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About ThomErnstTVO

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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 intende
  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
  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 seaso
  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 a
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