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  1. Oh, oh... Looks like trouble is coming our way... Can't tell yet if they're friendlies or Sacha Baron Cohen and his film crew??? Anyway, it was nice interacting with y'all again... Just a few tidbits to leave you with before I go... "Kepi blanc" is the nickname for a Legionnaire... It simply means "white kepi" in English... Some Hollywood flicks, such as "Two Mules for Sister Sara," feature the Foreign Legion in Mexico in the 1860's. That was a time when the French ruled in Mexico and the Legion was there to enforce French rule. Anyway, the movie mentioned above, for example, regard the
  2. Will do. Along with Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Ronald Coleman, Alan Ladd, Leslie Nielsen (Yes!), Phil Silvers, Nat King Cole (Yes, a kepi blanc), and many other Hollywood actors... Anyway, Marty Feldman and the rest of the Legion better get to protecting the message board from all the spam...
  3. Relative of Audrey Hepburn is suing a restaurant in Suzhou City, China, for "personality rights infringement." In English, the joint is called "Angel's Lakeview Garden Cafe," but in Chinese characters they use Audrey Hepburn's name. And inside, the greasy chopstick makes use of Audrey Hepburn in its decor, menu, etc. In related news, the Mexican-style Burrito restaurant in the same city, called "We Ain't Got No Stinkin' Tacos," with a "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" decor and menu, has hired a lawyer, just in case... Article about the Hepburn kerfuffle below: https://www.theepo
  4. Photo attached to my original post in this thread shows me (either on the left or the right, I can't remember?) with an ami and a dame. We're two kepis blancs in the Sahara, get lost, and accidentally discover the lost realm of Atlantis (ruled by Queen Antinea). Basically the plot of G.W. Pabst's film "L'Atlantide" from 1932. Itself a remake of the 1921 silent original by Jacques Feyder, based on the novel by Pierre Benoit... Anyway, this whole thing is a lame attempt at humour - I've been away from the message board for so long, that some might think I ran off and joined the Foreign Legi
  5. Haw, haw, haw... Yes, mon ami, you are obviously an older gentleman - as I am - to remember that song... As Maurice Chevalier sang: "Ah yes, I remember it well...". For you young'uns, the tune was released waaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1973 and sung by Maria Muldaur:
  6. Salut, was unaware of Ben M.'s alleged transgression but had a quick gander after reading your post. "The Lives of a Bengal Lancer" was a product of its time. Very loosely based on a book by an ex-Lancer officer (the officers and NCOs in the British Indian Army were mostly Brits and the common soldiers they commanded were Indian). Anyway, I think Ben M. can be forgiven. If anything, Ben M. should have related what infamous film reviewer Adolf Hitler said to Lord Halifax (British Foreign Secretary in 1937 at the time of his meeting with Hitler) about the movie (it was one of Hitler's favourit
  7. Howdy All! Just wanted to drop in for a bit so you all can see I'm still alive and tapping the QWERTY... Just been busy with life... My fellow Kepis blancs and I have been taking things a bit easy under the palms at the oasis and were able to catch some TCM on TV this week... Love the new host from Aussieland, Alicia Malone... (The OTHER new host is ok too...) Anyway, as I've said before, TCM is like a beautiful oasis in the desert of crap that is cable TV... Back to the Legion life, mes amis... Hope nobody is a fightin' and a trouble-makin' on the message board...
  8. Yes, never thought of that, Emily. Excellent points... Anyway, me holiday over and back to Neverland go I... May have been too harsh about Ben M. as host. And guest hosts like Warren B. are nice... As to my short time watching TCM again, I have to say it's certainly a welcome oasis in a desert of cable and satellite TV crap... Ciao.
  9. Yes, but unfortunately think Big Jim McBob is retired and Billy Sol Hurok has passed away: You can watch their celebrity interviewing skills here with a youngish Meryl Streep (Catherine O'Hara):
  10. Thanks Lawrence... Robin Bittman is still doing voiceovers for the promos for the Wine Club, TCM Backlot, etc. TCM went with wordless schedules so she doesn't do the continuity stuff anymore announcing movies coming up next, etc. In the article - https://journeysinclassicfilm.com/2015/12/02/voice-actress-robin-bittman-talks-about-being-the-voice-behind-tcm/ - she states she'd like to try being an on-air host. TCM bigwigs chose to cut her work back to save some dough, but IMHO, they should have cut some/all of the various on-air hosts and expanded Robin's work doing voiceover stuff o
  11. TCM couldn't afford to pay any of those dudes - Woods, Spacey, Baldwin - unless they did it for next to nothing and had the time and inclination. I haven't a clue who could replace Ben M., Delaney, Vasquez, etc. and make people happy? Maybe Robin Bittman: https://journeysinclassicfilm.com/2015/12/02/voice-actress-robin-bittman-talks-about-being-the-voice-behind-tcm/ (When I wrote about the TCM "continuity announcers" I meant the "voice over" announcers like Robin whose voice we heard but never saw her.) Anyway, I've been off the radar so long I don't know if TCM still uses the voi
  12. Howdy All! Belated Happy New Year and Happy Holidays! Yes, I'm still around. Life changes have meant I haven't been able to post as often as I once did (Please hold the applause). But this week I happen to be in a position to watch some TCM and so may as well add my two cents to this thread Tend to agree with this as well as much else that has been written in this thread. Nothing is perfect, and that goes for TCM as well. But there are so many alternative choices today it's amazing. IMHO, TCM is pretty good for what it offers. Do I like everything? No. I think TCM needs a n
  13. Anyway, one more thing about Jimmy Doohan is that both he and William Shatner starred in the 1953 CBC TV series "Space Command." Only 1 of the 150 episodes made of this Sci-Fi series still exists and it's probably locked away in a vault somewhere. The series ran from 1953 until early 1954. You can watch Doohan in the National Film Board short made in 1955 titled: "Strike in Town." This 37 minute film was made in Hanover, Ontario, and concerns a strike by woodworkers at a local furniture factory (the Knechtel factory was used for filming. Knechtel was one of the largest furniture factories
  14. As a teenager growing up in Sarnia, Ont., Jimmy Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and he rose to be a cadet major. This would have been between 1938-1940 while Doohan was attending the Sarnia Collegiate Institute (high school). In Canada, lots of high school-aged kids join either the Army Cadets, Air Cadets, or Navy Cadets (high school stoners who toke probably join the Space Cadets... ). Then when you reach adult age, you can then join the regualr forces if you wish. Photo of Cadet Major Jimmy here: In 1940, Doohan joined the artillery as a private. By June 6, 1944 - D-Day
  15. The Canadian dollar value related to the U.S. dollar is closely tied to the price of oil - price of oil goes up, Canadian loonie rises in value; oil price drops, Loonie drops with it. That is because Canada exports a large amount of oil to the U.S. every day and the oil has to be paid for in either U.S. or Canadian dough. Note that Canada plays little role in the actual price of oil at any one time. Canada has to react to the changing oil prices 'tho. University of Western Ontario Prof. Mike Moffatt explains it here: http://economics.about.com/od/pricesexchangerates/a/oil_and_dollars.htm
  16. Yes, DeForest Kelley gets his own Canada Post stamp too: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/star-trek-stamps-mccoy-1.3553836 And, Miss W, the stamp was unveiled this week at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in London, Ont. And, and, y'all, I happened to watch yesterday, by chance, Kelley's "film debut" in the 1947 flick "Fear in the Night." This movie is now in the public domain: https://archive.org/details/Fear_in_the_Night It's too bad that I missed posting the link to "Fear in the Night" before March 30 as TCM aired the 1956 remake "Nightmare" (both films screenpla
  17. "Star Trek" fans may be happy to hear that Canadian actor James Doohan has a stamp honouring him: http://www.linns.com/news/world-stamps-postal-history/2016/april/star-trek-stamp-canada-scotty-james-doohan.html Doohan's son, Chris "Scotty, Jr." Doohan, unveiled the stamp in Toronto: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/23/beam-the-mail-up-scotty If you want to hear "Scotty's" normal voice, check out Doohan in this 1962 episode of "Gunsmoke": Also, check out Doohan playing the cop seated in the chair in this 1964 episode of "The Outer Limits": Great stuff, eh...
  18. Hi Cave Girl, << I mean did TCM's Fred C. Dobbs ever talk about working on the movie "Mondo Cane"? >> If I recall correctly, FredCDobbs never worked on the film "Mondo Cane" and so never wrote about working on that movie. FredCDobbs did work on a "'Mondo Cane' type documentary" and described that: Posted 27 July 2006 - 06:41 PM I was a cameraman on a Techniscope theatrical documentary film back in 1965. It was made for an Italian company. It was one of those in the long series of ?Mondo Cane? type documentary films that were made for the big screen by the Italians
  19. Hi, Just noticed this on TCM Facebook: Fans, we've got a classic film challenge coming your way. This year for The Academy 31 Days of Oscar we're going to play a game inspired by "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Each film we show in February will link to the next film by one actor. So if we show TOP HAT ('35) first, then we could connect with Ginger Rogers, and the next film on the list might be KITTY FOYLE ('40). We won't repeat any actor connections from film to film, and we won't repeat any films throughout the month. The best part? The first film and last film of 31 Days of Oscar will
  20. Just want to add a few more things about Mr. Rush It was pointed out to me in a private email that Mr. Rush made the movie "Journey in Time" featuring his film footage shot in Dallas and San Francisco in the 1960's. It's an anti-drug use film narrated by Alan Hodd. It came out in 1971. The film is available in three parts on YouTube, but I don't think I can post the YouTube link here. If you use the phrase "journey in time part 1 of 3" you will find it and can watch it. Campy, I suppose, and depressing, and makes you realize how little things have changed. Also, don't forget th
  21. Johann W. Rush (Sept. 5, 1942 - Dec. 12, 2015) Johann Rush passed away in Kirtland, New Mexico, on Dec. 12, 2015. Mr. Rush was a news cameraman and documentary film cameraman with a long and interesting career. After leaving college, Mr. Rush worked as a news cameraman for WSDU-TV in New Orleans, where he filmed a local activist by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald (Oswald was president of the local branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and was distributing leaflets outside the International Trade Mart in New Orleans on August 16, 1963). You can view still frames of the news footage filmed b
  22. Merry Boxing Day to all!! (Hope all had a Merry Xmas too...) Any Boxing Day movies ever made? BTW, Happy New Year!
  23. "The Battling Bookworm" from 1928: http://www.nytimes.com/movies/movie/84523/Battling-Bookworm/overview Check out a poster for the film here: http://www.emovieposter.com/gallery/inc/archive_image.php?id=12376731 Not a movie, but Roddy McDowall portrayed the villain "The Bookworm" on the "Batman" TV series: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0519509/ http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t_5n1Pfa1nI/ToNShqusWCI/AAAAAAAAALg/2-vVLjyGJzs/s320/%252329-30%2BA.jpg Another from TV is Burgess Meredith from "The Twilight Zone" episode "Time Enough at Last": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Eno
  24. Contest winners as chosen by Ed Burns are: Bob Joles: "As I listened to the monotonous staccato of rain on my window, she walked in. An hourglass figure with time on her side." Lex Joy: “If I didn’t love you,” she retorted, “I’d have told the mob where you are instead of the cops.” Congrats!
  25. "Top Ten" script finalists announced: http://tcm.tumblr.com/post/123480167159/noirsummer-script-contest-top-10 Congrats to Christy (SueSueApplegate) of TCM Message Board for making it into the "Top Ten." Now it's up to Ed Burns to choose the two winners: "We’ve sent these scripts to filmmaker Ed Burns for last judging. He’ll select two winners. Embrace the anticipation."
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