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Polly of the Pre-Codes

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  1. That's as funny as a ruptured bladder....I'd reach through the interwebs and slap you, but...shoot, someone else understands where's I'm coming from.
  2. Charles Ruggles in Six of a Kind. What's especially touching is that while he is a milquetoast, and Mary Boland as his wife is an aspiring dowager, both clearly have been looking forward to some second-honeymoon "private times."
  3. Now I've known for some time that I like my beefcake with a nice amount of marbling (the current "dad bod" thing is this kitten's catnip). But one night I found myself crushing on Roscoe Arbuckle.
  4. I would love to see the restored Fox Films titles that have been playing at MOMA (https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/4967?locale=en). But I can't imagine TCM jumping through all of the hoops that would be necessary. (Prove me wrong, TCM programmers? Or at least name Spencer Tracy Star of the Month and license the relevant titles?)
  5. Yep, Laurel and Hardy in Angora Love (1929) was the first title that came to my mind. Also see The Little Tramp and The Drunken Millionaire in City Lights (1931): In this case it's a little more tempting to read something into how the Millionaire is all over the Tramp when he's drunk, but doesn't want anything to do with him when he's sober. Then in Hit and Rum (1935), Leon Errol and and Eddie Kane find themselves in the same bed the morning after a bender. When they wake up (fully dressed), each eyes the other in a way that just screams "We didn't...did we?"
  6. Watch Intolerance (1916). See at least some of AFI-Silver's annual film noir festival. If schedule and budget permit, make a return trip to Capitolfest. Try to find a film aficionado boyfriend.
  7. Actually, the Motion Picture Production Code was drafted in 1930; it was only in 1934 that they developed an enforcement mechanism.
  8. The Thin Man has become my Christmas Eve tradition.
  9. https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registry/complete-national-film-registry-listing/ The 2017 National Film Registry list just came out; could TCM be doing some sort of tie-in? (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is one of the honorees.) Maybe a run-down of this year's inductees, combined with RO interstials for those titles that have screened on TCM?
  10. TCM has shown a relatively obscure movie I requested, but it was a Warner Bros. title and fitted into a Mary Astor day. I am sure it becomes much more difficult for the programmers if the requested film is not part of the Warner library and must be licensed from another studio.
  11. Yesterday I rewatched Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother (1927). A number of family groups turned out to see it. Afterwards I was talking to the theater programmer, who talked about recognizing various gags from Scooby Doo and other animated series. This might be a useful angle to attract modern audiences.
  12. https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/06/that-weirdo-announcer-voice-accent-where-it-came-from-and-why-it-went-away/395141/ This article surveys the rise and fall of the "Mid-Atlantic" accent. Most people encounter it these days in films from the 1930s to the 1950s (often by actors who had started on the stage), but it seems to have been associated with broader concepts of status and prestige.
  13. Next on Turner Crass-n-Sick Movies. Followed by James Cagney in White Meat..."I did 'em, Ma! Top of the world!"
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