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  1. "Hello, TCM? This is the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. It has come to our attention that your station's website message board contains in it, a surfeit of sardonic musings and information by one who goes by the screen name "Dargo". We would like to entreat upon you to save these posts of wisdom and humor and allow us to catalog and preserve said posts for future generations."! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. As usual, I'm enjoying Summer Under The Stars. Even if I don't find a particular actor or actress appealing to me, I can usually find a film or two of theirs that I enjoy because of the co-stars or a particular scene in one of their movies. I was happy to catch "Moby Dick" on Gregory Peck's day. It's a film that doesn't make TCM's rotation very often, despite being from Warner Brothers. After watching it, I recalled a program one of the radio stations I worked at used to play. It was called '10-Minute Classics', as read by the fast-talking John Moschitta (of the old Federal Express commer
  3. Sorry, Dargo. "Africa: Texas Style" has never been shown on TCM. Maybe with time though. I thought it was stupid as all get-out when ESPN began showing 'poker as a sport' (say....whaaaaat?), but you see poker shows scattered across various networks today, so....who knows what kind of programming (or relatively obscure movies) trips someone's trigger if they have a say in what gets aired!
  4. Yeah, I probably should have said he was a popular singer who had surprisingly good chops when it came to acting! Bing Crosby falls into that mold too. There's something about people who made their marks as singers (or dancers too) who come off as sounding and acting very natural on screen. It looks easy when somebody else does it right, but much more difficult if we tried to imagine ourselves playing a particular role. And then, if we were in a scene on a set, could we take direction easily with dialog or movements to make the director happy, or would we get exasperated?
  5. I think William Holden was a good actor, but due to his heavy drinking, he always had this 'tired' look to his face in a lot of his films. He even said he wasn't crazy about playing the role of the drifter in "Picnic", because he thought he was too old for the part, but if you get a chance to work with the likes of Kim Novak and Rosalind Russell, it's probably tough to turn down a part, even if you don't think you're right for it. Growing up, I never thought much of Frank Sinatra. I could recognize his voice when he'd sing, but I didn't know how immersed he was in acting until TCM came
  6. According to the moviecollectoroh.com database, "Hatari" has been shown 16 times on TCM, but the last airing came in February, 2007.
  7. Hey Tiki...I think you're somewhat correct about Lightfoot being tough to sing along with on some of his songs, but I've found since I quit smoking, it's easier for me to do it! ๐ŸŽต Sadly, as I've aged, I find it harder to sing along with up tempo stuff like Nellie Furtado's 'Turn Out The Lights" or Ed Sheeran's 'Sing'. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  8. Same thing happened to me with "Blood Simple". I use YouTube TV as my streaming service/provider. TCM was the only station this happened with, as the others were alright. I think it was Sunday afternoon when I noticed the thumbnail came up on the screen, so I clicked it and was able to watch the rest of the movie from the point where it blacked out on me.
  9. Ann-Margret is also one of many actors or actresses that can do comedy, and do it well. She had a small, but memorable role in "The Cheap Detective"; a movie which can still make me double over with laughter consistently!
  10. I recently watched, "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind". The guy is one of my favorite recording artists, and this documentary, released in 2019, chronicles his music and his career. It was very interesting. Most people interviewed for the piece said he was an incredible songwriter and arranger, and was quintessentially Canadian in much of the songs he composed. I thought it was a very well done production. It began with one of his early hits, "That's What You Get For Lovin' Me" and how Lightfoot came to view the song with disdain, because at the time, he was married with a
  11. Good topic here, TopBilled. My picks wouldn't necessarily be considered great or memorable, but they were part of casts that made some good movies. Kent Smith, Richard Carlson, Nigel Bruce, Lee Bowman, Jack Carson, Una O'Connor, Helen Walker, Agnes Moorehead, Lee Patrick, Lucile Watson.
  12. When I saw your description of this, Ham...I immediately thought of..."tubes to the left of me, preamps to the right, here I am...stuck in a speaker with you!"....๐Ÿ™„ This thread brings back memories. My parents owned a tavern, and the jukebox was my introduction to music. I was always taking quarters out of the cash register to play songs I liked. It was always fun when the 'record man' came by every 3 months to change out old records and replace them with newer songs.
  13. So, I take it you're a big booster of The Atkins Diet? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฎ
  14. "Frogs" was a totally awesome movie! Haven't seen it in years. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  15. 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.
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