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Everything posted by MerryPickford

  1. I’m a little disappointed at the limited choices for her tribute day. It should be a 24 hour dedication. She has stated on numerous occasions to Robert that her favorite movie was Two Weeks With Love(1950) and where the heck is A Date With Judy(1948)? Also I’m curious about her later film where she plays the daughter of Hedy Lamar? Come on TCM! You have all these movies at your disposal, why not give Janie a real tribute?
  2. Correct me if I'm wrong but is she the last MGM musical star that was UNDER contract? I can't think of anyone else from that era that's still alive. I mean, I guess Margaret O'Brien but she wasn't considered an MGM musical star.
  3. I kind of accidentally became a fan of Jane Powell after watching a lot of Debbie Reynolds' early filmography that featured her playing the younger sister of Jane Powell. I think my favorite movies that they starred in together were Two Weeks With Love and Hit the Deck. Athena isn't too shabby either but it's definitely an odd film. Here are my favorite musical scenes from those films: Two Weeks With Love(1950) Oceania Roll also featuring Carlton Carpenter and Debbie Reynolds Athena(1954) Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds Hit the Deck(1955) Featuring An
  4. You said one of the reasons why they made these compilations was so people could seek out the original films but I would imagine that would have been a hard challenge in 1974? I don’t believe movies were released on VHS and Betamax yet. Unless they knew ahead of time home videos were going to be the future and they were thinking of the future as being more accessible to older movies someday. Old timey MGM musicals also weren’t popular amongst the young people in 1974 so I’m wondering if these were nostalgia films that also catered to the aging “greatest generation” crowd that were ki
  5. The Rat Race(1960) Dir. Robert Mulligan starring Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds. It's about these two roughing it in NYC in the early 60s, and Debbie Reynold plays an almost PROSTITUTE! I swear it was shown years ago on TCM but hasn't been seen since. It's Paramount distributed.
  6. Just to add a bit of context, early articles after the movie came out had Mary praising the film and being happy to play a more sexual grown character. She wanted a little edge. It was the public that turned against Pickford with this role and the movie Dorothy Vernon of Hadden Hall 1924 which I hope TCM screens next as a future Pickford premiere. As a result of her fans almost “canceling” her, she put out an article asking her fans what she play next?? The replies were back to the “little girl” types like Pollyanna, Heidi, Little Princess etc. some of which she had already played. So she wro
  7. Which actors of today could be matched with old Hollywood actors? ex Tom Hanks is like a Jimmy Stewart Here are my pairings and feel free to laugh or disagree Matthew mcconahey = Rock Hudson Leonardo DiCaprio= Paul Newman Natalie Portman = Natalie Wood Meryl Streep = Bette Davis Robert DeNiro = Marlon Brando Cate Blanchett = Kate Hepburn Angelina Jolie = Elizabeth Taylor George Clooney = Cary Grant Viola Davis = Ruby Dee Lady Gaga = Barbra Streisand Tom Cruise = Steve McQueen Brad Pitt = Robert Mitchum Jennifer L
  8. I definitely could tell she's from a different era. When 180 pounds was considered shockingly obese back then... wow! If you don't mind, I think I'll go hide my 178 pounds under a bunch of covers and eat double chocolate fudge ice cream tonight.
  9. Desk I’ve noticed this change since Sept 30. It reminds me of the design from the TCM app and on-demand which is how I mainly watch TCM now due to the flexibility of choosing whatever film I want to see every week. As a media archivist, the lack of accessibility and removal of content just about kills me. Like many others, I searched filmmakers and actors ahead of time and made note of when their movies aired on TCM 3 months ahead of time. Now it seems like you have to look up specific titles and it only displays search results for the month. I guess we took it for granted that all tha
  10. Also Regis passed away like a day before and was a huge television legend so that’s going to get the most coverage on the news. Between him and Olivia, I had no idea John Saxon died, take about being overshadowed.
  11. So I'm going to be honest, I only got to know Debbie Reynolds filmography after she passed away. I am from a generation that remembered her best from Halloweentown on the Disney Channel back in the late 90s and early 2000s. TCM did some tribute to her in Jan of 2017 so I got to see for the first time, the very best of her work, although I think they couldn't do The Rat Race or Goodbye Charlie since I believe Fox or FXM shows them. I guess, what I want to ask, is what do you think of her? Is she an acting legend, a great singer, or a great dancer? Or all three? and then some? Correct
  12. After 15 years of watching TCM, I just now realized this! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. All teasing aside, they do shift their favorites from time to time. I remember a friend and I who were big TCM junkies 10 years ago would ask one another, "What do you want to watch tonight? The Letter at 5PM or The Letter at 9PM or tune in tomorrow and watch Silent Sundays where they show The General, followed by next week with The General...?" Now due to COVID19, I'm convinced that's why Singin' in the Rain has aired probably like 3 or 4 times in the last couple of months.
  13. Unfortunately, I've heard the "N" word thrown around by white people in anger and paranoia in the last two weeks( 5-10 times in person just yesterday, maybe over 50 times on television/social media, and 100s of times in written posts/threads the last 3 weeks) than what I ever really heard in the last 20 years so I am not sure if you've been living under a rock lately or what. Racism, or blatant racism that you may be referring to usually stays hidden nowadays until a civil rights uprising occurs like what is currently going on regarding BLM and the opposing ALL LIVES MATTER banner that white p
  14. What other viewpoint is there? That the antebellum south was totally justified in starting a Civil War to retain slavery for their precious plantations, and the Mammy(Mammy, Prissy) and Uncle Tom(Pork) stereotypes are totally accurate and appropriate?
  15. I've yet to see the film but the title sounds very familiar(As many films as I've seen in my relatively short lifetime, you'd be surprised how many I haven't seen yet). Diahann Carroll looks STUNNING in this still photo and I absolutely love her so I'll definitely place it on my list of movies during this quarantine.
  16. Since I have some free time, I wanted to share something that relates to the topic of contextualization of racially insensitive films. I was very fortunate to attend a restoration screening of "Little Annie Rooney"(1925) a Mary Pickford film that was shown at LACMA and UCLA around 2014-2015, I forget the year. Anyway, I invited my co-worker to join me since she had seen The Crowd(1928) with me over at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and was mind-blown at the high production value of a silent film. I proceeded to passionately and rather obsessively share my love and joy of silent cinem
  17. I would be lying if I said I wouldn't be ecstatic if Harris was chosen as a running mate. I supported her campaign before she decided to end her campaign prematurely and save her energy for the senate. While I respect people's opinions regarding her record as a prosecutor because there are certainly a lot of questionable decisions, nobody is 100 percent perfect and I wholeheartedly agree politicians will have to earn the trust of the people. I honestly believe her to be a very well qualified, prepared, highly intelligent and most importantly, passionate candidate that will absolutely try her
  18. TCM should absolutely show GWTW because it's a masterpiece all across the board that I could probably write 1000 pages on. HOWEVER, it contains sensitive elements that do need to be mentioned before the film starts, either a simple video pre-recorded by one of the TCM hosts or a simple message displayed in text before the Selznick studio sequence. I don't mean to offend anyone but I'm not sure I understand why one would be against contextualization since it doesn't interfere with the movie at all, it's simply out of respect for those that have suffered from years of discrimination and s
  19. Okay so this is a friend that stumped me about a description of an old classic movie he saw on television a long time ago that he forgot the name to. Basically, all he remembers is that it's a western with a man and woman living on a farm together. Apparently there's a water well that features prominently in this movie. The man apparently goes inside this water well and is unable to turn back and get out of there. As a result, the well starts providing gold(money) to the woman. My friend didn't specify if this was mystical or what but it sounds very fantastical for a western film, don't you gu
  20. A funny light-hearted romantic comedy in the afternoon 12:00PM EST to be exact, I want to give a big shout-out to The Mating Game(1959, Dir George Marshall) starring the every so crazy and rambunctious Debbie Reynolds and the mild mannered Tony Randall. The film is loosely adapted from a British novel titled, The Darling Buds of May(1958) that was later more faithfully turned into a mini-series starring Catherine-Zeta Jones during the early 1990s. It's a relatively rare Debbie Reynolds movie(as opposed to her most commonly shown films Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown) that p
  21. Being a bit of an amateur film historian on actress and performer Debbie Reynolds, I couldn't help but participate in the "What's My Line" topic. One of the biggest revelations for me regarding why Reynolds was such a star and where her daughter Carrie Fisher inherited her brilliant witty charm came about accidentally while searching Reynolds on Youtube and coming across episodes of a show titled "What's My Line". Being a person in my early 30s, I wasn't familiar with the show, but I decided to watch a video that had recently been published a few days after Reynolds death in December, 20
  22. I honestly thought this guy was going to live forever but we are human beings that ultimately pass away someday. I'm happy to say I appreciated his contribution to classic Hollywood but I also didn't like him as a person at the same time. I don't know if everyone knows this story but supposedly he raped Natalie Wood and ended up getting away with it, without consequence. I say, respect the talent and say that the movies were great, but the man himself needed to go on record and apologize for everything he did, and I don't believe he ever did that.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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