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  1. This may not be the right thread to announce this but I am a semi-fan of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". I watch the show off and on but I do admire the writing and acting in the television series. A favorite television hobby of mine is to watch the very first episode of a television series, that is, if I like the series. I thought I had seen the first episode in the series of "The Dick Van Dyke Show". I was wrong. I have never seen the original pilot which became the "The Dick Van Dyke" television series, "Head of the Family", which was turned down, rejected by television network programming executives. The "Decades" network is going to broadcast the "Head of the Family" pilot on Friday July 10 at 9:30 P.M. Eastern Time.
  2. I would like to cast my vote for Star of the Month for September for Roland Young. I do not believe TCM has ever honored him for Star of the Month.
  3. I understand you are speaking of Debbie Reynolds as an actress. I want to spotlight her other talent. One, I think she is, was, a wonderful human being. Second, Debbie and I share a birth date, April 1. Third, Debbie was the perfect choice and had the perfect voice to sing one of Rock and Roll's most popular songs of the 1950s, "Tammy", from the film "Tammy and the Bachelor". "Tammy" spent almost 6 months in the "Top 40" charts and spent 5 or 6 weeks as the number one song in the United States. "Tammy" was also nominated in 1957 for an Academy Award for "Best Song". She didn't win but it is nice to have your talent noticed by the Academy.
  4. I was sitting in my residence watching the Adventures of Superman in 2016. The Police Commissioner calls on the intercom for Sargent O' Hara to come into his office. The door opens and this gorgeous, heavenly woman walks into the picture. I was like a Tex Avery wolf cartoon character. I almost jumped out of my chair, my eyes popped out of my head, my jaw hit the floor. I had never heard of or seen Joi Lansing until that moment. I was extremely disappointed to discover that she past away at such a young age in 1972.
  5. Enlightening!!! My how we have changed. What was once handled manually by a human punching the correct number on cards is now handled automatically by a microchip.
  6. I have lived through the rotary to touch-tone days and the speed-dial and automatic redial technology. One piece of technology, if you want to call it that, has escaped me. They no longer make this type of telephone but I will try my best to describe it. Back in the late 60s and early 70s there were telephones which would dial the phone number you wanted automatically. You had to take the receiver off the hook, place a small card which had holes strategically placed on them into the telephone and somehow this made the telephone dial the phone number. I have seen this type of phone on television and movie programs from this era but never had the chance to see this type of telephone in person.
  7. I did not ask college student at the time but I think she was confused by seeing a picture image on vinyl and that's why she thought it was a Frisbee or plastic toy. The picture disc was "The Beatles' Abbey Road" by the way. Millennials download their music, see a thumbnail image of the artist on their phones and hear their music on their earbuds. They may not know how it feels to hold a brand new vinyl album, read the album notes, go to a listening party to hear and experience the album with their friends as the album rotates on the turntable, the entire room filled with music from two speakers. Afterwards, there is a discussion on what was just heard and how the music made you feel, favorite cuts on the album, etc.
  8. I recently had a college kid in my residence. I think you can call her a millennial. I had a vinyl record album, more specifically, a vinyl picture disc album on my desk. She thought it was a Frisbee and started handling it like a Frisbee. I quickly took it away from her fearing she would break it. I played the vinyl album for her on a turntable and she was amazed and confused. This was the first time she had ever seen a vinyl record album played in her life.
  9. I enjoy "Red Shoes", it is an extraordinary piece of cinema, but the type of ballet movies which intrigue me are the full-length ballet movies which have no dialogue, just ballet and music. This might be the wrong thread to be inquiring about this but TCM showed two or three of the "No dialogue, just ballet and music" full length movies a few years ago in succession. I believe TCM has three full length feature movies of just ballet and music, no dialogue, and the other is a movie short in their inventory or use to have them. If anyone knows the titles of these movies I would be deeply appreciative. Please and thank you.
  10. A nice little write-up. Well written. Kept my interest. The closes I get to writing movie reviews is on a TCM thread called "What Movie Did You Rate a 9 or 10 this month". That thread doesn't seem to be as popular as it use to be since there hasn't been any activity since my last review in January 2020. I guess there hasn't been any movie screenings on TCM since January 2020 that rate a 9 or 10 which would cause a member of TCM Nation to bring it to our attention in this particular thread.
  11. This is a nice little review. Is this your movie review? Your ten star movie of the month?
  12. Just to set the record straight I was not demeaning or questioning my dear colleague's TopBilled personal taste for marathon movie choices. I was pointing out that TCM would probably never schedule the Columbo programs for viewing on the network. I am also a big fan of the Columbo television series and I would welcome watching a marathon of this classic television series on DVD as well. After many years of waiting for METV to place this classic television show back on its network and finding out they have it schedule at the ungodly hour of 3:00 A.M. on Sunday I just purchased for my marathon watching pleasure the "Mission: Impossible" television series on DVD. I don't have the patience or want to sit and watch an entire season in one sitting during self-isolation but the one or two shows a day which I watch are so enjoyable and a lot of fun as the Impossible Mission Force take down governments, dictators and the Mafia in their own special way.
  13. A marathon of Columbo TV movies would be keen but I do not believe METV and COZI cable channels would permit it. Would TCM make an attempt to show a marathon of "movies made for television" like "Trilogy of Terror" or "Roots" or any Emmy Award winning TV movie series when they have been branding themselves for over twenty-five years as a channel featuring "movies released through movie studios" is a matter for interesting discussion. I do think it is ironic, if you are aware of TCM Programming history, that TCM would not consider and probably cannot have an all-day marathon of Columbo TV movies but they did show an all-day marathon of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" TV movies once during the early/mid 2000s.
  14. I know there are many of you, including those in assisted living quarters, who abhorred the Japanese movie marathon. The subtitles must have driven many of you crazy. I rather enjoyed watching "Stray Dog", "High and Low," and "Seven Samurai". I would like to see a marathon of movies which have a running time of not more than 90 minutes. TCM Programming did this a few months ago and it was great. People who produce movies today could take notice that you do not have to make every movie close to three hours to make it an entertaining story.
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