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  1. D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance" had some pretty shocking violence for the era during the scenes where the Persians are attacking Babylon. A guy gets his head lopped off, and I seem to remember instances of people getting skewered by spears. Here's some obscure trivia for you: 1950s Polish film "A Generation" is believed to be the first film to use squibs to simulate gunshots.
  2. Read an AV Club article today implying that there's some negative characterization of Orson Welles in that movie. Dunno if that means the movie will be taking the now-discredited Pauline Kael position (held by Ben Mankiewicz as well, it seems) that Welles didn't deserve a co-screenwriting credit.
  3. I liked "Footsteps in the Dark" as well. It was fun seeing Errol Flynn solving a mystery "Thin Man" style. Funny how Flynn worked for Warners for so many years and they never really capitalized on his abilities. They tried him in screwball comedy with "Four's a Crowd" which was terrible, and they gave up. They tried making him a "Thin Man" detective with this movie, and it was good but apparently didn't do well, and they gave up. They never even tried to give him a big meaty dramatic part, so that had to wait until he was old and sick with "Too Much, Too Soon". (That film isn't very good
  4. Can you have "bias" against...particular wars? As others have noted it's probably a matter of TCM not having as many movies in their library for our later wars. They should be running "The Big Parade"
  5. That clip where Sean Connery slaps Margaret Nolan on the behind and dismisses her with the words "man talk" is always, always referenced whenever anyone writes about retrograde sexual attitudes in the James Bond movies. Now that I come back to the forum I just realized that two of the stars of "Goldfinger" died barely a month apart. If I'm counting correctly she was in six "Carry On" movies. I've never seen a second of any of them. Wonder if they're any good?
  6. Ward Bond can be seen briefly as a cop. Walter Brennan is reportedly the hot dog vendor who sells a hot dog--the killer has poisoned the mustard, of course--but I couldn't tell. It's such a strange film. "So bad it's good" is probably apt. It's like someone took an Agatha Christie-style mystery where people get knocked off one by one, and said, "How do I make this a baseball movie?"
  7. Not just a shop or store, anybody asking anyone else. Character A, holding a cigarette, goes up to Character B and says "Have you a match?" Sounds very odd to me, although as noted above this construction still lingers around in some places. I do enjoy the lesson in 1940s slang that is the opening scenes of "Ball of Fire".
  8. I'd like to thank the person who made a list of all the endings already mentioned, saved me flipping through 31 pages. I always found "I was cured, all right" at the end of "A Clockwork Orange" to be a brilliant ending. Bone-chilling.
  9. I'm trying to think if I've ever heard anyone say "Have you ___" in real life. Don't think so. Think I've seen it in movies as late as the 1960s.
  10. I had to find it on an illegal streaming site. It is very, very strange.
  11. Margaret Nolan may have been the sexiest woman to ever live.
  12. One of the strangest films I've ever watched is "Death on the Diamond", a 1934 movie in which a serial killer stalks the St. Louis Cardinals. Really, that's the story. There's this one scene where the guy rounding third and heading for home is shot and killed by a sniper...and they keep playing the game. Not sure it's ever run on TCM.
  13. I'm watching "Where Are The Dreams Of Youth?", an Ozu film that I recorded off of TCM the other weekend when it ran on Silent Sunday Nights. It had no soundtrack at all, which I found startling, and in fact is why I came to this forum today...completely silent. Budget cuts? No more TCM commissioned film scores?
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