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  1. 20 years ago I would have said Casablanca, but I finally got maxed out on about the 10th viewing. At this point, of the top of my head I could probably watch these at least another 8 or 10 times: Trouble in Paradise (My favorite Lubitsch by far, my favorite Hopkins, my favorite Francis, and my favorite Marshall. An absolute gem.) The Killers (The greatest noir.....) Out of the Past (.....unless this one is) Charade (The ONLY movie where Audrey was paired with a much older man that didn't kind of creep me out) Angi Vera (The best political movie ever, and I finally got a subtitled MP4 version so I can watch it on my computer) Short Cuts (Just watched it for the 4th or 5th time the other night, and it only gets better) There Will Be Blood (see Short Cuts comment) The Sheep Has Five Legs (The perfect Fernandel movie, where he plays both a father and all five quintuplets) Pixote (A heartbreaking story centered around Sao Paulo's street children) Stella Dallas (My favorite tearjerker) Oh, and of course: ALL ABOUT EVE (Have to stop it there or I could go on forever.)
  2. Not surprising, as many films from the 30's and 40's used the same musical score. The opening theme from I Wake Up Screaming (1941) was originally used 10 years earlier in Street Scene, 7 years later in Cry of the City, and probably in several others during that period. But the theme from The Sin of Nora Moran really got my attention, as in 1971 an old GF of mine and I were showing 16mm prints of Reefer Madness on college campuses just before New Line Cinema resurrected the 35mm version, and I watched that film so many times that I could hum the entire theme in my sleep. And who can forget the classic line: "GOSH! HOT CHOCOLATE! THANKS, MRS. LANE!"
  3. ....that the opening musical score was the exact same one that was later used in Reefer Madness, from start to finish?
  4. What's with the constant conflicts between the schedule posted online and the program guide posted on your TV? This is a problem that's existed for years, and yet I've yet to see it corrected. Online, here's what's listed for the wee hours tonight: 12:49 AM Greenwich Village R.F.D., 11 min. 2:45 AM Girlfriends, 88 min. And here's what appears on my TV, which I might add is usually the correct version: 1:00 - 2:45 Before Stonewall 2:45 - 4:15 Girlfriends But when I search for Before Stonewall on the TCM site, there's no indication of any scheduled showings. I understand that programs can change, but why can't the online schedule reflect these changes? It's almost come to the point that I don't feel I can trust anything about the overnight schedules posted online, which makes programming any recording kind of a mess, to say the least. It's as if once the online schedule is posted, whoever does it just takes the rest of the month off with no forwarding address, unless some notable actor dies and there's an impromptu tribute that pre-empts the original schedule.
  5. This just arrived in my inbox today. How could anyone not have corrected it before it went out? Fortunately this embarrassing misspelling wasn't repeated in the article it linked to, but c'mon.....
  6. Funny, but though I'm a lifelong baseball fan and only marginally interested in real world boxing, I can think of at least 8 or 10 boxing films (plus The Wrestler) I'd gladly watch again, but other than Eight Men Out (which is realistic) and Death on the Diamond (which is so over the top absurd that it's a neverending delight), and maybe the ones with Joe E. Brown, I find nearly every baseball movie either terminally sappy (Field of Dreams, Bang the Drum Slowly, etc.) or at best mildly amusing (It Happens Every Spring). I have no idea why this is, other than maybe boxing action is so much easier to present on the screen than baseball, or because so few actors are remotely capable of emulating a professional batting swing or pitching motion. But whatever the reason, I can't think of a single boxing movie that was completely unwatchable, and in fact it might even nice for TCM to devote a day to them just for a change of pace. The Harder They Fall is one of the best, but there are plenty of others that could fill out the schedule.
  7. Scorsese's far and away my favorite purely Hollywood director, and even if you widen the pool to bring in the rest of the world I can't think of anyone other than Kurosawa and Fritz Lang who I'd put above him. Hard to rate my favorites with any degree of precision, but I guess it'd roughly be something like this: 1. Goodfellas 2. The Departed 3. Casino 4. Mean Streets 5. Raging Bull 6. The Color of Money 7. Gangs of New York 8. Cape Fear 9. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore 10. The Wolf of Wall Street And when I get to see The Irishman, I suspect that'll be somewhere up there, too. The only Scorsese film I didn't particularly care for was New York, New York, though ever since Sinatra re-recorded the title song, that movie will never lose a certain place in my heart. (You can probably infer I'm a Yankees fan.😎)
  8. Hell, in Durham, NC in the mid-1960's, a carton of brand name cigarettes was but $1.80. I only smoked intermittently for a few months, so I didn't keep up with the price after that. I stopped smoking quite suddenly on one hot evening in college, when I was in a closed meeting room with no A/C and everyone also puffing away. And then God sent me a message, or something like that, because I felt sick as a dog, ran down the stairs, ran across the street to Walgreen's, bought a roll of Rolaids, chewed the whole roll in one sitting, somehow didn't lose it, and after that I've never taken another puff. I was up to about half a pack a day before that little epiphany.
  9. Here's another advert that I hope someone can help me track down, because so far I've had no success. It may be my favorite TV ad of all time, dating from circa 1955. It's for White Owl cigars, and it shows a typical button-downed preppie type sitting across a checkerclothed restaurant table from Fernandel, the then-famous horsefaced French comic actor, star of The Sheep Has Five Legs and other sublime comedies. I'll re-create the dialogue as best I can, or I should say monologue, since Fernandel does all the talking. Fernandel, with a big toothy grin: Ah, monsieur, a woman, she is but a woman, but a goot cigar is a smoke....(takes a puff) Fernandel (continuing): And the best of the cigars ees the White OWL.....(takes a big, satisfying puff).. Ah, yes (blows smoke towards his dinner companion for emphasis).....A woman ees but a woman (takes another big puff).....but a goot CIGAR, HO, HO..... (Smokus interruptus! A shapely pair of Charissean legs goes promenading by the table. Our hero jumps up, throws his cigar on the floor, steps on said cigar, and takes off in the general direction of the gams with a hasty "Pardon..." to his companion. To this day this may be the only commercial I've ever seen where the product is willfully destroyed in the name of a higher pursuit, and I'm still laughing 64 years later whenever I think of it. Anyone else remember it, or have any idea where to track it down? I've seen one other Fernandel commercial for White Owl online, but never this one.
  10. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the first filtered cigarettes were either Viceroys or Salems, both of which date from the mid-1950's. After that the other brands quickly followed suit, with the most deadly of them being Kent's "Micronite" filter, with traces of asbestos.
  11. Here's an actor whose movies I've never watched: Elvis Presley. Did he smoke in his movies?
  12. A quick googling reveals that Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan,Suzanne Pleschette, John Cazale, Zeppo Marx, Patricia Neal, Anne Shirley, Woody Strode, Franchot Tone, E. G. Marshall, Lloyd Nolan, Dean Martin, Vincent Price, Gary Cooper, Chuck Conners, Don Knotts, Buster Keaton, Audrey Meadows, Glenda Farrell, Lionel Stander, Gary Merrill, Yul Brenner, Betty Grable, Jean Simmons, Ray Milland, Robert Taylor, Roddy McDowell, Desi Arnaz, Moe Howard, Jason Robards, Jr., James Whitmore, Signe Hasso, Louis Hayward, Duncan Renaldo, Allan Jones, George Peppard, Steve McQueen, and I Think You Get The Message all died of lung cancer. ---Carl Sandburg
  13. Thanks, and I'll try to be more of a presence. I stayed away for a long time because I was blocked from posting for reasons that were never explained, and when I finally got restored (again without notice) I'd simply gotten out of the habit of visiting. The other reason is simply that I've now seen nearly every classic movie I've cared to see more than a few times, and I've just about run out of anything new to say about them. 😎
  14. I just watched the dark comedy Thank You For Smoking, and the arch-villain Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) makes the (correct) observation that the smoking boom in the 1910's and 1920's had three primary causes: 1. World War I, where the free cigarettes shipped to soldiers created a whole new generation of youngish male smokers 2. Dieting, where George Washington Hill's "Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet" campaign scared a whole generation of women into substituting smokes for bon bons. 3. Movies, where cigarettes in the hands of gangsters and society swells alike cemented the idea that Smoking Is Cool and Smoking Is Sophisticated into the minds of millions of moviegoers. That last point, though, got me to thinking, and I'm throwing this question out to the Forum: Were there ANY prominent leading actors or actresses in the first 30-odd years of sound films who you'd NEVER see smoking? I'm scratching my head, and about the only one I can think of, and even there I'm not 100% sure, was James Cagney. Any others that anyone can think of?
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