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jamesjazzguitar

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  1. According the jazz forum I'm on Summertime is the most recorded song of all time; over 60,000 different versions.
  2. I wouldn't be so sure. BLM and other progressive African-Americans are very sensitive. Again, like many bitter Bernie Bros, it isn't that they will vote for Trump but instead not vote at all.
  3. I saw Thirty Day Princess for the first time and yes, it was a delightful and enjoyable film. Great overall day of films. Have been a fan of Sylvia Sidney ever since I saw Dead End 30 or so years ago. For me Dead-End is the best film of it's kind, having the girt normally associated with Warner Bros films of that era (Goldwyn being the Producer), elevated by Wyler's direction and Gregg Toland's cinematography. (and of course first rate acting by the leads and the 'contained' Dead-end kids).
  4. Biden wasn't accurate about the current policy positions and more importantly the acceptable methods to get there within the African-American community. Instead Biden's comment was dated. I.e. it reflected the Dem party establishment view from 15 or so years ago. The methods and policy positions of BLM etc... are vastly different than those of African-American leaders from Obama's generation (and older). Biden needs the African-American community to vote-as-one but misguided comments like this (at best), may cause younger African-Americans to sit out the election.
  5. So you "hate" films like The Maltese Falcon, A Star is Born, Ben Hur, The Strawberry Blonde, etc...
  6. I have always assumed that after Rains' character was killed that the entire gang was attested by US and Brazilian authorizes. These authorizes now knew where the mine was and were going to raid that, so there wasn't any reason to let the gang continue on. I.e. their fate wasn't that much better than Rains.
  7. When this was mentioned before I was curious aboutthe percentage that ordered this that leaned-left verses leaned-right. Such a Chess Set might be a hit with Trump supporters. He did win in 2016 so even if he loses in 2020 they would still have this set to remind themselves and their Dem leaning friends (if they still have any!), that Trump did beat Clinton. AND when they get the Dem King (Biden), and Queen (V.P.), they can decide to NOT use them and just use the non-named King\Queen that comes initially. Trump supporters are suckers, so I can see them buying this.
  8. Because protecting the environment isn't as important as not looking orange. Yea, that must be it!
  9. This got me thinking; is there stats on the number of covers any one person (especially actors) had for LIFE? I admit I'm somewhat surprised by this selection in February 1944. Raines was in 5 films that year; 3 film noirs (well early in the cycle so some might not consider them to be noir), a western and the Sturges' film Hail the Conquering Hero. BUT I assume most of these weren't released yet only 2 months into the year. She just started to make films in 1943, her first film was Corvette K-225 (one I never heard of ) and her second the ensemble film Cry Havoc which feature many well established actresses like Sullivan, Blondell and Sothern. I believe she was under contract with Universal at this time. Their PR wings did well getting her feature.
  10. I agree about the "limit the range of performers" point, since such an overlap could lead to too much focus on actors under contract with WB, MGM or RKO, the main studios TCM features but it might be a nice challenge for the programmers; E.g. feature an actor that did most of their films for WB, but the next day a Columbia star; Finding a film both of these actors were in might not be that easy (when compared to if the next day was also a WB actor). Stanwyck and other free lancers, like Cary Grant, would get more opportunities as the so called "bridge'". E.g. Christmas Connecticut is a WB film which is why Greenstreet, Cuddles, Dennis Morgan etc... were in it since they were all WB contract players.
  11. Bummer that I missed An American Tragedy; so how does the young man 'come off' in this version? As noted in another post; "Portraying his actions in a way that are ambiguous enough that we feel sorry for him and he becomes a tragic, romantic figure", or as more of a self-centered man that killed the girl he got pregnant because she was an inconvenience to his future plans?
  12. Isn't the actual big question how undecided voters will respond to Trump-being-Trump? As most of us know, the odds of Trump changing and thus acting like an adult (as well as NOT lying, NOT making racially charged comments, insulting women, etc....), are .000001%. Most of the MSM will call out Trump on these items post the debate and even Fox will have a few, like Wallace, that will as well. My biggest concern is that Biden will "take the bait" Trump will offer him, and go "far-left" as it relates to defunding of police, violence protests, and other issues like a minimum-guaranteed-income etc..
  13. Well said; I believe a lot of this discussion is based on the foolish assumption that a President is a King; I.e. overstating their power and influence. (not by you who understands the limits and balance of power between the branches). E.g. Fox News latest attempt to help Trump get re-elected; To claim that "Ok, Trump has flaws,,, he has issues,,,", BUT, while Biden has traditionally been a "moderate", Biden will put into place all of these far-left policies because he has to appease the far-left wing of the Dem party; (yea, Biden will govern like A.O.C.!,, so run for the hills!!!!). Laura Ingraham listed a bunch of items, like the Green New Deal, defunding of police departments, releasing almost everyone from prison, etc... and finally, reparation. NOT! A President can't implement these (especially defunding of police) and even if the Dems get a majority in the Senate, there will still be enough Dem moderates in both the House and Senate that none of these items would pass and if the bills were too-far left Biden would likely veto them.
  14. That is a niffy idea and I also considered this when my wife saw Stanwyck in Christmas in Connecticut as part of Cuddles day. She asked, is it her day again???? BUT as you know, these films would be on very late or very early (depending on if one is on the west coast or east coast). E.g. did the programmer show Small Town Girl in that time slot as the last-film, because she was hardly in it?
  15. The more basic problem for Biden is that his moderate stances will get more media coverage and that can only hurt him. So far the progressive wing of the Dem party has been mostly silent with regards to their disappointment with the old-white-establishment-guy, letting activist do the talking, with the backdrop that these activist don't represent the Dem party as a whole. E.g. if Biden is asked about defunding of police departments; for a moderate politician like Biden that wants to ensure he doesn't upset any part of the fragile Dem coalition that requires a lot of nuance. For Trump such a question is just what he wants since he doesn't have to provide any nuance, just the talking-points of "I'm for law and order, and the police are an important component to ensure this, and as we see in Dem run cities, that isn't happening". Of course Biden could go-left, saying what BLM, A.O.C. etc.. want to hear but then the moderates would be the one squawking the next morning.
  16. Correct. You wouldn't have created this thread otherwise. What about my recommendations for a great evening? To me going to Laguna Beach is better than going to L.A. Like I said one can go to the beach and cove where a few studio-era movies were made during the 30s and 40s.
  17. Sadly there doesn't appear to be a high enough digital copy of 3 Broadway Girls and thus TCM wouldn't show the public domain versions. This from Wiki: "The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film". But yea, Joan Blondell, Ida Claire, pre-code - sounds like a winner!
  18. Why didn't Obama call out Romney for his bold faced lies? (if they were really as bold faced as you claim). If Obama didn't have the debate skills to do so, I would assume Biden doesn't. I.e. they are not professional debaters, just politicians.
  19. I agree and a solid performance at a debate or two, or Biden having a major meltdown (memory loss, looks very confused, major misstatements), could help put Trump back on track. This is why if I was advising Biden I would avoid any debates. Again, no upside for Biden. Just continue on course. A course that I"m predicting will get Biden to around 300 EC voters (with 270 needed to win).
  20. Fear is coming from both sides, but it is Trump that needs something big to change what looks to be sure defeat, and therefore it is Trump that needs a debate much more so than Biden.
  21. Come on, in such a partisan event there is no such things as independent fact checkers and thus so such concept as 'obvious lie'. Instead it is up to the debater to call-out when their opponent lies, but that would require Biden memorize facts and that is what the real concern here is.
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