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  1. Interesting thread about the lovely Greer Garson! Thank you to everyone who provided information about her life and her movies. I have enjoyed seeing a number of her films this month. Previously I had seen only a few, so I welcomed this opportunity to see movies I had not seen before - and I have a whole new appreciation for Greer Garson as a beautiful actress with a beautiful voice. Watching "Random Harvest", I could just close my eyes and listen to her and Ronald Colman - they both had wonderful voices.
  2. Here's one of my favourites, from "Singin' in the Rain": Cosmo Brown: {font:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif} Lina. She can't act, she can't sing, she can't dance. A triple threat. {font} I also like Don Lockwell saying "Farewell, Ethel Barrymore! I must tear myself from your side!"
  3. What an interesting thread! I wish I had read it sooner! I just wanted to chime in on the subject of opening a window at night, specifically with regard to having storm windows in the winter. I grew up in an old house, and every fall my mom would hire some fellow to put up the storm windows. I remember these windows as having 3 round holes in the wooden frame, at the bottom, which I realize now were for ventilation - the idea being that even in the dead of winter, you could "crack open a window" and get some fresh air, without exposing your home to the full rigors of winter weather. ( It may also have helped prevent too much frost buildup, I guess. ) I love all the other expressions being discussed here; I have heard and even used most of them, which I suppose just means that I am old.
  4. {font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}"I'd love to again see a TV movie that Fred Astaire made titled THE MAN IN THE SANTA CLAUS SUIT" Oh gosh, I thought I might be the only person who remembered this made-for-TV movie - I enjoyed it so much and have wondered for years why it has not become a staple of the Christmas season. I wish it would be made available on DVD so that I could watch it again. I do have a recording of it on a VHS tape, but it is so old I am not sure it would even be watchable anymore. {font}
  5. My initial impulse was to reply to the question by saying "singing and dancing!" But really there is a lot more to it than that. Thank you to Mr. Blandings for his post, which articulated quite well many of the reasons I enjoy classic movies - and reminded me of why I dislike so many contemporary movies. The story/dialogue has to be good - even a movie I don't expect to enjoy can grab me and pull me in with the storyline and dialogue. The actors have to make me believe in the characters they are playing - whether they are playing heroes or villians. I prefer wit over slapstick or lowbrow humour (this alone would explain my dislike of many contemporary movies). I enjoy watching actors with distinct personalities - they don't have to be "pretty boys" like so many of today's actors, they just have to be unique. And if you want to throw in a little singing and dancing with all that, well I would not say "no" to that idea.
  6. According to Wikipedia, Fred Astaire generally choreographed his own routines, but his collaboration with Hermes Pan last for many years and they worked together on 17 of Fred's musical films. I have always admired the originality in Astaire's routines, as well as his grace and elegance. I love to watch him dance, and if I had to choose, I would call him my favourite dancer. However, I have no less admiration for Gene Kelly. He had a different style from Astaire, and was also wonderful to watch. I enjoyed the films that were shown this week on the anniversary of his birthday. My favourite, as always, was Singin' in the Rain.
  7. Yes! That is the movie I saw! I was going to say that I thought Joel McCrea was in it, but I was not 100% sure. Thank you very much, mr6666.
  8. I enjoyed seeing several of Freddie Bartholomew's movies the other day; he was quite a good actor! I had never seen "Captains Courageous" before, yet somehow the plot seemed familiar - I am sure I once saw a movie that was basically the same story, only it was more of a western. The boy in question (played, I think, by Dean Stockwell) got off a train when it stopped and it left without him. He was a spoiled rich kid who grew up during the time he spent with some cowboys. Does anyone know what film I am talking about here?? I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it ....
  9. I have had the TV on all day, because I kind of enjoy watching Elvis movies. I had a chance today to see two of his movies which I had never seen before: "Stay Away, Joe" and "Charro!" Now, don't lambaste me for this, but I rather liked "Charro!" I thought Elvis did some decent acting in it, and I cannot say that of most of his movies. "Stay Away, Joe" was .... well, I liked the music. I thought the goofy sound effects during the fights were odd, though. I thought the documentary was interesting, and I agree with the person who mentioned being moved by the gospel singing. I was hoping for "Blue Hawaii" but sadly it is not being shown today.
  10. Tom, thank you for the movie recommendations. I have seen several of them already, including Adventures of Don Juan, Prisoner of Zenda, Casablanca (of course!!), A Star is Born - I enjoyed them all. I would like to see more of Flynn's movies - I think I have seen maybe 4. As you said, all four actors are elegant and articulate - how I wish that more contemporary actors would exhibit such characteristics! Although TCM aired Lolita the other night, it was not shown in Canada - occasionally we get substitute movies if they don't have the rights to air a certain film in Canada. This usually happens when it is a movie I am particularly interested in - eg. Portrait of Jenny, which was on the other day (not here, though).
  11. I was a child in the 1960s - there were no videos or DVDs, we had just one TV channel which rarely showed movies, and going to the movie theatre itself was a rare treat. I can probably list most of the movies I saw during that period on the fingers of one hand: Blue Hawaii, Captain Nemo and the Underwater City, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music ... and possibly the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night." If I see any one of these movies airing on TV, I am drawn to watch it. Doesn't matter how many times I've seen it before. As was mentioned above, it's "comfort viewing." Unlike some of you, I have never liked horror movies - as you can see by the titles I mentioned, my tastes run more to musicals. The advent of video and DVD and numerous TV channels (including TCM!!) has allowed me to broaden my tastes somewhat (for example, I've learned to appreciate a good screwball comedy, such as "Bringing Up Baby") but I am still drawn primarily to musicals. I think we do tend to love things that take us back in some way to our childhood, or young adulthood.
  12. Well thank you, Tom! I love watching Flynn in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" in particular, and also "Captain Blood." He is so excellent and eminently watchable. I don't have much to thank my cable company for, except for the wonderful day they added TCM to their channel lineup. It has allowed me to become familiar with so many actors who were just names to me before, and I am grateful for the opportunity to discover my own likes and dislikes.
  13. When I saw the title of this thread, the first thing that sprang to my mind was Eric Blore attempting to spell "Susquehanna" over the telephone to Edward Everett Horton. Makes me laugh just thinking about it!
  14. I have to go along with those who don't care for Gary Cooper. I had heard about some of his movies, and he was an Oscar winner, and I wanted to like the movies - but something about him just ruined the whole experience for me. And I never cared for John Wayne - I always found him too forceful. I also think James Dean is overrated - but he died young so I'm more inclined to forgive the adoration. I don't get the love for Marilyn Monroe - she was just okay, IMO. And Elizabeth Taylor - pretty, certainly, but a great actress? I never thought so. June Allyson - I absolutely cannot stand her voice! Except when she is singing. I think she should have sung all her lines in all her movies. On the other hand, who am I to judge? I can only go by who I enjoy watching and who I don't. There are some actors who I knew only by name and had seen few, if any, of their movies, but watching TCM has given me the opportunity to gain an appreciation for these actors: Ronald Colman, Errol Flynn, James Mason, Claude Rains.
  15. I think my favourite is "Night and Day" from The Gay Divorcee. I might be somewhat influenced by the fact that this was the first Fred Astaire film I ever saw, and remains my favourite. I also enjoy "Isn't it a Lovely Day" from Top Hat. Both this number and "Night and Day" are classic examples of Fred winning the affections of the initially reluctant girl - romancing through dancing. To the person who asked about the movie where Fred dances up the wall and over the ceiling - it was Royal Wedding. That is a favourite solo Astaire number; even though I read about how they filmed it, it is still magical to me.
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