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    Fools in the Mountains (1957) Edith Carlmar, Norway- 7/10 - Funny Norwegian comedy akin to the scenario in L&H's Our Relations (1936) with a famous actor and a geeky professor who look exactly alike checking into the same hotel and getting involved in various shenanigans. Also the hotel company's daughter hides as a bellhop in order to learn experience in the hotel business (she does nothing to hide her breasts and everyone treats her as a boy though which I found odd. She clearly looked like a girl the whole time). Leif Jester is funny as the Mr. Bean type hotel man who is constantly fed up with all the weird characters around him. I thought this little known Norwegian film was very enjoyable.

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    Tanks of El Alamein (1957) G.uido Malatesta, Italy (dubbed) - 3/10-  At the battle of El Alamein during WWII, Italian soldiers go toe to toe with the British. Their brilliant plan is to hide in foxholes and then run up onto the tanks in the middle of battle while the tanks are driving around and firing and then to plant bombs on them. Yeah, I don't think that actually happened. The dubbing in this is also atrocious. Oddly enough, the British characters are dubbed even more poorly than the Italian ones. Also this is one of those war films where the soldiers just spray their machine guns blindly at the enemy without even aiming. Of note is that nowhere is Fascism mentioned in this or any political stance really. It is just a dumb B movie about Italians during WWII but I don't think other former Axis countries like Germany could have made similar movies so soon after the war, even if they were just as dumb or cheap.

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  3. On 7/9/2020 at 4:50 PM, Leighcat said:

    I like the films of the 30s quite a bit. They were trying so hard to be Hollywood, and made some impressively entertaining films.

    One of the best is"Congress Dances" (1931). It is a light musical farce that stars Lilian Harvey and Conrad Veidt. There is an amazing scene in which the  big hit song from the film is magnificently shot, following a young girl's carriage ride through the streets of Old Vienna to an elaborate villa in the country.


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    Kliou the Tiger (1937) Henri de la Falaise, Vietnam - 7.5/ 10- This silent film is the first film of Vietnam (then Indochina) and also is considered the last American film of the silent era, both according to IMDB. It was made by Constance Bennett's husband Henri de la Falaise. The cast is entirely composed of native "Moi" Vietnamese speaking in their language with French officers speaking to each other at the introduction and end, setting up the story. Bhat is a goofy boy in love with Dhi though her father does not think much of him. After her father is grievously wounded by Kliou the tiger Bhat travels through the jungle and kills him, winning the girl and the respect of the town. The French officers then look over the skin of the tiger. I am a sucker for these travelogue films so I rated it highly. The film has some very beautiful shots of the Vietnamese jungle too. It also depicts the native customs such as preparing the Urari poison for their arrows. Overall, a very good film and a rare look into the Indochinese country of that time. There seems to be some debate about the release of the film which my DVD says is 1937. I consider this my new favorite of 1937. Warning: this film does contain some native animal violence (they kill and eat some animals and kill the tiger obviously) and also topless nudity as was common in Asia at that time. 

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  5. Years ago, my mom described a "Twilight Zone" or "Outer Limits" episode she had seen but I could find nothing like what she described. It was definitely from a 1960s US B&W horror anthology show though. She said that in the episode, sounds were coming from a family's basement and the mom and son went to check it out but disappeared. The father then goes downstairs and comes back up with a horrified expression on his face. She said it never showed what became of the son and wife or what the sound was which is what interests me. She also insisted it was Twilight Zone or Outer Limits so it must have been in black and white. Any help with identification is appreciated.

  6. 7 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    With regards to her work in Mexico;  I wonder if any are available with English had subtitles.    If yes,  I wish TCM had shown a few of those. 

    Either way,  it was great that TCM featured Del Rio.  

    Dolores del Rio didn't make any films in Mexico. I think he meant TCM should have aired that day's movies in Mexico. Either that or he got her confused with Maria Felix?

  7. 7 hours ago, AndreaDoria said:

    I love two of the ones who've been mentioned, precisely because they are so good at their awful roles.  I consider Shelly Winters a great, courageous actress because she's willing to take those roles and give it her all.  I just love to hate her in, "A Place in the sun" and "A Patch of Blue."  

    I agree she could be really annoying when it called for it. One of the weirdest internet posts I've ever seen was one sexualizing Shelley Winters in Lolita. :lol: 🤮

  8. 7 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    June Allyson and Robert Taylor, as I've mentioned many times before when this topic is brought up.

    John Travolta, although I think he's appeared in some good movies, as have most if not all of these performers I don't generally care for.

    Keanu Reeves. He was appropriate in his "Bill & Ted" mode, but whenever he's supposed to be serious, it's usually laughable. He was astoundingly awful in Bram Stoker's Dracula, and he gave one of the worst performances that I've ever seen by a professional in Knock Knock (2015). I find it hilarious that he's now often called a "national treasure" and is more highly thought of than ever.

    Some actors I know are terrible but that's precisely why I like them: Nicolas Cage, William Shatner, the action-flick lunkheads (Stallone, Seagal, Van Damme, Lundgren, etc.). Their general terribleness is the main appeal of their "movies".

    Some actors that I have liked in the past I've found I've cooled on these days, like Bruce Willis, or Jack Lemmon. Willis barely phones it in, and Lemmon too often comes across as trying too hard, for me, anyway. John Cusack is another who I don't really like any more.

    Some actors I've grown to dislike a bit thanks to their off-camera antics, such as Mel Gibson, Jon Voight, and James Woods.

    I don't care much for Jerry Lewis, or the Three Stooges. 

    And Ryan O'Neal. Ugh.


    I remember you saying you hated Rudolf Hrusinsky as well, though I would have to strongly disagree as I think he was great. Also welcome back, Larry.


  9. 7 hours ago, Andrea Kosko said:

    I get that Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein aren’t intentionally malevolent .... but they aren’t natural, either.  They’re creations of the Doctor:  unnaturally formed by stitching dead body parts together and animating them with electricity.  That’s the evil, malevolent force:  Man tries to be God.  Quasimodo, pitifully deformed and disabled as he may be, is at least part of the natural world.  And we soon learn what a noble, courageous spirit he has.  Just my two cents:  this is a drama, not a horror film.

    In fiction, hunchbacks are usually depicted as evil or creepy and worse than lepers, even though their plight is not through their own doing. A bit of an aside but I'm reading the Arabian Nights right now and it's a bit funny how in the story of Nur ed Din, it goes out of its way to describe the hunchback character as evil and malicious for marrying a pretty woman even though it was through no doing of his own anyway (it was the Sultan's). Quasimodo may be a bit creepy to the parisians below but he is probably one of the kinder depictions of hunchbacks in fiction.

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  10. 6 hours ago, Dargo said:

    (...can anyone think of any other "horror" movie in which this happens?...I can't...not right off the top of my head anyway...seems to me it's almost a sure thing that the "monster" dies at the end of every TRUE "horror" movie)

    Any of the ones where they leave it open for a sequel (is the monster dead or not?)

  11. On 8/15/2020 at 7:05 PM, Dargo said:

    Actually here cinecrazy, you know who I always thought John Hoyt looked like?

    I'll give ya a hint.

    He heads up the government of Pottsylvania, and has those two inept spies, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, in his employ.

    Yep, you guessed it! None other than...



                          Fearless Leader

    Fearless Leader is actually based off of Otto Skorzeny, the SS chief.


    It's not just that Fearless Leader is a stock Nazi character -- he may even be a specific Nazi. The scar on the left side of his face was the trademark of Otto Skorzeny, one of the chiefs of the SS during World War II.


    And yes, Skorzeny survived the war and was still alive -- just hangin' around, doin' murderer stuff -- while Rocky & Bullwinkle was on the air. It's not unlikely that he watched the show. It is very unlikely that he rooted for Moose and Squirrel.

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