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  1. I was kidding TB. There is no blackface in Bluebeard's Eighth Wife. But if a movie did exist that had both blackface and wife spanking in it, I figure you would know which film that is!
  2. I dunno TopBilled. Old movies with Blackface are probably out on TCM, so old movies with wife spanking in them are probably out too. Probably for sure no movies with wife spanking AND blackface will be shown on TCM. Is there such a movie? Again, I dunno.
  3. For the first time, I not only recognize these films, but I've actually seen them!
  4. I wonder why Criterion just didn't put the entire 1929 version on the Showboat Blu as an extra rather than just excerpts. TCM has shown that version several times and it is not like it is badly in need of repair.
  5. Don't worry. I'm sure your reply will discourage this newbie from ever asking another question again. At least you didn't correct their grammar.
  6. Miracle on 34th Street was made by Fox, which now belongs to Disney. Disney's business model is to negotiate with nobody, lock everything in a vault, and force you to cough up money monthly to stream Disney+ if you ever want to see anything they own again. They are hoping that wanting to see Man of La Mancha's Delorean, or whatever it is called, will be incentive enough. Werner Herzog eats his reputation. It's a Wonderful Life, once in the public domain, is now owned by NBC. They trot it out at Christmas for a couple of viewings a year, chock full of commercials. I think this has been true for a couple of decades. In case you are wondering about "White Christmas", I think AMC may have broadcast rights - not sure about this. They think for some odd reason that the same people who enjoy Walking Dead - by now the Marathoning Dead - with non stop gross out factors and sexual assault will enjoy this old film. Odd folks running that place. December on TCM usually consists of lots of repeats of the Christmas films that WB/MGM/RKO owns, a Star of the Month whose films the Turner Library has easy access to so it is cheap - Joan Blondell in this case, and also this month "remakes". The remakes spotlight has taught me that MGM really did run out of ideas after Irving Thalberg died. All they could seem to do was remake their landmark dramas and comedies of the 1930s and early 1940s into saccharine musicals in the late 40s and 50s. Don't let the Algonquin Round Table that has taken over these boards dissuade you from asking questions. I remember in December 2010 somebody posted a thread entitled "Too many silent films and too much Mickey Rooney". That month TCM was running a documentary in seven(??) parts entitled "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood". There were lots of silent films in the first two or maybe even three installments, and Mickey Rooney was Star of the Month in December 2010. I know, I talk too much.
  7. I watch TCM regularly and not once did I hear about this documentary! I would have loved to see something on the history of blackface and the movies. Maybe it is on "Watch TCM".
  8. I think that TCM must have struck a deal with Criterion. I see quite a few of the films in their catalog showing up.
  9. People who like to see Scrooge in all its versions multiple times in December are like people who like it when radio stations play nothing but Christmas music from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Don't they realize that there are about three hours of Christmas music worth listening to? And they want to stretch that into 30 days. And no I do not tear up when I listen to Silent Night as performed off key by the Fredericksburg First Methodist Children's Choir. I think such people should be subjected to a month of the top 100 hits of the 70s as played by bad cover bands in a continuous loop.
  10. Since I'm from Dallas I'll be sure to record this!
  11. That's very considerate of you. One time I read about a guy whose late father left behind 4000 VHS tapes, recorded on various expired VCRs, all at low quality so that several movies could fit on each. The son went through the entire collectiion and kept 200 of them because they had rare films on them. I wish I could find the link so I could be sure the facts are right, but I'm pretty sure about the starting point - 4K VHS tapes with low quality recordings on them.
  12. Yep, I was using Oldies to search for titles too. I really have all of the classic Archive collection stuff I want until they put out another set of Pete Smith. I may look at some of the 70s and 80s stuff in the Archive tomorrow, mainly made for TV movies or some of the TV series that never made it to DVD and likely will never be on TCM. So much of the Archive activity is focused on putting out on Blu films that were in very neat little collections of DVD films that were pressed and released 2003-2008. I think I'll stick with my pressed DVD stuff. For example, I'm more than happy with my original Thin Man DVD collection with all of the extras.
  13. I don't mean to make your task more complex, but Oldies.com and Amazon both have a bunch of Warner Archives marked down for black Friday at price points often several dollars cheaper per film than the actual archive does. And how do you search for stuff on the Archive? They took away the "Search by decade" feature. The whole interface is so clumsy.
  14. I love L&O too. And you must be a youngster to have never watched an episode of I Love Lucy! Back in the 60s and into the 70s that was one of the most common fill-in shows in the afternoons because it was one of the few older TV shows with high quality recordings. From mediavillage.com: Previously, most TV series were shot in New York and broadcast live on the East Coast, with low-quality kinescope recordings — basically, films made by aiming a camera at a TV screen — sent to stations in the relatively unpopulated West. For I Love Lucy to be filmed in Los Angeles and broadcast nationwide, Arnaz turned to the new technology of a multi-camera shoot, with each camera filming on 35-millimeter film. That provided the necessary quality for national distribution. But Ball was also the kind of comic actor who needed an audience to respond to. So, Arnaz brought in a live studio audience. I Love Lucy, as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences puts it, was the first scripted show to be shot on 35-millimeter film in front of a studio audience.
  15. No that wasn't a misprint, unlike when I wrongly called Cagney's "White Heat" "Caged Heat", which Lawrence hilariously pointed out. I call it "Disney Puss". Actually it SHOULD be ****. I've seen it spelled both ways for a medical situation. As in what comes out of an infected wound, not a kitty cat. But if that ****(s) wore boots, they would be made for walking AFTER The Cult of the Mouse empties your pockets. But most people give it up willingly because they just can't miss an episode of Man of La Mancha's Delorean or whatever you call it. I don't know what is up with the auto censor on this post.
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