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  1. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Didn't Carole Lombard often play a comic "kook"? Sure, I guess we could parse and debate the term "kook"- but I'll give you Carole. It's notable though that Gloria played a "kook" in a few films where the whole rest of the tone is not "kooky"- The Big Heat (before the coffee in the face) A Woman's Secret and- to some degree- The Bad and the Beautiful.
  2. Oh, and I forgot to mention that several times whilst watching A Woman's Secret I thought to meself: "wow, this is just the kind of trifling dreck that Ray and Co. skewer so delightfully at the beginning of In a Lonely Place. " I guess they knew from where they were coming.
  3. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote:}{quote} > > A Woman's Secret was very silly. > The big flaw in that film is that no one could ever imagine Maureen O'Hara shooting anyone. I dunno about that. I thought O'Hara did a fine job- as did Grahame- with what they were given, and that was not much. I admit that I am 50/50 on O'Hara as an actress, that while she has more magnificient performances to her credit than iffy, the iffy are still iffy enough that they bring the whole average down. Her work in Secret was standard MIracle on 34th Street, frosty mode- something she worked
  4. Quarter-to-three, any given Tuesday, at GG's place.
  5. it is an inn-teresting line-up, only Merton of the Movies doesn't showcase her well-enough to rate a place in an ostensible tribute to GG, but whatevs. glad they're skipping The Bad and the Beautiful. it's one of her only un-innteresting performances. Also glad they're skipping The Cobweb (thank you), although that last statement does not apply to GG's work in it.
  6. I was really, really surprised by how much Anne of Green Gables grew on me. Did not know that was how Anne Shirley got her name; thought Helen Westerly(sp?) was *terrific* as the frosty aunt and I am now fully intrigued by OP Hedgie (again, sp?) who I am discovering was one hell of a character actor. A neat little film which would have made a waaaaaaaay better selection for Essentials Jr. than pretty much everything they ran this summer....and last.
  7. I think The Zombie Stomp was in Horror of Party Beach, not ISCWSLABTMUZ.
  8. "You know, I advise other people to get their Shick out of shape, but my Shick is nowhere near out of shape..."
  9. > {quote:title=dpompper wrote:}{quote} > <I'm the *KING OF THE WORLD* > > > > > > > > > . . . and laughing all the way to the bank . . . > Bank? Foo, Cameron don't use no bank. He's got a big underground vault where he keeps all the money, prints, artifacts, and skulls of those who have wronged him. Periodically though, he does shuffle down the long, dark, mildewy, corridor to count the money, screen Pirahna 2: The Spawning or play with the skulls- but the sound he makes is more "ha-cah-cah-cah-cah" than outright "laughing" as yo
  10. Yes, another litmus test Titanic passes- the mere mention of the title has the awesome power to derail *any* discussion and lead us all down a long dark path of dissention, anger and violence. "Yes, my pretties...fight...fight. And I will feast off the fumes of your rage and hatred...Bwahahahahaha.Oh, now a moment of silence for those who died in the horrible tragedy................ah, now back to feasting! I'm the *KING OF THE WORLD* Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!"
  11. Yes, yes , *yes,* the constant emerging of the leads in freezing cold water below deck in the sinking ship which- for some reason- doesn't seem bother them...in fact they seem to find the waist-deep, twelve degree seawater refreshing, *yes, yes.* How could I forget that? Yes, that bothers me as well. Another standard for Worst Evuh that Titanic meets: a post-mortem discussion of everything that is wrong with the film can come surprisingly close to equaling the length of the movie itself. And with Titanic, that is saying something. IE: ...and the Picassos, and the axe-and-the-ha
  12. There are so many bad movies out there, that to qualify as truly *the bottom* of the barrel, a film's badness must be multifaceted and not just account for film's shortcomings- but the afterlife of the movie over which it has no control. I don't watch movies made nowadays for the most part. I, by accident, caught some of Good Luck Chuck on cable a few years ago and it broke me- but used to, every year there was some movie that went over total gangbusters, that everyone loved and gooed and raved over and bought the soundtrack while I stood alone in the corner grumbling about how sh***y I
  13. I also j'adore Space Mutiny on MST. It's available on u-yay ube-tay, I put it on the way some people put on Eat a Peach when they come home to chill out. You may already know this but Cissy "Grandma Daughter" Cameron *is* Cameron Mitchell's daughter in real life! She also married Reb Brown after the film wrapped (as opposed to that "entertainment lawyer in Sherman Oaks") I have no idea if they're still together. Also also, the late John Phillip Law is Calgon- he was also Diabolik and it is obvious the director was having him try to copy the Diabolik laugh- *a lot*. It did not occur t
  14. > {quote:title=Sandypink wrote:}{quote} > There are so many but recently, the dark shadows remake with Johnny Depp. > > > Yeah, that looked baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad, didn't go- possibly would have if it hadn't looked so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. And yet, a lot of reviewers went really easy on it. Really, Dark Shadows as a comedy? For effin real? What about Dark Shadows struck you as being funny, Tim Burton? Like "hah-hah" funny? Did Mars Attacks! teach you nothing, Tim Burton? I hate you, Tim Burton.
  15. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Tierney was so much better looking than Wyman that the two can't be compared. It affected their roles, their bearing, their screen presence and personality---everything. I meant that Wyman and Tierney were alike in the sense that I think *both had tremendous potential and untapped dramatic talents that most directors refused to allow them to reach into, or most of their projects did not require them to harness*. The similarity ends there, absolutely. Wyman has always looked kind of like a plastic chipmunk lawn ornament- Tierney was- quite possibly-
  16. > {quote:title=TomJH wrote:}{quote}For those interested > > Friday, October 19 at 11:45 pm EST > > Flamingo Road (1949). High powered melodrama, starring Joan Crawford, Zachory Scott, Sydney Greenstreet and David Brian.*One of my favorites!* If I could be with you, one hour tonight If I were free to do, the things I might I want you to know, that I wouldn't go Until I told you honey how I love you so... ps- don't forget Gladys George, she's not in it much, but when she is, she really makes the most out of it! Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Oct 14, 2012 3
  17. Yes, I meant to give a shout-out to Jane Wyman, who is easily the best thing in Night undte Day. She seems to be having an utter ball every second she's in the thing (unlike everyone else), she saves every scene she's in, and you don't get the sense that she's putting more than her fair share of effort into it (and I mean that as a compliment, because I truly think she was.) It's the only film I've seen of hers where I really get a sense of her electricity and full range of talent- there are hints of it in All That Heaven Allows, but that's not really an "actor's" movie and while she's sol
  18. > {quote:title=clore wrote:}{quote}Have you seen THE MAN IN THE NET Addison? No, my knowledge of Curtiz pics post-1950 is spotty at best. Someone wrote that We're No Angels is coming on soon, I will definitely make it a point to be there for it. I just really dislike Night and Day not only because it contains not one single accurate fact about Cole Porter (then again, Delovely, which *I did like* is also riddled with innacuracies even though it puts forward that *it's* the accurate depiction of his life) but because it's disingenuous through-and-through. You don't believe for one seco
  19. My thoroughly debateable and possibly lacking top ten list of Curtiz pics (that I have seen): 1. Casablanca (duh) 2. The Adventures of Robin Hood 3. (tie) Yankee Doodle Dandy and The Sea Hawk (because they both kind of served the same purpose) 4. The Breaking Point 5. Angels with Dirty Faces 6. Captain Blood 7. Mildred Pierce 8. The Charge of the Light Brigade 9. Flamingo Road (a personal favorite) 10. The Sea Wolf missing any number of his silents, which I've never seen, and some of his thirties titles like Black Fury which I'd love to see, but which seem to be in limbo. And
  20. > {quote:title=TomJH wrote:}{quote} > > Which, of course, is another point of the thread: how entertaining Curtiz films can be even when the director is working with lesser material. ie one of my favorites- Flamingo Road. And yes, Val, you got me there....although I still say Night and Day is the worst film he did, period.
  21. S'allright. *Twice in three years still isn't a lot*, and isn't a lot compared to how many times some other films are shown. The Cabin in the Cotton would've made a *much better* inclusion on both of Bette Davis' SUTS days than what they chose to show instead (again, Escape From Witch Mountain and her appearance on The Dick Cavett Show come to mind, although the latter was at least inn-teresting.) It was one of her first big, big roles; and one of the few times she played a full-on sex siren. *Full disclosure of my own here*: I went to U-yay Ube-tay the other day and foun
  22. > {quote:title=clore wrote:}{quote}According to my saved schedules, the last time that CABIN IN THE COTTON aired was on June 7th (technically the 8th) 2009 at 430am. It was the last feature of a 24-hour Curtiz tribute that had started at 6am. I am starting to wonder if the folks who do the scheduling for TCM are of that ilk of classic movie fan who first developed their love of classics by watching the Z Channel or the Million Dollar Movie midnight-four a.m. line-up. They don't always, but they do so often, put the inn-teresting stuff on in ye graveyarde shifte hours. I also *m
  23. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}I'm not familiar with FOUR'S A CROWD. It sounds promising. Has it been on TCM? I want to say "yes" because I recall a rather funny movie with Roz Russell and Flynn and some shenanigans going on in the back seats of two cars traveling side by side, another couple is also involved. That was near the ending of the picture, but I still recall it and I recall thinking it was pretty funny. Curtiz also did The Perfect Specimen with Flynn and Joan Blondell(?)
  24. The Curtiz film I have always wanted to be able to see, but which *never* seems to air is The Cabin in the Cotton with Bette Davis circa 1932. What gives, rights issues or something?
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