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Posts 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? 

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  2. 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 Ann Miller, Jane Powell, and Debbie Reynolds


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  3. 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 kids in the 40s when these films were popular.


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  4. 17 hours ago, Vidor said:

    Mary Pickford hated "Rosita" so much she tried to have it destroyed.

    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 wrote the screenplay for Little Annie Rooney and signed it in her grandmothers name for some reason. She went back to her “Little girl” role and fans were once again satisfied. Years later when alcoholism took over her life and she became reclusive, she did bizarre interviews where she attacked Rosita and called it the worst most stupidest movie she ever did and that she didn’t even give her prints to the Library of Congress or any archive. As a result, the prints she owned deteriorated and lost for several decades. Finally I believe recently, they were able to restore the film using prints with Russian subtitles   from an archive in eastern Europe. 
    anyway, in conclusion, Pickford in the beginning thought of it as her best acting work and thought the direction was what she needed. She didn’t have a yes men director like she normally used, she had a very stubborn perfectionist German director.  Anyway, sorry for the long response. I’m a bit of an amateur Pickford historian. 


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  5. 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 Lawrence = Debbie Reynolds

    Denzel Washington= Sidney Poitier 





  6. 5 hours ago, sagebrush said:

    Here is an amusing YouTube clip with Marge Champion remembering the first time she met Carol Channing when husband Gower was auditioning actresses.

    *There are some sound issues with their microphones during the interview.



    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. 

  7. 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 that content would be accessible for years. 

    As someone that loves TCM film premieres or live tweeting dates, I have to manually go through the schedule day by day and skim what is premiering  or hasn’t been shown in a long while which takes more time. 

    I specialize in discussing Mary Pickford movies so now it’s much more difficult to find out when they are airing/premiering ahead of time. Though, besides a rare 15 min short subject featuring the famed Coconut Grove and Mary Pickford  in glorious technicolor back in Sept, this is the first time TCM hasn’t shown a single Pickford film in years. But I digress... 

    Lastly, I miss the vintage TCM prime time theme listing,  and genre labeling that still existed on the schedules but that’s purely nostalgic pains on my part. 

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  8. 9 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    I wonder if the timing of the John Lewis death had an impact on coverage:      We interrupt this tribute to a civil rights leader with the news of the death of the star of Gone with the Wind....



    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. 

  9. 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 me if I'm wrong, she never won any award unfortunately and that can go against her I suppose, but I believe luck and a good campaign wins awards sometimes so maybe not all the legends win awards?


    So if you must ask since I'm a big fan of hers, my three top films of hers is 1. Singin' in the Rain, 2. The Catered Affair 3. The Unsinkable Molly Brown.............. so yes, I go against the usual statistics and went with her very good dramatic role with Bette Davis for which I thought she should have at least received a supporting actress nod. Let me know what you think in the comments. 


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  10. 28 minutes ago, adamski1959 said:

    It seems to me that the movie’s being shown have become repetitive. How many times can they run Lawrence of Arabia, North by Northwest,  or the Magnificent Seven? I know these are great movies but there are so many more. Does anyone else agree?


    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.

  11. 19 hours ago, Dargo said:

    And as I think most of us know, racism existed throughout much of this entire country and in even greater quantity than it does today.

    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 people shout. Unfortunately, white populations respond defensively as though they are being attacked personally, becoming enraged and feeling it's finally appropriate to shout racist rants that may have been internalized for a long time. 

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  12. 7 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

    I want to discuss the above post a bit more in-depth.

    First, what I like about Merry's comment is that she is telling us she practiced cultural awareness AND cultural sensitivity when others around her did not. Also, her experience reminds us that we should be more responsible in how we look at film and share film.

    This experience marginalized her because it made her feel self-conscious about being one of only a few non-whites in the audience. That happened because the presenters were not inclusive and did not cover the racially divisive elements of the film before or after it screened. They were irresponsible and ignorant.


    My favorite late 90s film is EVE'S BAYOU (1997). I admire the fact that Diahann Carroll had the balls to play a role in whiteface. She took racial dis-ease and flipped it around on its ugly backside.

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    I'd love to watch this film with you, Merry!


    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. 

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  13. 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 cinema to her and asked her if she would be willing to go to another silent film screening with me since I didn't have many friends that were interested. 

    She told me that she would love to try and attend the screening with me.  After I invited her that in the film, I suddenly remembered there being a black character depiction performed by child actor Eugene Jackson that is incredibly jarring that absolutely needed a warning, otherwise I would be irresponsible and feel badly if she was too taken aback by it due to a lack of commentary.  Ultimately it turned out she couldn't make it to the screening after all so I never gave her that context in the end, but when I attended that screening alone with all those people, the people from the Academy that helped with the restoration made no mention of the racially insensitive material nor did anyone ask. To be fair, it was probably 97 percent white people that were over the age of 40 and a few young people that looked like students. Maybe me and 3 other people were the only non-white audience members. 

    I guess the reason I shared that experience was as a reminder that even the people involved with film archives and restoration projects don't always think about these things because it probably doesn't occur to them  so it's absolutely important for people to bring these issues to light. Thanks for reading. 

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  14. 57 minutes ago, TheCid said:

    Latest speculation is that Kamala Harris will check all the boxes.  Warren is too far left and Klobuchar is weighed down by Minneapolis - and also a moderate white.

    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 best to make waves regarding the failures of the Trump administration, and mostly be a breath of fresh air and very complementary to "uncle Joe" whom isn't my preferred first choice but will have to do for now. 

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  15. On 6/10/2020 at 12:53 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

    Hopefully TCM will ask the TCM insiders this question in the next survey.

    For the record I believe TCM should  show GWTW without any commentary.    


    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 systematic racism. 

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  16. 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 guys think? 

    Anyway, as a fairly decent classic film buff, this plot description has left me completely stumped. I don't believe he knows the names of the actors either so it makes it a little more challenging. I'm wondering if any western film aficionado or classic film buff can maybe help suggest possible avenues to look or possible titles this could be? 

    There's also the possibility they could be remembering a television show plot line as well so if no films fit that description, it might have been some episode they're thinking of. 


    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 plays on TCM maybe 3 times at the most every year so its definitely worth a watch when it swings around on a schedule.  The character actors are absolutely amazing with Paul Douglas(his last role before death) as Pop Larkin, the ever so feisty Una Merkel as Ma Larkin who was typically cast as Debbie Reynold's mom during the 1950s(I Love Melvin(1953), and Bundle of Joy(1956)) Another fun trivia fact is the little brother who plays Grant Larkin(Donald Losby) ends up in a later lesser known Debbie Reynolds movie(How Sweet it is, 1968) now appearing as her teenage son. It's clear that Debbie has some explaining to do...

    Fred Clark, a very recognizable character actor plays Tony Randall's boss and even the great Charles Lane even makes an appearance as a head supervisor. 

    The story is basically the unconventional Larkin family trying to explain to an IRS guy(sent by their uptight neighbor) why they don't file income taxes and complete zaniness ensues, very screwball comedy-like. Debbie Reynolds does probably one of her best physical comedy performances riding a horse over fences and jumping out of barns, wrestling with a bunch of guys and landing on haystacks and lassos people. This historically was the first film she made a few weeks after she officially divorced Eddie Fisher(he for some odd reason managed to snatch Elizabeth Taylor, ::millennial scratches head cause she doesn't understand how he managed to get with these beautiful women::) 

    Anyway, its on a very non-peak time of 12:00PM EST or if you live on the west coast like me, a very early 9:00AM PST. Enjoy it for all the light-heartedness it provides and hope to hear how you liked it. 




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  18. 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, 2016. It was an edited reel of Reynold's four mystery celebrity appearances in 1954,1956, 1959, and 1964 as well as her one celebrity guest appearance in 1960ish(?) as a panelist.  After viewing these clips, I was suddenly in love with this charming, adorable, and incredibly witty actress and that really solidified my opinion that there was much more to this person than what popular culture has overlooked and ascribed to her as being a "sanitized 1950s girl-next-door" character that the musical Grease notably satirized a few decades later. 

    Here is the "Whats My Line" tribute to Debbie Reynolds video that I viewed that may have been previously posted in a TCM General Discussion obituary on Reynolds a few years ago. For those who haven't seen it yet, enjoy the very fascinating evolution of Reynolds from a young popular MGM star to the post-studio era appearance she makes in 1964:


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  19. 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. 

  20. 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. 

  21. 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: 













    Six of these legends are still alive today

    One died this year




  22. 1 hour ago, Peebs said:

    Julie Andrews (4th from the bottom).  Would you be able to add a number next to each picture to make it easier to play? Thanks!

    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


    7.) Katharine Hepburn

    8.) Audrey Hepburn


    10.) Judy Garland

    11.) James Dean


    13.) Elizabeth Taylor

    14.) _____________

    15.) Fred and Adele Astaire

    16.) Julie Andrews

    17.) ______________


    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



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