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Posts posted by Dargo

  1. 50 minutes ago, TomJH said:


    If only there could have been a screen collaboration between these two film classics with the Duke swatting away paper plate flying saucers and Tor Johnson trying to carry away Susan Hayward as she does her exotic dance with a sword.

    And it would have been an immortal screen moment when Genghis Wayne pants "This Tartar woman make my blood run hot" only to have the chief alien respond, "You see? You're stupid, stupid, STUPID" with the Duke then punching him through a rocket ship window.

    What a classic it could have been!


    "So you gettie in stupid looking rocket ship?"

    "No but me gettie hot for Vampira! Don't tell Tartar woman. She so jealous."

    Yeah, and throw in three nuns out of their habits AND eveyone in it being swarmed by killer bees here Tom, and yeah, I'd pay to see this one, alright.

    (...and especially if it was Mary Tyler Moore that Tor was hauling around in his arms...she had a terrific set of gams, ya know)

  2. 12 hours ago, ElCid said:

    I have a 39" HD TV and all my DVD's and 90% of TV shows are full screen.  However, some shrink with bars on sides or top and bottom or all four.

    Last night I watched Journal of A Crime (1934) on TCM On Demand on Spectrum cable.  The screen shrank from 39" to 21" with bars on all four sides.  What's the reason for this?

    Hey Cid! I've just discovered the reason for this "shrinkage" here.

    The people at Spectrum have admitted that during one of their routine maintenace proceedures and while cleaning up some issues with their service, one of their newer technicians mistakenly washed their cable feed in hot water.

    And then to further compound his mistake, instead of lying it flat to let it dry, he chucked it in the dryer.


    (...sorry, couldn't resist)  ;)

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  3. 8 minutes ago, TomJH said:

    Perhaps so but the way Gulager saw it, since it was  Marvin's last scenes to be filmed, Marvin showed up drunk because he could get away with it. And he did.

    Having said that, though, Lee is excellent in those scenes so maybe his drunken state did add to the performance.

    A couple of years later, though, Marvin drunkenness during the making of The Professionals back fired on him when Burt Lancaster picked him up and dangled him over the edge of a cliff, threatening to drop him off it the next time he showed up drunk. Marvin, I understand, was sober during the making of the rest of the film.

    Sounds like a story Marvin himself might've told to Johnny Carson during one of his appearances on the old Tonight Show.

    He usually was a pretty entertaining guest and often told these kind of tales of stories about himself and his movie co-stars "exploits" such as this, if you recall.

    (...always loved the one about how he was awarded the Purple Heart during the Battle of Saipan, and where, "anatomically speaking", he was wounded by gunfire)

  4. 17 minutes ago, TomJH said:

    The Criterion DVD release of both versions of The Killers features an interesting 2002 interview that Clu Gulaher had about the making of his version.

    The film was originally filmed for television but eventually got a theatrical release instead after it was deemed to be too violent for home viewing. Gulager had great respect for Lee Marvin as an actor though he called him the most insecure actor he ever met. Still, he thought he gave a great performance in the film. He also said that Marvin arrived hours late, drunk as a skunk for his final scenes in the film when his character is wounded and dies and what we see on screen is, indeed, a drunken actor in those final scenes.


    Well, maybe Lee thought being drunk would add to his character's mortally wounded death throe scenes, Tom? And in fact, and now that you brought this up, I think it did.

    (...of course this now brings to mind the old story about what Olivier was reported to have said to Duston 'Hoffman during the filming of Marathon Man, and after Hoffman reported to the set after purposely staying up all night the night prior with no sleep...after Olivier querried him as to why he did this prior to their scene being filmed and Hoffman saying it was because he wanted to appear as disheveled and tired as he could, Olivier supposedly replied with, "Why not try acting? It's much easier.") 

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  5. I liked this version of The Killers well enough (I think it might have been the third time I've ever watched it over the years), but no, there's no way this version even comes close to the quality of the 1946 version.

    First, IMO, Robert Siodmak's direction in the '46 version is far superior to Don Siegel's in the latter. And, so is the cinematography.

    Secondly, I've never EVER found Angie Dickenson to be all that attractive. Or, perhaps to paraphrase Sen. Lloyd Bentsen's famous line, "I know Ava Gardner, and Angie, you're no Ava Gardner". (sorry, MissW  ;) )  And besides, I've always loved the final scene in the original and were Ava pleads not for her life (as Angie does), but for her dying sugar daddy to exonerate her to the police as she's being taken away by them. The remake in my view contains too much unnecessary bloodshed, and which I think lessens the impact of the film's conclusion and seems almost too easy and simple of an ending for this story.

    Now, being the gearhead that I am, I DID enjoy looking at all the classic race and passenger cars in the remake and which of course served the purpose of showing Cassavettes as a race car driver whose services as such would be of later use in the plot in this version.

    (...but other than that, nope, its "2.5 to 3-star" rating as compared to the original's 4-star rating is and continues to be perfectly understandable in my view)

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  6. 4 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    There's a name for that:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braess's_paradox

    The original idea applied to adding new roads to a road network, but the concept has also been applied to adding lanes to existing roads.

    Thanks, Tex! Interesting.

    Didn't know there had been a name applied to this phenomenon.

    (...although basically doesn't this sort'a thing all kind'a boil down to the idea that the human race is continuing to pop out more and more people at an ever increasing rate, and they gotta live and work SOMEWHERE in this freakin' world, RIGHT?!!!)  ;)

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  7. 21 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

    The revelation is that after 62 years they still haven't fixed that traffic jam (under the arches of High Bridge) caused by the interchange from the Major Deegan Expressway shown to the Cross Bronx/ George Washington Bridge approach. It in the exact place its always been.


    Aaah, so not anything to do with ancient Romans then, eh?!  ;)

    Ya know CJ, this whole "traffic jam" thing and those folks in NYC not doing anything about fixing it in that location after 62 years is really a moot point, don't ya?!

    Uh-huh, take it from an ol' L.A. boy here. Caltrans has probably widened  the freakin' 405 (aka the San Deigo Fwy) at least half a dozen times since IT was built around 62 years ago TOO, and it's STILL a freakin' parking lot most hours of the day!!!

    (...or in other words, whatever they do, it's always gonna be to no avail in these regards!)  ;) 

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  8. 21 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

    For greater New York City TCM message board members only (Odds Against Tomorrow  (1959)


     what is the undeniable revelation you will see in the image?

    I dunno, CJ.

    Maybe that the Roman Conquests actually made its way across the Atlantic at one point and started building viaducts in what would later become known as Brooklyn???

    (...well, that's the "revelation" I'M gettin' from that pic up there anyway!)  ;) 

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  9. 3 hours ago, SansFin said:

    I have been re-watching the series: Perry Mason (1957–1966). I notice that many of the automobiles are Ford. It was slightly amusing that there is a scene where both Paul Drake and Perry Mason are driving black Thunderbird convertibles. 

    Ah yes. Like this...



    ...and then later, this...


    Btw Sans, did you know that Ford had to ask permission to use the name "Thunderbird" from the Triumph Motorcycle Co. of England which had had a model named that since 1950? And, with perhaps the most notable example of this motorcycle being that it was a 1950 Triumph Thunderbird which Marlon Brando rode in the film The Wild One...




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  10. 2 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

    John Wayne

    Should we be surprised by John Wayne's racist and homophobic views? |  Caspar Salmon | Film | The Guardian


    jon voight

    Midnight Cowboy | The Iron Cupcake


    Oh yeah, Nip! If only Big Duke there JUST would've been a little younger at the time, I can really see him playing a would-be and inept gigolo in Midnight Cowboy, or maybe even playing the bitter wheelchair-bound anti-Vietnam War vet in another from Voight's filmography.

    (...now, you wouldn't have thought of this because Mr. Voight's political leanings now days seem to have coalesced with that of what Mr. Wayne's were, did you?) ;)


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  11. 36 minutes ago, SansFin said:

    Yes ... but ... I do not know how to say this ... I suppose I will just have to blurt it out ... ready? ... It's a Ford!?!?! 

    I try very hard to have an open mind for many things but this is far beyond the pale.


    Yes yes, I know, Sans. I've never been much of a Ford guy myself. The only Ford I've ever owned was a pretty worn out 1965 Mustang convertible back in the late-'70s.

    But, ya gotta admit there have been some beautiful cars made by that marque over the years. Take for instance another one of my Dream Cars here...



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  12. 2 hours ago, txfilmfan said:

    Wikipedia and IMDb both state most of it was shot at the studio, with some scenes shot at Janss Conejo Ranch, which is now Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks.

    Yeah, but how do we know that this information is really true?

    (...I mean, you know what they say about "printing the legend" don't ya, Tex?!)  


  13. 31 minutes ago, SansFin said:

    I should perhaps say that my current vehicle is: 1966 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Four-Door Hardtop. It is nineteen feet long and weighs: 4,250 pounds. It is a loaner while front end of my automobile is being rebuilt. I was told this would require up to three weeks. I was told that in November.  Is it any wonder that I dream of driving itsy-bitsy things?

    Yeah, those mid-'60s "Yank Tanks" don't come too much bigger, longer and heavier than that alright, Sans.

    And speaking of which...

    While I've always preferred driving smaller and sporter and better handling cars myself (you might remember I've owned for many years now a Porsche 550 Spyder replica similar to the one James Dean met his maker in), I gotta say even though the following is also a big, long and heavy cruiser, it has always had a place on my list of Dream Cars...


    (...yep, nothin' has ever said "Jet Age styling" louder than THESE babies alright...the 1961-63 Ford Thunderbirds)

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  14. 2 hours ago, Bogie56 said:


    There were a lot of these around when I was a kid.

    In the early '90s and the second time I visited Munich, my wife and I happened upon an Isetta rally taking place in the parking lot of the BMW museum there.

    (...there were scores of these cute little suckers there that day)

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  15. 8 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Walter Slezak also gives another fine performance in a noir film.    He was in The Fallen Sparrow,   Cornered,    and Born to Kill:

     From Wiki:  He also played a cheerfully corrupt and philosophical private detective in the film noir Born to Kill (1947) 

    (of course nothing tops what he did in Bedtime for Bonzo!).



    Ya know James, ever since I was a kid, I always looked forward to seeing ol' sleezy Slezak in a movie.

    (...he seemed to always make whatever character he was playing an especially interesting one, and often steal the scenes he shared with the leads in the film)

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  16. 23 hours ago, ElCid said:

    I skipped it this time.  It is OK, but never much cared for it.

    I always kind'a felt this way about it too Cid...that is until I watched it again last Saturday night. 

    It seemed to click more with me this time and as I more noticed how excellently this film was shot by director Robert Wise and his cimematographer Robert De Grasse.

    (...and now I think those aspects of it alone have moved  it higher on my list of favorite Noirs ever made)

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  17. 29 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    I actually grew up in southern OK in the 60s and 70s, halfway between DFW and OKC.   DFW airport is actually a bit closer than the OKC airport. 

    Prior to deregulation, we'd use either Greater SW Airport (Ft. Worth - no longer exists), Love Field and DFW (after it opened), or Will Rogers.  After deregulation, we almost always flew out of Dallas, as the hubs started developing.

    AMA was the only TWA city before deregulation, I believe.   My Dad would fly TWA out of OKC to the east, usually St. Louis and NYC.  I think those were Ozark cities before.

    Yep, Tex. You got it right. Amarillo is the correct answer.

    And I knew this because my first airline job was working at the TWA reservation center in downtown Los Angeles from 1972-1977. One of THE most monotonous and brain-sucking jobs anyone could ever have.

    And so in '77, I quit and got a job at LAX with...



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