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  1. So no members on the Eastern Shore of Maryland or Delaware?
  2. May 2017 - my Comcast system still lists TCM in their on-demand section. However, no movies have been available on this on-demand for about a week now. I contacted Comcast about their xfinity on-demand service and they indicated it should be working. It is up to TCM to provide the on-demand content. So it seems they are throwing this problem back in TCM's lap. Any idea folks? Is TCM abandoning their cable system on-demand content?
  3. Any Delaware TCM fans thinking of a Local Chapter? I'm on the LSD (Lower Slower Delaware).
  4. Reading everyone's comments makes me feel my personality will be showing when I bring up my thoughts! I'm not a sports fan, so the video lecture was a little confusing for me at first. I did find it an effective method of pointing out the finer bits of the gag. And I have seen enough parodies of sports programs to understand some of how they are supposed to function. I guess it was more of a surprise and yet effective. (Wasn't there a similar take in a Woody Allen film where his wedding night is overseen by "bedside/ringside" sports commentators?) As to the violence, I would think there would be a long history of comedic violence in Vaudville and other entertainments leading up to film. Punch & Judy always made me uncomfortable as it seemed to be nothing but violence. The humor was not there for me. I always thought this might be a cultural thing not having been raised on Punch & Judy. Now I wonder if it may also have been from the lack of personality demonstrated by the puppets. (It really does look like puppet bullying to me.). Chaplin has some amazing moves. Those clips were great. I think seeing him in "The Rink" really showcases his abilities to me - look at him on rollersaktes!!! Now that is control. It was discussed about Chaplin's use of Cops as social commentary. It will be interesting to see how Keaton's use police in his films. And, on a larger scale, it would be interesting to see slapstick from around the world. Would different cultures have different prank victims? Is falling down funny everywhere?
  5. Yes - read Woolrich! His fiction brought me into Noir from Horror fiction. The universe Woolrich paints is bigger and darker than most of those I have read in other hard boiled fiction. Often it feels more akin to HP Lovecraft than crime fiction. Things happen out of the blue (literally dropping from the sky as I remember one story) that changes people permanently and not for the good. Cause and effect do not balance here. Forces act on people with no malice or intent - and personal intent or actions are meaningless. As with Lovecraft stories, it's almost better not to glimpse the sheer incomprehensiveness of this universe as it can drive you mad.
  6. Sorry I will be missing "Monster Bash" film festival near Pittsburgh this weekend.

  7. I can't help but wonder about the influence of American Broadcast Radio on Film Noir. Most folks today have little experience or memory of the classic radio programs of the 40's. Still, so many of the hard boiled stories of Cornell Woolrich were broadcast on radio again and again starting in the early 40s. The main-stream public would have been more familiar with radio than the American Stage (which to my thinking would have been more New York oriented.) Wouldn't radio have been the medium through which New York stage actors and performances would become familiar to middle America. Radio, being an aural medium, relies on snappy dialog, music used to convey mood, and jargon. Are these not also closely identified with Film Noir? I just wanted to bring this up since it seemed to be an area that, to my mind, has been missed.
  8. I really like Bob Hope in "The Lemon Drop Kid". He does a good rendition of "Silver Bells" in it. And I'm a sucker for the Alistair Sim version of "Christmas Carol" followed the the Mr Magoo version. I also have a weakness for the "National Lampoon Christmas Vacation". Wasn't there a Marlo Thomas remake of "It's a Wonderful Life"? I remember seeing it in the 70s I think. It actually made more sense with the Jimmy Stewart character being female. Of course she was expected to stay around and take care of the family and the business. BMc
  9. What a joy! It was great seeing this picture at last. Of course those Hoosier lads were wonderful and musical. I was surprised at the Stooges in this film. Moe was playing a character named "Shorty" (not Moe) who was a con man and a bit mean. Larry and Curly played (and were named) as themselves. Initially, Shorty did not know the other two and runs into them in a Reno Saloon. Shorty threatens to turn the other two over to the sheriff unless they "invest" their money in his mining operations. Even Vernon Dent from the Stooge shorts had a part as the saloon owner. Larry and Curly have a "Tin Roof" in the saloon since it was "on the house". Hope everyone enjoyed it and I'd LOVE to have this on DVD along with other Hoosier Hotshot movies. BMc
  10. Thank you Turner Classic Movies. At last one of the Hoosier Hotshot films! I didn't even realize the Three Stooges were in this movie with them until I read the review. I'm all set to watch it tomorrow morning at 7:30am. Are you Ready Hezzie!!!
  11. This is a movie I have enjoyed watching both in the theater and on television. For people used to more fast paced films it might feel a bit slow. It's something that takes a little attention. I recommend this film regularly to folks.
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