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  1. With the exception of the 1960s, Betty White has been a regular or semi-regular on a television show in every decade of my life. Working backwards she was in "Hot in Cleveland" during the 2010s, "Boston Legal" in the 2000s, "The Golden Girls" in the 1980s and 90s, "Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s. I don't remember seeing her as a regular or semi-regular on a television series in the 1960s but I did see a television program once and I really mean once called Date with the Angels which she was on from the late 1950s. Betty was probably seen on game shows in the 1960s but I did not watch many daytime game shows as a child except for "Concentration" with Hugh Downs.
  2. I am bringing this thread back to life because it is more current and interesting than the "Least and Most Favorite of the Week" thread which came to life in 2010 and is over 47 pages long. I am going to review two movies, one of which is not going to receive a positive review: The Secret Six and The Wet Parade. The Wet Parade. I hardly ever watch Noir Alley with Eddie Muller because it is scheduled at a bad time but I so enjoy Mr. Muller's introductions and insights to movies when he is on at other times on TCM. I watched his introduction to "The Wet Parade" and I thought I would give this movie a try since I have never seen this film before. There is a saying that it is hard for one to enjoy something when you do not understand what it is to enjoy. Even with the All Star cast, Walter Huston, Myrna Loy, Neil Hamilton, Lewis Stone, Wallace Ford, and Jimmy Durante I was really looking for something to enjoy in this movie. The subject matter, prohibition and alcoholism, could not hold my attention. After a little over an hour of "The Wet Parade" I gave up and sought entertainment from another cable channel. The only thing I could get out of "The Wet Parade" is the negative effect Prohibition and alcoholism must have had on American culture during the time period which this movie spanned, 1916 to 1932. The Secret Six. This movie's subject matter, production and distribution of alcoholic beverages and the gangsters who are trying to control the city's alcohol distribution and consumption, coincides with the Prohibition and alcoholism subject which was prevalent in "The Wet Parade". Like "The Wet Parade" this movie also has a who's who of stars before they became stars, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, and Ralph Bellamy. This movie is hardly ever scheduled on TCM during daylight or prime-time hours. I remember the first time I saw this film, when TCM had Jean Harlow as Star of the Month in the 2000s, I was totally taken away by its grittiness and realism. Wallace Beery plays the not so bright thug who somehow manages to climb to the top of the crime scene in a nameless big city before two newspaper journalists, six masked businessmen and gorgeous Jean Harlow, in her first MGM movie role, bring down Wallace Beery's character. This early Pre-Code film has an excellent script, great casting and direction from George Hill. I will give this film nine and a half stars. It really is a great film which will hold your attention from the start of the film to the end credits. This film should be mention when talking about the great gangster films of the 1930s.
  3. Its the thought of it all which counts. Its still worth the effort and a good read.
  4. Blachefan from of one of my favorite cities, Tampa, I want to thank you for the time, the work, the effort, and the thoughtfulness you put in with the titles and back-stories you posted in this thread. I'm at work and should be taking care of my responsibilities but I took the time to read everyone of the tidbits and I was impressed. You have made this thread your very own. I guess you feel strongly about certain titles being included in the National Film Registry. I assume you will or have directed your efforts to the National Film Registry so they can be made aware of the titles which should be considered and included in the Registry in the near future. Good work and thank you!!!
  5. I don't know the names of the people who were in charge of film storage and preservation during the classic film period or early days of cinema but I would want to meet them and ask why they were so slipshod in preserving films during their tenure. Why were so many films at studios permitted to deteriorate and lost due to lack of interest on their part. I would also like to meet Jean Harlow, Hedy Lamarr, Carole Lombard, Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Marilyn Monroe and certainly Charles Lane. The five gorgeous actresses because I would want to see them and just thank them for making this earth a better place. I would want to meet Charles Lane, the character actor who can be seen in movies and television shows from the 1930s to the 1990s, to hear the stories and anecdotes he had collected and experienced during his illustrious career and life.
  6. I don't know if the following individuals have been on TCM in the past but it would be interesting to see the President and CEO of the American Film Institute, Bob Grazzale, or Sir Howard Stringer or Robert Daly, both Chairmen of the Boards at AFI, as guest programming host(s) on TCM.
  7. How could Hollywood executives not have a sense of history and allow so many films to deteriorate, not have a master copy of a film stashed at an alternative location or allow films to be thrown away after its initial release or screening.
  8. The word I use is acquiesce not happy. I accepted the move of TCM to the Sports package halfheartedly because I found a slither of sunshine for paying the extra ten bucks per month for TCM. Back in August Comcast/Xfinity cancelled my "NFL Red Zone" subscription after I had it for over 10 years. I got the "NFL Red Zone" subscription back with my shelling out the ten bucks per month for TCM.
  9. I don't have the means nor the time, because I am at work, to find the final scene to this title. The final scene featuring the "Wilcoxon speech" in Mrs. Miniver has always been a favorite and when the music is playing at the end with the fighter planes flying overhead you almost wish the movie would go on to see them defending the right.
  10. The plague finally hit Dover last weekend. I had TCM Friday night when I went to bed. I came back Saturday afternoon and my television informed me that I no longer have a TCM subscription. I acquiesce and eventually did the upgrade on Monday morning. The bright side about this fiasco as I was waiting in the Xfininty store four people with the similar problem of losing TCM were in line as well. We talked movies and how much we love the TCM channel. Someone in TCM Nation should know of an outlet(s) which has TCM so we can cut the chord and pay for cable television channels which we actually watch without paying for a lot of channels which are part of a package which we never watch or knew we had access to. By the way, part of my new cable channel package is four channels of ScreenPix and I am not at all impressed with what they have to offer.
  11. When it comes to Cinema history I know for a fact there are people who know more than I do. They have seen more titles than I have and have form an opinion on the titles. I recognize the titles of some of the films which will be inducted into the National Film Registry. I am not overly excited and I am mildly interested in this year's inductees. I do congratulate "Purple Rain," "She's Gotta Have It," "Gaslight," "Employees Entrance," and "Becky Sharpe" for their induction into the National Film Registry. I know there are members of TCM Nation who can have fun with this 2019 National Film Registry inductees list by naming the titles which have been shown on TCM in the past. I know the five titles which I gave my congratulations to have been broadcast on TCM. I was more excited and interested in the 2018 Inductees list and I found 15 of the 25 films inducted in 2018 had been broadcast by TCM which is great.
  12. I believe one of the best beginning and endings in Cinema history is in one movie. I shall describe through memory. After the opening credits and such you see a black screen. Then a door opens and you see a porch from inside the home, the inside of the home serves as a black borderline as you look out at the colorful brown land leading up to picturesque mountains. The ending of the movie shows John Wayne standing in the doorway on the porch, turning and slowly walking away. The inside of the house serves as a black border as you look out at the brown land and picturesque mountains. The door closes and everything is black. The beginning and ending I am describing is from "The Searchers". In between the door opening in the beginning and closing at the end is a great adventure which holds the attention of the viewer for nearly two hours. If I schedule my day to see "The Searchers" I always try to see the beginning and stay for the ending because this is one of the greatest thought out beginning and ending shots in cinema history. Also a well-deserved mention to my other favorite ending which I spoke of in another thread, Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights".
  13. I am always excited to have the month of February devoted to Oscar worthy films. Last year somehow, someway TCM managed to gain the broadcast rights to show "South Pacific". I was hoping that title would make its return this year along with another premiere, the musical "Oklahoma". No such luck. It would be nice to see where the "One-Reel Wonders" are scheduled throughout the month. Anyway it should be a grand month of movie watching on TCM. I am looking forward to it.
  14. I do not know how Joel Williams comes up with the percentages but I would like to ask him if he could put together a statistical breakdown of all movies TCM broadcast for the entire year of 2019. It may look like the month December 2019 but it would be interesting to see if the entire year of 2019 mirrors the month of December 2019. What would be even better is to see how TCM programming has changed. If Mr. Williams has the time to compile the yearly statistical breakdown of movies broadcast by TCM in the calendar years of 2009 and 1999 we could all see how TCM programming strategy and movie rights acquisition has changed. I'm asking a lot but you don't get what you want unless you make the request. Please and thank you.
  15. I, too, would like to thank TCM Nation member BlancheFan for taking the time to type out the National Film Registry's year-by-year listing. I understand list like this can start discussions/arguments on what title is included and excluded from the National Film Registry. I would like to bring up one or two titles which I thought should be included. Even though I do submit my votes to the National Film Registry yearly I seem to be habitually in the minority when it comes to which titles are eventually voted in to the National Film Registry. Two films which have a reputation of being excellent cinema: "Around the World In 80 Days" was the first film to use all-star cameos and was awarded "Best Motion Picture" by the Academy in 1956 has not been voted in to the Registry. Kingrat wondered why "Brokeback Mountain" was included in the National Film Registry after being released in 2005. I believe the 2003 release of "Lord of the Rings": The Return of the King should be given the same consideration, maybe the entire "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, included in the National Film Registry.
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