phasing out';   i.e. a reasonable time period to train people so they can work in other professions.    My grandfather died of black lung in his 40s so it isn't only the environment that gets polluted by the coal industry.      

    I certainly have empathy for the people who live in coal country, if there are alternative jobs provided for these people they will certainly give up mining coal. It is still a very dangerous, unhealthy way to make a living. Does any caring parent want to see their children's future tied up in mining coal for a living?   We can see how the mine owners do so much to operate in a safe responsible manner, they do everything they can to maximize the profit line, violating safety regulations (its  often cheaper to pay a fine than comply) regardless of the risks.  The environment where these people live  is being raped, when the coal is gone, what's left?  And the burning of coal ( and oil)  for creating energy is dirty, always has been, always will be. When there are proven alternative technologies available it makes no sense to rely on fossil fuel for energy. The ONLY benefit is to put more money in the pockets of the ones who have their vast wealth tied to the oil and coal industry. And if those people had any sense of social responsibility they could take their wealth and invest in the new technologies.  They would still come out on top financially.

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  15. What - are you on drugs??

     

    None of those voters would've voted for Gore. If anything, they'd have voted for Bush - but most likely they wouldn't have voted for anyone.

     

    But they hated Gore so much, they voted for a "third party candidate" rather than vote for that Clintonian putz. Same thing may be happening now - Clinton's gonna lose a lot of votes, especially if Jill Stein convinces Sanders to join the Greens after the DNC makes the mistake of choosing her over him.

    Dark, for once you are the one in the dark. It's inconceivable that any Nader supporter would have voted for "W".  They would have either sat out or voted for Gore. If the balloting in Florida hadn't been rigged in various ways and a small number of Nader people would have voted for Gore, he would have carried the state and the election. And if the ridiculous Electoral College had been done away with, Gore won the overall popular vote.  And a Gore presidency would have been way, way better than what America ended up with.  The same way Hillary Clinton (whatever her faults) will be way, way better than having the insane egomaniac Trump trying to run things.  

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    Anyone who will put a stake in the heart of the entire fossil fuel industry gets my vote.  Moving towards clean energy technologies will create safer, better paying, sustainable  jobs.  The environment where these people live will be made safe , clean air, clean water, etc.


  17. Sarah's only goal is to somehow keep herself relevant and in the public eye. It's understandable that she would lean towards Trump, the "master" at playing the reality tv game and keeping himself the center of attention. People like this really have no core political convictions, they just yell and scream to get attention. Whatever brings in a crowd.  And like the wind, that can change at anytime.

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