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Everything posted by papyrusbeetle

  1. Actually, I checked the dvd's of "Crown" out at my public library. To Disagree: Of course Harriet Walter is a fun actress--I've seen her in all the "Peter Wimsey" series, and in a bunch of Agatha Christie shows. But she is HORSE-FACED. Bless her heart, she isn't cute or beautiful. Victoria Hamilton is (trying to) portray a woman who looks like a cuddly bunny-rabbit her entire life. (Though with a cocktail always in hand). Victoria ALSO has a big old homely face, fine for many roles---not for a bunny-rabbit. I'm SURE there are some older British actresses who can fit these r
  2. I don't know if it's legal to rip into this "instant classic", which is a tv-series from Netflix, on this board. But - here goes: FLAWLESS and entertaining in so many areas, I have 2 big issues with this series:Elizabeth and Margaret are stunning beauties--great! Fun to watch always. But WHY take 2 older characters and cast them with 2 UGLY British Actresses, when the actual women were darned lovely? Clementine Churchill is played by Harriet Walter (plain and homely) when Clementine, IRL was, even in her old age, a stunning lady. The Queen Mother is played by Victoria Hami
  3. Joan Crawford: Don't f### with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo. (I think that explains it all for us)
  4. Thank you so much, Lawrence A! I want to re-watch it because Michael Lerner was so good in it. I remember his scenes with his sister and him shopping for extra "comfort food" so they could get through the horrible weekend! Perhaps the most horrible weekend in American history....!
  5. ANY excuse to discuss TOUCH OF EVIL is welcome!!! I ALSO visited the filiming site in Venice, California! This movie is BAROQUE, end of "classic noir," and totally wild anyway. Every time i see poor Akim Tamiroff strangled, I just start laughing and cannot stop. It is simply absurd, and cruel and funny at the same time. Joanna Moore hires a lawyer---her Mexican lover is thrown to the wolves. Zsa Zsa Gabor has only ONE scene---why can't she have an entire subplot? This movie is her sort of thing! What actually happens to Janet Leigh at the HIGHWAY motel? -----
  6. This was an excellent portrayal of Jack Ruby, his actions over the weekend that Kennedy was assassinated. It showed his personal life, included visits to his sister who lived in Dallas, and his emotional reactions to the Assassination. Anyone remember the title/star of this movie? (Totally different than the glamorous and fictional RUBY(1992) starring Danny Aiello.) Thanks if you know!!!!
  7. Watching Joan Crawford ACT is a thrill because, of all actors and actresses, she can suggest an entire train of thought with her closeups. She does this in SUDDEN FEAR. I also love her in TORCH SONG---because, in a silent scene, all alone, she tries to imagine life as a blind person, since she has just met the "blind" Michael Wilding.
  8. Actually, Joan Crawford was such a skilled actress I love watching her at any age. One fun thing about PAID is the wardrobe. She wears a gorgeous velvet slinky dress in one scene, obviously copied by the costumer in GOSFORD PARK for Kristin Scott Thomas as a dinner gown in her first scenes at dinner.
  9. CRIME WAVE (1953) - thugs (Ted De Corsia, Charles Bronson) hold up a gas station in Los Angeles late at night, kill a cop, and beat up poor Dub Taylor, the attendant. This sets off the action in a great "film noir", with a hilarious commentary by James Ellroy and Eddie Muller on the dvd. 🤣
  10. Actually, I'm pretty sure the "promo" said "American Experience". I am not CRAZY about the "American Masters" series because they always seem to want to de-construct the HERO they are profiling. Just give us the facts, great photos and film footage, and not current political opinion, please. Walt Disney doesn't need any criticism---this man was terrific. Neither does Gutzon Borglum, the creator of Mount Rushmore. The PBS history shows can be a bit petty.
  11. I hope the new film is GREAT. But "Mary Poppins" was destroyed for me when I watched SAVING MR. BANKS. (Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks) Fans of Emma Thompson were amazed she won no awards for her role---maybe because Mary Poppins' creator was a raving PSYCHO.
  12. re: Richard Eyer--- I really started to appreciate him when I was watching shows starring Richard Conte (my fave actor.) Eyer starred with him as his new stepson, a small boy who Conte is trying to build a relationship with. Eyer STEALS the show with his acting, at a very mature level. "Twentieth Century Fox Hour: Overnight Haul" (1956).
  13. 2 super favorites are: Richard Eyer - a great boy actor who never stopped working! He was in SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, and THE DESPERATE HOURS, and many more movies and television shows. + Kym Karath - she was Doris Day's daughter in THRILL OF IT ALL, and she was also in SOUND OF MUSIC.
  14. It's gruesome, but it could also happen. Tough about the electric grid! Anyway, ALL Hitchcock ALL Kurosawa and just about anything made before 1955.
  15. (thanks so much for these great photos) got to be: ROPE. I love them all-----we saw the standing set for PSYCHO at Universal Studios, we visited Santa Rosa California years back to find the "house" in SHADOW OF A DOUBT, and to Bodega Bay to find the "school" Tippi Hedren sat in front of, while the jungle gym filled with birds, in THE BIRDS. but on a desert island, I would have to have: ROPE. there are so many fun and weird things about this film. Especially wonderful is the housekeeper/maid/cook who was also in: ACE IN THE HOLE, Edith Evanson. Then the leg
  16. No plain Joan here--she is gorgeous, perfectly made up and grabs some super closeups. The fashions help, and Joan's burning anger too, but what's thrilling are her EYES. If you are a fan of KING KONG (1933), and can't get enough of Robert Armstrong, he is terrific throughout...
  17. Thanks for posting this ONE-SHEET! what a super noir movie of the 1960's, with graphics to match.
  18. I can't imagine movies without Bob Hope. They just announced on one of our local PBS channels, this new episode of "American Experience".
  19. It might be fun to contrast WHICH of the husbands in those 2 films (I MARRIED A NAZI, and SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR) were the most appalling. IMHO, Michael Redgrave makes Francis Lederer look adorable by contrast. Lederer was a little confused by all the Nazi propaganda, but at least he was SANE.
  20. wooo! Don't be hating on ALDO RAY -- he was a gorgeous, sexy, adorable, hunk of a star who also did one of the greatest "film noirs" of all time, NIGHTFALL (1956), which was seriously ripped off in FARGO. He's just as sexy as Robert Mitchum, but more than that, adorable.
  21. thanks for mentioning this wonderful film. and, the deadly and angelic SNAKE !
  22. THIS is a creepy-fun film in an extremely weird way. If you are a "Gilligan's Island" fan, don't miss it----because adorable Natalie Schafer steals it. She is about the only "fun"/"sane" character in the movie. As is usual with Fritz Lang, sets and architecture are everything, and include tons of buried fear and angst. The people, though, are a little incomplete. Joan Bennett (who has never looked or been costumed better) has DREADFUL luck with screen husbands. Her nightmare world of I MARRIED A NAZI (the MAN I MARRIED)[1940] continues unabated in: SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR.
  23. I think this might be answered by someone familiar with the EXTREME far corners of the New York City public school system, in the 1950's. It's kind of a law unto itself....
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