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  1. 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.
  2. 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.....😎
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. They're both members of the infamous "Proud Boys", and Rittenhouse is currently in jail on a murder charge.
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. Happy ending / nice and tidy, It's a rule I / learned in school, Get your money / every Friday Happy endings / are the rule 😎
  13. 1. Definitely a non-starter. 4. I don't like that, either. My inclination is to add expanded commentary to all films shown in prime time and on weekend afternoons, and not just for films deemed "controversial". Again I refer to Noir Alley. There's nothing all that controversial about 99% of noirs, at least not for today's audiences, but Eddie Muller's informed commentary adds enormously to the viewing pleasure for those films. I find myself allowing time on Sunday morning to watch all of those movies again, even though I've seen nearly all of them before. So why not do t
  14. Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: But I would apply that to ALL films in time slots that are accompanied by host or guest host commentary, not just GWTW, and not just films with racial implications. I can't remember GWTW ever having been shown in off hours. I've mentioned Donald Bogle as a prime candidate for introducing GWTW. He's co-hosted many times before and given much insightful commentary on films with black actors and / or black-related themes, without any noticeable objections. Seems to me that he and GWTW would be a natural fit. I also wish that more of the more inter
  15. Except that's not at all what a movie historian would be saying. A movie historian would be setting the film in its historical context. Ben does this all the time. Eddie Muller always enhances the Noir Alley viewing experience by giving us both the cinematic and historical backgrounds to the films on his playlist. Has anyone complained about that? What on Earth would be objectionable about Donald Bogle or some other reputable film historian providing TCM viewers with some specific context that surrounded GWTW? What are people afraid of? This has nothing at all to do with being "wo
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