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  1. My list of interviewees would look like this: 1. Christopher Lee-he could talk about his days at Hammer, the relationship he had with Peter Cushing (If you think about it, the bond still exists, what with Cushing being in the first Star Wars and Lee in the 2 most recent films), his re-emergence in today's films and so on. 2. Charlton Heston-Discussing Ben Hur, playing Moses, etc. 3. Ernest Borgnine- Robert Osborne can ask "What was it like getting beat up by a one-armed Spencer Tracy?" 4. Sydney Poitier- because "In the Heat of the Night" is one of my all-time favorites. 5. Stanley Kramer (Is he still with us?) Lee Marvin would have been good as well. BTW, am I the only one that sees Lee Marvin's face whenever there's a Jim Jarmusch interview? Their voices are almost EXACT (to me at least). 6. Anne Bancroft- I'm curious how she dealt with playing Annie Sullivan, which if you think about it was a pretty physical role. Those are mine. I'm sure some will disagree.
  2. TCM Programmer, I (and I know that i'm not speaking only for myself) really appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. The fact that you do so shows that you are really interested in what we think. Thanks to you I actually feel as if i'm part of the channel and not just a viewer. Once again, THANK YOU! Now back to the topic at hand, with all the PC around this country today, has there ever been a film that caused a problem with the PC community? (One that you later showed of course.)
  3. TCM Programmer, with the cartoon show now on the first saturday of the month, would TCM ever consider playing some of the banned cartoons? Cartoons such as "Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs", or "Bugs Bunny **** the ****"? Does TCM even have access to them? I would think that showing these shorts along with a Robert Osborne introduction may open people's eyes a little. Let them know the history and Relevence if you will. Thank you and keep up the good work!
  4. The problem I have with Political correctness is that when one person feels one way about something, it seems we all have to feel that way. As far as films go, people are thinking too much and not enjoying what's on the screen. For example the W.C. Fields you were mentioning, I can sit back and laugh at something like that because it's funny. Whenever something appears in a film that today's population would consider distasteful or wrong, I just let it pass by. By this I mean I don't think about it too much. To me it's just part of the film. By trying to make these films more "politically correct" (you have no idea how much I hate that phrase), you're altering not only the story, but history as well. Did you know that the old "Amos and Andy" radio show was actually started by two white men? White or black, what's the difference? It's still funny as hell. And that's the way I see it. Does this make sense? If not I apologize.
  5. I remember that WPIX would play an Abbott and Costello film every sunday morning. This was followed by a Courageous Cat & Minute Mouse cartoon. i also remember WNEW showing the old Laurel and Hardy Silents. WOR was great back then, especially around Thanksgiving. thursday was King kong, friday Godzilla. Then of course there was Matinee at the Bijou. When did it start? I can't say exactly. I do know one thing though, I don't see it ending anytime soon. One more quick question, what was the name of the Laurel and Hardy silent with the infamous pie fight? I want to say "The Battle of the Century", but i'm not sure. "Big Business" (where they're selling Christmas Trees) is another classic.
  6. I also caught the second showing of the documentary. I was suprised by his being a herion addict. I always knew about the drinking, drugs were a bit of a shock. I felt sorry for him as I was watching, always getting screwed over by other people. Form his friend who was the Nazi sympathizer, to the rape trial which was all based on revenge against Warner. However my image of him being one of the greatest actors hasn't changed. In fact, just before I came to work I watched "The Adventures of Robin Hood". He may have been typecast by the role, but it is a role that I can't imagine anyone else playing.
  7. Other character actors from OTR were Hans Conreid and Alan Reed (who no matter what type of character he played, he still sounded like Fred Flintstone). I listened to "The Great Gildersleeve last night and I heard Sherman (Peabody and Sherman, the cartoon). I don't know the actors name though. Richard Powell was "Richard Diamond Private Detective" One of my favorite announcers of OTR is Tony Marvin ("Anchor Hocking, the most famous name in glass") But yes Ken, Boston **** is my favorite. I prefer Richard Kollmar to Chester Morris though.
  8. I love this thread. I likewise am an OTR lover. I really love the detectives: Boston ****, Casey Crime Photographer, and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar (played by Edmond O'Brian). One of the things I was fortunate to find is Live365. What it is a huge amount of online radio stations, you put in the subject, they have a station that plays it. I have many OTR stations on my account. How it works is 2 ways: you don't have to become a member but you only get access to a limited number of stations. If you have a membership, pretty much any station is yours. I was fortunate to get a 1 year subscription for Christmas. I am putting it to very good use. The cost per month is $9.95 The address is www.live365.com I HIGHLY recommend it. I'm not trying to sell you guys (and gals) on anything, I just think you should try it. Later all. By the way, Mel Blanc had his own radio program. On it he had a character named Zookie, who if you listen is pretty much Porky Pig.
  9. I'm just curious, is it me or was the picture quality to "the Thing" not all that great last night. Maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me. What do you guys (and gals) think? I had a hard time watching it.
  10. If TCM was smart they would show "Superman and Superman II" tonight.
  11. I think they brought back the pun master. I heard it yesterday morning, same voice no one different. I'm not sure if they changed it back at night though. They just have to go back to the old backdrop. Somehow hearing his puns while looking at a high rise doesn't feel right.
  12. What about "Babes in Toyland" (or March of the Wooden Soldiers, whichever you prefer)with Laurel and Hardy? or how about "The Bishop's Wife"? Both very good in my opinion. Classicsfan I agree with you about "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (and who wouldn't), I don't think it would have worked without Karloff. Have a great day all!!
  13. Morning all: Just curious, anyone out there planning to watch "Samurai Classics" this friday with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise? I for one will, although I've seen the films being shown, I am very interested in Cruise's take on Kurosawa and the genre in particular. I know this is a dumb question based on the fact that everyone watches this network, but the fact that Cruise, and not Spielberg or Lucas, is hosting makes it intriguing. Have a wonderful day and a great holiday.
  14. I am also joining in the praise of old films. Being able to share the love with others is great. It's nice to be able to watch a film and go WOW!!! without having something blown up or someone killed. I'm not picking on anyone here, but the actors of today have nothing on the actors of yesteryear. (Did I say that right?) Apart from the films that they show on the network, I love the intros by Robert Osbourne. After he's finished I come away feeling I learned something. He's great. One more thing I want to throw out there, last night they showed the Lugosi version of "Dracula", why is it that the majority of fans think that his dracula is the be all and all of vampires? Christopher Lee puts him to shame. Lee had that has that aura about him that let you know you're in trouble, whereas in lugosi's case it's hard to take him seriously. (I like the film though)
  15. I too long for the days of Bob Dorian on AMC. Another thing, I am I the only one that hates those "Movie People", the ones that think they know everything about movies? "A movie should make you feel..." I GOT IT!! AMC's being run by psychiatrists!!!! One more thing, I am happy to say that last night I happened to catch the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Big Snooze" and was pleased to see the scene where bugs takes the stuff to knock himself out left in. By the way, all you groups out to censor certain films and images for the sake of the young people, leave the parenting to the parents.
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