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  1. With me it's the "little things" that drive me nuts about TCM. Like tonight, when their online schedule shows Payday playing at 9:45, when it's not, and when our TV program guide says it'll be playing at midnight. I've lost count of the number of times things like this have happened, and whoever posts the online schedule never seems to change it until it's too late. This mainly seems to affect the late night and overnight movies, but then those are usually the best movies TCM shows.
  2. I've always thought Body and Soul was the most interesting of the Robeson movies that have survived, and that's probably because it features an all-Black cast and is directed by Oscar Micheaux. (Now that's someone I'd love to see TCM honor with a SOTM or at least a day in SUTS.)
  3. The problem is that no host can possibly compete with Eddie Muller's combination of film knowledge, wit, and charm, plus he also gets first dibs on the most interesting movies and plenty of time to strut his stuff. Except for Jacqueline Stewart, all the other hosts are doing is filling time in between Eddie Muller's appearances. Maybe if Ben were given more time before the movie starts, he'd be able to give us more than a Readers Digest Condensed Books version of a real introduction, which is all we're getting from him now. He's got the knowledge, but it's always seemed that he's being held
  4. What's happening to Noir Alley? I see Cloudburst and Drive a Crooked Road on September 6th and 13th, but after that I don't see anything but non-noirs in the usual time slot. Losing it to 31 Days of Oscar and SUTS is bad enough, but I sure hope this isn't the start of a trend. My apologies if someone's addressed this question before. OTOH I'm thrilled to see The Human Condition trilogy is on the schedule for the first time as far as I can remember. Far and away the best war movies I've ever seen on the TCM schedule, with the possible exception of Come and See.
  5. Unsurprisingly, I just noticed that the starting time on the TCM online schedule is wrong: Cutter's Way begins at midnight, not at 11:45. I learned this only by checking on my TV's viewer's guide. I kind of suspected something was fishy about that 11:45 time, given that the 10:00 movie, Night Moves, runs for 109 minutes, and that alone would make it end at 11:49, even without the introduction and wrapup commentary. This is a big deal for those of us who are setting our DVD recorders or DVRs and want to record the movies on separate tracks.
  6. The Killer That Stalked New York (next Sunday) and Native Son (Feb. 21) are Noir Alley premieres, and in fact I think Native Son is a TCM premiere, period. Odds Against Tomorrow (Feb. 28) is a repeat. For whatever reason there's no Noir Alley on Valentine's Day, though on second thought I think I can guess the reason.....😎
  7. That's it! Just looked up the plot and now it all comes back. Thanks to both of you for the quick reply. BTW here's an appreciation of Elizabeth Hawes, who did for fashion what Anthony Bourdain did for restaurants. The Most Brilliant American Fashion Designer
  8. Hope someone can help me here find a name of a movie. 1. It's from the 1930's, probably the mid-to-late 30's. I don't recall any big name actors in the cast, but I'm not 100% sure about that. 2. I've seen it several times on TCM, so it's not a "lost" movie. 3. It's about a criminal ring that steals (or buys under the counter) original fashions from French Couturiers and sells them to dress makers who then mass produce them. I thought about this movie recently when I was reading Elizabeth Hawes' classic 1938 memoir, Fashion Is Spinach, which in part deals with her experie
  9. I'd just like to know the name(s) of whoever it was who made the final call on this change, along with some sort of a coherent explanation that takes into consideration all the innumerable downsides. I'm not holding my breath.
  10. They're both members of the infamous "Proud Boys", and Rittenhouse is currently in jail on a murder charge.
  11. I voted SAD. Of course. Only a committee could have thought up something as brain dead stupid as this. If the new schedule were a soft drink, it'd be New Coke. If the new schedule were a baseball game, it'd be a night game ending at 3:00 in the morning. If the new schedule were a football game, it'd go on for six overtime periods, and called off when both teams tested positive for Covid. If the new schedule were running for president, it'd be a ticket of Gavin McInnes and Kyle Rittenhouse. If the new schedule were a presidential debate, it would make last Tuesday's fia
  12. The new daily and monthly schedules require so much more time and effort to use than the old ones that it's simply not worth the effort to try to navigate them. I'll continue to check out Noir Alley, along with the Silent Sunday nights and the foreign movies for the rare premieres, but otherwise forget it. This is like watching the Post Office after Louis DeJoy has finished "improving" it. I could list all the ways that the old format was infinitely better than the new one, but since nobody at TCM pays attention to what people say on the forums, what's the point?
  13. ENDINGS: --- I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang: "I STEAL!" ---42nd Street: Warner Baxter sitting outside the theater, listening to the exiting theatergoers tell each other that "Julian Marsh gets all the breaks", and slowly puffing on his cigarette. ---Marked Woman: Newspaper reporters all telling Humphrey Bogart how nailing Johnny Vanning (Eduardo Ciannelli) will enhance his political career, while Bette Davis and the other chorus girls (who risked their lives by testifying) just walk silently away into the night fog. Some Like It Hot: "Well, nobody's perfect." The Ki
  14. That's just paranoia. Have you ever seen Don Bogle when he's been the guest co-host? Has he ever presented any kind of analysis on that kindergarten level? Do you object to Eddie Muller's Noir Alley introductions when he points out the fate of many directors and screen writers during the time of the Hollywood blacklist?
  15. In the case of GWTW, "the other viewpoint" gets rather well represented for about 221 minutes, not counting the overture, intermission, entr'acte, and exit music.
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