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  1. 15 hours ago, misswonderly3 said:

    Somebody else here mentioned that they noticed Dana Delany was wearing the same clothes for both Gloria Grahame Noir Alley screenings.

    Here's my guess,  although it could be entirely wrong:  Although Eddie said,  "Hey,  Dana will be here again in 2 weeks to introduce another Gloria Grahame film",  I would not take that literally.  I don't believe they filmed the first session  ( for Human Desire ), waited two weeks,  and then came back to discuss The Glass Wall.  That wouldn't be practical.   I think it's much more likely that Eddie and Dana arranged to co-host Noir Alley for two Gloria Grahame films, and did it all in one session.  That would explain why Dana Delany is wearing the same outfit-- she never went home, she did both Noir Alley "wraparounds"  all at one time.

    I would agree with this. I would also imagine that Eddie had his schedule planned in advance. Then Dana’s appearance was planned later. They then filmed the two Noir Alley segments back to back. I don’t mind Dana’s dress in multiple segments, I thought she looked fabulous. 

    I always wonder if they actually watch the films together during these discussions, or if they just pretend like they did. 

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  2. 17 hours ago, misswonderly3 said:

    What ?  Seriously?  You must be under a certain age-- I think just about everyone over the age of 50 has most definitely heard the White album,  even if only once.

    I love THE WHITE ALBUM. I have it on vinyl. It’s my fave Beatles album. 

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  3. 1 minute ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

    I thought Davis did a fine job as Queen Elizabeth, though I do appreciate Flora Robson's interpretation as well.

    But, when all is said and done, my personal favorite onscreen Elizabeth Tutor will always be Glenda Jackson in 1971'S MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS.

    Bette is too fidgety for me.  She's good though, don't get me wrong.  I love her costumes.  Robson was much more subdued. Lol. 

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  4. 8 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

    Yes, Errol was a lot better in ELIZABETH AND ESSEX than Bette gave him credit for. I am glad Bette rescinded her original opinion and gave credit where credit is due.

    Even though I love Bette, I think she overplays her hand somewhat in Elizabeth and Essex.  I think Errol outshines her.  Flora Robson, Errol's Elizabeth I in The Sea Hawk, was much better than Davis, imo. 

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  5. Too Many Girls is definitely not the best movie ever.  Had Lucy and Desi not become massive superstars together and created one of the most enduring television shows of all time, I'm sure that this film would have been forgotten.  

    One of my favorite parts of this movie is when Lucy's character gives a flirtatious glance at Desi's character (who is manning the door) and he faints.  Lucy is paired up with Richard The Creature From the Black Lagoon Carlson and they do not have as much chemistry as she and Desi did in the film, even though they don't really have any interaction.  

    This film has its moments, but it also has a somewhat odd storyline.   But overall, it's amusing.  Ann Miller and Frances Langford both provide adequate support.  Van Johnson appears as an extra in many crowd scenes.

    My favorite parts:

    1) Desi fainting when Lucy gives him a flirty look.

    2) The fact that the actress playing Richard Carlson's aunt is named "Tiny Person." 

    3) The animated organisms dancing the conga in the big victory scene.

    4) Desi and Ann Miller's conga number

    5) Lucy very visibly screwing up the choreography during the big conga number

    6) The football scene when all the virgins' beanies are fished out of the cannon

    7) Desi.  He is absolutely adorable in this film and I can see why Lucy fell in love with him instantly. 

    8 ) Hal LeRoy's rubber legs number

  6. 13 hours ago, Peebs said:

    I listened to the first episode of The Plot Thickens season 3.  It's about the life and career of Lucille Ball.   It was a vast improvement over last season which was about the making of Bonfire of the Vanities.  Personally, I didn't think there was enough material to warrant a whole season based on Bonfire.  

    Ben Mankowitz returns as the narrator and he seems to be a real  Lucy fan.  I read that because of Covid, TCM didn't feel it was an option to do an in-depth interview as they did with Peter Bogdonavich.   Apparently there is enough archival material and interviews that they felt they could do a 10 part podcast on Lucy.  In the taped interviews, you can hear her voice getting progressively deeper and craggier from years of heavy smoking.

    I'm not a Lucy fan so I wasn't sure if I'd want to tune in this season.  I enjoyed the first episode which covered her colorful and sometimes tragic childhood.  Mankowitz does a nice job as narrator.  TCM should stick with this formula, using the podcast to do an extensive interview or examination of a person's career.  

    I'm a huge Lucy fan.  I was looking forward to this podcast and I listened to the first episode this morning.  I thought it was well done and I like hearing Lucy's story in her own words.  Because I've read so many books about Lucy, including Lucy's autobiography, there wasn't a whole ton of new information learned.  However, what was fascinating was hearing the voices of Lucy's ever-present mother, Dede, who was a major support for Lucy throughout her entire life until Dede passed away in the late 1970s. Lucy was also close to her brother, Fred, and cousin, Cleo, and it was fun hearing their voices telling some of the stories.  I would love to visit Lucy's hometown in Jamestown, NY.  Unfortunately, Jamestown is over 2600 miles away from my house, so I'll definitely have to see the Lucy-Desi museum and Lucy's childhood homes whenever I am able to visit that area of the country. 

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  7. 4 minutes ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

    I was surprised to see Bondi play such a mother figure in The Very Thought of You.      I recall how she was in Remember the Night towards Stawynck and she was a thief about to steal away her son.       At first in The Very Thought of You I felt Bondi must be just play-acting; acting that way to try to influence a difficult situation.    I keep waiting for the wink or smile to her husband telling me that was the case.  But NO,  she was just down right mean.       

     

    Yes. Beulah usually plays such sweet women or kind of kooky women, like in the aforementioned Remember the Night  or The Sisters. I like her as the boarder complaining about “her convenience” in A Summer Place. 

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  8. 18 minutes ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

    Looks like you wish to be kind to mother  (ha ha);  But really Bondi's mother was so bitter,  mean,  uncaring,  etc...  that when she slaps Parker I wanted Travers to sock the old bag in the choppers!      What I did like was the transparently shown in the various relationships;  Travers didn't appear to love his wife anymore than I did but since there were younger children wasn't going to divorce her.     The older sister behavior was selfish but also bold,  but I did find her transformation somewhat phony.  

    Yes.  I didn't tear into Bondi like I should have.  She was an awful woman in this film.  A complete 180 from how she is in films like Make Way for Tomorrow.  The family (save for Travers and sister Ellie) are so needlessly mean to Dennis Morgan when he shows up for the holiday dinner.  How awkward for him.   I always laugh when she freaks out about the glass baby bottles that Ellie is smuggling to Parker, and Bondi immediately assumes that it is Ellie who is pregnant! And Travers doesn't correct her at first. 

    And the way that Bondi slaps Parker when she comes home late is awful.  She's a grown woman, who cares that she's home late.  I always figured that Bondi's attitude (minus the slap which was awful) was due to women being expected to stay at home until they marry. These women are basically treated like large, old children until they find a man who can now care for them. 

  9. I love Eleanor Parker.  She has such a beautiful voice.  She was also very adept at portraying a wide variety of different types of characters.  

    One of my favorite films of Parker's is The Very Thought of You.  This film is one of those WWII homefront movies that were popular during the early 1940s.  In the film, Parker plays a young woman who meets an old acquaintance (Dennis Morgan) during the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  Morgan, along with his friend Dane Clark , are soldiers on a 3-day leave for the Thanksgiving holiday.   Parker invites Morgan to her family's home for Thanksgiving, where he's given a very cold reception.  Parker's mother, Beulah Bondi, doesn't approve of her daughter being involved with a soldier.  Part of this stems from Parker's older sister Molly's marriage to a soldier.  She is depressed that her husband is away and to cope (I guess?) she's dating other men.  Then Parker's brother, who medically cannot fight in the war, is openly hostile as well.  It is apparent though that he feels some sort of shame because he isn't able to go to war.  The only family members who support Parker and Morgan's relationship is her father, Henry Travers, and younger sister. Clark and Parker's friend, Faye Emerson, also have a fun "no strings attached" type fling.  This is a very sweet, romantic film and is a good example of the comforting WWII homefront films that I find so much more appealing than the films depicting the actual war.

    Another great Eleanor Parker film is Never Say Goodbye, co-starring my fave, Errol Flynn.  Parker and Flynn make a gorgeous couple in this film.  It's one of my annual Christmas films.  Parker and Flynn also have a hilarious daughter named Flip.  Normally, I don't care for child actors, but this little girl is funny.  In this film, Parker and Flynn are a divorced couple and Flip is the poor kid who is shuffled back and forth between her two parents.  Flip desperately wants her parents to get back together.  At the same time, she's also pen pals with Forrest Tucker, a soldier, who unexpectedly appears in Parker's bathroom wanting to meet "Smoochie."  When mailing a photograph to Tucker, dad Flynn has Flip mail a photo of Parker instead.  There are some very funny scenes with Flynn dressed as Santa, where he even recreates the Duck Soup mirror routine.  Lucile Watson plays Parker's mother who has a disdain for Flynn, whom she deems a womanizer due to his profession.  SZ Sakall plays a restauranteur and friend of Flynn and Parker's.  And my girl, Hattie McDaniel, plays Flip's nurse who mysteriously disappears about halfway through the film.  Bogart has a voice cameo playing Flynn's vocal impression of a gangster.

    Other Parker films I enjoy:

    Caged!

    Callaway Went Thataway

    A Millionaire for Christy

    Woman in White

    Pride of the Marines

    The Voice of the Turtle

     

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  10. I love both ladies, but I'd give the edge to Bette Davis as I love the films she made slightly more.  But don't get me wrong, I do love Barbara Stanwyck.

    My top 5:

    (based on personal preference, not any indication of my perception of one actress' ability over another)

    1. Lucille Ball

    2. Bette Davis

    3. Katharine Hepburn

    4. Barbara Stanwyck

    5. Jean Arthur

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  11. Re: Movin' With Nancy, I loved the orange coat with the pink hat and boots that she wore at one point. 

    I love For Those Who Think Young.  I even own it on Blu Ray.  No, it's not the best teen movie, and Bob Denver's role is pretty bizarre, especially when he sings in the sand with his chin painted to look like a face... But I enjoy the film.  The plot doesn't matter.  Woody Woodbury wasn't that funny, but I love Paul Lynde.  Too bad the act wasn't built around him instead.  I've seen this movie multiple times, and I'm still trying to figure out if Pamela Tiffin's "uncles" were a couple, or brothers, or just friends. I know Woodbury's character was supposed to actually be Tiffin's uncle. James Darren is gorgeous and so was Tiffin! The entire film is pretty much a big Pepsi commercial, the title is even Pepsi's 1964 advertising slogan, but I don't care.  I enjoy the movie, I love Darren's bachelor pad, I enjoy the beach party antics.  I love the whole thing.   It was also fun to see a young Ellen Burstyn in this film. 

    I think Nancy's first album is being re-released, I don't know if she plugged it at all during her appearance with Ben, but that could be why she was on TCM.  

    It seems that TCM's recent programming choices is the source of some contention, but I've found myself watching more TCM live than usual.  I guess that just goes to show what type of person I am, apparently. Lol.  I'm looking forward to tomorrow's movie about the mutant baby. 

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  12. 26 minutes ago, HoldenIsHere said:

    Yesterday (October 7) marked the 27th wedding anniversary of Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski.

    kelly-zack-2.jpg  

    I guess Vegas must have paid off and Kelly could finally afford a formal dress. Hopefully Zack tamed his wandering eye during their marriage.

  13. I'm here for Nancy Sinatra, because I love "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"  and I enjoy seeing things from the 1960s.  To borrow from the over-used Twitter term, I love the aesthetic of the 1960s, but specifically the mid-1960s.  That period that isn't quite as prissy as the 1950s-early 1960s, but isn't quite as scandalous as some of the later 1960s sexual revolution things.  I love the graphics, the colors, the clothes, the dancing, everything.  I really liked Nancy's RC commercial.  This whole "Movin' with Nancy" TV special (I think that's what it is) is odd but reminds me of my second favorite TCM short, "Match Your Mood," a 1968 Westinghouse commercial about how to customize the outside of your refrigerator--because obviously your guests will care if the outside of your fridge does not match the occasion.   I also love For Those Who Think Young which is on later tonight at 8pm--but I'm a big fan of all the 1950s-1960s teen beach movies and comedies. 

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  14. 1 hour ago, Roy Cronin said:

    I love to use "You're too short for that gesture " whenever the opportunity arises.

    I love that line too. I wish I could use it on someone, but at only 5’2” I would probably only be able to use it on children! :’(

    I also love it when he calls her out on there being no Schubert Theatre in San Francisco. Then tells her it was a stupid lie, unworthy of her. 

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  15. 6 hours ago, midwestan said:

    On "The Birds", one of the more horrifying aspects of the picture came at the end.  How in the world could 3 adults and a child, plus a bird cage with 2 passengers all fit into that teeny weeny sportscar of Melanie's?  Just thinking of it causes my legs to cramp up!  😲

    Yes! I always forget that Melanie's car has a back seat until they squeeze all those people in there.  The car doesn't seem like it should have a backseat. 

  16. Just now, HoldenIsHere said:

    Jessie was not an original Zack Attack so she is essentially replacing Lisa.  Apparently there is no replacement for Screech. 

    Hopefully Zack Attack learned how to play their instruments since we last saw them in '93. 

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  17. 55 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

    The Dark Corner (1946)

    Lucille Ball's character Kathleen has a dialog about baseball with Gault

    Kathleen: My father was a major-league umpire. Well, what else

    [at the Tudor Penny Arcade]

    Kathleen: can I beat you at?

    Bradford Galt: What other kinds of games do you like to play? You know, we've got some great playgrounds up around 52nd Street.

    Kathleen: Among them your apartment?

    Bradford Galt: Why, just a coincidence.

    Kathleen: I haven't worked for you very long, Mr. Galt, but I know when you're pitching a curve at me, and I always carry a catcher's mitt.

    Bradford Galt: No offense. A guy's got to score, doesn't he?

    Kathleen: Not in my league. I don't play for score, I play for keeps - "said she with a smile."

    Dana Andrews plays a little handheld baseball game in Laura... I know, not quite the same.

    EDIT: Vautrin brought up the same baseball game.  We're both on the same wavelength.

  18. 1 hour ago, HoldenIsHere said:

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'd definitely buy tickets for that event.

    Friends forever
    With you everywhere . . .

     

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    I love Slater's keytar.  Does that man ever age? He looks the same, except his hair is straighter.  I'm glad they dumped Screech.  He added nothing to Zack Attack. Has Jessie always been in Zack Attack? Or is she replacing Lisa?

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  19. On 10/4/2021 at 3:16 PM, laffite said:

    IMMENSELY entertaining interview, THANKS, Sagebrush.

    This is a radio interview for anyone who possibly might not know (although the name Jerry Gross, the interviewer, has been doing FRESH AIR for centuries and is one of the most excellent interviewers ever) and I found myself thrilled to hear the sound bites from some of the film noir classics. The beginning of Double Indemnity, for instance. And the final scene of Criss Cross was downright hilarious, but not in a way that ridicules.  We all know Eddie Muller but this isn't old stuff, he speaks to the larger mass audience and it comes across rather wonderful, differently than taking to us who are movie buffs with a particular interest and knowledge of film noir. Eddie refers to the Production Code a couple of time early on and I kept waiting for Ms. Gross to ask Eddie to explain that but she doesn't. She later explains it, ha. We get a little of Eddie's personal life, especially as a kid. Eddie has a wonderful way of talking, so well spoken and knowledgeable. Of course we already know that but it's good to hear him talk to the greater audience. Is he some kind of treasure, or what? Yes, he is. i certainly recommend this to all, thanks to Sagebrush, thoroughly entertaining.

     

     

    This was a great interview! I listened to it too.  I really enjoyed the conversation.  Eddie also popped up on Leonard Maltin's podcast, Maltin on Movies, yesterday.  That was a fantastic interview.  I can always appreciate when two people can present an entertaining, informative and intelligent conversation.

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  20. 2 minutes ago, Bronxgirl48 said:

    When you think about it, are there any likeable characters in THE BIRDS?

    Stupid Annie Hayworth, interminably pining away for the love of wimpy Mitch who initiated the end of their relationship by not standing up to his cold, selfish, needy, controlling mother Lydia.  Then there is blubbery sister Cathy, and last but not least, rich vacant ex-playgirl Melanie Daniels.   

    I think the lovebirds are the only likeable characters.

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