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  1. I never knew (or never paid attention) to this tidbit before today, but Bergman died on her (67th) birthday -- she was born Aug. 29 1915 and died Aug. 29 1982.
  2. I always think of him as Dancer in After the Thin Man. Apparently, after he died, the government of Malta (where he'd grown up, and where he returned in retirement) issued two commemorative stamps in his honor.
  3. Yes, at age 91. I believe he had been in a nursing home for the last months of his life, but up through 90 he had been in pretty good health for his age, other than profound hearing loss. Truly a good, long life.
  4. I basically go in order except for ranking Song of the Thin Man above The Thin Man Goes Home. However, I can entertain arguments from those who rank After the Thin Man ahead of the original. But I enjoy them all -- it's Nick and Nora, how bad could anything be? And all six have terrific lines/moments ... there just seem to be fewer of them as the series goes on. Which was inevitable, especially since we no longer had Goodrich and Hackett as the writers after the third film and lost director Woody Van Dyke prior to the fifth. TCM had a marathon of William Powell movies today (his bi
  5. I've long been surprised by how many people - mostly on IMDb, but elsewhere as well - list that as their favorite of the Thin Man films. It has moments I love, and I like the absence of Nicky Jr. and the fact Nora gets more to do on her own than normal, but I still put it last in my ranking of the Thin Man series. It just has such a different feel to it, with the sobriety, the small town setting, the different director, and such. And don't get me started on the spanking. Anyway, while the general consensus is the films declined in quality as the series went on, there is a sizable group
  6. Pretty much all the romantic comedies I like are screwballs; the genre's somewhat irreverent approach to love and, especially, marriage is kind of the only way I can stomach films focused on romantic courtship.
  7. Oh, my appreciation for Myrna Loy is just this side of obsession. I grew up watching The Thin Man every time it was on TV (back when local stations aired black and white films), so there's some nostalgia, but I just find the Loy/Powell films very comforting. They make me happy after a long day. I love that one. I also like Wife vs. Secretary, with Loy, Gable and Harlow.
  8. The Thin Man (which, along with Bringing Up Baby, holds the title as my favorite film, period). I watch all six of the films in that franchise with some regularity, especially the early ones, which are superior. There are a couple of things from the novel I wish were in the film, and one thing from the Lux radio adaptation, but it's something close to perfect as it is. A close second is Libeled Lady. I'm not a huge fan of Jean Harlow - I don't dislike her, but a little of her goes a long way for me. With a foursome cast, it's the perfect amount. I do wonder if this film could have bee
  9. I think this is an underrated gem in the Hepburn/Tracy filmography, and I watch it fairly often (I have all their collaborations on DVD). I have to watch this every time it airs. I love pre-Code Stanwyck, and this movie is just delightfully dark.
  10. Mrs. Voorhees is what makes Friday the 13th (the original, meant to be a stand-alone, not any of the gazillion sequels that followed and screwed up the original premise) more than just a cheesy slasher flick. She's such a different villain than what became the norm. Betsy Palmer took the time to craft a backstory for Mrs. Voorhees in her head, in order to play that small but pivotal role with a strong sense of the character's motivation. And she attended numerous horror fan conventions ... generally decked out in a cable knit sweater in homage to her character. I'm sure, like the paycheck
  11. I use several of the phrases that have been listed so far: "The jig's up" (This makes me think of Jackie in one of my favorite episodes of Roseanne rather than old movies) "Now you're cooking with gas" (or "with propane") "lousy with" "tighten the screws"
  12. Yeah, I have seen her in many things, but she will always be Roz to me. She's such a delight in that role, and in the special feature for the 25th anniversary DVD release. It's also nice to hear the three stars all gush about her; she's one of those people everyone seemed to enjoy working with.
  13. She looks like that in just about any picture of her with children.
  14. Because I have seen Mr. Blandings many, many times, I can tell you it's actually, "If you ain't eatin' Wham, you ain't eatin' ham." Gussie saves the day. Someone mentioned they'd have loved to see it in color. I'm pretty sure there is a colorized version that used to air on TV (but, of course, colorized is a far cry from being filmed in color). That's my favorite film about the adventures of home ownership and moving. I like the Money Pit remake, too. Another film about moving I find funny is the Chevy Chase film Funny Farm.
  15. As a general rule, I'd want a prop that was useful in addition to its sentimental value for being in a favorite film, so something like a cocktail shaker from one of the Thin Man movies. However, I'd make an exception for the intercostal clavicle from Bringing Up Baby (even though it's just a random fake bone) or the Polaroid photo from Thelma & Louise.
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