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  1. Just gossip and/or revisionist history. We weren't there, so we'll never know -- if it even is anyone's business anyway . . .
  2. Could be female killers/villains as opposed to daytime noirs . . .
  3. Stanwyck & Taylor, McCrea & Frances Dee (Dee appears in The Silver Cord) as well as Reagan & Wyman are real life couples as are Ball & Arnaz, Tracy & Hepburn and Bogart & Bacall. A cool theme.
  4. Gad, I didn't even think about Lucy as a smoker but you are right about how her voice in the 1930's bore absolutely no resemblance to her voice later in her life. "Call for Philip Morris," indeed!
  5. Excellent topic, Lilypond and it certainly got me thinking about why I think Stanwyck absolutely gets the "Better Actress" nod over Davis. To me, Davis is a Star who Acts while Stanwyck is an Actress who is a Star. Barbara Stanwyck always seems to "become" her characters while, particularly from the 1940's on, Bette Davis is generally playing a variation on the Bette Davis character. I also think Barbara Stanwyck is equally gifted in both dramas and comedies while Bette Davis is (for me) not as compelling in comedies. Stanwyck was somewhat of a revelation for me. Prior to TCM, I had onl
  6. That's why I'm starting to think there is NO PLAN except to dump a bunch of "Who cares?" movies on the network and pretend they are "new classics."
  7. You know, at first, I thought all of the recent bizarre programming choices had to do with TCM's desperate attempt to lure younger viewers. But, Nancy Sinatra isn't exactly the younger generation's cup of tea. (Is she anyone's?) I'm beginning to think it's all about money. (Duh . . . "Follow the money.") Instead of acquiring more Paramount, Universal or Columbia films from the 1930's - 1950's, purchase or lease substandard beach movies, etc. that used to play in the afternoon or late at night on local TV stations, then build a "theme" around them. Who cares if nobody wants to see them? Th
  8. Yes, yes, yes. TCM has made both words a joke in the incessant misuse of them.
  9. Beating the very dead horse here but, really?? Nancy Sinatra films? Do we need this?? Are they curated and contexted ??? I sure hope so.
  10. Excellent point. However, that's not why I pay $180/month for the privilege of watching TCM. Not to see endless sub-standard 1970's films or marathons of silents and foreign films. Or to find the films I originally sought TCM out for (1930's-1950's) pretty much buried under all of this other stuff. And, because I like to do a lot of recordings, I have to have cable, not one of the live TV services.
  11. You make a great point about being "hit over the head" with marathons of films that, back in the day, were confined to specific days and times like Silent Sunday and TCM Imports. I can just hear the powers that be telling the programmers: "Screw those people who like old black/white movies. We're going to force feed them plenty of Nouveaux TCM whether they like it or not." The irony is that TCM has made and continues to make millions because of an uber loyal audience they now seem to despise.
  12. Yes, what is going on that nobody (even in the so-called "older generations") wants to have an actual conversation or discussion anymore that comprises more than 4 words? I'm a writer by trade and I've always "massaged my message" before I sent it because words are important to me and I want to make sure I correctly convey what I think. I've had friends with whom I emailed back and forth for years who suddenly abandoned email for texting or FB messaging. God, what a seismic change. They can no longer have a substantive discussion on anything or even write more than 2 sentences in any com
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