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Posts posted by rayban

  1. 2 hours ago, Peebs said:

    I enjoyed the Tab Hunter documentary, too.  I found it especially interesting that after leaving Warner's not only did his career suffer but the tabloids felt that he was an open target for rumors.  He didn't have the studio behind him to protect his public image.

    As he said, leaving Warner Bros. was "career suicide".

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  2. "Above and  Beyond" - Melvin Frank - 1952 -

    starring Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker -

    I was deeply offended by this movie -

    the story of the man who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima -

    is reduced to a story of marital strife -

    he is always on some sort of secret mission -

    and spends little time with his wife and children -

    she's unhappy and discontented -

    and almost walks out on him -

    finally, the big day arrives - the dropping of the bomb  -

    God forgive me, but it is treated in a basically celebratory manner -

    he rushes home -

    into her loving arms -


    and then walk off -

    did anybody realize how offensive this material would become? - 


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  3. 7 hours ago, kingrat said:

    I enjoyed a Tab Hunter triple feature last night. Tab Hunter Confidential is an outstanding documentary that traces the life and career of a very interesting man. Eddie Muller's intros and outros with Allan Glaser, Tab's partner of many years, were quite informative.

    Gunman's Walk is a solid three stars out of four western. I'd love for TCM to highlight the Fifties Western one month, and this would be one of the films to choose. Tab Hunter loved working with Van Heflin, who plays his father; Allan Glaser discussed this at some length. Hunter gives a strong performance as the deranged son who tries to live up to and exceed his father's image. James Darren as the sensitive younger brother plays the part Hunter would have played a few years earlier.

    That Kind of Woman has already been discussed a little. Glaser said this was Hunter's favorite film, and that Sophia Loren was his favorite co-star, even though she and Sidney Lumet blamed him for the box office failure of the film. Glaser noted that it was unfortunate that the film was debuted at Radio City Music Hall instead of being treated as the arthouse film Lumet and cinematographer Boris Kaufman tried to make. Frankly, if you are going to try your hand at Italian Neo-Realism, a remake and updating of The Shopworn Angel isn't the best vehicle. That, I think, is the real problem. A romance with Hunter and Loren needs color; a drabber black-and-white film doesn't need stars like these two.

    "You don't meet a girl like that every day," Tab says. No, you don't, when the girl is Sophia Loren. The story has some problems with credibility, but all six of the featured actors are quite good. Hunter conveys the sweetness and innocence, and also the inner strength, of the young paratrooper, and actually creates a more complex character than James Stewart in The Shopworn Angel. Loren also does her considerable best with that old cliche, the kept woman with a heart of gold. She and Hunter have chemistry, too. George Sanders, though effectively cast, seems a little weary; he's good, but he is even better elsewhere (Walter Pidgeon is better in the same role in the earlier film, and actually much more sympathetic than Jimmy Stewart). I've always been a fan of Keenan Wynn, who knows how to be weak and sleazy yet still be somewhat likeable. Jack Warden as Hunter's buddy is terrific. He rarely had this much screen time, and he knows just what to do with it. Barbara Nichols has the kind of voice that usually drives me batty, but she brings believability and conviction to a role that probably shouldn't work at all.

    It was a terrific evening on TCM - the documentary and the two features.

    I am glad that I finally saw "That Kind Of Woman" - but it's a film that strains credibility to the breaking point.

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  4. 1 hour ago, CinemaInternational said:

    There might be a reason for that. Many publications seemingly took it as a variation on The Shopworn Angel, and tragedy awaited at the end of that film.....

    The whole film plays like a love story in which the two "lovers" should have known better.

    Sophia Loren could have stayed with George Sanders.

    And Tab Hunter could have visited NYC tourist attractions.

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  5. 6 hours ago, RoyCronin said:

    I too am a fan of Sandy Dennis, despite the fact that many of her post Up the Down Staircase performances are given in the same neurotic, mannered style.  Of course, it worked for most of the roles such as The Out of Towners and The Four Seasons.

    Walter Kerr said of a stage performance in 1967 she speaks as though "sentences were poor crippled things that couldn't cross a street without making three false starts from the curb."  What a fabulous description of her speech patterns.

    But I most definitely recommend Woody Allen's Another Woman, if only for the confrontation scene between Ms Dennis and Gena Rowlands.


    She gave a less mannered peformance in "The Fox".

  6. 54 minutes ago, cigarjoe said:

    That was my high school, real name was Rhodes School, that Bel Kaufman taught at for a time. It was only a year or two after she's left that I started going there.

    The school was located in two connected buildings (former residences) on West 54th street just off 5th Ave. They overlooked the Museum of Modern Art's courtyard. One building had the "Up" staircase the other the "Down" staircase. It was of course frowned upon to go up the down staircase especially when the class change bell rang.

    Wasn't the famous book by Bel Kaufman a series of school memos?

  7. "That Kind Of Woman" - Sidney Lumet - 1959 -

    starring Sophia Loren, Tab Hunter, Barbara Nichols, Jack Warden, George Sanders, etc. -

    A strange love story about two people who  couldn't be more unlike each other -

    she's an older, experienced "kept" woman -

    he's an innocent young soldier -

    somehow, their mutual attraction gets the better of them -

    but, at the same time, she fights it, because she is used to the good life -

    and he persists without feeling any real hope for a relationship -

    meanwhile, we meet the man who is keeping her -

    and her best friend who's attracted to the soldier's best friend -

    in the end, there is a "happy ending" -

    although it is far from convincing -

    the stars play their roles well -

    in the midst of an attraction that seems pretty hopeless -

    sometimes, it is best to just walk away -

    the film failed at the box office -

    it is far from a conventional romance -

    it's pretty rocky most of the time -

    the final image of Tab Hunter and Sophia Loren holding onto each other -

    is far from an ecstatic one -

    regret seems to be right around the corner -


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  8. "Madame DuBarry" - William Dieterle - 1934 -

    starring Delores De Rio and Reginald Owen -

    It's a gorgeous production -

    well-mounted and well-directed -

    and vigorously acted by its' ensemble cast -

    but this story of King Louis XV and Madame Dubarry -

    becomes one of a dirty old man and an empty-headed **** -

    if you want your SMUT to look good -

    this atrocity is for you -

    Dolores Del Rio gives an entirely clueless performance -

    she acts like she's won the role of a lifetime -


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  9. He was famously married to Geraldine Page.

    They lived in a house that was called " Torn Page".

    They had three children, I believe.

    I saw them together on-stage in a double bill at The Public Theater.


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  10. 10 hours ago, jinsinna13 said:

    I have a feeling that's not going to happen. It wouldn't be the same without Cory Monteith. (The show fell apart after he died.)

    Have you heard of "The Glee Curse"? The media dubbed it "The Glee Curse" due to the tragic deaths of Monteith and Mark Salling (details of his death are too grim to post here) and the personal issues of other cast members. Darren Criss, on the other hand, defied the curse.

    The circumstances of Mark Salling's death are very tragic indeed.

  11. 17 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

    Don't you think he should have become a starring leading man in Hollywood?

    He really carried that movie and had real charisma.

    But apparently, things did not go his way in the end. 

    I did like him.

    But I know nothing about his career.

  12. On 7/6/2019 at 5:06 PM, jinsinna13 said:

    Cory Monteith from Glee died way too soon. (The show fell apart after he died.) Cory was similar to River Phoenix in one respect; he was more than a pretty face.


    I miss him, too.

    I'd like to see a return of the series.

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  13. 22 hours ago, jaragon said:

    I would personally would like to take Joe's measurements....


    He might enjoy that, too.

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  14. On 7/6/2019 at 9:58 AM, jinsinna13 said:

    Great picture! Patrick looks absolutely gorgeous in it! The look in his eyes says "Come hither, but don't get too close."

    If you get too close, you mght not survive the gorgeousness.   

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