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KidChaplin

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  1. I had a question about the outdoor backlots and city scenes of places like Paramount Studios. I just watched the "Chicago" episode of "Little House on the Prairie" and had read that Michael Landon used the Paramount backlot for Chicago and Old Tuscon studios for Sleepy Eye. I went to the Google overhead to look at Paramount's backlot and to then to their website to look at the Chicago set and it looks pretty different from LHOTP. Do the studios redesign and reconstruct outdoor sets after so many years to keep them fresh? I know they get decorated and set up for the shows and movies as needed,
  2. Hopefully, I worded my point clearly. I didnt want to give the impression of misrepresenting animated acting to acting a scene that had to be emotional or intense. What I am referring to is something like the way a man would grab a woman by both shoulders and slam her into him, the eyes are darting all about, the woman looking like she is melting with love and scared to death at the same time. He slams his mouth into hers. Their faces smashed together. That kind of acting. I know there are scenes like that in modern day, but scenes like I described seemed more commonplace than now. One g
  3. When I say ACTING!, I reference the over the top actor character of Jon Lovitz on SNL. I was wondering what your impressions are of how acting has evolved. How actors were more over the top or animated in the classic years compared to today. I'm not saying some actors of today dont overact, but I refer to the common over animated acting of the classic years to today's. Being in the silent movies, you had to really get yourself across with your face and body, but what is your opinion of why actors continued to be so active and animated in the classic years?
  4. I knew the director controlled everything. I was just wondering if I was overthinking the process. If a close up shot goes wrong (flubbed or forgotten lines, someone trips and falls in the shot, etc.), did the background actors, as a crowd, just keep milling and mingling? Or did the entire crowd come to a stop? Did the director stop everyone? I have seen indoor crowded places, like a restaurant scene, all stop in bloopers. But that's a lot more easy to manage, I figure.
  5. A background actors digest? 🀨 Sorry.....just trying to fathom a "background actors digest." I'da never thought something like that existed. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. Thanks Tiki. I didnt even notice that. πŸ™„
  7. Again, my curiosity started in again while watching a "Little House on the Prairie" and it's something I never thought of before. There is one episode titled "Meet Me at the Fair" in which the Ingalls and Olesons attend the county fair. My curiosity peeked when they were doing close scenes of the Ingalls, but there were scores of people in the background. I didn't know if someone here could answer....if a tv show or movie is doing a close scene in a huge area where there are lots of people and something goes wrong where they have to cut the scene and do it again (or again and again), do t
  8. THANK you, txfilmfan. I do not know how I keep missing things like this. I was looking all over and never saw this.
  9. Some city scenes in "Little House on the Prairie" used an outdoor backlot that had a big fountain that Michael Landon liked to use a lot. This particular set was used for Chicago and a couple of other cities during the Little House run. Can anyone tell me what backlot they used and maybe where that fountain was? Again, I have been turning the internet inside out, but just cant seem to come up with the answer. I was thinking it was Warner Brothers backlot. If it was, it looks like the fountain is long gone from Google satellite view. Thanks!
  10. I was just watching "The Andy Griffith Show" episode, "A Date for Gomer" where Gomer gets fixed up for a dance with Thelma Lou's cousin played by Mary Grace Canfield. If you know the episode, Barney refers to her as a dog and goes on about how homely she is. I wondered about a part like that, and many others, where an actor or actress gets the call to play the ugly or homely part without using makeup effects. They get these parts because of their actual looks. Can anyone here shed light on this? Does a studio (writers, producers, etc.) think "Hey, I know who'd be perfect for this p
  11. Thought I would post this again for anyone who didnt see it.... I think I wrote this before a long time ago, but I'll post it again. One celebrity, who was said to be a real pompous snide when it came to an autograph, was Jerry Lewis. After the performance of "Damn Yankees" in Kansas City, I waited at the stage door exit of the theater for them to exit and HOPEfully get his autograph. It was blazing cold, lightly sleeting and he had a nice warm car waiting for him at the curb directly outside the stage doors. He emerged and I gently approached him and said "Mr. Lewis?" He sto
  12. This may be a strange thread, but I was wondering if there's anyone on here that heard for themselves or knew others that might have heard filming from their own home or neighborhood? What I mean by this is as I have submerged myself more into the subject of backlot and location filming, I have wondered about people near the old Desilu/40 Acres backlot that might have heard the explosions from "Hogan's Heroes" or horn honking from "The Andy Griffith Show." Things like that. I had thought of people outside in their yard or driveway and heard "BOOM" and was like "Oh, must be Hogan's again.
  13. Yeah, Sepiatone.. I know there are a lot of them. Those are two that just popped into my head. Speaking of Dabbs Greer, I would count him as one of the all time great character actors. If there was an Oscars, strictly for character actors, he would've walked away with a wheelbarrow full. I went to Greer's grave in southern Missouri and there was a small, framed picture of the Ingalls on his stone. 😒
  14. Does it bother anyone to see the same actor reappear four, five six times on one show like John Anderson in "The Rifleman" or Forrest Lewis in "The Andy Griffith Show as examples. I know my wife and I joke about Anderson on 'The Rifleman" like "My God, how many times do you need to be killed?!" πŸ˜„
  15. I'm with Sepiatone on this. I rarely see new movies today and havent seen a steady stream of actors to know who are character actors and who isnt. I do watch movies of today, but not on a consistent basis. There might be someone I see where I think "Did...did I see him/her before?" but that's about it. πŸ™„
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