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  1. Thank you very much. I'm new to these parts but I have quite an extensive background in scheduling films for public viewing. In years past I have been the producer of the now-defunct film series Saturday Night at the Movies on TVOntario in Toronto. And I've also done some scheduling of events at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  2. It's a common misconception that All the King's Men (1949) is supposed to be based on Huey Long. It's not, in fact. For one thing Huey Long, though a virtual dictator of Louisiana who bordered on fascism, was never as amoral as Broderick Crawford's Willie Stark (who commits adultery in the film, among other transgressions). Robert Penn Warren, who, in 1947, wrote the book which was later adapted for the screen, stated later that Willie Stark was not supposed to be Huey Long. Perhaps that is why All the King's Men is set in an unnamed state.
  3. Funny that you should make a comparison to a classic movie. I was just thinking that Rob Ford is a very similar to Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith) in A Face in the Crowd (1957).
  4. Rob Ford is many things - a crack-smoking, binge-drinking, potty-mouthed, uncouth simpleton. But to me, Rob Ford is perhaps most importantly a symptom of amalgamation. Since Old Toronto and the surrounding suburbs of Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York were all placed under the City of Toronto umbrella, a great divide has become increasingly evident. What suburban voters saw in Ford was someone who was campaigning on the promise of lower taxes and advocating for a minimal role for government. That is what the former city councils in Etobicoke and Scarborough and North York were intended to do. Residents outside the downtown core don't see the need for big government and those folks in the suburbs were upset that their taxes were going up to build downtown subway lines they were never going to use. I think its time that the province of Ontario, which ultimately has legal authority over all municipalities, recognize the failure of amalgamation. But maybe that's just me.
  5. On behalf of 53% of Toronto residents, I'd like to say on the record that we didn't vote for him. You can blame everyone else for that.
  6. *TCM Schedule, March 30, 2014 - April 5, 2014* *March 30, 2014 ? Daytime: The Other Master of Suspense* 6:00AM *The Truth* (1960) Brigitte Bardot and Paul Meurisse. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. C.E.I.A.P., 127 min. P 8:15AM *The Murderer Lives at Number 21* (1947) Daniel Gelin and Pierre Fresnay. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Continental Films, 84 min. P/S 9:45AM *The Spies* (1957) Curt J?rgens and Vera Clouzot. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Filmsonor, 125 min. P 12:00PM *Le Corbeau* (1943) Pierre Fresnay and Ginette Leclerc. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Continental Films, 92 min. P/S 1:45PM *The Mystery of Picasso* (1958) Pablo Picasso and Claude Renoir. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Filmsonor, 78 min. P/S 3:15PM *Quai des Orf?vres* (1947) Louis Jouvet and Suzy Delair. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Majestic Films, 106 min. P 5:30PM *Wages of Fear* (1952) Yves Montand and Charles Vanel. Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Janus Films, 131 min. P/S *March 30, 2014 ? Primetime: Warren Beatty's Birthday* 8:00PM *Splendor in the Grass* (1961) Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Dir: Elia Kazan. Warner Bros., 124 min. 10:15PM *Heaven Can Wait* (1978) Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. Dir: Buck Henry. Paramount Pictures, 101 min. P/S *March 30, 2014 ? Silent Sunday Night* 12:00AM *The Wind* (1928) Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson. Dir: Victor Seastrom. MGM, 95 min. E *March 30, 2014 ? TCM Imports* 1:45AM *Wild Strawberries* (1957) Victor Seastrom and Ingrid Thulin. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. Svensk Filmindustri, 91 min. E *March 30, 2014 ? Late Night: Flying* 3:30AM *The Spirit of St. Louis* (1957) James Stewart and Murray Hamilton. Dir: Billy Wilder. Warner Bros., 135 min. *March 31, 2014 ? Daytime: Shirley Jones' 80th Birthday* 6:00AM *The Cheyenne Social Club* (1970) James Stewart and Henry Fonda. Dir: Gene Kelly. National General Productions, 103 min. P/S 7:45AM *The Secret of My Success* (1965) Shirley Jones and Stella Stevens. Dir: Andrew L. Stone. MGM, 112 min. 9:45AM *Pepe* (1961) Dan Dailey and Shirley Jones. Dir: George Stevens. Columbia Pictures, 180 min. P/S 1:00PM *The Music Man* (1962) Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. Dir: Morton DaCosta. Warner Bros., 151 min. 3:45PM *Elmer Gantry* (1960) Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons. Dir: Richard Brooks. United Artists, 146 min. P/S 6:15PM *A Ticklish Affair* (1963) Shirley Jones and Gig Young. Dir: George Sidney. MGM, 88 min. *March 31, 2014 ? Primetime: British Pubs on Film* 8:00PM *Battle of Britain* (1965) Michael Caine and Trevor Howard. Dir: Guy Hamilton. United Artists, 132 min. P/S 10:15PM *Frenzy* (1972) Jon Finch and Barry Foster. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Universal Pictures, 116 min. P/S 12:15AM *Jamaica Inn* (1939) Maureen O'Hara and Charles Laughton. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Mayflower Pictures, 99 min. P/S 2:00AM *Saturday Night and Sunday Morning* (1960) Albert Finney and Shirley Field. Dir: Karel Reisz. Woodfall Film Production, 90 min. P/S *March 31, 2014 ? Late Night: Subways* 3:45AM *The Taking of Pelham One Two Three* (1974) Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw. Dir: John Sergeant. United Artists, 104 min. P/S *April 1, 2014 ? Daytime: The Birthday Girls, Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds* 6:00AM *Luxury Liner* (1948) George Brent and Jane Powell. Dir: Richard Whorf. MGM, 99 min. 7:45AM *The Gazebo* (1960) Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds. Dir: George Marshall. MGM, 102. 9:30AM *Seven Brides for Seven Brothers* (1954) Jane Powell and Howard Keel. Dir: Stanley Donen. MGM, 103 min. 11:15AM *The Unsinkable Molly Brown* (1964) Debbie Reynolds and Ed Begley. Dir: Charles Walters. MGM, 128 min. 1:30PM *Royal Wedding* (1951) Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. Dir: Stanley Donen. MGM, 93 min. 3:15PM *Singin' in the Rain* (1952) Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. Dir: Stanley Donen. MGM, 103 min. 5:00PM *Two Weeks with Love* (1950) Jane Powell and Ricardo Montalb?n. Dir: Roy Rowland. MGM, 92 min. 6:45PM *Private Screenings: Robert Osborne* (2014) Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin. 60 min. *April 1, 2014 ? Primetime: The American Dream in the 20th Century* 8:00PM *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* (1945) Dorothy McGuire and Joan Blondell. Dir: Elia Kazan. Twentieth Century Fox, 132 min. P/S 10:30PM *To Kill a Mockingbird* (1963) Gregory Peck and Brock Peters. Dir: Robert Mulligan. Brentwood Productions, 129 min. P/S 12:45AM *Nashville* (1975) Henry Gibson and Lily Tomlin. Dir: Robert Altman. Paramount Pictures, 157 min. P/S 3:00AM *Lost in America* (1985) Albert Brooks and Julie Haggerty. Dir: Albert Brooks. Warner Bros., 91 min. *April 1, 2014 ? Late Night: Screwball Comedy* 4:45AM *Nothing Sacred* (1937) Fredric March and Carol Lombard. Dir: William A. Wellman. United Artists, 74 min. P/S *April 2, 2014 ? Daytime: The Great War on Film* 6:00AM *All Quiet on the Western Front* (1930) Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres. Dir: Lewis Milestone. Universal Pictures, 138 min. P/S 8:30AM *A Farewell to Arms* (1932) Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper. Dir: Frank Borzage. Paramount Productions, 90 min. P/S 10:15AM *Sergeant York* (1941) Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan. Dir: Howard Hawks. Warner Bros., 135 min. 12:45PM *The African Queen* (1951) Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Dir: John Huston. Horizon Enterprises, 106 min. P/S 2:45PM *Paths of Glory* (1958) Kirk Douglas and Adolphe Menjou. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Bryna Productions, 90 min. P/S 4:30PM *Johnny Got His Gun* (1971) Jason Robards and Donald Sutherland. Dir: Millard Kaufman. Robert Rich Productions, 112 min. P/S 6:30PM *Men Must Fight* (1933) Robert Young and May Robson. Dir: Edgar Selwyn. MGM, 72 min. *April 2, 2014 ? Primetime: Alec Guinness? Centennial* 8:00PM *Great Expectations* (1946) John Mills and Alec Guinness. Dir: David Lean. Kino International, 118 min. P/S 10:15PM *The Bridge on the River Kwai* (1957) William Holden and Alec Guinness. Dir: David Lean. Horizon-American Pictures, 161 min. P/S 1:15AM *Murder by Death* (1976) Peter Falk and Alec Guinness. Dir: Robert Moore. Columbia Pictures, 94 min. P/S *April 2, 2014 ? Late Night: The Catholic Church* 3:00AM *The Cardinal* (1963) Tom Tryon and John Huston. Dir: Otto Preminger. Gamma Productions, 175 min. P/S *April 3, 2014 ? Daytime: Anniversary of the Shooting of Jesse James* 6:00AM *The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid* (1972) Robert Duvall and Cliff Robertson. Dir: Philip Kaufman. Universal Pictures, 92 min. P 7:45AM *I Shot Jesse James* (1949) Preston Foster and Barbara Britton. Dir: Samuel Fuller. Lippert Productions, 81 min. P/S 9:15AM *Alias Jesse James* (1959) Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming. Dir: Norman Z. McLeod. Hope Enterprises, 92 min. P/S 11:00AM *Carson on TCM: Henry Fonda (1980)* (2013) Henry Fonda and Johnny Carson. 12 min. 11:15AM *Jesse James* (1939) Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda. Dir: Henry King. Twentieth Century Fox, 105 min. P/S 1:15PM *The True Story of Jesse James* (1957) Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter. Dir: Nicholas Ray. Twentieth Century Fox, 92 min. P/S 3:00PM *Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter* (1966) John Lupton and Cal Bolder. Dir: William Beaudine Sr. Circle Productions, 82 min. P/S 4:30PM *The Long Riders* (1980) David Carradine and Dennis Quaid. Dir: Walter Hill. United Artists, 100 min. P/S 6:15PM *Jesse James* (1927) Fred Thomson and Nora Lane. Dir: Lloyd Ingraham. Paramount Productions, 80 min. P 7:45PM *Carson on TCM: Charlton Heston (1976)* (2013) Charlton Heston and Johnny Carson. 12 min. *April 3, 2014 ? Evening: Star of the Month Edward G. Robinson* 8:00PM *Little Caesar* (1931) Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Dir: Mervyn LeRoy. First National Pictures, 80 min. P/S 9:30PM *The Whole Town's Talking* (1935) Edward G. Robinson and Jean Arthur. Dir: John Ford. Columbia Pictures, 95 min. P/S 11:15PM *Key Largo* (1948) Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 100 min. 1:15AM *A Hole in the Head* (1959) Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson. Dir: Frank Capra. Sincap Productions, 120 min. P/S *April 3, 2014 ? Late Night: Edward G. Robinson* 3:30AM *The Prize* (1963) Paul Newman and Edward G. Robinson. Dir: Mark Robson. Roxbury Productions, 135 min. P/S *April 4, 2014 ? Daytime: Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood* 6:00AM *The Scarlet Pimpernel* (1935) Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon. Dir: Harold Young. London Film Productions, 95 min. P/S 7:45AM *The Adventures of Marco Polo* (1938) Gary Cooper and Basil Rathbone. Dir: Archie Mayo. Samuel Goldwyn, Inc., 104 min. P/S 9:30AM *Idiot's Delight* (1939) Norma Shearer and Clark Gable. Dir: Clarence Brown. MGM, 100 min. 11:15AM *Rebecca* (1940) Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Selznick International Productions, 130 min. P/S 1:30PM *The Best Years of Our Lives* (1946) Myrna Loy and Fredric March. Dir: William Wyler. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 172 min. P/S 4:30PM *The Bishop's Wife* (1948) Cary Grant and Loretta Young. Dir: Henry Koster. Samuel Goldwyn Productions, 108 min. P/S 6:30PM *Thunder in the City* (1937) Edward G. Robinson and Nigel Bruce. Dir: Marion Gering. Columbia Pictures, 87 min. P *April 4, 2014 ? Friday Night Spotlight: Surveillance* 8:00PM *Rear Window* (1954) James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Paramount Pictures, 112 min. P/S 10:00PM *Cape Fear* (1962) Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. Dir: J. Lee Thompson. Melville Talbot Productions, 105 min. P/S 12:15AM *The Anderson Tapes* (1971) Sean Connery and Dyan Cannon. Dir: Sidney Lumet. Robert B. Weitman Productions, 99 min. P/S 2:00AM *The Conversation* (1974) Gene Hackman and John Cazale. Dir: Francis Ford Coppola. The Directors Company, 113 min. P/S *April 4, 2014 ? Late Night: Shakespeare with a Twist* 4:00AM *Forbidden Planet* (1956) Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis. Dir: Fred McLeod Wilcox. MGM, 106 min. *April 5, 2014 ? Daytime: Walter Huston's Birthday* 6:00AM *The Criminal Code* (1931) Walter Huston and Phillip Holmes. Dir: Howard Hawks. Columbia Pictures, 97 min. 7:45AM *Star Witness* (1931) Walter Huston and Frances Starr. Dir: William A. Wellman. Warner Bros., 68 min. 9:00AM *Beast of the City* (1932) Walter Huston and Jean Harlow. Dir: Charles Brabin. MGM, 90 min. 10:45AM *Gabriel Over the White House* (1933) Walter Huston and Karen Morley. Dir: Gregory LaCava. MGM, 87 min. 12:15PM *The Maltese Falcon* (1941) Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 100 min. 2:00PM *Dragonwyck* (1946) Gene Tierney and Walter Huston. Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Twentieth Century Fox, 103 min. P/S 4:00PM *The Treasure of the Sierra Madre* (1948) Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston. Dir: John Huston. Warner Bros., 128 min. 6:15PM *Summer Holiday* (1948) Mickey Rooney and Gloria De Haven. Dir: Richard Mamoulian. MGM, 92 min. *April 5, 2014 ? The Essentials: The Roman Empire* 8:00PM *Spartacus* (1960) Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. Universal-International Productions, 195 min. P/S 11:30PM *A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum* (1966) Zero Mostel and Buster Keaton. Dir: Richard Lester. Quadrangle Films, 99 min. P/S 1:15AM *Private Screenings: Robert Osborne* (2014) Robert Osborne and Alec Baldwin. 60 min. *April 5, 2014 ? TCM Underground: The Last of James Cagney and Fred Astaire* 2:30AM *Ragtime* (1981) James Cagney and Mandy Patinkin. Dir: Milos Forman. Paramount Pictures, 155 min. E 5:15AM *Ghost Story* (1981) Fred Astaire and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Dir: John Irvin. Universal Pictures, 110 min. P Edited by: ThomErnstTVO on Nov 16, 2013 11:18 AM
  7. Thanks for the kind welcome. I am on CTV now, as well as CBC Radio One. I appreciate your thoughts on the cancellation of SNAM. It was a very difficult decision for TVO to make, I know. They had grown up with Elwy Yost like I had and they had Elwy's love of movies. They just didn't have the money to keep the series going. It's my understanding that the folks at TVO is thinking about bringing SNAM back to the airwaves in some form or another possibly next season. I may or may not be involved with that - too early to tell. The reason they cancelled the show at the end of the 39th season is because they didn't want to spend the money to celebrate what would have been our 40th anniversary.
  8. Hello there, feature film freaks! In the short time I've been spending time looking at the TCM Message Boards, I've noticed there seems to be a disproportionate number of Canadian posters. I'm just wondering if any of you fellow Canucks were brought up on classic movies by Elwy Yost on TVO's now-defunct movie series 'Saturday Night at the Movies'. FYI, I had the opportunity to produce the show from 1998 to 2010, and I acted as the host of the show thereafter.
  9. In 2001, while I was working as the producer of 'Saturday Night at the Movies', a now-defunct movie series on TVOntario in Canada, I had the opportunity to interview Coleen Gray in conjunction with our broadcasting of 'Nightmare Alley'. Ms. Gray portrayed Tyrone Power's wife in that film. She was a very charming woman and spoke highly of her experience with Ty Power. Mel Ferrer also gave a favourable impression of working with Tyrone Power in 'The Sun Also Rises'. In my decades as a journalist and film critic I've not come across one person who had anything substantively negative to say about him.
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