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  1. The Bride of Chucky Saves Christmas? It can't be far ahead. You must never admit you're making a comeback. It's unbefitting a star of your stature. I remember hearing once that a reporter approached Gale Storm when she was doing a play at some out-of-the-way theater decades after My Little Margie and Oh, Susannah! and asked how she was enjoying her comeback. Well, you can imagine. Once a star, always a star, so no comeback for you, Bronxie! I recently had a nice interaction with a mod too. I'd gotten a little school-marmish with one of the vaguer posters (It was part of a general d
  2. Are we having a Rocky Horror/Mommie Dearest moment? Should we stock up on dog food?
  3. I'm ready for a wrist slap, but I'd like to argue that Performance, released in 1970 but shot for a 1968 release, is remarkably reflective of the year in which it was made. Warner's freaked because of the sex, drugs, crime and general psychedelia and immediately stuck it on a shelf, probably having anticipated something on the level of Help! It's a genuinely atmospheric depiction of that year on film, way moreso than all the exploitation films which threw a bunch of love beads and fringe on extras and called it a day. Performance dealt with societal disengagement in a very real way and at the
  4. In one of those in-house MGM documentaries from the early days they showed a caravan of trucks and busses heading out from the studio to a remote location, but that may have been more for equipment and crew than for actors. Most contemporary films have a pretty extensive list of drivers in the credits, some seemingly assigned to individuals, but I'm not sure where they would be driven to and from. I guess the old days when a studio limo whisked, say, Joan Crawford to the sound stage are long gone. (Or maybe not?)
  5. This may seem stupid to some so if the names Mario Lanza and Zsa Zsa Gabor don't interest you, just move on. TCM just showed For the First Time (1959) and in a way it reminded me of the formulaic way in which MGM used Elvis in the next decade: Let's throw in some pretty (and younger) girls and let him sing a lot. But this one definitely wasn't done on the cheap; great production values and the location shooting in Capri, Salzburg and in some of Europe's grandest opera houses was spectacular. (I assumed it was shot at Cinecitta, but it turns out interiors were shot in Berlin, which was also the
  6. I'm a little confused. Five of the seven films represented in your graphic aren't represented on your list. Philadelphia Story really sticks out in that collage of images since it's removed by at least four decades from any of the others. It may satisfy the "all-time" claim, but it's not on the list, nor is a single pre-1980 film, so maybe leave out the "all-time" part? (Sorry if I'm testy. It's a classic movie site, after all.) Also, there's no #6. Pretty Woman is included at the end without a ranking, so is that supposed to be #6? Also, I'm surprised to not see a single Hugh Grant film amon
  7. Apologies. I mistakenly thought the first page was the most recent. Forgive me and move on.
  8. I've somehow managed to see them all except for Bandolero. I like Raquel but was never drawn to that one for some reason. Angel Baby I mentioned recently in a thread about religion in films; it's such screwy exploitation, sort of like Claudelle English was, but I love it, especially Mercedes McCambridge doing her thing. That promotional still from Elephant Walk is something else. I recorded it from AMC years ago and transferred it to disc. It was probably Elizabeth's first fully adult role, where she didn't read as someone who'd just graduated her teens. I've seen Of Human Bondage exactly onc
  9. Thanks for the link. I clicked it just to get a quick sense of the film but ended up reading every word of the synopsis. Sounds like a really good example that law and ethics aren't the same thing. Two of my favorite movies are courtroom dramas (Witness for the Prosecution and Anatomy of a Murder) so I'll definitely watch this one.
  10. I love the costume too, a great combination of sci-fi and lady wrestler.
  11. He plugged Darlene into Bob E. Soxx and the Blue Jeans too, and used her as a backup vocalist in random recording sessions. She only got a couple of releases under her own name. Spector took advantage of his artists' loyalty to each other and manipulated them like crazy. Thankfully, Darlene had an independent gig as one of The Blossoms on Shindig! and just about any time you see a clip from that show there's Darlene in the background grinning ear to ear and having a great time. Ronnie seemed to be an exception; he kept her out of all that, but it meant isolating her the same way Ike isolated T
  12. At least when television laid claim to the middle ground halfway through the century, some filmmakers tried harder to get real, a process which is arguably still going on, ironically with some of the best of it on cable TV and some of the worst of it in theaters. And, as TikiSoo pointed out, it wasn't ever simply a question of racist and sexist filmmakers foisting content on a resistant and disapproving public. The public was just as vocal about making its feelings known then as it is today and studios relied heavily on preview audiences and "fan mail" to shape the final release. If an audienc
  13. Lol. I think Bronxie was onto something when she got a "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" vibe from you two. I think we need to get a documentary crew over there right away. This is getting good.
  14. I love how something that humungous never casts a shadow. Wasn't there some sloppy matte work too where you could see the background through the spider? I can't remember if there's an actual scene like that with John Agar and Mara Corday, but I gotta say that poster art is hot hot hot.
  15. Darlene Love too. Spector had her doing all sorts of uncredited work, many times on lead vocals, He treated his talent roster as if they were interchangeable. Ronnie probably got more respect from him than most of the others, and yet he still treated her like crap.
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