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  1. Thanks, james! This looks like what I've been searching for. Do you know where it might be available by any chance? I haven't found it on Amazon, despite a lot of looking. (The cover above appears to be one of those cool old 78 albums.)
  2. I really enjoyed re-watching Humoresque last week. Does anyone know whether the original soundtrack, featuring Isaac Stern and Oscar Levant, is available on CD? I have the excellent partial recreation of the soundtrack music by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, which I'd highly recommend. But I'd really like to hear the original music from the actual film, if it's available.
  3. I really enjoyed re-watching Humoresque last week. I admire John Garfield more and more, each time I see him. Does anyone know whether the original soundtrack, featuring Isaac Stern and Oscar Levant, is available on CD? I have the excellent partial recreation of the soundtrack music by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, which I'd highly recommend. But I'd really like to hear the original music from the actual film, if it's available.
  4. By coincidence, I was just looking at what Wikipedia says about the casting of The Sunshine Boys, and it provides some indication that Neil Simon did have a role in the casting: "Initially, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were proposed for the leads, but Simon was opposed to the idea, as he felt the roles required Jewish comedians. Several actors, including Groucho Marx and Phil Silvers were considered and the roles eventually were given to real-life vaudevillian veterans Red Skelton and Jack Benny. "Skelton declined after realizing his income was higher performing his stand-up comedy than
  5. You're right -- I should have been more careful when I posted the 12/9/73 Peanuts strip containing a Kane spoiler. Sincere apologies if my post ruined a mystery from that movie for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. But at the same time, I think the strip might (or might not, I'll admit) be interesting to folks who've seen the movie, so I've left it in my earlier post with SPOILER ALERT added -- which I should have included from the start.
  6. That's certainly one way to look at it. But I don't see Citizen Kane as only for movie buffs, even though we've been told for years that it's so great that you have to be a movie buff to enjoy or understand it. Maybe I see it that way because I wasn't a movie buff when I first saw and enjoyed Citizen Kane. In about 1975 (by coincidence), when I was 15 or 16, Kane was on the late show in Cincinnati, where I grew up. It was interrupted constantly by commercials, and I'm sure the print wasn't very good. Yet, I loved it, thought it was a great story. I certainly didn't think it was gr
  7. This is an interesting topic, although I have to admit that I don't usually think in terms of "brave" performances. But would Cary Grant's performance in None But the Lonely Heart, where he departed from his usual comedic/suave/sophisticated roles to play a working-class drifter, qualify as "brave"? Grant reportedly related to the character because of his own modest background, but felt discouraged from taking other adventurous roles when the movie didn't do well at the box office. How about Greta Garbo in Ninotchka? Comedy was a stretch for her, although she did quite well and the
  8. I don't know if anyone answered the question about Lemmon and Matthau being interviewed by Robert Osborne. Their Private Screenings session was recorded on Feb. 13, 1998 and broadcast on April 8, 1998. I'd love to see it again! Lemmon and Matthau as joint Stars of the Month is an excellent idea. Solo and together, their movies would provide a great month of viewing. Although I like a lot of their work, here are my favorites: Lemmon solo: Mister Roberts and The Apartment Matthau solo: The Sunshine Boys and A New Leaf Lemmon and Matthau together: The Odd Couple I
  9. I love My Dinner With Andre, but I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea. My wife and I saw it on the big screen when it when it was new, and while I've watched it repeatedly over the years, she thought that once was enough, noting that staring at the mostly unmoving characters on the screen gave her a stiff neck. (She does acknowledge that it was an interesting movie, though.) But to me, there's plenty of action -- it's just that you imagine it based on the characters' conversation, rather than seeing it on the screen. I'd compare it to old time radio shows, which obviously had no visuals t
  10. The Henry Aldrich movies get my vote, too. I've never seen one, but I really enjoy the Henry Aldrich radio program from the 30s-40s on which the movies were based. The radio program reminds me a lot of the Andy Hardy movies, which I love, and I'd guess that the huge success of that series may have influenced Paramount's decision to make the Henry Aldrich movies. I'd really like to see the latter!
  11. I really enjoyed Crime Without Passion when I saw it on public TV in the 80s, but I haven't had another chance since then. I'd love to see it again. This was one of only a handful of Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur productions.
  12. Picture by Lillian Ross is an excellent look at the making of a single movie, "The Red Badge of Courage." Even if that movie itself isn't a favorite, you may like the behind-the-scenes examination of John Huston's and the cast's creative process. As someone else noted, biographies (and autobiographies) can give you an interesting perspective on movie-making. I really liked Dore Schary's Heyday, which recounts his career as a writer ("Boys Town"), producer ("Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House"), head of production at MGM, and Broadway playwright (his hit play, "Sunrise at Campobello").
  13. On the WHITE CHRISTMAS DVD, Rosemary Clooney talks about having made the mistake in one scene of eating or drinking something. She complained about how she then had to eat or drink in all of the other shots and re-takes for the same scene so that the different shots would match for continuity purposes. If I remember correctly, she made it clear that she'd never do that again! (It's been a while since I heard her commentary, so I don't remember whether she was talking about eating or drinking specifically.) Regarding the use of food in commercials, I recall an interesting NY Times artic
  14. I think the real question is why TCM showed this lousy movie. I saw it on cable back when it was fairly new, and I didn't like it then. What I saw of it last night didn't change my mind -- it still seemed like a lousy movie. If others like this movie, I'm glad they enjoyed watching it again last night. But if Hallmark had still been showing Christmas movies, I would have turned over for a superior viewing experience. (Actually, I did change channels, to PBS.) I feel like TCM let me down.
  15. My wife worked in a friend-owned small retail store for many years. (It always reminded me of the store in The Shop Around The Corner, although it didn't sell leather goods.) During the Christmas season, my wife's practice was to say "Happy Holidays" to customers because we live in an area with people of widely varying religious backgrounds, and she figured that almost everyone celebrates some holiday around this time of the year -- even if only the calendar-mandated New Year. (Other employees chose to say "Merry Christmas" -- it was up to them.) Well, most people responded to my wife
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