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professorecho

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  1. Regardless of its less than stellar reputation, I've been wanting to see this for years and just missed it in Los Angeles on the big screen last summer. To say I was elated to find it on the TCM sched. is an understatement, but my enthusiasm turned out to be short lived since they showed it pan and scanned. Considering it's only been screened twice in its original 2:35 aspect ratio theatrically the past ten years, I am debating watching this truncated version on my DVR. I wish I knew why it was so difficult a film to see and who has the rights for a possible DVD release someday. It's
  2. Forgive me if this has already been covered, but I've been feeling kind of down lately and, as I am wont to do being a cinephile, I began tracking down in my memory sad characters in films to make me feel less alone. The first one that came to my mind was the long-suffering wife of the Scottish farmer in Alfred Hitchcock's THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS. She is so heartbreaking and her fate, as much as we see of it, is tragic. She may not be the saddest character of all time in a film, but she is one of the most memorable for me. Without specifically giving away any endings, who do you think o
  3. Of course we all know that the pilgrims didn't eat turkey on the first Thanksgiving, but some historians speculate that might have eaten eel, which was a very common dish at that time. So HAPPY EEL DAY everybody!
  4. Yes, BG and I'm sorry I didn't acknowledge it at the time. I did appreciate it though and was happy someone noticed!!! It's people like you that make these forums worth coming back to.
  5. Yes, it will most likely be shown by NBC again this year, but it is not shown "over and over" anymore as it was in the 1980's. Once it became public domain every channel seemed to be showing it throughout the 80's, including 24 hour marathons, and on most of them in horrible looking prints. Yet those multitudinous showings is the main reason why it has become such a holiday staple and revered classic. Prior to then it was simply a good, perhaps underrated and unappreciated, Capra movie that would just as easily pop up in the middle of August as it would December. At some point in the 90's
  6. Hi Fusty and WELCOME. I think most of the people here are friendly and tolerant, but I was once the target of a particularly disgruntled poster who claimed I was posting too much and ruining the boards for all the "regulars." He said it was a nice quiet community until I came along, LOL. Well, not one person came to my defense, so you might, at times, find yourself floundering here on your own, but compared to most other boards out there, the trolls here are few and far between. I certainly have curtailed my posting since that attack, but not for that reason alone. As a film historian I'm
  7. While I for one wouldn't mind if those Esther Williams films would sink to the bottom for awhile, there is no genuine cinephile who can legitimately complain about TCM overall. It is the greatest network in the history of television. I know it's not a sign of a good debater to just dismiss someone's point of view without at least a hearing, but the truth as I see it is that you cannot inordinately chastise TCM and call yourself a fan, student or critic of film. I admit that, yes, I am somewhat weary of the seemingly endless reruns of the more established titles or stars of the month
  8. American cinema, and to some degree much of American culture, peaked in December, 1974 with the release of THE GODFATHER PART II. There has not been a comparable masterpiece since then and, I feel, that films and filmmaking have been in a continual downward spiral. However, while still close to the peak, there were more than a few excellent movies released after G-II, until JAWS and then STAR WARS ultimately, tragically, helped bring us to the era we are currently mired in. There will always be great films made, now and in the future, but the consistent levels of merit and accomplishment i
  9. Now you will see a beautiful example of self-contradiction, because in responding to this post with a plea to let it die, I'm only breathing new life into it. I hope, however, it will be the last message here. Folks, message board trolls are only happy when their posts continue to thrive with each new attack on them or query over their lack of tact, ethics, etc. Let it go already. It doesn't matter why he said what he said and Harlowkeatongirl, who is one of the sweetest and nicest persons on these boards, does not necessarily need us to defend her at the expense of keeping this troll's spit
  10. There's crossovers, of course, but there is a difference between movies that have scared you and movies that have creeped you out. In the spirit of Halloween, here's my list. Please contribute your own. TOP 5 SCARIEST MOVIES 1. THE EXORCIST/1973 (Saw it at the age of 15, couldn't sleep for weeks afterward) 2. PSYCHO/1960 (Is there anything more frightening than the criminally insane?) 3. THE SIXTH SENSE/1999 (Sad, unsettling; they're all around us) 4. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET/1984 (Where are we more vulnerable than in our dreams?) 5. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD/1967(It
  11. That's right, Lissie. It was the first ever SEQUEL.
  12. I am in complete agreement with Keith on every single thing he said and could not have said it better myself. I'm five years older than he is, 45, so am no longer considered "young," but I developed an interest in classic films after seeing my first James Cagney film when I was 14. They were running a Cagney week locally in Chicago, with a different film every night for seven days, and I tuned into the first one because I had never heard of him. It was EACH DAWN I DIE and I loved it. From there to more Cagney's and from there to Bogart, then to Robinson, then to Warner Brothers films and o
  13. Does anyone else like to watch movies at certain times of year? I know at Christmas most people indulge in a holiday film or two, but what about a day like Easter? I always get in the mood for a big old religious epic every year at this time, or even just a secular historical epic, like SPARTACUS. It doesn't have to specifically relate to the tenets of Easter, it could be EASTER PARADE or even allegorical films like CHANGING LANES, which symbolically takes place on Good Friday, or COOL HAND LUKE which uses Christ motifs throughout its story. TCM has a great lineup this Easter. I'm goin
  14. 10 CENTS A GALLON!?!?!?!? Add two dollars to that and you've got what we're paying her in Southern California! LOL @ the line about Ethyl.
  15. Classics, there is no correlation between a performer's acting talents and awards. Most awards shows, particularly the Academy Awards, are run by the studios FOR the studios. It's all politics and has nothing to do with pure talent or ability. But if you choose to believe the hyperbole, that's fine. I choose not to. No award validates anything for me. The landscape is filled with far too many superior performances and films that went unheralded. With regards to Gary Cooper, no, I don't think he was much of an actor. He had great screen presence, i.e. good "star" material and I enjoy
  16. Hello and welcome Rags! I hope you enjoy posting and meeting new people. UHF=Ultra High Frequency You may have to search around for this, but Bette gave two truly great performances in her later years, minus the stilted mannerisms for the most part. Both were made for television. One is STRANGERS: THE STORY OF A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER from 1979, co-starring Gena Rowlands. The other is RIGHT OF WAY from 1983, co-starring James Stewart. I won't spoil the plots for you, but trust me, it was the finest acting Bette had done in a long time. Both films are very powerful and moving and show
  17. Hey, for those of you who may have missed last Saturday's screening of PHANTOM LADY on TCM, you'll have another chance at the end of the month and again in May and June. As TCM continues to raid the Universal vaults for some really great stuff, take this opportunity to watch a genuine film noir classic. PHANTOM LADY is from 1944, is based on a novel by the great Cornell Woolrich and was directed by Robert Siodmak. It stars the ever beautiful, exotic Ella Raines, with Franchot Tone and Alan Curtis. It is a masterpiece of its genre, filled with all the proper atmosphere and imagination fil
  18. And to think, just two messages ago I actually wrote the following: "I've never encountered such a group of mature, intelligent, polite posters anywhere on the net."
  19. Yeah, right, Nick. How about you just ignore my posts and expend a little effort to find your other precious ones before they fade away? I know it's a really hard thing to do, Nick, takes a lot of concentration and energy, but I'm confident that if you try real hard and concentrate to your fullest potential, you'll be able to do it. I'll continue to post as I have been. I don't engage in Message Board feuds, so this is my last comment on the subject. Post whatever you want in reply, but you won't get another response out of me.
  20. Strange, but interesting question. I don't think there's any celebrity I would trade places with, though I would, of course, like to have their money. Now if you asked what MOVIE CHARACTER I would like to be, I'd have an answer. So, Pedall, how about posting that one sometime? Your fantasy over Ingrid Bergman reminds me of something she said in her autobiography. She confessed that she set a goal for herself at one time to sleep with a man of every race, creed and color. Does this have anything to do with you wanting to be her? I'm always thinking....
  21. In answer to the first question, Robert Ryan would be more well known if he hadn't been unfairly cast so often as a villian. As to the second, there are way too many to list, so how about Kay Francis, Gary Cooper and Richard Gere just to start things off. As to the worst actor I've ever seen, the Keanu Reeves Award goes to: RICHARD THOMAS.
  22. I couldn't care less about the Academy Awards and don't pay any attention to them, yet I ALWAYS hear that Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Oscar. Who is not paying her respect?
  23. If I remember right, the best part actually happens ON Easter, so don't wait too long.
  24. Irene, it's because those particular titles you mentioned were made by Columbia and have not been leased from that studio for airing on TCM. The bulk of TCM's library include films from Warner Brothers, MGM, RKO and MONOGRAM. They do occasionally show movies from other studios, such as Paramount and Columbia, but only if they have worked out an agreement with them. E mail TCM with your requests. And, in the meantime, I believe THE AWFUL TRUTH has been released on DVD, so that may be a way for you to see it.
  25. Apparently you haven't read the book, Classics. That's not really the ending.
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