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  1. IF we're talkin' CINEMA -- MOVIES -- th' BIG SCREEN -- it's Bing, 'thout a doubt.
  2. Rooney took the role of the older brother in the musical remake, "SUMMER HOLIDAY." I'm a big Rooney fan, but Pee-Yeww. Stick with "AH, WILDERNESS."
  3. They STINK! Or they're GREAT! Like an RKO Kay Kyser or Jack Haley flick! They STINK! Or they're GREAT!
  4. Yup, you got it. A sleazy U.S. hustler, K. Gordon Murray, got ahold of these stupid, incompetent, Mexican-made flicks -- and released'em in the U.S. as Saturday-afternoon kiddie flicks, doing huge local TV promotion and spending more on posters than wasspent on the whole flick. Imagine dropping yer kid off at a local theater and having'em spend the afternoon watching The Brainiac and Aztec Mummies. How many young minds were warped? Mine was.
  5. Good gawd amighty, Marie Dressler! I gotta look, see if there's any of her teamups with Polly Moran.
  6. Good Lord, Angus Scrimm! THE TALL MAN!! You rock! (Except for that Korean midget ... the one with the Stan Laurel haircut ....)
  7. Thankee. That guy was amazing, wasn't he? If he'd lived, he'da been the biggest star of all. Then again, I've said that about Bruce Lee, from sheer star power -- but Williams was by far the most talented actor of the early talkie era -- perhaps of any era.
  8. I'd say that Keaton, technically, was the best flmmaker, even though Chaplin knew his character through and through -- and Chaplin's character was the most brilliant in cinematic history. But for screaming-out-loud belly laughs, it's hard to beat Harold Lloyd & his team. (Lloyd never claimed that his films were ever anything other than a team effort.) But comparing these geniuses to each other is like comparing jambalaya to po'-boys: the one yer eatin' at the moment is the best.
  9. Look, I'm sorry -- I was trying to present the most frightening villain. If I've given the impression that my only criterion was physicality, then we're both on the wrong track. Godzilla has us loused up in that department. As far as portrayals of evil go, Dame Judith Anderson or Dennis Hopper might have us BOTH loused up. I was talking about sheer fright -- excuse me if I wasn't.
  10. ... besides "Platinum Blonde?" The most naturalistic actor I've ever seen in the early talkies.
  11. Not a huge fan of British cinema, excepting the astounding comedies -- but Dirk Bogarde is a movie star, no matter how you slice it. (And he was IN some of those astounding comedies.)
  12. OK, I was too quick. Cushing was, indeed, a Shakespearean actor, but he did NOT hold Vader's leash. My bad. Thanx for the info.
  13. Damn. Nearly a checkmate, if not completely checkmate, pal. 88 years later, and "Nosferatu" is STILL the scariest vampire movie ever. Not in the least due to the scary, scary Max Schreck -- who, to this day, makes you believe he was actually a vampire. I LOVE Bela Lugosi, and I'm a Tod Browning fan -- but compared to Murnau & Schreck, "Dracula" was an old-dark-house mystery.
  14. The actor was Peter Cushing, by the way -- not unknown to us film geeks.
  15. Beautimous choices, and great reasons why -- although they're pretty modern movies. Still -- hard to beat. How about Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's "M"? Way ahead of its time -- and Lorre putting a human face on sheer evil. Great, great actors, like Hopkins, Spacey and Lorre can do that -- and make you question where your sympathies lie.
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