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coffeedan

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  1. After working my way through Carole Lombard -- The Glamour Collection, I thought I'd devote at least one long post to the lovely Carole. Even if the Universal 2-disc set is a little short on extras, it's so good to have films like WE'RE NOT DRESSING, HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE, and TRUE CONFESSION finally available on DVD. One notable absence: the 1932 film NO MAN OF HER OWN, which features Lombard and Clark Gable in their only screen pairing, seven years before their eventual marriage. (They were both married to other people at the time they made the picture.) I can't help wondering if the
  2. Remember, many of Norma Shearer's silent films are either lost or incomplete, so they are really hard to come by. However, in the past, TCM has aired HE WHO GETS SLAPPED, OLD HEIDELBERG (aka THE STUDENT PRINCE), and A LADY OF CHANCE, all of which show Norma at her silent best. Still, I think it's fantastic that TCM dusted off LADY OF THE NIGHT, not only because of Shearer, but because it also offers a glimpse of Joan Crawford in a small, uncredited role. Good grief -- how am I going to live till September 24?
  3. For the record, the last known print of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT had appeared on MGM studio inventory lists as late as 1955, and was destroyed in a fire in MGM studio vault #7 in 1967. Soon after, the studio mounted a worldwide search for any existing prints of LAM, but nothing has turned up since, and I doubt anything will. Still, I'm willing to be surprised . . .
  4. Hello, everybody! I'm back once again with this new trivia supplement. I'm still working out a format for this new venture, and I've been trying a few things over the weekend to see how they look, so please bear with me over the following weeks while I experiment. It's going to be fun! And thank you all for your kind comments and additions to the last Trivia Extra. This page thrives on your questions, comments, and suggestions, so keep them coming! ******************** A long, long time ago on a trivia page lost somewhere on this website, I posed the question: "What film actor wro
  5. Wordmaster, one of my favorite old radio broadcasts is a 1948 Ford Theatre adaptation of DOUBLE INDEMNITY starring Burt Lancaster and Joan Bennett. Lancaster is nothing short of excellent, and I can't watch the movie any more without wondering how Lancaster would have played Walter Neff on the big screen. Yeah, I know -- Lancaster didn't make his film debut until two years after DOUBLE INDEMNITY was released, but he was doing stage and radio work in the Los Angeles area at the time, and I still wonder, if the timing had been better . . .
  6. > I'm guessing that ToonDisney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon > Network, etc, has demos that are 25 and under and I'm > guessing the execs at those networks aren't > complaining or trying to find ways to broaden their > audience to those 35 and older. It's all about the > (youth)enizing of America! The younger the better! > I can guarentee you that I have more money to spend > than the demo that TCM really wants to attract. Wrong on all counts. Whether you know it or not, a significant part of the programming day on all three of the channels you mentioned is devote
  7. I have to agree that both of these programming ideas are half-baked. I think that the TCM programming gurus could come up with something better if they just turned these ideas over a little more. For example, if I was producing Idols, I would put Lauren Bacall or Richard Widmark or Anne Francis together with a group of young film fans and let them ask each other questions in a round-table format. I'm sure that today's youngsters would like to talk with their favorite classic movie stars, and that yesterday's movie stars would like to connect with new audiences. The series could be produ
  8. > IM STILL NOT GIVING UP You'll give up when you grow up.
  9. I posted the answers here almost four years ago (YIKES! Has it really been that long?), and although my post was not preserved in its original format, you can still read it on this page in the Silent Films/Transition Films thread: http://forums.turnerclassicmovies.com/jive/tcm/thread.jspa?threadID=813&start=60&tstart=105
  10. Hello again, everybody! Please forgive my prolonged absence -- I was gone longer than I planned due to some unforeseen circumstances, as well as some prolonged research. Let's just say I needed the rest. Now it's time for some fun . . . ******************** Tomorrow night on TCM marks the premiere of several lost films of Rudolph Valentino, including the TCM premiere of the recently discovered "lost" 1922 film BEYOND THE ROCKS, which also stars Gloria Swanson. I first became aware of that film, and the need for film preservation, when I bought the June 1978 issue of Science Digest,
  11. Great! I was working on a schedule myself, but didn't finish before the deadline. I guess it reminded me of why I didn't survive in TV, but flourished in radio. Nevertheless, I will keep my antennae up for further developments . . .
  12. While I agree that there is no substitute for watching classic films on TCM, I also welcome anything that increases my understanding and appreciation of those films. When I was a teenager in the '70s, Dick Cavett's one-on-one interviews with famous film people were as big an event as Robert Osborne's interview on Private Screenings. (I especially remember his interview with Orson Welles.) And this fledgling film fan learned a lot from them. I think it's a great idea to add these eight Cavett film star interviews to TCM's great supplementary programming that already includes episodes of
  13. That's THE MATING CALL (1928), starring Thomas Meighan and Renee Adoree.
  14. Joseph Calleia's last name is pronounced "kah-LAY-ya." You're welcome!
  15. It's an old form of the name Ethel, and pronounced the same way.
  16. With this series of "last words," I am stepping down as daily question master in this folder called Trivia. While the search for trivia hasn't lost any of its fun, it has become time-consuming to the point where it shows in my work -- and I don't want to be doing it in my sleep any time soon. So one good thing has to come to an end. Besides, I have a promise to keep. During the last major renovation of the message boards in December of 2002, our resident trivia maven, Cindy, was missing in action. We floundered around for a couple of weeks, and not knowing what else to do, I volunteer
  17. Friday's question: What suspense film ends with Ivan Triesault saying, "Alex, will you come in, please? I wish to talk to you"? Good luck!
  18. Right on, vallo! Yes, it was a real gut-wrencher.
  19. Thursday's question: What film ends with Henry Fonda saying, "He said he wanted his wife to get this letter, didn't he? He said there was nobody to look after the kids, didn't he?" Good luck!
  20. Correct, MrWriteLA! It was DRACULA'S DAUGHTER, with Gloria Holden in the title role, whom I recently saw on TCM in MIRACLES FOR SALE.
  21. Wednesday's question: What horror film ends with Edward van Sloan observing, "She was beautiful when she died . . . a hundred years ago"? Good luck!
  22. All right, duffylab's in first with the correct answer! 'Way to go!
  23. Rusty, thanks -- and you're welcome. Your excellent schedule -- and your innovative way of putting it together -- makes this old magazine collector feel humble and quietly proud. 'Way to go!
  24. I think that, in terms of the directors who have acknowledged his influence -- from Maurice Tourneur, John Ford and even Sergei Eisenstein near the beginning of the last century to James Cameron and Steven Spielberg at the end of it -- as well as the millions who flocked to see his movies, the greatest director of the 20th century has to be Cecil B. DeMille. Today, people forget what an innovative director DeMille was at the beginning of his career, when he was doing things with lighting, the moving camera, costuming, and his choice of story matter that no one had ever tried before. He was
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