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Everything posted by jamesjazzguitar

  1. Really? Hey, I'm not questioning what you're saying but I find that had to believe (I guess accept), given his standing and film legacy (e.g. likely in most people's top-5 as a supporting actor). E.g. TCM recently showed Pride of the Yankees. I only watched a small part it since I've seen the film so many times, but what impressed me was Brennan and how in this role he played it "straight". I.e. a part that didn't really utilize his screen persona but he was still solid (of course that is also true with Dan Duryea in this film, but at this stage of Duryea's career he really hadn't established his screen persona yet).
  2. Hey, you're not trying to imply that Django style cover of Hey Joe, is MUZAK. Because if you are, this is war!! (ha ha). But really did you listen to it? A friend and I play Hey Joe on acoustic guitars but not like this Stephan cat. I know that this type of music can be too "busy" for some (he does play a lot of 16th notes), but wow, what technique.
  3. I find it sad how moronic some folks are at this site. They fail to understand that Trump, a few GOP politicians and Fox so called News label it Chinese or Wuhan for political cover. Political cover for the failure of Trump and his admin to recognize this was a going to be a major problem (yes, that started in China,,,,,, OK conservatives!), unless the admin took control of the situation. We are a first world nation but with the Trump admin in charge we ended up acting like a third-world one. That poor decision making is 100% on Trump and his admin.
  4. Un, the movie ends the same as it always has; The professor as played by Cummings ends up with Dorothy Malone. The Funicello character does develop a crush on the professor but his heart is with the more age appropriate Malone.
  5. Nice that you're bringing attention to actresses like Gia Scala (and Mari Blanchard). As TB has been saying for years many of us are two star-focused (and that includes me from time to time). I recall Scala from The Garment Jungle, a 1957 Columbia noir\crime film. Wish TCM would show the Errol Flynn \ Scala film The Big Boodle. Don't recall seeing it but it sounds interesting (and I wonder how Flynn looks and moves in this film done not too long before he passed). She also did a film with Robert Mitchum, The Angry Hills (1955). So yea, this is the type of actress that SUTS should focus on!
  6. Those 3 noirs \ crime films are my favorite Jane Russell movies. Las Vegas Story is being shown on MOVIES-TV once or twice a week (e.g. on last night and again this Thursday). I think she looks her best in Las Vegas Story; something about how she is filmed, e.g. close-ups, makes her shine (and I mean her face since her figure always looks nice). The film also has Hoagy Carmichael as the piano man and they do some one nice musical number together). Her two Hope "paleface" comedies are OK (mostly depending on how much one-likes-Hope), as well as her two "gentlemen" films, when one is in the mood for light full-of-air entertainment. As for the westerns she was in (well other than the Outlaw which has been well discussed at this forum): I don't recall seeing Montana Belle, were she is the leading titled star. George Brent is the male lead, with Scott Brady as the heavy, and that leaves me suspecting the film just doesn't have enough of a juice factor. I have seen The Tall Men and that is a big-picture western that does have fine male leads in Clark Gable and Robert Ryan., directed by Raoul Walsh. It has some memorable moments. I don't think I have seen any other of her films or if I did they weren't memorable. Double Dynamite; Hard to tell what one would get from this film: (well besides what the title promises and where Groucho is looking!).
  7. Here is the Hendrix tune Hey Joe, done in a slightly different style.
  8. Warner Brothers being my favorite studio of the studio-era I have read many books about what went on between Jack Warner, the producers and the under contact actors. Of course Jack Warner has a history of not working well with actors and this was the case with Sheridan, but Sheridan was uncooperative at key times and that impacted her career. E.g. The Strawberry Blonde; More problematic was the casting of the Virginia Brush role, which was originally created for Ann Sheridan, the studio's "Oomph Girl." But Sheridan was in one of her contract disputes with the studio and refused to do the film. Jack Warner asked Walsh to talk Sheridan into it, but she still refused.[6] Wallis tested actress Brenda Marshall for the part, but Walsh spoke up about "a girl" he had seen in several Columbia pictures: young Rita Hayworth". The point being that in many cases Sheridan wasn't "cheated" out of the leading female role but instead decided to go on suspension because she wanted either more pay or a better and\or bigger role. Add the fact that all WB actresses were second fiddle to Bette Davis (who after ending here dispute with Warner in 1937 after fleeting to Britain) was first to be offer select material (e.g. Mr. Skeffington, where granted, Ann would have been a much better fit), well there just wasn't enough parts for all the actresses WB had under contract. E.g. Olivia DeHavilland and Ida Lupino were higher up in the producer's casting list then Sheridan. WB added Alexis Smith just to give Sheridan a run for her money.
  9. During Production of this film it was known as Teacher Versus Sexpot. An alternative title, used in the conservative parts of the USA was "Beauty and the Robot". In addition: The film was also released in adult theaters with an additional 9-minute dream sequence added showcasing the robot, Sam Thinko, with striptease dancers. Sounds like must-see entertainment!
  10. First let me say that such "what is the best" type questions are generally folly but they can be fun as long as one doesn't take them seriously. I see that The Grand Master has listed 10 films for 1957 as "best year": I like some type of structure since it allows a fixed comparison criteria. I don't know if I have energy to come up with a list of "10 best films" by year and then compare each year and those 10 films to see which year I feel is "best". Det Jim used 5 for films for 1933 and 1949. Using 5 instead of 10 is easier but it isn't as representative of what a 'year' offers. And, I'm still too lazy to do 5 films per year.
  11. Note that the ending was directed by Vincent Sherman. I'm reading John Huston: Courage and Art, by Jeffery Meyers: Huston was called in for military service before completing the film. In An Open Book, Huston portrayed himself as a cheeky rebel and hyperbolically wrote, "I proceeded to make things as difficult as possible for my successor. I had Bogie tied to a chair, and installed about 3 times as many Japanese soldiers as were needed to keep him prisoner. I made it so that there was no way in God's green world that Bogart could logically escape. I shot the scene, then called Jack Warner and said "Jack, I'm on my way. I'm in the Army. Bogie will know how to get out". In fact , WB production files reveal that Huston - more professional than prankster - was actually given a week's notice and made all the arrangements for a smooth transition. Sherman directed the final scene as a "James Bond fantasy". When someone questioned the logic of the scene, Sherman exclaimed "Listen, if you ask me, we were lucky to get that bastard out of there at all!
  12. Long term under-contract actors with MGM, RKO or Warner are less likely to have premiere films since TCM already has so many of these films "available" since they were part of the so-called Turner library of films. Of course that also means the such actors are often selected for SOTM over contract actors with 20th Century Fox, Paramount, and Universal, (as well as independent actors that made were in films for many different studios, but with not, say, 20 or more films for just one studio).
  13. Hopefully only until November 4th!
  14. Yea, I thought your state was one of those with these type of laws. I'm surprise given the existing restrictions that liquor stores are consider essential in your state. Does Kansas still have dry-counties?
  15. I believe Sepiatone was reacting to the use of "good" along with "easy listening". E.g. like good "elevator" music. I like Bob James and have seen him live a few times with jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. First rate musicians who have made straight ahead jazz as well as smooth jazz \ easy listening. Hey, I play smooth jazz also; e.g. I had some gigs with my piano player buddy at art galleries. We know that the music is just for ambiance. To create a vibe. What music "works" in a given situation, is situational and of course subjective.
  16. Often they are not "liquor stores" but instead stores that sell liquor (i.e. they sell food and medicine also which of course is essential). It is my understanding that a store that only sells liquor is a NON-essential business. Of course you live in Kansas which might still have laws (like Utah had \ has?), that only allow the selling of liquor to be sold in liquor-store-only shops (in some states that applies only to the hard stuff,,,, beer and wine can be sold in a grocery store). Anyhow, I don't view liquor as an essential item so if I was the Governor in a state that had liquor-store-only shops I would close them down.
  17. Well it isn't just Republicans. E.g. here in CA the very liberal Newsom is allowing construction\ of the L.A. Rams \ Chargers football stadium. Around 3,000 workers are there. I fail to see how this type of construction is an essential business. According to the construction company they are practicing social distancing but the L.A. Times had photos of the site with guys talking standing right next to each other. Also, pot shops are considered to be an essential business. I can see Medical pot, but not recreational. Also, most pot shops have delivery services. Both of these were covered by the L.A. Times today, so hopefully Newsom will makes some changes. Close that construction site and those pot-shots Gavin!
  18. I agree and was about to post the same thing; Yea, the WHO was known in the USA but they were not one of the top Rock Bands in the USA until 1970.
  19. I also watched this a few years back (twice), when TCM showed it. I had to google this and read about the plot since the French title didn't trigger a memory (but as soon as I read about gold bars I knew it was this film). Yea, one of my favorite foreign language films. I hope TCM shows this again. Oh, and I didn't know until today that the leading actress in the film, Marilyn Burerd was a U.C.L.A grad, Miss California and then Miss American (1946), defeating Cloris Leachman. I just assumed Marilyn was raised in France.
  20. Yea, this is odd, at best. I always use, my raised in Italy wife as a guide; E.g. she has problems with strong English speaking accents, especially Welsh, Cockney, and Irish. We have watched a few movies on TCM where she will say "I know their speaking English, but I can't understand them". When Malone first came on I saw some complaints at this forum about her accent (typically by one-time-trolls), so I asked my wife. She said she had no problem with understanding Malone. I could see someone getting guidance with how to pronounce certain vowels or when two are used together (especially if the vowels sounds in one native language are different like they are for Italian verses English), but that isn't really related to one's accent. Malone, please keep that accent. It is part of your persona and one I find charming.
  21. After I did my google search and saw that one of her early films was A & C Go to Mars I did recall her in that film (but I haven't seen this for over a decade) and I have seen the Wayne film McLintock (one of her last films). I guess I have seen her more than I recall. Often in these type of adventure or western films, the gals are very secondary characters (well expect in the looks department!). Rails into Laramie sounds interesting with John Payne and Dan Duryea. Blanchard has a good part in this one and is on the right side of justice.
  22. Yea, that is an odd cast for a 71 minute film. Maria Montez was also in this (she gets one line).
  23. The film was co-produced and directed by Cochran as well. Yea, haven't seen it so it would be nice if TCM was to show it. Have you seen Private Hell 36? Says this is a routine cop drama but it does feature Ida.
  24. I had to google Mari (Mary) Blanchard. Wiki says "an American film and television actress, known foremost for her roles as a B movie femme fatale in American productions of the 1950s and early 1960s."; I don't see where she was in any actual noir or crime films (expect The Crooked Web with Frank Lovejoy) but mostly western \ adventure films. I guess she was the girl on the wrong side of the tracks in most of these films. Steve Cochran would make for a solid SUTS day. Cochran was a supporting player or secondary male lead in some major productions like Best Years of Our Lives, White Heat, The Dammed Don't Cry, Dallas and a Song Is Born (a remake of Ball of Fire where Cochran takes on the role Dana Andrews played). He also had leading roles in movies from non-major studios; Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, Tomorrow is Another Day, and Shark River. One film I would like TCM to show since I haven't seen it is Private Hell 36. This 1954 crime film directed by Don Siegel and staring Ida Lupino along with husband Howard Duff sounds interesting .
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