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  1. On 6/29/2018 at 9:08 AM, LornaHansonForbes said:


    4. I was gonna make a superfluous u joke, but Lord Knows, Canada has taken enough crap from The States lately. Enjoy your superfluous "u"s, the majesty of your landscape, your sane (for the moment at least) government- and please be patient with your neighbor country until we are under new management.

    I get teased about the 'u' as well.

    We'll get over it and in my books, some Canadians are acting stupid too, I hope they don't have any relatives or friends in the States.

    Back to the movies...I was confused too about the LA setting and Wrigley Field. Seeing that Charles McGraw was in the train movie recently departing Chicago, I thought that was the connection. Glad Eddie cleared it up at the end of the movie.

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  2. 2 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:


    ARMORED CAR ROBBERY is very good so far, but I'm confused. They're talking about robbing an armored car delivering cash to Wrigley Field, which was in Chicago and this is set in Los Angeles. Did I miss something?

    You aren't/weren't the only one...

  3. 3 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

    now, i liked ARMORED CAR ROBBERY quite a bit.

    it was so black and white in many senses- the duality angle of the story, that CHARLES MCGRAW and WILLIAM TALMAN (who were both excellent, although I especially liked little things McGraw did with his eyes and expression, even licking his lips in one scene where he gets a lead) were living parallel lives was strong without being forced. i couldn't help but wonder though, if an extra 30 minutes were in the budget, whether they could have worked in something where McGraw's character was also seeing his deceased partner's wife, as was the case with Talman, just to add a shade of grey to his moral standing....but really, it worked just fine like it was.

    what was all this about a lewd public act charge against Talman? I couldn't find it on wikipedia.

    what was the make of jalopy in the first scene where we see "WRIGLEY FIELD" in LA?

    there was a strong resemblance between this film and THE KILLING (1956) only I LIKE THIS FILM A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN "THE KILLING"!

    Check IMDB for the 'morals' charges against Talman.

    According to the IMC(ar)DB the jalopy was a 1925 Ford Model T. Pretty good resource in figuring other the various cars and trucks.


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  4. 13 hours ago, TheCid said:

    I've got lots of railroad books and in the past checked out the trains and routes in The Narrow Margin.  Not sure why they wanted the station scene at La Junta, but it is on the Santa Fe.

    As for the PRR locomotive, that shows up a lot in movies from that era.  Stock footage.  There is a Falcon movie where they are on a train in Florida and it is being pulled by a PRR steam engine.  While railroads did have "run through" agreements whereby engines would travel all the way, this was generally done with diesel engines.  The steamers required way too much maintenance which was better done on the "home" roads.

    I've got a reprint of Rand McNally's 1948 Handy Railroad Atlas of the United States.  Very handy for seeing what railroads actually operated where during this era.  I think the ending or beginning of one of the Thin Man movies shows them on a named Southern Pacific passenger train.  Not impossible, but would have required a few extra days travel as opposed to taking a more direct train between NYC, Chicago and LA.

    I was thinking of this too when I posted. Looking at the atlas I have, it would've been plausible to start the journey with CB&Q power. I didn't check the atlas closely but I'm pretty sure Illinois would've been at the western edge of NYC territory. Even thru all the mergers and break up of Conrail, the former CCC&StL yard in Indianapolis is still known as Big Four Yard.

    I'm aware of a Lehigh Valley passenger train that ran between Toronto, Ontario and New York City, via Buffalo. I'm pretty sure their equipment ran thru all the way to Toronto, not sure on which railway's trackage though, Canadian National or Canadian Pacific.

  5. On 5/6/2018 at 4:07 PM, TheCid said:

    Will have to disagree with you on this one.  Not everybody can the main characters in a movie.  Walsh and Walsh had good roles and plenty of screen time.  

    As for too many implausible and predictable train action sequences, can you be more specific?  I have ridden passenger trains and did not find the sequences to be that far out, considering it is an action movie.  Actually more realistic than The Narrow Margin.  Also, you may not have noticed but at least in NM, they used the same train or type train.  TNM begins with a long, luxury train which at times is shown as a very short secondary train.

    The Narrow Margin is the better movie, but Narrow Margin rates much higher than 5/10.

    Yes, the 'continuity' of the train footage was lacking. I'm pretty sure they departed Chicago and showed a PRR locomotive. Not sure of the intermediate trains, but the last couple of shots showed SP locomotives in the 'Daylight train' paint scheme. I checked the Rand McNally Railroad Atlas of 1927 and if the route the train took was exclusively on AT&SF trackage. I guess the railroad wouldn't co-operate or RKO didn't want to spring for actual footage along the route.

    One nice touch was the station agent getting the 'flimsy' via bamboo hoop.

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  6. 14 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

     1950-51 Nash Statesman (that bobs up and down like a boat on an easy-glide suspension), The Nash Statesman is a hoot, you can't help but chuckle everytime you see tough guy Rocky driving around in what looks like a ridiculous upside down bathtub. :D


    Image result for cry danger 1951



    Thanks for all the great replies gang. I checked the IMCDB & this is the pic they showed:


    (which isn't a great pic) After posting here, I Googled (1950 Nash Ambassador Six Super Brougham 'Airflyte') & fopund a lot of decent pics of the car in question, even 1 from the movie:


    Being born in '61 most of the cars seen in this era were long gone from the roads. I do recall the Nash Metropolitan in pics.

    The other cars that bewildered me was on the Sat' night movie shown a couple of weeks ago (not Mystery Street). I had never seen the sedans that were being used as taxi w/ suicide doors.

    Most of the vehicles I'm familiar w/ from the 40s & 50s are Chev & Ford pickups & large trucks, plus the '55 & up Chevs which are well known cars.


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  7. I caught part of the movie the other day and was surprised when I saw the wet dress scene involving Barry and Keaton. Is this movie considered Pre-Code? If not I don't know how the censor didn't want some snipping.

  8. You're thinking of Susan Hayward playing the preacher's wife(played by William Lundigan) in 1951's I'D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN, there padre. And yes, Miss Hayward would ultimately retire from show business and move to the Peach State, and where she died..ahem, I mean passed on, in 1975.


    (...oh, and btw...because this was an American movie that was actually filmed in the state of Georgia, I think you really meant to say that this baby was filmed in "color" and without that British superfluous-'u' in that word!...sorry, ya see, you just unwittingly fell into settin' me up around here again for one of my ongoing little "jokes" there, reverend ol' boy...yep, I'm just "a little devil" like this sometimes, alright!)



    Thanks for the quick reply. :)


    Oh growing up in Canada, you'd better include the 'u' in your schoolwork or there would be 'sp' marked on it when it came back from the teacher.  :P

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  9. A while back I watched a movie on TCM about a preacher in turn of the century Georgia. I can't think of the name but it was filmed in colour in the early 50s and the lead actress later relocated to the area.


    The preacher and a church elder (I think) were always racing their horse and buggies.

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