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MerryPickford

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About MerryPickford

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  1. Hey guys, sorry I didn't do an update yet. 20. Jane Fonda 21. Leslie Caron 22. Warren Beatty and Shirley McLaine 23. Jack Nicholson 24. Olivia de Havilland 25. _________________ 26. _________________ 27. Buster Keaton 28. Doris Day 29. Gene Kelly Congrats to @lavenderblue19 and @Peebs Hints for the missing three slots that are in no particular order: One slot is an actor/actress that did both acting and directing that is still living as of December 5, 2019. One slot holds an actor/actress that started in silent films and worked all the way until the 1970s.
  2. Just a quick update, Looks like @lavenderblue19 figured out the rest of the photographs. Congrats to everyone that participated, it looks like @Princess of Tap @Peebs and @Desilufan guessed the other ones correctly. I'm doing one more batch for today with hints included: 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Hints: Six of these legends are still alive today One died this year
  3. Yes, I'm sorry. I added the numbers next to the photographs. So far, we have identified: 1.) Clark Gable 2.) Cary Grant 3.) Bette Davis 4.) Marilyn Monroe 5.) Frank Sinatra 6.)____________ 7.) Katharine Hepburn 8.) Audrey Hepburn 9.)_____________ 10.) Judy Garland 11.) James Dean 12.)______________ 13.) Elizabeth Taylor 14.) _____________ 15.) Fred and Adele Astaire 16.) Julie Andrews 17.) ______________ 18.)_______________ 19.) _______________ Just some quick hints about the ones still missing: we have two incredibly famous silent film stars two stars that were famous in musicals one that won two oscars another one that died as recently as 10 years ago one that is still alive today(this overlaps with one of the hints above) one that starred with number 13 in a Tennessee William's adapted film two still missing that starred with number 8
  4. Something fun for today! Can you recognize these iconic legendary stars from when they were just children? Let me know who was easily recognizable and who was harder to guess. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  5. While I disagree with many posters on here, whom I suspect, I wouldn't get along with regarding political discussions, both Lillian and Dorothy Gish were one of the first pioneering film actresses in early Hollywood history. I don't know anything about the University at hand, but a theater being named in honor of the Gish sisters wouldn't initially signify approval of the 1915 film "Birth of a Nation" from my perspective. I believe it's due to the fact that I am well informed on their entire Hollywood career and not just the fact that they were in that incredibly racist film.(I don't believe Dorothy was even in it but correct me if I'm wrong) The sisters started out as child performers at the turn of the century, as traveling stage performers in the theater with their mother and performing all around the country. When films were in their infancy during the Gish's childhood, getting a job in movies was considered a millimeter more respectable than prostitution so it wasn't until their fellow friend and theater actress Mary Pickford signed with American Biograph under D.W. Griffith and made several short films, that the Gish sisters decided to dive head first into the newly fledgling motion picture industry to make more money. Under D.W. Griffith, they made several Biograph short films between 1911-1912 and became very famous with movie-goers. When Griffith decided to invest more time and money to experiment with producing and directing feature length movies in 1913, Griffith chose his most popular and best experienced ingenue actress still under contract with Biograph, and that was Lillian Gish. She made several featured movies with Griffith between 1913-early 1920s, the most well known to the contemporary population being the controversial film in question. But both Lillian and Dorothy(the comedic of the two) starred in many wonderful silent films that aren't racist, though should come with a warning that they are in fact, films that were made during a period when attitudes and socially accepted behaviors wouldn't be tolerated in 2019. So am I in favor of banning their films or their names off theater buildings? I think banning things is just a lazy way of erasing history and prevents any discussion on these legendary but controversial actresses in a period in history that wasn't especially tolerant of people of color or any community different from a middle-class white protestant culture that certainly dominated at the time. My suggestion is keep the Gish name for the theater and have the film studies students with the aid of an archivist to produce an exhibition inside the lobby area with a display of some ephemera showcasing their entire film career span so that students and guests of that theater can become better educated on them and associate the Gish name with something more than Birth of a Nation. The simple answer of course is that Lillian Gish herself, was not herself a racist.(as far as I know and only based off her own account) The film she starred in, unfortunately is incredibly racist, even during the time it was released if you read the trade papers. But the truth is, she didn't go in making Birth of a Nation because she was deeply passionate on getting the story on the screen, she was under contract with Biograph at the time and she had to full-fill her obligations as a contract player in that early studio system. If people have a problem with Birth of a Nation, they shouldn't attack Lillian Gish's legacy but rather be critical of David Wark Griffith's decisions as a producer and director of the film.
  6. That's a little unnecessary shade. While I may be one of the few on this TCM forum that hasn't had the pleasure to discover Day's filmography, there are unfortunately a ton of people who haven't discovered Doris Day films unless grandma showed them one. I'm of a younger generation that didn't grow up with these films like some people but of course there are exceptions. I'm sure you know, the highly viewed Que Sera Sera on youtube which a lot of young people have seen and become familiar with doesn't count as watching her movies. The truth is, we all love and respect old movies on here so I apologize if I offended some fans of Doris Day, at the same time, we all have our own tastes and have been guilty of not getting around to a classic movie or two(yet) due to one's preferences and own likes. If one disagrees with my previous statement with claims they have loved and favorited every single classic movie, they'd be lying. We are all incredibly intelligent human beings, BUT with subjective tastes. I will definitely check out your first five Doris Day recommendations and give them a watch in the coming weeks. I am always eager to prove myself wrong and become surprised when I explore someone's filmography for the first time. Thank you and have a wonderful week. Lastly, RIP Doris Day and hopefully TCM does a 24 hour tribute where I can DVR more of her films and enjoy them for the first time.
  7. This is very sad news to hear about Doris Day passing away today. We all know some of these legendary Hollywood stars are going to leave the world one of these days but its always surprising to hear the news none the less. Even as a classic film fan, I've usually shyed away from her filmography, assuming the romantic comedy fluff genre she was well known for was not going to be my favorite kind of movies. That being said, I guess this is the right time to ask some Doris Day fans for recommendations on her top 5 movies that I should get a look at in tribute. I haven't seen a single one of her films yet, with the exception that occasionally when I've had TCM running in the background, I'd see Doris Day in a scene here and there out of context.
  8. With all due respect, Anderson Cooper started his career off as a journalist and therefore having him on during that month of March was appropriate to me. You don't have to like CNN, or any station that has the "liberal slant" that I'm assuming you're getting upset about, but you also have to understand the context of why he may have been selected over someone on Fox News that would ignore or downplay investigations on the current administration. That in my opinion isn't journalism the way it's been portrayed in some of these really great films. Great journalists investigate the heck out of something that the average person isn't going to be able to do on their own and please forgive me for saying, this current crop of conservatives are pretending nothing is wrong with the current administration and everything in the newspapers and media is "fake". That's not investigating, that's protecting their politicians for the sake of maintaining control and power, no matter how unethical it gets.
  9. In this particular case, it was Antonio Seriano's(Gustavo Rojo) private wine cellar at his estate(where Maggie(Reynolds) Joe(Ford) and Marion(Gabor) were close friends and guests for the day) and he invited them down there to try his wines in celebration only after he managed to buy out the Lincoln Futura from Joe(Glenn Ford) for $17,500. So he was probably more generous with the amounts provided. Also this was 1959 so maybe the etiquette of wine tasting was different back then. Either way, it's my favorite scene in the movie.
  10. Just a little context, I only recently started studying Debbie Reynolds shortly after she passed away in 2016. I had only seen one of her films before that, Singin' in the Rain, because she always seemed too perky and annoyingly hammy for my tastes. Luckily, TCM provided us with a whole day tribute that following January and I was able to record all of those films that I still have on my DVR. After reading her autobiographies, watching her interviews, and seeing every single one of her films(even the obscure one with Bing Crosby and Robert Wagner) I've meticulously compiled a list of what I believe were her top ten films she made. If there any other hardcore fans of her that would like to challenge me on why I included a certain film or excluded one, I'd be more than happy to share my opinion. Obviously the list is very subjective, and I based it on mainly the strengths of the her performance individually as an actress/singer/dancer/comedian and the enjoyment the film brought for me as a fan of classic movies in general. As a fan of classic film and someone who studied cinema during my time as an undergraduate, these films were surprisingly refreshing on their own, regardless of my silly crush on Reynolds. The ranking is indeed from best to great. There are no bad movies on this list because it is a top ten out of her whole filmography. I had a hard time deciding between "It Started with A Kiss" and "The Mating Game", both films feature Reynolds probably at her most charming self, total peak level of comedy, physicality, and beauty. It's astounding these were produced during a most embarrassing time in her life, but that's probably why there's such an investment on her part with these characters and it definitely shows. I also had a hard time deciding between "What's the Matter with Helen?" and "Mother"(1996) where she arguably should have been nominated for Best Actress. I decided on the former due to the fact that subjectively, I really loved her in Grande Dame Guignol sub-genre alongside Shelly Winters and the campiness and pretty disturbing portrayal of characters these women provided for us. For someone who has never seen it, it's definitely a different movie than what you would imagine Reynolds being in. The backstory of the film production makes for an interesting layer for the film analysis itself. Anyway I hope you enjoy my opinion, these films do regularly circulate every year on TCM with the exception of "The Rat Race" which I believe is because it's not part of their library. The good news is if you have Amazon Prime, "The Rat Race" is available to watch for free with the only issue being that I believe the aspect ratio might be incorrect. 1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 2. The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) 3. The Catered Affair (1956) 4. How the West Was Won (1962) 5. Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) 6. The Rat Race (1960) 7. Susan Slept Here (1954) 8. It Started with A Kiss (1959) 9. Divorce, American Style (1967) 10. What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971)
  11. Currently awake when I should be sleeping.

  12. Debbie Reynolds had a strong sassy "little sister" run that lead her to leading actress. Here we see her with "older sister" Jane Powell in a little known MGM musical film titled, "Two Weeks With Love"(1950) and she plays June Haver's "little sis" in a Warner Bros musical titled, "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady"(1949) before Jack Warner pulled the plug on musicals for good and dropped Reynolds off at the bus station to Culver City.
  13. So is this channel going to go through yet another change again or stay pretty much the same in all this? This is the only channel I actually watch and the only reason why I have a cable subscription. Also this is probably the most loyal channel on television in this day and age.
  14. What if that lady from Gone With The Wind passes away? I forgot her name...
  15. Do they update TCM remembers? why do they always do it so early?
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