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About markfp2

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    Life-long passion for films of many kinds especially classics and British films. Avid reader of mysteries. Also very interested in old movie theaters.

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  1. You pretty well nailed it. One point I will make is that the older MGM, Warner, and RKO titles that Ted Turner bought to create the original TCM Library are now controlled by Warner which is another division of TCM's parent company. Even so, for legal reasons, Warner can't treat TCM any differently than it would any other customer. and, as you pointed out, has to charge them for the going rate they'd charge anyone else. In some cases, TCM may find itself bidding against other networks for movies that at one time it had unlimited use of. You're correct, the term "library" really just refers to the collective programming that TCM has under contract as opposed to a actual structure filled with physical prints or tapes of those films.
  2. I've always thought it was really charming movie too. I became a fan of the story when it first appeared in Reader's Digest. I have the DVD and have watched it any number of times and I can't recall any "crude" language in it. Maybe there could be the stronger version of "darn" and "heck" but that's about it. Trust me you can't go wrong with that one.
  3. I watched Alicia when she was guest co-host with Eddie Muller for ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS and I thought she was very good and showed a lot of knowledge about the film . It's like Sepiatone said, maybe Alicia doesn't seem that great when she's just reading off a prompter that somebody else wrote. When in a conversational setting with Eddie she more than held here own. Perhaps TCM should give more her more chances to show off how good she really might be.
  4. From what I've been reading the studios aren't even going to be providing new movies until July. So while governors may say it's okay to reopen, the big circuits are saying they don't see the point if they haven't got anything new to run. Here in New York nothing is going to reopen until mid-May at the earliest and then it will be in stages. Theatres are not in the first or second round of openings so assuming things go well that might coincide with what the studios are saying. Of course, if there's another spike in the virus then all bets are off.
  5. It was originally planned to star Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke to cash in on the success they had with MARY POPPINS, but she turned it down because she was afraid she'd end up being type casted and only offered similar type films. I always thought of it as a solidly made British film that simply did not click with audiences on this side of the Atlantic.
  6. Sorry to hear about her passing. I'm guessing that the photo was a publicity shot from the original Broadway production. I say that because, the strippers' movie costumes were designed not to show the performer's belly button, which was a definite no-no in movies at the time.. My how times have changed.
  7. I wasn't aware of the book but I am a HUGE fan of both the stage production and the movie so I will definitely will be ordering it.
  8. I worked almost 40 years at a local station that carried ABC and while I can't remember the years they did on occasion run it on Palm Sunday weekend before. I also remember once when ABC showed it as a two-parter. I don't recall if it was a Saturday and Sunday on the same weekend or over two but they did split it. I think they took a hit in the ratings that year and never did it again.
  9. Although I think it gets overlooked by some sci-fi fans, I've always liked ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS. Yes indeed, Paramount's special effects department dusted off the "flying machines" from WAR OF THE WORLDS to use in the picture. I have to admit, I haven't seen it in several years and may just be worth a revisit.
  10. TCM has run THE FALLEN IDOL numerous times over the years. If they aren't now, it's possible that their contract for it has expired. If you have access to the Criterion Channel streaming service, it sounds like something they might have.
  11. Think of it as a "period piece".
  12. I know that sometimes if a movie didn't do well when it had a VHS release it never got a DVD release, but with TIN PAN ALLEY I'd find that hard to believe. At the very least it should have been included in one of those sets.
  13. There's a lot of great Fox musicals out on DVD, but oddly TIN PAN ALLEY isn't. It was released on VHS, but never on DVD. I'd love to know the story behind that.
  14. I have to say I'm curious. I'm not expecting it to be a remake of the movie, but rather just a different adaptation of the original story. Still, I'm not about to shell out first-run prices for it. I'll either see it at a local 2nd-run theater that only charges $2.00 on weeknights or get it from the Redbox machine whichever gets it first.
  15. I think it was somewhere in the late 1960's or early 1970's that Paramount rereleased WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE as a double-feature with WAR OF THE WORLDS. Now that was a GREAT show!
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