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NewYorkGuy

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  1. Check your remote's menu -- or give us the brand and/or model number so someone can help -- and there is likely a sequence of buttons to push that changes the format displayed on the screen from letterbox (or envelope or widescreen) to full screen display or standard TV display.

     

    It may be you can search for instructions on the Internet using your brand and model number as well.


  2. I saw it a couple of times in the theater when I was young and parts of it are fun and parts are tedious (the mistaken identity sequence on the couch late in the movie just isn't funny enough -- and you can see Doris trying hard to make it work). I like seeing the parts set in Grand Central Terminal and out on the streets of late 1960s New York.

     

    I too was looking forwarding to a time-delay recording today while at work and I saw this morning before leaving the house it's been replaced by the equally patience-testing Tunnel of Love -- in this case Richard Widmark simply wasn't good casting for light comedy.

     

    Oh well, someday it will roll around on the schedule! I hope!


  3. Have you checked the settings on your TV to see whether that makes a difference?

     

    I'm dead set against TCM's ever changing its policy about showing letterbox format whenever possible. There are instances when they can't get access to the full letterbox format for showing and they will go ahead and air pan-and-scan -- particularly if it's a key film in a specific theme -- but it's rare. And for that, I really appreciate TCM.


  4. I love "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" too.

     

    Can someone remind me about why she's never been given an Honorary Oscar? I feel like I've seen this fact lamented time and again but the award to her contemporary Eli Wallach this year -- and he certainly deserved it too -- brought this back up in my brain.


  5. Have to agree with FredCDobbs here, and I adore Ann Miller. (Male equivalent with loads of talent but strictly a supporting star: Gene Nelson.)

     

    I consider myself fortunate as a young teenager on a group trip to New York to have seen her on Broadway in "Mame." She was terrific and afterwards signed autographs like a champ outside the theater.


  6. I've been an HBO subscriber for more than 20 years, so obviously I enjoy it.

     

    But TCM has spoiled me rotten regarding movies in their original format -- I rely on HBO more for its original programming than movies because I cannot stand pan-and-scan!


  7. Certain actors -- Stewart Granger, Ralph Bellamy, Joseph Cotton, Richard Widmark in supposed comedies -- not really appealing to me. Among women, June Allyson, Jane Wyman and Ruby Keeler. And TCM's recent Hal Roach Studios tribute exposed me at last to Harry Langdon, and I simply didn't find those shorts funny -- I guess he was successful because at the time there really wasn't much competition.

     

    But -- irritating! Except for "Some Like It Hot," Marilyn Monroe. Except for "Terms of Endearment" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Jack Nicholson.


  8. I'm enjoying the Employees' Picks month already and looking forward to this Week 2.

     

    I must say, though, now whenever I have a bone to pick about some (usually human) error on the channel or this website, I know whose department and possibly who specifically to nail it on. It will be hard to get Millie De Chirico's name out of my mind whenever the monthly schedule lists an incorrect running time that doesn't get fixed until a few days before the air date. I've missed the ending of several films that way, most recently "Woman in the Dunes"...

     

    "Hey, Millie -- get on the stick!" LOL


  9. Two immediate thoughts on seeing the new weekly schedule layout.

     

    Anything that takes more clicks -- even one -- to see something is arguably not an improved layout.

     

    Second, I too miss the genre icons. I get that you can sort a list by genre, but when I print out the entire weekly schedule they're no longer there.

     

    I can see how they decided some changes were pluses, but was it really necessary to get rid of previously useful aspects of the old format?

     

    Edited by: NewYorkGuy on Mar 9, 2011 3:44 PM


  10. Just chiming in again that my recollection she was Star of the Month below was REALLY faulty -- it's this month, of course, as others are pointing out.

     

    She was SOTM some years ago on TCM, which was when I truly became familiar with her films. There are several I still haven't caught and this go-round I'm making sure I don't miss them.

     

    Not the greatest film ever but one that has a soft spot in my heart is Riffraff. Jean, Spencer Tracy, Una Merkel, Mickey Rooney. I always enjoy it, corny melodramatic plot and all.


  11. She's Star of the Month in -- May? April? Without looking again, I think it's May.

     

    What a revelation she was to me as an adult, finding her films on AMC and TCM. I grew up seeing her grouped among "dumb platinum blonde types" in the mass media (mindless mass media, that should be).

     

    As much as I enjoy and appreciate Monroe, Mansfield, and others in that category, Harlow was *nothing* like them. Her loss at such an early age and for such a head-shaking reason is made up for by her enduring legacy.


  12. There's one Disney film that seems to be "lost" that I think would have little DVD market value but would be a perfect treat for something like the summer Funday Night at the Movies:

     

    Emil & The Detectives.

     

    Does anyone here know why that movie has been inaccessible for the past 50 odd years?


  13. I'm happy we're moving on to other themes, but I'd say instead of burnt I'm thoroughly satisfied. Loved this year's large batch of premieres and caught up with a few films regularly shown but which I'd somehow not seen before.

     

    I will miss the intro graphics from this year's Oscar month and am curious to see which if any of the intros change tomorrow. The middle-of-the-night intros are now the oldest and probably due for a freshening up soon (I believe all the images are from "Killer's Kiss."). I also wouldn't mind if they changed both the audio and video for the Word of Mouth sequences. "Damned. Good. Actress." was edgy and fresh for a while but now seems stale.


  14. Thinking about this further, and acknowledging the point made that the daily schedule is updated -- I usually print out the monthly schedule as soon as it's available, which is 3 months in advance. I learned a while back it's a good idea to reprint it again close to the start of the month. I reprinted February's on Jan. 20th, which still had "100 Men and a Girl" listed. So TCM possibly still didn't know at that late date it wouldn't be shown as scheduled. Fine.

     

    But one thing they could do with the daily/weekly schedule blocks is change the background color of the updated schedules to a color other than gray and pale orange (prime time). How about white? With the word "Update" in red in the box somewhere? Or at least a key that says white indicates a schedule update?

     

    Perfect examples again today: "Woman in the Dunes" is listed on my Jan. 20th printout as 124 minutes. "Z" was scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. Some days ago, "Woman in the Dunes" was correctly listed at 147 minutes and the next several films' start times were pushed back accordingly ("Z" at 11:15). Those blocks could be whited out with "update" or something.

     

    Anyway, always better to offer a solution than simply whine! :^)


  15. LOL.

     

    But add me to those disappointed it wasn't shown as scheduled. I wish a TCM rep could come onto the boards or post something on the website with a simple explanation rather than leave us hanging. "Print not up to our standard" or "not available as originally intended" -- just something. Even if it doesn't completely clarify the situation then at least it acknowledges and respects people who've set aside time in their days (or set up their VCR/DVD/Tivo recorder) to catch it.


  16. Aside from the 31 Days of Oscar point, I'm fine with the (so-far) judicious sprinkling of the best of more recent films because it's very difficult to see them anywhere else where they're not interrupted by commercials, or not in their original aspect ratio, or without intrusive graphic station ID bugs and "coming up" clutter.

     

    Yes, I know TCM doesn't/can't always show a film in its full letterbox format, but it appears they try their best.

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