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Sgt_Markoff

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  1. In that case I'd have to turn the other checque! :lol:

    (That's possibly a good trivia question: what are some memorable moments where a character got slapped and how did they react?)

    By the way I guess this juncture is just as good as any to warn you all that I'm often 'in my cups' when posting. If you read any heart-rending confessions or impassioned soap-box spouting, that's likely the reason. But y'see I'm under strict doctor's orders to consume at least a fifth of vermouth every evening; (cutting it with some vodka to make it go down easier). Just a word to the wise!

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  2. In my household, we grew up with the following stars: Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, James Garner, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Bruce Lee, Tom Laughlin, Woody Strode.

    Without looking at anyone else's Eastwood picks, I would name the following as my (personal) top ten in descending order. I might add one or two more, if given the room. I dig seeing him spray German soldiers with endless bursts of submachine gun fire in 'Where Eagles Dare' but it's eh, no worry. On the back end, none of his modern films make any impression on me.

    1. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    3. Dirty Harry
    4. High Plains Drifter
    5. Kelly's Heroes
    6. The Eiger Sanction
    7. Joe Kidd
    8. Thunderbolt & Lightfoot
    9. Every Which Way But Loose
    10. Escape from Alcatraz

     

     

  3. Contact Barry at VenerableRadio. The 78rpm record database he used for his streaming media station had a search function --to which I always used to turn --to help identify "song version mysteries" like this.

    For instance if I heard a version of "Anything Goes" on his playlist, (streamed through my PC's media player) I'd navigate to the station website, navigate to the search page, type in, "Anything Goes" and I'd see every version contained in the song database from which his server pulled tracks from.

    He didn't design the audio collection himself; he purchased most of it ready-made--which means the same data is available if you find anyone else hosting the same type of station set-up.

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  4. Is that the Ladd flick where he saves a Catholic nun? The movie where he goes undercover in a gang planning an armored car robbery? I've seen it. Although I like Ladd, he does have the most maddeningly slow delivery of his lines. Its perfect for westerns but...anyway there is one memorable scene in this movie (which otherwise I found somewhat tepid). Jack Webb is a fellow conspirator in the gang and he doesn't like Ladd at all; he's suspicious of him. For some contrived reason they're playing a game of handball together at the YMCA and Webb is giving Ladd a rough time (pushing, shoving). Ladd sucker-punches him to the ground. Ka-BAM.

    But its still somewhat of a tempest in a teacup; neither man (to my knowledge) was more than a flyweight.

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  5. I used to keep a list of all these titles handy, but inexplicable today, I can't find it. So, I will gamely try to rattle off as many as possible (just going off my shirt-cuff)

    1. 'The Fugitive' with David Janssen (#1 favorite all-time TV show).
    2. 'It Takes a Thief' (Robert Wagner and Fred Astaire)
    3. Police Squad!
    4. Mission Impossible (original)
    5. The Honeymooners
    6. The Ernie Kovacs Show
    7. The Rockford Files
    8. Kung Fu
    9. Monty Python's Flying Circus

    The rest in no order:

    • All in the Family
    • Barney Miller
    • NBC Mystery Movie: Columbo, MacMillan & Wife, McCloud
    • Taxi
    • MASH
    • Chase!
    • Candid Camera
    • WKRP in Cincinnatti
    • Hill Street Blues
    • Cheers
    • The Steve Allen Show
    • Steve Allen's 'Meeting of the Minds'
    • Stingray
    • Magnum, PI
    • Simon & Simon
    • The Rat Patrol
    • Combat!
    • Police Story
    • Twilight Zone
    • The Outer Limits
    • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    • Land of the Giants
    • Benny Hill
    • Three Stooges
    • Little Rascals
    • Hanna Barbera
    • Tom & Jerry
    • Warner Bros Cartoons
    • The Munsters
    • My Favorite Martian
    • Beverly Hillbillies
    • Adams Family
    • Andy Griffith Show
    • Laugh-in
    • Dick van Dyke Show
    • Mary Tyler Moore
    • Saturday Night Live ('Belushi yrs' only)
    • Dragnet, Adam-12, Emergency!
    • The Rifleman
    • High Chaparral
    • Wanted: Dead or Alive
    • Rawhide
    • The Gong Show
    • Johnny Carson
    • David Letterman
    • Captain Scarlet vs the Mysterons
    • Star Trek (original)
    • Space Giants
    • Lost in Space
    • Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot
    • Speed Racer
    • Three's Company
    • Johnny Quest
    • Black Sheep Squadron
    • Ultra-Man
    • Policewoman
    • The Blue Knight
    • Wild, Wild, West
    • Harry O
    • Hawaii 5-0
    • I Spy
    • The Man from UNCLE
    • Danger UXB
    • Sea Hunt

    moderns:

    • Austin City Limits
    • MacGuyver
    • Who's Line is it Anyway?
    • Cheap Seats
    • Good Eats
    • MXC
    • Cops
    • Iron Chef
  6. For sure, "Went the Day Well?" I've seen it on the big screen.

    Its a rousing flick if ever there was one. I hadn't realized it was part of Greene's work. "Eagle Has Landed" is so closely based on it that surely Jack Higgins purchased rights?

    I'm a big fan of both movies but the earlier movie has the more powerful and lasting impact.

  7. It's an oddball flick. I don't know what was wrong with the cut-for-TV version I saw but I was often left scratching my head because what I was seeing just didn't make much sense. It truly felt as if important story points had been cut out. Great cast (Kirk Douglas, John Cassavettes, Charles Durning) but definitely unsatisfying.

    Source material comes from horror author John Farris who has written what I feel is the #1 graphic horror novel of all-time; but its unfortunately not this title nor its adaptation.

     

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  8. I don't like Blu-Ray, myself. Less is more with me. Anything I see digitally enhanced and rendered on a flat screen always looks strange, weird, and false. As if its been shot with an electron microscope.

    Anyway this is one of my favorite horror flicks; easily earning a place in my Top Twenty. Source material by horror wiz, Daphne DuMaurier. Fine performances by the two leads; superb location shoot...head-and-shoulders over anything made today. Simple, cryptic, inscrutable, eerie. Not 'spoon feed the viewer'-type storytelling.

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  9. 'Nightwing' should have been scary but it hardly was that. In retrospect, I can't even imagine how it got made at all. Must have been riding on the public interest in bats caused by some other flick, possibly the 'Dracula' starring Frank Langella? I forget which came first.

    Anyway, 'Nightwing' stars David Warner in a support role and an interesting actor in the lead, one I've always liked: Nick Mancuso. Nick didn't have a big movie career but whatever he appears in, he stands out.

    The problem with 'Nightwing' is that its just a flock of bats. Written by Martin Cruz Smith? Same author who later gave us the outstanding, 'Gorky Park' I seem to recall.

  10. Harry Alan Towers produced? I didn't know that. I know Harry Alan Towers as a famous producer in the realm of radio. He has a long line of success there.

    Anyway yeah, I'm a fan of Christopher Lee in the Fu Manchu series. One scene I always find particularly vivid:

    1) a yummy-looking Chinese babe, one of Fu Manchu's operatives, has screwed up. Her punishment is death; but she doesn't know it. She returns to Fu Manchu's headquarters and Fu swiftly imprisons her in a clear plastic or glass tube. I forget how he does this. Maybe it was a dummy-phone booth or something. Anyway its airtight and slowly fills with water as Fu Manchu describes to the girl why she failed and why failure is inexcusable in his organization. As she realizes she is about to be drowned she spazzes out, shrieking and writhing inside the tube. The water keeps rising and Fu simply looks on impassively. Really harrowing.

     

     

  11. I remember one called, "Passport to Pimlico" which very much appealed to me. "The Mouse That Roared", similarly. I found both these plots refreshing. Make you see the world in a new way.

    'The Man in the White Suit', 'The LadyKillers', 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' yes, all good.

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  12. To my way of thinking, no director who's advent was past the 70's should be on any manner of 'all time' lists. Somewhere there's a line between 'classic' and 'contemporary' and I assert that classics ended with that decade.

    Almost for convenience more than for anything else; but not really--that's where I draw the boundary.

    Sure, there were still a few studio-trained and studio-experienced talents working as the 80s appeared-- for example Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" was '82 and that represents very well, a 'classic sensibility'. There were a few others that just slipped-in-under-the-wire. Scorcese eked out a few more too.

    But with the debacle of "Heaven's Gate" (which closed the book on arthouse movies for good); and with the arrival of the 'summer blockbuster', (brought to the fore by Spielberg); and with the change in audience demographics (adult moviegoers to adolescent ones), and with the new monetary structures, (materializing with "Raiders of the Lost Ark")...these events make modern-day film-making nothing like the classic era. Two different worlds. The last gasp of the 1970s coincides with all that.

    I personally would not vote for any director who was merely opportunistic, egoistic, self-consciously coming along after the book had shut and doing-his-own-thing ...often regardless as to whether it is good for the industry or not.

    Lucas and Spielberg are maybe only today realizing how much damage they did. Someone like Buz Luhrman? Oughta be run out of town on a rail; oughta be horsewhipped.

    Bearing this in mind, I'm not sure how to make a list of top directors. It seems foolish to list classic greats like Welles or Ford when today the movie-making industry is on its last legs, dying a slow and painful death. Just sayin...

     

  13. Oh well. Like I say, I don't pay attention to dates on posts. Anyway its still an excuse to discuss a fine western, "Yellow Sky".

    What I like about it is Peck playing a bad guy who turns good; even if it means facing down his whole gang of bad'uns. There's also a starkness in the desert setting; the dark figures against the white landscape. I used to keep an eye out for this flick whenever it came around.

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