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  1. Dave Karger introduced the movie as a TCM premiere, but I thought for sure I had seen it on the channel at some point in the past. Anyway, I was looking forward to the "I told you so" scene but I think they left it out. The scene where Larry Keating is called back to the U.N. where they beg him for info on how they can save themselves, to which he replies it's too late. Did anyone notice the omission? I wondered if I was out of the room for those few seconds. Not having seen the film for at least a decade, another thing I watched for was whether Stuart Whitman was one of the survivors. I won't say which, but it was the other way around from how I remembered it. And was it supposed to be ironic that Bellus killed Dr. Bellows? That must have Hoyt.
  2. I wonder if you could be confusing James Garner with Zachary Scott, the movie being "Flamingo Road"?
  3. So sad to learn this morning that Natalie Trundy passed away at age 79. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/natalie-trundy-dead-actress-four-planet-apes-movies-was-79-1266487 Ben Mankiewicz in introducing "Escape" made mention of Natalie having been the wife of Arthur P. Jacobs at the time he cast her in all four "Apes" sequels of the original film series. She was the human mutant Albina in "Beneath," Dr. Stephanie Branton (Stevie) in "Escape"; and finally played a simian as Caesar's chimpanzee mate Lisa in "Conquest" and "Battle." While watching this, I wondered if the surviving cast might be watching the TCM premiere (recalling that the only other remaining major cast member Eric Braeden had indicated he didn't have a high opinion of the film in an interview a few years ago), but today I learned Natalie's passing occurred a full month ago, far predating this airing of the movie. I've always been a major fan of the entire cast of the original saga, and found humor in the following situation regardless of the nepotism involved: in addition to Natalie having been cast in the films by her husband the franchise's producer Mr. Jacobs, Linda Harrison had been married to studio boss Richard D. Zanuck from the year the first film was made until 1978, and was cast as Nova in both the original film and "Beneath" and later worked again with Charlton Heston as one of the stewardesses in "Airport 1975" using the pseudonym Augusta Summerland; the punchline was that when Steven Spielberg was casting "Jaws" the following year, the studio wanted him to hire Heston as the Amity Island sheriff but Spielberg resisted because he felt the audience would feel too safe with Heston accompanying them on the screen, and nobody would fear the shark, and that instead of a star who would provide a moral support score of 10, he needed an 8, and mentioned his problem at a party to Roy Scheider, who responded to Steven, "Hey, I'm an 8"... and if Heston had gotten the Chief Brody part, it would have been a fourth time he might have been teamed with Harrison, since Richard Zanuck as the co-producer was eager to have the former Nova appear as Brody's wife, but in an ironic justice of one nepotism outranking another, this time Universal's head honcho Sid Sheinberg wanted his wife Lorraine Gary for the part. In each case, I think the right person was cast regardless of all that.
  4. Sepatione, you beat me to it. All I can add is the vampire would have been racing against those hands of the clock pointing straight up at high midnight, all while getting his best advice from Lon Chaney Jr. Coop did have just a single degree of separation from one other classic movie monster though, since it was actually Mrs. Gary Cooper (Sandra Shaw) who looked out the NYC hotel window in 1933 and screamed upon seeing King Kong, the Eighth Wonder then climbing that building and picking up a different, sleeping woman (Gertrude Sutton) before dropping her to the pavement, although there is debate over whether Fay Wray's stuntwoman, Judy Malcolm, may have done the actual falling shot. I had thought Sandra was the one being dropped until someone corrected the specific roles at imdb, with Gertrude now simply listed as "Hotel Victim." Among Sandra's very few other credits, she later appeared as herself alongside her husband in the Jack Benny Program episode "Gary Cooper Show" in 1958.
  5. During the TCM introductory notes on Metropolis (1927) earlier this month, it was mentioned that H.G. Wells authored a newspaper review of the film of sorts when it was first released. He basically just wrote he had seen what he suspected was the silliest movie ever made up to that time, which made me wonder if they could have put a dialogue card into the silent film paraphrasing Monty Python and the Holy Grail a half century later: "On second thought, let's not go to Metropolis. 'Tis a silly place!"
  6. Although I never had any doubt about Al being David, and nobody could ever Touch Connors, there was a period I was unsure if Hans Gudegast and Eric Braeden were the same guy, and I wondered the same about Rudy Solari and James Farentino (the former are the same, the latter different). And it wasn't until Maureen Stapleton died, and I wondered why her obits had no mention of her sister Jean, that I learned Maureen and Jean were not related, contradicting an assumption I had had for about forty years.
  7. I was a huge fan of the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea series and Mr. Hedison. I was watching the MeTV episode this weekend and was thinking how he was the last main regular from the show who was left* with Robert Dowdell having passed last year and Terry Becker having died at the very end of 2014, only to just learn that David had passed away a couple of days before the airing. I had also seen him on The Love Boat one week earlier. I had been glad that he did get to work on screen with Vincent Price in a "Voyage" episode since they didn't get to do so when they co-starred in The Fly (1958). Some of Hedison's other best-remembered big-screen roles included The Enemy Below (1957), Assault Force aka ffolkes (1980) and portraying James Bond's American friend Felix Leiter in both Live and Let Die (1973, opposite Roger Moore in his first outing as 007) and License to Kill (1989, opposite Timothy Dalton). Interestingly, in a 1964 episode of Moore's series The Saint, Hedison guest starred in a storyline with a subplot where Moore's character Simon Templar tells a female character he is actually James Bond and Hedison refers to that claim in a joke in the epilogue, this being nine years before Moore and Hedison's first Bond movie. Moore would actually play the superspy in a comedy sketch on a British variety show in the late sixties, which shows they must have been throwing his name around as a potential Sean Connery replacement at the time, in the way I remember a lot of public speculation about Pierce Brosnan getting the role even during the run of his series Remington Steele a full decade before his first Bond outing. Hedison also showed his own sense of humor parodying his "VTBS" Captain Crane character on a Milton Berle variety special during the sci-fi show's original run. I'm glad I got to see him in person at an all-star gala event in NYC back in the nineties. My condolences to his family, including daughters Alexandra and Serena, and Alexandra's spouse Jodie Foster. Funny thing, I looked up whether David and Jodie had ever worked together before she had married his daughter, and the only event I could find up to that time was the ABC Silver Anniversary Celebration special I remember seeing as a kid. *Actually, Allan Hunt (who portrayed surfer dude Riley) and High Chapparal actor Mark Slade (who played an early recurring Seaview crewman named Malone) are still living among "VTBS" series regulars.
  8. Decades ago, my brother had pointed out how different a course Citizen Kane (1941) might have followed if the movie started with Charles Foster Kane whispering his ACTUAL last words before dying: "Rosebud, my sled!"
  9. This morning's showing of Them! (1954) reminded me of a line I had imagined occurring when the protagonists are in a plane over the desert, keeping an eye out for the giant ant hill below: James Whitmore: Look at those people down there. They look like ants! James Arness: Those are ants!
  10. As the original Star Wars is scheduled to air on TCM on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30 PM ET and Wednesday, July 31 at 8 p.m. ET, back to the intended joke of the thread, "I hope they finally put that line back in" as spoken by Darth Vader to Grand Moff Tarkin after he watches him use the Death Star to destroy the planet Alderaan: "I love what you've done with the place."
  11. Correct. It's the Elias Howe School, so the school and movie are both dedicated to the same person.
  12. The earliest I recall were the 1965 Elvis movie Girl Happy, around the same time as seeing two separate reissues of dubbed European faerie tale movies from the fifties--Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel, the latter being a Czech movie with Rankin/Bass-type puppet animation, with my first fully enjoyed theatrical movie being El Dorado (1967) with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. After that came some of my most beloved Toho movies, and I remember being taken to Hello Dolly! (1969), held over from the preceding year, only to learn my brother had gotten to see Airport (1970) at the same time, which I wouldn't see until its TV premiere.
  13. An older fellow I used to work with in NYC some years back had exchanged best movie lists with me at one point, and he placed "Help!" at number one. I had coincidentally noticed a bit of trivia just before that and asked him if he knew a common factor between the movie and the public school we were working across the street from at that time--PS 51 on West 44th Street. If you look it up, you'll probably come up with the answer. I recall a night in 1968 when the family was all settled in, and I just happened to notice the below Close Up in TV Guide that the movie was making its television debut within moments. One of my most fondly remembered family movie nights as a kid. We had seen "A Hard Day's Night" a few times, but I had never gotten to see "Help!" on the big screen. Funny though, I had remembered it as being on WOR's Million Dollar Movie, but it only makes sense that it was on one of the networks.
  14. A few months ago, they had the 1977 documentary Gizmo! scheduled to air and I was looking forward to seeing it again, but at the last minute with no change in the schedule listings, they aired the 1989 documentary For All Mankind instead. Maybe they realized they didn't have the rights to the former, or just didn't have it in their library. I haven't seen Help! (1965) airing anywhere for a long time. Maybe they can run a day of movies with exclamation points in their titles. (Them!, Airplane!, Top Secret!, Mars Attacks!, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, ¬°Three Amigos!, It! The Terror From Beyond Space, Oklahoma!, I Want to Live!, Safety Last!).
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