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  1. The real power of West Side Story is in the music and, judging from the preview, that seems to be well served. Plus my basic respect for Tony Kushner makes me believe he wouldn't lead us astray with revisions which don't make sense. I'm looking forward to the movie as much as I'm not looking forward to the return of the notorious wet blanket among us, for whom nothing about this will ever be good enough.
  2. I don't have any but I love the idea of it. John Waters supposedly has fake food stashed all over his house (homes): cookies on the toilet, a blueberry pie in the bedroom, all sorts of stuff in the dining room, so you're in good company (or not, depending).
  3. Sven made the point that the only other time Lugosi played Dracula in a film was in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). The fact that it's still his legacy role is a testimonial to the power of his performance and characterization.
  4. Really good point. Why was Scotty so resistant to Midge "that way", when she was so obviously throwing herself at him? Something back then apparently changed their relationship forever. Hitchcock didn't really give her a lot of space, so she just comes off as kind of needy and whiney. I wonder if there was an equivalent Midge character in that elusive "French book" that's behind all this, because there could be some back story. I haven't seen it, but supposedly the DVD and Blu-ray have an alternate ending discovered sometime in the 1990's; Midge is listening to a local radio broadcast about El
  5. I'm officially giving up. A musical shown on TCM late night in July, possibly 1950's, possibly Tom Drake, about a movie producer and a wardrobe designer. Two others I briefly considered from the July listings were The Opposite Sex, in which a theatrical producer has an extramarital affair with a chorus girl and Everything I Have Is Yours, about a dancer who takes on a new partner in his show when his wife becomes pregnant. Both are showbizzy in theme and both have musical and dance numbers but neither fits your description. I'm out, but good luck.
  6. Re: Judy spilling the beans. According to "lore", after an early preview Hitchcock rethought the letter writing scene in which Judy revealed the whole plot. In discussions, he had some support for (and some resistance to) the idea of not revealing such an important plot point that early. He decided to cut the scene but somehow, at the studio level, there was a royal proclamation that the scene should stay and so it did. I remember noticing Judy's necklace before the Scotty character did, which is such a Hitchcock thing, letting the audience see something other characters on the screen don't, a
  7. I didn't realize TB's thread existed. What a great tool. But I'm still stumped. July was Elvis Presley month and the idea of the guy sending his girlfriend to take home his friend so he could be with the other woman sounds pretty Elvissy, but I doubt you wouldn't have remembered if it was an Elvis movie. I saw a couple of them, but not enough to know all the plots, but "a musical with lots of singing" sure fits. Clubs and bars also fits because they were often an excuse for a musical number. Elvis always had a buddy who'd help get him out of jams, so that fits too. The other movie which jumped
  8. You may have trouble tracking this down, A quick search of Amazon and e-bay only turned up posters and promotional material. Good luck.
  9. "Classy, quiet, understated"...That's Robert. His basic civility could get the point across without being preachy. The movie sounds like something we should see, so even if it's smothered in "context" I hope TCM shows it again. Thanks for the post.
  10. A Ticklish Affair (1963) with Shirley Jones and Gig Young. I think TCM has shown it, but probably not very often.
  11. If a couple walking in the park breaks into dance, should we assume it's a musical? My first thought was La La Land because there's a dance number in a parklike setting overlooking the lights of Los Angeles at night and they end up dancing among the stars, but he was a musician and she was an aspiring actress. In My Week with Marilyn Eddie Redmayne plays a kind of glorified go-fer on the movie set (not a producer) and Emma Watson works in the wardrobe department (though she isn't the designer) during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl and they start a very sweet romance, but I don't r
  12. It may not be of paramount importance to TCM to do so. Lame joke because his films were mostly from Paramount Studio. TCM springs for the occasional Paramount film but they're not likely to secure a whole month's worth of Kaye's films. The last Kaye film I remember on TCM was Merry Andrew during a circus-themed evening. But film catalogs change hands sometimes, who knows what might happen?
  13. Vera Miles in a promotional shot from Psycho. Different material, same women's correctional institute vibe.
  14. A really memorable moviegoing experience took place not in the theater but in the waiting line outside. The movie was Wait Until Dark and, without being a spoiler, there's a famous moment which usually scares the bejeesus out of audiences. It was one of those cases where they weren't letting people in while the movie was in progress and, since the theater was soundproofed, we were all just blissfully chatting and hanging out in line, totally unaware of anything inside. Then came the moment and from that soundproofed theater there came a huge collective scream of fright. Everyone in line went c
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