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Posts posted by NewYorkGuy

  1. 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.

  2. I think a LOT of us have been wondering about possible facial work on top of other health issues, and out of politeness the topic hasn't come up until now. Which doesn't mean I think it's a bad thing it's come up -- I think posters have managed a fair, respectful amount of time to mention it.


    I wouldn't begrudge him some neck tightening -- my mother wants that for herself -- but his face is aging perfectly and I wouldn't touch it.


    Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Aug 31, 2011 12:14 AM

  3. 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

  4. Agree with racketbuster. When I first saw The Little Princess as a little boy, her character broke my heart. Had no idea until TCM and the Internet how many other films she appeared in.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.




    Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Jul 5, 2011 11:52 PM

  13. Timing is everything. Farley Granger got only a few days of "TCM Remembers" tributes before another celebrity death, but Jackie Cooper is getting a well-deserved full week.


    I've never seen TCM overlap "TCM Remembers" spots for different people over the same days. Does anyone else recall?

  14. Unfortunately I have to wait until TCM schedules this again to see it intact. We had digital breakup that night due to the weather and it simply wasn't watchable. (For some reason, in my neighborhood at least, TCM is always one of the worst-affected channels when that happens -- thank goodness it's rare.)

  15. It just occurred to me that the oft-run "So You Want to Be in Pictures" Joe McDoakes short would be perfect for Ronald Colman day.


    I'm laughing at all the comments about "North by Northwest"'s possible position as the number one most-aired film on TCM. Would "So You Want to Be in Pictures" be the most-aired short?

  16. Hooray! "Stand-In" is finally scheduled on Joan Blondell Day! I'll surely post a reminder sometime around, oh, August 20th --


    But the first time I saw the Shirley Temple satire is one of the few times my jaw literally dropped. And then I howled with laughter.


    Yes, I know it wasn't directed at Shirley herself as much as at stage mothers and the tendency of Hollywood to grind a good thing into the ground, but it was a refreshing lesson that there were no sacred cows in the mid 1930s either.

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