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wouldbestar

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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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 t
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. This I did not know. There is a slight resemblance between the two although Elizabeth's demeanor was more classic while Sharon's is freer and outgoing. One thing they shared was talent. She died way too young.
  21. In 1989 I was working at a place where calling it Hell gave that place a bad name. I feared leaving and trying to get another job at my age so I rode it out. Full Moon Fever had just been released and I Won't Back Down was all over the radio. You won't believe how many times it played in my head during that time but it made a real difference. I got to see him play at USF later on. See something good has come out of Florida. RIP, Tom, and thank you. You are an inspiration to all of us fighting depression.
  22. I needed a break from all the Irma talking heads so I gave this another look. This is definitely a "so bad it's good" treat. I've asked before why Joan got stuck with overly darkened complexion and neon pick lipstick which took away from her performance-especially the lipstick. She pulls stunts here that make future Dynasty character Alexis look saintly. You wonder if her country really sent her to Egypt to get rid of her. Also were the Egyptian men all that stupid? The only ones who didn't fall for her schemes were the boy prince, who was too young to get it and the high priest wh
  23. How did this news manage to escape us or is it just me being busy with Harvey bugging my sister in Texas and now us folks in Florida. He was a friend of TCM and I can't remember a time when he wasn't popping up on movie and TV screens in all kinds of roles (I think he could have lived at 4-Star with all the work he did for them). Actor Richard Anderson Dies at 91 LOS ANGELES — Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for co-starring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” has died at age 91. Anderson died
  24. As if they hadn't had enough according to last night's news an attempted bombing of an Oklahoma City bank was foiled by law enforcement and an informer. The perpetrator, an admirer of Timothy McVeigh, was supposedly a member of "The Patriots". If this is the same organization Ty Hardin helped organize it's sad that this is the legacy he's leaving behind. What next!
  25. I've always thought that Dolly Parton and he made the most believable of the Steel Magnolias couples. He was such a talent in all phases of theater and film; it's great that he's leaving such a legacy of work that will live long past this day. R.I.P., sir.
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