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Everything posted by HarryLong

  1. *I don't know what studio she worked for other than Godfrey was MGM.* The original GODFREY was Universal. Patrick was also over at Paramount a few years earlier, doing essentially the same bitchy role in DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY. She switched studios every few years it seems. She was at Paramount until about 1935 and then went over to Columbia for a bit, then RKO for a while, then MGM... She never _quite_ was a star & may have shopped around for a studio that would give her the roles that might be her breakthrough. I've also seen her play entirely sympathetic roles (& when you think a
  2. *what a shame how tcm has little kids editing these classics into garbage.* Pardon my crudity but just what the hell are you talking about?
  3. If they did I missed it. I wish they show it... or show it again. It hasn't been released on DVD in the US.
  4. *He was a hunk. John Payne. Major beefcake.* That third shot down is practically pornographic.
  5. I've never had the opportunity to see TAMING OF THE SHREW, though I'd very much like to. Interesting though, is it not, that SUNNYSIDE UP aside, all the other films were released by United Artists? Less executive interference than at a regular studio?
  6. >>I don't know if I should go see it because I could get scarred for life or something. If you're that easily disturbed it might be best to just stay indoors with the curtains drawn for the rest of your life.
  7. >>I wonder why ?An American Tragedy? (1931) is never shown? I wonder if the rights are tangled up? MGM remade it & probably bought up everything involved (prints, negative, etc.) just as they did with the March/Mamoulian DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE... But I seem to recall having seen it once many, years ago on late-night TV. And I do have a fairly good bootleg of it.
  8. >>It's been doing it for days again, the TCM picture breaking up into little squares, stopping, skipping.... Funny how no other station on Comcast does this...... Squirrels have been at the wires. I have two hook-ups in my house (one was put in upstairs for my mother when she was precluded from doing stairs except when necessary). On the downstairs hook-up AMC looks just as you describe. On the upstairs hook-up, it's fine.
  9. It wasn't _shelved_, it just didn't have its premiere until 2/14/31. I don't want to get into a discussion of Tod Browning's direction here (the style of DRACULA is very much a result of that, not any technical limitations of the time), but on this site of all places we really shouldn't be adhering to the old wive's tale of sound limiting the cameras for years after its introduction. Both SUNNYSIDE UP and THE LOCKED DOOR (both from 1929 & shown on TCM in the past few weeks) blast that myth out of the water, as do Roland West's ALIBI (1929) and THE BAT WHISPERS (1930).
  10. *I have to admit that I have something of a larger issue with the moguls and moviestars doc which is:* *_IT HAS NOTHING NEW TO SAY PERIOD._* Afraid I'm in agreement on that. In fact a few minutes after the end of the first episode a friend (and fellow writer on movies) rang me up from North Carolina and just about the first thing he said was, "Did they say _anything_ new?" Now, there's nothing wrong with a FILM HISTORY 101 approach but for the sake of those of us who know quite a bit about older films (and I dare say that is a goodly portion of the TCM audience), it would have been nice
  11. I don't think SECRET OF THE BLUE ROOM is so much "lost" as "ignored." And why that's the case, I don't know. It was part of the Shock Theater package back in the 1960s (& I managed to acquire a bootleg VHS (obviously derived from a 16mm print) of it some years ago), so I'm not certain why this didn't make it to VHS back in the 1990s when Universal seemed to get damned near everything in their library released to VHS (even the Paula Dupre trilogy!). I wonder if there might be some sort of rights issue? (It is a remake of a German film & even incorporates some footage from the original.)
  12. The zoo was entirely built on the Fox lot, in case the rental of all those animals didn't tip you off.
  13. >.those involved with choosing the content seemed desperate to create a role for women, minorities, etc., that didn't happen in reality. It's revisioinist history. I think revisionist history is what you've been reading, chum. If M&MS revises any Hollywood history, it's more in the nature of acknowledging what's been obscured over the years, such as the important role women had in the early days of film-making... until it was found out how immensely profitable the movie biz could be & the women were pushed out. If anything the first episode (where this was covered) undertold just
  14. I didn't realize these threads had summer re-runs... and in December yet! (I feel as though we've discussed this sooo many times...) The fact is that those in charge of such things do not see that classic films have respectable sales possibilities at the moment - whether that has to do with the crappy economy is another matter entirely. Classic films are a niche market and silent films are a niche market within that niche market. The studios would rather put out a bazillion copies of the latest Adam Sandler atrocity (90% of which will end up in close-out bins). A case in point: Universal reis
  15. *I believe that HIS GLORIOUS NIGHT (1929) is still held up in broadcast rights issues as is CHRISTOPHER BEAN (1933).* When did the rights issue crop up for CHRISTOPHER BEAN> I recall seeing it once, many, many years ago on TV.
  16. *>>FredCDobbs wrote: > So, apparently now, there are film buffs and librarians and archivists all around the world, and they keep in touch with each other. They keep on the look-out for rare prints of ?lost? films, which occasionally turn up in old film cans in warehouses in their vast international archive system.* *Actually, that's nothing new. Film archivists have always been a very close-knit group that work together with a mutual goal of finding and preserving the world's film treasures. The same can be said for many serious film collectors who also play an important role in
  17. Didn't catch the intro, but RO might have said she was an actress... (but not a singing one).
  18. I wouldn't call either of these movies either lost or classic... but I'm an old curmudgeon. MATING SEASON may be the only film with Thelma Ritter I haven't been able to force myself to watch all the way through. And Jack Webb is the equivalent of fingernails on a blackbird.
  19. *One way would be to buy an infra-red somnambulatory isolitizer. Hook this into your regular VHF television tuner and calibrate the isolitizer to the upper echelon herring bone tier. Next part is tricky, because you have to very slowly graduate the "isoli-tier" by isometrics until the TCM station comes in. Be sure your television set is turned to channel 6 (this prevents interference with IF signals that usually come in on channel 3).* When you have a spare moment, could you drop by and help me with this Interoceter I got in the mail? (I wish my version of Comcast had both TCM and FOX in
  20. The big change has been thanks to the Disney corporation. Every time the copyright on STEAMBOAT WILLIE is in danger of expiring they lobby congress for an extension. there are many films that lose their protection because it hasn't been renewed, but basically any film older than WILLIE (1928, I think) has gone into the public domain.
  21. There's also an excellent book, IN SEARCH OF THE THIRD MAN, that covers the same territory.
  22. *I'm feeling ambivalent about the series. I look forward to it, wouldn't want to miss it, and stay glued to my chair when it's on. At the same time, I feel unsatisfied at the end of each segment, and feel there is so much more they could have done. Yes, there are reasons I suppose for limiting each episode to an hour, but at the end of that hour it always feels as though they've bitten off more than they can chew.* I'm with you on this one & you may have nailed it. They have to cover so much is such a limited amount of time that the episodes end up being Hollywood History 101. I am enjoyi
  23. I got through BLADE RUNNER once, many years ago. While it's a terrific looking film, I didn't find it terribly compelling & have seen no need to revisit it. Its adherents are quite passionate about it, though.
  24. Well, I have a light table... I ought to be able to rig up something to mask off the area beyond the slide. Thanks.
  25. HarryLong


    I've read I-don't-know-how-many interviews with actors who worked with vonS & claimed he either showd them the full 8-hour cut or offered to. I wonder what ever happened to that print?
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