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  1. I agree that Sanders is great and deserving of a day, although I still wouldn't trade Tierney's day -- there were just so many good movies. I'm probably biased though, because, as I said, Tierney is one of my favorite actresses.
  2. My two very favorite days were definitely Gene Tierne's Day and Groucho Marx's day (which was basically The Marx Brothers day). Gene Tierney is one of my favorite actresses, and the line-up of her films included 5 movies in a row that are some of my absolute favorites! I believe the block of movies (my favorites) started off with Laura, then The Razor's Edge, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Heaven Can Wait, and Advise and Consent. five altogether wonderful movies! As for The Marx Brothers, I love every one of their movies; they're far and away my favorite comedy team! Also, I was in bed sick that whole day, and let me tell you, a WHOLE day of Marx Brothers movies was the only thing that could make being sick bearable! Just the shear lightheadedness and fun of the brothers makes it hard to be miserable! So Yeah, those are definitely two of my favorites. I can't believe SUTS is almost over, the month went by so quickly! Edit: I can't believe I forgot Alan Arkin's day, since it was just this past Saturday! what a terrific actor! I'm so happy TCM gave him a day; an actor with such talent and longevity deserves it! I love Wait Until Dark, and this was my first viewing of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter--I loved it. I also thought Popi was wonderful and sweet without being overly saccharine. All of the movies were great and interesting. Even Little Murders, which I'd never seen or heard of before, was pretty good, though it did take me by surprise in many ways since I didn't quite know what to expect out of the movie. Watching that movie was definitely an interesting experience! I love it when a movie genuinely shocks me, that's a very rare thing these days! So all in all, Alan Arkin day was a really, really good day.
  3. Was so sad to hear this news. Rest in peace, Mr. Sharif. You were a wonderful actor and one of the most dapper and handsome men to have ever graced the big screen. You left behind several classic films and memorable performances; a true legend. *sigh* we have so few legends with us anymore. Also, I really wish TCM would show "More Than a Miracle" in their tribute line-up of films for Mr. Sharif -- it's a charming little film and one of my personal favorites of Omar Sharif's movies.
  4. I'm so glad to see you mention The Ox-bow Incident! It's one of my favorite movies, and it hardly ever gets the recognition it really deserves. I agree that Andrews' performance in the film is terrific, he makes you feel such a deep saddness and injustice for his character. The story is a sad one altogether, but his performance really anchors the film and makes you truly feel the story's intended sadness.
  5. Wow! this is one of the most energetic, pulse racing openings to a film I've seen in a long time! we don't know who or what this woman is running from, but the way she's running, with such franticness, is a pretty good indication that she's running from something horrible and/or dangerous to her. The dark blackness of the night behind her grey figure as she's running is severve but effective, and screams of film noir in the best ways possible. We get a pretty good indication of who this Mike Hammer character is by the first thing he says: “You almost wrecked my car." He has no apparent sympathy or care for this woman who's obviously distressed and in need of help. This tells us a great deal about his character and how very different he is from the detectives of 1940s film noir; he's obviously hard and cynical, but there's a huge absence of what made the detectives of '40s film noir special: charm and charisma--even if they only had a little, they had it. Hammer seems absolutely devoid of either of those two qualities. Perhaps that makes him more realistic, a detective more of the real world. Not a hero, but a flawed, hard to like character. That's just my assessment from the clip; I've not yet seen the whole movie (I'm really looking foward to seeing it on friday), so maybe the character becomes easier to take. Also, the soft, romantic music of Nat King Cole overlapped with Leachman's loud panting and sobbing really creates an interesting juxtaposition of overlapped romanticism and hard, painful reality. The opening credits altogether are very interesting, inventive and very different from anything I've seen in terms of opening credits before. The first few minutes of this film are great and intriguing! I can't wait to see the whole thing!
  6. I completely agree about the subtext in The Maltese Falcon! That is one of the few movies where I completely see the gay subtext, in the character of Joel Ciaro. The character is VERY effeminate; he and the character Brigid fight like two women. I've never read the novel, but I have no doubt in my mind that the homosexual subtext in the character was completely on purpose in the movie. It was really brilliant how the filmmakers made it so obvious without actually saying it, which of course would have been impossible at the time. Peter Lorre was really great in that role!
  7. Michael Tolan was a really good actor. He was one of those faces that was constantly popping up in all the old tv shows, and I've always enjoyed his performances. The Outer Limits, Route 66, Naked City, kojak, you name it, he was in it. He was also very good in The Bold Ones: The Senator, with Hal Holbrook. Though, unfortunately, it only lasted 9 episodes, Tolan was very good as Holbrook's chief aide.
  8. I truly wonder then - and since I've never seen Valentine in anything else - if his interesting way of speaking and his demeanor (both of which I enjoyed in the character) were mostly just for the character, or if that was how Valentine was in real life. It all seemed very natural, but of course that's what good actors are supposed to do, make everything that's not them seem completely natural. Was it a conscious choice to play the character that way? was he written that way? directed that way? or was it all purely Valentine coming through the character? Also, his voice kept reminding me of some other actor and it was kind of driving me crazy, but I think I finally got it - Farley Granger. Maybe they don't sound exactly alike, but there are similarities. Does anybody else think so? or did his voice remind you of any other actor? Granger was the closest I could come to.
  9. oh, ok! makes sense then, why he called him that. The look on the kid's face just looked little hurt when he said it. I guess that's what threw me off, assuming he meant not very bright.
  10. Lol, the kid. I don't know about how he was looking at him, but I felt so bad for the kid when Joe called him deaf AND dumb. Like, you couldn't just say he was deaf? the kid didn't seem dumb at all. But I get it, it was back in the day. But the look on the kid's face was kind of sad. And regardless of whatever subtext was going on or was not going on, I enjoyed Valentine's performance immensely! I found myself watching him in every scene he was in with a great interest. Whatever was going on with the character, I think he made the role very interesting.
  11. I agree that homosexual subtext is too often applied to movies where there are close same-sex friendships or working relationships. I've heard it applied to many classic films, and in most cases it's absured. like I said, looking back on the film, I can see why some people might get that idea, perhaps it can be read that way if one is really looking for it. There's nothing wrong with that subtext in films where it makes sense within the story, where it is actually strongly implied, I just don't think this is one of those films. As for myself, I didn't see it -the subtext- at all, but then I've only seen the movie once. however, I really think they were just friends. Joe had probably been working for Whit a long time. We really don't get a lot of backstory on their relationship, certainly not enough to make the assumption that they are somehow in love with each other or have an affair of their own going on. Either way, I value everyone's opinion and theories about film. I'll always take things into consideration. That's what makes film so great--so many different people can watch the same movie, but can come out of it with completely different points of view and with differing opinions on the story and the deeper meaning in and of the film. The Big Steal sounds very good! I'll definitely try to see that one! I'd love to see more with Greer; she was really terrific!
  12. Happy birthday to the beautiful, extremely talented, elegant and completely charming Ms. de Havilland! She's in a class all her own, a true legend! 99 years old and still stunning! we need to appreciate the few true stars and legends we have the good fortune to still have with us. Paris really does a woman good! : )
  13. Wow, I must be really naive, because that homosexual subtext never even occurred to me! I didn't really see him as effeminate, just kind of smooth and laid back for the most part. I thought his demeanor was refreshing for the kind of character he was - a murdering thug. We really don't get a whole lot of backstory on the relationship between Whit and Joe; how long they've known each other, how good of friends they actually are. But whit does seem genuinely upset when he finds out Joe has died. Also, Joe and Kathie don't really seem to like each other, or rather they seem very indifferent towards each other, though I just took that as Joe knowing exactly who and what Kathie really is, and seeing as how she's already messed up with his friend before, it's not hard to see why he doesn't care for her too much. Kathie , on the other hand, doesn't like Joe because she knows he knows what she really is, and of course she wouldn't like someone who can see through her. She doesn't seem to especially care or be affected at all when Jeff tells her Joe's dead. I never took it as any kind of jealousy between them for Whit's affections. There was absolutely no romantic or sexual tension between Joe and Kathie, but there didn't have to be in the context of the movie. With all that said, I CAN see why people might read into the homosexual subtext. It's definitely something to consider. I'll definitely check out “Love Happy".
  14. I just watched “Out of the Past" for the first time and was not disappointed, I absolutely loved it! the acting was top-notch all around, the cinematography was terrific, it was wonderfully stylish, and Jane greer was positively gorgeous (kudos to the wardrobe department; Greer's outfits are to die for). It was really entertaining, and Mitchum and Douglas are superb together. With all that said, there was one big standout to me-- Paul Valentine as "Joe Stephanos". He was really great! I'd never seen him in anything prior to this, but he really took a character that could easily have been just another greasy henchman/thug and turned it into a really interesting character. He had great facial expressions, an interesting voice, and a pretty easygoing demeanor considering, very affable and charming, though he did show a bit of angst a couple of times. Also, the complexity we see in the character after he murders Eels, with him showing some remorse for doing so, the look on his face and what he says indicate he does feel genuinely bad for it, was really atypical of other characters of the same type in other crime-dramas/noirs. Anyway, he was really fantastic, and it's too bad he didn't do more movies, because he really had presence and was pretty handsome. There's also very little information about him on the internet, besides the fact that he was married to famed burlesque dancer Lili St. Cyr. It really is a shame, but at least we'll always have his great performance in "Out of the Past".
  15. LOL. I think Oliver Reed would agree with you!
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