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Everything posted by jameselliot

  1. Murder Is My Beat aka Danger Is My Beat has a terrible script and is a lesser known Ulmer film but there's something about it that I found compelling. It was Barbara Payton's last movie. She doesn't get much screen time even though she's the main character.
  2. I'd be surprised if TCM removes it from their schedule. HBO's JO executives can do what they want on their channels.
  3. I enjoyed Battle. It was different and fun.
  4. This thread is poisoned. The board needs a moderator.
  5. Richard Johnson (Bulldog Drummond in two films), Clive Owen, Kerwin Mathews (two OSS 117 movies, The Viscount), Stanley Baker,
  6. I watched it and despite all the rave reviews, I was bored.
  7. I finally caught the ultra-rare, very overlooked Two Gentlemen Sharing, a well-acted British "swinging London" racial drama made in 1969. Robin Phillips and American actor Hal Frederick are Oxford grads sharing a flat and their love interests are Judy Geeson and Esther Anderson. Things don't work out well. It's like the flip side of To Sir With Love, Geeson's first film. Two Gentlemen was not distributed in Great Britain and there was never an official DVD or VHS release. The BFI finally recognized it last year. It's currently showing on Amazon Prime and I believe it would be a good programming choice for TCM. http://www.samiraahmed.co.uk/two-gentlemen-sharing-swinging-londons-race-picture/ Hal Frederick became a Los Angeles restaurateur. He'd be the perfect guest to have for a TCM showing. https://postandbeamla.com/qa-with-hal-frederick-of-hals-bar-grill/
  8. Hollywood shaking that flour sack to get just a little more flour. The Two Jakes failed. Why would a prequel be any better? As for Mason, I'm happy watching reruns and Warren Williams' films. Too bad Robert Downey Jr can't play Mason as was planned. That might have been interesting.
  9. Until recently, his TV show was in reruns. He did a skit with Clint Eastwood and Fess Parker that was really funny and one in color with Fred Gwynne in full Herman Munster costume. I liked the show more than his films.
  10. I'll try to call. I'm not adding a sports package to get TCM. This is another dumb corporate decision at Comcast. And they don't get why cable is taking a hit.
  11. His role in Medium Cool fit him like a well-tailored suit.
  12. The 3rd one really stunk. However Lambert Wilson was hilarious.
  13. The only bio flicks that worked for me were Dragon, the Bruce Lee story and The Doors. I can't think of any actor who could do a convincing Steve McQueen or a script that would be worth spending millions on. Better to just watch his films and the documentaries about him. There's lot of interesting material on YouTube such as Man On The Edge, narrated by James Coburn.
  14. This is troubling. https://io9.gizmodo.com/u-s-military-issues-warning-to-troops-about-incel-viol-1838412331
  15. The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart -(1970 MGM) Don Johnson supposedly hated the film. I'd like to see it again.
  16. Always very good, very watchable even in total junk like Tales of the Unexpected, a crummy British anthology series hosted by Roald Dahl.
  17. I always liked Lynley. She had a fragile, gentle, sweet beauty. She was the glue that held Bunny Lake together even during the last 30 minutes when the story goes completely off the rails.
  18. His early TV work was especially powerful: The Untouchables, Route 66, Thriller, Naked City, D. Kildare.
  19. The first half crackles with raw energy due to Lawrence Harvey's adrenaline fueled, funny performance as the shyster-hipster rock-n-roll manager/star maker. If you only remember his grim, sullen characterizations, watch him go like The Roadrunner here. He never got another role so kinetic. This is a film that TCM should program more often (with Beat Girl, another Brit film from that era). Unfortunately the Kino DVD used a butchered version that eliminated several short musical numbers, something that Kino didn't mention in their marketing (an annoying lesson for me), including the duet Nausea by record label boss Meier Tzelniker and Harvey. The second half does fizzle out as LawrenceA wrote because the story shifts more to Bongo Herbert (Cliff Richards) and Yolande Donlan, director Val Guest's wife. A 1986 British film Absolute Beginners borrows heavily from Expresso Bongo.
  20. Honorary Oscar="You didn't rate high enough with us for a real Oscar." I'd love to see Lynch do a Batman film, no corporate restraints.
  21. Our family watched her movies and to us she was a real movie star.
  22. On-demand now and ends May 21.
  23. Onslow Stevens played Dr. Edelmann in House of Dracula. I'd never seen The Couch (Not a good exploitable name for this kind of movie.). I wouldn't have guessed the same actor played those two roles.
  24. It would be a huge help and reduce the speculation if a TCM executive would drop in now and then and answer questions like this.
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