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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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. She looks like that in just about any picture of her with children.
  7. Ha! And, yeah. There are a couple of good lines, and Myrna Loy makes anything better, but that film is just sort of there. Clark Gable is mute the whole film, and we can barely see him, either, thanks to his mask. Great cast, but a terrible waste of them. We see the most from Helen Hayes, but her character bugs me.
  8. I prefer Clue to Murder by Death, but still very much enjoy the latter. And the title never fails to make me laugh. Nor does the screaming doorbell. I've never seen The Cheap Detective, so thanks for the heads up.
  9. That's from something that didn't make the final cut in The Thin Man -- there was a scene scripted in which Nora dresses as a man to go investigate something (perhaps to tail after Nick when he goes down to Wynan's shop, I can't recall) and they did a photo shoot in that costume (there's also a cute pic of her and Asta) but the scene isn't in the film and I'm not sure if it was even filmed.
  10. I keep meaning to look for that at the library. I could not stand her character - nor her portrayal of that character - when I watched Guiding Light, but I keep hearing what a fun read her book is.
  11. My favorite - and not just because she's one of my favorite actors - is Myrna Loy's Being and Becoming. Honest, charming and detailed (completed shortly before her fabled memory began to fail her), the story of her life takes us through so much of Hollywood and American history. She was there for the transition from silent films to talkies, before, during and after the Code, the unionization of actors, the studio system and its breakdown, redbaiting and blacklisting, etc. And beyond being outspoken in her beliefs - in an era when that was not common and often had significant consequences -
  12. I shudder to think of the list price for that Twin Peaks set, but I'm sure I'll shell out for it, whatever it is. [Ah, it looks like Amazon's pre-order price is $90.99.]
  13. Finally! This has been a glaring hole in my Myrna Loy collection for so long; my favorite of her collaborations with Gable, I somehow manage to miss recording it whenever it airs. I'll probably take a fresh look at Parnell, too; I never thought it was as bad as its reputation.
  14. One of those films that exemplifies why I adore Myrna Loy so much; on paper, it's a thankless role, and few things bore me more in film than women who simply sit around fretting about their man, but she makes it not just work, but work very well. I think it's a great film, and her best pairing with Gable. (It's Loy's favorite of her films, as a bit of trivia.) I love in the TCM tribute to Loy narrated by Julianne Moore, when Moore says something like, "Plane crash or no, your life is going pretty well if you happen upon Myrna Loy twiddling her thumbs in a field." I'm the same way as yo
  15. I finally finished the MGM documentary this week, too (although I had seen it before many years ago), and I found myself a bit depressed at the end, especially over the destruction of the backlot. I'm curious to hear what you think of Lonelyhearts when you watch it. I think it's a great cast, but one that is mostly miscast or stuck in under-developed roles. And turning such a dark tale into one with a happy ending just doesn't work for me.
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