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Everything posted by MerryPickford

  1. 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
  2. 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 D
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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 so
  6. 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.
  7. 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 be
  8. Currently awake when I should be sleeping.

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. What if that lady from Gone With The Wind passes away? I forgot her name...
  12. Do they update TCM remembers? why do they always do it so early?
  13. Hello, I just browsed to see if any posts were made regarding Mary Pickford the last few months and came across yours so I'm sorry if it's a really late reply. I have been studying Mary Pickford for pretty much this whole entire decade starting in 2010 and I own and read a lot of her biographies(both excellent and poor ones) She definitely became one of the most fascinating Hollywood people for me because of all the power she had for many years during that early era of the film industry. I'm so glad there are other fans that also admire her strength and ambition that drove her to be one of the
  14. Correct. During the early 1930s, Pickford held a great admiration for Disney and wanted to work with Walt on some innovative projects he was toying with. One of them was a feature length movie based on the Lewis Carroll whimsical novel that would combine live-action elements with animated elements. There are actual test photos that still exist of Pickford dressed as Alice next to a Mickey Mouse doll. Ultimately the test shots indicated that Pickford would not be able to pull off another ingenue role no matter how much she dressed the part. The project ended up being scraped by Disney and event
  15. Pickford had many types of "characters" she played. Much like Chaplin had the little tramp, Pickford had "the little tomboy girl", "the slavey" or simply "ingenue". She played the type, even getting creative and building oversized sets. She developed a very strong pathos and intimate connection in her teenage characters that became incredibly impressive even though her audience knew she was in her 20s.
  16. They did try and get a biopic going on Mary Pickford that seemed to fizzle out over this decade. The inspiration for the movie development went back to 2011 when The Artist won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. At one point, Al Pacino's daughter was set to direct it and the actress at the time to play Mary was going to be Lily Rabe but then American Horror Story happened and she left the project. Over those years, actresses and actors would attach themselves to the project and then leave. The screenplay was supposed to be adapted from Eileen Whitfield's definitive biography on Pickford. The
  17. Debbie Reynolds received an Honorary Academy Award in 1916. Unfortunately for some reason, she was not physically able to be there in person to receive it. She won a Screen Actors Life Achievement Award and was just barely there to receive it thanks to the help of her family members who had to make sure she was physically able to make it on stage. I think she had Alzheimers or something towards the end of her life but she had a good run of life achievement awards. I don't know what a Kennedy Honors is but was she supposed to receive one too? I have a few favorite Debbie
  18. This is just an opinion, but I don't think Debbie Reynolds really cared to reprise Tammy after her husband dumped her. I believe in part because like many actresses that get stereotyped as ingenues, sweethearts and "girl next doors", they get sick of playing those parts over and over again and want to do something more challenging. Doing the Tammy sequels would have shortened her film career by about 10 years. She remained successful and got even more popular after Tammy and the Bachelor but had to deal with directors making fun of her cutesy sweetheart persona throughout the 50s and 60s. It w
  19. Does anybody know how to switch back to English. It seems that everybody is posting in Korean right now...
  20. I remember reading Reynolds autobiography a while back and these are notable quotes from her book "Unsinkable" regarding the Tammy movies: "Tammy and the Bachelor(1957) was released after Bundle of Joy(1956), but production(Tammy and the Bachelor was filmed in the earlier part of 1956 right after The Catered Affair) was completed before I began work on my film with Mr. Fisher(Eddie co-starred with Debbie in Bundle of Joy, filmed in Summer of 1956 shortly after Tammy). During the filming, I was already pregnant with Carrie, but I wasn't showing yet, so no special setups were required.[Carri
  21. I saw this movie in LA with a friend who was unfamiliar with silent movies and Pickford. After the movie ended, I asked her what she thought of it and she replied,"I thought it was pretty good! Mary Pickford was really good but that woman who played the orphan was great!" Then I paused for a moment and asked her if she was joking, then she was like "what do you mean?" Then I told her that Mary Pickford played both roles! Now to be fair, my friend doesn't pay much attention to details and isn't much of a silent movie aficionado, but it's pretty amazing almost 100 years later, her Unity Bla
  22. Unfortunately like everyone else, I was not surprised this was coming in the near future. This wonderful man was a workhorse that did all those intros and outros on his own. When he unofficially retired, I figured his health was the main reason. His privacy is respected by me and I will never forget him for the rest of my life. I was a child when I saw him on TCM introducing iconic films like Gone With The Wind and he is what got me interested in the film preservation career that I'm now pursuing. I think this is a huge hit in the film history community because within the last few months, we'v
  23. You know what's crazy? I was reading an article today about her daughter and apparently her daughter recently came out with a book that had a lot of negative things about her mother. She claimed things like her mother was controlling, nothing was ever good enough for her, she had emotional issues, etc etc the same thing other "mother dearest" books state. I had no idea Luise Rainer also had a daughter did "mommy dearest" on her as well. Well one thing is for sure, if she was truly crazy and and the big B, she might be the longest living craziest B that has lived. Of course I'm kidding and
  24. Is she going to be in TCM Remembers 2014 or is it too late to add her in?
  25. I don't think Mary Pickford has even been featured on SUTS let alone a whole month retrospective. Lillian Gish has been featured for August before, but not Pickford. I concur on the whole "silent stars" as star of the month. It's a bit insulting actually. A bunch of programmers thinking, oh you know, lets show some of those old silent films this month and feature one star per film. That way we don't have to make any of them SOTM for 10 years.
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