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  1. I was just watching Preston Sturges's The Miracle of Morgan's Creek last night, which has a very funny faint by William Demarest, when (SPOILER ALERT) he finds out that his daughter, played by Betty Hutton, has just had sextuplets.
  2. When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, I couldn't stand Mickey Rooney. He seemed to be around a lot in those days, and his apparent overacting and aggressive self-importance just really turned me off -- at least, that's how I saw him then. But back in the early 90s, the old TNT channel, which showed a lot of great classic movies before TCM came along, had a marathon of Hardy Family films. I had seen one or two of the Hardy films before and liked them even though I wasn't a Mickey Rooney fan. I thought the marathon was a good chance to see the full series, so I videotaped it. N
  3. This thread has some great choices for "noir" songs. Tom Waits and Frank Sinatra -- certainly! But some of the choices surprised me, like "Long Cool Woman," which I know well but had never thought of as a noir song -- until I read the lyrics here! Recently, inspired by a Washington Post article about the relevance of Edward Hopper's lonely paintings to the mood of the pandemic, I put together an instrumental playlist that was not only inspired by the painting "Nighthawks," but also (in my mind) ended up being a "soundtrack for an un-made film noir." (It does, however, include some musi
  4. The lovely and talented Marsha Hunt (Pride and Prejudice, The Human Comedy) is 102. In the 1940s, she took a heroic stand against the House Committee on Un-American Activities as a member of the Committee for the First Amendment and was blacklisted as a result. She persisted nonetheless and continued to work in movies and TV when she could. Since her semi-retirement from show business, she has spent much of her time on humanitarian issues.
  5. From what he's said on the air, Eddie actually did know some of the actors et al. who made the noir films that he knows so much about. He sought them out for film screenings while they were still around, and it sounds like many of these noir veterans really appreciated someone knowing their work. In that way, Eddie reminds me of Robert Osborne and Peter Bogdanovich, both of whom also made significant efforts to get to know the actors, writers, and directors from Hollywood's Golden Age. I also make a point of watching Eddie's intros and outros each week, even if I don't watch the movie
  6. Long phone extension cords are featured in at least a couple of movies I can think of (in addition to Detour.) Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park (both his stage play and his screenplay) has an exchange about a phone extension cord between newlywed Corie Bratter and the telephone company man who comes to the Bratters' new apartment to install the couple's phone. The telephone company man asks Corie where she wants to put the phone, and she replies that she doesn't know because the furniture hasn't arrived yet. She then asks him to give her a long extension cord so she can carry t
  7. I always wondered about George's involvement with "It Don't Come Easy," too. He's obviously the lead guitarist on the record, and as Dargo says, the song sounds like George's style. I wonder if George declined songwriting credit, since Ringo has readily acknowledged in interviews that the two ex-Beatles collaborated on the song. If you need evidence of Harrison's considerable involvement with the song, I'd draw your attention to George's own recording of it. As you can hear, the backing track is mostly the exact same one used for Ringo's single, so even though George's version is an of
  8. I think Ringo is an outstanding drummer. But when someone opines on his drumming talent, I always think of John Lennon's unfair joke at Ringo's expense. Asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world, John replied dismissively, "He wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" -- apparently referring to Paul's very credible drumming. If the comment isn't apocryphal, maybe John was just kidding his old pal. I hope so. Ringo was exactly the right drummer for the Beatles, and as of a few years ago, he still had that talent when I saw him play one summer night.
  9. I agree that Ringo was the best actor in the Beatles. The others are amusing in A Hard Day's Night (and the Beatles' other movies), but Ringo created more of a character in HDN than the others did. I think the only other movie I've seen Ringo in is Son of Dracula (1974), which starred Harry Nilsson and featured veteran British actor Dennis Price, as well musician friends Keith Moon, Leon Russell, and Klaus Voorman. It came out while I was in high school, and along with a friend who was also a devoted Beatle fan, I went to see it in one of the few showings that this relatively under-di
  10. Several years ago, I was inspired to get a 2-CD set of Morricone's music when I heard a translated interview with him on NPR. Even though I don't particularly care for some of the associated movies (like the spaghetti westerns, which I find oppressive with their heat and dust and generally unpleasant characters), I found the music extremely captivating. I also learned from this selection of his music that it varied much more widely in style than I had realized -- not everything was twangy guitars and whistling (although I loved those pieces, too). These two discs take me into another world.
  11. I'll keep my eye out for the From the Vault discs -- they sound interesting! I also have all of the Jonzo and Sepia Bing Crosby discs, and most of the BCE discs. (There are still a few of the latter that I haven't gotten yet.) While not every recording from either singer is a masterwork, they're all worth hearing at least once, and there are enough masterworks to fill many, many hours. Yes, Frank was the best at what he did. (Not that there aren't others worth hearing, too!)
  12. I'm pretty sure I have all or almost all of Frank's recorded work, too. Once I got started on Sinatra, I wanted it all. I may have missed a stray alternate take here or there (simply because I didn't know about it), but I've at least tried to get everything. (The Columbia "blue box," the Reprise "suitcase," all of the Capitol albums including "Tone Poems," various compilations with otherwise-unreleased recordings -- going so far as to buy one compilation twice because a bonus disc of the Sinatra/Crosby/Waring Christmas album had been added.) You did the right thing by seeing a Sinatra
  13. Yes, "Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth" is probably my favorite episode of one of my favorite TV shows -- and Carl Reiner is a big reason for both. I've always admired anyone who can be funny -- like someone who can draw or write a beautiful tune, they have a talent that can enhance others' lives. And Carl certainly had a talent for "funny." Besides "The Dick Van Dyke Show," I love Carl's performances with Sid Caesar on his TV shows and as "Whittaker Walt" in THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!" (a movie my wife and I watch yearly); his script for THE THRILL OF IT ALL (and his cam
  14. Yes, Sinatra did come to like George Harrison's "Something" quite a bit, recording it in the studio not once but twice. The 1970 version was arranged by Lennie Hayton, husband of Lena Horne, and the 1979 version was arranged by frequent Sinatra collaborator Nelson Riddle. And Frank performed "Something" frequently in concert, calling it "the greatest love song of the last 50 years." Harrison loved Frank's performances of the song. When George toured Japan in the early 90s, his last live performances, he adopted Frank's lyrical change, "You stick around, Jack...." (Harrison's modified
  15. Regarding the Father's Day theme on which I'm a bit late, has anyone mentioned SHADOW ON THE WALL (1950), a film that Eddie showed a while back? If I remember correctly, Zachary Scott is the father of a young girl, Gigi Perreau, who has psychological problems after witnessing a murder, of which her father is accused. Nancy Davis (Reagan) is a psychiatrist who helps the young girl remember what happened. And let me agree heartily in endorsing THE FALLEN IDOL. Ralph Richardson, Michele Morgan, and child actor Bobby Henrey are all brilliant, and this first teaming of author Graham Gre
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