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  1. Here's another that may or may not fit this thread. Lauritz Melchior. He played the character of a bumbling yet kindly older gentleman, some say comparable to an S.Z. Sakall character. Melchior was also a member of the NY Metropolitan Opera, so he sang too. He did some Hollywood films, these ones aired on TCM: Thrill of a Romance (1945) Van Johnson • Esther Williams • Frances Gifford • Henry Travers • Spring Byington • Lauritz Melchior • Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra • Two Sisters from Boston (1946) Cast: Kathryn Grayson • June Allyson • Lauritz Melchior • Jimmy Durante • Peter Lawford • This Time for Keeps (1947) Cast: Esther Williams • Jimmy Durante • Lauritz Melchior • Johnny Johnston • Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra • Dame May Whitty • Luxury Liner (1948) Cast: George Brent • Jane Powell • Lauritz Melchior • Frances Gifford • Marina Koshetz • Xavier Cugat • Thomas E. Breen • Richard Derr • John Ridgely • The Pied Pipers • Connie Gilchrist •
  2. Excellent choice! Too bad he died so young.
  3. I think we might need more details than that if we are to identify this movie. Was the blonde a singer? Did he talk to the cops in passing as they were looking for the murderer?
  4. Agree. Brown often used his voice in what I would describe as an endearing tone, as a part of his character. He raised the pitch of his voice whenever he was addressing a lady, and the ladies often did the same for him. Whenever I play his movies, my dog walks over to the TV and gives it his full undivided attention. In addition for Joe E. Brown, I like everything I have seen except for the batch of films he did under David L. Loew productions. It was a low point for him too, and a move he later said he regretted. Brown's son was killed during training exercises in the military, so to cope with that took on a pre-USO role of entertaining the troops. This stemmed from his early experience in vaudeville, when he said he was "as poor as a church mouse". During the WWII era he often traveled on his own dime to distant places to visit the troops and performed to audiences of hundreds, and reportedly to an audience of one - a dying soldier in a hospital. He took mail back and forth for the troops in his travels and was very highly regarded by the Military and their families back home. He was awarded one of only two bronze stars given to civilians during the WWII years. Pretty exclusive club to be a member of. I've always wondered who got the other one. I will assume you meant Dick Powell. I meant his speaking voice. But for me it wasn't just his voice. It was his whole persona. He just seems like an all-around likeable guy in whatever role he did. I just mentioned him because he wasn't one of the baritone or bass voices, but rather a fairly gifted tenor that I like to watch.
  5. Essentially, yes. They will be HTML tables, which are essentially just text files. No images. I could also provide tab-delimited .txt files upon request.
  6. I'm a straight guy so I think of it more in terms of "cool factor" than anything else. But I like Joe E. Brown for his high-spirited antics. In all his movies, he WAS the stunt man! As far those with upper vocal range being high on my "cool" scale, I think Dick Powell was one cool cat. Also William Powell, although unrelated. That guy could yap like an semiautomatic firearm.
  7. Thanks for that. It is definitely more involved as far as forums usually go. Having said that, there probably isn't a good way to upload lists here, is there? I have some that I have been working on, that can export to HTML files.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 (which is most of the movie). It then plays whenever Tracy as Edison gets inspired or they are working hard and looking determined (as with the electric light). I grew up with this movie as a kid, so it all brings back good memories.
  10. 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 had an original theme in it that Paul Henreid's character played on piano. Here is a rare recording of the orchestra scoring that film. Here is a modern-day performance of his theme from The Constant Nymph (1943). For more modern performances of his music, see the related videos on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ERICH+WOLFGANG+KORNGOLD
  11. Yes, but then the poster before me was able to get a full sized image up, without any thumbnails. Little things like this make me wonder, most probably never notice.
  12. Our mystery man: [nevermind..lol] Edit: So far this forum won't allow me to drag and drop a JPG photo off my HDD (file format not allowed??), and if I use the selector at the bottom it only posts a thumbnail pic. Nice...
  13. That was a picture of John Hodiak. Do you suspect John Hodiak to be our mystery man?
  14. John Hodiak? I came across this last night but got sidetracked and forgot to submit a post. He doesn't look quite like our mystery man, but here he seems to bear a bit of resemblance to Lew Ayers, or maybe even Richard Carlson.
  15. No, sorry to say is not about my avatar, Edward Brophy, but I wish it was. Then there would be something to tawk about, bwoss. Here is a repost of that image already.
  16. Yeah, it might be. It's just that I've seen many photos from the 40s that have much better contrast, far better resolution, etc - as were often taken of stars. So I'd say it could be either. But since he is so unknown... BTW I'd say he looks the most like Lew Ayers out of all the suggestions so far no match.
  17. Judging by the look of the photo, the style of dress, and compared to some of the interesting photo questions on the other subforum, I would think might be a silent film star. All the photos I have seen from the era of the stars suggested so far look much more contemporary than this photo. But I have been wrong before.
  18. I just went through this thread and as far as I can tell, Greer Garson is a favorite of many. I really like her voice too. People were definitely groomed for radio back then, and it shows. Could anyone imagine today's biggest stars doing radio reprises of their movies or TV shows? Okay maybe I could picture Ray Romano doing this. I noticed that under character actors nobody mentioned Walter Brennen yet. Also I don't think I saw voice actor Paul Frees mentioned yet.
  19. That's right. I don't normally number dates that way either, I had it that way for sorting purposes and just copied it over. The schedules referred to are the TCM monthly schedules, with the May one recently being announced in a thread below.
  20. Frank Morgan's whiskey and Hedy Lamarr's cocoa butter makeup couldn't have been all that expensive.
  21. Walter Pidgeon. I get a chuckle out of all the subtle well-tempered expression in his speaking voice, like in Weekend At The Waldorf when he is wooing Ginger Rogers, or when he is the perfect Diplomat in Holiday In Mexico, or when he is giving the United Planets crew a demonstration of Robbie The Robot and later the grand tour of the giant Krell machine in Forbidden Planet.
  22. A bit off-topic, but you remind me of an interesting point, and that is that TCM does do an amazing job of finding the best copies of public domain movies. I can't count how many times I have replaced DVDs I have purchased, either from fellow collectors, or even store-bought versions, with the airings from TCM.
  23. Yes very interesting. Thanks for posting that. This illustrates why I like to watch TCM, and Tabesh is obviously part of that. Old films ARE historical documents, as they are intended for period audiences. While many of them never get old, others are dated, but are still an important historical document. And historical documents should be preserved.
  24. Another one that surprised me a bit in terms of revenue was White Cargo. I don't have access to the figures, but I read that it did quite well for being on the shoestring budget that it is. Unfortunately, from what I can tell, it seems that most of those figures were supressed by the studios back in the Studio System days. So a list like this is refreshing to see, and a good reality check of what people were actually interested in seeing back then.
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