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About wouldbestar

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  • Birthday 10/15/1945

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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. 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 remember almost being in tears when it finally ended as those people had nearly become real to me. I'd have settled for having a walk-on so I could put it on my tombstone I'd been in it. Great cast and story. Wiseguy worked because the various villains were as magnetic as stars Ken Whal and Jonathan Banks-Ray Sharkey, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci-and the writing was top notched. KL was the best and most realistic of the nighttime soaps. By turns dramatic, melodramatic, funny and touching, very often no dialogue was needed to convey what was going on; the actors did it themselves, which was noted by critics. Again, they left a hole in me that was hard to fill.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 she got Oscars and nominations for other roles ET will always be Leslie and Rebecca in Ivanhoe to me.
  4. 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 just as I recalled it. Thanks, four years late.
  5. 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 Advise and Consent which really ticked me off. The funny thing is I was so sheltered I had no idea until much later what Brig did that was so bad he felt led to suicide. The Best Man and Manchurian Candidate are great and yes I can see parallels to our current state of affairs. I'm wanting to see Seven Days in May as people seem to think "it can happen here". I'm beginning to come to that "nothing will surprise me anymore" thought.
  6. 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 same way but instead of amusing flirtation with a hint of more to come later in only a minute she's taking them off and bedding the guy just because--he's the star. Bogie and Dorothy did it better. R.I.P., Lady and thank you for all your fine work.
  7. 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's performance for a good part of this.) I can't recommend Four Horseman or Love is a Ball as I saw each when they came out and was not impressed. It's not Boyer's fault; they're just not that good. If you feel differently, okay. Four Horseman has a very large cast of recognizable folks so it might be worth seeing for that.
  8. 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. He made you feel you were there with him. It seems he was able to do the same for the sports arena. He was also a great director; if I saw he was doing the job I knew it would be worth my time. He seems to have left a legacy in several fields of art but what would you expect from somebody smart enough to marry a redhead from Florida? R.I.P., sir and thank you.
  9. Regarding: It's a Wonderful Life Is this female that I'm sorry I share a gender with aware that there's another version of the story, It Happened One Christmas, that as the roles reversed? Marlo Thomas is Mary but she is the one who saves her company and the town from Potter with loyal support from husband George (Wayne Rogers) and the townspeople. I actually saw this one before the original which I'd never heard of before that. After seeing and enjoying this new one for a couple of seasons I finally caught the first one and liked it too. The central theme is the same regardless of the sex of the main character. I thought the battle was for equal rights for both men and women under the law. This one sounds like she expects us to take over the world and men can just take it or roll over and die. That's equal?
  10. During the month I've seen two b&w films colorized on ISPN; one was so good that had you not seen it in its original form you'd never guess it was colorized while the other was a failure. They were shown as a double feature so the comparison was right there to see. The good one: Red River. It's a Western so seeing all that scenery in what must be close to a natural state is a treat. The color was not garish but realistically muted like the Columbia Westerns. You purists will disagree but it made a great movie go over the top. I'll take it either way but I'm glad I say it this way. The bad one: Angel and the Badman. It wasn't in the same league. The color was often off and sometimes "bled" from one thing to another. It detracted from the story. If b&w was necessary for the mood and the movie was deliberately shot that way for a reason then it should stay that way. The Postman Always Rings Twice is such a movie. Lana Turner was in white in all but one scene to make her seem more sympathetic than she should have been; in the color version, the shorts and turban outfit was coral. I would veto that. If it's a Western or costume picture where b&w was done to save money and colorizing it would visually enhance it then I'm for it if it's properly done. I'm thinking of The Sea Hawk, Marie Antoinette, or Colorado Territory (Leonard Maltin's review says that one does have a colorized version I've not yet seen). I guess I'm just a color animal who thinks some films benefit from it while realizing others should stay as they are. I'll respect the purists' opinions but hold to mine.
  11. Touche! I need to proofread my h's and K's. The bio of Ms. Edwards that I read said she once missed a spot on the back of her neck and when questioned replied: "I always knew I'd turn white some day; my Mammy was". She got away with it.
  12. I mentioned before that Pauline Cushman was a real person who famously spied for the North and that Emma Edwards actually covered her shin with a chemical that turned it dark and posed as a bi-racial slave to get information from the South to the North. I saw this film earlier this year and was impressed with Marion Davies, whom I knew only by reputation. and Jean Parker. it's an interesting part of history for those who might not know the facts.
  13. It's happening again. Compuserve is following in the footsteps of IMBD and shutting down it forums on December 15t. With our own Boards reduced and these forums gone it's getting harder to express oneself online in civilized places. It's sad.
  14. The hits keep coming. Ann Wedgeworth, Mel Tillis, now this. Earle Hyman Dies: Veteran Broadway Actor, Cosby TV Dad Was 91 Earle Hyman, a classically trained actor of steady grace, imposing presence and consummate skill, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ. He was 91. Hyman’s career on and off-Broadway spanned more than six decades and a multiplicity of Shakespearean roles at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival. But it was as Dr. Cliff Huxtable’s sympatico dad Russell on NBC’s The Cosby Show that Hyman reached his widest audience, earning him an Emmy nomination in 1986. In addition to classic performances in roles ranging from the title characters in Othello and Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, to the bombastic James Tyrone in Papp’s all African-American production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Hyman also had memorable performances in contemporary works. In the original 1980 Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Lady From Dubuque, a play that left the critics and audiences baffled, Hyman played a soft-spoken, karate-chopping enforcer and partner to Irene Worth’s canny Angel of Death. The role earned him his only Tony nomination. He also had a role in Lincoln Center Theater’s 1987 premiere of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. Hyman was born in Rocky Mount, NC, to an African-American father and a Native American mother, who moved the family to Brooklyn, where he grew up. An early exposure to the plays of Ibsen aroused his interest in both the theater and Norway. A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Hyman would perform in both the U.S. and Norway, where he made a second home. Hyman came of age during a time marked by a new flourishing of African American writers and stars, including playwrights Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins and Ntozake Shange, and actors Gloria Foster, Mary Alice, James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman, among many others. At the same time, Hyman was an early and dedicated advocate of color-blind casting. “I am 65 years old and I am still saying that all roles should be available to all actors of talent, regardless of race. Why should I be deprived of seeing a great black actress play Hedda Gabler?” he once asked. Among Hyman’s notable film and television performances were as Panthro in Thundercats and roles in television films of Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and Macbeth. He also took roles in Norwegian series. In his last New York stage appearance, in 2009, he played Ferapont in Anton Chekhov’sThree Sisters, in a Gatehouse Theatre production presented by the Classical Theatre of Harlem.
  15. I first saw her on Another World in 1968 or so when she was brought in to complicate things for a young couple but she was so lovable you began rooting for her to get the guy-she did. They ended up with their own show. After that I watched whatever she was in. I never figured out why when they were playing musical chairs on Designing Women she didn't end up there as she would have been perfect for it and the accent was real. RIP, Dear Lady, and thank you for a great body of work.
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