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Everything posted by coffeedan

  1. I think you may be right about Perc Westmore, since his professional name is a shortened form of Percival. But Anita Loos's last name does rhyme with "dose." Loos herself wrote a quatrain for The Literary Digest in 1936 in which she bemoaned the mispronunciation of her name as "loose," and said it actually rhymes with "dose" (she used that very word). I had this confirmed by her grandnephew Rob Loos, whom I met when he stayed at the hotel where I work. He told me it's an old Dutch name, and his family often uses the mispronunciation of the name to tell family members from "outsiders."
  2. This subject has been proposed elsewhere on the boards, so let's get it started! Having once been the Robert Osborne of my college town, I put in a lot of research into the proper pronunciation of certain Hollywood names, and received some polite correction at times. I'm going to start with a few names I've occasionally heard mangled on TCM in recent months, and let you add your own: Frank Borzage bor-ZAY-gee William Dieterle DEE-ter-lee Dashiell Hammett dash'l Sessue Hayakawa SES-su Anita Loos rhymes with "dose" Thomas Meighan as in "me an' him" Maria Ouspenkaya oo-spen-SKY-ya Fr
  3. Friday's question: What Marx Brothers movie was filmed under the working title PEACE AND QUIET? Good luck!
  4. Jeez, another TCM Death Watch thread opened right on schedule, just before the yearly salute to the Oscars! Fearless prediction: We'll see at least another one in July, right before Summer Under The Stars. Talk about reruns -- I've seen these gloomy threads pop up at least twice a year for the last five years, and the arguments don't get any better or more original. Probably the hoariest argument I've heard is that they show the newer films on HBO, Showtime, Encore, etc. all the time. Well, no they don't -- at least, not at the same time that they're on TCM. The films mentioned at the
  5. Thursday's question: In what movie does John Wayne say, "The Army is always the same. The sun and the moon change, but the Army knows no seasons"? Good luck!
  6. Vallo, you're on a roll! You are correct!
  7. Wednesday's question: What film noir classic was remade as THE FIEND WHO WALKED THE WEST in 1958? Good luck!
  8. The website seems to be bouncing me in and out today, but here I am, finally . . . Tuesday's question: In what film does Porter Hall say, "I'm an atheist. Besides, I'm superstitious"? Good luck!
  9. Good job, johnny! You are correct! And that's a great quotation from Lionel. I wonder if he had the same reservations as Ethel . . .
  10. Judy Garland: By Myself is also available as an extra on the two-disc special edition of EASTER PARADE from Warner Home Video -- a terrific package definitely worth having.
  11. Monday's question: In what film does Lionel Barrymore appear in drag for most of its length? Good luck!
  12. Greetings, everybody! I found an intriguing rumination from Ethel Barrymore in the April 10, 1926 issue of Liberty. Near the end of her article "Backstage." she explains why she was reluctant to work with her brothers John and Lionel on the same stage. She writes: Some have asked . . . why not play Ophelia to my brother John's Hamlet, or Desdemona to Lionel's Othello? Some years ago, it was even rumored that we intended doing this -- a Hamlet production in which Lionel would be the King with John and me; and an Othello with John as Iago to Lionel's Othello and my Desdemona. Real
  13. Friday's question: In what movie does Akim Tamiroff say, "I am drunk. The wise man gets drunk to spend his time with fools"? Good luck!
  14. Thursday's question: In what movie does Gene Kelly say, "That's quite a dress you almost have on"? And to whom does he say it? Good luck!
  15. You got it, vallo! And I love the end of Gish's quotation: "That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older."
  16. A few years ago, TCM featured a "Festival of Shorts" volume (I forget which number) that included two of the MGM shorts the Stooges made with Ted Healy, PLANE NUTS (1933) and THE BIG IDEA (1934). They've been repeating a lot of the earlier volumes lately, so this will probably turn up again soon. Better yet, request it!
  17. Wednesday's question: What film actress said the following: "When I first went into the movies, Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later, he played my father, and finally, my husband. If he had lived, I'm sure I would have played his mother . . ."? Good luck!
  18. You're a brave one, vallo! And you are correct! All of these actors played the multi-faceted Benjamin Franklin in these movies: Lee Beggs in JANICE MEREDITH (1924) Thomas Pogue in LLOYDS OF LONDON (1936) Walter Walker in MARIE ANTOINETTE (1938) Orson Welles in ROYAL AFFAIR AT VERSAILLES (1954) and LA FAYETTE (1961) Howard DaSilva in 1776 (1972) Eli Wallach in INDEPENDENCE (1976)
  19. Monday's question: In which of his films did Bob Hope play a role originally played by H. B. Warner and Wallace Reid? Good luck!
  20. Good morning, everybody! Winter is an odd thing in the Ohio Valley -- a few days of warmth are followed by bitter cold, and vice versa. The saying here is if you don't like the weather, just wait a few days. There's something for everybody here. And what a preamble for this week's movie trivia . . .
  21. I haven't been able to confirm this, but I've also heard that SHANGHAI EXPRESS will be getting the Criterion treatment at some future date . . . THE SCARLET EMPRESS is currently available from Criterion.
  22. Friday's question: The popular song "When Your Lover Has Gone" was introduced in what James Cagney film? Good luck!
  23. Chico Marx's name was originally spelled "Chicko." (Somewhere in my vast, unorganized archives I have an old newspaper ad with that spelling.) But, for unknown reasons, theater managers and the Marxes' agents kept dropping the "k" in their promotions, so Chico just gave up and spelled it that way ever since. Incidentally, the boy vocalist in the band that Chico formed in the early 1940s was the teenaged Mel Torme. Message was edited by: coffeedan
  24. I remember some of the details differently, but the movie is YOU NEVER CAN TELL (1951). Dick Powell plays the murdered German shepherd who comes back to earth in human form to find his killer, as a detective named Rex Shepherd. I think Joyce Holden played his assistant, who had been a horse during her previous life.
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