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Everything posted by kcor

  1. Yeah, the sound level was so low I was not sure but what some of the original dialogue was left in--the Wayne was very Wayne-like but sounded about ten years too young! As if Wayne was 15 instead of about 25.
  2. In fact, in "Foney Fables" referred to in the OP the house in Tom Thumb is likely wattle and daub, the branches they are trying to grow on the trees would be the wattle. Daub is mud. You save 20 or 30 years by harvesting thin branches but leaving the tree.
  3. Trail of the Lonesome Pine from 1936, but shot in color, has a father & daughter (Sylvia Sydney) who live alone but in an isolated feuding Appalachian setting, Fred MacMurray comes to build a railroad.
  4. Offhand I say the audio clip sounds like typical movie serial music. In fact it reminds me of the theme from the second Batman serial, "Batman and Robin" from 1949. But when I check it does not sound identical. Maybe someone more musical than I could check.
  5. Harvesting branches (pollarding) but leaving the trunks or even entire small trees but leaving the stumps (coppicing) to grow again is traditional forestry. Often practiced in period England. Certain trees react to these practices better than others. Clever of the film makers.
  6. Ya got it! Thanks to you & others for correct answer & proof.
  7. Well, I find a lot of women actors of the period similar to each other but thought it could be Lombard. That looks like C Grant's cleft chin above. There's some leather & brasswork there. They appeared together in The Eagle and the Hawk 1933, and Lombards hair was cut that way in that picture. I looked for lobbies and stills from the film and did not find that pose, but I say prove me wrong.
  8. Yes, I'm sure it's Garson, but in a quick glance on Friday I thought it looked iffy, then on Saturday couldn't find it again. Thanks to all the help I got the location, but spent a long time (on dial-up) looking at it over and over on Saturday after logging out. The blue hair woman has a wider jaw than Stanwyck so I'm sure I haven't caught TCM in an error. Someday I'd like to figure out what role that blue hair pic is from. Maybe I'll find out on the 14th! I did do some googling of stills but no joy yet. Maybe when I get back to my DSL hookup, on Monday. Cheers.
  9. Thanks to you as well. Here's the deal I mentioned. On day 14 is Peter Lorre centerstage. At right is a woman I take to be Stanwyck with black dress, bright blue hair. Hit day 15 and Garson is centerstage, all grey-blue--different picture, and Rita Hayworth is at right, all violet. Hit day 16 and Hayworth is center, same violet picture. Woman on left is back in black dress blue hair again. Meanwhile, before and after Stanwyvck's day she is offstage in a creamy looking flapper getup but on her day is in a business suit. So I'm right or I'm wrong. Checking further (dialup is so slow).
  10. That second link was it! Thanks so much. No way I was going to find it on my own. You have really made my day.
  11. Just read through the thread and am thinking of changing my order. I was going to say: An interocitor (but already assembled--I'm all thumbs) but I think maybe I'd be happy with a set of resort/casual clothes from Mr. Hulot's Holiday or maybe Playtime. I can't recall, saw them so long ago. There was a jaunty little soft hat like a sailor's hat but folded just so.
  12. Yesterday I saw a charming feature Summer Under The Stars based. A little carnival show stage with the 31 stars available to appear on the stage in sequence or on demand. The preceding star was visible leaving, the next star about to emerge on the other side. In fact I thought I spotted an "error" in it, re: Barbara Stanwyck. Anyway, today on another computer I can't find it and I can't access the history of the first computer. Can anyone explain how to find it, please? I wanted to show it to The Wife.
  13. Thanks for the links. I did not do a lengthy appraisal of the schedules you linked, but rather looked at one week's worth of programming. Then I imagined what I would actually watch. Two movies in full per weekday tops, maybe double that on weekends. I would have seen just as much stuff in 1998 as I would in 2007. Some of it stuff I've seen a lot, some of it stuff I had never seen. All of it stuff I want to see. Only two bases for concern or complaint I think are: 1) If you you do nothing but watch TCM 24 hours a day, you will now see more recent stuff, and might thus be disappointed more. 2) If there is some category you want specifically (stuff not now on DVD, stuff from a particular studio or a particular body of films that get bought/sold/licensed as a group) and TCM isn't programming them nowadays you might be disappointed more. So, I'm not yet disappointed.
  14. How lately is "lately"? I've been watching TCM for about 3 years now and can't say I've seen a troubling amount of recent films (say, 1965 and more recent) in what I might consider lately. There are 24 hours in a day, after all. On the other hand, they continually bring out stuff that I've not seen before from the silent days up to 1965, and which perhaps they have not shown or only shown some time ago. But I could gladly depend on other services for the later stuff if they'd stick to pre-1960 (but I'd like them to feel free to show To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Incident, and so on). Do you have some data? Are all their old schedules available?
  15. Ah, Film Fatale, you are right. My error. I still want to see it--very late Will Rogers. As for "unseen Ford," I'll advance The Plough and the Stars to paramount status. I saw The Informer in the last year or so and was impressed, had imagined I would be bored but the sheer storytelling of Ford captured me. EDITED IN: Clearly my brain was searching for Dr. Bull, as you mention and link to. That's got to be the third Ford/Rogers film I was sure I hadn't seen, but without your correction I would have been on the alert for the wrong thing. Thanks.
  16. Man: Cary Grant in I Was a Male War Bride. Woman: Cary Grant in I Was a Male War bride. Sorry, your subject line was a trifle ambiguous.
  17. He made so many films, that I can look forward to seeing new ones in the future. Among my favorite movies altogether are Steamboat Round the Bend and Judge Priest, but I've never seen the third in Ford's Will Rogers Americana trilogy, In Old Kentucky. Someday--
  18. Re: James Darren, his character in TV's The Time Tunnel was once captured by the German Army (if not actual Nazis) just prior to D-Day in WWII. But I cannot remember a single incident in the story, it's been about 40 years since I saw it. According to synopses I've read, they brainwash him, so I guess he was not rescued by Allied bombing during that.
  19. In today's showing of Raw Deal, for the first time ever I noticed the special twinkling light effect used on Claire Trevor in any close shot. Any pinpoint of reflected light made a gleam like through a star-filter. Usually it was jewelry (earrings mostly) but in an early example it was the moisture in her left eye. I assume Anthony Mann directed that this take place. But, why? Her character did ultimately do the right thing, but up till her last two-shot with Dennis O'Keefe she was subservient and willing to do anything, including crime and violence, for O'Keefe's character. Was she really the "gem" throughout, and no one recognized it except the camera? Great film by the way. All the photography was aces. Gripping despite B budget. I was zonked out from work but stayed awake till the The End.
  20. TCM has been running a couple Boston Blackies on Saturday mornings for a while, I think. Like when they ran the great Superman serials a few months ago. I love this stuff and they are mindless in a way but were staples on TV when I was a boy (like they were theatre staples only ten years before that) and of course were made with a complete range of ages in mind. Unlike the Staurday morning TV shows of the last couple decades, and adult does not need to be ashamed to watch and like them.
  21. I know in reason I have seen The Kid from Spain but don't recall anything about it. I have never seen a Cantor film I haven't liked, though. I have some strong memories of Wonderbar, and if kaleman finds blackface a mistake that one wouldn't be editable even. I think we have to just grit our teeth and accept stuff like that as historical documents. The misogeny of 90% of Hollywood films is awfully offensive but I can stand it. Bob Hope acting "crazy" in Road to Morocco makes me queasy but I love the movie, with that part left in. I'm not black, though, so maybe my vote won't count.
  22. I got home at about the half-way point and clearly could not have withstood the entire thing. I have missed it at any other TCM showing, although I think I saw a different version of it on PBS some years ago (?). Within minutes, Ford and his work, and workers, had me crying large hot tears. How Green was My Valley is difficult enough to read--to see it acted out is too much for me. Well, with the wrenching parts in isolation, I mean. My grandson had been visiting and just left yesterday (3 years old), and seeing Donald Crisp working with Roddy McDowell, and ultimately dying with his son in his arms, just breaks me down. My own father died when I was about McDowell's age. Of course, when seen in the context of the entire movie it's a different story. But to see that within minutes of seeing Lincoln brought to life (Henry Fonda) and also killed (The Prisoner of Sahrk Island--which I have never seen) is a bit much. Question: Did anyone understand what word Ford said when he and Hepburn were caught on audio tape--not realizing it was still operating--after he said he loved her and she said "It's mutual"? He then said something like "Does it really matter?" but I couldn't make out what he actually said.
  23. The story behind the picture is as entertaining as the picture itself. Glad for the confirmation. The only picture of Garbo with a parasol I could find was this: I have in the last eighteen hours looked at about a thousand pictures (and paintings and cartoons) of Garbo and have decided she was as beautiful as anyone needs to be, from youth to death-year.
  24. Took me a minute to figure out where she appears. She's in the flash banner ad for the A Star is Born-themed programming for September. The same image appears on the cover of "Now Showing" as a clickable cover shows at the bottom of the page. I've clicked it but it's slow loading. I give up on it. My first thought was Greta Garbo but she didn't seem a likely scheduling choice for the theme. Then I thought it looked like Lesley-Anne Down but she's not what I call a bonifide star. I see that Flesh and the Devil is one of the Star is Born movies. Probably Garbo. I'm looking for the still in an image search right now. I'm having the devil's old time trying to open a posting window, though. This site is so quirky I'm getting a little tired of it. I may give up altogether.
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