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  1. Is READY, WILLING, and ABLE the movie where Berkeley uses the song with a bunch of typewritters (and of course gals)? I recall seeing something like that with Two Marvelous For Words, but maybe it was only a dream! Edited by: jamesjazzguitar on Jun 9, 2011 7:41 PM
  2. All Night Long was an interesting movie and being a big time jazz fan I'm glad TCM showed it last year. I have been telling my other jazz friends about it and none of them have seen it. Yea, too bad they didn't show it on their jazz night tribute.
  3. TCM shows this movie about 2 times per year so you shouldn't have to wait that long. Yes, this is a very solid Davis movie. The movie is considered an early film noir. Davis is of course the femme fatale but what many don't understand is the man she bring down is her lawyer and not her husband. The lawyer commits a crime and breaks is code of honor all to help Davis get away with murder.
  4. I agree Day's version of "Too Marvelous for Words" is great. This is one of my favorite songs and one I often request when at a jazz show (and I often get a strange look since it is somewhat of a forgotten standard). I dedicate it to my wife since she really loves how that song was used in Dark Passage with Bogie and Bacall in 47.
  5. Being a jazz musician I really love this movie. The talks between Kirk and his teacher and than what happens to his teacher, really hit home. i.e. they understand the soul of an artist. But hey I'm a computer guy by trade since playing music doesn't pay the bills! Love the music in this movie and the way Day sings. This is the movie that made me gain respect for her (I saw too many of those 60 comedies prior to this one and they turned me off). Good night for jazz music.
  6. You raised a key question related to remakes that has been raised before; Is it 'better' to remake a 'dud' or a good great movie. To me it mostly relates to the original source material; e.g. the book, play or in a few cases original screenplay the original (first) movie was made from. If this original source material is of good quality than making a remake from it makes sense, if the original source material was weak, I see no reason to make a movie from it to begin with. Now when a movie from first rate source material was a dud that is the best case for making a remake. One has good source material but for various reasons (screenplay, actors, director, censorship), the movie was a dud. So one would hope that a remake would be better than the dud (at least the odds favor this). As you noted what if the original was a good or great picture? Why remake it unless it is different. I generally agree with that. i.e. that if there is going to be a remake of a good great picture it needs to be different. We have seen this with My Fair Lady (a remake so different it really isn't a remake). Sometimes the source material had to be censored and an updated version can be more frank (e.g The Children's Hour). Other times the screenplay created from a great book fell flat. For example, there is so much original source material that key parts of a work were left out of the original movie. Thus the producer and director can focus on parts that were not covered or only slightly covered in the original e.g. push an interesting character in a remake that was only a minor character in the original. The bottom line to me is that the remake has to be creative. Just dusting off an old screenplay, using modern actors, and adding some sex, violence or special effects to it doesn't make the grade.
  7. I like Angel Face more than D.I. since I'm a big Mitchum fan, but D.I. has something that Angel Face doesn't and that is the E.G. Robinson character. He almost steals the show (and that is saying something when Stanwyck is in a film). But I really don't view these two movies as being similar as far a plot in concerned. D.I. is about a wife married to an older guy she is sick off and the plot is mostly about how they will kill off the husband. Stanwyck's character doesn't have mental issues. And Fred is in on the killing. In Angel Face it is clear from the start that Simmon's character has mental issues. Thus the motive associated with the men that fall to the femme fatale is very different (well expect for the sexual one!). Mitchum is unware that Simmon's character is trying to kill her step mom. Thus at the end one has a legit reason to feel sorry for Mitchum (yea, he made mistakes but doesn't deserve to die), this isn't the case with Fred.
  8. Well I was thinking the same thing when I saw on Friday night that movie about giant rabbits with Wittman and Leigh. All those roasted bunnies. Now I love rabbit. My wife is Italian and I never had it until I met her but it was cooked fairly often by her family in southern Italy. The problem with rabbit is there are more little bones than one gets in other larger animals. So one as big as those in the movies would make for a great rabbit steak!
  9. Funny I was also thinking of Lucky Jordan or the movies Paramount copied, All Through The Night with Bogie but both of those have Amercan gangsters going against Nazi spies and not Russians. I would think the movie being memtioned would have to be in the 50s and not the 40s when the big red scare was one. That just is more logical to me. I'm going over books I have to find this one but so far no luck!
  10. As as big fan of Eve, it is that brilliant Mankiewicz dialogue that is the main reason I love this movie. While Davis is my favorite actress, Sanders and Ritter also my top character actors (he did wini) the dialogue is so good in this movie that even with other actors I believe I would enjoy the picture. Barefoot Contessa is interesting because of how flashbacks are used to tell the story from diffierent people and the repeat a scene from two subjective points of view.
  11. You are correct. It is called Saigon and by then the Ladd Lake magic had worn off. But those are 3 are first rate noir movies. Ladd wasn't the best of actors (well he is good in Shane), but he had that 'I don't care, tough guy act' down well and his one-line come backs where often as good as Bogie or Mitchum. Salty O'Rouke with Gail Russell is a very good movies in that vein. Not a noir but it has some noir elements and Gail is a peach.
  12. This is indeed one of the best movies of all time in my view and after a few so-so movies Davis showed that she still had IT. As for the Eve character; well I hope you don't like her. If you did you would be in the same category as the George Sander's character and I'm sure that isn't the case. As he tells Eve they are a good match for each other, but thankfully not many other people.
  13. Both Hepburns are in my favorite top 10 for actresses. My favorite movie for Audrey would also be Sabrina. She had such style in that movie. Second would be Roman Holiday. For Kate it would be Holiday (the best of her movies with Grant in my view and that is saying a lot since she made many great movies with him), and the African Queen. A movie where only two actors are on the screen the majority of the time that convey so much feeling and emotion.
  14. I'm a big fan of Lake but mostly because of the 4 movies she did with Ladd. This Gun For Hire and The Glass Key, and The Blue Dahlia are first class noir movies. I also like her in the two comedies mentioned I MARRIED A WITCH and SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS. She was a great actress but she filled the role well and she was a very sexy blond without having to be a bombshell type.
  15. This is an interesting topic. My criteria is more director, actor and genre specific than subject driven (what a movie is about). This is especially true with 'older' movies that I haven't seen (with current releases I'm more "what is the movie about" when deciding to pay $12 to go to the theater). As you know there are thousand upon thousand of movies and only a limited number of hours. So take the e-mail I just got from TCM about their June schedule. I review that schedule to decide what movies I want to watch in June. If I see an actor I really like and it is a movie I haven't seen or own, that gets my interest first. Then I look at the genre and than the subject. Now the subject still matters thus even if I love an actor if the subject turns me off, I might pass on the film (for example, I'm not really a big fan of period movies). Sometimes the genre is the main driver. For example, I love Film Noir. So even if a noir has actors I don't know well, I try to catch the movie. Of course the genre film noir and subject matter are highly related since most noirs are based on similar subject matter. My way isn't any better than any other way. It is just the way I make the best use of my time when there are so many choices.
  16. It is my understanding that he wasn't playing against type as he really was off camera. i.e. that he could be a task master. Of course he had total control over his movies, set designed and create some great new camera techniques. Much of that might not of happened unless he tool that much control. Anyhow, I love the movie King of Comedy.
  17. I like your suggestion. Maybe instead of only one movie from a specific genre they should show two. This isn't too much 'saturation' but does increase the odds I would be able to catch at least one entire movie. I do agree that two many of these same type of movies in a row doesn't allow time to reflect on what was seen. Of course we can always just turn off the set! But generally I like your idea of set days times.
  18. Hey Fred do you know why it says '146 guest(s), 14 user(s)? Of course those numbers are subject to change but I always wondered why there were so many more guess than users. I assume I'm a user since I 'log in' (gave my e-mail address, have a password and nick). Also it is my understanding one must sign-in to reply to a post. So I would think MOST people here are users but they are called guess.
  19. Southern1 comments are very specific and this is the type of 'criteria' I was talking about. They list character development and actors playing those characters. These are imporatant criteria I use to detemine the quailtiy of a movie (remake or not). i.e. they didn't just say 'I don't like remakes' but gave very specific reasons and examples. Thus regardless of if one agrees or not one has a good understanding where Southern1 is coming from. My point about remakes still is; How can I judge if a remake is good or bad if I write it off before even seeing it or if I don't want a remake made in the first place. I have the same view towards music. Music is the source. A recorded version of this source by a band or person is an interpetation of said source. I welcome new intepetation even if most of the time I favor the original.
  20. The Asphalt Jungle is indeed a very good picture and the one that really got me interested in Hayden. Louis Calhern is also very good as the upper crust slime ball. A character worst than the hoods he uses.
  21. I did say the movies were mostly action and war movies. I didn't provide additional info because I felt I got a defensive reply and this being a friendly website I decided to back off. Note that in my reply to Fred I do give a little more info like no film noirs. I could be very specific but what would be the point. As someone else pointed out if one goes to the LIST thread one will find many list of favorite movies. Now when I look at the list provided by most others they have movies that I would have on my list. I know that not everybody watches TCM for the same reasons as I do, but my guess is that 95% do; they watch TCM for the type of movies that TCM mostly shows; studio-era movies with studio era actors; You know, Bogie, Grant, Davis, Hepburn, Astair Rogers, Garbo, Cooper, Mitchum, Crawford, Stanwyck, Wayne, and so on. I just found it strange (for lack of a better word), that a list of favorite movies posted here at TCM would contain no movies from these stars. (well one Tracy and one Flynn).
  22. Hey, Fred, Bill is talking about me and my comments to him about a list of top movies he posted. Most of the movies were made in the last 20 or so years and only one was in 1940 and one in 1945. I see he still misunderstands how 1945 got in the picture. Thus the vast majority of movies were not studio-era movies or the type of movies TCM shows. Most were action or war movies like Terminator etc... Of course anyone can like any type of movie they want but I felt the list was 'strange' since this being TCM and all. Really not ONE movie made in what many of us feel is the best period of movies, the 30? Only two movies from the 40s? Not ONE film noir. None of the major stars most TCM regulars say are their favorite? I didn't provide more comments on what I felt about the movies listed since 90% of them wouldn't be in my list of top 500 movies. I was really tying to avoid knocking the list down but I clearly failed in this regard.
  23. I think someone has a thing for Cary Grant! I don't think one can have too many Grant movies in a top ten list of romantic comedies. In fact you are missing Bringing Up Baby. I would have added My Man Godfrey and It's Love I'm After (great movie with Leslie Howard, Bette Davis and Olivia DeHavilland that TCM showed in late May 2011), but we have many favorites in common.
  24. Yes, TCM's tent is big enough to hold a lot of various opinions. All I ask, which I noted in a previous reply to you, is that people have some criteria associated with their opinion. Yes, even a list of their favorites. It is A-OK to agree to disagree but if one cannot or isn't willing to discuss how they formed their opinion than there isn't much of a discussion. You my friend have no problem backing up your POV. Thus even if I might disagree the exchanges are interesting.
  25. His Kind of Women isn't about the Price character. The entire story is around the Mitchum character. Now in many ways Price does steal the movie. The movie is a film noir but the Price scenes do take away from the darkness. I really love this movie but I can see how true blue film noir fans wouldn't like many of the Price scenes. I find them very funny. My understanding is the director cut from very dark and brutal Mitchum scenes to Price funny ones as a way to create more tension in the dark scenes. Not sure that worked but a great movie in my view. Mitchum has many great noir lines in it, more so than in Out of The Past in my view.
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