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Osfan

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  1. Yes, he was honored as SOTM in December of 2015 for the 100th, but is He now dismissed? As today is the 103rd anniversary of his birth, what programmer thought it would be a great idea to do an entire day of Elvis Presley films? If I am not mistaken, E's birthday isn't until January. Am I missing some kind of irony because Elvis came along and supplanted Sinatra as the most recognized pop icon in that particular era? Only a few days ago TCM did an entire day to mark the 102nd birthday of Kirk Douglas, so why no celebration for Mr. Sinatra? I must say that I find it very disappointing. Frank Si
  2. Yes. I agree that the clip sequences are very well put together, and also that any good or even "nondescript" music would be better than most of the stuff that they have been using.
  3. Just saw the January preview reel and, to my shock, it was accompanied by a song sung by one of my favorite singers- "Cry Me A River" by Dinah Washington. I cannot remember EVER hearing a song running behind one of these clip montages that was actually time-period appropriate. These are, after all, classic films, so why not use classic tunes to entice viewing? If the use of contemporary pop/rock is an attempt to garner/keep/placate (?) a younger audience, perhaps this crowd could benefit from adding a little music "history" to their film study. Why not cultivate a taste for music that is from
  4. You are correct in stating that TCM often broadcasts films that feature Thomas Mitchell, which indicates how large a body of work he amassed. Perhaps it is true that he is not a "STAR" in the same sense as Clark Gable or Spencer Tract, et al, and yes, many actors have never been honored with SOTM, however some who are known as "Character" actors have, i.e. Walter Brennan. So if you feel that SOTM is too much time to devote to work horses like Mitchell, then perhaps an evening of programming.
  5. I find it disappointing that the GREAT Thomas Mitchell is given such short-shrift by being passed over again and again for the singular spot of SOTM! Although I could make the argument that several of these "character" actors who are included in this month's salute are so much more than... well, Character Actors, there is no question that Thomas Mitchell is a bona fide STAR!!! In the year 1939 ( the year many film scholars consider Hollywood's greatest) he appeared in five major films, three of which were nominated for Best Picture. In that same year he won the Academy Award for Best Supporti
  6. Robert made TCM my favorite channel. Like so many other fans I grew up watching the old classics on television in the 1950's and 60's, so when Turner launched TCM it became a comforting place in which to escape back to those fond times. As THE host Robert was (and in my mind still is) TCM. His set ups always include fascinating facts, back stories and tidbits that only he could provide. And his delivery was always so natural, he made me feel as though I were in a discussion of my movie passions with a very dear friend. TCM has gone to great lengths in their attempts to fill the time slots wit
  7. This film has aired on the Fox Movie Channel several times. Russell has never been the most convincing actress, and I agree that the story plays fast and loose with details of the Mamie's real life, but the production quality is high- sets, scenery, cars and clothes are all great, cool houses and furniture, too. We can always find something of value in a film, always something to watch.
  8. That's too many chiefs....
  9. This statement clearly falls into the category of No S--- Sherlock!
  10. Notable CHIEFLY (!) for the appearance of the Chief of C.O.N.T.R.O.L.- Edward Platt- and the Chief of U.N.C.L.E.- Leo G. Carroll- in the same film.
  11. Probably for the 5:30 time slot.
  12. In this clip from "Speedy", Lloyd takes us on an outing to Coney Island. As we stroll via the camera along the boardwalk, the attractions and the people create the necessary carnival atmosphere. The sight of the bodies flying off of the "go round" is funny enough, but Lloyd has them helped along by the pincer of a crab claw- we never actually see the crab, nor do we need to. It's much funnier to see only the device and not the perpetrator. The fun continues as Lloyd and his date attempt to walk through the rotating tunnel, slipping and falling all the way, and Lloyd flops like a rag doll on th
  13. In this clip from "One Week" Keaton uses everything but the kitchen sink as part of a series of gags. We have the big guy/little guy, Buster's extra long shoes, his backside exiting the window first, the steps of the ladder peeling away in rapid succession... the entire set is a surreal, topsy-turvy through-the-looking glass world in which we expect strange things to happen. The big guy is able to hold up a piano with one hand, the piano can fall on buster and pin him to the ground without him sustaining an injury. the ceiling in the living room is so elastic that it snaps back like a slingsho
  14. As I mentioned in a prior post, film was barely a toddler in 1918, and young performing artists were eager to see what they could do with this new medium. Here we are several generations later and, thanks in part to the innovations of those artists and in part to advanced technologies, contemporary film makers have new tools to work with, and new colors to paint with. Every generation desires to make their mark by doing things that haven't been done before, but quite often we end up throwing the baby out with the bath water. Just because something is "old" doesn't necessarily make it "old fash
  15. During the period 1912-1930 film was still a fairly new form of entertainment, and many artists were eager to embrace this new medium. During this time several significant comedic talents happened to be working and competing to make great innovations, and invented ways to expand the boundaries of what had previously been recorded on film. While I admire their contribution and do consider their work a part of a "golden age", it's not as if comedy on film was all down hill from there. In the 100 or so years since we have seen it evolve, sometimes drawing on it's own past and repeating elements t
  16. As a former vaudevillian Keaton understood completely what to do to elicit a laugh from the audience. These clips demonstrate that he wasn't merely a performer, but an artist eager to try a new medium, one that afforded possibilities for gags and stunts that could not be carried out on stage. His vision, along with his calculated planning and fearless execution gave us many thrilling and timeless moments on film.
  17. These film clips of Chaplin's work serve to support my case that slapstick is an extremely sophisticated form of humor. Not only does the execution of the gags require careful planning, choreography and repetition, but the concepts themselves derive from a certain pathos of human nature. Charles Chaplin demonstrates a deeper understanding of the humanity of the situations that he sets up, the elements of which are universally relatable. Even in the absurd simplicity of the "slipping peel" we are reminded of our own self-defeating behaviors, and the Tramp's completely naïve reaction gives us
  18. While I agree that these five elements serve to describe or distinguish slapstick comedy, I don't believe that all of them are necessarily required in order for a gag qualify as SS. Although some folks will argue that violence, being the original basis of SS, must be part of the routine or the category changes to physical comedy. I think that over time the two have merged, and we have masters such as Chaplin and W.C.Fields who have served to facilitate that. The rhythm and timing of fields putting on his hat and catching it on his cane, and then in another moment crashing his car. Or Chaplin
  19. Personally, I enjoy slapstick comedy- it is more sophisticated than some folks will admit. In the case of this short film we see the antagonist sneaking up on the gardener, hiding from him in an exaggerated manner that communicates to the viewer that his intentions are mischievous, and we already suspect what he will do. When the water stops running the gardener looks directly into the nozzle- as if the answer to the interrupted flow will present itself, but instead he gets a snoot full of water, a physical jolt with the element of surprise but having a very low risk for injury and not especia
  20. I am a huge fan of The Wood Man- no alleged scandal could change my opinion of his work. I liked him as a stand-up in the 1960's, loved him in films like "Casino Royale", saw "Take The Money And Run" upon it's original theatrical release (to this day I still call it a GUB, and whenever I am in a line with a group I feel as though we are making an immense charm bracelet), laugh hysterically at "What's Up, Tiger Lilly?", and whenever I am at the deli counter I order cole slaw for 10,000 men. Any four woody Allen films would make for a wonderful evening of programming, and I especially love "Hann
  21. If she uses the word "Really" one more time! I had to mute the television while her blurb was running, 'coz I "Really, Really, Really" just couldn't tolerate it! Is this is how it's going to be with younger hosts taking over? No standards for proper speech, even for on-air journalists and talking heads? That's just too much to expect, REALLY!!!
  22. Mary Grace played Thelma Lou's visiting wall flower cousin, who ended up staying home from the dance with Gomer.
  23. The wonderful Carole Lombard, who portrayed a nurse in the film, "Vigil in the Night". Her character, Anne Lee sacrifices her own career by assuming responsibility for a blunder committed by her colleague/sister, Lucy Lee, played by Anne Shirley.
  24. Is that Ralph of "Ralph and Alf" fame? maybe she's about to give him some tips on building a chicken coop.
  25. There are many portrayals of doctors by great actors that make me wish I could find a real-life doc just like the movie docs, e.g. Edward G. Robinson in ,"The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse", or Sidney Poitier in, "No Way Out", or how about Gregory Peck in, "Captain Newman, M.D." But the doc who makes me want to be sick for a VERY long time just so's I could remain under his care would be Cary Grant, who played a doctor in several films- Dr. Maurice Lamar in ,"Kiss and make Up", Dr. David Huxley in, "Bringing Up Baby", Dr. Madison W. Brown in, "Every Girl Should Be Married", Dr. Eugene Ferguson in ,
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