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Everything posted by BruceGhent

  1. KR, SCOTT OF THE ANTARCTIC was one of the first films I believe, to try and accurately portray the life of the great explorer. Having John Mills in the lead role almost goes without saying. He epitomized, in many ways the strong and admirable character of the British during the heroic era of Antarctic polar exploration.Scott was nearly proclaimed a saint in Britain at the time.Amundsen, the conqueror of the pole was villified in the press and nearly forgotten for his achievement. Scott and his party died, partly because of poor planning and hubris.I think, and this does not detract from the f
  2. Thanks,KR. The film looks right, reads right, feels right and smells bloody awful(if we could smell it). It and the KWAI film are the POW films.THE GREAT ESCAPE was terrific adventure yarn loosely based on facts and heavily peopled with big-name American and British actors who assumed roles that were never completely matched with historical fact. KING RAT and BORK are films based on books of fiction but were dreadfully real in their emotional impact and the actors truly lived the parts, no matter how large or small.Bryan Forbes was a very good director. He should have done more.P.S I found a
  3. Thanks Fred,I've never seen Johnny Mack Brown in anything but BILLY THE KID. As I stated before, I thought he was pretty good in it, given the limitations of sound film, back then.God, those carbon mikes!.Best, Bruce.
  4. Minor correction,Major Jock Sinclair and not Colonel.B.G.
  5. Holly, John Mills was in some really great war films in the 1950's. Films like ICE COLD IN ALEX,MORNING DEPARTURE,I WAS MONTY"S DOUBLE. He was almost type-cast as the quintessential British officer during that time. He had a small but pivotal part in KING RAT. Check him out in THE ROCKING HORSE WINNER, and of of course, IN WHICH WE SERVE, Noel Coward's great salute to the Royal Navy at the beginning of WWII. Also watch him try and match wits with his daughter Hayley in TIGER BAY. If, on the other hand you want to see contrasts and great acting,watch Alec Guiness playing Colonel Jock
  6. Holly, Would you consider a movie like Fred Zinneman's THE SUNDOWNERS about an Australian family living off the land and the bush in the 1920's, a western? It's got a great cast with Deborah Kerr,Robert Mitchum(with a very convincing Aussie accent), Peter Ustinov,Glynis Johns, Chips Rafferty and a host of talented Australian actors in it. It's also got a great harmonica score by Larry Adler and it's filmed in beautiful color. The reason I ask is that the U.S. has its West, Canada has its West, so why not Australia too? I welcome your comments.Best, Bruce.
  7. I realize we're discussing Westerns and comedic westerns in particular, but John Ford's THE QUIET MAN could just as easily have been a western comedy. Nearly every John Ford acting alumnist was in it and could just as easily have been shot in Monument Valley, Utah, rather than Ireland. This is not to denegrate the beautiful location photography of the film or to reduce in any way the acting abilities of a great ensemble cast, but MCLINTOCK with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, while hilarious in many ways, I think is a fairly routine programmer, albeit in color.Great fun, but no masterpiece. Joh
  8. Thanks, Fred for the vote of confidence. I usually have a pretty sharp memory but having had hip replacement surgery earlier this year played havoc with long-term and short-term memory. Apparently, at least according to my doctor, physiotherapist, and surgeon, I was a raving morphine addict for about five days. Also it fudges your memory for a while afterwards.So, I've been exercising my old 1953 64K brain box by playing memory retension games, such as trying to remember old movie titles, actors, and such. Seems to be working,pretty well. I have one question to ask you:Did Johnny Mack Brown e
  9. Fred,oops, I meant BILLY THE KID, not JESS JAMES. Got carried away with my discourse.Happens, once in a while. I was having a senior moment. Best, Bruce.
  10. KR, Agree wholeheartedly, KING RAT was one of the definitive WWII POW films. Based on James Clavell's novel, it is a harrowing depiction of men struggling, each in their own way to cope with survival, friendship, the horrors of war, starvation,greed, and even love between men, in the fraternal sense, perhaps.Segal is brilliant as Sargent King who basically runs the camp.He is without remorse, cold, uncaring, avaricious, but ultimately a survivor who finally realizes that his exalted position in the camp and among the men, is fleeting. The cast was absolutely fabulous.A veritable who's who of E
  11. Holly, if you watch Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL, Boris Karloff appears briefly as a union general, towards the end of the picture. Highly unusual to see him in a silent film, given his unique, sepulcheral voice and distinctive lisp. I think Karloff was absolutely marvelous throughout his career.Did you ever see the A&E biography on him, some years ago? He was quite shy and unassuming. He was also very devoted to his daughter, Sarah Karloff.Best,B.G.
  12. You mentioned THE BIG COUNTRY. I think the star of this picture has to be Jerome Maross's rousing score. It is the western, personified in music,.Whenever I hear the music, on the radio or wherever, I have to stop and listen. It is truly evocative of the western and exmplifies what a movie score should be and how it should sound.I don't know if he ever scored another film, but after this one, who would even care.Best, Bruce.
  13. Sorry Holly,I meant the original 1930 film.Some of those transitional films from the silents to talkies are interesting in that certain methods from the past and new ways of doing camera work wre very much in their infancy. One other film from the period is JESSIE JAMES with John Mack Brown in the title role. I watched it recently on TCM and years ago on TVO's SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES.TVO is a government funded station that also relies on private subscriptions much like PBS in your country. SNAM is still on television here in Toronto but doesn't have access to the great films it had years
  14. Fred, Thank you for bringing me up to speed on Bob Cummings.I was pretty young when the show was aired but my parents and older brother watched the show.Both my dad and brother were quite involved in aviation and were naturally intrigued by Cumming's AEROCAR. Sad to hear about the two women dying. That happened a lot back then.Haven't seen his show since 1959.Best, Bruce.
  15. Hi FredC. Wow! What a great picture. Thanks a lot for that. I was only fiv e or six years old at the time but thought his AEROCAR was so cool. Unlike some of the other forum contributors, I wasn't that interested in the women in his show, as I thought they were yucky.Time and perspective have happily changed my views on the fair sex.Best, Bruce.
  17. Hello again Fred.Thanks for the info. Has been bugging me for more years than I care to remember.Hope to view this film sometime in the future,providing it's available on dvd.Would greatly satisfy my need to know that it wasn't just my imagination.As I recall, my late mother was watching it with me. Forget which station aired it, but probably one of three TV stations from Buffalo, N.Y.Anyway, thanks.Bruce.
  18. Hi Terrence1 and thanks for the info. I can't unequivically agree about the title but sure sounds about right.I don't know what triggered the memory of the film, but I take great pride in having memories from a very early age.I was very young, maybe four or five years old at the time.If it's available on dvd, I'll take a look at it. Again, thanks.At least I know that the film existed or exists. Best B.G.
  19. Hello again, everyone. From the mists of my memory or perhaps, the depths of despair comes a mere fragment of a film. I was about four or five yeas old, and was at home with the flu.It was the year 1958 or so. I remember a guy named Fred MacMurray was in this flm, presumably in color(even though I was watching in black and white).He or someone else in the film had an eyepatch, so I presumed he was a pirate. The only vivid memory I have of the film is a volcano blowing its stack and watching lots of lava engulf what looks like a palace or temple or something of the sort. That's all I can remem
  20. Holly, Tarkovsky's version or original film of Stanislau Lem's Solaris has got to be more interesting than the more recent one with George Clooney. I found the remake to be jaw-droppingly boring,beautifully filmed, mind you, but boring.Would like to see the original to at least make a reasoned comparison. Best,Bruce.
  21. Fred,Do you remember that at the end of each of his LOVE THAT BOB episodes he would be seen getting in or out of a strange looking contraption called an AEROCAR? Cummings was a major investor in the aircraft company that made these convertible machines at the time. Unfortunately,the time was too early for such an innovative device, and the company went bankrupt. The concept was sound, as recent developments in composite construction have made flying automobiles entirely feasible,if not exactly cheap. Much like Jimmy Stewart, Robert Cummings was an avid private flyer. Unlike Stewart, who rose t
  22. Morgan Evans was a Welshman, not an Irishman! Please endeavour to be accurate!The movie was based on the book by famed Welsh actor, Emelyn Williams.Best,Bruce.
  23. Saul Bass was the pre-eminent title designer in Hollywood and probably elsewhere as well.Hitchcock could always rely on him for something unusual and compelling. Take for example, the simple but effective use of the office building window's directionality to superimpose the titles and credits for NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Absolutely brilliant and unique! But then again Hitchcock was also a title designer himself, having learned much of his craft in Germany for UFA and Gaumont-British in England.I guess it took one great artist to pick another.Best,B.G.
  24. Did you see Fred McMurray in THE TRAIL OF THE LONSOME PINE? He was quite good and the film itself was quite enjoyable. As I recall, the film was among the very first to use the then revolutionary three-strip technicolor process.Made in 1936, I believe. Best, B.G.
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