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  1. whoopigldbrgfan, Please excuse my audacity. I took the liberty of posting your query in another movie forum. A participant thereon believes that the gent depicted in your first image (http://home.earthlink.net/~rlkeller60/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/manno1.jpg) is silent movie actor and director King Baggott (http://www.classicimages.com/1997/november97/baggot.html). I think that his guess is right. Check out a picture of Baggott (http://silentgents.com/Directors/BaggotKing.jpg'>http://silentgents.com/Directors/BaggotKing.jpg'>http://silentgents.com/Directors/BaggotKing.jpg'>http://silentgents.com/Directors/BaggotKing.jpg) at Silent Ladies and Gents (http://silentgents.com/) for comparison. I don't know who the other fellow in your lobby card is, but he most definitely is not Adolph Menjou (http://silentgents.com/OGMenjou.html). I don't think that that the actress has been correctly identified either.
  2. Silent movie fans anywhere near San Francisco next weekend will want to hie themselves to The Castro theatre. The palatial, 81-year-old landmark will be presenting its eighth annual silent film festival. The following classics will be shown: * The Disney "Alice" adventures * Carmen (directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring the ill-fated Wallace Reid) * Tepeyac and Aniversario de la Muerte de la Suegra de Enhart (Anniversary of the Death of Enhart?s Mother-In-Law) - two silent Mexican movies * The Crowd (this classic, directed by King Vidor, was recently broadcast on TCM) * La Souriante Madame Beudet (The Smiling Madame Beudet) (1922) and La Coquille et le Clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman) (1927) - two avant-garde milestones directed by French filmmaker Germaine Dulac * The Penalty (starring Lon Chaney) * Claire - a modern silent movie (2001) * Go West (starring Buster Keaton) For more info, check out . . . The Castro Theatre Eighth Annual Silent Film Festival http://www.thecastrotheatre.com/p-list2.html#silent
  3. This should be discussed in the Science-Fiction forum, but since we're on the subject . . . Well, I saw Terminator 3 and was thoroughly unimpressed. Fifteen minutes into the story I was bored. However, I was momentarily revived during the quite impressive, but utterly gratuitous car chase scene. If this is science-fiction, then woe betide the state of the genre. Not that Terminator 3 is a bad movie. But it sure ain't no T2! The ending of Terminator 3 sets up yet another sequel. But unlike Arnold's relentless, rejuvenating cyborg, I won't be back.
  4. Don't forget The Whistler series that starred Richard Dix and which featured several entries that were directed by William Castle. I've seen only two Whistler thrillers, and I immensely enjoyed them. I wish Columbia (or whoever owns the rights to them) would release them on video and DVD . . . not to mention to television.
  5. "Bleeding heart liberal"? Front and center, and damned proud to be one too! As for branding conservatives "right-wing militarists," hey, I calls 'em as I sees 'em. Regarding the "Control Voice," Man, how about that John Ashcroft? Talk about control. Like I was saying to one of my fellow bleeding heart . . . Oh, you were referring to The Outer Limits! My mistake . . . The Zanti Misfits is in my Top Ten Faves of The Outer Limits episodes. There was another OL episode that featured one of the Misfits, but I cannot remember the name of it. Other First Season Favorites The Architects of Fear and Corpus Earthling - both featured Robert Culp who appeared in (in my opinion) the best episodes of The Outer Limits. Political Dig Alert: The Architects of Fear sounds like the Bush administration. * It Crawled Out of the Woodwork (which featured one of the truly original monsters ever produced on television and in movies) The Forms of Things Unknown and The Sixth Finger - two exceptional episodes that starred David McCallum * The Mutant (pray for Reese Fowler!) I vividly remember watching the premiere of The Outer Limits in 1963 when I was eight years old. It was, as you know, The Galaxy Being. I sat, on that hot September evening, glued to the family television, thoroughly enthralled by what I was watching . After it ended, my mother pried me from the TV screen with a spatula and sent me off to bed where I tingled with anticipation of next week's broadcast. I read somewhere on the Web that the second season of the original The Outer Limits will be released on DVD later this year. The following episodes are among my favorites of the second season: * Cry of Silence (with those spooky living tumbleweeds!) * Demon with a Glass Hand * The Duplicate Man (I think this is the one that had a giant bird-like creature that had a feminine voice) I haven't bothered with the new TOL series. Have you, Slappy? If so, what do you think of it?
  6. Slappy, Not only have I seen The Terminator, I own it and also Terminator 2. I also was fortunate enough to actually watch a segment of The Terminator being filmed in North Hollywood when I lived there. If I correctly recall, writer Harlan Ellison filed a lawsuit (and won) against the filmmakers of The Terminator because he thought that they purloined their story idea from his Soldier episode on the original The Outer Limits. However, in The Terminator, the treatment of the story was quite different from Ellison's approach. To me, the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, an action-adventure star, had a powerful effect on the tone of Ellison's idea. I mean, The Terminator is, quite simply, an indestructible killing machine that behaves like a typical Schwarzeneggerian action-adventure "hero." It struck me as more a gun-toting Frankenstein Monster on steroids than it did an intelligent cyborg. I'm particularly thinking of the scene in T2 in which Arnold smirks when he gets his hands on a BIG piece of high-powered weaponry. Boys do love their toys. I'm not really knocking The Terminator movies; after all, I've got 'em in my library. But I do find science-fiction movies such as The Terminator and T2, Predator (another high-velocity, action-packed, and muscle-bound example), Aliens, and Starship Troopers (with its blatantly right-wing, militaristic tone) less satisfying than more sedate fare such as Village of the Damned (in which the protagonist literally uses his wits to defeat an alien threat). Let's face it; the Sci-Fi-Action-Adventure expands the appeal of the genre. Instead of strictly catering to the stereotypical cerebral science-fiction subculture (composed of brainy "nerds" and "geeks" who "grok" "hard science-fiction" by heavyweights such as Heinlein, Asimov, and van Vogt ), this brand of science-fiction woos a more universal audience (which probably yawns at ponderous stuff such as Things to Come or The Lathe of Heaven), toning down the science and "ramping up" (to use the appropriate vernacular) the action. . . . and there's nothing really wrong with that approach. I certainly don't believe that "true" (or "hard") science-fiction movies will completely disappear because of popular pabulum such as The Terminator (or juvenile comic-book adventures such as the Star Wars series). As is true regarding the popularity of literary science-fiction, the audience for such fare will be a small (or at least smaller) one. Fair enough. Something for everyone, and each to his (or her) own tastes.
  7. I consider the following movies horror-science-fiction hybrids: * Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (probably all versions and variations) * Frankenstein (1931, but almost any movie involving Frankenstein, the doctor or the monster) * Island of Lost Souls. Ditto Island of Dr. Moreau. * The Invisible Man (1933) * The Vampire (1957, starring John Beal) * The Werewolf (1956, starring Steven Ritch) To me, The Terminator movies are more a blend of the science-fiction and action-adventure genres, a trend that I, quite frankly, do not applaud. I'm not much of a fan of macho action-adventure flicks. I appreciate science-fiction thrillers in which characters soberly confront a challenge or threat (be it extraterrestrial or man-made) by using their intelligence (in an analytical - or scientific - manner) instead of brutishly resorting to firepower: e.g., hauling out an Uzi, blowing away the threat, and then strutting off while uttering a pithy "witticism." As for true sci-fi movies, I agree with all your choices, slappy. I would also add the following entries: * The Andromeda Strain * Colossus: The Forbin Project * Metropolis * Quatermass and the Pit (AKA Five Million Years to Earth) * Solaris * X-The Man with the X-ray Eyes * Many episodes of the original The Outer Limits
  8. I'm with rtcarter47 on this one. Right on, rt! I just wasted thirty preciously sacred minutes of my life searching for the way to participate in the TCM DVD vote. After jumping through several hoops to finally find the answer in this TCM forum (a "joy" that required me to submit personal info to Screen Name Service - yeah, right, like I'm going to give SNS my real address), I'm more than a tad incensed to learn that only members of AOL (hawk ptooey!) can participate in the TCM DVD vote. In the memorable words of Joe E. Brown: Awwwww, snail frookie!
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