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Everything posted by NewYorkGuy

  1. I agree -- excellent job. Every year choices have to be made -- in four minutes they simply cannot include everyone who was in or contributed to a motion picture. There has been at least one instance when a particularly significant person died and they added him after that year's In Memoriam production first aired, but I can see that in general they would not do this. I thought this year's ending, with the "TCM Remembers" title appearing again to delay one's expectation ("Where's Liz?"), was particularly well done. Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Dec 21, 2011 10:23 AM Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Dec 21, 2011 10:24 AM
  2. I got home in time to catch "Rebel in Town" and I thought Ruth Roman was miscast -- looked a bit too old for the part, but then the same could have been said about John Payne. Still, it wasn't completely unknown in the 1870s for people appearing to be in their early to mid 40s to have a 10 year old. That was an interesting movie, with a band of outlaw brothers and their father operating on the outskirts of a town. I immediately thought of similarities with "The Big Country," and as it turns out "Rebel in Town" was from 1956 and "Big Country" from 1958. Will catch up with my time-delay of "Joe MacBeth" sometime this weekend. But now I'm not sure I'm looking forward to it! :-)
  3. Agree. She's nailed it. Totally relaxed, knows how to read and deliver a line and make it interesting, not moving her hands excessively, looks like she's enjoying it at the same time. A great choice for this holiday week.
  4. The aspect ratio made the film appear to have been shot for television. Anyone know?
  5. Life is bologna On day-old plain Wonder Bread Without Winona.
  6. Bob does delve into gossip every now and then. I think those quips are usually saved for his outros, Star of the Month, and when he has a guest programmer for a night or month-long festival.
  7. A shorter but similar discussion took place about a month ago regarding people who appreciate both Jean Gabin days and a month's look at Singing Cowboys. That broad overview is the type of thing I love about TCM. A bit off topic: I've been tickled to see Antenna TV showing The Three Stooges shorts the last several months, in as uncut versions as we're likely to get on television at the moment. Nothing disappointed me more than IFC's Stooges blocs where the shorts were interrupted not once but two, sometimes three times for commercials -- and when the shorts were onscreen the intrusive IFC logo and promotional scrawls for other IFC shows never disappeared.
  8. It's been on Starz Cinema on occasion but I've never seen it in letterbox there either.
  9. Others have already answered this regarding license periods. My only other input is, "Compared to what? HBO? Starz? IFC? Showtime?" If a movie on TCM is shown twice within a month, that is a very rare exception. Yet most cable channels -- whether movie channels or original programming -- repeat their shows over and over and over, often within the same week. Yeah, we chuckle here about "North by Northwest" being aired what seems like 4 times a year, but even that's completely understandable for any number of reasons.
  10. LOL -- "Happy belching"! I caught the Cape Breton short and also was struck by Sydney's description as a farther-north Pittsburgh. The TravelTalks generally really show their age, both in faded color and some of the corny scriptwriting, but overall I find them fascinating. There is one of the Paris World's Fair, however, that looks very contemporary to me. The people, the views of the various exhibition pavilions -- I can imagine walking through that scene. UPDATE: I have literally just seen the schedule for tomorrow after typing the above (weird). "Paris on Parade" (1938) is scheduled for 12:21 p.m. after "Rose Marie." Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Aug 29, 2011 12:29 PM
  11. I'm just loving "Stand-In," airing as I type. I think it was 3 years ago I suggested it as a film to show -- glad it's finally made it!
  12. Not to take this thread's focus off Lucy, but I tried watching some of the sitcom episodes on Hallmark the other night and had to stop. Hallmark's intrusive station IDs and promo crawls completely ruined the viewing experience, and I didn't want my memories of "I Love Lucy" spoiled by it. More and more channels are getting worse and worse about this these days. IFC is the same way now -- and they even split up 15 minute Three Stooges shorts into three segments with commercial breaks! Well, I guess I can bring Lucy back into this. One of her most throw-away appearances was in one of the earliest Three Stooges shorts. She even got billing and was fine but that part could've been played by any bright young actress.
  13. Joan Blondell Day, for "Stand-In" alone. Love the casting sequence with the stage mother. Runners-up: Linda Darnell Day; Jean Gabin Day.
  14. I like this movie, too. I also like North by Northwest. I'm starting to feel like My Favorite Year is being scheduled as often as North by Northwest (coming up again in August!).
  15. Her career was way too short to qualify for What a Character, but I have a soft spot for the early 60's teenager Trudi Ames, whose cheerfulness and ability with a sarcastic throwaway got her compared with Eve Arden. Her main appearances were in "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Gidget Goes to Rome" and aside from some television work she disappeared. I suddenly recall that Mary Wickes has been featured in the What a Character series. Can anyone confirm?
  16. Yes, Guy Kibbee and Cuddles have been featured, as has Beulah Bondi (I think Joan Cusack narrated that one). I like the suggestions so far, and add a vote from here for Iris Adrian. Disney kept giving her priceless little cameos well into her old age.
  17. Very glad to see the upcoming Merchant/Ivory festival! Particularly pleased to see some of the early films I don't know on the schedule, and that Howard's End, Remains of the Day and Maurice are included. I realize they can't show everything, but the omission of Slaves of New York means one of my few forays into locally-shot filmed extra work still won't be on TCM! Oh well, one of these days...
  18. Criticising little Ronnie Howard in "The Music Man"? Really? You don't get choked up even a little at the end when he's gushing over the cornet? And everyone looking at him who knows they've been scammed suddenly don't care anymore? Aww...
  19. Several thoughts: 1 - Thanks, tcmprogrammer, for the explanation about the cartoons. Simple as that -- "we goofed" -- and I think any reasonable person understands completely. I agree with the make-good request below, although I'd understand if before-the-month-is-out is too soon. Maybe later in the year a night when Bob could have Jack back for those shorts, and maybe discuss any feedback about this year's festival? 2 - Rodent Images (Mouse on the Moon); Avian Images (The Birds; The Cardinal). 3 - Now that I think about it, every Doris Day movie made satirizes caucasian protestants...harrumph.
  20. Yeah, that Popeye short introduction was odd. No graceful way they could have edited that out, I guess? Bob and Jack made quite a point that it was offensive and Bob finally said, as he does, "Well, let's take a look" or "Well, let's see it." And then -- cut to the three films coming up later. I thought Turner had the rights to all old Popeye shorts since they run regularly on Cartoon Network and/or Boomerang, but maybe not.
  21. My best wishes to Bob as well, and I'm trying very hard not to speculate on what his surgery was for. We'll know someday, I expect. Robert Wagner's been fine and I was as startled as anyone to see him at 8 p.m., but he's a good choice for the first week since he's friends with Tab Hunter -- and GUNMAN'S WATCH got the night off to a rousing letterbox start. RIDE THE WILD SURF has been on TCM a number of times in the past, usually not prime time, but too bad it's not the letterbox version. RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND, on as I type, is OK running in the background while multitasking but is a deserved obscurity for Tab completists only.
  22. I'm annoyed. I printed the schedule new just a couple of days ago and was relying on it -- and of course it's still listed in the online schedule as starting at 10:30, not 10:18 or 10:20. I got home from a workout and turned on the TV at 10:29 thinking I was just in time and thought, "Dang!" Maybe the pre- and post-film discussions went long, but surely those were taped some weeks ago. It makes no sense that the online schedule as of five days ago couldn't be correct. Dang! Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Jul 5, 2011 11:52 PM
  23. I guess it could be worse. I'm surprised someone hasn't made a movie about people stuck in an airport waiting lounge. Oh, wait...
  24. "Ghidora, the Three-Headed Monster (TO BE DELETED)" I was terribly disappointed last night the actual movie title card didn't read that way. Talk about false advertising!
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