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Emily Dean

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  1. I didn't see where anyone has listed "White Heat". You must remember the ending " Top of the world Ma" or something to that nature? However it's not my favourite....for me it is the ending to "Casablanca" being first and then coming in at a close second is the ending of the "Third Man". Happy New Year TCM fans.
  2. Top Billed: I too loved this film, but alas, my mother who lived through the blitz, I believe saw the whole thing in black and white, was not too amused with the film. But I will give John Boorman credit as this story views the blitz through the mind and eyes of a child whereas my mom saw it and experienced it as a young adult. Until I saw this particular movie my view of the blitz was black and white too so I was delighted to view the event through a different lens. Emily
  3. Summer Under the Stars: I am all for the character actors that a lot of posts represent. If I could have my wish I would spend a day and a night with James Gleason. He is the one of my most enjoyed character actors and I'll watch "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" any day of the week, and as added bonus you'll get Claude Raines and Edward Everett Horton. Emily
  4. TCM Fans: I currently am reading the Alan K. Rode book "Michael Curtiz, A Life in Films". It is a compulsive read and expands my horizon of Warner Brothers, Hal Wallis and the wide supporting staff that made Warner Brothers such a success in the 1930's-1950's. There is no way to deny Michael Curtiz his reputation as a fantastic and truly talented director. I especially appreciated the early introduction to his work in Hungary and Austria. It truly makes me want to sit down and "binge watch" Michael Curtiz's movies starting with Warners' silents that are still available to see and mov
  5. Well I have to agree with all the above scenes including the reference to the wonderful George Sanders in "All About Even" but I admit I always wait breathlessly for three scenes in "Casablanca"..as stated previously George Rains accepting his winnings, Ingrid Bergman framed in that most beautiful white dress when she and Paul Henreid first walk into Ricks and that most fabulous of frames when Rick first sees Ingrid over Sam's head. Everytime, everytime those are the scenes I wait for.
  6. Top Billed and the Films of the Forties: I too am drawn to the films of the forties. I believe as you do that the decade underwent such a significant transition for the American society and it is reflected in the movies made over that decade. I guess as well, even though I was born in the middle of the decade and can remember little of it, the events in that period influenced my life most probably due to my parents' experiences. Regardless I love the forties and wistfully think of myself either as Rosie the Riveter or in the trenches with the nurses of "So Proudly We Hail". Thanks too TB
  7. Top Billed: I believe you have just added the possibility of a TCM focus "Movies of a Year" category. Wouldn't it be a joy to spend time watching these movies as a theme from each studio. So along with the Star of the Month TCM would be able to spend a year focusing on a set of movies from an earlier year. You have just programmed one year for them. Thanks so much for demonstrating another creative approach to the showing of classic films. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (I refuse to condescend to political correctness in this instance). Emily
  8. It's a George Sanders type of day. Thank you TCM for sharing more of George for those of us who are appreciative of the "George affect" to the films he appears in.
  9. I watched "Here Comes Mr. Jordon" this past Sunday night and everytime I watch it I enjoy it even more. The movies is a complete summary of why movies were "golden" in the "golden era" of movies. The supporting actors of Claude Raines, Edward Everett Horton and James Gleason make this movie a classic representative of what studios did best in the 40's. When I see movies such as this as well as some others that rely heavily on the character actors to give the film that something special it saddens me that at TCM they really don't get the recognition they deserve. I know they had a focu
  10. I was thinking the same thing this past Saturday and wished that TCM had a "Saturday Movie Day" at least once a month where we got a selection of "B" Westerns and other films that were available in the theater in the 50's when it was safe for parents to drop us off at the movies with money for a ticket, one treat and one drink. Always a double header with great movies (so we thought) plenty of action,music and cartoons (mostly politically incorrect today) and a second feature; monsters, science fiction, detective. So instead of "let's movie" let us have a push for a Rainy Saturday. Of
  11. Yes Top Billed this is what we truly want and how TCM keeps on ignoring our pleas is unbelievable. Here I am, a faithful watcher from the very beginning, now having to sit through adverts for wine, pay as you go fan clubs and pestered with auctions and sales of DVDS, I still watch. You and I have been lobbying for George for several years now...how do we rile up the George "ettes" to give him his due?....I am with you TB. Emily
  12. I really enjoyed my day with The Falcon...George and Tom both. It is a shame really that Tom didn't do better as he is quite attractive but "there is something about George" that just keeps you engaged with him and his character that Tom didn't quite have. Regardless, a fun day, light and enjoyable and I just loved how in "The Falcon in Mexico" we were given a travel segment re: the Butterfly Boats. It is cold and grey here in Kansas so it was a great day to curl up with the doggies and TCM for the afternoon.
  13. I agree this is horrible and the print is too small and on my screen the font is way too light to read easily. TCM is changing and I am moving away. Have subscribed to BritBox and Acorn on my Prime site...so I am having a retro English TV time at the moment. You haven't lived until you are taken back to the politically incorrect shows of the 70's on BBC and ITV.
  14. As an avid George Sanders fan....I'll be having a sit down all day tomorrow luxuriating in the wonderful sounds of George Sanders and his "Falcon" episodes. The best binge watch of the week..
  15. I do believe that one of the reasons for Dana Andrews "falling star" was his alcohol addiction. He is a great actor and nothing stands out more in his film history than his role in "The Best Years of Our Lives" especially with the closing moments of the film sitting in an abandoned bomber. His whole past and future life is wrapped up into that one moment in time. I empathize with his character so much and it always causes me to remember my dad who was a Halifax Flt Lt. and pilot for the CRAF..what his homecoming must have felt like...he never once said and foolish child and adult that I
  16. I can't really drag up any movie that I paid to see that was truly horrible I have to say that yesterday's offering of Zsa Zsa Gabor in "Queen of Outer Space" would meet the criteria. It was so bad that I don't understand how the actors were able to get through it with a straight face. Knowing how horrible it would be I still watched the opening scenes just to get an idea of the "kitsch" involved and still find it incredulous that anyone would spend money making the movie let alone spending money to see it. I noticed in the last several weeks TV viewers are being bombarded with movi
  17. I see no one mentioned the score and ending credits for "A Man and a Woman" the 1966 Claude Lelouch movie. Went to see that movie when I was 21 on a Saturday "date night". For those of you who remember...dress, heels, matching purse and your date called at the door in a suit and tie. Move score was absolutely mesmerizing and I still have the LP in the basement along with some Beatles and other sixties albums. One of the most romantic films I have ever seen, however "Casablanca" still rates number one on my list.
  18. Not only was this a good movie but George Sanders was very good in this role as well George is so terribly underappreciated by so many but he is perfect for this role. As for art in movies, nothing gives me more pleasure than Pierce Brosnan gallivanting through the Metropolitan Museum in the THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. I actually liked it better than the original.
  19. After watching Alec Baldwin on the Essentials I am convinced he is ideal to conduct more TCM hosting including the Essentials format. His conversations with the guest hosts are very well done, he doesn't have notes and he appears to be completely aware of the films being discussed and brings out excellent observations from his guests. Last nights conversation with David Letterman regarding "Brief Encounters" was very engrossing and he got responses from David Letterman regarding the film that I would have never believed David Letterman capable of expressing. Great conversation and follow up
  20. I will agree...I was quite surprised and saddened to read of his death. The Telegraph had a nice, full and complimentary obituary this morning. I too first saw him in Jewel in the Crown, which happily I have on DVD. His role in that series was mesmerizing and he was 100% the villain.
  21. Wasn't yesterday evening a thrill for all George Sanders fans. Death of a Scoundrel was absolutely so George. I almost had the feeling I was watching the real George but just against a movie set. The plot fit him to a tee...and next to The Picture of Dorian Grey I couldn't say any other movie fit his personality so exactly. I can see, too, why his marriage to ZsaZsa didn't last, there is absolutely no chemistry between the two...both in the movie and out of it they were simply calculating personalities. I had never seen that particular movie so it was great fun watch. Pure enjoyme
  22. The book is THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT..Hollywood's Greatest Musicals and it is nothing but information on Arthur Freed's movies..absolutely fascinating and you will look at all the movies again with a new or different perspective. The author is Hugh Fordin. Glad you are interested..I am a great classic movie fan and have a library about a variety of classic movie topics/persons. The most interesting books are usually about the directors, not much on the actors unless it was George Sanders or Humphrey Bogart.
  23. Art in the movies immediately brings to my mind Salvador Dali in Hitchcock's " SPELLBOUND and the second iteration of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. Before I watched AN AMERICAN IN PARIS I went back and reviewed the making of the movie and it is interesting how Freed and Minnelli selected the artists to do Gene's paintings and how the backdrops for the 17 minute ballet were made and lighted. Included too are the back walls of the cafe where Gene meets Leslie...take a closer look and you will be quite surprised. To all TCM fans if you want to watch the movies better read more.
  24. I watched the two great John Ford movies yesterday afternoon and enjoyed myself. Loved the maritime film and THE QUIET MAN is always a treat. Svengoolie had an invisible man movie on last night with Vincent Price as the invisible man...and again I was absolutely blown away by the innovation the art directors and special affects staff used in this film before computer graphics existed. They had this scene when Vincent's circulatory system start to become visible after he receives blood transfusions and it was absolutely enthralling. Being a nurse I was really impressed. Looking forward t
  25. Michael Curtiz directed MISSION TO MOSCOW and all who participated later were part of the HUAC investigations. Interestingly enough Roosevelt and the administration really wanted this movie made to encourage Americans in their support of the Soviet Union after the Soviets joined the Allies when Germany invaded Russia. I still cannot believe how two faced the government was (no surprise there) after the war was won....an absolute turn about and injurious to the lives of many talented individuals. Interesting here too, to note Bogie posted this as we all know who really improved Bogie's star
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