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  1. No, I don't like Van Johnson. I LOVE Van Johnson. Love, love, love him. Boy next door, aw shucks, but with a little bit of mischievousness and that twinkle in his eye. So adorable and endearing. I love watching him. He just goes down easy, you know? And he was in so many good movies, from musicals to romance to war. Very versatile, and yes, I agree, underrated. I love his pairings with June Allyson (another vote for Remains To Be Scene, please!), Esther Williams and Judy Garland. 23 Paces to Baker Street was one of the first movies I saw him in when I was much, much younger and is still one of my favorites. I have collected every movie of his from 1940 to 1960, except for 3, and quite a few after that. I wish he would be SOTM again, or at least, as was suggested, that he have his own day this August. We'll see.
  2. Sylvester and Frank Stallone Tatum and Griffin O'Neal James and John Belushi
  3. Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty Ben and Casey Affleck Melissa and Jonathan Gilbert John and Ellen Travolta Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal Chris and Liam Helmsworth Stanley and Barry Livingston Don and Lani Grady
  4. Julia and Eric Roberts Kim and Kyle Richards Patrick Swayze and Don Swayze Rob and Chad Lowe Colin and Jonathan Firth Ralph and Joseph Fiennes Kate and Oliver Hudson Tim and John Considine Kevin, Noreen and Donna Corcoran
  5. I'm so happy to see The Slipper and the Rose is going to air. I think it's a TCM premiere. I haven't seen that movie since I was a youngster. Very enjoyable. That was about the only new movie on the schedule for me. I know you two gents may not watch it, but JA absolutely shines in Call the Midwife. The years have been very kind (and not in a nip/tuck kind of way) and I've always had a soft spot in my heart for her. But Logan's Run was all about Richard Jordan and Michael York for me, lol.
  6. Just as a point of reference for those of you having problems, I have TWC and I checked my guide. It shows listings through 11/27. So, no problems here in that regard.
  7. Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas is a wonderful program. We love it. I don't know of too many people who are aware of it. It hasn't aired on tv in a very long time. We also love to watch the old holiday tv specials. MeTV airs a lot of them and is actually going to start their Christmas programming tomorrow night @ 8pm cst. Up this week are Family Affair, The Bob Newhart Show, Dobie Gillis, The Lucy Show, The Doris Day Show, Make Room for Daddy and The Brady Bunch. This is early for MeTV as they usually wait until December 1st.
  8. Actually, Come to the Stable, which I mentioned in my previous post, is not a Christmas movie at all, and yet for me has that Christmas feel you mentioned. New England setting, snow, winter time, nuns, Christian faith overtone, etc. It will air on December 20th at 3:45 pm EST, in case anyone is interested.
  9. Oh, dear. Is this a bad time to admit I watch some of those Hallmark Christmas movies? Don't forget the Lifetime ones, too! Lol I wish someone would show Christmas Eve with Loretta Young and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear with Mickey Rooney. It's been a loooooong time since they've aired and my taped copies aren't that great anymore. I don't think TCM ever will, as they are TV movies. I love watching all the movies listed here, except for One Magic Christmas. Haven't seen that one yet, maybe this year. We're No Angels has become a Christmas favorite. Keeping with the Loretta Young theme, Come to the Stable and The Bishop's Wife are annual favorites. In the more contemporary field, A Christmas Story just never gets old for our family and I find While You Were Sleeping just so very enjoyable. Happy early TCM Chrismas, Andrea. I'm sure you are going to find lots to enjoy.
  10. LOL! I've been meaning to see someone about these darn "junior" moments I've been having. As soon as I posted, I remembered Justin Morgan Had a Horse and The Littlest Horse Horse Thieves with Alistair Sim. I was in a horsey frame of mind. Speedracer, I totally forgot about Freaky Friday! One of my favorites and pretty funny. Unlike Superdad, lol.
  11. I guess you could call old Disney movies a bit of a hobby of mine. I actually have Watcher in the Woods on right now. Great little movie from 1980 with Bette Davis, David McCallum, Carole Baker and Lynn-Holly Johnson (a couple years after Ice Castles). I've gotten re-acquainted with lots of Disney movies through the Disney Family Movies On Demand channel. Last week they had Moon Pilot on with Brian Keith, Tom Tryon and Kent Smith. Magnificent Rebel is another obscure one, as is The Horse Without A Head and Horse with the Flying Tail. One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing with Helen Hayes is fun. The North Avenue Irregulars with Cloris Leachman, Karen Valentine, Edward Herrman is one I remember going to see at the movies as a kid. Some other faves: Blackbeard's Ghost Gus Unidentified Flying Oddball The Cat from Outer Space Million Dollar Duck Summer Magic That Darn Cat Snowball Express In Search of the Castaways Moonspinners Emil and the Detectives Miracle of the White Stallions (Robert Taylor) Charley and the Angel Bon Voyage (Jane Wyman and Fred MacMurray) Those Calloways and A TIger Walks (Brian Keith) GreyFriars Bobby (gets me every time) Fighting Prince of Donegal Toby Tyler The Incredible Journey (this the original one and I think the better of the two) Happiest Millionaire (Fred MacMurray, Greer Garson, John Davidson and Leslie Ann Warren) Follow Me, Boys Three Lives of Thomasina Misadventures of Merlin Jones & The Monkey's Uncle Escapade in Florence The Horsemasters Lt. Robin Crusoe One and Only Original Family Band Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit Bears and I (Patrick Wayne) Something Wicked This Way Comes (Jonathon Pryce and Jason Robards) Tower of Terror (Steve Guttenberg) Big Red (Walter Pidgeon) Then there were lots of Wonderful World of Disney serial ones that made a movie or miniseries, like Gallagher, Elfego Baca, Secret of Boyne Castle, etc. I really love the ones with animals featured, like Rascal or The Boy Who Could Talk to Badgers. This is what I could remember off the top of my head. I hope I have given you some more fodder for the kids you babysit for.
  12. "With a hip, hip and a clippety-clop, he's out looking for a top to chop..." I've really been enjoying this evening. I always look forward to the Disney nights, and the Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is one of my favorites. I still remember going to see the Witch Mountain movies in the theaters with the ol' gang. They are sooooo '70's, lol. I'm not an expert in any sense of the word when it comes to this whole ratio and aspect thing. But, what I have noticed is that when Disney airs "letterboxed" movies, either something at the top or the bottom will get chopped off in terms of scenery, etc. This has happened on lots of their movies that they air on Disney Family Movies and some of the ones that I've seen on TCM. I have many older recordings of Disney movies and when you compare, the cuts are obvious. TCM aired TFPoD on their St. Patrick's offerings. It has also aired a couple of times on the Disney Family Movies channel. The Frankenweenie short is also currently airing on the Disney Family Movies channel, along with Hocus Pocus, Mr. Boogedy, The Watcher in the Woods and Blackbeard's Ghost. The regular channel still airs the Halloweentown movies. Last October DFM aired The Ghosts of Buxley Hall and The Mystery of Dracula's Castle with Johnny Whitaker and Mariette Hartley. It's just too bad the regular Disney Channel went almost exclusively with tot and tween fare and abandoned their Vault Disney and older movie airings. I used to love to tune in to Zorro with Guy Williams late at night. On Saturday afternoons they used to air their serials, like Spin and Marty, The Hardy Boys and Annette.
  13. On our standard tv the image was cropped. On the hd tv, the image was fine, plenty of scenery on either side of the opening credits, no stretching. We usually keep the resolution at 480i on the standard (smaller) tv when watching TCM in order to avoid the postage stamp image (borders on all sides). Our box from TWC allows changes in resolution output, even on standard tv's. I, too, was disappointed that this was the dubbed copy. I was hoping it was the original audio track, but no soap. I find it so distracting. Greatly mars the enjoyment of this movie. BTW, Disney Movies On Demand is airing "I Captured the King of the Leprechauns" until April 6th.
  14. Which is why some people I know call it "Cinco de Drink-o"...
  15. Feliz Cinco de Mayo to you, too! I happen to be Mexican-American and maybe because of our rich and very present Mexican heritage and maybe because we live within spitting distance of the Rio Grande and Mexico, everyone around here knows Cinco de Mayo is about the Battle of Puebla. And yes, besides knowing the history of the day, it's a good excuse to have great food and great music. :^0
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