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LornaHansonForbes

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  1. I'm with the rest of you, this is friggin weird, but since the man asked a favor, I may as well try to help. While I have no idea what films played on the day to which you refer in your original post, I can at least give you my top ten favorite vampire movies (a topic on which I am a minor aficianado) in no particular order: Nosferatu, (192?) Dracula (1931) (flawed, but essential) Dracula (The Spanish Version) (1931) Mark of the Vampire (1935) (flawed, but so atmospheric) Return of the Vampire (1944) (maybe my personal fave) Scars of Dracula (1970) Dracula Has Risen From the
  2. Well, I think Shelley thought a lot of her own undeniable talents, and people in HOLLYWOOD tend to think of their selves before all else, and I'm sure she had people to the left and right telling her they voted for her, she was the best, the award was hers, etc. Never having been nominated for an Oscar, I can only imagine the nerves/complexes/ hallucinations that go with the whole grandiose ordeal. Plus there's Robert Osborne's story about how he first became interested in the history of the Academy Awards when Shelley erroneously claimed she was nominated for A Double Life. You gotta hav
  3. I don't think Bela Lugosi has ever gotten the SOTM feature. I know Vincent Price did this past October and- aside from their scheduling his best films and roles in the graveyard hours (no pun intended)- it was great. I've also enjoyed the SUTS days dedicated to Peter Lorre and KARLOFF: THE UNCANNY. I guess maybe Bela's resume- which included a handful of good films and a sh*tpile of baaaaaaad ones would be too lowbrow or maybe tragic, but it would be a very cheap month since so much of his stuff is in the public domain. either way, I keep hoping that the gloriously restored 1931 versio
  4. For the record, I always find Richard Dreyfuss to be really annoying. He's a special guest on the upcoming TCM cruise, anyone who wants to push him overboard has my undying gratitude.
  5. Yeah, I know. Just consulted my copy of Inside Oscar, and according to them both Douglas and Parker ran very aggressive campaigns in the trade papers for their roles in Detective Story. Douglas's didn't pay off. Also- a little off topic, but what the hey?- Vivien Leigh told reporters that she thought Hepburn would win and when Leigh was announced as the victor, Shelley Winters stood up and headed for the stage. Someone stopped her on the way, but she swore she heard her name called. Oh Shelley.
  6. Best Actress in a Leading Role (1951) Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen *Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire Eleanor Parker in Detective Story Shelley Winters in A Place in the Sun Jane Wyman in The Blue Veil Of those nominees, the best is clearly and easily Vivien Leigh in Streetcar- absolutely the right choice. Other than Hepburn, the other nominees just don't rate a space- Parker and Winters because they're totally supporting roles (and I have issues with Winters' performance in A Place in the Sun. ) If a borderline supporting performance by an Actress deserved to
  7. Double hate you. What is it? An actual print? Bootleg DVD? I'm sending the cops to your place.
  8. It's not just you. Granted, you're probably the one one here who'd say it out loud, but it's not just you.
  9. Since I'm not much for 1970's films, I haven't seen a lot of Lee Grant's acclaimed performances, although I did see Voyage of the Damned and did think she was excellent. I have to say though: I don't think Detective Story has aged well at all. It's one of those "pink elephant" films- too hampered by the code to where it has to beat around the bush and avoid mentioning the giant pink elephant sitting in the corner for the entire movie (in this case, it's the topic of abortion.)...and yes, I know it's implied, and I know there was only so much they could do to imply it- but still. I have
  10. And I never said you said it was great...I was referring to the word "Great" being in the title, a misnomer if ever there was.
  11. Yes she was, I didn't discover her until she died some time ago...I think her middle initial was indeed "O" but I also was unsure so I just left it out.
  12. You've seen it? I hate you! (kidding, but really jealous) ps- yes, I know all about the legal issues. it's "lost" in the sense that it apparently can't be aired.
  13. I think over the last couple of years there has been a real movement to include people who are still alive (or were at the time) in the SOTM "club" as it were: Maureen O'Hara, Mickey Rooney, Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury (which was one tribute I found a little unnecessary as most of her films are in heavy rotation and she was a supporting performer, but whatever), Mickey Rooney, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Bacall etc. While I admit some of those names did not pique my interest, I totally get why they're making the effort to include folks who can still be honored and touched by the attention an
  14. The Great Race (1965). NOTHING about that movie is "Great" and I swear to God, if TCM shows it one more time this year (especially on a weekend) I am going to go all Wendy Williams on my TV. They also need to store Sex and the Single Girl in a warm, wet, salty place where it can deteriorate fast.
  15. He is so good in that movie- almost unrecognizable he so "becomes" the character. I knew he was a good actor before I saw it, but afterwards I realized that he was a great one. And that's why I remember him being SOTM.
  16. You might've missed some of Hopkins' best roles, which came in the 1930's. For me, her best performance is in Becky Sharp (1935) for which she was nominated for Best Actress (but lost to Bette Davis.) She is also terrific in Trouble in Paradise (it's hard not to like her in that one) Barbary Coast (also 1935), These Three, the original Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Fredric March (and in which she allegedly had a nude scene that was cut!) and The Smiling Lieutenant and the shocking pre-Code The Story of Temple Drake. I also happen to like her prickly turns in The Old Maid and Old Acquaintance, a
  17. Nope. He was definitely a SOTM. And I want to say it was in May or June. i quite distinctly recall watching a little film he did where he played the Native American who was among the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima it was the first time I heard of or saw it.
  18. Jennifer Jones. Has she ever been a SOTM? (Someone, somewhere has a list of all the past honorees and has posted it from time to time.) Anyhow, it's overdue, especially since they aired such a shabby tribute to her when she died (four of her worst films.) I've been glad to see The Song of Bernadette show up a couple of times the last year, ditto Loooooove is a Many Splendoooooored Thing (even though it's not very good) and Ruby Gentry is such fun, but would like to see a tribute to her that included Cluny Brown and a Powell/Pressberger film (I think?) she made in the early fifties- is
  19. I remember watching Carrie (1952) with Jennifer Jones and Laurence Olivier within the last three years on TCM...I wasn't expecting much (forced to read the novel by Theodore Dreiser in college and it is SUCH a SNOOZE) but I was impressed and compelled. It was nominated for an Oscar for- I think- the costume design, so maybe it'll show up on 31 Days of Oscar.
  20. Tony Curtis has been a SOTM within the last two years. I recall it distinctly.
  21. ANDYM: As for Crosby the crooner, give me Sinatra or Johnny Hartman any day. Old Bing puts me to sleep. ME: And you know, to me, Sinatra always sounds like he's just going through the motions...Like I can imagine him in the recording studio, nine-iron slung over his shoulder, snapping his fingers at the guys in the sound booth: "hey, fellas, can you speed this up? I got holes to play and broads to bang...Ready? A-one and a-two and- doo-bee-doo-bee-dooo..." Gimme Dino over any of the other male vocalists of the time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAZYbzy3j78
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