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About moirafinnie12

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  1. Of course, Mongo. I haven't seen either movie since I was a kid, so naturally they've blended into one vague, lovely Damon Runyonesque blur for me--I remember liking Marilyn Maxwell as well as Lucy opposite Hope. I shoulda checked IMDb for the facts before putting in my two cents. By the way, there's one more Bob Hope movie for TCM to show: "The Big Broadcast of 1938" with Mr. Hope and Shirley Ross singing the ruefully sentimental--and lovely, song--"Thanks for the Memories". I'm glad you're back Mongo. I missed your posts. I hope that if you went on vacation, that it was pleasant. :-)
  2. Ned, I'm so glad that you mentioned the 'Road' pictures. I've been thinking about them this week with Hope's passing. My siblings and I discovered them as kids and couldn't believe how funny they are--we'd only been exposed to Bob Hope as the old guy on the boring specials with the football players. Since then, I've discovered that up until the early '50s, his movies were FUNNY. My favorite road picture is probably "Road to Utopia" where Bob and Bing go into a Klondike saloon. Bob asks for a lemonade, sees the tough guys crowding in and says: "--in a dirty glass!" The corniest of lines, b
  3. Feaito, thanks so much for responding to my query. Lubitsch and Hitchcock are terrific choices for directors whose work was apparently on target at least 95% of the time. Hitchcock's career had some interesting detours that were never audience or critical favorites--"Rope" & "Under Capricorn" are two more 'experimental' works that he created, perhaps for his own reasons, since both had technical aspects that interested him. Another director whose work might easily fall into the '95% category' was William Wyler, though I never cared for some of his later work, such as "The Big Coun
  4. You make a good point about Cary Grant, feaito. Yet, from 1950-1955, Mr. Grant had a string of movies that prompted him to announce his retirement! "Crisis" (1950), "People Will Talk" (1951), "Room for One More" (1952), "Monkey Business" (1952) and "Dream Wife"(1953), while having some entertaining moments, hardly compare to Grant's best work such as "Bringing Up Baby" or "Gunga Din", or "Notorious". Apparently, Cary was actually led to believe that he had lost touch with what audiences wanted to see, and thought that he should quit acting. It took Alfred Hitchcock and "To Catch a Thief" (1955
  5. British director Stephen Frears ("My Beautiful Launderette", "Dangerous Liasions", "High Fidelity"), was recently asked to name his top five directors. His reply intrigued me. He pointed that he couldn't really name a Top 5, since "People make good films for a while, and then they lose it. Take Preston Sturges--he made five good films in a few years, then it was over. You always wonder. Is today the day it won't work?" Perhaps you agree that this was true about Sturges. Could you cite any actors or directors whose work seems to reflect the accuracy or fallacy of Frears' observation?
  6. What happened to John Agar? Two words--alcoholism and divorce. His highly publicized marriage to Shirley Temple in 1945, along with his All American face prompted David Selznick (Shirley's employer at the time), to get him to sign a movie contract, leading to his best film, "Fort Apache", directed by John Ford. During their divorce in 1949, his bouts with the bottle and Miss Temple were discussed in some pretty ugly stories in the press. After this series of events, and, fortunately, a second marriage that lasted from 1951 until his wife's death in 2000, Agar became a sci-fi and cheap western
  7. My toes are fine! Welcome to the board---I just hoped that you'd enjoy reading the entries and I know how hard it is to find former threads on this website since TCM "upgraded" the place about 6 months ago. I'm glad to read that you like John Barry's work too. I love John Barry's scores for "Out of Africa" and "Somewhere in Time". I saw him interviewed on Bravo years ago. He mentioned that the melancholic beauty of the "Somewhere in Time" theme (borrowed from Rachmaninoff, of course), may owe something to the fact that he wrote the score immediately after the deaths of both of his parents.
  8. You might want to check out an earlier thread listed under Favorites entitled "Favorite Film Composers". There's alot of different composers discussed there. My all time favorite: Bernard Herrmann. Not necessarily for his Hitchcock themes, but also for such scores as "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", and, really, all his 20th Century Fox work. This music stands on its own beautifully.
  9. James, the movie you describe sounds alot like "Phantom of the Paradise", directed by Brian de Palma in 1974. It stars that '70s pop culture fixture, the songwriter, Paul Williams and Jessica Harper, (she's quite lovely, but rarely appears in movies anymore). It doesn't, as far as I can recall, take place on a studio backlot, but rather in a Studio 54 type of refurbished theatre serving as a disco. It is for sale in vhs/dvd formats and can probably be purchased at Amazon or at your local Blockbuster. You can see movie details about this at IMDb's website at http://us.imdb.com/Title?007199
  10. How about a Mary Wickes film festival, TCM...I'd watch and Mongo too, I'll bet! Let's see... "Now, Voyager" "The Man Who Came to Dinner"--another juicy nurse part, though she's too easily cowed by the penguins! "On Moonlight Bay" & "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"--she's the same maid in both movies (I'd fast forward through the tedious parts, without her) "Fate is the Hunter" --she's a great, sneakily prurient landlady in this pretty good "Rashomon" type story about a plane crash. What character actor's work would you like to see featured?
  11. Where did you see the reports of Zsa Zsa Gabor & Jerry Lewis' deaths? It's hasn't been reported by the New York Times or CNN,
  12. Mongo, and wasn't Claude Rains delightful as Charlotte's "liberator"? Did you know that Bette Davis thought that her character should have wound up with the good doctor rather than Jerry (Paul Henreid)? And don't you just love the delicious Mary Wickes as Gladys Cooper's 'I've-seen-it-all-before' nurse? I'm glad HBO is showing something other than "The Sopranos".
  13. Oh, Patypancake, this girl's voice has been bothering me too. I thought I was the only stick-in-the-mud whose inner voice cried "Elocution lessons, elocution lessons, elocution lessons!" each and every time I hear Ms. Lopez speak!! She hurts my ears...oh, please let one of this girl's handlers give her some real advice about that flat, nasal voice. I don't know if she can evolve into a good, adequate actress, but at this point, she's way too famous for her own good. Then again, so was poor Rita. Otherwise, let's compare: Rita Hayworth: Signature role-"Gilda" (one of the most sensuous
  14. "Captain Newman, M.D." does seem to have been lost in the shuffle during the posthumous tributes to Mr. Peck, Slappy. Thanks for reminding me of its lovely blend of comedy with serious underlying themes. The romantic sparks between Peck and Angie Dickinson weren't too shabby either. Plus, Eddie Albert gave one of his best onscreen portrayals as a cracked officer with a rigid military wife. I'll have to track it down on video again. P.S. Don't forget some other nimbly played comedic roles by Gregory Peck: "Roman Holiday" (1953) & "Designing Woman" (1957). :-)
  15. Spencer, 1.) I'm a longtime AOL user, and I cannot log in through AOL, only through the Netscape browser window, and that can be tricky...so I don't think it's any easier for AOL members to log in here. Having been posting on this board for over a year, I trace all the problems back to the change in subcontractor to Jive Forums for the maintenance of this board back on Dec. 1st, 2002. Everything got flukey after that--the board was MUCH easier to navigate before this transition, but, hey--this too shall pass, (maybe on Dec. 1st, 2003?). 2.) I loved "Man of a Thousand Faces" too. Cagney wa
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