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Everything posted by JamesJazGuitar

  1. Well that was fun! Yea, the same old debate; Yes, TCM does show a lot of the same movies but hey, they also show ones I have only seen once or twice.
  2. I don't care how she spelled here name I just love her long legs in "The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers"! She was a big female noir icon and she made an impact in those movies. She was the lead star in an early Elvis movie that also had Wendel Cory, also another noir actor.
  3. Thanks for the correction on Godfrey. Gail was good in certain roles and that role in Holiday would of fit her. I love watching Mason on local TV and I did notice that Gail Patrick was the producer. I wondered if it was the same gal (yea, whoelse could it be with the same name), but I wasn't 100% sure. Thus Gail will always be a star (of sorts), in my book.
  4. I really don't understand Wayne's complait about High Noon. To me that just shows that Wayne was a little thick.
  5. I agree Night and Day still is of interest because of its good use of Porter songs. I just learned Love For Sale and I love to play his songs. He is one of the top American songwriters of all times, especially since he wrote great music AND great words. But take a song like Love For Sale. This shows a side of Porter that to me is key to him. That sexual "dirty" side that to me needs to be in any movie about him. As I noted I understand the times and why they had to make such a white-washed movie. As for Alexis Smith; I alway welcome this underused actress. She had a edge th
  6. I liked all the Payne noir movies and this was the first time I had seen them. 999 River Street was very good in all ways (camara work, plot, acting, style), but I do admit I wonder what that movie would of been like with a more iconic noir actor like Mitchum or Ryan. Now, I felt Payne was good but that type of 'what if' did cross my mind. Of course Payne did star in more noirs than I had been aware of so now he is an noir actor in my book.
  7. Gail Patrick would of been great in the role since she played a similar role in My Man Godfrey. She had the looks but she could be a real,,, well you know not so nice gal,,,, and thus when the ending called for her character to show her true side she would of done great (not that Nolan didn't pull this off since she did). I don't know what studio she worked for other than Godfrey was MGM.
  8. I agree that Night and Day isn't a very good movie at all. The main reasons being that Grant just doesn't fit the part of Porter, the real life of Porter wasn't shown (ok for the times I understand why but it still impact the quality of the movie), and the stars were NOT musical entertainer (e.g. no Fred Ginger as it relates to singing skills). So while Grant is one of my top 3 favorites I wouldn't rank this movie in his top 20.
  9. Holiday is a Columbia picture and Rita might of been too young inexperienced for the part in 1937. Also Columbia wasn't as major of a studio as the 'bigs' and money was always an issue for them in those early years so getting an actor from another studio for that part might of been out of the question. But funny you did mention Rita. She came to mind and so did Lana Turner, but both of them were not doing much acting in 37.
  10. I assumed the question related to recent actors filling his 'boots' and movieprof covered the all the bases well well in his reply. But if we are talking about actors from the classic movie era, I agree with you that there are many actors I would place ahead of Wayne in terms of acting ability and also just as favorites (actors I just like more). The reason for the latter relates mostly to the type of movies he Wayne was in. I'm a big fan of Film Noir and the comedies of the 30s and early 40s, and Wayne didn't star in any of those. So while I enjoy westerns and war movie they
  11. With regards to Nolan; The point was that if one look at the basic categories that would cause a man to fall for a women, especially given the times, some might say Nolan is lacking in the looks department. Now of course this is very subjective. The point is that it is hard to believe Grant fell for her because they had a common set of values or the size of her heart. They clearly don't have these in common and that is key to the entire plot. So if not those the most common one is good old sexual appeal and some feel she lacks in this especially compared with Grant (i.e. a 10 on tha
  12. Well the movie looks like a mix of time and places and that is somewhat distracting. Lorre is very foreign looking as was his family while other actors could be from NYC. I'm not saying it needed to be set in Russia but maybe they should of pick a time and place, and sticked to that. I wonder if they added this intro after the producers viewed the movie.
  13. I don't view Holiday as a New Year's movie either (but certainly not a Christmas movie). For a great New Years comedy there is It's Love I'm After with Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Olivia DeHavilland. The story is set on New Years eve and day. One of the top comedies of the 30s.
  14. And don't forget Taxman. Those Beatles would make fine members of the Tea-party!
  15. Well out of the 4 names you listed I would put Monroe clearly at the top but that being said Monroe isn't in my top 25 favorite actress (and my list only goes that high!). So I agree what was all the hype about. Clearly it is mostly about dying young and the fact he killed herself.
  16. Yes, she looks very good in this still black and white photo. I was specific in my comments relating to the 50s color moives I saw on TCM the other day where she had that helmet type hairdo and her eyes just really looked big (maybe do to the hairdo now that I think about it). I have Bette Davis stills from her early years where I think she looks very good, but again, those are black and white stills and those type of hollywood photos could make me look like Gable (well maybe not ha ha,). But I also wouldn't say Bette was like a Lana, Rita etc.... Bette was just the greatest ac
  17. Well to me there was one thing she couldn't do; look beautiful especially when she had want I say was a very ugly hairdo (and I love the 40's look generally). She also has a 'bug eye' type of look. I just don't see her as sexy at all. Of course this is a personal taste but I really don't see men of that era wanting to go see her star in a movie like they would Lana, Ava, Rita, Gene or others. But indeed she was a very good actress.
  18. As with all of these segments we learn something about the speaker (in this case Dahl), as much as we do about who they are talking about. Just take the info with a grain of salt.
  19. The segment is called "Word of Mouth" and the comment comes directly from someone's mouth. I can see get bent out of shape if the comment was made by a host and they said it came from an unnamed source. Those type of comments should be shown. But the person making the comment is willing to stand by their comment. I really see no need to censor this type of comment. Let us decide what we think about it.
  20. I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment. The last time TCM showed it I only saw the last half or so and this time I saw the whole movie. Very moving and Peter was just great in it. Some of the other actors didn't fit so well (i.e. too American,, I wasn't expecting Russians of course but someone more European like Peter), but I felt Arnold was great in his part. I also saw the entire The Shanghai Gesture for the first time. I just finished reading the auto-bio from Gene. Now Gene just looks great in the movie (she moved up in my ranking of Hollywood beauties), but her acting in
  21. What you had said here about Lana is so much how I feel about here. While she isn't one of my favorites and not someone I would define as a great actress she was good and she just had that Lana style (MGM having a lot to do with that), and that class even when her role didn't (e.g. Postman Rings Twice). Thus while more movie star than great actress, she was still something very special.
  22. Yes, Anne Francis was one of my first loves and I was also around 10. Honey West, man what a role. She was very good in the few movies she was in. What a gal. My favorite would be Bad Day At Black Rock since she played that a hard type of gal and a sap but we saw her soft side when she was with her brother. No one had a mole as sexy as Ann!
  23. Well after seeing Greer and Mitchum in Out of The Past a movie where both of them die and the romance is really short lived it is nice to see this movie where they have fun but there are still noir elements in the film. Good solid movie.
  24. As for the relationship between Grant and Young: Yes it is all about a spiritual relationship but there is that undercurrent that IF he wasn't an angel,,, well, maybe than,,,, This is why Grant was perfect for the part. Just his charm, great looks and his 'being' give the impression about this 'what IF' to 99% of women. I believe in the trailer this is why they don't say he is an angel. i.e. to keep the mystery. Grant was used in the same way by Hitchcock but in the inverse. In movies like Suspicion and Notorious his charm etc....disguises the fact that Grant's characte
  25. Wow, Mitchum's best movie is saying a lot. I really enjoy this movie but I like His Kind of Women and Macro more. William Bendix is always a great addition to any noir. But yes The Big Steal is a great mix of noir, mystery, romance and light comedy. Talking about that drive in Mexico, I just love that part where Mexican workers help them build a bridge out of wood and then Mitch tells them that Bendix will be coming and that they shouldn't help him. All in the name of love of course! Very funny sence.
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