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  1. DougieB

    Divine Madness

    Some interesting choices of material for this tour, especially E Street Shuffle. My favorite is Shiver Me Timbers, a "small" ballad (like Hello In There) which preceded the shift to power ballads like Wind Beneath My Wings. Not as naughty as she was capable of, but it's s decent approximation of the live experience. She may not even be on the wavelength of some younger gay men, so I hope they check this out. Thanks for the post.
  2. You're probably right that 30-somethings may have missed (or passed on) the "counterculture", especially in a metropolitan setting, and most especially in New York, where daily life pretty much existed in enclaves. I was living at the time in what was (still is) a substantially gay outpost where the offbeat was celebrated, so I may not be one to speak for gay life as a whole. But I do know that the gay men I knew had remarkable antennae for the new and the awesome and that much of what touched our daily lives (music and fashion in particular, but also literature and print media) was heavily i
  3. Finally. I'm really looking forward to this. Based on the cars, it doesn't look like they went for an update. I was wondering if they'd try to fudge the time period a little, but it belongs right where it was originally set, a perfect little time capsule. I'm sure some will judge it by today's evolving standards of acceptable "gayness" but, like it or not, this is gay history. I was just entering gay life as a young adult in 1968 and I recognize these people. Admittedly, my friends weren't all as clever or as smart or as well-to-do as some of these characters (though a notable few eclipsed the
  4. Lana got a big career boost out of Peyton Place and chose this as her next project, for her newly formed production company. It's black and white, but filmed in VistaVision, so it looks really good. Sean Connery is good as the British war correspondent for whom American journalist Lana falls. but he's shortly killed in the War and out of the picture. Lana finds out he was married and becomes curious about his wife and the relationship between the two women becomes the rest of the story. Glynis Johns is really solid as the wife and gives the best overall performance. It's a weeper, but with a v
  5. It doesn't really fit your description, but It Started With a Kiss (1959)featured Glenn Ford as an American serviceman in Europe who won an experimental model American car in a charity auction, which was shipped to Spain. The car caused a sensation wherever he went. But in that case the car definitely didn't come from a woman spiting her husband.
  6. DougieB

    Gays on the Tube

    What a find. And you picked the best scene to show what was going on between those two. Not sure Shatner really nailed the accent or the character but the script is so strong that it still works well. It's amazing what was done for live television back in the day. I can see something like this on Great Performances on PBS now, but never on network television.
  7. Great assemblage of classic clips. It shows how timeless and elemental rhythm really is.
  8. There's a really good print currently on YouTube which seems to be direct from the home video release. I've noticed a number of Universal films there so I'm thinking that they're either not as ruthless as, say, Disney or that they're not paying attention. Wish someone would post the "missing" Douglas Sirks from Universal such as Sign of the Pagan and A Time to Live and a Time to Die, both of which have been released to DVD in Europe. Within the last year YouTube has had a beautiful widescreen print of Sirk's Interlude, also released only in Europe by Universal.
  9. They didn't take any time deciding who would lead, so they'd obviously done this before. It's so refreshing seeing two guys dance without any of the usual "Gee, what do I do now?" fake awkwardness. Thanks for the fun clip.
  10. 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.
  11. DougieB

    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 laught
  12. 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 cas
  13. DougieB

    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.
  14. 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,
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I wonder if she's come to an understanding of Julie Christie's hair, or if that will forever remain a mystery.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 th
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. Let the Millie draft begin! I'd never even heard her name before, but now I'm all in.
  23. 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,
  24. The gay subplot has been drawn out for a number of seasons now, but I think that's part of the point, that in that era everything gay had to be so tentative, with no real hope of resolution in any way which didn't involve subterfuge and secrecy. Both Vicars have been quietly supportive, quiet not because they were ambivalent about the legitimacy of gay love but because discretion was the only thing which was fair to the person(s) involved. It's true that the show overlays a modern point of view on a historical time period, but it's still touching seeing it play out (and heartbreaking too).
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