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  1. Things have been busy for me lately. I don't remember which Westerns I might have seen that had Duryea, but I am used to seeing him in roles like his smiling bad guy role in The Woman In The Window (Fritz Lang, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett). Interesting enough to watch.
  2. I heard a similar story about a particular child actor (can't remember who right now). He could have been one of the Little Rascals, or maybe a child actor from a TV show. Just off the top of my head, but he was at home with his wife later on in life, and somebody came knocking at their door and asked if it was him. His wife had no idea what the stranger was talking about. That was when he broke it to his wife that he had been a child actor. I've known a handful of former celebrities, and they really don't want to be known for their work. They just want to be known for themselves. Th
  3. Somebody else mentioned Jolson in another thread. Then I posted this pic of them.
  4. That's all fine by me, the kind of girl I would have brought home to mom... A good kind of character for a character actress, especially if she is just being herself.
  5. I see that TCM hasn't aired any of them since 2003. The production company was Pyramid Productions, it was distributed by RKO. So it may not have been part of one of the packages Turner purchased back in the 80s or more recently.
  6. This sounds like an interesting series for me to pursue just because Guy Kibbee is in them, even if they weren't highly lauded by critics. An initial search just now turned up almost no leads, but that is where I was 4 or 5 years ago with several other items, and then TCM happened to air them.
  7. Wow, I'm really digging those pictures of I Love Lucy. I had thought that they used two different sets of cameras, but I guess not, or maybe they just did that very early on. Here is a production shot I found on the net of Metropolis (1927).
  8. Okay, I should have thought of this before, but in the beginning of Edison The Man they actually do use at least one "match cut" type of transition. Tracy (as a much older Edison) is sitting at the table up front at an awards ceremony as someone else is speaking. Tracy is just sitting patiently, listening and looking on. He reaches into his pocket, pulls out a cigar, and someone else at the table reaches out and lights his cigar for him. The scene of the lighter and his cigar being lit fade into a scene of a lamplighter lighting a gas street lamp, and we are instantly transformed back in t
  9. I think that in most cases, good editing is supposed to be transparent. If it is not outwardly noticeable, then the editor did a good job. But in some cases, the editor can step into the foreground and almost become a narrator. The following cases are just off the top of my head: One of the more straighforward examples of real-time editing is in You Can't Take It With You. Donald Meek has just quit his job at the bank, and Lionel Barrymore offers him some popcorn in the elevator. The elevator door closes, and then we see a dumbwaiter door open up into the family house. That gives us
  10. My favorite special effects (by today's standards) from that time period were good background music and silence, less could be more. It's always good to have a mission statement. Love it or hate it, filmmakers of the studio system era lived and died by their mission statements. It seems mission statements are harder for filmmakers to come by nowadays, almost as if all the good ones were taken or not interesting anymore.
  11. From a combination of TCM's past programming list and my internal list, sorted by title length and not repeating any already mentioned: $ (1971) [dollars] M (1931) Z (1969) RV (2006) JFK (1991) R.P.M. (1970) UFO (1956) UHF (1989) F.I.S.T (1978) The D.I. (1957) - Jack Webb. (I decided to rest my eyes after the titles exceeded 8 characters) P.S. I'm a Walter Mathau fan, so I'll have to see I.Q. - I hadn't heard of that one before.
  12. There used to be a website that had lots of Hollywood photos, but it is down now. So I guess blogs are the place to go now. Anyhow a bit off topic but I thought you'd like this one.
  13. In You Can't Take It With You, Barrymore is seen talking to bankers in the beginning and saying "I've always wanted to see what it's like to use these...they're lots of fun, your should try them", as he chuckles and holds up a crutch. I believe that parts of his dialogue was Lionel speaking to us, and was not actually written into the script, which is something that the better actors were known to do. Jean Arthur is seen sliding backwards down the staircase railing for fun more than once. In a particular sequence. she slides down and Lionel Barrymore is there near the landing. He sa
  14. Lionel Barrymore was a more capable actor in a wheel chair than most stars who never had to use one.
  15. Ebert's statement comes across to me as a bit pedantic. Some may disagree, but if all films were treated like a scientific thesis or research paper, then we would be without all the quirky fun movies that have surprise endings. But I get the point. Besides that, most of the time when movies were remade in the same or similar time period as the original, the essence of the movie was not lost. More modern remakes just aren't.
  16. I am O.T. and late for last light's dinner with this one, but they are usually just studio musicians hired by the ad agency, sometimes even work in-house. There was one that got my attention about a year ago, and I tracked it down to a studio producer who was just doing something really different and out of the ordinary. There were oodles of online comments though, mostly from people that wished he would actually finish it and turn his song fragment into a completed song and release it.
  17. LOL The first time I read about it, I had read what some online commentors had to say about it. Then when TCM played it, I was more happy than I should have been to see it. My favorite noir is The Woman In The Window (1944).
  18. Sounds like fun! Probably the strangest use of a song off the top of my head is in "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941), listed as a crime/drama/film-noir, and starring Betty Grable and Victor Mature. The play an instrumental version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow (same song as in The Wizard Of Oz) over and over again. They use it sort of as a love theme. Between that and Victor Mature's facial mannerisms, this is high camp for me. I saw him in After The Fox (1966) (costarring with Peter Sellers) before I saw this, so now I almost expect him to be funny - even if the character isn't.
  19. Thanks for the kind words, TopBilled. There are several other film composers I like too, but Korngold was in a class of his own. The part that Paul Henreid's character plays at a piano, accompanied by orchestra, sounds like Rachmaninoff could have written it. Unfortunately there is no separate soundtrack for that. I like Mancini too. P.S. Also in recent memory is the music of Herbert Stothart and Franz Waxman, in "Edison The Man" which recently played. There is a cute little theme that plays at the start of the film, as soon as the long flashback of Edison as a younger man begins (whi
  20. Since you mention Carnegie Hall, there is an appearance by conductor Leopold Stokowski, whose likeness was carried over in the cartoons. Specifically in this Bugs Bunny cartoon, but also countless times in other cartoons. I particularly like Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music (composer for score of The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938). He had an original style that many others imitated, and I find interesting to listen to. Many say it just sounds like Golden Era film music. He mentioned that his favorite movie score was the one he wrote for Between Two Worlds (1944), which
  21. So did Lucy and Desi, for much of the run. That show kept them together in the same room longer than they would have been otherwise.
  22. Bernard Gorcey, who played the older gentleman Louie, was Leo Gorcey's father.
  23. I was thinking about Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts too, last night I found a few of their Hal Roach shorts that can be found on Youtube. Also TCM has aired their short "The Soilers" in-between features in recent times.
  24. Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, two of my favorites. also Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey The Bowery Boys (from 1950 and on, they are harder to find, the later ones with Bernard Gorcey at his "Sweet Shop") Frankie Darro and Mantan Mooreland (Monogram) Anything from the early (pre-20th Century) Fox days (I know, I'm just dreaming)
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