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  1. I'm interested in reading a biography of Gary Cooper. Any recommendations? I'd like to read one that is considered fairly definitive, but is also enjoyable to read.
  2. I think new viewers have a very positive reaction to Sunset Boulevard. The Hollywood angle can draw anybody in. And you stay for the noir. But there are many other good choices in this thread, like Double Indmenity and Out of the Past. Robert Mitchum happens to be one of my favorites, so I might be biased towards Out of the Past. And they'll get to see Kirk Douglas and be intrigued by his early work.
  3. From my avatar you can guess I like Northwest Passage for French and Indian War. For WWII, maybe 12 O'Clock High. I'm on a Mighty Eighth Air Force kick. But I love that moment in Longest Day when Robert Mitchum is on the beach at Normandy, and he knows he's got to rally the Marines to take the hill (they are pinned down), and he gives them a rousing. For Vietnam I'll take We Were Soldiers -- a true war flick, not a political diatribe masquerading as one. I'll have to think some more about others.
  4. Another vote for oldest posts first here. I frequent many forums, and this is the only one that works this way. It is discombobulating, and it ought to tell us something that the standard way is to read in chronological order. All the standard BBN software has a feature to jump you to the first unread post in the thread (based on your individual posting identity). It's much, much better.
  5. This thread delivers. And political correctness (or lack thereof) is one of the things that makes classic movies so stimulating. The movie that is the subject of my avatar (Northwest Passage) is awesome, but I think has fallen into obscurity because of (probably accurate) way it portrays Major Rogers and his boys. When it was on in December, there was also a smothering apologia for it by Len.
  6. Gambit (1966) A great one starring Michael Caine and Shirley Maclaine.
  7. Ride the High Country would be my favorite, but it had the benefit of so many elements. (McCrea, Scott, Peckinpah, Hartley, Oates).
  8. Got a Hondo viewing in tonight. Love some John Wayne.
  9. To the OP, thanks for the heads up. Tivo has been set. Been wanting to see this one for a while. I considered buying the blu-ray, but now I'll get a viewing to see if I like it. Big fan of classic noir, and I've heard this one is a founding classic in the noir genre.
  10. I'm paralyzed with indecision. I'll just throw out some favorites from different eras. Patton The Great Escape Stalag 17 Northwest Passage We Were Soldiers
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