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  1. Re. Kevin Brownlow's wonderful book, The Parade's Gone By: the copy of it that I had was a paperback version. Then, last summer, I was in a street fair in a small town in upstate New York, and happened to stop at one stall that was selling used books -- and what did I see but a hardcover copy of the book. I made the mistake of not buying it, a decision I regret. For many years, I always thought it was available only as in softcover. Whenever silent films are shown -- (mostly on TCM) -- you'll often see Brownlow's name as consultant or something similar.
  2. Earlier today, TCM broadcast "Murder She Said," and introduced the movie with a notice that said the movie was being broadcast in DVS -- Descriptive Video Service (I may not have that correct -- perhaps the initials stand for something similar). The notice also said that to find out more about DVS, check TCM's Web site. I've done that but find no reference to it -- perhaps I'm not looking everywhere I should on the site. Can anyone explain what the service is and how it works. Apparently, it's something available on newer TV sets -- one of which I have. Thanks.
  3. Many thanks for your research. I looked up "Mother Wore TIghts" in TCM's movie database, then under "Songs," and sure enough, it was among the songs included in the movie. The information for the "Chew'N Gum Song," interestingly, attriibutes the music to L . Gallini and the lyrics to "Frank Burt," -- and in the film, the male lead, Dan Dailey, plays just that very person -- Frank Burt (Grable is his wife.) I'll pass all of this on to my friend. Mystery solved.
  4. A colleague of mine asked if I knew the name of a movie -- he thought it was one starring Betty Grable (but that might not be correct) -- in which the child's song "Chewin' Gum" was sung. The name of the song might be something slightly different or it might be spelled differently than the version I show above ("Chewing Gum," "Chooin' Gum," etc.), but the song goes something like this: ...My ma gave me a nickle to buy a pickle. ...I didn't buy a pickle, I bought some chewin' gum. ...Chew, chew, chew, chew, chewing' gum, ...How I love chewin' gum ....and so on. My friend seems to recall that in the Betty Grable movie in which this song was included, she sang this as she pushed a small child who was seated in a swing. Again, this might just be a faulty memory and not right. Anyone know? Many thanks.
  5. I've just joined TCM's Message Boards and, since I'm a silent film fan of many years, I began browsing the posts for that category--- and I saw your message. If you haven't already discovered this wonderful book, you might try reading Kevin Brownlow's "The Parade's Gone By," a nostalgic look at silent films, from their very beginning until the advent of sound. In the very first pages of the book, Brownlow makes a case for the creative power and talent that went into silent films. He states that many people have a false notion of what silent films were all about -- silly Keystone Kops chases and jerky motion. If you look at some of the silents that were made during the last half of the 1920s-- just before their demise due to the rise of sound films, he says, you'll see moviemaking at its zenith. If you're a silent film fan, it would be worth your while to get a copy of this terrific book -- it's available from a number of the satellite booksellers who are affiliated with amazon.com
  6. I wonder if anyone would care to comment about the style of dancing shown in early movie musicals. It seems to me that, for want of a better term, bandy-legged dancing was in vogue from the time movies started to talk (and sing and dance!) and it lasted until about the mid-1930s. This is quite evident if you watch MGM star Joan Crawford in some of the studio's early musicals -- there was one made, I think, around 1929 to showcase the studio's musical talents, and also in the dancing of Ruby Keeler in many of the Warner Brothers films directed by Busby Berkeley. Also, many of the chorus lines danced this way -- awkward-looking, bent legs, not very professional. I have a feeling that this dancing style might have emigrated from Broadway musicals, because, as we all know, Hollywood borrowed freely from the New York musical stage during the first years of sound films...they simply had no other sources of talent at first. Then, in the middle of the decade, all this seemed to stop. Perhaps it was the effect of the wonderful Astaire-Rogers films or perhaps other people within the film industry realized that a better way of dancing had to be developed.
  7. Another great double-talking comic was Al Kelly. I'm not sure how and when he got his start in show business, but I remember, as a little kid, listening to him when he often appeared as a guest character on Milton Berle's radio show. Kelly also appeared on Berle's Tuesday-night TV show, the Ed Sullivan Show and others. Kelly also was a regular on the great radio weekend show, "Monitor." He was a master of the art of double-talking. When he appeared on Sullivan's show and walked to center stage to begin to double-talking "shtik", I would crack up even before the guy even opened his mouth. When Kelly died, the NY Times ran a great obituary, which included the wonderful story of the time he and Jackie Gleason entered a restaurant in New York City for dinner. Not knowing who she was talking to, the waitress asked Kelly what he wanted to eat -- he replied with non-sensical double-talking gibberish. Not wanting to admit that she hadn't understood a single word Kelly uttered, the waitress then turned to Gleason to take his order. He told her, "I'll have what my friend here ordered."
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