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  1. "Frogs" was a totally awesome movie! Haven't seen it in years. 👍🏻
  2. Also for consideration is that for a very long time, nominations in the acting categories was limited to just 5 people. The Academy has increased that recently, which was a smart move on its part. I think 10 nominations is too many, but 7 or 8 nominees would be more appropriate.
  3. I still find it hard to believe that someone as good as Barbara Stanwyck (and Deborah Kerr, for that matter) never won a competitive Oscar as Best Actress. On top of that, Mitchum's only nomination came very early in his career in "The Story of G.I. Joe". Gardner's only nomination came for "Mogambo", when I thought she should have at least been nominated for her performances in "The Barefoot Contessa" or "Bhowani Junction", which I consider better performances from her.
  4. I wasn't able to watch most of the prime time offerings Tuesday night for Cyd Charisse, but I've seen them before and I enjoyed them. "Two Weeks In Another Town" had a nice cast, although some of the acting was over-the-top (particularly from Robinson and Trevor), but I didn't mind that as it didn't detract from the overall plot. I always get a kick out of watching Charisse near the end of the picture showing the audience what 'scream therapy' actually looks like, as Kirk Douglas drives his Maserati down a twisting road on a hillside with reckless abandon😀! An early scene where Douglas
  5. Yeah, but did Darren have a pilot's license, know ju jitsu, could handle a semi-automatic rifle, make it with the ladies, AND mentor 2 young boys? That's a full plate for anyone, regardless of their appeitite!
  6. Funny, Dargo, but your picture reminded me of this guy from one of my favorite cartoons as a kid:
  7. Small consolation Bogie, and maybe the promo has already been cut, but using The Guess Who song, "Star Baby" for this year's Summer Under the Stars series would be pretty cool. 🎵 It wouldn't surprise me if TCM has used this song in the past though, assuming they could get permission to do so.
  8. I had never seen "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" until I watched it Thursday night on TCM on Demand. Overall, it was a good watch, but I thought parts of it were a bit draggy for me. Of course, I base this on whether I not I pause the picture if I have to use the bathroom. For Pelham, I didn't pause it for those breaks! I thought it was interesting that the hijackers were, for the most part, the calm and cool guys as they attempted to pull off the heist, while the people in charge...the police, the mayor, the people at the transit authority were the ones losing their minds and potentially, co
  9. Yeah, I knew Zsa Zsa was in it, but Eddie said at the beginning that Eva Gabor was in it too. I don't remember seeing her in it.
  10. I see your point mw3...I probably should have taken out Cagney and replaced him with Dick Powell.
  11. You may be late to the party misswonderly3, but you're always fashionable! 😉 I once found some Vargas pin-up girl playing cards in my father's stash (and boy, was Mom mad at me when I found them!). I was the one who mentioned "Touch of Evil's" plot being as convoluted and confusing as "The Big Sleep's", although I finally figured out the deal with "The Big Sleep" after multiple viewings. I could eventually figure out "Touch of Evil" too (I think!). I too love the music in the first-cut opening credits of "Touch of Evil", and the music overall is excellent in setting the mood for th
  12. I'm not going to knock men or women who were able to land roles and earn a paycheck doing something most of us only wish we could do (or could have done). Sure, we all have our favorite performers and some we'd rather not care to mention. I think one aspect of the entertainment industry that sometimes gets overlooked is how good someone is at acting, even if they have more recognition as a dancer or singer. People like Irene Dunne, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Jeannette MacDonald, Hoagey Carmichael, Leslie Caron, Jane Powell, Fred Astaire, Doris Day, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Gin
  13. I love "Touch of Evil". It's got so much going on in it, story-wise, and the camera shots are sensational. The plot sometime can be as tough to follow like it was in say, "The Big Sleep", but overall, the acting can't be touched. Yes, it might have been better if somebody like Ricardo Montalban had been put in the role of Mike Vargas, but as Eddie Muller said at the beginning of the show...No Heston, No Picture. That was the one prerequisite for making the film, and Orson Welles, who I regard as one of the finest actors from Hollywood's Golden Age, was one of those people who had the allu
  14. I feel great too, all things considered. Yeah, my joints and a mischievous right knee might complain a little about what I'm putting them through, but my cardiologist and GP doctor think I'm doing fine. My doctor did tell me to watch it on my lifting, because he thought I might be going heavier than was necessary. I assured him the weights I'm working with are quite modest compared to what other guys my age can handle, based on YouTube videos I've watched to improve my form and technique. One strange by-product from all this has been that I find myself using my back-scratcher more frequen
  15. So, I take it you're a big Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz fan? 😀🩲
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