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  1. Here is a duo I discovered for myself this morning - the Duncan Sisters Some of you may already know them or know of them, or even seen their early talking musical "It's a Great Life" on TCM some time ago. I only learned of them today, and found out in the process that said movie has a color sequence that has been restored since TCM showed it. The Warner Archives DVD got two five-star reviews on Amazon. Maybe we can get TCM to show it again in its full version.
  2. Here's a Jukebox tune that's beloved of Laurel and Hardy fans -- "At the ball, that's all." The rhythms in this recording are much squarer than when they danced to it, over twenty years later, in "Way out West" while a cowboy ensemble sang it. But if you ever wanted to be able to understand all the lyrics, they are delivered here with impeccable diction.
  3. Hope the Horton fans caught the silent EEH in the clip from the 1925 "Beggar on Horseback" last night around 10:30 p.m. It was a wonderful, and technically amazing for the time, dream sequence. Even without the use of that distinctive voice of his, Horton was a great comic actor.
  4. When TCM aired this recently, I was amazed how physical the scene is where he picks her out of the water and carries her off in soaking wet clothes, next to his big, muscular bare chest. As a swimmer, he was probably one of the few movie stars of that day fit enough to look convincing in a scene like that. I'm not at all surprised to hear he swept her off her feet in real life, too.
  5. "I liked the New York City film by ....well, I can't remember which one it was, but the director/cameraman was a genius." Can someone tell me how to properly excerpt and frame quotes from other posters that I want to respond to? I haven't seen that part yet, until I review the tape, but wanted to refer you to a German silent, "Berlin: Symphony of a Great City." It was made in 1927. According to Wikipedia, the 1921 U.S. film "Manhatta," by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, was a similar, earlier treatment of another great city, New York. I now recall reading that "Manhatta" was based on Whitman's poem (although I thought that was "Manahatta"). Maybe that's the one from last night. If so, the wiki post said it's available on the "Unseen Cinema" DVD, first released in 2005, although the film was not fully restored until 2009. The wiki post lists a couple of other cityscapes of this sort: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin:_Symphony_of_a_City. I find them fascinating. On the "Classic Arts Showcase" channel I have seen footage from an even older film, from 1905, showing views of St. Petersburg (in that revolutionary year, but the revolution was elsewhere). In fact, the "Classic Arts Showcase," for those who are lucky enough to receive it, has a lot of wonderful "unseen cinema" clips. Many are innovative, but the most truly unique one I've seen was a WInsor MacKay "pinboard animation" of "Night on Bald Mountain." Only caught it once, around Halloween 2009, and have never been able to find it again.
  6. Bingo! Captain Hook, Dr. Terwilliger, Snidely Whiplash and Uncle Waldo himself. Your thread.
  7. I was in Nitrate Heaven last night. Which is also Nitrate Hell, as disappearance is a fate worse than death, and we'll never know how much we missed. So let me echo all those who have said, thank God for the archivists and restorers. I also missed a good bit of it last night because I had to drive into town to pick up someone from the bus station, so I'm praying my VCR worked. Got back in time to see what may have been the most lavish and extended Busby Berkeley dance sequence ever -- did anyone make that comparison? And that wonderful Edward Everett Horton rarebit dream sequence -- such a clear print, as someone already commented, and such innovative technique! I hope all the people on these boards who have questioned why TCM bothers to show silent films at all tuned in last night and had their minds opened.
  8. Really good, Miles. These were the only two songs I could think of that include that unusual phrase. If anyone can think of another, I'd like to hear what it is. Now, these are both silly songs.In fact, according to Wikipedia (since I haven't seen it in a long time), that's exactly what Marilyn Monroe tells Cary Grant when he starts singing "The Whiffenpoof Song" to her in the 1952 "Monkey Business." But "Itty Bitty Poo'" is on a whole other level. In the "Goof Gas Attack" story arc of Rocky and Bullwinkle episodes, it appears at the bottom of an intelligence chart, below "nitwit" and "dunce." I wasn't sure what movie it might have appeared in, but my sources say there was one called "Spring Reunion" from 1957. Miles's thread.
  9. Name two (once) well-known songs in which this phrase -- or a semblance thereof -- appears: "off on a spree" ...and the movies in which the songs were used. (I found two movies for one of the two songs.)
  10. Sorry if anyone was kept waiting, I was busy installling a new printer last night. It took much longer than it should have (but that was because of me :-( .) When this actor first appeared as a guest on a long-running comedy series, he played an English tutor. In his next guest appearance, the following season, he played a second-hand clothes dealer. He also appeared as a guest in a later series featuring the same star. His movies ran the gamut -- mostly comedy, but also some WWII espionage thrillers, at least one "B" sci-fi classic, and one cult classic so unique I can say no more about it without giving away the answer. His voice was so distinctive that he was in great demand on radio and later for voice acting in movies and TV. Many of the characters he played were irascible.
  11. That _is_ a good film. I remembered seeing it aired as a "Twilight Zone" episode and have now been able to confirm that it was, although a French short subject that was not made for the series. By the time I saw it, I had already read the Ambrose Bierce story; this added to the thrill. Surely TCM could find time to insert it into the schedule as a short? Given the terrible slaughter that both sides experienced, there many great ghost stories associated with the War -- entire armies of the dead marching through towns in the night and so forth. But does anyone know of any good scary movies that have been based on these tales?
  12. "It Happened at the World's Fair"
  13. "Blue Moon" Rodgers and Hart "At the Circus" Thank you, that was indeed a fascinating musical history lesson. I only recognized what it was by the rhythm.
  14. Very good, skipper, only needed the first line. Do you remember whether she sings the verse as well as the refrain in the movie? I couldn't remember. Hearing it in the musical was the first time I ever heard this lovely tune. I also didn't know whether the song was used at all in the 1927 show and the 1936 movie, but looking it up, I found it was included from the beginning. As the ultimate Gay Nineties tear-jerker song, it fits perfectly into its setting in the plot. Your thread.
  15. From your first clue, it sure sounds like Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie. But I didn't know anything about his earlier, pre-DVD career until your second clue made me look him up on Wikipedia. Then I found out he had had his own show once, and also appeared as "The Human Joke Machine." As a kid, I always liked him and Rose Marie - both very funny.
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