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About lococardinal

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  1. Not that Hollywood had any influence of course.
  2. While it's interesting to see the "yellow face" actors; Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Myrna Loy, etc., it's great to see actors like Key Luke and Benson Fong. It's also interesting how many movies with Asian actors that Mantan Moreland was in. Not just the Charlie Chan movies.
  3. Thanks Vallo13! Fred: That could be a tough one to do lol! White Europeans are portrayed in every type of role known to man.
  4. I recently saw a promo on TCM for an upcoming series of movies depicting Asian themed Hollywood movies. The promo stated that this series will do something like expose the stereotypes. I'm wondering how this will happen. Will there be guest speakers who will delve further into the racial stereotype issues? This could be quite interesting. Especially considering that many of the same Asian stereotypes still exist in movies and television today, and are generally brushed under the rug.
  5. I would say those were good descriptions celluloidkid. Of course, there is sort of an even vaguer classification of movies that are referred to as "C" or "Z" movies. These would be the extremely low budget movies like "Plan 9 From Outer Space". Also, the term I think has changed at various times. During the pre-60's era, some of the stars started out in B-movies like John Wayne. They probably received a certain amount of stardom before moving up to the majors. They may tend to have somewhat well known actors as opposed to hiring someone who may fit a role they meet at the grocery store check-out stand like Ed Wood might have done. Also, many Film Noir movies were considered "B" movies. And of course many of them are noted to have very craftily done effects even if low-budget.
  6. I'm interested in the definition of pre-1960's movies. According to wikipedia, the B- movies were the 2nd feature, or lower billing at the movie theater. Is this the real or literal interpretation? I had also seen a comment casually made on a website that "Shock" with Vincent Price was a B-movie that became an A-movie (apparently because of Price). Would this possibly be because the movie jumped from being the 2nd feature to becoming the first? Did some movies back then jump from 2nd feature to 1st feature at the theaters due to popularity (thus become A-movies)? Or is it all just a loose reference pertaining to the budget of the movie?
  7. I always thought that foreign movies were categorized separately according to language as opposed to national origin. Partly because of how DVD/video rental stores separate their movies, and also according to classifying genres in movie awards. Then again I haven't watched the Academy Awards in years, but I thought when they gave an award for "Best Foreign Film", the prerequisite is that the movies are in a non-English language. So something like Harry Potter wouldn't win a "Best Foreign Film" award even though it's British (at least I think it is). And yes, I can see the notion that Japanese Sci-Fi/Monster movies would cater to a less mature audience. Another thought that comes to mind is that they were targeted for the many monster movie fans. Westerns and monster movies catered to a very specific audience, and the movies were seen as less representative of Japanese and Italian culture than Rashomon and La Dolce Vita. Message was edited by: lococardinal
  8. That's actually more of a rhetorical question. The Japanese movies that were dubbed in English in the 50's and 60's were usually sci-fi movies. I suppose the trend to dub Japanese monster/sci-fi movies would of been similar to Italian spaghetti westerns. My assumption is that because they are dubbed in English, they are not considered foreign. This would be similar to movies made in the UK or any English speaking nation. I'm curious as to why the 'dubbing' trend came into existence with some Japanese movies. What's interesting about them is, they immediately break our own stereotypes. Unlike American movies where Asian men are virtually never portrayed as romantic or heroic, the heroes are inevitably Japanese men. In watching "The X From Outer Space" last night, it was semi-humorous to see not only the romantic hero being Japanese, but the horror of horrors scenario presented a blond woman in love with a Japanese man. I'm glad the American editing crew didn't try and find a way to splice the film up to alter this anti-American theme. When I was a very young child watching Japanese dubbed in English movies, I had no concept of foreign movies. To me, they were just movies that had an unusually large number of Asian actors. So to me, Ultra-Man was the equivalent to Super Man and Bat Man irregardless of anti-Asian male heroism in the American media. Anyways, why was the 'dubbing' trend developed specifically for Japanese sci-fi's? Were Kurosawa films, or high profile samurai movies considered too high-class to dub? Message was edited by: lococardinal
  9. Any fans? As far as I know there's only been 2 movies made; "Thank You Jeeves", and "Step Lively Jeeves". They star Arthur Treacher and David Niven. I bought the DVD set because I'm a fan of the TV series with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. The first movie in the set (and oldest of the 2) "Thank You Jeeves" I was quite pleased with. The second movie "Step Lively Jeeves" is a bit of a disappointment. For one thing, Bertie Wooster is not in the movie (there was mention of parting ways in the first movie). There was also a bit of a contradictory character flaw with Jeeves. Has anyone seen these movies and have an opinion? How does it stand with the British TV series? I rather wish they had made a few more back then. On a positive note, apparently Arthur Treacher has played a number of gentlemen's gentlemen roles.
  10. Anyone else enjoy the old movies with an all Black cast? Movies that starred Mantan Moreland like "Spirit Of Youth" (also starring Joe Louis), and "Lucky Ghost". The movies of Spencer Williams like "The Blood Of Jesus". "Boarding House Blues" starring Moms Mabley. Real gems. I enjoy any movie with Mantan Moreland which includes the Charlie Chan movies. Have any of these Black American movies played on TCM?
  11. JackBurley and mrsl: Thanks for your considerate posts. I unfortunately did not see that other thread, but I appreciate the link. Although I'm a bit dismayed that I duplicated an already existing thread, I'm glad to see I'm thinking in the same ball park as some of the other TCM viewers. As far as Feb. being Oscar month, even though I favor the lesser known movies, Acadamy Award winning movies are a huge part of classic movie history so they deserve their place in the sun. I never really caught on to Feb. being the specific month for that, but it's good to know. And yes mrsl, I agree with you on how sad it is that great actors/actresses are often forgotten after the pass on.
  12. Admittedly while viewing the Feb. schedule, the usual nervousness arouse after seeing the fairly high volume of 'newer' classic movies (80's to 90's). However, I've viewed TCM for a number of years, and I trust the station to continue to set the standard of broadcasting the 'oldies'. I realize that some newer movies are considered classics, and they deserve their slot time as well. However, what I also found a bit dissapointing for the month of Feb. is the absence of the Friday night classic cult movies, and the classic serials. At least I didn't see anything that looked like they could be considered a cult movie, but I may be wrong. But I'm pretty sure I didn't see any serials listed. The point of this thread is, even in the keeping of the movies old, I like to see the variety of different segments or genres of the classic movie genre itself. When the majority of the movies shown all night through the morning, consist of the big stars only, it tends to dampen the intrigue of the oldies. I don't know if I'm in the minority but when every movie stars either Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Betty Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, etc., the fun of looking for the obscure is taken away. I admit, I'm more of a B-movie fan. If I see a movie listed, where I don't recognize the cast's names, I'm more drawn to see it. So even if I don't worry that TCM will become like the other classic cable channel, I worry that devoting time slots to other 'types' of classic movies that are not based as much around 'movie stars' will lose out from lack of popularity. For instance, even though I don't particularily like 'cult' movies, or even 'silent' movies, I'm okay with it because time is being taken to show a different aspect of movie history. I realize that something like a Friday night cult theme might be short-lived, but I hope that TCM does not shy away from experimental time slots devoted to showing the out of the norm. I personally would love to see a time slot dedicated to early sci-fi movies.
  13. This style if it can be considered that is one that seemed to occur in some of the old comedy team movies. I don't think it's done anymore that I can think of. It's not so much that there were really two stories going in the same movie as it was the movie's plot would evolve around a romance. The comedy duo or team will be involved in the plot but also have their own spotlight on occasions. This was done with the earliest Abbott & Costello movies as well as The Marx Brothers and Three Stooges. Once TV, videos, and DVD's came around the comedy team's became promoted as the stars of these movies. In fact these movie's I think tend to rank lower in popularity than the following movies where they became "the" main attractions of their movies by their die hard fans. I'm curious as to whether or not when a movie like "Pardon My Sarong" or "Abbott And Costello in the Navy/Army" came out, did they have the same top billing as advertised today, or were they equal or secondary to the characters in the romantic roles. Were they merely comedy relief, or was the romantic segments in these movies there to give storyline for their comedy routines? Or am I just loco for thinking about this kind of thing?
  14. I'm a B-movie fan and I have somewhat of a DVD collection from Alpha Videos who do alot of B's and some old classics. One serial I did buy from that company is "Shadow Of Chinatown" starring Bela Legosi. I experienced the problem Ken spoke about of one DVD not containing the entire series. It's evidently split into 2 DVD's. I'll step out on a limb and say this is probably not considered one of the better movie series. However It wouldn't surprise me if this had some influence on the Green Hornet series as there seemed to be a Kato type side-kick along with the hero of the series. I think there was some of that cheating in some of the cliff-hangers as mentioned in an earlier post.
  15. I would say so. It's not what I think of when he comes to mind though. I'm not much into romance movies but I think he and Clark Gable are the best leading men in that genre. The problem with some romance movies is there seems a lack of spark between the two given parties. Both Grant and Gable make the love affair they're having interesting. And generally the various partners used (Claudette Colbert, Myrna Loy, etc.) are equally as entertaining. I think the fact that when they fall in love they become do so passionately.
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