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  1. I am so jealous of a poster who possesses the superior intellect and acerbic wit that you have shown in all your posts, that I am green with envy! Would that you might actually make some posts that are not in this thread though, as the throngs would appreciate seeing some actual conversation concerning movies from you, I bet in some of their threads too. Why should only I be the fortunate one..alas. Just my guess though about future posting from you, since if the main course is as fulfilling as your verbal appetizers, I think that we have found the match for H.L.Mencken and his erudite reflections right here at the TCM board. Do you plan to ever frequent any other thread, or just this one? Thanks for helping me achieve my goal of 900 posts by the way! Onward and upward.... I have to leave now. Have fun at the group home and I hope they show your favorite movie tonight, "David and Lisa"!
  2. for the Forties, well actually the Twenties, and Thirties too, and maybe the Fifties and Sixties. Okay, I can stop there as I definitely do not have a fond feeling for the Seventies or Eighties! Interestingly, though one might think living through the Depression and War Years was quite debilitating, I too have had relatives talk about the fun things they did trading ration stamps, and collecting foil into those balls, and having hose [this was the women relatives of course, although my relatives being quite outre, not only knew gay people from that time period, but knew some rather wild folks who lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio, who were male hippie types with long hair and sandals, and knew all about dilated pupils, just like Gene Krupa] which would not run, since they made the stockings in a lockstitch so as to save women from getting runners....and other fun things like buying those chubby coats, which were sheared and called Lapin [for rabbits that are French..haha!] and you see them in old films. My women relatives saved a lot of their clothes, so I have I Miller shoes, and bias cut dresses, and art deco jewelry that is fun to wear to costume parties. I remember my relatives talking about how they would go to the theatre for the whole day sometimes, and watch vaudeville shows with W.C. Fields, and Blackstone the Magician, and even Houdini, and can you imagine how much fun that would be? Seeing a cartoon, and a serial, and a B-movie and then an A-movie, and all kinds of live acts. Wow...I bet they were tired when they finally went home. The old movie magazines present a glorified picture, but just like my grandmother has said a million times, that no one really with a good brain thought that the Martians were here during the Welles' broadcast, which she listened to...I think most people living then were not as awestruck with movie stars as people are now. But they did enjoy their pictures, but the stars made so much less money, and really had to toe the line at the studios. I'd like to ride in one of those old cars with a running board or rumble seat, and being in those old movie palaces must have been much more entertaining, than sitting in these puny, ugly multiplex chopped up theaters now. Great question, Vallo!
  3. not. Why should I make your self appointed dictatorship easier for you?
  4. as it is about a butler who takes charge when his dimwitted Lord of the Manor has no idea what to do in an emergency. This was made into a British film in 1957, from the J.M. Barrie play and stars Kenneth More, Sean Connery's ex-wife, Diane Cilento, Sally Ann Howes, Cecil Parker and Martita Hunt. Maybe you could request it as a possible movie for TCM? I'm assuming your second question is not about someone from the same movie, so I might venture as a guess perhaps Eleanor Powell, who seemed to me to dance ramrod straight, but there are others who it could be also. Maybe someone else has some ideas on that...
  5. That movie has Ray Danton in it too, plus guys who later became more famous like Jack Cassidy, Chad Everett and Alex Cord. No, I had not remembered the last three being in it, but just refreshed my mind at IMDb. I simply love those late Fifties or early Sixties exposes on film, of the secret sex lives of those WASPY American couples in suburbia of the Fabulous Fifties, and of the very Douglas Sirk archetypes. Your mentioning of "The Chapman Report" made me think of Kim Novak in that film with Kirk Douglas called "Strangers When We Meet" wherein they are allusions to Kim maybe being a bit like Claire Bloom. I sure would like to see all of Cukor's footage of Bloom and thanks for reminding us of that film!
  6. Martha Vickers is the quintessential nymphomaniac on film, and thanks for mentioning her. Carmen Sternwood is just the icing on the cake, in that film! Thanks!
  7. "rude", yet non-onanistic header line style...to respond to you and say that though I've salivated occasionally, enjoyed solidating in my time, been a victim of solicitation and solicitude, and been salsainundated, I've never been accused of "soliciating" so I doubt most indubitably your perspicacity in saying that you were responding to "unsoliciated information" in your post concerning my or any other TCM viewer's evening hobbies. Is this a new word you've coined, as it is most interesting and I think you should supply it to Ambrose Bierce for his next lexicon collection. That's a rhetorical question really.....
  8. I remember Hal coming for dinner. And I also remember Lucy and Ethel going to Hal's apartment I think, and looking through scads of lingerie and peignoirs, that he was going to give them cutrate. You know Lucy, always looking for a bargain. And poor Ethel had the old cheapskate Fred, so even a bargain was usually too expensive for her. Sorry if I made one episode into two, and thanks for the correction!
  9. about the glamorous Gloria Grahame, if you can find it. I've seen it on Amazon, but may be out of print. It is an excellent biography of the movie queen, detailing her many loves and losses. Here's the old listing I had of it, of books that friends of mine were searching for: "Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame" by Vincent Curcio * Hardcover: 319 pages * Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st ed edition (October 1, 1989) * ISBN: 0688067182
  10. I saw those listed in the new Movies Unlimited catalog I just got, and it looks like a great collection, especially for Tierney lovers. Did you see the other similar boxed sets of various genres?
  11. two of my favorite movies..."Detour" and Ida Lupino's "The Hitch-Hiker". That movie with William Talman, as one of the nastiest hitchhikers ever to be out on the road thumbing a ride [well except for maybe Lawrence Tierney!] is a classic, and not too many people, outside of films buffs have seen it. It's great that TCM is showing it, as it has major writing pedigree what with the participation of the great, Lucille Fletcher, who wrote "Sorry Wrong Number" as a radio play, and also the similarly named episode of the Twilight Zone, with Inger Stevens, which was also spooky...yet an entirely different story and take on hitchhiking. "The Hitch-Hiker" also is aided by the marvelous moody cinematography by movie giant, Nick Musuraca, and also stars Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy as the nice guys who make a really bad decision while going fishing. Tallman is almost as chilling in the scenes from the film using his character's most reptilian eye, as he was in the commercials he made before death, talking about his upcoming demise due to his lung cancer. Barbara is great in TSLOMI!
  12. not "night" in my little neck of the world's woods, but viewed as late afternoon, to be spent on the veranda sipping Brandy Alexanders, but why quibble? Your antipathy is not that of a neophyte, since only familiarity breeds contempt, but if masquerades please you..carry on. If you are home "tonight" at 6:00pm, may I suggest you watch the fine TCM film below, as I think it will resonate with you: "6:00 pm Light In The Piazza (1962) A woman's efforts to marry off her daughter are hindered by a family secret. Olivia de Havilland, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton. Director: Guy Green. C-102m, TV-PG" Enjoy!
  13. When you say "badly edited" I think you are sugarcoating it. One of the last movies I watched on TCM ages ago, was Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train". At the part where the [oops, spoilers ahead!] merry-go-round goes beserk and starts speeding up, AMC apparently also decided to speed up the movie to make a photo finish, and I could barely watch the action. I then recalled that during the film, certain action scenes had seemed to run at an alarming rate of speed, that would rival the Keystone Kops programmers. But at least they had the excuse of using different sprocket hole distances, which made their films look so full of alacrity. Another thing on AMC and other stations of its ilk, is when they compress the credits to the side of the screen, so that they can get their cockamamie ads for coming trash on, or when they talk over all the end credits music. Well, that's my beef, and TCM does none of the above so they are tops in my book!
  14. Richard Basehart as Roy Martin in "He Walked By Night"?
  15. show this one recently? I seem to remember seeing it and was mesmerized by the costumes and decor. Excellent choice and I shall now want to resee it to get more of a handle on Myrna's character, in view of your fine description of her. As I'm sure you know [but I didn't] this is a film according to IMDb which has many missing minutes, even on the DVD. Thanks!
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