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  1. Hello again. Tried last night to enter a blog on this film. Was not successful. Am trying again now. recently viewed Karl Theodore Dreyer's early talkie horror film, VAMPYR.Very interesting and unsettling film based on a Sheridan Lefanu story.Firstly,What possessed TCM to air such an atrocious looking film? Secondly,Was it the only copy available? Or was it the only film? It was like watching a movie wearing goggles covered in vaseline while sitting in a sandstorm. Good God!! It was a positively painful experience to behold!. At one point in the film, I thought one one of the characters was
  2. You're more than welcome.Some films just stand out. Best,Bruce.
  3. Always thought Whitman was a fine actor.He seemed to have a lot of success in England. I wonder why he worked over there as often as he did?One paricularly fine film he was in was RED SANDS OF THE KALAHARI(I think that's the correct title) in which he played a rather nasty, ego-centric macho SOB who ends up trying to fend off the inevitable final attack from a band of fierce baboons. Quite an ending to that film, to say the least.Would like to get a complete list of his films somewhere. Best, Bruce.
  4. Hi helenbaby. I saw DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE in 1959. You triggered another memory for me!. Forgot I had seen that. My mother was Irish and well versed in the folk-lore of that country. She told me tales about the "Banshee" and what it did with your soul. Scared the stuffing out of me.Disney's rendering of it scared me half to death.Still, the movie was quite entertaining.Didn't realize for many years afterwards that Sean Connery was even in it.Best, BruceG.
  5. Hi redriver.Do you remember when people smoked in movie theaters? As a kid I was always gagging on the smoke in the aisles, especially when you had to go up to the washroom or the concession stand.Sometimes the smoke was so thick you practically had to cut a hole through it just so you could see the picture!. Oftentimes you could even see the picture projected onto the cloud of smoke halfway from the projection booth. Weird, the memories. In 1967 or 1968 I saw a rerelease of GONE WITH THE WIND at a tiny theater in a north Ontario town. First time I ever saw a classic film on the big screen. W
  6. Hi cpc. Nice to have a fellow canuck on the wire. Saw lots of different movies back when I was a kid.I remember being taken to see JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH when I was about 5 years old. Loved that film, especially the volcano and all the lava, then the dinosaurs fighting on the beach, even though they were iguanas with fins glued to their backs. My brother took me to see MYSTERIOUS ISLAND for my birthday. Had to come back a week later because the projector was broken, but we got a raincheck! Try to get something like that nowadays.I think a movie usually had a double-bill and cost, m
  7. Greetings from the Great White North.I ask this question because I actually do remember the very first movie I ever saw. It was Mike Todd's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and I was just over 3 years old. My mother took me as a special treat to the Royal Alexandra Theater in Toronto. I remember the place as being full of glass and glitter, of red carpet, satin curtains and mirrored doors. It was I suppose, a palace for showing movies.I was agog at the spectacle of it all. As for the film, I remember distinctly the music and the movie's title song," Around the World in 80 Days". I remember quite v
  8. Very nice picture! Pardon me for being flippant, but is that a dormant volcano in the background?Best, BruceG.
  9. Yes indeed! Diana Rigg was absolutely stark-raving mad. She looked and acted as if her head was going to explode at any moment and take everyone around her, with her, as collateral damage.Her role was epic.Her character, wronged as a child, took murderous pains to exact revenge by poisoning her friend, and watching her die.Keeping the secret of that terrible crime with her well into adulthood, her divorce from her husband triggers the whole process again. On top of all this, she has this unending, all-abiding love for her son, and will stop at nothing to protect him. I really hope this becomes
  10. Holly, I don't know if it's available anywhere, possibly at the library or second-hand book stores or Amazon.com. but check out Milland's autobiography, WIDE-EYED IN BABYLON. Published in 1973 or 1974, the book has been out of print for years. Highly entertaining ,it gave a very light-hearted view of Hollywood during its golden years. My mum loved the book and cherished it for many years. Hope you can find a copy somewhere. Best, BruceG.
  11. I remember THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE very well indeed. My dad took me to see it at the local theater in 1962 or thereabouts.I didn't understand the film very much, as I was pretty young. Have seen it several times since then over the years. I can feel the heat, feel the damp clammy fog and the sodden wet of perspiration. Weird how it can affect you in a real way.The film had a gritty, documentary edge to it, which was typical of British films then.I think the target audience was originally young to middle-aged adults who were living the cold-war nightmare at the time.To have seen it as a d
  12. Fred, I have the same sensations when I watch different films. Weird or psychosomatic?Best, BruceG.
  13. Holly, Did you ever see a ffilm called AFFLICTION? Starred James Coburn, Nick Nolte and Sissy Spacek. Most of the story takes place in the dead of winter at a farm, in Maine.Pretty grim fare with a lot of scenery chewing from Nolte and Coburn. Filming was actually done in rural Quebec, not far from where my wife was born. Beautiful area. Gets really cold there in winter and the people are a lot friendlier than those depicted in the film. Enough to turn you off living in the country, in the dead of winter.Very good maple syrup though! Best, BruceG.
  14. You guessed it correctly! I am Freddie Munster!
  15. Oh God, It's like seeing Mount Rushmore, but with different heads!
  16. Fred I still like the original THING(from another world). Always liked Kenneth Tobey as an actor. The dialogue is sharp, crisp, and natural.The subtle romance between Tobey's character and the girl is never made maudlin or sappy.I still like the film, even if Jim Arness' THING is more man than monster. For 1951, it's pretty good. Best, BruceG.
  17. I know what you mean. Froze my butt literally, today. Spent a wonderful morning at work trying not to freeze my extremities. As a Canadian I apologize for the terribly cold weather you're having down there. One film that might cold enough is LOGAN'S RUN. Great scene of Robot trying to freeze Michael York and add him to vast frozen collection of people and other perishable items in an underground food locker. Another film that would promote cold relations is the RED TENT. Enjoy, Bruce G.
  18. Hi Holly. How about THE HEROES OF TELEMARK, ICE STATION ZEBRA, orWHERE EAGLES DARE? PLenty of snow,plenty of ice, lots of guns and ammo, sneering Nazis and the like!Best BG.
  19. How about SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC? or the many films about Sir Ernest Shackleton?Pretty damn cccccold Or perhaps STALINGRAD? That last scene with the credits rolling at the end and you realize those two German soldiers have frozen to death.Absolutely ghastly way to die.
  20. NIXON: Ah, Let me make myself perfectly clear about this, Elvis, I'll provide the funds for your next album and you'll erase all the tapes, OK? Maybe all those nattering nabobs of negativism will finally leave me alone!.ELVIS: Ah, Thankyou, thankyou very much!
  21. Doctor to patient:It's truly amazing, how much you look like Boris Karloff!!. Patient to Doctor: Yes it is, isn't it? I know , beacuse we're both dead!.
  22. But I bought the hat for you!Don't you like the color? Oh, I see, I forgot that you're color blind. Well it's a good thing that this film is in black and white, isn't it. Oh, so now you're not talking to me!!!!
  23. It's amazing, Dr. Quackenbush, to think that Monument Valley is actually in the Sahara Desert. Quite amazing. Isn't geography neato?
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