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  1. I like Brent and Pidgeon, though my enjoyment of their work probably defies logic. LOL Brent just seems to effortlessly play off strong women, and I like that about him. Pidgeon's voice and classiness are what I like most about him. Also, who else could have played off Greer Garson so many times, so well?

    Perfect answer! Thanks.

     

    Sadly, it's another teevee gets a rest day. One that could have been devoted to George Sanders.  :(

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  2. A musical, a classic, & a film I remember from 10+ years ago: all times E.S.T.:

     

    6:00 p.m.--"Kismet"--(1955)--Well sung musical--Monty Wooley gets 4th billing as a comic relief sheik.

     

    11:45 p.m.--"The Man Who Came to Dinner"--(1941)--classic comedy, if anyone hasn't seen/taped it.

     

     

                               An enigma;

     

    You know how some films are so very well done in one department, & how the rest of the film is tripe? Here's one, IMHO.

     

    3:45 a.m.--"Girl of the Golden West"--(1938)--A well sung Sigmund Romberg score & 2 dances by a young Buddy Ebsen are evened out by dreadful accents from Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy--MacDonalds performance is not good, & Eddy's is worse--but the film has received rapturous reviews on its' TCM webpage--I remember score & Ebsens' dancing as the only redeeming features.  You decide.

    Nelson and Jeanette can't act. Some thought they could sing - hence the TCM reviews, no doubt - but I thought they stunk.

     

    BTW, you can't trust TCM reviews, they are usually rapturous about everything.

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    Ruth Hussey & Robert Young movies

     

    Back in May TCM aired a few Ruth Hussey films. There is something about her I like– can’t quite put my finger on it. She’s definitely of her era, but she projects a timeless quality too. I had created a Performer Spotlight thread about Hussey on TCM’s message boards, making a point of recommending a film the actress did with Robert Young. But as I thought about it, she made many good pictures with Young during her time at MGM; and they are all worth mentioning. So here goes:

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    The first one is RICH MAN, POOR GIRL. Ruth Hussey plays Lana Turner’s older sister and is planning to marry a man from the right side of the tracks (Robert Young), but family dilemmas nearly get in the way. It’s nicely directed, and Hussey has chemistry with Young in spades. Apparently, the bosses at Metro thought so, too, and reunited the pair on screen several more times.

     

    One of those occasions was in HONOLULU. Though the movie is a showcase for the dancing talents of Eleanor Powell as well as the comic charms of Burns & Allen, the bulk of the romantic scenes fall to Hussey and Young. Young’s character winds up with Powell by the final fadeout, but Hussey has certainly given the leading lady a run for her money.

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    The formula was repeated a year later in MAISIE. This time, instead of Eleanor Powell, we have the irrepressible Ann Sothern in the lead. Young plays a Wyoming cowboy named Slim who finds himself mixed up in the wacky adventures of the title character, as well as the marriage problems of his boss (Ian Hunter) and the boss’ estranged wife (Hussey).

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    In the early 1940s, MGM cast Hussey & Young in two period pieces. The first was the adventure tale NORTHWEST PASSAGE, where most of the action revolves around the exploits of an explorer played by Spencer Tracy and his traveling companion (Young). Hussey turns up in a supporting role as a romantic interest. Then, in H.M. PULHAM ESQ., we have Young as a solid executive who is married to Hussey but wondering about how his life would have turned out with a former sweetheart, played by Hedy Lamarr.

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    The next year, the studio paired Young & Hussey as leads in the romantic trifle MARRIED BACHELOR. In the story, Hussey portrays a dissatisfied wife who feels her husband (Young) needs to develop a greater sense of responsibility. As they both find new careers outside the home, they find their relationship enduring a series of madcap crises.

     

    Though Robert Young would soon leave MGM and move over to RKO, he and frequent costar Ruth Hussey remained friends. Years later, in a 1969 episode of Young’s long-running medical series Marcus Welby M.D., they worked together again on screen. Here is a photo from a scene in the third season episode entitled ‘The Best Is Yet to Be.’ With these two pros, the best was always in evidence.

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    Wonderful information ...... and pictures. You've put a lot of work into this topic, TB.

     

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  4. Here's what I saw, Miss Wonderly, an assertion was made about Dick Clark being a friend to black artists which was basically erroneous if one knows the history of rock and roll, which was corrected with facts by Ms. Cavegirl who was then assailed by many with snide comments apparently disregarding the fact that she obviously was well-versed in the subject. I will guess but could be wrong, that her comment about being "lazy" was again directed at the few who kept questioning the issue of Muller's real name instead of just looking it up themselves. I did just now and on the net there is reference to his dad being named Edward Vujkovich so that should solve that. All in all, many tempests in teapots all due to a woman who is knowledgeable and not afraid to buck the tide and some don't seem to approve of that. Due to the fact that I appreciate intelligent women I applaud both her posts and yours, MissWonderly. I must say I saw nothing rude in her posts though, and actually think you both write in similar styles with a hint of sarcasm. I have a feeling Ms.Cavegirl though can take care of herself and does not need my defense. I for one would not want a person of her film knowledge to depart from any board I was on if they want to be considered of any worth. And I still say that both she and you would make great point/counterpoint noir hosts for TCM in place of Muller, MissWonderly. Thin skin does not make for knowledge exchanges always if people can't accept being wrong occasionally and take offense when someone calls them on it. I have a feeling if she were a man her posts would not be taken as being rude at all.

    Stick around. You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

  5. Am I imagining it or is there an anti-intellectual bias at this message board wherein those who back up their comments with knowledge of a topic are relegated to the back in favor of those who speak without facts but in a more pleasing way. I would hope this is not the case. If so I probably would not enjoy being here and will not be missed either.

    Nooooooooooooooo, wherever did you get that idea? ;)

     

    Good observation and spot on, Gordon.

  6. Yes, great suggestion. He'd be an excellent guest.

    Sam Elliott. I don't know if he knows movies (but that doesn't seem to be a prerequisite, judging from the choices), but he'd be oh so purty to look at. :wub:

     

    My suggestion: Eddie Muller. He is very learned and would light up the boards. :D

  7. I didn't quite want to scream, but SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK didn't have what I consider a happy romantic ending. In effect: "I'm a dysfunctional jerk on psychotropic meds, you're a dysfunctional jerk on psychotropic meds--darling, we belong together!" Well, the characters do sorta belong together, but I would want to stay far, far away from both of them.

     

    The ending of MY FAVORITE WIFE rubs me the wrong way. Having behaved like an idiot the whole movie, not telling her children she's their mother, Irene Dunne then decides she needs to punish Cary Grant for his behavior (and he's behaved pretty much like a normal human being) and keeps rejecting him until, by the time of the "happy ending," I'm convinced Grant isn't much better off with her than with Gail Patrick.

     

    Good topic, Slayton. We can probably come up with quite a few examples.

    Yes also to Silver Linings Playbook, blech.

     

    The Notebook made me gag.

  8. Nice to see you back posting. The Virginia Bruce day will be mostly her MGM programmers and B films from the 30s...many that show up often on TCM because they are in the channel's library. But I am glad they're recognizing her. Lovely lady.

     

    I don't follow TCM on Twitter. Only rarely do I check TCM out on Facebook. I figure if TCM has its own site and message board community, then I will use it and not another platform to discuss what they're airing.

    Ooopsie, almost off the page, TB. Gotta keep at it, I-N-C and all that jazz.

     

    I respect your opinion, TB. Are George Brent and Walter Pidgeon good actors? I know the other actors I hate - Wayne and O'Brien, e.g. - are very, very, very bad actors, but people seem to like Brent and Pidgeon.

     

    Do you?

     

    I had to turn off three perfectly good Virginia Bruce movies today, all in a row, because these skin-crawling hacks were front and center. I guess they made MGM gobs of money because the audiences in those days weren't any too sophisticated.

     

    If you say they are good, could you opine, briefly or otherwise, your choice, on why you think they are good?

     

    If they make your skin crawl and your teeth itch and your eyes bleed as much as they do me, then we're good. :D

     

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  9. Has there ever been a romantic movie with a happy ending whose ending made you want to scream?  Either the wrong couple got together, or the couple who one was supposed to admire left you could, or you thought the unsuccessful suitor was treated unjustly.

    Good question. Besides Love Story, the most disgustingly nauseating 'romantic' movie in history, one of the films that I love to hate is I Married A Doctor. Even though Pat O'Brien, no stretch, given his other roles, is a misogynist and a narcissist and a chauvinist, his little wifey still rides off into the sunset with him, bowing and scraping and obeying.

     

    Man, I hate that movie. :angry:

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  10. Nice to see you back posting. The Virginia Bruce day will be mostly her MGM programmers and B films from the 30s...many that show up often on TCM because they are in the channel's library. But I am glad they're recognizing her. Lovely lady.

     

    I don't follow TCM on Twitter. Only rarely do I check TCM out on Facebook. I figure if TCM has its own site and message board community, then I will use it and not another platform to discuss what they're airing.

    Thanks, TB.

     

    Today is going to be one of those 'I can't move until the PR break' schedules! Like the good old days. Few and far between.

     

    Excellent actor, Bruce was. I bet she didn't get the respect she deserved. Just another head in the herd.

     

    and not another platform to discuss what they're airing.

    Well...................... ;)

  11. I wonder if people are enjoying this year's offerings as much as last year...

    No. But my teevee is getting a rest since TCM isn't classically classic all the time anymore.

     

    Tierney was lovely, Mitchum (sorry, you lovely man) was ignorable in his Westerns, Fairbanks Jr. was fun, and Mae Clarke was okay in some.

     

    All the rest, for the most part, make my teeth itch. And some whom I expected to like were disappointing, i.e., Ralph hitting Clarke, Dietrich, always a bore, ruining Stage Fright for me.

     

    I'm looking forward to Virigina Bruce. Too bad the lovely Warren William wasn't included (heck, if they can disgust me with John Wayne), and of COURSE, why couldn't a day have been devoted to George Sanders? The rest of the upcoming schedule is a washout.

     

    Well, when TCM spends as much money as they do on the graphics of SUTS, they're bound not to spend too much time thinking about the actual stars.

     

    Lovely to see threads with your name on them, TB.  ;) Do you follow TCM on Facebook and Twitter? If not, you should.

     

    Let's keep you on Page One, shall we? 

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  12. Dietrich is one of my favorites, so I can easily agree with your choices and hope you enjoy them.  At the risk of overkill, I would also recommend Knight Without Honour.  Not sure if you have an opinion on Robert Donat (probably best known for Goodbye Mr. Chips), but he and Dietrich are both excellent in this.

     

    I hesitate to recommend things because no matter what there are those who will disagree, but for this one I can't help myself.  A few years ago I happened to start watching the beginning of KWH, and it carried me away for the the remainder of the film.

    Fascinating. I guess American moviegoers in 1948 were REALLY ready to move on.

     

    'Isn't It Romantic' and many double entendres played out against a backdrop of a bombed, burnt out Berlin in A Foreign Affair. What war. What loss of life. What concentration camps.

     

    Wow. What an insulting movie.

     

    I never did like Dietrich, but I am disappointed in Arthur.

  13. For a serious take on Muller's motives check out the New York Times article by Wendell Jamieson which I just read from January 29, 2007 where it is said that:

     

    "Mr. Muller, an author and film noir aficianado dreamed up the film festival five years ago as a way to increase visibility for the Film Noir Foundation which he runs, which works to restore the movies, and to promote his own books".

    The operative words are "to promote his own books". Even a low level operative from the Pinkertons could figure out that all other motives are mostly window dressing to make it all look egalitarian. By the way I don't do Facebook or Twitter.

    And RO and Ben M. don't have their own agendas.

     

    Please.

     

    By the way, you're really missing something.

  14. Hey gotta go with Gordoncole’s take on Muller being no film noir expert. I’d say Muller is more like the Cliff Notes version but this would be an insult to Cliff Notes cuz they are actually more deep. He’s more like the comic book Classic Illustrated spokesperson for these movies which is probably why when Cole started the thread he was referencing the original French source material as being way superior to these latter day experts like Muller and others and their agendas. There was some question here about the real spelling of Muller’s name but I don’t think that Muller even is his real name. Seems like it is something like Raskolnikovich or sumpin but no matter what the name he ain’t no Raymond Chandler nowise. For those who like him maybe they like their whiskey watered down also not that there's anything wrong with that.

    Did you know TCM is now on Facebook and Twitter? ;)

  15.  There's a long 1996 interview with Lizabeth Scott on YouTube, broken up into 8 parts.  Here's the first part, with links to the rest on the side, along with links to several of her best movies:

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjLLnXobNUc

    Why thank you, Andy. Never knew about that one.

     

    An even bigger SHAME ON YOU to TCM, they could have done the same with Ben M. Heck, even I would have even put up with RO, if that was her choice.

  16. I love Penthouse, but it's one of those movies where you have to really like the actors no matter what in order to like the film.  And I really like Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, and particularly Nat Pendleton.   Mae Clarke is almost an afterthought; she gets much better roles in other movies, even if in her most famous role she gets upstaged by a grapefruit.

    She didn't get much respect in Parole Girl either. Again, eating a grapefruit (bet they were cheap back then) but this time slapped upside the head by Ralph Bellamy. Ralph Bellamy!

     

    I guess there was no feminism in 1933.

  17. I am glad to see that others also like I Walk Alone.  I really think it is underrated too!  I was really impressed by the story and the lovely musical score. Interestingly enough, several of the actors were fairly new to the acting arena - Douglas, Lancaster, Corey, etc.  Wendell Corey fits well into the story as Kirk's brother who feels anger with Kirk's actions.  Christine Miller turns in a good performance as Kirk's wealthy girlfriend.  I do really think that the nightclub band should have been given credit, as their music was very stirring and greatly enhanced the setting.  Later the song Heart and Soul became a popular Rock and Roll song by Jan and Dean.  (But the film has the very best rendition of the song, though it is instrumental).

     

    Liz. Scott, who died recently, was really a very good actress.  I was quite impressed by The Company She Keeps where she plays a probation officer who helps Jane Greer (a former shoplifter) - her character into getting paroled from jail and getting a new job.  Unexpectedly, her relationship with her own fiancee becomes in jeopardy when he meets Greer!  She played this with finesse and authentically true emotions. I too think Liz Scott's stories where she plays an evil person are even better; Two of a Kind, Too Late for Tears,  Bad for Each Other, The Stolen Face, etc.  Though she is good in every performance that I have seen; You Came Along. I Walk Alone, Martha Ivers, etc. I agree that The other acting style is even better for her!  She will long be remembered as a great actress of film noir of the 40's and 50's.

     

    I promised to look up the title of the good film with Dane Clark and Alexis Smith.  IT is Whiplash.  Besides having an interesting storyline, it possesses a very good musical score in a nightclub where Alexis Smith's character is employed.

     

    Just a quick assessment of No Man of Her Own '50.  I  first saw this film when I was in my early 20's and really enjoyed it.  Barbara Stanwyck was outstanding in this film as a woman betrayed and Lyle Bettger was great as the bad guy.  The wonderful cast in addition; John Lund, Phyllis Thaxter, Henry O'Neill, Jane Cowl, Esther Dale, Richard Denning - to name

    Lizabeth Scott was an outstanding actor, better than most in her era.

     

    It's an outrageous shame that TCM didn't interview her when she was alive.

  18. Often overlooked when films and actors/actresses are evaluated is the great Robert Ryan.

    He is superbly menacing (in Caught, Beware, My Lovely)  or seemingly implacable  in Deep Valley, On Dangerous Ground,  etc.  In the latter two films we see a sensitive side of Mr. Ryan that is seldom revealed!

     

    In each film he uniquely portrays his part, making the film very special.  In Deep Valley he is a police officer searhing for a killer (Dane Clark) who is Ida's boyfriend.  She is hiding him.  On Dangerous Ground has Ida as a blind girl who tries to help her brother who may be accused of murder.  We see Mr. Ryan going from indifferent police officer doing his job routinely, to an attitude tinged with sympathy and ultimately with a deep love for lovely Ida who is blind and cares deeply about her brother.

     

    I have admired Ida Lupino for many years too!  I saw all of these wonderful 40's and 50's films on TV as a child and was profoundly impacted by her talents as well.  In the film Roadhouse we see her hired as a singer in an out of the way Road House restaurant.  The owner and boss is Richard Widmark who goes insane when she suddenly marries his assistant, potrayed by the mild-mannered and handsome  Cornell Wilde. It seems Mr. W.'s character had fallen in love with Lily (Ida) too and was ready to pop the question as well!  Celeste Holm shines here as the secretary  who desperately tries to save Lily (Ida's character) and her husband.  But it soon is clear that in the out of the way hunting spot he is out of control with his gun collection; intending to shoot them both dead.  (Of course he cleverly pulled out all of the phone cords from the walls.  Too bad cell phones were not in existence yet in the late 40's!  If she had had a cell and could call 911, the denouement of the film might have been less catastrophic).

     

    In Women in Prison she portrayed a vicious prison warden who fatally kicks Audrey Totter's character because she had been married to her old boyfriend and was pregnant!  Ultimately she loses her sanity and imagines the girl is still alive.  Not surprising that Ida became the first woman director of films in America!  There are other great performances of Ida; too numerous to mention here.  In recent years I have seen her earlier films for the first time.  In several comedies (late 30's - 40's) she was a blonde and in others a selfish brunette.  The Hard Way illustrates this factor; in this film Ida tears her sister's (Joan Leslie) marriage apart and causes ultimate disaster.

    Why do you think they're overlooked? By whom are they overlooked?

     

    Not by those with a brain who love classically classic movies.

     

    We know they're both wonderful. And catch them every chance we get.

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