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  1. I'm dying over "Swell Hogan", which I assume was the lead character's name. Straight out of the Henry Willson playbook. From what you're saying and what I've heard previously, it seems as though Hughes and Willson may have had something in common, grooming personal favorites for their "stables", though Willson obviously focused almost exclusively on men and Hughes more on women.
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    Ed Wood

    It's interesting that Bela Lugosi's name is as big as the title of the film. That's kind of indicative of Wood's "kitchen sink" approach, throw everything in there and see who likes what. I think he knew he couldn't trust this one to sell itself. I'm sure he wanted it in neighborhood theaters but I wouldn't be surprised if it ended up in a lot of "adult" peep show type theaters, being lumped in with nudies and other sex-centric films, even though there isn't anything remotely erotic about Glen Or Glenda? I first saw this in a revival house back in the 70's and the audience screamed with laughter, but I wonder how a modern young audience so closely attuned to gender issues would receive it. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some anger and, certainly, some confusion about how they were supposed to take it. Personally, I feel about it like I did back then and like it for the silly absurdity of it and for the general ineptness which Wood made into a personal style.
  3. I'm a recent convert to the mystery genre. My mother read all the popular ones: Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Nero Wolfe, but somehow it didn't rub off. I was finally drawn in many years later by the Poirot TV series, though I've still only read a few of the originals. Each episode would have a few tantalizing hints about Poirot's character and history but plot was king and the backstories of the "suspects" were spare and only "as needed". That gives you the thrill of solving the case along with the detective, so I get why unrelated subplots could be a distraction for aficionados. In the case of Grantchester it was what it was from the beginning and I happily went with it, but I can also happily admit that people who are there for the plot could be put off. As long as he takes at least one shower per season, I'm all in. The shire for Men who Understand....Beautiful.
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    Randy Rainbow

    I'm so glad you posted this. I've been aware of him for a while after seeing his parodies pop up as YouTube suggestions, but never followed up until recently. People have been making a lot of Sarah Cooper, and rightly so, but Randy's stuff is next level. His professional skills and his political perspective are so perfectly aligned that the results are breathtaking.
  5. I wonder if they're saving the Leonard's father thing as a "subplot" for next season. They definitely took us to the river on that one but didn't let us drink. Or maybe it's just a closed book and the guy will never deal with it. Your comments made me think back to other shows in this genre which I've liked (Dr. Blake, Miss Fisher, etc.) and I can see that by comparison Grantchester does seem to have more carry-over of backstory from episode to episode. But also from season to season, so that for me personally the detective's home life is interesting because it builds on previous seasons, in which he strayed and had to win back her trust and in which there was a lot of tension around her wanting to go to work, and suffering workplace sexual harassment when she did. So when the wife shows up it isn't just on her husband's arm from time to time, it's as a real character in her own right. I guess we just disagree on the "value added" aspect of the subplots. (But I have to say that just as I was writing the part about the workplace sexual harassment I had a vision of you rolling your eyes and thinking: "Overkill").
  6. I respect your aversion to the "soap opera" details and subplots but I think that's a big part of what keeps the viewers coming back. This past season was particularly dense with recurring characters and storylines but, personally, I was more interested in watching the season play out as a whole than I was in watching any individual episode play out. To each his own. P.S. The nun had been excommunicated and was operating on her own, basically as a shelter for battered women. The actress did a great job of transitioning from creepy to sympathetic.
  7. Yeah. One of those people who seemed like an old soul from day one. You're right about the Tracy similarity; they could both go dark and they could both go light.
  8. I wonder if she's come to an understanding of Julie Christie's hair, or if that will forever remain a mystery.
  9. A couple of days ago TCM showed Bertrand Tavernier's My Journey Through French Cinema (2017) and Gabin was all over it. Such a solid, dependable actor. It's long (3 1/2 hours) so I'm still working my way through it, but so many great movies I've never even heard of, let alone seen. Scorcese did something similar for TCM sometime in the early-2000's called My Voyage in Italy about Italian cinema and I keep hoping they'll repeat it. Thank God for movies, especially these days.
  10. Didn't notice a thing. Seemed like a graceful reentry to me. 😉 Just when I thought Maurice was wrapping it up, out came the dancing girls! Bravo! Can't tell you how far that went in sweeping the clouds away for me. And I loved the travelogue. I'm so used to those James Fitzpatrick Travel Talks/home movies on TCM that it was nice to see something with all that Air France money behind it. For me, airplanes will always be those big silver behemoths with the propellers. Loved the bikinis circa 1949, when poor Esther Williams was still dressed to the gills in one-piece Catalinas. Thanks for the memories.
  11. Judy Tyler's second film, Jailhouse Rock (1957), was unfortunately her last. She and her husband died in a car crash driving back to New York after the film was completed. I'm sure that anyone who's seen her in the film would feel like she had a career ahead of her. She'd previously starred on Broadway in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Pipe Dream (1955), so she definitely had a range which Hollywood could have built on. A beautiful, charismatic woman.
  12. Great job putting this thread together, TopBilled. I'll go over it all again as the time gets closer because what you've done is so useful. The Weak and the Wicked on Diana Dors day gets the prize for best title. As you noted, it's a premier. I checked the data base and it's a women's prison movie, also featuring Glynis Johns and (not yet) Dame Sybil Thorndike, so it sounds like a good summer diversion. Trouble Along the Way on John Wayne day isn't rare but I've passed on the last few broadcasts and I don't intend to miss it this time. I remember really liking it and being very impressed with Wayne's ability to believably pair with someone like Donna Reed. I don't think he gets enough credit as a romantic lead; those roles are usually my favorite Wayne films, and I'm coming from a position of having ignored him for many years (I'm ashamed to say).
  13. Let the Millie draft begin! I'd never even heard her name before, but now I'm all in.
  14. Hope everyone's having lots of popcorn and pretzels and beer during these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Unfortunately, the crazy part is still foremost and this is really just a flimsy attempt to coax Barb into saying Hey, since this is the last congenial gathering spot on the TCM landscape. My state was an early one so we're doing OK right now, but Florida and some other states aren't and I'm a worrier, so what's up? I'm convinced that this is do-able, but we've all got to pay lots of attention and look out for each other. So, Barb, please be a good little Thomasina and put paw to keypad, if only for a quick "Meow". We could suspend the rules of comedy by royal proclamation so there'd be no pressure. I can think of valid reasons why you might not want to, but it would be reassuring to your not-cyber-only friends. 🙂
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