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Everything posted by darrylfxanax

  1. I just watched The Best of Everything on FXM. I love your mom’s performance in that classic!
  2. So sorry to hear this. As a youngster, in the early 1960’s, I found a found a copy of the Gypsy film soundtrack lp in the cutout bin at our local Arlan’s discount department store. I took that thing home and played the hell out of it for years. From the get-go, the You Gotta Have a Gimmick number was a favorite of this kid from the corn belt. It was a few years before I got to see the film version on tv. When I finally connected the visuals with the recorded version of the song I loved so much, it was unforgettable. Mazeppa, Tessie Tura, and, Electra, each with their own “gimmick”, c
  3. For those who have access to the Decades channel, this weekend’s marathon series is The Wild, Wild West. It began airing at noon today, EST. Their schedule indicates they’ll broadcast regular episodes until 3:00 am on Monday morning, then finish up the The Wild, Wild West Revisited, followed by More Wild, Wild West at 5:00 am.
  4. For those who still have access to the Decades channel, I’ve just noticed that he’ll be interviewing TCM’s Star of the Month, Patricia Neal, on the second segment of his show tonight. It will begin at 9:30 pm est. The synopsis says she’ll discuss working with Reagan, her stroke, and returning to work in The Subject was Roses.
  5. Oh, yes, I'm one to watch my favorite films over and over. I remember the days, pre-VHS, when I'd scour the new TV Guide, highlighting movies to see once more, never dreaming the day would come when I would actual OWN them, to view whenever I wanted! Lots of Davis and Crawford fill my oft-viewed list, especially Mildred Pierce, Flamingo Road, Queen Bee, All about Eve, Now, Voyager, Mr. Skeffington, Beyond the Forest, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? A few other "studio-era" faves would be Imitation of Life, A Star is Born (1954), Gilda, Double Indemnity, I Want to Live, and Suddenly, Las
  6. Judy Saw it. LOVED it! Want to go again!
  7. June 11/12 (2:45 am) I'm looking forward to seeing Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969) aka: Cult of the Damned. I believe it is the first time it has aired on TCM. From American International Pictures, it marked a return to the screen for Jennifer Jones.
  8. The lovely Joi Lansing, who left us too soon.
  9. I think the theme to Walk on the Wild Side, and the title sequence, as well, are an example of a "perfect fit" between film and theme song!
  10. When the subject comes up, the "Shanghai Lil" number always comes to mind, from Warner Bros. Footlight Parade (1933).
  11. Not sure if this has been noted, but just read that prolific session musician Hal Blaine has passed away at 90. Hal played drums on so many of the hit records I enjoyed as a youngster, and still listen to today. Hal and other members of “The Wrecking Crew” were the studio musicians responsible for making the “name” artists sound good. They were the subjects of a superb documentary, “The Wrecking Crew” (2008), that I would highly recommend. Thanks for all the great music, Hal!
  12. Not from the classic era, but still quite entertaining, this exuberant number is a highlight from the 2005 romantic comedy, Adam & Steve. The dance off ensues while Jackie Beat performs a rollicking country/western-themed track. Craig Chester and Malcolm Gets star, while the always wonderful Parker Posey co-stars, along with Chris Kattan, of SNL-fame. The lyrics, taken out of context as they are, do not seem to make much sense. However, they do relate to a comedic episode earlier in the film that derails the romance of the main characters, for the time being.
  13. I found this lobby card in the bin at Larry Edmonds several years ago. I bought, and hung it, since I've always been fond of the film. However, when I look at it on the wall of my guest room, I am drawn to how unattractive Lana's legs and feet appear, especially since her legs were one of her best features. Is it just me? The Acapulco setting would explain their deep tan, but somehow they look so unnatural.
  14. I really enjoyed reading Lessons in Becoming Myself by Ellen Burstyn. I like star memoirs and hers always comes to mind as a well-written favorite.
  15. I'm not sure, TopBilled. I've got a VHS copy from a Cinemax broadcast, probably from the early 80's. Then, about six months ago, while shopping at a local thrift store, I happened upon a homemade DVD for 1.00! I've never seen a "proper" copy offered for sale. I know it's mentioned often when posters discuss films they'd really like to see. It must be a "rights issue".
  16. Beyond the Forest has a great death scene! I will warn here of a spoiler alert (!) for those who've yet to catch this Davis classic. Film critic Bosley Crowther dismissed the film upon its release, writing,
  17. Not sure if this has been reported, but read an obit in THR for Laurie Mitchell, who played the title character in Queen of Outer Space. She was 90.
  18. Ha! No, my canned goods and refrigerated items aren't in alphabetical order, but they are definitely arranged categorically, with all labels visible and facing forward.
  19. I love Harriet Craig, too. It's one of my favorites of her work in the Fifties, along with Female on the Beach and Queen Bee. Whenever I watch it, I am a little unsettled by seeing a bit of myself in Harriet. The obsession with things in the house being a certain way, and the jealousy she feels, even when completely unwarranted. At least I've never gone so far as to sabotage my spouse's career! After a viewing, I remind myself to lighten up, relax! If the vase on the mantle is moved an inch or two, it's not the end of the world.
  20. I'd like to see TCM Underground given some new "blood", with some of the great suggestions that have been made on this thread. Along with the fresh titles, I think a permanent host would be nice, who, along with introducing the evenings presentation, might also interview one of the stars of the film, or someone associated with the production. Since many of these movies are more recent than the normal TCM fare, I'm sure the talent would be available (living!) and probably jump at the chance to appear on the channel. This would cost some coin, though, and not sure TCM would be willing to pop
  21. Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers (1970) comes to mind. Shocking and realistic, it tells the story of Martha Beck (Stoler) and Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), who together swindled, and sometimes murdered, unsuspecting women who met Ray via a "lonely hearts club" scenario.
  22. I'll go small-screen, comical on this one. Remember the "I Love Lucy" episode where Lucy misplaces the train tickets to Florida and they share a ride with a woman (played by Elsa Lanchester) they suspect is an "on the run" hatchet murderess after hearing a bulletin on the car radio? They're afraid of her and she's afraid of them, for the same reason! One of my favorites of the series.
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