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  1. You're welcome. There is no way to delete a thread. But it will fade into the distance as other threads are created.
  2. Perhaps Torn Curtain (1966), with Julie Andrews and Paul Newman: https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/25195/torn-curtain#synopsis
  3. Payday 1973. Rip Torn, Ahna Capri. Maury Dann (Rip Torn, in one of his most memorable performances) is a not-so-nice country-Western singer. He ruthlessly manipulates everyone around him to suit his selfish needs...he even gets his limo driver to take the blame for the death of a fan whom he stabbed. 2018. Lara Jean Sullivan, Bishop Stevens.Ben's an inexperienced criminal, who's attempt at robbing a small-town restaurant, quickly spirals out of control. Trapped inside with him is his girlfriend; Adie Graham, a clever sociopath who's the manager and masterminded of the theft in ord
  4. I have a provider and the app has never worked for me. But my life has not suffered for it.
  5. Colbert and Hopkins are an ample counterweight. And there's always Trouble in Paradise.
  6. Got snagged by The Smiling Lieutenant (1931). Wasn't planning on watching. I've seen it many times, but its wit, charm and all around adorableness is irresistible. It has a level of naiveté and innocence remarkable even for its time. But it's coupled with Lubitsch's trademark worldliness and sly innuendo (wink, wink). The weird mismatch creates comic energy. Everyone in it is a pro, but Miriam Hopkins steals it all at the end: Gosh, she's fabulous. But what is it with Lubitsch and staircases? He must think they had great comic value. He has people scampering up and
  7. Blind Alley 1939. Chester Morris, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Dvorak. Gangster Hal Wilson takes psychiatrist Dr. Shelby hostage. While captive, the doctor analyzes Wilson as though he were a patient. 2011. Anna de Armas, Diego Cadavid. A young woman spends a night trapped inside a laundromat with a serial killer. Ok, the second movie is originally in Spanish, and I stick to English movies to make sure the titles are the some, but the contrast was so good, I couldn't resist.
  8. https://vickielester.com/2013/11/16/make-believe-love-and-regret-olivia-de-havilland-and-errol-flynn/
  9. Notwithstanding Miss de Havilland's statements to the contrary.
  10. The Big Shot 1931. Eddie Quillan, Maureen O'Sullivan. A rash go-getter is duped by would-be swindlers into buying swamp land which turns out to be worth a fortune. 1942. Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning. Fearing life in prison for a fourth offense, convict Duke Berne pulls out of an armored car robbery, planned by his crooked lawyer, but he is framed for the robbery anyway.
  11. From "The Maladjused Jester" (The Court Jester, 1955): I bought a little gun and I learned to shoot I bought a little a horn and I learned to toot Now I can shoot and toot ain't that cute?
  12. Apropos of tonight's airing of the latter. I've often considered, along with a lot of others, Robin Hood to be the best adventure movie ever. But catching Zorro tonight made me think that it is distinct competition for the title. Now I don't count that Robin was made in Technicolor (to my mind the best ever shot) and Zorro is b/w. When you consider it, both movies have a lot in common. There's a brash, insouciant hero, an oppressed populace, daring escapades, a reluctant maiden wooed and won, a religious figure/ally, stolen state monies destined to aid the oppressed. Oh yes, there's als
  13. Running Wild 1955. William Campbell Mamie Van Doren. A young rookie cop goes undercover to bust up an auto theft ring run by juvenile delinquents. 1973. Lloyd Bridges, Dina Marrill. A photographer travels to the stunning vistas of Colorado and becomes involved in an effort to save a herd of wild horses.
  14. These adaptations are almost never any good, let alone as good as the source material. Started to watch the adaptation of "Childhood's End", but after only a couple of minutes it became clear it was made as a rehash of Close Encounters (1977). I dread what would be made of "The Stars My Destination. "
  15. There are a handful of actresses who are at the top. Along with the likes of Olivia de Havilland, and Giulietta Masina, I include Setsuko Hara. I first encountered her unknowingly in Tokyo Story (1953), where she plays the widow of the leading couple's son. I thought, what a lovely, touching performance, but remained unconscious of her as an actress. She burst-exploded-into my awareness in what turns out to be my favorite movie of hers, Akira Kurosawa's No Regrets for Our Youth (1946). She plays a talented, intelligent, yet proud, vain, and shallow girl who goes through many changes in ch
  16. Reckless 1935. Jean Harlow, William Powell, Franchot Tone. Wealthy Bob Harrison buys all the seats in the theatre to watch Mona Leslie's musical by himself. He loves her, her agent Ned Riley loves her. Conflict ensues. 1995. Mia Farrow, Tony Goldwyn. On Christmas Eve, a regretful husband admits to his high-spirited wife that he has hired a contract killer to take her out. She immediately flees. A nice couple offers her shelter, but everyone have dark secrets in this wacky movie.
  17. That's a nice. . .shoe! Doesn't have the same zing.
  18. Thanks to Robert Young day. It's Love Again (1936) may not be her best, but Jessie Matthews is always a delight to watch. A bubbly screen personality, melodious voice, and dancing chops combine to make a mesmerizing presence. One of the few movie stars in my constellation that can make any movie worth watching, and this is one of them. One note. Her dancing suffered something from the British choreographers she worked with. They were, let us say, a measure deficient in the snap and polish you get in Hollywood. It would be nice to see what she could have done with Hermes Pan.
  19. Happy-Go-Lucky 1936. Phil Regan, Evelyn Venable. A singer (Venable) believes her marine pilot husband, accused of treason, has died in the Pacific. She finds a man who looks exactly like her husband dancing in a club act. Realizing it is her husband, and thinking he must have amnesia, she sets out to help him recover his memory and clear his name. 2008. Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher. I like this almost as much as Secrets and Lies (1996).
  20. Daybreak 1931. Ramon Novarro, Helen Chandler. An Austrian lieutenant, engaged to marry for money, instead involves himself with a working-class woman. 1948. Eric Portman, Ann Todd. A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his boss's wife. NIghtfall 1956. Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith. Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the
  21. And here I was all these years thinking it was satire. Shows you what I know.
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