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  1. musicalnovelty: Thanks for posting this about Hans Conried's birthday. See what I get for not being a current subscriber to Now Playing! I couldn't figure out why this usual, latenight feature suddenly got moved to a prime daytime slot (and also got confused by the strange coincidence that Juke Box Rhythm was originally released in APRIL of 1959). But the fine Mr. Conried was certainly worthy of his honor! I noticed that Juke Box Rhythm - originally a Columbia film - is now owned by Sony Pictures, which also owns the rest of Sam Katzman's Columbia catalog (mostly horror films). It app
  2. TCM is finally going to show Juke Box Rhythm again on April 15, 4:45 p.m., to commemorate its 50th anniversary. It's a "B" musical, b&w, and (as in most musicals) its story is thin, but I think it's worthwhile to see for the music. The numbers feature acts from the very early days of rock 'n' roll: Earl Grant Trio, Johnny Otis Band, and the Treniers. Jack Jones also sings one of Bacharach & David's earliest compositions together, "Make Room For the Joy." I ended up buying a DVD copy of Juke Box Rhythm from The Video Beat for $29. Can you believe that it's a copy recorded from an earlie
  3. If I were to make that decision today, it would probably be An American In Paris, because Gershwin music and the production details of this film could always lift my spirits. But if I were to decide sometime in the future - with Juke Box Rhythm available on DVD - then I'd probably choose this title. Being able to look at the 21-year-old Jack Jones would be especially therapeutic (and the fact that he's exceptionally talented an added bonus).
  4. One other I forgot to mention: Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
  5. Gary Cooper (goofy and lovable) Ingrid Bergman (inherited by daughter Isabella) Charlie Chaplin
  6. Jane Eyre (1944) Porgy and Bess (1959) Remaining Garbo silents Definitive boxed set of Tex Avery cartoons
  7. I keep hoping that TURNER is working on a second boxed set of Lon Chaney movies. It would be nice to own "official" issues of He Who Gets Slapped, Tell it to the Marines, West of Zanzibar, Mr. Wu and others that have aired on the network. And how about adding the incomplete While the City Sleeps as a London After Midnight-type bonus?
  8. I'd agree with some of the obvious choices mentioned here, like Godfather I & II, Young Frankenstein and Rocky. Here's a few "not for everyone"-type flicks that I'd pick, due to their "different" level of intelligence, imagination, spirit, insight and aesthetics that I personally never get from the likes of Spielberg: Blade Runner Brazil The Thin Red Line The Iron Giant - to me, the closest the modern era has ever come to a Walt Disney classic. Director Brad Bird (also the director of The Incredibles) is smart, funny, boundlessly enthusiastic and young-spirited, and always resp
  9. It's funny - so many Oscar threads, with enthusiasm for trivia and bets on winners, but almost no interest in the actual awards and show. Guess this is a clear representation of viewer apathy, but I can understand where the backlash is coming from. One tires of Hollywood's internal politics, the snubbing of many actors for reasons unrelated to talent, the rewarding of other actors for reasons unrelated to talent, and studios releasing truckloads of "downers" during the Christmas season (when most people are already feeling "low") for their own selfish Oscar manipulation. There's resentment,
  10. One other performance that comes to mind is Peter Sellers in Being There. I thought of this, due to the fact that the Academy is seeing fit to award a mimic (Jamie Foxx) Best Actor this year, and Sellers was certainly among the best mimics in film history. But Sellers took mimicry far deeper, inhabiting his characters so deeply and so amusingly, he'd make you forget just how truly bizarre most of them were. As Chance the gardener, Sellers had to be a convincing man-child who's oblivious to almost everything except gardening and TV, yet whose face conveys intelligence, strength and profundit
  11. I especially enjoy Harold Lloyd in Girl Shy and Charlie Chaplin in The Circus, One A.M. and The Adventurer. Although, when I think about this further, I probably admire animation director Tex Avery most for the funniest, best-timed, best-conceived physical gags I've ever experienced (although that's obviously not an acceptable, qualified answer to this question).
  12. I still can't find a single reason for feeling that Ben Mankiewicz deserves this spot, or that plenty of other people aren't available who can do a better job. After all, Herman Mankiewicz was Ben's grandfather. He was the one with the renowned intelligence, wit and famous quotes (whether drunk or sober). Ben never even knew his grandfather. And unfortunately, the fact remains that most young people today have no idea who Herman Mankiewicz was. I'm honestly very open to the idea of a younger host, but please offer us better, more suitable qualifications that just a familiar Golden Age nam
  13. The definition of "greatest" is so subjective (not to mention perplexing). Personally, while I love all the big, unforgettable performances by the greatest legends in film, it's often the lesser-known stars that stand out best for me. I guess this is because the classic stars had roles tailored for their own personalities, which I'd already become so comfortable with, while the lesser-known actors could sometimes overwhelm me with a surprising rawness and "newness." Someone here has already mentioned Bob Hoskins in Mona Lisa, which is indeed a true gem of a performance. If I really wanted
  14. I'd want to be part of Orson Welles' annual lunch out with Joseph Cotten. Just the sound of their two voices alone would be an amazing experience. Of course, this would've meant being a largely-silent, captive audience for Orson's many hours of stories, made all the more fascinating by his mammoth IQ and inimitable storytelling ability. Naturally, there'd be no guarantee that all the stories you'd hear would be true, but that becomes a very minor point when listening to Orson. I'd have loved to have spent a day around Lon Chaney Sr. It's such a shame that he was such a private man, as
  15. At the start of every year, the USPS sends out a preview of the year's upcoming stamps to all on the Philatelic catalog mailing list. The Greta Garbo stamp looks to be a vintage publicity shot, and Garbo sure posed for a great many of those in her day. The photograph is an extreme close-up of Garbo's face - very appropriate, considering the emotional power that Garbo's face conveyed. Garbo's hair is swept over one eye, with the other eye looking up intently and mysteriously. The stamp issue will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Garbo's birth. The USPS Web site does not yet have an
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