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  1. Hi, all. It seems there hasn't been much activity lately related to this group, but of course we've all been dealing with the Corona virus. I recently created a "Tampa Bay Classic Film Club" meetup group. We have had a couple of events, all online, and it seems it will continue to be online for the foreseeable future. There are 47 people in the group, so there is definitely interest out there! I've met some nice people I wouldn't have met otherwise. Not all of them have TCM, but they like old movies. I am personally very into TCM and turn it on almost daily to see what's playing. I would defi
  2. A belated thanks, Hibi! I had misremembered. Thank you for setting the record straight.
  3. It sounds like I'll have to see But Not For Me just to satisfy my curiosity, but I'm amply forewarned not to have high expectations. It Started in Naples is one of a group of films I have categorized as movies with great stars, which should have been good but are simply awful. I'm used to silly comedies and eat them up, so when I say "simply awful," you should know I'm setting a very low bar for quality. Another one in this category is The Lady Says No, starring David Niven and Joan Fontaine. I hope I haven't offended any fans.
  4. Today's idle entertainment was again provided by TCM On Demand. I watched Who Was That Lady? (1960) This is a domestic comedy typical of the era; in fact, I think the type constitutes a mini-genre. Actors who made a lot of this sort of movie (both domestic and romantic comedies) include Doris Day, Dean Martin, Tony Curtis, and Debbie Reynolds. If you've ever seen The Glass Bottom Boat starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor, then you know what kind of movie this is. Who Was That Lady? stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh as a married couple and Dean Martin as the husband's friend. To cover up a br
  5. Sorry for the typo! Actually, I suspect "autocorrect."
  6. I decided to watch Two Smart People starring Lucille Ball and John Kodiak, because I vaguely remembered liking it the first time I saw it several years ago. TCM has it incorrectly listed as a comedy. It's actually a romantic drama about two con artists who fall in love. He has made a plea deal and is in a detective's (Lloyd Nolan) custody, but she wants him to escape with her to South America. Or does she just want the bonds he has hidden? There is also a no-goodnik on the woman's trail. He has information on her and wants a share of the bonds in return for his silence. The progression of the
  7. It's never too late to take up music, or take it up again. I think it's one of the most rewarding ways to spend one's time. You will reward not only yourself but others, too! Du Pré was responsible for making that concerto much better known as a result of her recording it in the 1960s.
  8. Nimrod - Enigma Variations, ElgarA couple of years ago, after many years of neglect, I started playing cello again. I've been playing in a community orchestra, which has been fun, time-consuming, stressful, and educational. One of the great things about it is the exposure to pieces I didn't know. One of my favorite discoveries in our repertory was the Nimrod movement from Elgar's Enigma Variations. The back story is also beautiful: Elgar had been suffering from depression, and his friend Jager (German for "hunter") encouraged him to compose again. This movement was a tribute to his friend, as
  9. Thanks for bringing this across my radar, Lawrence. I'm just starting to get interested in B detective serials. I had never heard of the Michael Shayne series, but this sounds pretty good.
  10. Last night a friend brought over a movie on my List of Shame -- movies I should have seen but haven't. Several of my LoS movies are on the AFI 100 list (adding to my shame). So I got one ticked off: Chinatown. One of the reasons I had never seen this movie was because I had seen a clip of the scene in which Nicholson's character gets his nose cut. It's quite graphic as I recall (I covered my eyes during that part last night). But I've heard Chinatown mentioned about a million times as a great movie, so I was happy to finally see what all the fuss was about. What surprised me is that the m
  11. Now I have to go watch this again. It has been too long. Both actors are magnificent, and like Ingrid's character, I, too, am crazy about hard currency.
  12. I have to say that Kay Francis really has something for me. I love her combination of sophistication (the short, slicked-back hair somehow looks feminine on her) combined with a special vulnerability. Her eyes seem to convey a plea to be gentle, and her little lisp is so charming when it slips out. I don't know if I've ever seen In Name Only, but I loved Kay Francis in Trouble in Paradise.
  13. Last night I watched A Guy Named Joe. I had seen it before, I would say more than 10 years ago and maybe one other time since then. What I remembered was a very patriotic and sentimental film, and this impression was reinforced by my latest viewing. The story concerns a WWII flier who is killed in action, and his subsequent observations of and attempts to influence, from beyond the grave, what happens to those he left behind, most notably his grieving fiancée (Irene Dunne). What I found in the movie this time was more appreciation of the fiancée's process of grieving and letting go. There
  14. I've been busy lately, so I haven't been watching much, but I recently rewatched Topper Takes a Trip followed by It Happened Tomorrow. Let me dispense quickly with Topper Takes a Trip. In my opinion, it's the weakest of the three Topper films. It recycles considerable footage from the first Topper film as background information. I guess that's a way of getting Cary Grant in there, even though he didn't shoot any new scenes for Topper Takes a Trip. (I bet they used his face in the advertising, too. If I had paid money to see this film, thinking Cary Grant was in it, I would have felt quite
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