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Everything posted by thomasterryjr

  1. Way back in the early 2000s, in the month of November TCM spotlighted Jewish films for a month. I think I keep remembering the Jewish prime-time theme of films because no network had done it before and it has never been repeated. The cost to lease these films must have been astronomical but it was well worth the investment. I believe TCM has a motto of never repeating prime-time themes ever. TCM has been in business for quite some time now and they are more than experience in planning prime-time themes. They could take a look at their past to see the type of prime-time themes which are w
  2. I, too, have wondered why some films have been honored for inclusion into the National Film Registry and some have not been voted in. I am not qualified to say which film(s) doesn't belong in the National Film Registry. I believe the following should be added into the National Film Registry as soon as the next coming year. South Pacific(1959): I am sort of surprised this film has not been voted into the National Film Registry. Tombstone(1992): This movie is developing into a cult classic. Lights of New York(1928): "The Jazz Singer" was the first "part-talkie" film and i
  3. This is not a rant but more of a request. I, too, have grown sick and tired of seeing the TCM Wine/Cruise/Backlot promotions. I understand you have to pay to lease films and TCM is trying to be fiscally wise and thrifty but I remember in the early days of TCM you would treated with a "One Reel Wonder" after watching a feature film. It was great to see the feature film and then after a couple or so promotions a "One Reel Wonder" would take us close to the starting time for the next film. It would be great to see an equal ratio of TCM Wine/Cruise/Backlot promotions countered with t
  4. When you are a child you have more of an open mind to certain characters you see on television. I use to watch Gomer Pyle during its initial run in the 60s. I liked him and considered him a friend of mine. I sometimes watch the program now out of sheer curiosity today and find the Gomer Pyle character worthy of being pitchfork. Jim Nabors was a great actor and tremendous singer. He made the "Gomer Pyle" character realistic, believable and gave him numerous likability traits. The scary part of his characterization is he is actually copying the tendencies and personality of an actual
  5. My fellow TCM Nation Associates, Sepiatone and Cigar Joe, just opened up a flood of memories for me by mentioning the name Horn and Hardart. When I was living in Philadelphia in the late 80s I use to walk by the Horn and Hardart Automat on Chestnut Street I believe was the location. My parents use to take me to an Automat in the Chicago-land area in the 60s. That was a treat. I don't remember if the food was any good but the experience sure was. It was remarkable you could see through the compartment and see the people preparing the meals. When a person would take a plate out of the comp
  6. I was walking down the street the other day and I saw this gorgeous young fit woman walking down the street with some middle-age man who looked like he was entering his third trimester and had taken one too many fist to his face. I thought to myself what is this woman doing with a lug like that? Why is she with him? She ought to be hanging around with me. Anyway, the term "lug" means a stupid, pathetic looking person. I was standing in a fast-food line with a co-worker who was born in the early to mid 90s. The line was fairly long and I blurted out, "Instead of standing in this lon
  7. I agree with your assessment about "All In the Family". "All In the Family" was hilarious the first five or six seasons. The writers did such a great job during that time period. Then Norman Lear and the writers decided correctly to have Michael Stivic have his "Independence Day" and move him and Gloria out to the Jeffersons' home and eventually to California. I say correctly because eventually Mike and Gloria were not going to live in the Bunker household for the rest of the series' duration. It was the right decision but also it hurt the program losing part of the creative conflict whic
  8. This note is for our beloved TCM programmer. It would be nice if they would respond like they use to back in the early days of the General Discussion forum to let us know they are there. The only time we know someone at TCM is there is when they take a thread off of the General Discussion page and move it to another place in the TCM Forum. I know there are not many actors and actresses around from the Golden Age of Cinema and Television. But there has to be some plan to have Olivia de Havilland and Betty White for Guest Programmers or for extended interviews. Have they been invited
  9. When was TV at its Best? It depends on how you remember it and how you use it now. I remember as a kid we had only three choices for television entertainment, ABC, CBS, and NBC, maybe four if you count the station carrying sports, if the team was playing that night. When I turned on one of the networks on a particular night there would be Prime-Time programming which you could not miss between 6:30 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. Central Time. Great entertainment. Friday nights on CBS in the mid-60s were my favorite night for television with "The Wild, Wild West," "Hogan's Heroes," "Gomer Pyle," "T
  10. 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
  11. 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 wou
  12. Its the thought of it all which counts. Its still worth the effort and a good read.
  13. 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 whic
  14. 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 th
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 ac
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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 an
  24. 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 exce
  25. Back at the turn of the century when I first started studying the tendencies of the TCM Programmers I noticed they use to rely heavily on "One Reel Wonders" to fill time between films instead of what they are doing now. I could always count on seeing a Thelma Todd short when I would turn TCM on. TCM Programmers relied on her short films and "Crime Never Pays", I think that was the title of the short movie series, and other short films to fill time between films. I could not help but notice Thelma Todd. Thelma Todd may be mention on other "Discussion Groups" on TCM.com but she is hardly eve
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