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  1. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    Righrt, Mongo. Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken in the very funny "Miracle of Morgan's Creek." - 30 -
  2. Movieman - I don't "get" them either, but someone must. And, unfortunately, the ones I do get don't sell tickets. It has nothing to do with age; it has to do with growth and learning and life experience and intelligence and wisdom and the pursuit of excellence. "Some people can thrive and bloom, living life in a living room. Some people sit on their butts, got the dream, ya, but not the guts. IMHO
  3. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    OK, here's another clue: "A baby! HOW many??? Ralph
  4. But they do have to be loud and crude and cheap and if their target audience is adolescent boys. And Spade and Sandler and Schneider movies make money. It's sad, but it's a fact of life. If it was your money on the line, who would you get to star? Sandler or DeNiro? Streep or Lohan? Streep and DeNiro will get you the critics, Sandler and Lohan will sell the tickets. You know this as well as I do. This is nothing new, it has always been this way. When you're hot, you're hot; when you're not, you're not. Pity.
  5. sweetbabykmd - I had to buy CineMax or I could not get TCM. As a matter of fact, I had to buy CineMax, HBO, Star Movies, Hallmark Movie Channel and MGM before I could get TCM. We have one cable company here (out of Thailand; in Laos there is none) and it's not about what we want - it's about what they offer (sell). Ralph
  6. Hi Larry - I'm glad to see you made it back to Calgary with your virtue (and sense of humor) intact. The Asian Orient Express does depart Bangkok and go down south and through Malaysia to Singapore. But there is another Thai train which departs Bangkok and goes north to Nongkhai (which is where most tourists enter Laos - over the Thai/Lao bridge). It is a 12-hour trip from Bangkok, through one of the poorest sections of Thailand, so the best way to do it is to depart Bangkok at night and arrive in Nongkhai 12 hours later. You can get a sleeper if you book a few days in advance. If you visit Vietnam on the QM2, that is really all you will have time for - to get fleeced. Why don't you come for four or five days (or more) and I'll meet you there? That's good news about the Pola Negri documentary, isn't it? I hope you and Liz do manage to get together for a dinner at least. We don't have a Polish Film Festival in Thakhek, so I suppose the documentary won't play here. (Actually, we don't have a projector, so if it ain't on DVD, forget about it). Nice to be back home and sleeping in your own bed? Ralph
  7. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    It is a great movie/play, isn't it, Fernando? I like the Robert Montgomery/Rosalind Russell version better than the later one - wasn't the later one with Albert Finney? Nice to hear from you again, Fernando. And CineSage Jr., is there a CineSage Sr. around (I noticed you added the "Jr." after you had been here a while)? O.K., here's Today's Trivia 101: Another "boy, was I drunk last night" excuse. Ralph
  8. Shoot. I tried and tried on this one and couldn't figure it out. Smarty!! Ralph
  9. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    And the Montgomery movie is?
  10. I saw Marni (and Margaret Whiting) in an off-Broadway production of the musical "Taking My Turn" in the late 80's. Marni was a lovely, middle-aged woman and in great voice. I remember she had a beautiful solo called "And They Played Vivaldi." PBS broadcast this a couple of times, but I haven't seen it since. Does anyone know where I could get a copy? Ralph
  11. There are other channels. "The World of Suzie Wong" was on CineMax last night.
  12. Presteign - That's what press agents do - they ****. Miss Dors was successful enough in the British film industry to be noticed by Hollywood and dragged over here to be the latest answer to Marilyn. That she didn't make it is not her fault. Many people tried and many people failed - including Marilyn (Marilyn died at 38 - that's not exactly as success story). And someone blaming Arthur Miller for Marilyn's troubles!! Marilyn had lots of problems long before she met Mr. Miller. Diana Dors went back to London, did a very successful TV series and starred in several legitimate stage productions. She was acknowledged as an excellent actress and was much loved by the public. And she died far too young. And give Jayne Mansfield some credit. She was a Broadway star who went to Hollywood and lived the dream of many little girls in the world - to be a movie star. Along the way, she made some monumental mistakes and her career plummeted. But she was still working and making at lot more money than I do at the time of her death (also far too young). And Jayne did leave behind some seemingly well-adjusted children who always speak well of their mother (and father). Daughter Mariska is now on a TV show in the US - I forget the name of it. You really can't compare Marilyn and Jayne and Diana and Mamie and Betty and Sheree - some got the breaks and some didn't. And remember, according to everything I have ever read, Marilyn would do anything (or anyone) to get a job. I don't know if that is true of all these gals. Ralph
  13. No, I think Warren Williams played first base. Or do I have my Williams' mixed up?
  14. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    Thanks, MrWriteLA; I wasn't aware of Akim Tamiroff being in both "The Great McGinty" amd "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. The answer I was after was Brian Donleavy. Not my first mistake, and probably not my last. Today's Trivia 101: This prolific Welsh actor/director/author's work was often autobiographical. Two of his most famous plays were made into movies, one starred Robert Montgomery and one starred Bette Davis. Name the two movies and the triple threat actor/director/author. Ralph
  15. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    Hi gramdc - of course it is. Hairspray. I forgot to mention that Harvey is still doing it in Las Vegas while the show is still going strong on Broadway. And John Travolta is set to do the movie. Today's Trivia 101: What actor played the same character in two Preston Sturges films? Ralph
  16. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie . . . Will you never learn? How many times do I have to tell you, "Don't get into a poker game (or any other kind of game) with Constarkel - she'll bluff you out everytime." But you will enjoy the trip. For shame. You'll never play cards in this town again!! Ralph "It's Cold Out Here for a Pimp" Taylor
  17. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    That was far too easy. wasn't it, MrWriteLA? You're right, Randy Stuart had that nice little scene on the telephone in "All About Eve" and then went on to star in "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Okay, here's todays Trivia 101: Divine did it first, then Harvey, and now John is going to do it. What am I talking about? (Somehow, I don't think that clue is nearly obscure enough). Ralph
  18. I think you're right, coffeedan. Cecil B. DeMille was probably the most influential. And while I think John Ford made some wonderful movies, my favorite all-time director has to be David Lean. Look at "Hobson's Choice" and "Great Expectations" and "Brief Encounter" for a start and then to "Summertime" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago." Wow! And didn't he do "A Passage to India," one of my very favorites? What other gems have I left out? Lots of wonderful directors in the brief history of the movies. Lean and Wilder and Ford and Hitchcock and Tourneaux and Welles and Wyler. And the list goes on. Someday you may add Spielberg and Howard and Cameron to your list, but not quite yet; these guys are just getting started! Ralph
  19. You're right, pktrekgirl. A good post and right on target. There are a lot of "rank amateurs" around here for whom these boards are not a hobby - they are an obsession. And it's often a case of those who know the least making the most noise. And no, you don't have to know when a film came out or which studio produced it or whether or not it is in the public domain or who owns the rights to any particular film. It is enough to know that you enjoyed it. And you're absolutely right about the database; surely TCM Programmer has this elementary asset available. If he/she doesn't, any computer programmer could come up with a good one in a couple of hours - there are literally dozens out there which only need little modifications. And constarkel, you too. Stick to your guns! I always enjoy reading your postings (and I'll bet that those who disagree with you always read your postings just to see what you have to say - I know I do). Just be prepared to suffer the slings and arrows . . . Keep it up. Ralph
  20. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    You're right, Vallo. "Box Car Bertha," Martin Scorsese's first feature film. New Trivia 101: This actress had a small but memorable role in "All About Eve" but later played the female lead in a science fiction favorite. Ralph
  21. I agree with you, John. I would love to see "Resurrection" again; it's one of my all-time favorites and largely forgotten. I wish everyone would see it. Ellen Burstyn is, as always, just perfect. And Eva La Gallienne, one of the great ladies of the American theater, her last movie. A great script which will set you thinking. And that ending. Wow! See, I like it. Ralph
  22. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    Sorry, Charlie. It's not "Klute." And by the way, the Thai that binds is not a rope shop. It's Miss Kiki, a dominatrix who works out of Pattaya. And Miss Kiki was born a Mister, so I've been told. This is, of course, second hand knowledge. Now, where were we? Oh, yes, Trivia 101. Here's another clue: A cult favorite. Both the leading man and the leading lady say that their sex scenes are not simulated, they are the real deal! Good luck. Ralph
  23. Miss Dolores - I'm sure that if I had sat in the seat once occupied by Mr. Williams, the earth would have moved. Or at least shifted a little. Your obedient correspondent, Ralph
  24. To the incorrigible Stoneyburke - I am overwhelmed!! More than I ever wanted to know (much more). And I have only myself to blame. No, I have never seen the 30's Perry Masons. When did Erle Stanley Gardner write those things anyway? Before 1930? And is this Robert Fuller the guy who was on that TV western series - was it Wagon Train with Ward Bond? Obsessed with him? Difficult to believe. I do remember seeing some of Ken Murray's home movies - something he did with Marie Wilson, remember? I think he did a few of them at some Hollywood hotspot (such as The Mocambo or Ciro's). Home movies with the stars, that sort of thing. It wasn't what Mr. Murray did, it was his guest list that created the interest. Charles Farrell - wasn't he Margie's dad in My Little Margie? And Richard Arlen - why do I think of something called The Green Hat when I think of him? Warren William and I attended the same school. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and so did I. Small world! I didn't know this (having never heard of Mr. William!) until I read the bio you printed from All Movie Guide. I remember when I attended in the early 80's, they were constantly reminding us that among their illustrious graduates were Spencer Tracy and Grace Kelly - they never once mentioned Warren William. Of course he was shy and retiring; he was from Minnesota. I send you my best and hope you recover soon from these magnificent obsessions. Mr. Taylor
  25. Ralph

    Trivia 101

    Well, I messed that one up nicely, didn't I? I'll try again: In his first feature film, this director did a cameo as a "john" of the title character. Who is the director, what is the movie, and who is the leading lady? Ralph
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