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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
  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
  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 i
  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).
  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, wh
  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
  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 B
  15. Back to imagined movie lines, I recall the one my sister contributed to the end of one scene that slightly ruined future viewings of On the Waterfront (1954) for me, joking again, "They finally put that line back in" when Father Barry (Karl Malden) takes Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint) to view how a workday with the longshoremen's union begins, with her father expressing surprise at the priest for letting Evie see things that aren't fit for the eyes of a decent girl, when corrupt union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) has his henchmen pick which workers will get a day's employment by handing ea
  16. And yes, the Dire Straits line is "mink coat" but can easily be heard as "makeup"; I'm nevertheless surprised (especially about the Steve Miller song) that anything would be edited on the air now. I always found two common Beatles mishearings quite funny: - "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds": a girl with colitis go by - "And I Love Her": I love my car, could never die
  17. Interesting choice of words, as my memory of "The Bodyguard" was that originally in the script Costner's character was supposed to be haunted by his failure in (and I quote) "that Kennedy thing" ... but someone thought it was too touchy even in 1992 and had the line changed to "that Reagan thing," a more recent but somehow more usable tragedy, which if nothing else could have been a way to commemorate the pointless changing of the name of the "Greatest American Hero" from Hinkley to Hanley a decade before, which itself may have also been an annoyance to the Professor from "Gilligan's Island,"
  18. This type of movie game was a humorous exchange my brother, sister and I would sometimes engage in where we imagined a line change or additional line of dialogue to a movie (or TV show) that either completely ruined a scene or changed its meaning in some humorous way. In the following example, the dialogue from Paths of Glory (1957) is basically how I remember it, except for the ending: General Mireau (George Macready): I can't understand these armchair officers, fellas trying to fight a war from behind a desk, waving papers at the enemy, worrying about whether a mouse is going to run up
  19. Ah, Willoughby ... where things are calm and gentle and the bandstand is always playing. Oh, pardon me for digressing. If I were Blandings, this wouldn't be an OT thread. Still, maybe you can guess the answer if you just imagine you're one of General Gates' horses and you're very thirsty. Actually, I just meant the riddle occurred to me on the train on my way into work, so people may be overthinking this one. I'll give it another hour or so to see if anyone still wants to guess before I post the answer.
  20. I thought the minor riddle that occurred to me on the train today would just suffice to start a thread: Everyone knows what "just desserts" is. But what about "stressed desserts"?
  21. I guess the weakness of the 1976 film, out of respect for the men of that moment of history, was its decision to use newsreel footage of the battles rather than recreate them as was done for "Tora! Tora! Tora!" with the result being an inconsistent look throughout the film. Wouldn't it be great if they could just do the battle footage over for a restoration of how "Midway" should have looked the first time around, with hopefully an additional improvement over Sensurround? It sure had the right stuff though when it came to cast and score.
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