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About yanceycravat

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  1. Couldn't agree more! Funny little story about Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Many years ago I was in a used book store and found a pristine copy of the 1998 paperback edition. When I opened it up I saw it was personalized by Leonard to someone with my name, with the exact spelling! What are the odds of that ever happening? Naturally I had to buy it. If it's still on my shelf, when I depart this world, people will like except it was signed to me but wonder, as I do, what he meant by the inscription, "Who should know better."
  2. Glad they promoted from within.
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/grease-and-77-sunset-strip-star-edd-byrnes-dies-at-87/ar-BBYNmpd?li=BBnb7Kz
  4. Same here in Los Angeles. Spectrum is the carrier. Wondered about it myself. Thought something was up but it was all back to normal after that.
  5. I wholeheartedly agree. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Stellar performances and well worth my time! Kudos to Eddie. It sounded as if he had this one on his list for some time now. This is exactly the kind of film I'm grateful to TCM for finding and showing. I hope the powers that be continue to follow Eddie's requests in bringing these obscure crime films to the channel.
  6. Don't laugh but maybe it's a licensing fee thing. I'll bet even the Academy has to pay for the right to air clips of dead members!
  7. I thought TCM did a marvelous job. I was a little overwhelmed at the shear number of people highlighted. I kept thinking someone must have said, "Let's see them complain we left someone out THIS year!" I, too, was glad to see the inclusion of Ron Hutchinson and also Rudy Behlmer. The loss of these two film historians on the heals of Robert Osborne and Bob Birchard left an even deeper hole in that field. Of particular note was Bob Dorian. I was a little surprised seeing him and felt that was very gracious of TCM to remember him.
  8. ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS was shown the night they highlighted the films of Oscar Levant.
  9. I disagree to a point - This will only strengthen TCM. They won't have to pay for rights and will be able to show movies from ALL the studios. Uncut and commercial free while putting the films in some kind of historical context is what TCM does best. While on the other hand then any network could do the same thing. TCM has one thing going for it... Brand loyalty.
  10. David Oyelowo was recently cast as John F. Kennedy in a remake of PT 109!😳
  11. How come when I click on the twitter links the post goes blank and nothing happens?
  12. Although Reeves was a second lead it was fun to see him acting in an early role against frequent SUPERMAN co-star Ben Welden. Over the course of the series Welden was featured in roughly eight episodes. Interestingly John (Perry White) Hamilton also appears in the film. I always get a kick out of moments in time like this. Tear Gas Squad (1940) TCM Synopsis: A brave young policeman single-handedly takes on a vicious criminal gang. IMDB Synopsis: Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer. Which one wants to make you see the movie more?
  13. I am considered by some of my closest friends to be something of an amateur film historian and vocal proponent of good and bad movies of the Golden Age of Hollywood but I have a dirty secret... There is one great film, heralded by many for its beauty and class, that I just can't bring myself to watch. I know I should but I just can't seem to make the effort. I would rather watch THE BIG SLEEP for the umpteenth time than finally sit down and see what all the fuss is about. I'm not entirely sure why this is but there it is none the less. I see the startlingly lush technicolor images flicker on my screen and I am intrigued. But not enough to watch it. I yawn. It seems too highbrow, too boring. I know, I know. I am ashamed. I say this while watching an hour long 1930's Warner Brothers quota quickie, with a B level cast, that looks like it was blown up from a soft 16mm print. And I am enjoying the hell out of something I should be sniffing at! What's wrong with me??? I fear I will meet Martin Scorsese one day and when we are knee deep in our cinema conversation I foolishly admit that I've never seen the particular film of which I speak. Good 'Ol Marty's mouth drops to the floor. For a moment he stares at me with utter contempt. He closes his eyes holding back the urge to strike me and walks away in disgust shouting over his shoulder that he is calling SAG to have me removed from their rolls. I thought about this all day and realized I must confess to you all that I have never seen, nor do I have the slightest interest in ever seeing... No, not THE RED SHOES... but... BLACK NARCISSUS!
  14. Me too. It's continues to be a great loss to me and my daily viewing of TCM.
  15. One of the great gifts we received for being a guest programmer was a personalized autographed copy of Robert Osborne's book. It will always be one of my prized possessions. I would hope, perhaps Dave Karger will continue in RO's footsteps. "In 2012 and 2013, Dave was the Academy's official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night, only the third person ever to hold that post." A post RO himself once held!
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