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  1. You're right about "Two Weeks In Another Town" being over-the-top with its campy performances by the principals. Still, it's one of those guilty pleasures that I enjoy watching whenever it shows up on TCM's schedule. There are so many scenes where you wonder which actor or actress scored the highest decibel reading while shouting their lines! That climactic scene toward the end where the maniacal Kirk Douglas is speeding down the winding, twisting road with Cyd Charisse screaming at the top of her lungs had me thinking....had this film been made 30 years earlier, Charisse might have given F
  2. Ah...Flagstaff...home of the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks who play football and basketball in a domed stadium (Walk-Up Sky Dome). I liked Sedona when I went through there about 15 years ago on the way to the Grand Canyon...nice town. Flagstaff was OK, but the day I was there it was sunny and about 65 with gale-force winds! Well, the winds weren't that fierce, but they were constant at about 25-30 MPH, according to the radio. Here in south central Illinois. we got our first measurable snowfall of the season Saturday morning (a whopping 2 inches). We got a dusting Sunday nigh
  3. I can't remember if I read it in her IMDB bio or someplace else, but she didn't have a screen credit in most of the roles she played, and oftentimes, it was by her choice.
  4. Another one from "The Big Sleep". Sonia Darrin never got a screen credit as Agnes Lozier, but she was in 3 scenes with Humphrey Bogart, and I thought they were pretty memorable.
  5. And she was smart as a whip too!
  6. It wasn't a big role, but an important one in "Lady In The Lake", as Dick Simmons' character, the ill-fated Chris Lavery really got the ball rolling in the story following his encounter with Robert Montgomery (Philip Marlowe).
  7. It's refreshing to see a person that's interested in learning about their predecessors in their chosen profession or about the origins of the line of work they happen to be in. In sports terms, Peter Bogdanovich was 'a student of the game'. People like him are usually quite interesting to talk to, and when they share their knowledge or anecdotes, you have to catch yourself from constantly saying stuff like, "Wow!" or "Really?". As an aside, and I hope I don't come off as sounding morbid about this, but despite being so early in a new year, I think Peter Bogdanovich would make a worthy c
  8. The Pope's Ring was a good episode. I loved the part where Sophia walks past a glass of water on the coffee table, moves her hand in a sweeping motion and says, "Wine!". Dorothy looks at her disapprovingly, and Sophia responds, "Worth a shot!". So many good lines on that show to recount. As for Betty White, I loved her as much, if not more, as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She had that great scene with Cloris Leachman when Phyllis realized Sue Ann was trying to make a play for her husband, Lars. Phyllis referred to her as 'The Happy Home Wrecker' instead of 'The Happy
  9. I still stand by my bi-polar assessment of Joan Leslie's character (or at least, the way she played the part here). Her mood vacillated noticeably in several scenes quite rapidly (to me, anyway). She'd be charming and ebullient one minute, then BOOM! Instant Ice Queen! She would suddenly become withdrawn and sullen. Tom Conway's character would have been fun to work for...seemed like he'd put on a cast party at the drop of a hat! As for Benay Venuta, she had an interesting entertainment career which centered mostly on Broadway. According to IMDB, her first major breakthrough came in 193
  10. I enjoyed "Repeat Performance", a movie I'd never seen before. Like Hoganman1, I found it interesting that the original source material in the book had the wife playing the villainous part, while the husband was the tormented, sympathetic character. Joan Leslie was the epitome of a bi-polar person. One minute she's happy, enthusiastic, and optimistic about her future, and then with a flip of a switch, she becomes sour, angry, and paranoid and usually over the mention of the name: Paula Costello! I thought the New York Times' critic roasting Louis Hayward's performance was unfair. He was
  11. Joy Page had a nice look about her. Surprised she didn't become a bigger star, considering her mother's second marriage was to studio chief Jack Warner. But then again, maybe she didn't want to pursue a career like that. Speaking of Marie Windsor, she was on an episode of Perry Mason that I'm watching now on the Sundance channel. She was also on "Song of the Thin Man" which I recently watched (toward the end of the film when the killer is exposed).
  12. Toward the end of this clip, I kept thinking the people looking up at the sky could have been used as stock footage for the 'Superman' TV series!
  13. Two short, but good performances I can think of off the top of my head are: Marjorie Main as Miss Dolly, the landlady of the apartment Linda Mills rented in "Another Thin Man". Her banter with William Powell is top-notch. Also, I like the natural, conversational style displayed by Mary Field who played the waitress/owner of Marney's Cafe near the beginning of "Out of the Past".
  14. Have you seen the 1997 TCM Remembers version? I have seen the 1995 TCM Remembers tribute on YouTube. It's the shortest of all the year-end memorials in length (less than 3 minutes) and in the number of people listed (just 23). Ginger Rogers got the honor of being the last entertainment star in that video. I think somebody posted here a year or so ago that the earlier versions of TCM Remembers (prior to 2000) were available for viewing by TCM Backlot members, but not the general public. If true, I wish the station would make those available now, as well as the 2001 and 2002 versions.
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