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Posts posted by slaytonf

  1. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) prompted me to think about this.

    I don't generally like romance movies.  I find them more formulaic even than horror movies.  There are some I like.  But look at 'em:

    Random Harvest (1942).  One Way Passage (1932).  Love Affair (1932).  Hide-Out (1934).

    In the first, an amnesiac war residue is rescued by a showgirl from vagueness, who he marries, and on a business trip gets knocked out of amnesia, and forgetting his amnesiac life, and wife, assumes his original position as a patrician captain of industry and then member of Parliament, and who's personal secretary is--his wife!--who he marries! and then--

    Well, you get the picture

    Despite the nice direction by Mervyn LeRoy, and just as nice pictures by Joseph Ruttenberg, it is altogether the most shamefully (or shamelessly) manipulative glop of sentimentalism ever put on screen.  But I like it.  Why?  Two reasons:  Greer Garson and Ronald Colman.  The personification of class.  The archetypal actors who could make reading a phone book interesting.  It's their interplay that makes the movie.  It's not what happens, or what they say, but how they play their roles.  So you really feel Paula's agony desperately in love with a man she is continually around, and eventually married to, who has no idea their shared past.  Instead of, that is, throwing things at the screen in furious outrage.  And it's why you choke up at the end when they're back together and she gets to call him Smithy again.

    You could say the same about the other movies.  The plots are just as absurd, but you don't care, watching the couple do their love dance.

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  2. 41 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

    I have no idea when that video was shot, but the narrator did use the term, "back in the day", which is not really all that "aged".  And as the car was assembled in South Bend, Indiana, I don't see why an American produced video about it would use European or British terms in reference to the materials used in it's assembly. But I'mdoubtful that the polyester used in the Avanti body was the same as used to make Travolta's suit.  ;)   Can't imagine a car made of cloth, just as THESE were once made from.....


    Isn't fibreglass a resin impregnated fabric?  Can't you resin-impregnate polyester? 

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  3. IMDB is very good for music credits, but not always.  I don't know if the information is ever incorrect, but it is sometimes incomplete.  A famous instance from Informaton Please! is from Sleuth (1972).  Someone was looking for the singer on the tune "Anything Goes," which had no credit in the IMDB soundtracks section.

  4. 5 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

    and keep ben away from that stupendous 6-hour cut of Cleopatra

    I hear authorities in prisons are using the threat of forcing convicts to watch the entire work as a means of enforcing order.  Prisoner advocates are suing, claiming it as cruel and unusual.

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  5. On 10/18/2020 at 9:09 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:



    Okay, this is weird on multiple levels- I really enjoy horror anthologies, especially the British ones of the 70s and 80s, but can never get in to DEAD OF NIGHT. I also fall asleep EVERY TIME I try watching it and ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS I HAVE WOKEN UP AT right at THE END, which those of you who know the film know- is a shot-for-shot repeat of the scenes from the opening, suggesting that the people narrating their stories at a British country house are stuck in some sort of Hell loop.

    this has happeend like three times at least i think.

    Looks like you're stuck in a hell loop of your own.

  6. and Jack Cardiff knew how to take her picture.  I don't dwell on actresses' beauty--often.  I pay attention to, well, their acting.  But sometimes I'm knocked over and hopelessly in love, and all I want to do is look at them and adore them.  I'm like that with Maureen O'Sullivan, and Constance Bennett, and--oh well. . . .

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  7. Thanks, Dargo, for the info.  Wonder why it hadn't occurred to me to lookit up miself.  Now if I can only get someone to wash my car for me. . . .


    Now it occurs to me to wonder why I haven't seen any but this movie with the FN logo zooming at me.

    What other movies I wonder have it?

  8. Recorded Happiness Ahead (1934).  Turns out I've seen it before.  Enjoyable enough.  Poor little rich girl meets rich little poor boy.  Romance ensues.  Thing is, has all the earmarks of a Warner Bros. pic:  Dick Powell, Jack Halliday, Frank McHugh, Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Jane Darwell, Mervin LeRoy director, Leo F. Forbstein music.; but it's --a First National Picture.  Instead of the WB shield zooming at the audience, you get the chain-linked America.  What's up wit dat?  I know WB bought FN, or was it the other way?   But not since the late '20s did I see First National Pictures as anything but a line in the opening credits of WB movies.

  9. 2 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

    I did find these posts interesting, looking at the TCM FB page for the first time ever. They're complaining about the same things! And maybe TCM even pays attention to the people there!


    2 hours ago, LsDoorMat said:

    Considering they probably did redesign to make it nicer for people using phones, people sure are complaining about how bad it is on a phone. And, yes, I think they pay literally no attention to us down here and do pay attention to people who post on Facebook.

    If people post complaining about the same things on face as people do on the boards, then it follows they are ignored in like manner.

  10. 4 hours ago, Fedya said:

    TCM has definitely run Remember Last Night? in the past.  Some posters would probably start hyperventilating over the blackface scene, however, and demand TCM not run the movie again.


    4 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Remember Last Night is a fun James Whale directed film.      People will complain (that is their nature),    I just hope TCM has the backbone to ignore them.

    Remember Last Night? (1935) - IMDb

    I have never noticed that TCM has ever bowed to external pressure in the make-up of its schedules.  Not even mine.

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