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Everything posted by misswonderly3

  1. Hey! He shares a birth day with Mary Astor! Everyone likes Mr. Osborne -- Happy Birthday!
  2. Sorry, I got that slightly wrong. Apparently what he (Ray Liotta) actually says is, "Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a gangster." and then this really great music begins.
  3. It's happened again! Every now and then TCM shows a movie that apparently cannot be shown where I live, and a substitute is aired. So I didn't get to see "House Across the Bay". The version of TCM that I get ran "Invisible Stripes", still a George Raft film, but not, I suspect, as rare as "House Across the Bay." Still, both of these films were pretty good. "Background to Danger" was especially enjoyable, what with Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre doing their usual first-rate thing(s). I liked George Raft, although I do think, even if he'd made better choices, he'd have been bested
  4. All lovely selections. You seem to have a taste for a cappella (spelling?) singing -referring to the Wailing' Jennies. Both Kate songs were also delightful. Thank you, metryroad.
  5. Last night I watched two of the George Raft movies TCM was featuring, "Background to Danger" and "Invisible Stripes". They were both very good. I'd never thought much about George Raft before, but now I have a new respect for him (not that I disrespected him before, I just didn't have any opinion, really). "Background to Danger" was especially enjoyable,maybe because Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre were both in it.Plus it was directed by Raoul Walsh, so how can you go wrong? "Invisible Stripes" cast included William Holden. A very early role for him. What a babyface! He looks so di
  6. Has anyone mentioned "Sullivan's Travels"? A truly great film, and McCrea makes it even better. A rare example of comedy and drama in the same movie, and it works.
  7. I say, classic films are good for the soul.
  8. finance, I was going to explain the name "Habs". but I wasn't sure how interesting this would be to other readers of this thread. It's short for "Habitant", which is a kind of (very old, no one uses it anymore except with respect to the hockey team) nickname for Quebecois, those who inhabit the land of Quebec. Originally referred to the French pioneers who settled in Lower Canada (Quebec). chiO: I'm embarrassed at my ignorance about Anthony Mann, a director I've always associated with Westerns (albeit, sort of existentialist Westerns). I've never even heard of some of the ones you list
  9. Ida Lupino was in "Road House" with Richard Widmark
  10. Glad you appreciated it. Anyway, I don't want to barge in on your almost daily song posting. Don't want to mess with a good thing. I'll be listening to whatever you pick next.
  11. "Je suis Canadien". It's just the French way of spelling "Canadian", and the Montreal Canadiens, also known as the "Habs" , are a French -Canadian Montreal based hockey team. (absolutely OT: they've got a shot at the Stanley Cup this year. I'm no jock, but this is big stuff for Canadians. And esp. for Canadiens.) In a feeble attempt to stick to talking about noir, I will venture to say that there's a Hitchcock movie set and filmed in Montreal, starring Montgomery Clift: "I Confess".
  12. Mark Stephens was in "The Dark Corner" with Clifton Webb
  13. "All my life I wanted to be a gangster" "GoodFellas", Martin Scorsese, 1990 I think that's the opening line in this movie, and what an opening line. My favourite gangster movie. ("White Heat" a close second.)
  14. The powers that be at TCM must have got the message by now, but just in case: JOEL McCREA FOR STAR OF THE MONTH !! I'm just going to repeat what everyone else on this thread has already said, but I can't resist because I'm a huge fan. He's versatile, smart, funny, and great fun to watch, even in his serious films. ( And let's not forget, he's fabulous eye candy.) From "Bird of Paradise" to "Ride the High Country", Joel McCrea does it with class.
  15. People who love movies seem to have an almost endless capacity for watching them. Although I don't do it, I could watch 2 or 3 a day if I had the time (unfortunately I don't.) I do find that since I started watching TCM I read less (I'm talking books, not websites!) and I regret that. I have to discipline myself to spend more time doing other things, less time watching and reading about films. But hey - if I am going to be frittering away my precious hours watching movies (I'm joking, watching movies is not time wasted) I'll take Turner Classic Movies. The best television channel
  16. I'm Canadian. Some of us still put "u's" in words like "colour" and "favourite". Also sometimes 2 "t';s in words like "cigarette". "Theater" is American, "Theatre" Canadian. But if you check out a Canadian newspaper (or Canadian websites) they usually adhere to U.S. spelling. But I'm pretty old school (or maybe just pretty old!) . A lot of Canadians spell the American way, and aren't even aware of the difference. Also, pronounciation... I say "mum", but I've noticed most Americans (and Canadians) pronounce it "Maawm." As Fred Astaire would say, you say tomaytoe, I say tomahtoe.
  17. hey, sineaste, how'd you like the Tom Waits upload? It was the most noirish song by him I could think of. In reference to our conversation (on another thread) about film noir .
  18. There's a lot of jazz music in noir movies, without a doubt. Usually of the snakey saxophone variety. which is fun. ("She was trouble, you could see it a mile away. My kind of trouble. Trouble with a black silk dress and a capitol T..." I just made that up, but you can easily imagine that noirish sax music sliding around in the background to that narration.) A jazz musician whom I think is very noir sounding, but not that well-known, is Eric Dolphy. I found out about him from listening to Frank Zappa.
  19. Hey, "D.O.A. is one of my favourites, too. It's such an original concept. And Edmund O'Brien is so good in it. Come to think of it, he's in "The Hitchhiker" too. And "The Bigamist". Hails to Edmond O'Brien.
  20. Hey, finance, here's one for you: Watasha, I agree, ultimately Sinatra is a Singer. He'd agree. (not sure about the concrete business, though - maybe, if we're talking stuff of the earth, peat moss. Dark and rich. or maybe not...)
  21. jamesjazzguitar: your comments on music and how people react to it are well worth considering. For instance, I love Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" but I wouldn't be able to tell you why,from a technical point of view, it's good. It would be fun to discuss this further, but I'm worried about going too far "off topic". After all, this thread did start out as a conversation about "Nightmare Alley", and I'm trying to be very conscious of the OT policy. Also, "Nightmare Alley" is a really interesting film. (Although there's not much music in it.)
  22. Mott and all his young dudes are always good for a listen. Here's something I hope people like, this guy's one of the best:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuSZEBuDUC4
  23. Movies -that's the fun thing about them. You can be academic about analysing them, and that's always interesting. Or you can just sit back and enjoy them. Cerebral or gut, they work either way. (Same with music.) By the way, I meant to add, the only thing wrong with "Pickup on South Street" is the happy ending. I really am not sure I can see Skip and the "muffin" (Jean Peters...I forget her character's name) settling down together for any length of time. I don't want them to be respectable! The film would have had a stronger ending if Skip had died, probably in the struggle with the Com
  24. So, about the "film noir" as a genre debate: sounds like we all agree, or agree to disagree, or something. I just can't resist, apropos of nothing, really, citing one of my absolute favourite movies of all time, which also happens to be a film noir: "Pickup on South Street", (1953), directed by Sam Fuller. No femme fatale, no private-eye detective, no sappy hero. Just Richard Widmark being magnetically watchable, a few truly sexy little scenes, and a fun over-the-top Commie hunt (I think at least three characters say at some point, "I ain't no Commie.")
  25. Frank Sinatra is possibly the best example there is of someone who moved easily between the worlds of acting and music with almost equal talent in both. (There were and are a lot who aspire to this, not always successfully.) He brought the intensity he had as an actor ("From Here to Eternity", "Man with the Golden Arm" are intense) to his singing. Partly what made him so great as a singer is the drama he brought to each song he performed. The way he sings, each Sinatra song is a little movie in itself. Some fine examples; "Laura", "Willow", "Fool to Want You", "The Best is Yet to Come",
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