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About nicoley13

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  1. Well if any entertainer deserves a multi-volume biography, it's Bing Crosby. You could break his career down into several topics and write a book on each of them. It was unparalleled really. As for opinions, yes the author has opinions, but there are an awful lot of (non-extraneous) facts as well. And the opinions are of the highest caliber- he's a well-respected jazz critic and is also extremely knowledgeable about the era, its movies and its culture generally. Part one is an essential and definitive biography, and I have no reason to doubt that the other two parts won't be as excellent. It's about the only book about a seminal, neglected figure that isn't either a hagiography or a hatchet job. I will readily admit that I'm a big fan, so I'll happily read three volumes when most people wouldn't. The cliff notes version I would recommend is a very good American Masters episode from a couple of years ago. If I can convince people to spare 90 minutes to just watch a documentary, I'm more than satisfied.
  2. Giddins said earlier this year that he had completed the second volume. There will be three; the next one focuses on the WWII years. Earlier this month he also announced when it would be published - early fall 2018. The title is "Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star, the War Years, 1940-1946."
  3. Same here. This morning I received an email that the course starts today. I thought it didn't start until tomorrow (the 28th), so I went to check it out. It's no longer listed on my dashboard, but if I visit the course page while logged in, it does say "you are enrolled."
  4. I actually own a life-size cardboard standee of Alan Rickman. Severus Snape. Rickman-as-Snape. It's the best. I suppose I first discovered Alan Rickman due to his role in the Harry Potter films. Back then I'd say I was just about starting high school and much more into Harry Potter than into movies. Snape was always my favorite character in the series, in fact he's probably about my favorite fictional character generally, hence the standee. And Rickman was wonderful in the part. You couldn't ask for a better Snape. Even among that amazing cast, all of the best actors in Britain they managed to dig up for the adult roles, he still stood out. After Harry Potter I was hooked and watched a lot of his other work. He had subtlety, depth, range. Villains, romantic leads, comedic roles. Brilliant at playing complex characters, and of course about the most gorgeous voice you've ever heard. And everyone who knew the man personally always seemed to have only the best things to say about him. His death came out of nowhere and hit me a little harder than celebrity deaths normally do. RIP Alan Rickman. Severus Snape standee
  5. FYI on the Ladd set - I had preordered it and received the below email today. Greetings, Thank you for choosing the TCM Store. We just received notification that there was a production issue with the “Alan Ladd: The 1940s Collection DVD”. Unfortunately, there was one title removed, “And Now Tomorrow“, due to quality issues, however your order should still ship on or around December 1st. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. Sincerely, Barbara TCM Store Customer Service It's no longer listed in the description on the TCM Store site.
  6. I found out about this last weekend when it all of a sudden started getting some press. I looked though all of their full-length films and added five to my watch list. Of course the available movies are largely 50s or later since Universal owns most of Paramount's 30s and 40s output, but a lot of them are what we would consider older "classic" movies. A couple of hints... 1. There's a "classics" playlist that's a good place to start, but it's not all-encompassing. There are some older movies that may be of interest that aren't on the list. So it may be a pain but the most thorough way to check out everything they have to offer is to view all of their videos. 2. Now might be a good time to install an ad blocker if you haven't already - that'll take care of the interruptions.
  7. *John Barrymore *the Marx Brothers *Al Jolson - to see what all the fuss was really about *one of the Ziegfeld Follies from the late 1910s - with the likes of Eddie Cantor, Will Rogers, W.C. Fields, Bert Williams, Fanny Brice
  8. Rex Randolph has a cynical/sarcastic element to him, which is maybe the difference between Rex and Stuart Bailey on 77SS, who are otherwise both on the suave side. Jarrod Barkley is straight arrow though. I've seen Come Fill the Cup (big Cagney fan). It'd be great if TCM would air it. It's definitely worth seeing for the performances - Cagney, Young, and James Gleason are all excellent.
  9. I wouldn't go quite so far as slimy, but I don't really like the Gig Young comparison either, maybe largely because I don't like Young and I do like Long. Categorizing him as very broadly speaking a Cary Grant type I agree with though. I also agree with Richard Kimble that he was at his best in the Maverick/Bourbon Street Beat/77 Sunset Strip days (granted I've never seen Nanny and the Professor). The first time I took any real notice of him was as Bart's foil Gentleman Jack in Maverick, who sort of took over for Efrem Zimbalist's Dandy Jim for a bit after Zimbalist moved on to 77 Sunset Strip. Then Long himself ended up playing a detective in one of the 77SS knockoffs, Bourbon Street Beat (by far my favorite of the three). When that was canceled after one season, he took his Rex Randolph character over to 77SS for another season. Much as I like the actor and the character, I kind of think he was overkill on a show where we already had Stu and Jeff, Kookie and the rest. On The Big Valley he's my favorite of the three brothers, but I feel like Nick and especially Heath had better and more interesting characters and episodes. Maybe when you're making a western (a soapy one, but still) it's not as easy to write stories for a level-headed attorney character. It was sensible casting though - Long wasn't exactly going to be believable as a rough-and-tumble cowboy type, so if you wanted to cast him in a western, slick con man or lawyer was a good way to go. A movie a lot of people might have seen him in without paying too much attention to him is the Vincent Price House on Haunted Hill. Not an especially memorable role, but a decent-sized part in a memorable film.
  10. A playlist with most of the WB reels: An article in the Guardian about them: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2008/sep/05/1 Personally watching Pat O'Brien in these made me like him a lot more. He's a lot of fun.
  11. If you're interested, the full documentary is on the PBS website- http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/bing-crosby/full-film-bing-crosby-rediscovered/3605/ There's also some good stuff found under the links on the right.
  12. The new documentary looks like it will be quite good, judging from the previews I've seen and the reviews I've read. It's not a hatchet job and it's not a hagiography, which is what most retrospectives of Bing have been outside the Giddins biography, assuming of course anyone bothers with retrospectives. I'm really looking forward to it. Bing's family has been doing a great deal more to try to keep his legacy alive the last few years than they ever did any time previously. They've dug in the archives for some excellent CD and DVD releases of some of Bing's (especially post-Decca) recordings and television specials. After Bing died the family kept a low profile (outside of Gary's book), partly because that's the kind of person Bing was, but that probably didn't help his legacy. A number of serious Crosby fans wish they had done a lot more, but on the other hand I don't know how much good it really would have done, and I don't think it's really their responsibility when they have their own lives to lead.
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    Ten favorites-- Foreign Correspondent The Philadelphia Story The Maltese Falcon Random Harvest Yankee Doodle Dandy Casablanca The Ox-Bow Incident Double Indemnity Going My Way Twelve O'Clock High (I seem to prefer the earlier part of the decade.)
  14. > {quote:title=Sepiatone wrote:}{quote}I used to "hate" a certain actor, whose name I can't remember because he closely resembled someone in my personal life whom I didn't like, either. THAT could be one reason. That's a really good point, and something to keep in mind! Although it doesn't really help me with the Bing Crosby question, because if that was the only reason there would have to be an awful lot of hateable Bing Crosby types floating around... > {quote:title=LonesomePolecat wrote:}{quote}Plus I prefer the style of filmmaking from the pre-WWII era over the mid-'50s--black and white 35mm vs color cinemascope, etc. (Actually, my favorite era of film is the mid '30s through the late '40s, and I'm a sucker for great story/dialogue/characters, so I would have preferred the original anyway.) Agreed! I think I'm one of about seven people in the world who actually prefers black and white to color, except in limited circumstances. It's also one of the reasons I like Holiday Inn more than White Christmas, and why I don't like Road to Bali as much as I might...what are they doing in color? It's not necessary. I don't think anything about High Society screams out for color and widescreen. The story's the thing, and it's a fairly intimate one about a small group of people not going anywhere. And they're singers, not dancers, so less need for elaborate production numbers.
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