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  1. No, there is too much evidence that Buddy Holly's band was the impetus for Lennon and McCarthy naming their band "The Beatles". McCartney instituted a "Buddy Holly Week' music festival in England beginning in 1976. First of all, Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets, inspired the Beatles own insectoid name.Quoting Paul McCartney: "I remember talking to John about this. 'Cricket. What a fantastic idea, it's a little grasshopper, and it's a game.' Well, they came over, they had no **** idea cricket was a game, to them it was just a little chirping grasshopper from Texas, so it was actually quite a boring name. But we were turned on like nobody's business by the idea of a double meaning, so with our wit and wisdom and whatever, we wanted something that would have a double meaning. Beetles were little insects, so that took care of that, but with an 'A' it became something to do with beat" (Miles, page 52). Lennon confirms this: "I was looking for a name like The Crickets that meant two things, and from crickets I got to beetles. And I changed the BEA, because 'beetles' didn't mean two things on its own. When you said it, people thought of crawly things; and when you read it, it was beat music" (Anthology, page 41). Buddy Holly had a major impact on The Beatles, right down to the naming of the band. Holly’s band was The Crickets, and the Beatles thought naming a band after an insect was quite smart. Paul McCartney noted that Buddy Holly’s group was unfamiliar with the actual cricket game (Krerowicz, par.1). However, The Beatles were appreciative of the double meaning in the name, and wanted that for themselves. Lennon even reiterated that he wanted a double meaning of their band name, and he liked the idea of using bugs. After playing around with the word cricket and other insects, he came up with beetles. Lennon recalls, “When you said it, people thought of crawly things; and when you read it, it was beat music” (Krerowicz, par. 1). Both Lennon and McCartney were drawn to Buddy Holly and The Cricket’s name, charisma, and infectious sound. Holly was the one that influenced the duo to actually write and perform their own songs in the band (Krerowicz, par. 2). Early on the band performed both covers and originals, but as their popularity grew, they performed originals for the majority. The Beatles played tribute to Holly and The Crickets: “they played a total of at least 13 Buddy Holly songs in live shows” (Krerowicz, par. 2). Buddy Holly played the guitar and performed on stage together, which was not popular during that time for performers to do both on stage (Krerowicz, par. 2). The Beatles aspired to sing and play their instruments on the stage, like Buddy Holly, to capture their audience and show off their talent.
  2. The Beatles took their name as homage to Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Paul McCartney is a huge Buddy Holly fan. He bought the rights to most of his recordings.
  3. The great Geraldine Page in "The Pope Of Greenwich Village " confronting two detectives who want to search her deceased policeman's son's ( Bunky) room for incriminating (for them) tapes.
  4. I remember Lou Costello using the expression "Odds Bodkins" in "The Time Of Their Lives".
  5. If you like Don Murray, please watch "The Bachelor Party" Monday at 3:15 PST. I regard this movie as a complement to "Marty". Paddy Chayefsky wrote and Delbert Mann directed both films. Realistic and moving account about life, guys and marriage with Murray, Jack Warden, E.G. marshall, Larry Blyden and with Carolyn Jones as a Greenwich Village "beatnik" gal. Last year I went to a screening at UCLA Film Center of "The Bachelor Party" with Don Murray in attendance. Still sharp and youthful at 90 years of age! He told the audience that after "Bus Stop" he was offered several roles in Westerns. Being a native NYer, he wanted to do something different and took the role in "The Bachelor Party" for less money instead. Not to be confused with the 1984 Tom Hanks ribald comedy "Bachelor Party"!
  6. Growing up in NYC in the 1960s, WOR Channel 9 had a program called "Million Dollar Movie" that would show the same film every night, changing, I believe on Thursdays. They seemed to show "King Kong" "Son Of Kong" and "Mighty Joe Young" over and over. Watched those three films many times as a kid. Some years later, my Mom took me to a revival showing of "Gone With The Wind", when the theme music began, I yelled "Million Dollar Movie" as they used the theme from "GWTW" as their opening over nighttime shots of NYC!
  7. Danny Peary also says that Andy Griffith should have won the Best Actor Oscar for "A Face In The Crowd", I agree!
  8. "Nothing But A Man" one of my favorite films, was shown at UCLA Film School on Saturday, along with "The Cool World".
  9. "Point Blank" Lee Marvin's Nightclub Fight
  10. "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter" "Of Mice And Men"
  11. I believe that the two best movies of all time are bookends: "Gone With The Wind' and "The Best Years Of Our Lives" While very different, both GWTW and TBYOOL represent how war changes everything, our lives, our values and society in general.
  12. Best Endings: "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang"
  13. Do you mean Bruce? I just like his early songs including the original acoustic version of "Thunder Road". Its' poetry.
  14. Bruce Springsteen's breakout song "Thunder Road" took it's title from a movie poster. The beginning of the song opens with the line "Screen door slams, Mary's dress waves" which is taken from the opening scene of Springsteen;'s favorite movie; "The Searchers".
  15. Nat King Cole's phrasing is impeccable, however, I can't listen to him for too long due to the idiosyncratic nature of his voice. Tony Bennet believes that vocal phrasing just means singing very slow. Judy Garland could really act out a song, however, she tends to slur her words, especially the last syllables. No one, now or ever, holds a candle to Frank.
  16. Great topic and one I sometimes wrestle with. I indoctrinated my daughter with classic film but my grandchildren are another matter entirely. I stay away from musicals or comedies as they are considered corny by millennials, I concentrate on relatable themes or movies with children of a similar age in them. "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" , "The Miracle Worker" "The Window" "To Kill A Mockingbird' and "Bright Road" are good examples, later "Blackboard Jungle" and "To Sir With Love". My go-to intro to classic film for those a little older is "A Place In The Sun". I call this a woman's picture from a man's point of view.
  17. "I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang" Great movie, great title.
  18. This is the solution. Current cable boxes no longer have Composite or Component outputs, only HDMI outputs. DVD recorders have never had HDMI inputs, only HDMI outputs. In order to record DVDs, you need the adaptor I referenced from Amazon. You can also get the HDMI splitter or leave the DVD recorder hooked up and watch TV through the DVD recorder or just plug in the adaptor when you want to record. S Video gives a superior picture than RCA, although you can leave the yellow (video) RCA connected, the DVD recorder should automatically source through S Video.
  19. You don't need a switch box. You can either watch your cable through the DVD recorder or leave the cable box connected to the TV, leave the DVD recorder connected to another of the TV's HDMI inputs and only use the adaptor when you want to record DVDs. You can play them, you just need to unplug the HDMI cable from the cable box and insert the cable to the adaptor in order to record.
  20. My Panasonic DVD recorder has only RCA and SVideo inputs but with an HDMI output. My Spectrum cable box has only HDMI outputs. The solution is an HDMI to RCA and SVideo adaptor. Make sure it is HDMI to RCA/SVideo not the other way around, which is cheaper. SVideo will give you a much improved picture vs RCA. https://www.amazon.com/S-Video-Audio-Converter-Adapter-Blue-Ray/dp/B07QV6G532/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=hdmi+to+s-video+adapter&qid=1572467793&sr=8-4
  21. Andy Griffith should have won Best Actor for his performance in "A Face In The Crowd". I love showing this movie to those that only know Andy from "The Andy Griffith Show" or "Matlock". They can't believe their eyes!
  22. My Mother was a professional singer and piano player and she used to have "Fake Books", spiral-bound books of sheet music containing popular songs. Did you notice that the first few notes of Johnny Mathis' standards; "Chances Are" and "It's Not For Me To Say" are very similar? Saw him in NYC at the Uris Theater in 1973.
  23. Grant's "I Said Yes To Everything" is one of the few autobiographies I have read that made me think less of the author.
  24. "Dr. No" was great. "From Russia, With Love" was fantastic. "Goldfinger" was the best. "Thunderball" had too many gadgets. "You Only Live Twice" was boring. And that's all, folks!
  25. When Patterson was knocked down the first of seven times by Ingo, he looked into the eyes of John Wayne at ringside and said, "That's John Wayne! Why is he sideways?" Wayne and William Holden were at ringside promoting their film "The Horse Soldiers".
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