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About wouldbestar

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  • Birthday 10/15/1945

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    Tampa, FL
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    My Catholic faith, classic movies, cooking, traveling, politics, camping, scenic art, old buildings (love watching them being restored).

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  1. As I've said before the most amazing scene of this movie is the last when we see the restored city with all it's high rise buildings looking like a New York West and realize it's been only thirty years since the quake. I've always wondered if the damage was really as bad as what we saw on screen; thank you for showing me it was. This is indeed one of the greatest examples of special effects in movie history, not only for the carnage but the way the actors show the human toll. Loved ones lost and found, grief, pain, joy and courage all were all played perfectly by those with one lin
  2. Does anybody but me remember when she played Ruth Martin on Lassie during that first season when that family replaced the Millers? She said she realized early on this was not for her and bailed. June Lockhart quickly replaced her but for some strange reason, producers thought we viewers couldn't tell reel life from reality and replaced the actor playing Mr. Martin as well so we wouldn't think he'd traded wives. Stuff like this makes we sometimes wonder where executives' heads are at.
  3. I first saw Hal Holbrook on a CBS soap, The Brighter Day, where he played the minister hero's adult son. His wife and he adopt a troubled girl who was played by Patty Duke, also unknown to me. Was this a "who knew" moment or what? I knew he was going to be someone to be reckened with even at my young age. My only problem with The Senator was an episode based on the Kent State shooting. I've always had one with these kinds of stories as impressionable viewers think they're getting the real story rather than a fictionalized idea of what really happened. (Yes, Law & order hit me t
  4. Never heard of DAWN AT SUCCURO though Did you mean A GUNFIGHT though with Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash? No I was just trying to use a bit of shorthand for Gunfight at the OK Corral. Also, I did not know that Val Kilmer is dealing with cancer. It's too soon! I'm certain he's got so many more great performances in him that would be lost if it gets him. Rats!
  5. I watched The Doctor and the Girl, totally unknown to me until this afternoon, and while it was not a prize winner the ending was thought provoking. Wouldn't he have done more good in the long run by spending more time at the hospital getting better training then returning to his inner city practice a better doctor? Or was he really in the right place just as he was which is how he, his patients, wife, and finally his father saw him-"an old country doctor in the city?" It was a reminder to us old enough to remember and younger unknowing viewers just how much medical knowledge and technology
  6. From 1955: Burt and Kirk's Gunfight at the at the OK Corral. Seemingly total opposites they bring out the best in each other and stand together against a common foe. Even if Earp and Holliday are played as cleaner than they really were, this is still my favorite Western for so many reasons: Great acting by stars and supporting cast, a Dimetri Tiomkin score with Frankie Laine singing the theme, Leon Uris script, colorful scenery and beautiful costumes. The life of a lawman is shown not as glamorous but not much different from today with the families and other loved ones paying a stiff pr
  7. I've never understood why Dory's father treated her so shabbily. In the beginning I got the implication that he'd ended his marriage because he learned his wife had been unfaithful. If so, did he suspect Dory was not his daughter? That's the only reason I can see. I've never read the book but I think three sisters with two getting totaled sounds like a bit much. This version told the tale neatly and without being overlong. The only part that doesn't ring true is the Wagner/Quarry murder scene. I can't believe the DJ wouldn't have put up a fight. Otherwise I like the movie.
  8. You've got quite a group of lists there. I would add You Are There from the 1950's, Centennial from the 1970's, Wiseguy from the 1980's and Knot's Landing which ended in the 1990's. YAT was my very first never miss show. Even as a kid I know it was a bit hokey using real reporters interviewing actors playing characters but I'm a history nut and learned about things not always covered in my schoolbooks. For years Centennial was my all-time favorite series and might still be. Every incident is the story had a real-life counterpart and thus educated as well as entertained. I reme
  9. I "ew'd" and "oh,no'd" a lot more than usual on this one. Many I didn't know had passed on and were favorites. I guess that's normal as the Classic era gets further away from us and I keep getting older. I remember when many of these folks were just starting out or had recently made their mark. It's hard to realize that they were my contemporaries. Thanks for a beautiful tribute.
  10. Kay and Cinemartian: I am a big Norma Shearer fan so polish your swords. She's never failed to impress me with her performances, in costume or "modern dress". I also second, or is it third, Rumann Koch's opinion of Grace Kelly. Her voice is totally annoying and I don't find her believable. I know from biographies of her and comments in other star's books that she did indeed "sleep her way to the top"; is this how she got her Oscar? I've read that she was the first choice to play Leslie in Giant rather than Elizabeth Taylor. What a disaster that would have been! While I know s
  11. I thought I was the only person who remembered One Potato, Two Potato. I 've not seen it in 50 years but can still see it as if I just did. There was a real case like it playing out in Texas then with the same unfair ending. I also thought Bernie Hamilton was a fox before he put on weight and began bossing around Starsky and Hutch. Sadly, I this could could happen today in parts of the country. Oh, and when i first clinked on the thread I saw the comments on Hollywood and the Stars and the wonderful clip of the Elmer Bernstein theme both of which I also loved. The music was
  12. Wow, what a lively topic for my return to the Boards. Don't let this happen to you. While installing a new printer last month my very old computer blew up from the strain. A friend of a friend tried to repair it for a couple of weeks but to no avail. No, I was too stupid to use backup. I used his laptop to order this one and just got it last night. So far I can get my e-mails, YouTube and the Boards but it very complicated. I guess I'll have to learn as I go. This one was a steal and all I have to do is add a printer which I'll do later. The Drury books were much better than
  13. I'm glad to hear that she enjoyed making Westerns so much as she was in some very good ones. In Colorado Territory, a Western version of the 30s crime story, High Sierra, she is the respectable but selfish "good girl" who is nastier than Virginia Mayo's "Tramp". Later she's more than a match for Randolph Scott in one of his better films (I can't remember the name of it but it has Peggie Castle, Paul Richards and John Beregrey so you know it's good). That bookstore scene in The Big Sleep reminds me of a similar but lesser one in a Burt Reynolds film, Shamus. The woman is dressed in the
  14. I've seen most of the films scheduled except for Back Street which I had to see to compare with the color Hayward/Gavin/Miles version from the 60s. No color here but a more honest depiction of what being the mistress of a married man is really like. Boyer is a sometimes selfish cad as well as lover to her and his anger at his son for siding with his mother over him nearly destroys any sympathy for him. And even though his wife is rarely seen-as opposed to Vera Miles being a major and whichy character in the later version-you wonder about her and how this must make her feel. (Credit Tim Holt
  15. I'm sad to hear this. Bradford Dillman was the perfect Francis of Assisi even though the real one was rather short instead of tall. His performance was amazing and has stayed with me until this day. He could also be nasty. I've never seen Compulsion but he did a Big Valley episode where he's a "Jeckel and Hyde" character who nails both sides of his character. I was glad to see that his daughter, Dinah, was still alive and well. A fine writer, he told of her fight for life at age 5 after she was bitten in their yard by a rattler who'd come down from the hills during a heat wave.
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