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  1. What's the matter Fred ???? Either ya lost another argument with your burro, or you ran out of pages in the Sears and Roebuck's catalog in the outhouse and had to use a corn cob instead .. If that scene got to you, you have led a very sheltered life.... Durning my mis- spent youth, I was inflicted with the most socially innept squad in the 4th Marines. Two of my miscreants were arguing, when one said "Well **** on you." Where as the second replied, "You ain't got the b***s". At that point, the first proceeded to prove the second wrong..... "Hell of a fight followed, when one tried to brea
  2. A large popcorn and soft drink that the Kirby car is NEITHER an Auburn, nor a Cord ... (Both made by the same company.) But rather was based on a Buick chassis. ( I once read a funny article that told of how they rigged the car so that they could film the road scene where Topper was in the passenger seat and no one was behind the wheel....)
  3. Re: Tucker (automobiles)... There used to be one in the Harrah collection durning the 1960s and 70s. I last saw one at a collection in Maine a few years ago. There are only 50 in existance (49 from the factory and one assembled from factory parts. ) One was destroyed by a train. They don't change hands very often, but when they do......
  4. As an FYI, the Packard Club website has a listing of different movies with Packard Automobiles featured. I often watch the backgrounds in early movies to see if I can identify the various makes of cars shown, or that the players are "riding" in. (Annoys my wife to no end when I suddenly shout "Holy Cow !!!! A 1930 Cord L-29 convertable sedan !!!!! I wonder where they shot that background to get something like that driving along in city traffic ?????? Personally, I think that both she, and the cat, have over-active startle reflexes.)
  5. One of the benifits of being old and retired is *NOT* having to deal with the snow....You don't have to drive in it. You don't have to shovel it. And you don't have to go outside and get cold and wet in it..... I lived outside Boston between September 1977 and September 2005, and I had my fill of the white stuff very early on. I was at the point where if I saw another bumper sticker that said "PRAY FOR SNOW", I would have beaten the driver senseless with his own skis..... Right now I'm just south of FredC on the banks of the Rio Grande and loving it... NOW when it snows, I throw another log o
  6. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > Yikes, I'm at 5,000 feet in the Southwest, and it has been snowing all night. I'm low on brandy, need rescue team. If you have no brandy, Jack Daniels will do! > > Will be watching TCM all day! > > Anyone else snowbound today? What's the matter Fred ??? Did ya forget to get the "four footed drive system" on your burro ???? I sat up here in the rocks and watched the antics as they exibited the driving skills of going sideways, or backwards down the road. My favorites were the cushion shots off the far guardrail to turn the c
  7. > {quote:title=scsu1975 wrote:}{quote} > I just had a college senior in my office who was stumped, and I do mean stumped, on 9 + 7. And I used to be cursed as a nasty old man when I commented that most college graduates couldn't count to twenty unless they were wearing sandals.....And that was the reason why they (sandals) were the primary fashion of footwear with natural blondes. (The last was certain to get my daughter adhered to the ceiling...)
  8. Kubrickbuff: You're correct that I overstated the lack of taste in recent movies. I think that I was affected (or infected) by the recent examples rented by visiting (step) grandson... The point that I was trying to make (not very well) is that each of us has our own reason for preferring certain types of movies, be they circa 1930 or 2000. I know that some will say that film "X" or "Y" or "Z" is the greatest movie ever made for what ever reason, for every other person that agrees, there will be one or more who will have a different opinion regarding that same movie. Personally, I prefer
  9. Kubrickbuff: I agree with you that many films of the "classic era" are flawed by multiple issues. But, others are gems. Sometimes the only joy might be in the fact that you've never watched it before. Last January I was able to see many very early Cagney films that I had never seen before, but I would like to see again. We have to remember that the films were made at a different time and for a different audience. We shouldn't judge them by today's standards..... It is like my garage. I have two cars in it, one a 1937 the other a 2005. The 1937 was made for a country that was 90% UN-pav
  10. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > جزء من جنازة عبقرى السينما المصرية يوسف شاهين القداس Doggone it Fred, I wish that you would quit arguing with your burro. You know how grumpy you get when it wins. (Which it usually does....)
  11. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > Yeah, like trying to recover from the LBJ years. We still haven't recovered from them. Yeah... I still wake up with the cold sweats and the nightmares too.
  12. Darn Computer...I started to say, but the silly thing ate .. That I lived in SF off and on as a small child untill 1957. I still remember riding on the ferry and how foggy it got.
  13. > {quote:title=Film_Fatale wrote:}{quote} >> You were there in the 40's and 50's? Very cool B-) As a young child...off and on untill 1957... Then in Oakland in the late 1960s after I got out of the service and attended UC on the GI bill. (Now that is the defination of "ostracized".. a Vietnam vet attending UC ...)
  14. You want noir ??? San Francisco in the fog durning the 1940s and '50s... Cold, damp and quiet with only the mournful foghorn in the distance. You could walk the streets and not see a soul, or hear a sound other than your own footsteps... I worked for two years in Manhattan durning the early 1970s and it was always crowded and noisy. If you want to set a "norish" mood, San Francisco in a fog will get you there....
  15. Jake, I don't know where that information came from, but it should be taken with a couple shakers of salt... A) If McQueen had received an honorable in 1950, he would have been in the reserves and been recalled in 1950 for Korea. SEVEN times he was reduced in grade ???? BULL !!! He would have been booted with a BCD long before that, and coupled with brig time no way would he have received an honorable... C) Busted by the 'Ps and "resisted"... He would have spent more than 41 days in the hospital if he had "resisted" to say nothing of the brig time.....I would point out that prior to the 1
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