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coffeedan

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  1. I have many favorites, but can't think of a lot of the titles! But I'm thankful that many of my favorites have already been mentioned -- DISORDER IN THE COURT, HOI POLLOI, and VIOLENT IS THE WORD FOR CURLY. I would also add TASSELS IN THE AIR, YOU NAZTY SPY, and any of their early shorts directed by Charley Chase. Again, I can't think of the title, but my favorite with Shemp puts the three of them in a dry cleaning store called "The Pip Boys" where they foil a gang of bank robbers. By the way, Stooges director Del Lord was one of the original Keystone Kops.
  2. Kyle and Lynn, thanks so much for saying it all for us. There really is nothing like TCM for diehard film fanatics like you and me and a lot of others I could mention. One other thing TCM does that doesn't get a lot of attention is devoting whole programming days to film genres. I've seen some days that have nothing but musicals, film noir, silents, early talkies, etc. that are both entertaining and educational. But it's the all-western days that get me -- I didn't like a lot of westerns before I started watching TCM, and now I can't get enough. Just one way that TCM has changed and ex
  3. Vallo, I picked up a sealed copy of BOOMERANG on eBay, and I can second Edgecliff's report that it is not defective. BOOMERANG had only been in release for a few days (Amazon.com was promoting it heavily) when it was pulled due to a last-minute rights problem. As I heard it from one of our local vendors, Fox just stopped sending the discs and taking orders, but let vendors sell what they had in stock already. I still see BOOMERANG advertised on Fox's flyers and hope the problem is cleared up soon. It's too good a movie to sit on.
  4. Just got my Forbidden Hollywood set yesterday, and the labels are switched on it, too. That probably won't make it a collector's item -- the usual laws of supply and demand apply there -- but the labeling error will definitely mark these copies as "first editions."
  5. You're talking about ROAD TO RIO (1947), which did star Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. The three Mexicans were the Wiere Brothers, a very funny trio who didn't make enough movies. I remember seeing them on TV a lot when I was growing up in the '60s.
  6. USA Today reported the same thing about the set on Tuesday, so maybe it's widespread. Still waiting for mine from Columbia House.
  7. First of all, thanks to Mongo for remembering my birthday yesterday. Even though I don't post as frequently as I used to (more on that in a minute), I still lurk on the boards every day. I have been posting a fair amount in the Genre Forums, though. And thank you too, Larry! It's nice to be missed. Back in January, I got a lateral promotion to night security at the hotel where I work. "Night security" is a kind of catch-all term for what I do -- I not only provide security, but work as valet, bellman, room service, and anything else that needs doing at night. I've even fixed spigots
  8. A while back, George Feltenstein of Warner Home Video said in an interview on the Digital Bits website that there was a problem with the scores for THE BIG PARADE. WHV's original intent was to present Dr. William Axt's 1931 reissue score and Carl Davis's 1988 score on the same disc with the film, but the scores wouldn't sync because they were recorded at significantly different tempos. He said that if the problem couldn't be resolved (re-recording the Davis score is a possible solution), WHV would consider releasing the film as a 2-disc set, with each disc featuring a different score.
  9. That's not much to go on. Can you give us any more details? My first guess would be BEAU GESTE (1939).
  10. I'm fairly certain this is MY BEST GIRL (1927), Mary Pickford's last silent film. Pickford works in a department store, not a flea market, but she is in love with the boss's son (Charles "Buddy" Rogers, whom she later married), and in one scene they have lunch in the alley back of the store. It is available on DVD from Milestone Films.
  11. This sounds like THE JACKPOT (1950), with Jimmy Stewart, Barbara Hale, and James Gleason. Stewart wins a huge prize package on a radio quiz show, and it turns his life upside down -- he eventually has to sell the prizes to pay the taxes on them! Very funny film! And I believe it's still available on VHS.
  12. Actually, George Feltenstein of Warner Home Video has said in a couple of places that the TCM Archives Lon Chaney Collection has sold very well, and there will be a second Lon Chaney Collection released sometime next year. Projected titles include TELL IT TO THE MARINES, HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, one or both versions of THE UNHOLY THREE, and possibly more.
  13. This is purely an educated guess on my part, but I think it's because Allan Jones is a vocal dead ringer for John Steel, who introduced the song "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919. Morgan's voice probably sounded a little too modern for that period in the film, and Jones sang in a more "legitimate" style, as Steel did originally. Message was edited by: coffeedan (who someday may be crushed under the weight of his record collection)
  14. You're probably confusing two movies with very similar plots . . . The Humphrey Bogart movie you're thinking of is TWO AGAINST THE WORLD (1936, retitled ONE FATAL HOUR for TV), in which Bogart is the news director of a radio station. That movie was a remake of FIVE STAR FINAL (1931) which featured Edward G. Robinson as the editor of a sleazy tabloid. Both of them dredged up a 20-year-old murder story for their respective media, which resulted in the suicide of the woman involved and her husband on the day of their daughter's wedding. Sadly, neither one is available on DVD, although I
  15. > okay who said bla bla bla to whom and in what movie ? Well, if you must know, El Brendel sang "Blah, Blah, Blah" (words by Ira Gershwin, music by George Gershwin) in the 1931 Fox film DELICIOUS.
  16. The quotation is taken from "The Gate of the Year" (aka "God Knows") by Minnie Louise Haskins. You can read the whole poem here: http://www.geocities.com/piers_clement/gate.html Additional note: When Haskins found out that King George VI read the poem in his annual Christmas message to the British people in 1939 (where it first became well-known), she donated all future royalties from the poem to charity.
  17. I agree too, Lynn. I watched TCM Underground for the first time last night, and while ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE wasn't my dish of tea either, I thought Rob Zombie's intro was well-informed and well-delivered. Even though he probably benefits from the same writing staff as Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz, he managed to put his own spin on the material. Kinda makes you wonder what all the shouting was about . . .
  18. What makes an accent "uppity" in the first place? Is it the accent itself, the person it comes out of, or what? Back in the early days of sound, actress Ruth Chatterton was thought to have a foreign accent when she had rarely been out of the country for long spells. It was just that she had very good diction and chose her words well. Why are we so distrusting of people who speak well? After all, English is a very precise language (that's why it's the official language of air traffic controllers the world over), and it should be spoken well. Maybe it's because the best movie villain
  19. In the play, the dog's name was Mussolini, and it was originally used in the film until the MGM front office feared a falling out with Il Duce. So "Tarzan" was dubbed in instead.
  20. coffeedan

    HAL LEROY

    Oh boy -- Hal LeRoy is one of my TCM favorites! And not just because he was born in Cincinnati. I've always been partial to his slipfooted way of tap dancing, and I'm pleased to report that you can find him on the following DVDs: His 1936 short "Rhythmitis" is available with THE PETRIFIED FOREST. He's also part of the cast of the 1934 short "A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio," included with 42ND STREET. And TOO MANY GIRLS (1940), which marked his last feature film appearance, is newly available on DVD as part of Warner Home Video's Lucy-Desi Collection. (I don't know if this one
  21. A few months back, TCM showed MR. MOTO'S LAST WARNING (1939), an easy coup because it's in the public domain. It's not in the recently released Mr. Moto box set, but it should turn up in Vol. 2, whenever Fox plans to release it.
  22. You're right, Mary. The opening scene of BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1929) takes place in a gentlemen's club where a sign reads "SILENCE!" The camera follows a butler taking a tray into the room, and just as he sets it on a table, a spoon clatters from it to the floor, causing an old colonel to get up and sputter, "The eternal din in this club is an outrage! I ask you -- what?" To which Drummond's companion Algy (Claud Allister) replies, "You're right, Colonel, we should complain. I believe that's the third spoon this month." At this, Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Ronald Colman) throws down his p
  23. charles callas? i'm not quite sure who that is... and > i'm really curious as to why you said that haha Charlie Callas was a big-nosed eccentric comedian who was know for his use of sound effects in his act. He was everywhere in the '60s and '70s, and was a regular on the Dean Martin roasts for a while. The last time I saw him on TV was about five years ago. In one of his routines, he said, "I wasn't like the other kids in my neighborhood. When they got mad, they threw tantrums. When I got mad, I threw FISH!" I once heard him change the finish to "I threw CLAMS!" So, there
  24. No, it's not THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY -- not even close. The third movie you're looking for is BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940, with Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell, and the specific number would be the two-part "Begin the Beguine," in which Astaire and Powell dance to "classical" and swing versions of the Cole Porter tune -- on a shiny black surface with a starry black background. I have it on DVD, and sometimes I watch just this number, over and over. The music, photography, and pyrotechnic tapping of Astaire and Powell are just dazzling. Regarding your username: you're not Charlie Cal
  25. That's how it's listed in this month's issue of Now Playing. On August 6, 1926, Warner Brothers unveiled the first Vitaphone sound pictures with this presentation of eight short subjects and the feature DON JUAN at the Warner Theatre in New York. The Vitaphone added sound by way of discs that played in synchronization with the motion picture. A collector showed me one of these discs, which was later used to restore a Vitaphone short subject featuring Red Nichols and his Five Pennies. They were 16 inches wide, and were played at about the same speed as a latter-day LP record, with the
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