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  1. Report post Posted August 10 Saturday August 11, 2018 24 hours of Gary Cooper on TCM SARATOGA TRUNK with Ingrid Bergman GARY COOPER: AMERICAN LIFE AMERICAN LEGEND documentary THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER with Franchot Tone THE WESTERNER with Walter Brennan MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN with Jean Arthur LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON with Audrey Hepburn THE FOUNTAINHEAD with Patricia Neal THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES with Teresa Wright SERGEA
  2. Honorable mention to these other Character actors Donald Crisp Nigel Bruce Henry Morgan Judith Anderson Spring Byington
  3. Oh, lordie...all three of those films [G, DON and TSV] are fabulous and you are so right that the Anton Walbrook film is superior to the American version, even though Boyer is good, but Walbrook's imperiousness is astounding. I also own the others you mention and love "Dead of Night" and anything with Robert Newton, Alastair Sim, James Mason and so on. "The Seventh Veil" is so seductive with the guardian-ward theme taken to the nth degree of the extreme of psycho-sexual melodrama. Going past that time period of the 1950's, I am much attuned to things with Dirk Bogarde like "The Servant" which
  4. I knew about Aretha being gravely ill from the Huffington Post about two days ago. It is such a loss. Besides, singing her heart out she was quite a humanitarian.. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/aretha-franklin-dead-queen-of-soul_us_57489412e4b03ede4414cc5d Here is one of my favorite songs of hers from early in her career.
  5. Always wondered why he died so young at just 44, Flynn was a huge partier, but not Power? There was a genetic component with his massive coronary. His father died at about the same age with the same condition. Perhaps, with advances in Medicine, his life would have been prolonged. But, that is pure speculation.
  6. Hi Top Billed In my MAN GODFREY there is a wonderful supporting cast. GAIL PATRiCK plays her dishonorable sister Cornelia. Alice Brady plays her ditsy mother. Eugene Pallette, plays her rational father totally frustrated with goings on.The other supporting players excellent as well.
  7. Here is a list of the 10 best British Noir Films, I would add THE GOOD DIE YOUNG AND A FINGER OF GUILT. http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2016/the-10-best-british-noir-films-you-should-watch/2/
  8. One of my favorite British Films is BILLY LIAR with Tom Courtney. It is a film directed by John Schlesinger.One of the best parts of the movie is Billy juggling two girlfriends to no avail. The film introduced Julie Christie to audiences, who played the free spirited LIz. Here is a clip from the film. http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/237393/Billy-Liar-Movie-Clip-Count-Five-And-Tell-The-Truth.html You will notice that Julie is wearing a NEW MOD HAIRDO, WHILE THE OTHER WOMEN ARE WEARING the traditional BOUFFANT HAIRDOS. Fashion and hair Styles were changing before the BEATLES
  9. I am a great fan of BRITISH CINEMA mainly from the 1930s and 40s. I like some 1950s films as well, especially the ones with ALEC GUINESS. I love the RED SHOES AND BLACK NARCISSUS DIRECTED BY MICHAEL POWELL. There is British Noir as well, that is terrific. There is one called THE FINGER OF GUILT 1956 that was directed by JOSEPH LOSEY using a pseudonym. It starred Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy AND CONSTANCE CUMMINGS The Blacklist was felt in England as well. In order to work the artists had to use different names to get financial backing the US.
  10. Regarding Carole Lombard, her portrayal of the character Reggie in another Paramount Film HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935) is one to look for. It was played once on TCM when the director MITCHELL LEISEN WAS recognized by critics for his vast film accomplishments,. When Mr Osborne was alive, he played an eclectic mix of films that are surely lacking with today's TCM programmers. He educated the viewers with his knowledge of film and its history. He is surely missed.
  11. Hey, Arpirose, glad to see you back. I definitely agree that Carole Lombard was way ahead of her time. She had a lot more humor and self awareness I think than many of the female glamourous stars from that period. And she was a comic treasure plus being wonderful at dramatic roles also. CG This is for all CAROLE LOMBARD FANS. On OCTOBER 11, TCM WILL PLAY the original MY MAN GODFREY with Ms. Lombard, her former Husband Bill Powell and with Gail Patrick, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer, Franklin Pangborn. This is a terrific cast. My Man Godfrey is one o
  12. here is another clip from the 39 STEPS> . You will notice what a letch Hitchcock was in this clip. One more thing I will take the great MADELAINE CARROLL over Kim Novak any time. Madelaine was extremely intelligent being a school teacher before she became an actress. The only reason she quit acting was because her younger sister was killed during the LONDON BLITZ. She then devoted her life to the war effort by opening her home to war orphans. That is a noble woman. You guys do not know that she was STERLING HAYDEN'S first wife. They met while filming Virginia at Paramount. h
  13. I am so surprised that 39 STEPS BY ALFRED HITCHCOCK DOES not get the respect that it once had. When I was younger, Hitchcock fans absolutely adored the 39 Steps. They would speak about the character Richard Hanney's (Robert Donat) adventures escaping a spy ring while searching for Mr. Memory to clear himself. Hitchcock knew about the Nazi menace in Europe before the rest of the world figured it out. Therefore, he made the spy ring and Mr, Memory a generic Fascist story. Unfortunately, It happens to be a British film so it now takes a backstages to Hitchcock's American film. Here i
  14. My favorite HITCHCOCK AMERICAN FILMS ARE; 1. A SHADOW OF DOUBT 1.B NOTORIOUS 2. SUSPICION 3. FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 4. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN 5. DIAL M FOR MURDER MY FAVORITE HITCHCOCK BRITISH FILMS 1.39 STEPS. ROBERT DONAT AND MADELAINE CARROLL are the stars. By the way, Madelaine Carroll was Hitchcock's first blonde. 39 STEPS HAS TO BE HITCHCOCKS BEST FILM EVER. 2. THE LADY VANISHES, which has a blend of suspense and comedy. 3. SECRET AGENT, also starring the forgotten Madelaine Carroll. 4. the other HITCHCOCK BRITISH FILMS are wo
  15. I too, truly dislike Vertigo. It was so overrated. I am not a fan of Kim Novak. She is a total bore to watch. The film does not click.
  16. I feel like Carole Lombard was ahead of her time. When I watched her cheeky spoof of Garbo in THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS, it seemed like she was poking fun at Hollywood celebrities who take themselves too seriously. It felt exactly like the kind of thing we'd see in a Saturday Night Live skit. She knew how to have fun with the role but use the character to mock things that deserved some pointed criticism. Top Billed you are so right about Carole Lombard. She was definitely was a great actress and comedienne. PRINCESS COMES ACROSS IS A GREAT SCREWBALL ÇOMED
  17. Well, we are in agreement about the BACKLOT COMMERCIALS. It is so phony. Why would they receive the same perks for doing the commercials for Backlot? If they are rewarded with the same cheap products from TCM, wouldn't they want a better reward for doing those crappy commercials. Essentially, they are doing a commercial for next to nothing, which only TCM will get the monitary reward. I agree with the rest of you that the philosophy of these commercials are so bogus. Watch these items go on discount, which many of TCM products eventually do.
  18. CAVE GIRL do you mean a character or an actor. For a character, i will give to RICHARD BASEHART in TENSION, where he plays a meek but sympathetic character that gets emotionLLY abused by his wife Claire. The rub is that he will not stay humble towards the end of the film.The film will be back on August 6th on a Monday as a part of the tribute to AUDREY TOTTER.
  19. TCM can't keep catering exclusively to your generation forever, because frankly, you'll all be dead eventually. Sorry to be so cruel about it, but TCM has to be more inclusive than just trying to continue to appeal to the oldest of its viewers. That is a horrible thing to say about THE BOOMERS. We were the first to love the old classics. A BOOMER never feels old. By the way, you will be dead sooner or later. We don't know when we are called. There is no time limit for death. Arrogance does not get you anywhere.
  20. Those long films were called EPICS in the recent past. I usually don't mind them because, I will take a break and watch the rest of the film in the future. One of my favorite long films is FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD 1967 DIRECTED BY JOHN SCHLESINGER. I AM A BIG THOMAS HARDY fan ever since I read D H LAWRENCE'S critique of HARDY IN THE STUDY OF THOMAS HARDY. Hardy was Lawrence's muse. MADDING CROWD IS one of a few Hardy books that has a happy ending. Well, Sargent Troy gets murdered by Boldwood. Bethshiba Everdine finally gets wise and marries poor long suffering Gabriel Oak. The c
  21. At least, TCM should have given a three picture tribute to Natalie. That is an easy one, an acknowledgment of her talent and her tragic end.
  22. CG I am DVRing the film tonight. I saw it once on the DVR and my recording was deleted probably by my son. Oh Well. Arpi Rose
  23. Cave Girl Actually I was being sarcastic, CigarJoe and I"m sorry to have misled you. I find you and many here a lot more verbally entertaining in a comedic way than Muller, due to my personal standards of what constitutes wit in action. See to me, Muller's bits are all prerehearsed and not spontaneous, as are the remarks of people on this site. A true wit can be clever in impromptu fashion, like David Niven during the streaker event at the Academy Awards. I'm afraid Muller will never make that cut for me. As for not finding him that noirishly knowledgeable, I will also say that
  24. Nice write up about the film Tension, but I see this misguided statement is made: Basehart is married to Audrey Totter, whose bread and butter in those days was B-noir bad dames. A review of Totter's film legacy shows that she was cast more often as a good \ neutral gal, than a bad dame, with her role in Tension being the nastiest character of her career. Hi James; I see Audrey's legacy as half and half. She played both good and bad girls. Give it to her for her versatility. Audrey is Great. MGM let her go due to her playing more edgy roles. They wanted the June Allyson
  25. Eddie never made a point when he was speaking aBout THE FILM TENSION (1949) that the Detective Barnabel, who is played by the underrated Barry Sullivan, is ethically challenged to say the least. In Tension blogs, he is well noted as the slimiest character in the film. He goes out of his way, to trap Warren Quimby for Barney's murder, while the true murderer Claire Quimby is slipping through the cracks. He even makes a false deposition by Claire (made up by Barnabel) to frame Warren in the jail scene. To Barnabel, it would be easy to frame Quimby due to the fact that he is an easy mark. Claire
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