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  1. *That is a beautiful photograph of her! There's no doubt about the fact that this red headed star had a certain kind of beauty but again, there is something in the eyes that was rather cold and impenetrable. It seemed as though you might be able to get just so far with Ms. Parker but no farther...not one inch! I did watch all the films broadcast in June and haven't seen anything to change my mind but that doesn't change the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the films I had missed through the years. She never seemed to overplay anything and perhaps that's exactly what she meant to do. The only thing is that I realized I had seen some of the films she was in before but thoroughly discounted her performance as one of a secondary player rather than the star of the film! I don't know if I can explain that to anyone's satisfaction but I do hope someone out there knows what I mean when I say that!* B-)
  2. *I have really been enjoying Mondays in June because of all the Eleanor Parker films I have finally seen after all these years. It must be a by-product of the fact that Ms. Parkers films are not heavily touted that I missed most of the body of her work outside of the films she did with major studio stars such as Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Paul Henreid, Stewart Granger, John Garfield, Kirk Douglas and more! I seem to have missed many of the films she made in the 40's and I am surprised at that since I've been a classic movie lover all my life! I am more familiar with what she did in the 50's than those that were done earler and never considered her a 40's star! Well, I've been pleasantly surprised and have found a new talent to watch for here on TCM!* *One impression I never had of her is something I just noticed...and that is what an ice queen she really was. There is something in the eyes that seems to be impenetrable and rather disturbing!* *Even when she plays a woman in love it is there and I cannot help but be curious as to the impression she made on her leading men through the years.* *I really think her talents might have been put to extended use by having her play more of the rather borderline crazy and disturbed characters ala "Caged" as well as women who were steely and calculating ala "Of Human Bondage."* *One genre I do not see her in is anything comedic and a**lthough she had much better than adequate looks she never quite made it click as a screen beauty both of which might have been evident in a film such as "Scaramouche!" I think that may be because there didn't seem to be a palpable or reachable heart and soul in there. She could register pain fairly well but even that had a "Stop right there" quality to it.* *There always seemed to be an unknown quality, a mysterious reason for her inability to fully blossom that was underlying in all her films.* *Despite her three Academy Award nominations Eleanor Parker did not leave the lasting impression of stars like Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Deborah Kerr and several others whose names and performances are so memorable and have stood the test of time.* *I must say that now that I've mentioned so many of her films I have seen more than I thought I had to begin with. It's curious then that the impression I am still left with is one that is disjointed!* *In the end, perhaps that is exactly as she would have liked it to be...every performance unique and every performance unlike the one before. But still...the Ice Queen theme runs through!*
  3. *Peter Lawford Day? You must be kidding! Lawford was an also ran...a totally second banana. Why should he rate a day on TCM? I agree with you Ascotrudgeracer!*
  4. *The biggest disappointment of my day with TCM and Burt Lancaster was "The Leopard" which was shown in the 8:00 PM prime-time slot. It's no wonder I had never heard of it or seen it before! The cinematography was wonderful but the story itself was altogether boring.* *This isn't the first disappointment in the "Summer Under The Stars" series and I'm certain it won't be the last. Every day this month I've been disappointed in some of the movies that were chosen to represent a star's body of work. This month has been more like one in which TCM bought the films no one wants to see. That's not to say that most stars didn't have a few films shown that were their best but the rest is not much more than time filler.*
  5. *I know that all you silent film buffs are going to give me a really hard time with this, however, I for one do not see the wonder in presenting 24 hours of silent films. Come to think of it, I fail to see the wonder of presenting 24 hours of films starring any one film star! Silent films are not one genre of my favorites but I certainly can understand that this is supposed to be a classic movie station and silent films absolutely belong on this channel. If TCM wants to showcase an actor or actress why can't they do so without monopolizing the entire 24 hour block?* *As good an actor as Lon Chaney was I cannot bear to see many of his films in a row because his acting choices always involved miming the less fortunate or grotesque. It feels like the entire day is in repeat mode and 24 hours is a long time. With other great stars it's a bit more tolerable because they appeared in many different types of movies...but I still maintain that 24 hours is too much of any good thing and most especially when the entire month is taken up with this type of tribute. What do you think?*
  6. *Yes Valentine...I agree with you wholeheartedly. There are also many "B" movies and perhaps a few "C" films peppered in that I consider to be classics. I own well over a thousand movies and feel lucky to have bought some of them when I did since many have been taken off the market. We all have our favorites and that is how it should be. I think TCM does a fair job in broadcasting most of our favorites but I still feel there are too many others that are aired that just don't fit the bill of a classic movie. It's only my opinion and I don't expect anyone to rally around the flag and echo my sentiments. To each his/her own! Thanks for the welcome.*
  7. *To TikiSoo*: *The reason I use bold print is so I can see it better while typing.* *To my knowledge about nettiquette only capitalization denotes shouting.* *The site gives me the options and I use them.* *I may even use color if it pleases me at that moment.* *I don't post here or anywhere else in order to endear myself to you. I post because I have an opinion. If you don't like that opinion or find it not useful then I suggest you move on. And you have the nerve to talk about being SNARKY? I'll critcize the station any time I feel the need to. Of course they have job to do as do we all. That certainly does not mean you should keep your thoughts to yourself. What I am doing is utilizing a forum designed to share whatever information one feels might be of interest to some and, perhaps, should be put on the boards.* *Amen!*
  8. *Now that we've approached mid-year on TCM, five of my favorite films I have seen so far this year include the following movies; "You Can't Take It With You," "Gigi," "Friendly Persuasion," "Ben-Hur" and "South Pacific."* *Ten of my favorite classic films are these; "Gone With The Wind," The Wizard Of Oz," "The Search," "Moby Dick," "The Snake Pit," "A Christmas Carol" (the Alastair Sim version), "Judgment At Nuremberg," "I Want To Live," "My Man Godfrey" and "The Private Lives Of Elizabeth & Essex."* *Actually I have so many favorite films that they are too numerous to mention here. I'd be certain that some of your favorites would also be mine. I'd like to hear from you guys as to mid-year favorites as well as personal favorites.* Edited by: Kuklapolitan on Jun 30, 2011 7:22 PM
  9. *I just wanted to thank all of you for weighing back in with your comments. We all have our thoughts as to what a true classic film is and we all know what a "B" movie is. I'm just surprised that I've had to make a "C" list on TCM as well. I know we would agree on most classics which are too many to list here and we may even overlap in our feelings about "B" movies that ought to be classics and vice versa. I believe, to some extent, that the term "Classic Film" may be a subjective one as we all have some favorites that don't quite fit the bill but remain in our hearts forever more.* *I've just begun to take an interest in posting and writing some reciews on films I like and dislike. It's kind of a fun thing to do most times. I certainly didn't mean to start a war with my first post. I can be combative but I don't really like to be if I can help it. One last thing...I will always be glad there is a station like TCM so I can enjoy, along with many others, the films that have stood the test of time and remained beloved by all. I look forward to those films and a few others I have discovered on TCM this past year. I do watch movies that I've never seen before and am always surprised at my reaction to them. It's either where have you been all my life or are they crazy putting a film like this on a classic station?* Edited by: Kuklapolitan on Jun 30, 2011 7:23 PM
  10. *I surely thank all of you for not understanding what I said. It is obviously a subjective comment. Having said that let me correct you on a few things. I am NOT a he...this is something you assumed. I am not new to film or classic movie channels. I am 64 years of age and have loved movies since I was 9 years old. I know a classic when I see one and I'll call a klunker just that when I happen to run across it. I've only been watching TMC for a year and I find my comment to be appropriate for all intents and purposes. I really don't care how many people have said it before I did* *and your pointing it out only makes me believe that it has to be a point well taken or not many would have mentioned it to begin with*. *Thanks for your friendly response and thanks for playing!*
  11. *I have been watching TCM for about a year now and am surprised at how many films they show that are not classics at all. TCM needs to learn what a true classic consists of. Age does not make a mediocre film any better! No matter how many years ago the film was put out, a lousy film remains lousy. Some days are better than others but overall I must say that TCM depends upon filler rather than true classics.*
  12. If they ever have a Joan Crawford marathon weekend it would be absolute torture for me to sit through it. Although I have seen almost all of her films I really can't stand her at all. The roles she chose made her the consummate "*****" and showed no depth or broadness whatsoever. Her face grew to be little more than a mask and was never pleasing to the eye. I just watched "Torch Song" the other day. I hadn't seen it in years and it was billed as her first role in Technicolor (she had done color in a previous movie many years before this). Here you see her terribly wicked face in 1953 and the kind of personality that became her signature throughout every film she ever made. A weekend with Joan Crawford? Not me!
  13. It's six months into the year and I can only wonder why there are so many repeats over these last months. I have only been watching since last summer and have the 2011 Movie Guide which lists the thousands of titles that you have for sale. Do you not also have these titles in your archives? Here I am watching "Oceans Eleven" for at least the fourth time this year. I usually begin watching at about 2:00 PM in the afternoon and never change the channel until a little after 10:00 PM at night. There are so many movies you never air and yet all the repeats in this time frame are too numerous to mention. I think your scheduling is really awful and don't understand why it should be that way. Please address this issue so that your audience is a bit more satisfied with what the channel offers.
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