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  1. Thanks! Looks like Raquello is our man. I notice that there is at least some overlap in the cast list from that review and the IMDb entry, so the IMDb isn't completely off base. I wonder how Arabeloff came to be associated with the role? Perhaps some outtakes from his work in THE FIREFLY are incorporated into the film? I really need to see this.
  2. Found some additional evidence for Edward Raquello as our Napoleon: http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff22/cjh5801/EveningStateJournalLincolnNebraska_19380823.jpg Apparently this wasn't the last time Raquello played Napoleon. I also found an item from 1940 that mentions him in the role in an industrial film for the H.J. Heinz company where Napoleon is shown presenting 12,000 francs to Nicholas Appert for discovering the benefits of canning.
  3. Thanks for the information. You've managed to whet my appetite even more than before. IMDb is notoriously unreliable. I've not seen Edward Raquello mentioned in connection with "The Man on the Rock" before, but the only places I've seen Sergei Arabeloff mentioned in the role of Napoleon have probably been derived from the IMDb entry. As I mentioned, circumstances seem to support the idea that it was Arabeloff. Hopefully TCM will run the short again at some point. I have DVDs with both Edward Raquello and Sergei Arabeloff in movies from around 1938, so a comparison of screencaps might be h
  4. Anyone here seen THE MAN ON THE ROCK? It's one of MGM's "Historical Mystery" shorts from 1938 that speculates that Napoleon escaped from St. Helena and was replaced by a double. I believe TCM has run it in the past, but I have never had a chance to see it. It was apparently filmed at the same time that MGM was also filming THE FIREFLY and CONQUEST. According to IMDb, the actor who played Napoleon in THE MAN ON THE ROCK was Sergei Arabeloff, who was reported in the press at the time as portraying Napoleon in THE FIREFLY (though all that remains of his performance, assuming the report is tr
  5. <<I saw the aforementioned Dreyer film (Day of Wrath) on TCM the other night and despite the logo, I had no trouble reading the subtitles. None. So let's not judge who and who isn't a "film connoisseur" based on a logo. It's arrogant and belittling. In the past five years, I have probably seen more foreign films than I've seen Hollywood films, so I understand the importance of subtitles.>> keithfromkc, As I mentioned, I'm not really interested in the name calling, but don't you find the unfounded accusation that anyone who objects to the logo must be a blackmarketeer (a slu
  6. << <> >> <> I don't wish to get into the name calling, and I have no idea what motivation Logohater might have, but I think both of you are dead wrong here. Have either of you ever seen a bootleg tape or disc? Although I generally avoid bootleg tapes (mostly because of the quality problems, not out of any real moral qualms), I have picked up a few where there are no other alternatives. Such as Corman's "The Fantastic Four" (never commercially released, but the tape was a 3rd or 4th generation dub, so it was barely watchable), a couple of the Jiggs &
  7. leobertucelli, what are you babbling about? TCM played no 1924 film at all last night. Despite the TV Guide listing, "The Patsy" (an extremely enjoyable film, by the way) was made in 1928, as was mentioned by the host and then again in the Marion Davies documentary that followed. What played until 3AM on the East coast was the 1932 Davies film, "Blondie of the Follies." The film that ran until 3AM on the West coast was the 1929 talky, "Marianne." I don't know if anyone has mentioned it to you, but it's intellectually dishonest to make disparaging comments about a film you didn't see.
  8. I was pleased to see the TCM showing of the SciFi classic "The Thing From Another World" today (despite the TCM logo staying on screen for another 20 minute interval), but was wondering if anyone knows if a better print of this film exists? I assume that the print broadcast today was a combination of elements from the 81 minute theatrical re-issue and the 85 minute 16 mm TV syndication version. While the elements from the theatrical version were near-perfect, the 16 mm elements were fuzzy and displayed considerable jitter (almost headache-inducing). Is there a better print out there?
  9. This issue was discussed a bit in the Hot Topics forum, and while I couldn't agree more, I'm afraid you won't find a lot of sympathy on the boards. TCMProgrammer replied to the original thread with a repeat of the company line, but never acknowledged or addressed the problem with the logo staying on for 20 minutes at times (I too noticed it in this morning's showing of The Thing From Another World). The idea that the logo is displayed solely for purposes of identifying the station to channel surfers is laughable. As digital cable becomes more prevalent, most viewers are going to know wha
  10. Ditto. I'd also like to see Monogram's "Jiggs & Maggie" series. Although they're victims of their poverty row origins, they deserve better than their current all but total neglect. If nothing else, the casting was absolutely brilliant. - Clark
  11. This is what swayed me into putting up a little extra to get a DVD recorder with a hard drive (Panasonic DMR-E80). With the hard drive, you can record to the hard drive and pad the time a bit on both sides, then edit it on the hard drive and download it at fast speed to a DVD-R without loss of picture quality (I usually edit the host's intro & outro into a single file to add as an extra at the end of the DVD-R, along with the trailer and any related TV spot, such as Word of Mouth--where I've been lucky enough to catch them on the hard drive in previous recording sessions). The only
  12. I'm taking particular joy in my recent purchase of the "Monster Legacy Set" from DeepDiscountDVD. It's a DVD collection of 14 of Universal's Frankenstein, Dracula, and Werewolf movies. The set has beautiful (though not quite flawless) transfers and a bunch of fun extras. I haven't literally "taped" anything since I got my Panasonic DVD recorder last August, but I've burned over 700 DVDs since then--mostly off TCM, of course. - Clark
  13. TCMProgrammer: There are few things in life as gratifying as a swift acknowledgement of a mistake and an offer to make amends. Thank you for your reply. - Clark
  14. I had outgrown them too. But now I'm all better. Clark
  15. The subject line sort of gives the content of this post away, but Tarzan fans who might have taped tonight's showing of "Tarzan and His Mate" should be aware that the version TCM aired was the 90-minute cut version, not the 105-minute restored version--despite the host's assurances to the contrary. Since the Benchley short that followed the movie took up almost all of the remaining portion of the two-hour slot, running the shorter version of the film was apparently intentional. - Clark
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