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Everything posted by AddisonDeWitless

  1. to me, the role that proves what a good actor Duryea was is *The Little Foxes.* He is so spineless, weak and stupid in that film, it's really hard to believe it's the same guy who later did Scarlet Street. ps- I'll always remember Muller describing Duryea as "one of the first actors to ever act with his hair"- which he meant as a compliment, and it's true.
  2. > {quote:title=twinkeee wrote:}{quote}I think she has a slight "Una Merkel" sound to her voice.. > > I thought she had a slight,... "I went to 'Sarah Lawrence College' !..so there!!! " > > ... sound to her voice. > > Twink NICE! ps- as for RO's interviewing skills, I agree. He's still got it, and "it" is not an easy thing to have. If you want to see someone *utterly fumble* an interview, just watch Manksie-Boo-Boo interrupt whoever he's talking to 100 times and then follow up with an utterly inane question. He did a particularly lousy interview with Fr
  3. Yeah, there were quite a few times where it seemed like he and Molly chafed one another when doing The Essentials, but I enjoyed seeing him step out of his "magnanamous professor" role to tell us what he really thinks. I remember he and Baldwin clashed over Cat People, which I get. (RO loves it, Baldwin didn't. It was maybe the only time where I was on Baldy's side.) Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 13, 2013 10:33 AM
  4. Look, just the fact alone that R.O. manages to not periodically reach over to Drew and "thump the melon" in search of a brain is enough evidence of his patience and restraint. (not to even mention that he can still manage to fake enthusiasm over watching Lawrence of Arabia one more effin' time.)
  5. I just *really wish* The Burglar and Shoot the Piano Player were on in the 8:00 and 10:00 slots instead of the okay, but often shown (and debateably not a film noir ) Dark Passage and the so-so Nightfall. ps- I have a real passion for pulp novels, but I was surprised when- a year or so ago- I finally got around to reading Shoot the Piano Player. *HATED it.* Dropped it about twenty pages before the ending and didn't even bother to skip to the last page (and what more damning critique of a thriller is there than that?) pss- Also tried reading Dark Passage, but it is SO LIKE the movie, th
  6. *I KNOW RIGHT!!!???* (I've always said Boor-zaag.) ps- from me time in HOLLYWOOD, I actually learned a lot of big-time players like to pronounce their names in a totally different manner from how you'd think- that way they can have "their people" weed out the fakers on the phone. There was one agent at ICM named "Risa Shapiro" and it's pronounced "RYE-suh Shuh-pie-roh."
  7. Boom. There you go. Every single line of that paragraph you just wrote was more inn-teresting than all of what Haskell had to offer (that I saw) last night. ps- Ruth Chatterton got her own SUTS day somewhere in the past, no? If not, *she deserves one.*
  8. This seems as good a point as any to point out that *Friday the 14th's* Spotlight is dedicated to *David Goodis* with the oft-shown Dark Passage and Nightfall airing at 8:00 and 10:00 pm respectively, and *the far less shown* The Burglar (1956- with Jayne Mansfield!!!) and Shoot the Piano Player (1960) airing in (naturally) Ye Early Morning Graveyarde Shift. Sigh.
  9. Trust me, there's nothing wrong with the fact that you can't. It's a southern "talent"- yew gots to be born down here. Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 12, 2013 4:47 PM
  10. Now you've made me want to see Satan Met a Lady. ps- if anyone's looking for a pretty decent (as I recall and I saw it 27 years ago so I could be wrong in my recollection) spoof of Falcon, The Black Bird with (I believe) The King Rat himself, George Segal is (again as I remember) a very funny film. I remember in one scene, "Spade's" dead partner's wife shows up at his office drunk as a skunk and spills her dead husbands ashes down the toilet. You remember something like that for life when you see it as a seven year old. Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 12, 2013 4:44 PM
  11. Well, I'm from North Carolina (as is Haskell) so, you know, I've built up a tolerance to the accent. ps- her "Raaaaalph!!!" would be prounounced "Raaaah-aye-lph!!!!!!!!!!" We North Carolinians are big on loading a word with as many syllables as possible.
  12. Also also, to continue whacking the dead horse, *I didn't like it* when Molly Haskell dismissed Ruth Chatterton as a " largely forgotten name" (that part is true) whose career *"spanned mostly the silent era."* *Um: no.* Chatterton made her first film in *1928,* in what (I think) is her *only silent* film (and it even had sound effects.) She was double-nominated for the 1929-30 Best Actress award for two performances in talking pictures Sarah and Son and Madame X. She went on to appear in *twenty (or so) more talking pictures,* among them Frisco Jenny, The Crash, Lily Turner and the w
  13. > {quote:title=clore wrote:}{quote} > > I thought that Molly Haskell came off better last night than she did in her former appearances > Agreed. I know some people here are hard on Haskell, oddly enough faw huh accent, which to me is her most redeeming quality. However, what experience I've had of watching her on TCM or her commentaries on DVDs, she does have a tendency to sometimes seize on inconsequential aspects of films (Stanwyck's hair in BabyFace for example) and make kind of trivial, not too deep comments on them when there are larger issues about said films that could
  14. Umpteenth and one, but I'll watch Babyface every single time it airs, no matter what, and I've fallen asleep every other time Female has aired, so it was good to finally catch all of it. ps- she also mentioned both versions of Babyface are on *NETFLIX!!!!!!* OMG- she said the "N" word on TCM and in prime time!!!!!!!!
  15. > {quote:title=Dargo2 wrote:}{quote} > > (...I mean, don't ya think The Mankster's seniority at this point should allow him at least the OCCASIONAL weekend off???) > Oh, more than occasional. So much more. Oh, and... did anyone see Osborne *SCHOOL MOLLY HASKELL HARD LAST NIGHT* when she was (awkwardly) introducing Female. He knew Chatterton and George Brent were married at the time (she didn't), and were divorced a year after making it (again, she didn't.) She then tried to save face by asking "oh, but this was befaw his Bettay Dayvis period, rahht?" which *even some of
  16. Yeah, I caught the "Chain/Chained" slip-up too, although it's entirely possible we just heard wrong- the words kindasorta sound the same.But yeah, it sounded like "Chained" coming from Os, the Great and Powerful. Either way, it was a pretty forgettable movie and I'll cut the silver fox some slack on this one. I think Ole' Girl just wants to hang on as long as she can 'cause there's not a worthy successor to the throne (besides maybe Ileanna.)
  17. > {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}Sylvia is an EXTREMELY ugly name. My apologies to all the Sylvias out there. "Sidney" doesn't score any points either. If an actress came to Hollywood today with the real name "Sylvia Sidney", *the studio* would change it so quickly that she wouldn't know what hit her. Just an FYI (which you may already know) "Sylvia" comes from "Sylvan" meaning of or related to the forest- ie. a "sylvan glen" or "Transylvania"- meaning "the land through the forest." And "the studios" (such as they are these days) don't sign new talent (or much talent period) these
  18. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote} > > (Which also brings me to the point that someone here said something about that name, and how someone "didn't get it". Get what? Is there some word play or other "take" on the name "Brigid O'Shaughnessy" that I've not picked up on? Do I even want to know?) > It's possible you're recalling something I wrote a few pages (or so) back about how the name "Brigid O'Shaughnessy" never comes up in the 1931 version, she's strictly "Ruth Wonderly." I speculated maybe the filmmakers did that because they thought the audience wouldn't "get
  19. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote} > > Call me naive, call me idealistic, call me a cab. > Ba-boom: there. *There's your new screenname* (if you want or ever need it, although I personally like "Miss Wonderly" and think it suits you so well.) ps- I can totally see why you'd rather be A. Cab than "Ruth." Ick. It's worse than Iva. pss- Iva? Iva? What the hell kind of a name is Iva? I feel like Bugs Bunny repeating "Hahnsel" to myself all day. Edited by: AddisonDeWitless on Jun 10, 2013 11:06 AM
  20. Just looked it up. *It is Iva.* What a horrible name. I mean, Ida is bad, but "Iva"- what the hell?
  21. Der Finale to Die Miestersinger is also featured in the symphony scene of Dracula, 1931. COINCIDENCE?! ( probably )
  22. > > {quote:title=jamesjazzguitar wrote:}{quote}the role of Iva is done a lot better by Thelma Todd than Gladys George. This is an area of the Huston version that doesn't work for me. A key part of the plot is that Spade is having an affair with his partner's wife. The way George plays Iva one cannot believe Spade would want to be with a women like that. Huston also has Spade mock Iva making his dislike for her clear to see. That isn't realistic. Being tired of the relationship as seen in the 31 version makes sense. Being disgusted with her doesn't. > > >
  23. I know- you said the first line. The rest is my reply. Sometimes something (annoying) happens when I include someone else's quotes in my replies- they "eat" more and more of the text of *my* message as I go in to try and fix it. It's like a tar baby thing, you just get deeper and deeper in. In the end, half my post ends up in the quotes section and I can't fix it.
  24. > {quote:title=FredCDobbs wrote}{quote} > > I can't believe you like the sanitized Code-Spade better. > > > > > > NOTE: OH NO! THE QUOTES ARE EATING ME TEXT. I'M STOPPING EDITING NOW. > > > > > > note- I am trying to think of the least around the elbow route to the a** of the story I want to tell, but. here goes: > > > > I'm 35 years old, so I predate VCRs slightly. One of my earliest memories is going to see a screening of The Maltese Falcon at the local library with my father (a big Bogart fan.) >
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