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Ray Faiola

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  1. Including that wonderful opening in-joke, tweeking the nose of Garner's old boss at WB TV:
  2. Well, partly due to the limitations of space and the limitations of surviving cues . Fortunately, Morgan & Stromberg did a brilliant re-recording of the complete score.
  3. I don't think FRANKENSTEIN would have made a difference for Lugosi (But it would have made a big - and not positive - difference for FRANKENSTEIN). Lugosi's problem was that he was not able to capitalize on the fine performances he gave in THE INVISIBLE RAY and SON OF FRANKENSTEIN. His role in NINOTCHKA was fine but brief. Lugosi was limited by his thick accent, similar to how Eduardo Ciannelli found limited range in Hollywood (though he was a brilliant stage actor and singer). Lugosi's addiction forced desperate decisions aka Monogram. So it's a pretty sorry story all-around. But Bela Lugosi was an intelligent, informed actor. At least he had one bright light in '48 when he played a much more literate Dracula in that superb horror comedy.
  4. The recent westerns have been muddy, grubby dramas about muddy, grubby people and the cat houses they visit. The "code of the west" is buried on Boot Hill. And the thrilling action of the great B-Westerns is now prohibited by the ASPCA. So if you want a good, old fashioned rip-roaring horse opera you'll have to settle for the cowpokes of the past. And speaking of Westerns, I should mention that we just released a three-CD album of Western scores by Max Steiner! http://www.chelsearialtostudios.com/saddles/feather_river_main_title.mp3
  5. Not the best but my favorites. Two with Broderick Crawford. First is Universal's NORTH TO THE KLONDIKE. Fishing and drinking buddies Crawford and Chaney Jr. were scripted to have a SPOILERS-type fight at the end of the picture. They decided they were gonna best Randy Scott and Duke Wayne by NOT using doubles in the long shots. They told cameraman Stanley Cortez that they wanted every shot to let the audience know it was really them taking the falls and punches. And it was a fabulous, vicious fight. The second was in Universal's THE RUNAROUND. Crawford and Rod Cameron have a fight in a small hotel room. At one point, Crawford leaps in the air, closes the door WITH BOTH HIS FEET and lands to give Cameron another blow. I thought the best was Ken Tyrrell (doubling for Charles Quigley) going halfway up a wall in THE CRIMSON GHOST. But RUNAROUND beat it for best fight gag.
  6. I'm sure it was a tech glitch (repeated on Watch TCM since it's a repeat of original telecast with intro etc). There were some audio burps as well. Film is being shown again on Jan 12th. I'm sure credits will be seen then.
  7. There's also a Lux Radio Theater broadcast with Jack Benny.
  8. This film has one of my favorite examples of studio craftsmanship at work - The nighttime scene with Danny Thomas and Mildred Dunnock. Beautiful lighting, natural dialogue and restrained performances. While the entire film may be merely a 25th talkie anniversary remake, Michael Curtiz made at least this one scene stand out as fine drama.
  9. TCM seems to be making an annual event of showing the complete B&W version of Hal Roach's BABES IN TOYLAND on Christmas morning. The syndicated version is the old colorized edition (though WPIX in NY shows it in the morning with the color turned off - leaving a weird B&W image - and in the afternoon with the color switched on). Here's a BABES IN TOYLAND tribute page I recently uploaded: http://www.chelsearialtostudios.com/toyland/toyland.htm
  10. My favorite Beulah Bondi performance would definitely be THE SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS, which also features a remarkable and atypical job by Marc Lawrence as her son.
  11. I think my mom has one. When I visit her in January I'll snatch it!
  12. My one sister designed updated artwork for "Good Morning Captain" and my other sister was script supervisor on the show. As for me, when I was 6 my mom made me a Captain Kangaroo jacket for Christmas. She soon regretted it as every morning I would go into my parents' bedroom REAL EARLY wearing my jacket and shaking a big key ring filled with keys!! I never met Keeshan but I did get to know Gus Allegretti (his name stage name was Cosmo) a bit when I first joined CBS. He was a real nice chap. I have a 16mm Kinescope of one complete show from 1964. My favorite segment, though, was, I think from '61. It was when Hugh Barnam (Mr. Greenjeans) pantomimed to the Lady in Blue's recording of "Little Willie the Leader of the Band". And yeah, I have the record! Someone also youtubed it. Maybe some of you Kangaroo Kids will remember it:
  13. Good luck with your project! I doubt any of the septe/octagenarians in the Hudson Valley knew Luis. I have a very rare 16mm print of one of his most elusive features - PASSPORT TO HEAVEN (aka I WAS A CRIMINAL). I also gave him billing in the trailer I made for DANCING PIRATE:
  14. My wife and I liked the film very much. No, Hanks' voice was a bit too resonant for Rogers. But this was almost more a film with Mister Rogers as a character and his impact on one family. Not a biopic, but a very, very well-written film. And if it leads some of this generation's parents and youngsters to revisit Mister Rogers, that would be a wonderful thing.
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