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  1. I thought I'd post here because the thread in General Discussions has already devolved into thoughts on ample bosoms. Granted, Jane's were ample but there was so much more I loved about her. Even without the greatest dialogue sometimes, Jane was able to tell it like it was and put a comic or ironic spin on it like nobody's business. She had a streak of notable films around 1955/1956 and that's well represented in the lineup. The Revolt of Mamie Stover is my all-time guilty pleasure. The French Line and Underwater! work well as pure entertainment and even Gentlemen Marry Brunettes has a certain peppy charm. Hot Blood was, I believe, Nicholas Ray's next project after Rebel Without a Cause and, though I wouldn't call it a success, it's rarely shown and certainly something of interest. The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown is pretty stupid, but Jane and Ralph Meeker actually pair pretty well. The standout is Foxfire with Jeff Chandler as Jane's husband who hasn't dealt well with his Native American heritage. If you're only watching sparingly, pick that one.
  2. Hallmark movies have a "Fest" for everything, organic, non-organic, you name it. And usually the plucky heroine who is back in her hometown to tend to family business ends up spearheading the festival committee and making it the best ever. We now have tulip festivals to look forward to, as well as apple and pumpkin festivals later on. The movies are totally ridiculous and muddle-headed but I expect to keep checking in until a major annoyance in my life is removed or disappears in a puff of red smoke. ("What a smell of sulphur!")
  3. Mink Stole could guest host it as Taffy.
  4. I haven't seen the restoration of Multiple Maniacs so I'm really looking forward to it. Both of these are from back in the days when Dreamland Studios was still a thing, when John had his "guys", Vince Perranio for sets and Van Smith for costumes, as well as the looniest stock company of actors in the modern era. Lady Divine's traveling clip show, the Cavalcade of Perversions which sets up in suburban Baltimore, is so inspired that the obvious lack of a budget only adds the its effectiveness. Both movies drip with John's trademark purple prose and the stilted delivery of David Lochary in particular makes it all insanely real. I can't believe we're about to see Mink Stole's "rosary job" on TCM. Life is good. By the time of Female Trouble John was taking his craft much more seriously and was moving steadily in the direction of sustained narrative and scenic composition, which started him on the road to Polyester and Hairspray. But in his head he was always making "real" movies and the amazing reach of his imagination is fully on display in both of these early treasures. So what if it's his hippie friends playing the National Guard gunning down Divine on the streets of Baltimore? I don't think any filmmaker made the suspension of disbelief so necessary or so rewarding. And we're getting a double feature? Sweet.
  5. I think Sophia looked really great in It Started in Naples.
  6. My favorite was Andy's Gang with Andy Devine and Froggy the Gremlin. He had some great character actors like Billy Gilbert on the show too, as well as Midnight the Cat and other kid-friendly characters. Really amusing at the time, though I'm not sure how it would play to today's kids.
  7. It's posted on YouTube. It seems to be from the home video release (or a copy of same) because there are scan lines and the image isn't the best. But if you're as interested as you seem to be, it would probably be worth a look. It claims to be based on Norman Mailer's book, which was somewhat speculative and not exhaustively researched. I saw it at the time and remember Catherine Hicks giving a great performance. There's a scene which was also approximated in My Weekend with Marilyn: Marilyn is walking in public unnoticed and asks her companion "Would you like to see her?" She then undergoes some mysterious transformation and all of a sudden people are exclaiming and rushing toward her. It was apparently something which Marilyn did sometimes in life for her own amusement and to me it shows she was in on the joke and makes me love her even more.
  8. They should just capitulate and do a Christmas Apocalypse movie and off all those offensive "stars" in one final blaze of glory. Make Television Great Again.
  9. I always like to watch the people walking behind the happy couple on the sidewalk. They're obviously locals who've been directed to "walk normally" but the poor things often seem to find out they have no idea how to do that. I love the image of the giant candy canes being torched. The giant nutcrackers should all go up in smoke too. The local toy/cookie/candy factory is failing and they're all expecting to lose their jobs on Christmas Eve but the town can afford to line the streets with eight foot tall candy canes and nutcrackers?
  10. You could get your Rhoda wish now that Patty McCormack has joined Team Hallmark. She's been playing good natured types, but what a treat if Ms. McCormack would suddenly break character, revert to type and tear Danika McKellar a new one.
  11. Took the opportunity to watch Christmas in Rome and thanks be that I had your words of caution to prepare me. Quick story: I just had to buy a new truck to replace my 20-year old one and got a free 30-day subscription to Sirius Radio. There's a Hallmark channel with Hallmark "stars" acting as DJ's, either as a great work opportunity for them or, as I'm sure you fear too, as indentured servitude to the Almighty Hallmark. Sam Page talked about the Christmas in Rome shoot and let slip that most of it was filmed in Bulgaria. Figures that the charade would go that deep. You mentioned Bruce Davison and I was equally shocked to see the once god-like Franco Nero as the Christmas ornament impresario. A far cry from the dreamboat of The Wild, Wild Planet days, as well as that knights-in-shining-armor musical, what's it's name? P.S. It's depressing buying a vehicle which will probably outlast me.
  12. As long as they never get around to the hotel from The Shining or the Bates Motel. (Although there are a few Hallmark actresses I'd like to see take that shower, if you know what I mean.) Sample dialogue: Yoko sez "This hot chocolate has an undertaste." And then Satan decides he wants grandkids so Rosemary's son puts the moves on Lacey Chabert, which sends Andrew Walker into a jealous tailspin. Yeah, poor Bruce Davison. Hallmark seems to specialize in Faustian deals with former mid-level stars. I wonder what the paycheck actually is and if they get any money from all the endless repeats. I hope it's not like Dick Clark negotiating away the royalty rights from all those great oldies groups. Bette Midler has said she never gets a penny from the gazillion showings of Beaches, thanks to the craven Disney conglomerate's negotiating skills. Christmas in Rome is still on the DVR, but I can't wait to catch Lacey and the little girl. Is it one of the many child "actresses" from When Calls the Heart? Hallmark seems to use kids and spit them out just like Louis B. Mayer at his most cold-hearted. There's still another month of the madness, so buckle up. Look at it this way: It's a way to prove to ourselves that we can still tell right from wrong and good from bad. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
  13. I guess the next best thing was teleporting Pricilla Presley from whatever her home planet is these days for the Christmas at Graceland sequel. Hallmark seems bent on desecrating high profile landmarks this year, because they also did Christmas at the Plaza. Next up: Christmas at the Dakota with Lacey Chabert and Andrew Walker helping new pal Yoko Ono teach the meaning of Christmas to Rosemary's adult baby. I just know in my heart that the Trump Organization is hard at work negotiating with Hallmark for a Christmas at Mar-a-Lago movie for 2020. By the way, there must be a mole inside Hallmark because there was an actual film reference in the Plaza movie. The desk clerk took a phone request from Mr. George Kaplan asking for a suit to be sponged and pressed. (North by Northwest) Also a request from a Miss Thompson for some cherry tomatoes, orange slices and champagne, "pink, of course". (the "Think Pink" number in Funny Face and also the Eloise stories) No doubt that person will now be labeled a traitor by @CrownMedia and driven from their ranks. (or asked to testify before the FCC.)
  14. A good image of the impending holiday colossus about to descend on us.
  15. The complaining or whining comes very early on as she adjusts to a radically new environment and the helplessness evaporates when it all gets real. There's an astonishing scene after Fonda has returned from battle wounded. Colbert has searched for him in the rain and brought him to shelter. He lies in a corner dazedly recounting his experiences to nobody in particular as Colbert determinedly strips away the clothing from his shoulder, cleans the (very messy) wound and then dresses the wound, working deliberately as she divides her focus between her work and her husband's story. It's an extended scene with an extremely high level of intensity and Colbert (and Fonda) handled it superbly. Bravo to both, and to John Ford.
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