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  1. Friendly Fire (1979) An Emmy winning TV movie aired on ABC staring Carol Burnett (in a very convincing dramatic role) and Ned Beatty as an Iowa farm family who learns that their son was killed in Vietnam by friendly fire, based on a real life story.
  2. The Hanged Man (1964) a crime/revenge film staring Robert Culp, Edmond O'Brien and Vera Miles. High production values for the time with New Orleans Mardi Gras as a backdrop. The term hanged man referring to a tarrot card foretelling Robert Culps fate. The movie also featured a nightclub scene where The Girl from Ipanema was performed, a popular song at the time. This also predates Robert Culp's TV series I Spy which kept the star in the themes of crime and intrigue.
  3. It is very distressing to see a company like TCM which for so many years prided itself on showcasing the rich heritage of classic films unedited and uncensored to start doing so apparently out of pressure for political correctness. Only because TCM vowed to screen films as they were meant to be seen in the way the creative artists made them to be seen have I been a staunch supporter of the channel. I have always thought that TCM goes to great lengths with their own creative talents and artists to promote and introduce this huge library of films from all over the world representing so man
  4. Could this have been A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1921) or the (1931) version?
  5. There was a movie I saw with my parents at a drive-in theater back in the mid to late 50s about a group of hunters or explorers supposedly somewhere in Africa and what made this particular movie stand out so much in my young innocent movie-goer mind was that everyone (all the leading characters) were eventually killed off by gorillas. An emotional, moral jolt that would be repeated in 1960 when, with my father, I saw Janet Leigh brutally murdered in Psycho. Bear in mind this was before the movie rating system and a time when leading stars were never killed off in the first 20 minutes of the
  6. I agree the new website, as far as the schedule goes is awful! The original schedule format was easy to scroll through and see at a glance a large section of films, the time, the length and a brief synopsis. Now, though the images representing the induvial films are a nice touch, it is more convenient seeing larger grouping of the films listed by date and time rather than having to scroll endlessly to find the particular film time being searched for. Another flaw in the "new format" is that originally one could select the time zone pertaining to your part of the country and it would stay
  7. In The Love Parade (1929) the character of Alfred (Maurice Chevalier) is better understood to be a sophisticated, handsome, humorous and non-threatening ladies man supported by the lavish sets, debonair style of clothing and his light-hearted manner in dealing with an otherwise volatile situation with a jilted lover and her jealous husband. It seems to be a part of the Lubitsch touch to keep just such a scene of anger and high emotions light and entertaining by making Alfred a friend to the audience by having him inform us of what’s happening on screen and offering his interpretations of the o
  8. In clips from Rose Marie (1936) the interaction between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy is very reserved and formal yet an obvious flirtation is happening as Sergeant Bruce is pursuing a relationship with Marie and flat out asking her what competition he might have and what might attract her (to a man). So keeping in line with the production code, he is straightforward and open about his intentions all the while being a perfect gentleman. His singing starts to bring her around and allows for some innocent verbal trifling yet no physical contact at all and the conversation is all above boa
  9. This clip from The Great Ziegfeld (1937) a very light, happy-go-lucky view of life at time a number of years after the financial crash of 1929 but before the real drama of war in Europe would start in 1939. It is an overly optimistic view from the perspective of upper class, well-to-do theater patrons giving the viewing audience an escape from their everyday problems and a visual idea of how grand and fun life could be, but most likely not so realistic for the average movie audience. Had this been filmed before the motion picture code was enforced, we most likely would have seen m
  10. I too have watched Working Her Way Through College (1952) a number of times & up until then I did not realize what a talent Virginia Mayo was, dancing and singing some very complex numbers with the equally talented Gene Nelson. Since then I have connected the dots of her career, a gangster's moll in White Heat, sword & sandal flick The Silver Chalice, westerns Colorado Territory, historical drama Captain Horatio Hornblower and comedies The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, she could do it all with apparent ease.
  11. You will not want to miss Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse's homage to Noir in The Band Wagon (1953)!
  12. With West Side Story (1961) I see an acknowledged classical tale of star-crossed lovers as written by William Shakespeare (and whoever) transposed into a modern setting while still maintaining the themes of young love, family, class, prejudice and dramatic storytelling. While updating of the story for contemporary times broadens its’ cultural appeal, putting it into terms of dance and music makes this all-embracing story one of universal (not the studio) appeal and a cultural icon. I find the movie alluring for repeated viewings because of the multitude of the spectacular achievements in acti
  13. So true, and I think The Hot Spot (1990) is a modern Noir masterpiece for Dennis Hopper. As for the Hitchcock touches, Hopper weaves and blends an amazing soundtrack of blues with music composed by Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Jack Nitzsche, and Taj Mahal to emphasize and underscore scenes of tense drama, robbery, adultery, passion, betrayal with an excellent ensemble cast of characters (William Sadler, Jerry Hardin, Barry Corbin, Charles Martin Smith and Jack Nance) in the same sensitive style Hitchcock worked with his collaborators. Don Johnson plays a drifter, fulfilling the “everyman ro
  14. A few more that would have been interesting with the Hitchcock touch during his prime... Bound (1996) Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon Red Rock West (1992) Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) Kevin Spacey, John Cusack Tightrope (1984) Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bujold Identity (2003) John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet Silent Fall (2000) Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow Original Sin (2000) Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie The Hot Spot (1990) Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly The Satan Bug (1965) George M
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