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  1. Just saw "Zenobia" 1939 for the first time. Funny, yes, but even better, courageous. The film uses allegory and just plain common sense, to make a stand for civil rights, racial equality and equal justice, at a time when these topics were seldom mentioned in movies. Oliver Hardy plays a man who "would rather be a country doctor, to help those people who can't afford to pay". Hardy's character shows concern, understanding and most of all, respect for everyone, regardless or race, color or creed. I wish there had been more movies like this in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
  2. I just watched "The Maltese Falcon" for the "umpteenth" time ... and it is still one of the best, perhaps THE best detective movie ever made. All the characters in the story fit in the mold and do what you would expect, except Shaughnessy, the part played by Mary Astor. She's the lose cannon, the killer disguised as a pretty face. But there is a delightful irony to the story of Mary Astor in this role. I learned about it when I read David Niven's book, "Bring On The Empty Horses." Niven explains that Astor, was as unpredictable as the character she played. While she was always on time and knew her lines, Astor spent her evenings in discrete liaisons. She never indicated the identity of the man or men with whom she spent her evenings. Astor was a Lady ... and a mysterious one at that. By the way ... I highly recommend Niven's book. It is one of the funniest things I have ever read. Niven was such a great story teller. Cheers
  3. If you agree with my reasoning why Vera-Ellen should be the star of the month, please e-mail TCM about it. Here's why Vera-Ellen should be the "Star Of The Month." Vera-Ellen was probably the best and most versatile female dancer who ever graced a Hollywood stage, yet most TCM viewers are barely familiar with her or her films. Fred Astaire said of Vera-Ellen: "She can do anything - lush dances, tap, comedy. She's quite good at eccentric dancing, and a good comedienne." ("The Magic and the Mystery: Vera-Ellen" by David Soren.) Most of her films are seldom if ever shown on TCM. EX: "Love Happy" (1949) - Happy Go Lovely" (1951) - "The Belle of New York) (1952) -"Call Me Madam" (1953) - "Three Little Gils In Blue" (1946) - "Carnival in Costa Rica" (1947) - "Wonder Man" (1945) - "The Kid From Brooklyn" (1946) The Vera-Ellen film seen almost everywhere during the holidays is, of course, "White Christmas" (1954). There is a lot more to the legacy of Vera-Ellen, than one film. Vera-Ellen is an "essential" part of musical motion picture history. If you agree please e-mail TCM. Cheers!
  4. Here's why. Vera-Ellen was probably the best female dancer who ever graced a Hollywood stage, yet most TCM viewers are barely familiar with her or her films. Fred Astaire said of Vera-Ellen: "She can do anything - lush dances, tap, comedy. She's quite good at eccentric dancing, and a good comedienne." ("The Magic and the Mystery: Vera-Ellen" by David Soren.) Most of her films are seldom if ever shown on TCM. EX: "Love Happy" (1949) - Happy Go Lovely" (1951) - "The Belle of New York) (1952) -"Call Me Madam" (1953) - "Three Little Gils In Blue" (1946) - "Carnival in Costa Rica" (1947) - "Wonder Man" (1945) - "The Kid From Brooklyn" (1946) The Vera-Ellen film seen almost everywhere during the holidays is, of course, "White Christmas" (1954). There is a lot more to the legacy of Vera-Ellen, than one film. Vera-Ellen is an "essential" part of musical motion picture history. I hope you agree. Cheers!
  5. Thanks to all who replied to my question. I'll keep trying!
  6. Just curious. Have you ever had a movie you suggested actually shown by TCM? I've suggested several Vera-Ellen films but to my knowledge they have not been shown. Please let me know your experience with these requests. Cheers!
  7. You're right Vertigo ... they are indeed the same story. However I prefer Rio Bravo. I like the chemistry between John Wayne and Angie Dickinson. I also like the way Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennan play off one another. Rio Bravo just seems to be a smoother telling of the same story. Cheers!
  8. One of my favorite Fred Astaire films is "The Sky's The Limit" (1943). He play's a Flying Tiger on a War Bond Tour. He meets and falls in love with a photo-journalist played by Joan Leslie. The movie stands out in my mind for several reasons: 1) It's a rather usual role for Astaire. 2) I believe it's the only movie he ever did with Joan Leslie. 3) It's the only musical Robert Ryan ever appeared in. (No he did not sing or dance.) 4) The characters played by Astaire and Leslie have Fred and Joan as their first names. I've never seen that in any of Astaire's musicals before. Anyway I sure would like to know more about the film. Did Astaire request Joan Leslie, or did she ask to be in one of his films? How did Robert Ryan end up in this flick? Anyway I'd like to hear from anyone else that knows this film. Cheers!
  9. Favorite female dancer: Vera-Ellen. No one else even comes close. Favorite male dancer Fred or Gene ... depending on the movie.
  10. I did some searching on line recently and found out something remarkable about one of my favorite musicals. "On The Town" (1949) is based on a ballet entitled "Fancy Free". Leonard Bernstein composed the music for the New York Ballet Comany. Jerome Robbins choreographed the ballet. It opened April 18, 1944 and tells the story of three sailors on leave in New York City. In the ballet, the sailors meet and falls in love with three girls. Maybe all is in small print, somewhere in the film credits but I never saw it. Some of Bernsteins score is heard in the movie "On The Town". I've caught Bernsteins name in the credits. Anyway the ballet number, "A Day In New York" really makes sense to me now. That segment with Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen literally pays tribute to the ballet that gave birth to the Broadway play and eventually the great musical film. I've always loved "On The Town" ... now I love it even more! Cheers!
  11. With St Patricks Day around the corner I'm looking forward to one of my favorites, "The Quiet Man" (1952 with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. I know it's not a realistic portrayal of Irish life, but it's so much fun. Other films about Ireland like, "The Informer" (1935) , "The Plough and the Stars" (1936) , or "Shake Hands With The Devil" (1959) give us a sobering (pardon the pun) view of the Irish and their struggle for freedom and self identity. Anyway I still like "The Quiet Man". No, there's not a drop of Irish blood in my veins ... only in my heart. Also on my favorites list are some recent light comedies about Ireland. "The Nephew" (1998) and "The Matchmaker" (1997). Whats are your Irish film favorites?
  12. One of my favorites!!! Saw it on Broadway and loved it. The film version is delightfully true to the stage performance. An interesting result of the play and the movie was a renewed interest in the life of John Adams. It was soon after play scooped up a bunch of Tony awards that PBS presented "The Adams Chronicles". But that was only the beginning. Years later, John McCullough penned "John Adams" which was recently made into an HBO movie. It's nice to know that the play 1776 and the movie that followed did such a nice job of capturing the impatient, obnoxious, persistent personality of such and amazing man, John Adams. Cheers!
  13. You're right Marcus, Vera-Ellen did suffer from anorexia. And I agree ... no other female dancer in Hollywood had the range of talent shown by Vera-Ellen. Cheers!
  14. My favorite Cary Grant film is North By Northwest. I understand it was the film with which Grant considered his best work. What do you think? Which of Cary Grant's films stand out as his best, in your opinion?
  15. I just suggested making Vera-Ellen the Star Of The Month. We get to see a few films with her, Like "On The Town" or "White Christmas" but we almost never get to see ALL the films in which she appeared. She was such an outstanding dancer. However, the politics at MGM never gave her an even break. Case in point ... "On The Town". Vera Ellen plays one of the two central figures in the film, but she doesn't get top billing. She performs the ballet sequence with Gene Kelly while the parts of the other stars are covered by ballet stand-ins. The incomperable dancing of Vera-Ellen is featured in several other films like "Belle Of New York" with Fred Astaire. However we seldem if ever see "Belle Of New York" on TCM. If you feel the way I do about Vera-Ellen, please nominate her for Star Of The Month. Cheers!
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