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Everything posted by arpirose

  1. People who stayed up late to watch old movies had something called insomnia. It was better than the things that were on TV in those days.
  2. I know who she was due to fact that KTLA CHANNEL 5 IN THE METROPOLITAN LOS ANGELES AREA PLAYED CLASSIC PARAMOUNT FILMS. Then, the Paramount films were owned by GENE AUTRY, of RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER FAME. I was a devotee of these films. I owned a VCR so I could record whatever wanted. Shirley had a short career but she was around quite a lot in the late 30s. I do not forget people like Shirley. Better yet, in los Angeles we had the Z Channel for about 3 years. That was a legendary channel that introduced no commercial movies for the first time. They played films from all the studios.
  3. ONE MORE THING, AFTER FOX MADE TYRONE POWER A STAR in the mid 30s.Ty Power became on of the biggest stars in Hollywood for 15 years. Henry Fonda was one of their biggest draws. The ladies included Gene tierney, Betty Grable, Alice Faye and the powerhouse Shirley Temple. They had pull and power. It is no accident that HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY WON FOR BEST PICTURE IN 1940. It is still a moving film.
  4. Here is take from WikIpedia regarding the STUDIO SYSTEM: You notice that they called the Big Studios the Majors. It explains that the big five were full conglomerats .They owned most of the movie theatres until they were required break them up by selling them. The studio system (which was used during a period known as the Golden Age of Hollywood) is a method of film production and distribution dominated by a small number of "major" studios in Hollywood. Although the term is still used today as a reference to the systems and output of the major studios, historically the term refers to the
  5. THANKS FOR THE MEMORY won the Oscar for best song in 1938. It became Bob Hope's theme song. I liked the young Bob Hope. He was very cute and smart alecky.
  6. Here a thread for THE CLASSIC PARAMOUNT MUSICALS, WHICH WERE DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER STUDIOS. H Is an example : the BIG BROADCAST OF 1938 with Bob Hope and Shirley Ross singing THANKS FOR THE MEMORY" You see a higher level of sophistication from Paramount that the other studios lacked.
  8. WHY DID you omit the fox musicals in your films that you chose for TCM. It is a glaring omission to say the least. In your world, Fox Musicals do not count.
  9. Yes, movie audiences in the 1950s got dressed up, not down, to attend the movies. In the 1950s in general it was difficult to lure the TV audience into the movie theaters without Technicolor, cinemascope stereophonic sound and great foreign locations. The musical didn't go away - - it just had to be something that was worth the bother like a big Broadway hit adapted for movies like West Side Story, My Fair Lady, or the Music man. Ok, this is what happened to film by the mid 1950s. The DRIVE-IN flourished in suburbia. Film was catered to the YOUTH MARKET. Rock and Roll music
  10. Betty Grable was very popular during the war and survived into the post-war era thanks to the affable and very talented dancer Dan Dailey, while she was a weak singer and only a passable dancer. Grable being a protege of Fred Astaire's choreographic assistant, Hermes Pan, really set her up to get her through those wartime Technicolor Fox musical extravaganzas. He choreographed them and danced with her--showing her to her best advantage. Like the extremely popular post-war TV singer Dinah Shore, Betty Grable had limited talent as a performer, but had a personality and a look that
  11. Here Here, Ginger Rogers was a fine DRAMATIC ACTRESS. In my opinion her best screen partner was JOEL MCCREA IN THE PRIMROSE PATH. She plays the character with such deep, heart breaking feeling. I love STAGE DOOR, BACHELOR MOTHER, TOM DICK AND HARRY BUT in PRIMROSE SHE IS SO FANTASTIC. I recommend people to view the film to see what a wonderful actress she really was. Whenever, she was given the opportunity, she shined. Ginger was an underrated actress whether in comedy or drama.
  12. HERE IS A DEFINITION OF screwball comedy What Is a Screwball Comedy? Though earlier films with screwball comedy elements can be pinpointed, such as the 1931 film adaptation of "The Front Page," the movie that put the genre on the map was 1934’s "It Happened One Night." Directed by industry great Frank Capra, "It Happened One Night" stars Claudette Colbert as Ellie, a runaway socialite who crosses paths with Peter (Clark Gable), a reporter who threatens to expose her whereabouts to her disapproving father. The pair go through a series of misadventures that brings them closer toge
  13. What possible reasons might there be for the changes in roles between men and women depicted in these screwball comedy musicals that distinguish themselves from earlier musicals in the 1930s? The AStaire- Rogers Musicals are not SCREWBALL COMEDIES, but they are akin to ROMANTIC COMEDIES OF THAT ERA. You must distinguish a SCREWBALL COMEDY FROM A ROMANTIC COMEDY. A SCrewball Comedy Is BRINGING UP BABY, THE AWFUL TRUTH, MY MAN GODFREY, THE 20TH CENTURY, HIS GIRL FRIDAY, THE LADY EVE, OR ANYTHING DIRECTED BY PRESTON STURGES. HINT, CAROLE LOMBARD WAS THE QUEEN OF SCREWBALL COMEDY
  14. Perhaps we should start a new thread, given the salute to musicals this month, and it can continue afterward for any musical anyone wants to write about. I regret not being able to see and re-visit more of the musicals already shown. I have mixed feelings about our academic guide, Vanessa Theme Ament, based on her comments at this year's TCM Film Festival about Silk Stockings. She is bright, pleasant, and well-spoken, and clearly enjoys musicals. However, she began her discussion with the only bit of political correctness I've heard in nine years of attending the festival: she commented n
  15. I posted a thread from the FOX MUSICALS on the general thread. I left some videos on it, as well as a VIDEO from WOODY ALLEN'S RADIO DAYS, where he uses Carmen Miranda singing SOUTH AMERICAN WAY as a homage to the FOX MUSICALS.
  16. https://classicfilmguru.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/top-box-office-stars-1940-to-1949-part-2/ Here are the rankings for the top 10 box office stars of the 1940s. Betty Grable was in top ten since 1942, including being number #1 in 1943. There should have been moe thought in choosIng films for the "MAD ABOUT MUSICALS SERIES. The GI's loved her. Here is the pin-up picture that the GI'S loved.
  17. Robert Mitchum in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. He plays evil so convincingly by scaring the children.. He should have received an OSCAR nomination. However, the acedamy frowned upon rewarding such evil characterizations on screen.
  18. There is a passing reference to The 20th Century Fox Musicals. The only one they are showing is MOON OVER MIAMI. Fox dominated musicals during the 40s. BETTY GRABLE was one biggest stars during the 40s. Sadly, the network does not acknowledge her contribution to musicals. She was the pin-up girl for the troops during the war. Bettey Grable was in top 5 for most of the 1940s and she was number one in 1943. Here are the rankings for the 1940s. HERE IS A TREAT FOR YOU GUYS. THIS IS A COMPOSITE FOR WOODY ALLEN'S RADIO DAYS, WHERE he uses South American way at the end of the fil
  19. Guys, please check the Dick Cavett's interview with Bette Davis. You can can view it on You Tube. She had the utmost respect for Ms. Hepburn. Probably in part , that they were both from New England and shared the same work ethic. Here is the interview with Ms. Davis. www.youtube.com/watch?v=saIXplpQyak
  20. I am sorry but I made a big typo this morning about the Gold Diggers movie. It should be "Gold Diggers of 1933. Aside from the Busby Berkeley musical numbers; there is a hilarious, over the top, performance by Aline MacMahon as Trixie. I always, loved this movie. I even had the Busby Berkeley book, from 1973, which got lost in a move. It was a wonderful book for collectors.
  21. Hi; I am too big fan of the Janus films. Especially, I love Cocteraus Beauty and the Beast or in French Belle et Bette. It is one of the most stunning films of the late 1940s. It was done in a skeleton budget due to the fact that France was recovering from the after effects of WWll. It is an Surreal adventure with moving objects throughout the films. Magical effects that make this fairy tale special. By the way, as a side note, Cocteau modeled the face of the beast from his beloved Persian Cat. it is still magical whenever i view it.
  22. As I was watching "Gold Diggers of 1938", I became more curious about the career of Joan Blondell. First of all, she was a wonderful comedienne and actress whose career never made it to big stardom. She had three rough marriages. But, she worked through her personal issues to become one of the most respected character actresses of all time. About "Convention City": it was so scandalous, that Jack Warner ordered the burning of all copies and negatives. According to legend, there were tasteless jokes about prostitution, drunkenness, and more. This film caused an such outcry with
  23. I say no to colorization. Black and white cinema is an art form done with special lighting and techniques. The images would be lost in translation. Color films are done with different photographic techniques and lighting. Take an example of black and white photography. It too is an art form. For example, it would be sacrilege to COLORIZE ANSEL ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHS.
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