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Posts posted by lydecker

  1. 1 hour ago, CinemaInternational said:

    I could have used his son Geoffrey as well (since he had bits in Victor/Victoria and Wild Rovers, and helped his father on The Man Who Loved Women, Switch, and some of those post Peter Sellers Pink Panther films), but opted not to. I came to realize though that the Edwards family dogs actually appeared on screen in That's Life, filmed in Edwards' house no less, so that's more nepotism.

    Shades of the Woody Allen/Mia Farrow era (while they were still speaking to each other) when he used her apartment, her kids, her mother (Maureen O'Sullivan) in "Hannah & Her Sisters."

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  2. 6 hours ago, CinemaInternational said:

    April 3-9, 2023

    Sunday, April 3, 2023

    Double Feature 6-10 AM

    Noir Alley #1 10 AM

    April 3-9, 2023

    Sunday, April 3, 2023


    6 AM The Trouble with Angels (1966) Rosalind Russell & Hayley Mills D Ida Lupino Columbia 115 min p/s

    8 AM Come to the Stable (1949) Loretta Young & Celeste Holm D Henry Koster 20th Century Fox 94 min p/s

    9:42 Traveltalk short 9 min.

    Noir Alley

    10 AM Phantom Lady (1944) Ella Raines & Franchot Tone D Robert Siodmak Universal 87 min p/s


    Lipstick Jungle

    11:45 AM BUtterfield 8 (1960) Elizabeth Taylor & Laurence Harvey D Daniel Mann MGM 109 min

    1:45 PM Three on a Match (1932) Ann Dvorak & Joan Blondell D Mervyn LeRoy First National 64 min

    3 PM Black Narcissus (1947) Deborah Kerr & Kathleen Byron 😧 Michael Powell & Edmund Pressburger Rank 99 min p/s


    Mae West Double Feature

    4:45 PM I'm No Angel (1933) Mae West & Cary Grant D Wesley Ruggles Paramount 87 min p/s

    6:15 PM Go West, Young Man (1936) Mae West & Randolph Scott D Henry Hathaway Paramount 82 min p/s

    7:50 PM Looney Tunes Cartoon 9 min.


    Eva Marie Saint Double Feature 

    8 PM A Hatful of Rain (1957) Don Murray & Eva Marie Saint D Fred Zinnemann 20th Century Fox 109 min p/s

    10 PM The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966) Alan Arkin & Eva Marie Saint D Norman Jewison UA 126 min p/s

    Silent Sunday 

    12:15 AM The Love Light (1921) Mary Pickford & Evelyn Dumo D Frances Marion UA 89 min p/d

    TCM Imports: Japanese Anime from Studio Ghibili

    2 AM Spirited Away (2001) Daveigh Chase & Suzanne Pleschette (American dub only) D Hayao Miyazaki Ghibili 125 min p/s

    4:15 AM Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) Kirsten Dunst & Debbie Reynolds (American dub only) D Hayao Miyazaki Ghibili 103 min p/s

    Monday, April 4, 2023


    6 AM Five Easy Pieces (1970) Jack Nicholson & Karen Black D Bob Rafelson Columbia 98 min p/s

    7:45 AM Tulsa (1949) Susan Hayward & Robert Preston D Stuart Heisler Eagle-Lion 90 min p/s

    9:15 AM High, Wide, and Handsome (1937) Irene Dunne & Randolph Scott D Rouben Mamouillion Paramount 112 min p/s

    11:15 AM Oklahoma Crude (1973) George C Scott & Faye Dunaway D Stanley Kramer Columbia 108 min p/s

    1:15 PM Local Hero (1983) Peter Reigert & Burt Lancaster D Bill Forsyth WB 111 min p/s



    3:15 PM 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) Anne Bancroft & Anthony Hopkins D David Jones Columbia 100 min p/s

    5 PM Fast Company (1938) Melvyn Douglas & Florence Rice D Edward Buzzell MGM 73 min

    6:15 PM Crossing Delancey (1988) Amy Irving & Reizl Bozyk D Joan Micklin Silver WB 97 min p/s


    TCM Spotlight: Midcentury Melodrama

    8 PM Bonjour Tristisse (1958) Jean Seburg & Deborah Kerr D Otto Preminger Columbia 94 min p/s

    9:45 PM Peyton Place (1957) Lana Turner & Diane Varsi D Mark Robson 20th Century Fox 158 min p/s

    12:30 AM Written on the Wind (1956) Rock Hudson & Lauren Bacall D Douglas Sirk UI 99 min p/s

    2:15 AM Marjorie Morningstar (1958) Natalie Wood & Gene Kelly D Irving Rapper 123 min Premiere

    4:30 AM Invitation (1952) Dorothy McGuire & Van Johnson D Gottfried Reinhardt MGM 84 min

    Tuesday, April 5, 2023 

    April at the Movies

    6 AM The April Fools (1969) Jack Lemmon & Catherine Deneuve D Stuart Rosenberg Cinema Center 100 min Spring Exempt Premiere

    7:45 AM April Showers (1948)Jack Carson & Ann Sothern D James Kern WB 94 min

    9:30 AM April in Paris (1952) Doris Day & Ray Bolger D David Butler WB 101 min p/s

    11:15 AM April Love (1957) Pat Boone & Shirley Jones D Henry Levin 20th Century Fox 97 min p/s

    Falling in Love

    1 PM Dear Heart (1964) Geraldine Page & Glenn Ford D Delbert Mann WB 114 min p/s

    3 PM Holiday (1938) Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant D George Cukor Columbia 93 min p/s

    4:45 PM The Clock (1945) Judy Garland & Robert Walker D Vincente Minnelli MGM 90 mins

    6:15 PM Top Hat (1935) Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers D Mark Sandrich RKO 99 min


    Spending Tuesday Night with Tuesday Weld

    8 PM The Five Pennies (1959) Danny Kaye & Barbara Bel Geddes D Melville Shavelson Paramount 117 min p/s

    10 PM Soldier in the Rain (1963) Jackie Gleason & Steve McQueen D Ralph Nelson Columbia 88 min p/s

    11:30 PM I Walk the Line (1970) Gregory Peck & Tuesday Weld D John Frankenheimer Columbia 95 min p/s

    1:15 AM Pretty Poison (1968) Anthony Perkins & Tuesday Weld D Noel Black 20th Century Fox 89 min p/s

    2:45 AM Lord Love a Duck (1966) Roddy McDowell & Tuesday Weld D George Axlerod UA 105 min p/s

    4:30 AM Serial (1980) Tuesday Weld & Sally Kellerman D Bill Persky Paramount 86 min Premiere

    Wednesday, April 6, 2023

    King of Nepotism: Blake Edwards (Second wife Julie Andrews, First Wife Costume Designer Patricia Edwards, Daughter Jennifer Edwards,  Step-Daughter Emma Walton)

    6 AM A Fine Mess (1986) Ted Danson & Howie Mandel D Blake Edwards Columbia 88 min Nepotism-Exempt Premiere #1

    7:30 AM That's Life! (1986) Jack Lemmon & Julie Andrews D Blake Edwards Columbia 102 min p/s

    9:15 AM S.O.B. (1981) Richard Mulligan & William Holden D Blake Edwards Lorimar/Paramount 121 min. P/s

    11:30 AM Sunset (1988) James Garner & Bruce Willis D Blake Edwards TriStar 107 min Nepotism-Exempt Premiere #2

    1:30 PM 10 (1979) Dudley Moore & Julie Andrews D Blake Edwards Orion 122 min p/s

    3:45 PM Darling Lili: The Director's Cut (1970) Julie Andrews & Rock Hudson D Blake Edwards Paramount 116 min p/s

    5:45 PM The Tamarind Seed (1974) Julie Andrews & Omar Sharif D Blake Edwards AVCO Embassy/ITC 122 min Premiere


    Guest Programmer: Waldo Lydecker from Laura (1944) -- Focusing on Broadway Stars/Directors on visits to Hollywood. Intros on the first 4.

    8 PM The Glass Menagerie (1950) Gertrude Lawrence & Jane Wyman D Irving Rapper WB 107 min GP-Exempt Premiere #1

    10 PM A Royal Scandal (1945) Talullah Bankhead & Charles Coburn D Ernst Lubitsch & Otto Preminger 20th Century Fox 94 min p/s

    11:45 PM Call Me Madam (1953) Ethel Merman & George Sanders D Walter Lang 20th Century Fox 117 min p/s

    1:45 AM Something for Everyone (1970) Michael York & Angela Lansbury D Harold Prince Cinema Center 112 min GP-Exempt Premiere #2

    3:45 AM The Guardsman (1931) Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontanne D Sidney Franklin MGM 89 min

    5:15 AM On Approval (1943) Beatrice Lillie & Clive Brook D Clive Brook Rank 80 min p/s

    Thursday, April 7, 2023

    Paintings Are Trouble

    6:45 AM The Locket (1946) Laraine Day & Robert Mitchum D John Brahm RKO 86 min

    8:15 AM The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) Hurd Hatfield & Angela Lansbury D Albert Lewin MGM 120 min

    10:15 AM The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) Humphrey Bogart & Barbara Stanwyck D Peter Godfrey WB 99 min


    TV Stars on the Big Screen

    12 PM Claudine (1974) Diahann Carroll & James Earl Jones D John Barry 20th Century Fox 92 min p/s

    1:45 PM Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Dick Van Dyke & Ann-Margret D George Sidney Columbia 112 min p/s

    3:45 PM Pete 'N Tillie (1972) Walter Matthau & Carol Burnett D Martin Ritt Universal 100 min p/s

    5:30 PM Ordinary People (1980) Timothy Hutton & Mary Tyler Moore D Robert Redford Paramount 123 min


    Star of the Month: Lillian Gish

    8 PM The Scarlet Letter (1926) Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson D Victor Seastrom MGM 97 min

    9:45 PM The Wind (1928) Lillian Gish & Lars Hanson D Victor Seastrom MGM 88 min

    11:15 PM Broken Blossoms (1919) Lillian Gish & Richard Barthelmess D DW Griffith UA 95 min p/d

    1 AM True Heart Susie (1919) Lillian Gish & Robert Harron D DW Griffith UA 93 min p/d

    2:45 AM Orphans of the Storm (1921) Lillian & Dorothy Gish D DW Griffith UA 125 min p/d

    5 AM The White Sister (1923) Lillian Gish & Ronald Colman D Henry King Metro 130 min

    Friday, April 8, 2023

    Editors On Screen

    7:15 AM Libeled Lady (1936) William Powell & Myrna Loy D Jack Conway MGM 98 min

    9 AM Teacher's Pet (1958) Clark Gable & Doris Day D George Seaton Paramount 120 min p/s

    11 AM Man Wanted (1932) Kay Francis & David Manners D William Dieterle WB 62 min

    12:15 PM Youngblood Hawke (1964) James Franciscus & Suzanne Pleshette D Delmer Daves WB 137 min p/s

    2:45 PM Love is News (1937) Tyrone Power & Loretta Young D Tay Garnett 20th Century Fox 78 min Profession Exempt Premiere #1

    4:15 PM Lady in the Dark (1944) Ginger Rogers & Ray Milland D Mitchell Leisen Paramount 100 min Profession Exempt Premiere #2

    6 PM Foreign Correspondent (1940) Joel McCrea & Laraine Day D Alfred Hitchcock UA 119 min p/s


    The Joys of Joan Blondell

    8 PM Blondie Johnson (1933) Joan Blondell & Chester Morris D Ray Enright WB 68 min

    9:15 PM Miss Pinkerton (1932) Joan Blondell & George Brent D Lloyd Bacon WB 66 min

    10:30 PM Havana Widows (1933) Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell D Ray Enright WB 62 min

    11:45 PM Night Nurse (1931) Barbara Stanwyck & Joan Blondell D William Wellman WB 72 min

    1 AM Union Depot (1932) Douglas Fairbanks Jr & Joan Blondell D Alfred E Green WB 68 min

    TCM Underground Double Feature: Faye Dunaway

    2:15 AM Mommie Dearest (1981) Faye Dunaway & Diana Scarwid D Frank Perry Paramount 129 min p/s

    4:30 AM Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) Faye Dunaway & Barry Primus D Jerry Schatzberg Universal 104 min Underground Exempt Premiere

    Saturday, April 9, 2023

    WB Gangsters

    6:15 AM A Slight Case of Murder (1938) Edward G Robinson & Jane Bryan D Lloyd Bacon WB 85 min

    7:45 AM The Little Giant (1933) Edward G Robinson & Mary Astor D Roy Del Ruth WB 74 min

    9 AM The Roaring Twenties (1939) James Cagney & Priscilla Lane D Raoul Walsh WB 104 min

    10:45 AM Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) James Cagney & Pat O'Brien D Michael Curtiz WB 97 min


    Rarely Seen WB

    12:30 PM The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960) Robert Preston & Dorothy McGuire D Delbert Mann WB 123 min o/s

    2:45 PM Beyond the Forest (1949) Bette Davis & Joseph Cotten D King Vidor WB 96 min 

    4:30 PM Tovarich (1937) Claudette Colbert & Charles Boyer D Anatole Litvak WB 98 min

    6:15 PM Three Secrets (1950) Eleanor Parker & Ruth Roman D Robert Wise WB 98 min p/s


    Jean Renoir

    8PM The River (1951) Patricia Walters & Nora Swinburne D Jean Renoir Janus 99 min p/s

    9:45 PM Grand Illusion (1938) Jean Gabin & Pierre Fresnay D Jean Renoir Janus/StudioCanal 117 min p/s

    Noir Alley #2 

    12 AM The House on 92nd Street (1945) William Eythe & Signe Hasso D Henry Hathaway 20th Century Fox 88 min p/s


    Late Night with Joan Fontaine

    1:45 AM Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) Joan Fontaine & Louis Jourdan D Max Ophuls UI 90 min p/s

    3:15 AM Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) Joan Fontaine & Burt Lancaster D Norman Foster UI  80 min. Premiere

    4:45 AM Maid's Night Out (1938) Joan Fontaine & Hedda Hopper D Ben Holmes RKO 64 min

    Waldo Lydecker as your GP???!!  What could be better than that?? I so admire a genius who can put a great schedule together this quickly!!  Great job, Cinema International.  And, I laughed out loud at Blake Edwards as the King of Nepotism.  You nailed it!

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  3. I noticed that the TCM shop was filled with mugs, baseball caps, t-shirts, etc. using the horrible new logo.  I wonder, I wonder if anybody is actually buying this stuff. TCM is also hedging their bets by having some items with the termed "classic logo" (i.e., that old, horrible thing that they couldn't wait to get rid of.)  The Christmas Mug is especially horrifying:    https://shop.tcm.com/tcm-holiday-mug/762184855202


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  4. On 1/4/2022 at 3:20 PM, cmovieviewer said:

    A minor point, but the Star of the Month is not always on Mondays as some may infer from the earlier post.  In fact, I suspect TCM moves it around based on who they want to be the host.

    Here are the Stars of the Month and the day of the month it was on since January of 2021:

    01 - Miriam Hopkins, Thu.
    02 - John Garfield, Tue.
    03 - Doris Day, Mon.
    04 - (31 Days of Oscar)
    05 - Movie Roberts, Mon.
    06 - Cyd Charisse, Tue.
    07 - Elvis Presley, Thu.
    08 - (Summer Under the Stars)
    09 - Paul Robeson, Sun.
    10 - Lucille Ball, Thu.
    11 - Sydney Greenstreet, Thu.
    12 - Ingrid Bergman, Wed.

    01 - Kay Francis, Mon.
    02 - Henry Fonda, Tue.

    For the 12 months that qualify from this list, the Star of the Month has been on Mondays only 3 times, which gives Dave Karger a 25% coverage.  If you count Alicia's hosting on Tuesdays, she has also covered SOTM 3 times (including next month), which leaves Ben to handle the other 6.

    Never said SOTMs were "always" on Monday.  Merely said that I'd prefer one of the other hosts handle 1930's - 1940's actor SOTMs (and "Salutes") because it seems clear to me that the classic era is not one in which Karger has much interest or depth of knowledge.  After all, when asked which director had an impact on his interest in films, he sure didn't say John Ford or Michael Curtiz or even Alfred Hitchcock. He said John Hughes.  I get it.  He's younger than Ben, Jacqueline or Eddie and that impacts the films/actors/directors he cares about. So, play to his strengths and interests and we'll all be happier.  When he talks about somebody like Florence Rice (a recent Monday night star salute) it's clear he hasn't a clue who she was or what she did.  He's just reading off the prompter.

    Obviously they alter the day of the week for the SOTM throughout the year  -- I'm betting Ben gets "first dibs" on selecting which stars he gets to intro.  I just think Karger would be better off doing more contemporary star salutes . . . as I said . . . merely my opinion.

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  5. 3 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

    I get what you're saying, and you have something nice to say about Ben, which is extraordinarily rare for the TCM Message Boards, so I believe you're coming from a place of sincerity and that you're not filled with a consuming desire to tear down everyone else, as I find so common in online communities. Your Brat Pack reference probably set me off. Reminded me of the days when Tiffany Vazquez was being described as a teenager by everyone on here. I think Dave is a few years younger than me. It's not uncommon to be starry-eyed about the works from your youth. I admire John Hughes' movies, too. I liked the reasons he gave for liking Penny Serenade the other night, which I went into detail on in the I Just Watched thread. I think he's trying to be as good at this job as any other he's had, and if he's lacking in expertise in movies of a certain era, I have confidence he's endeavoring to correct that.

    I'm a huge Ben fan (does that put me in the minority??) and while Karger is my least favorite host, I'm ok with all of them.  I just think he is the wrong host to be intro'ing SOTMs from the 1930's and 1940's since that is not his area of expertise or study.  If/when TCM loosens the pursestrings and starts making contemporary actors (Clooney, Streep, etc.)  SOTMs, then, I think he might be the perfect SOTM host.

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  6. 45 minutes ago, sewhite2000 said:

    Dave Karger has a highly distinguished and successful career in the entertainment media business. He's infinitely more accomplished than I can ever dream of being. I think your reduction of him sells him way short.

    An award-winning host, interviewer, and entertainment expert, Dave Karger has made over 170 live appearances on NBC's Today show and appears regularly as an expert and correspondent on E! and Access Hollywood. In 2015 Dave received the Publicists Guild Press Award honoring the year's outstanding entertainment journalist. In 2014 he was named one of OUT Magazine's "OUT 100," acknowledging the most influential people in the LGBT community. Dave has also been a guest host on Today, Access Hollywood Live, and Turner Classic Movies. From 2012 to 2016 Dave served as Chief Correspondent at Fandango, where he hosted the original video series "The Frontrunners" and "Weekend Ticket." "The Frontrunners" received a 2013 Webby Award nomination for Best Variety Series. Before that, Dave spent 17 years as a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, where he wrote over 50 cover stories, on subjects including George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, and Carrie Underwood. He also spearheaded Oscar coverage for the magazine and EW.com. In 2012 and 2013, Dave was the Academy's official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night, only the third person ever to hold that post. He also co-hosted the 2011 Oscars Digital Experience (produced by The Academy and ABC), which won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. He has served on the juries of the TriBeCa, Los Angeles, South By Southwest, and Florida Film Festivals. Dave graduated **** laude from Duke University.

    Regardless, his depth of knowledge is definitely in more "contemporary" filmmaking.  He evinces no particular interest in "the classic era," i.e., the 1930's - 1950's.  Jacqueline Stewart is an expert in silents and has taught film history for years.  Eddie Muller is a film noir expert and also has interest in other classic era filmmakers and actors.  Alicia Malone clearly loves classic film, its actors and craftspeople.  Ben is from a Hollywood legacy family and, besides, has been intro'ing classic films for quite a while now.  Karger was  clearly hired to fill the never-ending TCM need to cultivate younger viewers since his experience is with more contemporary films and actors.  Look at your list above.  He may know Clooney, but he sure doesn't know Kay Francis.

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  7. An iconic logo has been replaced by a meaningless one, the "Parade of Animated C's" is idiotic but, by far,  the worst thing is the music.  I swear if I hear that non-melodic, synchronized bumper music one more time, I will surely lose my mind.  It is the penultimate in inane and annoying.  

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  8. I was thrilled to see Ben do the initial intro about Kay Francis month.  When I realized her "night" was going to be Monday I thought:  "Why do they give Karger so many SOTMs?"  He really doesn't appear to have a clue about anything pre-1980 (Really?  Your favorite director is John Hughes?) and when he does intros about a classic star it is clear he is just reading what the prompter tells him to read. If there is a factual error in the copy as written (which happens more often than not) it never gets corrected by the likes of Karger.  My sense is that he has no depth of knowledge (or interest in) any studio system actor or director.  Any of the other 4 hosts would be better to intro a SOTM from the classic era.  Now . . . if he wants to intro Brat Pack films, that would be right up his alley.

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  9. It's hard to review this movie.  My overall feeling is that Sorkin (whose writing I normally love) tried to "stuff" too many events in 1 week (and 1 movie.)  This would have played much better as a 10 episode streamer though I'm not sure anyone could take Lucille Ball (as portrayed here) for 10 episodes.  My issue is not with Nicole Kidman's resemblance (or lack thereof) to Lucille Ball.  It's that she is portrayed as a talented, but extremely miserable  person.  Perhaps she was, but I think the audience would have preferred to spend more time learning about Ball's behind-the-scenes creative genius rather than experiencing Lucille Ball as jealous wife.  In "Being the Ricardos" her core motivation in life seems to be her obsession to get Desi Arnaz (an admitted philanderer of epic proportion) to "behave."  It's the reason she insisted upon doing "I Love Lucy" with Desi in the first place  --  to keep him "at home" more.  Even at the end of the film, when Lucy & Desi have beaten the "Red Scare" rap, (and should be celebrating) Sorkin insists on a downer end with a habitually unhappy Lucille Ball angrily confronting Desi ONE MORE TIME about his serial infidelity.  Give it a rest, lady (and Sorkin.)  Deal with it or divorce him.  He ain't gonna change.  Desi Arnaz fares much better in this biopic  -- he's shown to be talented, charming and a brilliant, creative  businessman who simultaneously handles:   high-maintenance Lucy,  a squabbling cast and crew, a very nervous sponsor and even J. Edgar Hoover with ease.  It's here where the lack of physical resemblance bothers me  --  Arnaz was such a  handsome guy  --  Javier Bardem is not  --- and somehow it got in the way for me though I thought his performance was fine.  

    Sorkin takes dramatic license to push a number of key events in the life of Ball/Arnaz and I Love Lucy (the TV pregnancy, the Red Scare, the Confidential scandal) into a single week, adds internecine on-set misery ( Frawley & Vance hate each other, the writers fight all the time,  what about the feminist point of view, the director's an idiot)  sprinkles in a ton of flashbacks (how they met, Lucy's RKO career, etc. etc. etc) to create one very confusing, annoying film.  With this kind of material and a couple of  fascinating protagonists, it could have been so much better. Forget the movie.  Listen to the podcast instead.

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  10. 13 hours ago, Oneeyeopen said:

    I agree with you Lydecker. They should also have Harry Belfonte, Sammy Davis, Jr. and add some of the specials he performed in like they did for Sinatra years ago. The late Gregory Hines, Diahnn Carroll, and, Woody Strode and  Rex Ingram.

    Those are all great suggestions (especially Harry Belafonte.) But, Hattie should get her SOTM first!

  11. 5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

    Dorothy Dandridge was Star of the Month.

    Hattie McDaniels had a Summer Under the Stars day and so did Woody Strode. So it's not out of the realm of possibility for either one of them to become Stars of the Month at some point.

    I think it's way past time for Hattie McDaniels to be SOTM.  Yes, I know, I know  --  she primarily played servants (and slaves) but, she is a fabulous actress, stole every scene she was in, was the first Black Actor to win an Oscar and she way more deserves this honor than Dorothy Dandridge who only did a handful of films. I have no idea what has been holding TCM back from making her SOTM.   She was a singer, appeared in radio and on TV (as well as film) and should be suitably honored in 2022. Her birthday's in June . . . sounds like a great month to finally honor Hattie McDaniel.

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  12. Did anyone notice (how could you miss it?) that the name Johnny O'Clock was repeated ceaselessly. "Johnny O'Clock, Johnny O'Clock . . . ." Argh!!!!  If it had been a drinking game, one would have been totally blotto within the first 20 minutes. 

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  13. 4 hours ago, Swithin said:

    Kay Francis is the highlight for me.  I'm also pleased that The Young Philadelphians (my favorite Paul Newman movie) will be shown. I had to replace my cable box, so I lost my TIVO'd movies. Glad about  Putney Swope as well.

    I'm looking forward to January as well.  Love Kay and The Young Philadelphians may be my favorite Paul Newman film as well.  





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  14. 10 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

    Yes. I love Danny Kaye.  I also love him in the "Choreography" number because it's just so delightfully weird. I agree about "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing." It's such a beautiful number.  I think White Christmas was originally meant to be a reunion between Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, but Fred wasn't available for whatever reason.  Then I think Donald O'Connor was linked to the film at some point, but he either was sick or had a conflict or whatever happened, it doesn't matter. He was out.  Then Danny Kaye was brought in.  I am so happy that things worked out how they did.  I love Vera-Ellen and I love Danny Kaye.  It's a shame that Rosemary Clooney's acting career didn't really pan out, but maybe she was more comfortable singing and she was definitely good at it.  Her black dress in the "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" number is gorgeous.  That dress fits her like a glove.  I also love the black and red dress she wears in the "Mr. Bones" number. I hate how people instantly only want to comment on how thin Vera-Ellen is in this film, and completely ignore her fantastic dancing.  I especially love the "Abraham" routine. 

    I love Mary Wickes, she is hilarious.  Though every time I see her, I think of her as Lucy Ricardo's ballet instructor.  "A one, a two, a three, a four..."

    I agree with you about the ballerinas.  

    I love Bing Crosby's "musician speak" that he uses throughout the film, like when he tells Rosemary Clooney to "bring the cow" (i.e. bring the milk) over to the table. 

    Now I'm trying to decide if it's too early in the year to watch "White Christmas." 

    It is never too soon to watch White Christmas.  Also, I wanted to give a special shout out to Vera-Ellen.  I think she is the best female dancer, ever and never gets her due.  She is a joy to watch in this film  --  whether she is dancing or not.  I love her scenes with Danny Kaye.  They are quite the funny pair.  I also love her with Astaire in Three Little Words.  

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  15. 2 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

    I love White Christmas.  You're correct that White Christmas isn't trying to put on a play.  I think they're putting more of a revue together, so it's just a series of individual performances and routines. And not that Bing and Danny aren't trying to put together a quality show, but I think it is something that was thrown together on the fly in light of learning that General Waverly is about to lose everything. 

    I also love Rosemary's "Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me" song that she performs outside of Bing and Danny's show.  This of course is shown when Rosemary temporarily leaves the show and goes to New York to make it on her own as a singer.

    I love the whole damn thing.  Not usually a Danny Kaye fan, I think he's hysterical in WC.  "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" is wonderful and one of my favorite musical numbers ever and, like you, I  love "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" (Rosemary is very sexy looking and singing!) Dean Jagger is great, Mary Wickes is great and my only small complaint are those annoying little ballerinas taking up space in the final number.

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  16. 3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

    Are Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas set to snap up £9.75million home near Harrods? Couple who've already amassed a huge worldwide property empire are now 'seeking a bolthole in London'

    Are Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas set to snap up £9.75million home near

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, 52, (Pictured left) and Michael Douglas, 77, (Bottom left) appear to be seeking a bolthole in London, just around the corner from Harrods after they were pictured leaving a Knightsbridge townhouse. The Oscar-winning couple, who share a birthday, have bought and sold several homes. The pair own a mansion overlooking the Lighthouse in Mumbles, Swansea (Top middle) and are thought to own a 12,000sq ft manor house in Irvington, New York, bought for £3.6 million in 2019 - with an indoor pool and sprawling gardens (bottom middle). The Oscar-winning couple's Villa S'Estaca in Mallorca was put on the market for £26 million (Top right) in 2014 and Ms Zeta-Jones's childhood home, in the Mayals suburb, went on the market for £475,000 in 2006 (Bottom right).

    Poor little rich folks!  Rumored to also own (or previously owned) a large estate in Bermuda as well.  And, you're not supposed to be able to own property in Bermuda unless you are a native Bermudian but . . . you know . . . money talks!

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  17. 14 hours ago, Dargo said:

    Dissenting vote to follow....well okay, kind'a sort'a anyway. Truth is, I like 'em both, and although I DO have to admit the original is a bit better overall.

    I've always thought Sinatra was especially good in the role of Mike the reporter. And, I think what saves this musical remake is the singing "duel" between Frank and Bing, THE two biggest recording artists of the mid-20th century at that time, in the "What a Swell Party This Is" number done in the mansion's study. Always have considered this number the real show stopper of the film.

    (...c'mon now, HOW can you not like it when Bing sings his signature "Boo boo boo boo" during it, and in immediate reply to it Frank sings "Don't dig that kind'a croonin', chum", and to which Bing then says "You must be one of the newer fellas"...c'mon, ya GOTTA appreciate THAT at least for cryin' out loud, RIGHT?!!!)


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