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  1. Just glanced through the TCM schedule for October. They always spend the month leading up to Halloween with plenty of old horror flicks, and this year looks have a nice variety in horror. Vincent Price will be showcased, several of his Edgar Allen Poe based movies are on tap, as well as a good selection of Hammer films and a few old Universal Classics. October is my favorite month - not just on TCM but all around, and I'll be eager for it this year.
  2. I will miss Lawman! But I agree, there were so many western tv shows in the late 50's and early 60's - some of them less than stellar. But there were a few that were exceptionally good. Have Gun; Wanted: Dead or Alive; Maverick and the few episodes of Trackdown are my personal favorites. I enjoy Rawhide from time to time, as well. For some reason, I am drawn more to the shows where one main character travels around the west than I am to the shows where there is a larger cast that is stationary in one town or ranch.
  3. Possibly it the 1959 movie "All the Young Men". It was a Korean War film, set in winter, and there was definietly a scene in which the squad was walkin along in the snow and ice. Starred Alan Ladd and Sindey Poitier.
  4. Yes, indeed!! I've purchased the first three seasons on DVD and really like it. I had never seen it before, and I really think it was well written and love the period atmospheres - the old cars and the old suits. Classic!!
  5. Very good! I often record Lawman in the afternoon while at work, and then watch both episodes while I am doing my work out right after getting home, come August, I will add Bat to my work-out line up. What time slot will it be in, do you know? I own all the Have Gun Will Travel episodes on DVD, and have never been a big fan of Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, so if they replace one of these shows with Bat Masterson, I'm ok with that. I'd dearly love to see them start airing reruns of Trackdown some time!
  6. I have several different methods. There are specific genres that I am so fond of, that I try to watch every movie I can find in that genre (for example, World War II films, Film Noir, Espionage, Screwball Comedies, etc.) Also, the era the film was made in sometimes makes one film more attractive to me than others - the late 1940's and the early 60's are favorite time periods for me. The star will make a big impact on my choice, my most favorite actors and actresses I will try to watch their entire body of work if I can. Finally, if I have heard great things about a fiolm I have not seen, or if it is known to be an "essential" film, I will be more liekly to watch it.
  7. The Longest Day and D-Day, The Sixth of June and Saving Private Ryan are films I usually try to watch every year during the first week of June. This year, I thought seeing the Garner film "36 Hours" (for the first time in many years for me) was a nice change of pace to celebrate D-Day's anniversary. It's WWII spy fiction with quite a twist.
  8. Anzio used to be shown on tv once in a while when I was a teenager back int he early 80's, but I have not seen it broadcast in decades. I did purchase a bootleg version of it on DVD when I working overseas 3 years ago, and it certainly played loose with the facts, much like Battle of the Bulge. For whatever reason, trhey changed the names of General Clark and General Lucas to General Carson and General Leslie -- then went downhill from there!
  9. JamesH -- In spite of my thoughts that perhaps it is not an appropriate movie for a Memorial Day tribute, I would to certainly say that I do do like Kelly's Heroes - as a comedy and caper flick, it's a real hoot. In addition to be being very much a typical Eastwood film, it is also very representative if it's time -- the age of the anti-hero was at it's peak in 1970!I agree with your assessment of Battle of the Bulge. It may be that the movie makers were trying to condense a lot of different apsects of the campaign into one fictionalized story, but even at that, they did a poor job of creating any sense any accuracy. The first time I watched it, I was expecting a movie along the lines of The Longest Day, in which case a great deal of effort was made to reflect real events.I have similar issues to the 1968 move "Anzio", which, in terms of inaccuracy, does to the Anzio campaign what "Battle of the Bulge" does to the Ardennes Campaign.
  10. I think the movie you are asking about is The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission. It was a made for tv movie which first aired in February of 1985, and it did have a scene where they could have killed Hitler but didn't.
  11. JamesH -- I had a very similar train of thought yesterday afternoon when I turned on TCM to see what Memorial Day film was on, and once again, it was "Kelly's Heroes". While I do find this movie to be funny and enjoyable on occasion, it certainly strays very far from reality, and it shows a group of soldiers breaking every civil and military law in the books. Every year on Memorial Day, I can't help wondering if it is an appropriate film to air on the very day when we honor those who gave their lives in defense of their country. Maybe next year, we could leave this one in the vault for the weekend?
  12. The safari compound in "Hatari" would be my favorite. I also like the sheriff's office in Rio Bravo. Morbius' house in Forbidden Planet. Dracula's castle in the Hammer films 1957 version. The hotel in Key Largo.
  13. Indeed, slaytonf. The Harry Palmer films would be top of my list (I never cared much for The Billion Dollar Brain, though). There were lots of others they could showcase. The Venetian Affair, based on Helen MacInnes' book and starring Robert Vaughn is a good atmospheric spy flick from 1968. I've already mentioned The Quiller Memorandum. Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came In From the Cold would be a must. Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren in Arabesque. I think they'd find it easy to put together enough titles to do a weekly 60's Spy Night one month. A spy parody night, a "spying is a lonely, dirty business" night, a Euro-spy night. It would make for a great month of viewing!
  14. Our man Flint is hands down my favorite of the Bond parodies from the mid 60's. I just read the TCM review of the movie, and they made the point, with which I agree, that most of the parody elements are in the first few minutes of the film. After that, it becomes a pretty good action-thriller, with comedic elements thrown in. The biggest running joke of the two movies, in my mind, is the exaggeration of the diverse set of skills Flint has. He can literally do anything, from talking to dolphins, to teaching ballet to stopping and starting his own heart. I think Our Man Flint is head and shoulders above its sequel In Like Flint, and Our Man is the only spy parody from the 60's that really generates much action and suspense. The others are too funny to be suspenseful. Having said all this, I would also say that I have always been a big fan of the films from the 60's "spy craze" and love them all, whether serious or parody. The Quiller Memorandum and The Ipcress File are my two favorites, but there were many good serious spy films of that era, and a lot of good fun parodies. And they all had such great theme music! I'd like to see TCM do a 60's spy movie theme one month. Edited by: prc1966 on May 20, 2013 1:02 PM Edited by: prc1966 on May 20, 2013 1:04 PM
  15. I've always been fond of this film for it's atmosphere. I think the setting -the "planet" - has an eerie, melancholy and lonely feels to it that always impressed me. Also the intererior sets of the hige machine that operates the planet also had looked impressive. I got the sense that a man like Morbius oculd easily become enchanted with such a solitary setting, and kind of sympathized with his desire to keep his private world to himself.
  16. That's a good point, I had not thought about the funding and legal issues beng different after the studio system faded away. Thanks for the insight!
  17. I've always kind of avoided learning about the actual process of making a movie, because knowing too much about the making of a film sometimes takes the fun out of watching. But I have a question that maybe some experts on this forum might know the answer to. These days, it seems like a film takes about 3 years to make - the films that are expected in 2015, for example, are already in pre-production, and usually the release of a film is about a year or so after the actual filming took place. But in the old studio system days, it seemed like even a major production film could be completed in well under a year. Historically, how and for what causes did the length of time needed increase? How does the time needed today compare to the length time they needed in the 50's or 60's, and also compared to the 30's? Is the increase in the time needed because of location filming, or special effects or some other issue?
  18. 30 some odd years ago, I watched a movie as a teenager that was an old black and white film about a small unit of soldiers, I guess they were French, or perhaps mercenaries, fighting the Arab tribes in either Algeria or maybe Morocco. I think they were paratroopers, and it was set in post World War 2 North Africa. It was NOT the Battle of Algiers, nor the Anthony Quinn film Lost Command this film was mostly set in the rural desert region. I specifically rember one scene where the soldiers have captured a terrorist/rebel and are forcing him to dig a grave for a dead civilian while the 10-year-old son of the dead civilian watches. The movie was black and white, and while the soldiers in the story may have been French, the actor I believe were American. I think it was an American production of the late 50's or early 60's. Anybody have a clue what the name of this film was?
  19. I am not much of a fan of musicials as a genre, but the ones that I do like, I like very much.My personal favorite is Brigadoon. If I were making a list I'd include pretty much any one, or all, of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals, and a handful of Doris Day's 1950 fims.Also: Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof and Damn Yankees. I guess then I'd have to ask myself, how many songs does a movie have to have in it in order to qualify as a Musical? For example, I love the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope Road Movies, and each one has a handful of songs, but -- are they actually considered Musicals, or simply comedies with a four or five songs thrown in? Edited by: prc1966 on May 2, 2013 4:37 PM
  20. My favorite line in the film is not spoken -- it is right after the opening scene and Vin asked Chris: Where you come from? Chris just points behind himself with his thumb. Vin asks next, "Where you headed?" Chris just points ahead.I also like Vin's line: "I've been in some towns were the girls weren't pretty at all. In fact, I've been in town where the girsl were downright UGLY! But a town with no girls at all???"Lots of great dialogue in this terrific film! Edited by: prc1966 on Apr 29, 2013 4:28 PM
  21. Ah, never mind! I was simply nto looking far enough back in the timeline. The movie was 1965's Twenty Four Hours to Kill, and it was indeed Mickey Rooney. It was just filmed 7 or 8 years earlier than I had thought.
  22. About 30-32 years ago, I saw the first part of wha looked to be a pretty good movie about international intrigue, spies or smuggling or something like that. The movie itself was from early to mid-70's, with main characters being te crew of a747 airliner, getting involved in some sort of international incident. The opening scene, they were landing in Beirut and each crew members aving some soprt of liaison with a woman or some other srt of recreation planned. I never did get to see more than just the opening segment, since it was a late night screening on either WTBS or WGN. The film was apparently shot partly on location in Beirut and would have been filmed before the civil war started there in the spring of 1975.Does this movie stike a bell with anyone? For some reason, I had thought Mickey Rooney played the plane's radio operator or navigator, but I can't find anything under his listing on IMDB, so I must be thinking of another actor.
  23. I remember reading that one of Doris Day's male friends or co-stars once said "Doris Day has the best tush in Hollywood!" That struck me as a very humorous way of putting it, but I can't remember which actor said that.
  24. I never could type worth shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhucks
  25. Well, I myself didn't mean to open up any controversy. I was just interested in the historical aspects of the slow breaking down of the Hays Commission Code. I know prior to 1933/34, some of what we now consider to be mild swearing was found in the movies. Then for about 20-25 years, not a single cuss word was allowed - except in Gone With the Wind. Which sometimes made for memorable dialogue, but sometimes made for ridiculous dialogue. And example of the latter would be on the war movie "A Walk in the Sun", when the characters are constantly saying "sure a little apples" this or that will happen. Having been in the military myself, I know we never used such a mild euphamism. I am genuinely curious, for historical reasons, as to what point the mildest forsm of swearing re-entered American movies. Like I said in my first post, as early as 1959 there was a quick "dammit" in Pork Chop Hill, but earlier than that, I am not sure.
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