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Gorch

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  1. As well as ..."What a moroon". Anyway, I don't understand why movies made from comic books are so popular. Any superhero or group of them makes my skin crawl. Batman, Superman, Spiderman, the Avengers, Iron Man hold no interest for me. I'll just stay home and watch a movie from the Golden Age. Although I've seen all the Star Trek movies and have enjoyed most of them, I cringe whenever a beloved character dies and just sit back and count the minutes until his resurrection.
  2. Brandon also appeared in a western that I've never seen on TV. As far as I'm aware it was never released in any video format either. It's the 1971 Burt Kennedy film "The Deserter". Along with Brandon, it features Woody Strode, Slim Pickens, Richard Crenna, John Houston, Chuck Connors, Patrick Wayne, Albert Salmi and Ian Bannen. Not a classic in any sense of the term, but it's interesting for the cast alone. Besides, I haven't seen it since '71.
  3. I was mentally writing my post to this topic and then came upon Sepiatone's much more erudite entry, so all I will say is that is my feeling about Wayne as well. However, I am a bit surprised that some posters were reluctant to share that they aren't fans of Wayne. I'm pretty new to these boards, but I never would expect that everyone has the same affection toward any actor/actress. We all enjoy classic films, so why snipe at one another over personal preferences? I'm not a fan of Brando or Garland but I appreciate their contributions to film and understand why their fans are legion. Hell,
  4. Funny movie. If I recall correctly, Randy Newman's score quotes Elmer Bernstein's Magnificent Seven theme, which at the time, was used to sell Marlborough cigs on TV.
  5. We saw "Silverado" in 70mm and the theater was nearly full. The Columbia logo was followed by a panning shot showing a pot belly stove in a dark cabin and a man sleeping. He is attacked from outside the small cabin and gunshots rip through the walls letting in shafts of sunlight. The man manages to kill all three ambushers and opens the cabin door. The camera follows him outside and reveals a beautiful sunny mountain vista and the main theme swells as the title is shown. The change from the loud, cramped gunfight to the majestic outdoors made the audience gasp.
  6. We have a tradition of watching "Ben-Hur", but since it is being shown at Cinemark's theaters next month, I want to save it for then. I haven't seen it in a theater since 1959 and I'm psyched. So this year I'll be going with the silent version of Ben.
  7. I'm going to attract some flak, but I would like to see a remake of "Shane". Alan Ladd just seems too unbelievable as a gunfighter, granted, his buckskin outfit doesn't help any. It's also improbable that Ladd could take burly Ben Johnson in a saloon brawl. Blasphemy indeed.
  8. I've had luck using Ethan's line from "The Searchers" - "That'll be the day".
  9. I remember one review for "Boom!" when it was originally released. It consisted of one word - Squeak.
  10. That's Marcia Wallace who played Bob Newhart's secretary and was the voice of Mrs. Krabapple on The Simpsons.
  11. Tom, I've been a collector (on and off) since the '60s too. Been to Toronto's stores and haunted the NYC memorabilia shops when I lived there in the '70s. I have over 15,000 stills and lobbies, hundreds of posters, pressbooks and other collectables. I've sold posters on line myself and through Bruce Hershenson - emovieposter.com, as mentioned by mrroberts. I found that I was more successful through Bruce. I usually don't climb out on a limb for anyone, but Bruce has an impeccable reputation and deals only in movie collectables. I suggest that you look at his website and check out his volum
  12. David McCallum in "The Great Escape" 1963. Even with McQueen, Garner, Bronson, Coburn, Attenborough and Pleasance. David's character made an impression with a smaller amount of screen time and a shocking death scene. A couple of years later he was hugely popular as Illya in "The Man From Uncle" TV series.
  13. I limited my list to ten titles. I've seen some of these movies at least 50 times over the years. I own copies on VHS, Laser Disc, DVD and Blu Ray and I still tune in whenever one of them is being shown on TCM. I can recite whole chunks of dialog from each of them (much to the embarrassment of my kids). They are: Arsenic and Old Lace The Four Feathers A Night to Remember The Magnificent Seven The Great Escape The Wild Bunch The Searchers The Alamo (1960) Lawrence of Arabia The Adventures of Robin Hood
  14. Some of these are certainly not "classics", but these are the ones I watch again and again. In order, they are: The Magnificent Seven The Wild Bunch The Searchers She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Tombstone Rio Conchos The Professionals The Big Sky Ride the High Country Duel at Diablo
  15. In the original Carrie, William Katt has Duel at Diablo on in the background. Just as James Garner rescues Bibi Anderson in that movie, he decides to take Carrie to the prom.
  16. Hope you all don't mind a bit of a diverting here, but Robert Relyea's autobiography has a great story about Leo Gordon. Relyea was A.D. on Kings of the Sun (1963) which was about Mayans and part of which was filmed at the pyramids at Chichen Itza. Leo was playing the lead bad guy (of course) who leads his army in a mad charge up the 200 foot high, insanely shallow 6 inch wide steps of the pyramid. The director yelled "Cut" and the local extras climbed back down, but not Leo. He was terrified of heights but was too embarrassed to admit it before filming. Relyea says that Leo's fingers wer
  17. Last year I attended a big screen showing of the remastered The Great Escape. That movie ended with out takes of the cast, starting with the smaller roles and building up to the big stars - Steve McQueen as Hilts, The Cooler King. This was accompanied by a reprise of Bernstein's rousing march theme. The audience cheered and clapped louder as every name appeared. Lovely experience.
  18. Bruce Dern. Early in his career he played a number of deranged psychos and was just a little too convincing. I always imagine some young man arriving at the Dern household on a first date with daughter Laura and having her dad answer the door. Laura probably missed a couple of proms.
  19. My only "gripe" is that Wayne's beloved "The Alamo" isn't scheduled. I know TCM airs the director's cut, widescreen version, but not THAT often and it's the only venue to run it that way. Why include selections like "The Greatest story Ever Told" that has a mere Duke cameo instead of one he produced, directed and starred in?
  20. Rats, late by a slow PC. Mark Slade was also in both the movie and series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
  21. The western actor is Buck Taylor, son of Dub Taylor. Buck was on Gunsmoke and had a great role in Tombstone as Turkey Creek Johnson. "I ain't got the words".
  22. Yeah, I don't either. Hunter's character Marty is supposed to be callow and play counterpoint to Wayne's mature, authoritative Ethan. I do think that Hunter was too old for the role. The only actor I had problems with here was Ken Curtis. I read that Ford told him to play Charlie McCory with a hillbilly accent that Ken was fooling with, even though some of his character's scenes had already been filmed minus the twang. Of course, Curtis parlayed that accent into a whole late life career as Festus on Gunsmoke.
  23. So sad to hear this. I saw the restored Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen last year with an audience and it was a grand spectacle. I understand that he may have completed one more film roll still to be released. At least TCM will probably show their interview with Mr. O'Toole once again. His recounting of the raid on Aqaba is memorable.
  24. I recall seeing Spartacus at the drive in during the summer of 1960. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I went on my bicycle. I still enjoy a spectacle like that, but my favorite Douglas movies are The Big Sky and Lonely are the Brave. So, here's a belated birthday wish to Jim Deakins and John W. Burns.
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