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AndyM108

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. They're both members of the infamous "Proud Boys", and Rittenhouse is currently in jail on a murder charge.
  5. 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
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Happy ending / nice and tidy, It's a rule I / learned in school, Get your money / every Friday Happy endings / are the rule 😎
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Jeanne, do you think having Donald Bogle introduce GWTW would be giving in to the "cancel culture"? And while I'm at it, "cancel culture" might well have been used to describe the casting of a certain white actress in the lead role of Pinky , thereby effectively "canceling" the reality of Pinky's race. But I digress.
  15. I hadn't thought of that possibility, as every other time this has come up my FIOS guide has proven to be the correct one. But hell, all it'll cost me is a 25 cent blank DVD, so maybe the risk / reward ratio is worth it. But when you bring up the running time of Until The End Of The World..........well, I'm just glad I already have a copy of The Search, one of my all-time favorite movies.
  16. I've mentioned this before, but one of the constant annoyances about our favorite movie station is the way it makes program changes without changing the online schedule. Latest example: At 4:00 AM tonight, the program guide on this website lists this film: Salvatore Giuliano (1962) Synopsis: A film that chronicles the rise to power and the eventual murder of one Sicily's most notorious gangsters in the 1940s. Dir: Francesco Rosi Cast: Frank Wolff , Salvo Randone , Federico Zardi . And so I programmed it on my recorder. But when I looked at the 4:00 AM slot on my FIO
  17. As usual these days I'm late to the discussion, but I'll make two comments: 1. GWTW should NOT be removed from the TCM lineup, any more than should The Birth of a Nation or other movies that reflect the social climate of their time. We don't learn from history if we choose to ignore it. 2. But future screenings of GWTW should be introduced by Donald Bogle, who as we know is one of the foremost writers on the history of blacks in films. Just as we don't learn from history by choosing to ignore it, we also don't learn from history by ignoring legitimate critiques. Mr. Bogle has been a
  18. 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 subtit
  19. 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 forg
  20. ....that the opening musical score was the exact same one that was later used in Reefer Madness, from start to finish?
  21. 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
  22. 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.....
  23. 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 e
  24. 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 somewh
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