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PhillyCinephile

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  1. On YouTube, there are several clips from Roddy McDowall's home movies of mid-1960s movie stars on the beach. Two words: Christopher. Plummer. Sal Mineo's workout scene from WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR? is worth a look, as is the sequence in TROG in which divers (one of whom is played by British beefcake icon John Hamill) strip down to their underwear. It's one of those deliciously gratuitous yet subversive displays of male pulchritude that I always enjoy.
  2. Loved her on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and THE GOLDEN GIRLS, of course, but I also have very fond memories of THE BETTY WHITE SHOW, which she did soon after TMTMS. She played an actress who had the lead in a TV cop show ("Undercover Woman" -- a spoof of POLICE WOMAN). John Hillerman played her ex-husband and producer. I would love it if one of the classic TV digital channels would unearth this gem.
  3. Meanwhile, UHF stations counter-programmed by showing I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF... Didn't Lance "James at 15/16" Kerwin play the younger version of the bedwetter?
  4. I love non-Christmas-themed films that take place during Christmas. Doesn't matter what genre, or how good or bad a film is overall. If it contains a scene set during Christmas, I'm in. Even if there's no mention of the holiday, but merely a visual reference in the background, I'm happy. So I love that TCM includes films that aren't explicitly Christmas films. I'd be happy if they included A SUMMER PLACE because of that one scene with Sandra, Constance, and the Christmas tree ("Merry Christmas, Mother!"). (And to this day, I lament the lack of an office Christmas party scene in THE
  5. I'm also a fan of the made-for-TV movie Home for the Holidays, with Eleanor Parker, Jill Haworth, Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Julie Harris, and Walter Brennan. The opening credits alone are fascinating and appear in the following order: Starring Sally Field Jill Haworth Guest Star Julie Harris Special Guest Star Eleanor Parker Special Appearance by Jessica Walter And Walter Brennan as "Benjamin Morgan" Co-starring John Fink Featuring Med Flory I can't help wondering if the negotiations for billing were especially lengthy...and why Jill Hawo
  6. Love, love, love, love, love Lizabeth Scott!!!
  7. I have a long list of films I watch each year during the Christmas season. I always begin my Christmas viewing the night before Thanksgiving with Miracle on 34th Street (the original, of course). I won't repeat the other gems listed here that are also part of my annual viewing, but will add a few more: Holiday Affair -- great cast, offbeat humorous touches, and I absolutely love the park set because it capture perfectly the look of a city after the snow has started to melt. The Bishop's Wife -- there's a dark, almost sinister, quality to Cary Grant that lends ambiguity to the s
  8. I remember being stunned when I saw this. Given her prominence on DS, and my heightened awareness of her due to my being a big DS fan, it seemed odd to see her in a small role on a sitcom rather than as a "special guest star" on a dramatic series. But, I guess that's the reality of acting. You take what you can get at any given moment, and a huge cult following doesn't necessarily translate into starring roles. But it's fun seeing her in this role.
  9. Andrea Martin did a deliciously wicked impersonation of La Lavin on an episode of SCTV NETWORK 90.
  10. So sad to learn of his passing. I've never been a musical enthusiast, but I definitely appreciate the work of Sondheim. Question for those who are more informed: is there anyone out there today who is writing and composing at the level of Sondheim? Seems like most of what plays on Broadway are jukebox musicals aimed at tourists.
  11. My life has been one long Dyan Cannon kick. Welcome to the club!
  12. Decorating for Christmas and could not resist adding a DARK SHADOWS touch. "Christmas Eve in the great house of Collinwood, where the members of the Collins family make their last-minute preparations for Christmas morning. Meanwhile, in the Old House, another member of the Collins family makes holiday preparations of his own -- preparations unlike any the Collins family has ever known."
  13. One line has always stayed with me. Bette Davis turns to a young woman -- I think she's the fiancée of one of Bette's sons -- and says something to the effect of, "Would you mind sitting over there? Body odor offends me." Others from 1968: SECRET CEREMONY THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER SKIDOO (currently under discussion in another thread) THE LION IN WINTER THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE FACES
  14. "Merry Christmas, Mother!" I cannot resist A SUMMER PLACE. It's a yummy hot fudge sundae of a movie, meant to be devoured gluttonously. While I am guilty of film snobbery, the truth is, I'm as fond of late-era Delmer Daves melodramas as I am of anything that gets a mention in Sight & Sound's decennial surveys.
  15. Good to know. My parents took my sister and me to Niagara Falls back in the 1970s. We saw Richard Boone filming a made-for-TV movie during our visit. I'm hoping to visit again at some point.
  16. Hadn't seen this in years and forgot just how much I enjoy this movie. Interesting to me, the dynamic between the Jean Peters and Max Showalter characters. It's a dynamic that is still going strong in sitcoms -- the buffoonish/loutish husband and the smart, cool, sexy wife -- that leaves viewers wondering how someone like him ever managed to land someone like her. Also interesting is that the same dynamic exists between Don Wilson and our friend Lurene Tuttle. Are the Ketterings who the Cutlers are destined to become? And could the same be said of the Loomises? Could Ray end up
  17. Didn't search this entire thread, so I apologize if this post is repetitive, but I'd love to see WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR? and WELCOME TO ARROW BEACH. I remember the latter showing up fairly regularly on the late movie on the ABC affiliates in Philadelphia (Channel 6) and New York City (Channel 7). It was also one of the first films released on home video, as part of that package released by Magnetic Video all the way back at the dawn of the VCR age. WKTB? has become available in recent years, but WTAB has been MIA for years. Warners distributed WTAB, so I'm thinking that it is within th
  18. Thought this was a thread about Bob Hoskins...my mistake...
  19. Thought this was going to be about her use of the word 'portmanteau'. I've never heard it used to refer to refer to omnibus or anthology films. That said, I enjoyed her introductions on Sunday.
  20. "This has been a Raging Stallion production..."
  21. I'm not ashamed to admit it, but because I come across as a film snob, people are surprised when I tell them that I absolutely love MISS CONGENIALITY.
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