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Rochelle W

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  1. You're welcome. ? I'm still curious how to go about putting Sewell's bio on her TCM bio page that's currently blank. The other sites (IMDB and Wikipedia) have unreliable info in some parts of what little they have on her. The TCM page would give me a clean slate to work on. More tidbits: Dr. Ament said she wasn't sure how to pronounce Sewell's surname. I found Sewell's surname would have been pronounced "Sea-well," as that's the way it's spelled in some census years for her family. The census-taker apparently spelled it as it sounded to him. Besides her siblings I mentioned in previo
  2. About all the Crosby-Hope "Road" shows have lots of inside jokes. For non-musical movies, one of my favorite inside jokes is the 1947 Bob Hope movie "My Favorite Brunette," which pairs Hope again with Dorothy Lamour. Hope's character is sentenced for execution but at last minute, close to end of movie, he's exonerated. The authorities have to tell the executioner, Harry, that Hope's execution has been cancelled. The very disappointed Harry is then shown in a cameo appearance by Bing Crosby... whose real name was Harry. Another non-musical movie that had several inside jokes was in Cary Gr
  3. During today's lecture detailing the transition of silent films to talkies, this Billy Murray song kept going through my brain!! So I'll post the song here, and now it can go through everyone else's brain, too. ? For those not familiar with Billy Murray, he was a very popular singer in the early 20th century and made LOTS of great records, mostly novelty songs. One of them was "Ever Since the Movies Learned to Talk" (1928 or 1929, depending on which of the several recording versions he made), written by Walter O’Keefe, Bobby Dolan, and James Cavanaugh. Here are the lyrics:
  4. What system are you using? (Windows version 7, 8, 10 ??, Mac version?) I'm using latest Firefox on both of my Windows computers, which have Windows 7 and 10, and the videos play fine on those. It sounds like your problem is a blocked plugin that isn't allowing the videos to play.
  5. Of course, Aristocats came out in 1970, several years after Disney's death.
  6. I have several, but since we've studied Judy Garland, here's one that not many may know she did, from 1962, Gay Purr-ee. I think TCM showed this either last year or earlier this year:
  7. More OTR personalities that connect to these past two weeks of musicals we've studied: Alice Faye and her 2nd husband Phil Harris had their own radio show (after Phil had been on Jack Benny's program many years). https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=phil+harris I first knew Alice's husband Phil as Baloo the Bear in Disney's 1967 Jungle Book and tomcat Thomas O'Malley in Disney's 1970 Aristocats. (Alice's first husband Tony Martin was singer for Burns & Allen's radio show in late 1930s. After Tony and Alice divorced, Tony married Cyd Charisse, another performer we've seen in these
  8. My first exposure to Fred Astaire that I remember was in 1970 when I was 7 years old and saw the new stop-motion Christmas special (now classic) "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Fred, in doppleganger animated form, was the postman that narrated the show. p.s. Mickey Rooney was Santa Claus, in Santa's younger and older age.
  9. I'd describe her major editing style as "packing a lot of punch" in the remaining parts of the film that didn't get cut out. This could be taken literally, too, as her forte was battle, riot, and fist-fight scenes. In contrast with the average film editor, she kept film sections with the most action in them, while keeping the "soul" of the story. Due to this asset and her superb judgment in editing as a whole, despite being so young and a female, she was much in demand. As Dr. Ament mentioned, not much has been written on Sewell's life. This week I've done quite a bit of research and foun
  10. I agree. I think it's just Disney Company PR that's keeping it from being released in the U.S. The same way they've tried to "cleanse" other "offensive" works of Walt Disney, not just movies but the beloved old Disneyland attractions, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. (They thought it "improper" for a pirate to chase a wench, so they put the wench carrying food, so it will appear he's only after the food and not the girl.) Like Gone With the Wind, this movie was also based on a book; however, in contrast to Mitchell's book, Harris began writing his stories as a newspaper serial as early a
  11. However, in the original book by Baum, Shirley Temple would have been slightly older than Dorothy, thus as far as book goes, the best age to have played her. Unlike the movie, the book had political significance, in a time where there was great political debate in 1890s as whether the U.S. should be on silver or gold standard. Baum was among those who supported silver. In the book, Dorothy did not have ruby slippers, but silver ones, that helped her travel the yellow (gold) brick road. Lots of political allegories in the book.
  12. One pre-code example no one has mentioned yet is Union Depot (1932) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Guy Kibbee, and Joan Blondell. I'd never seen the movie before nor heard about pre-code movies at the time I bought the DVD from an online DVD store 2005. When I got the DVD, the DVD case said it was pre-code. Watching this movie, yes, you can certainly see how "far" pre-code went!
  13. I missed that one. But I remember (when show was new!) the Happy Days episode of Robin Williams doing Mork--as it was a spinoff of Happy Days--and Mork turns on TV as Richie is leaving living room. The TV starts playing the Andy Griffith theme and Mork says, "I like that little boy Opie!"
  14. Having lived in Palm Springs from teens until 15 years ago (1980-2003), I learned what a small town it was, especially as to running into celebrities. Not only was my brother's mother-in-law Bob Hope's cook, but from 1985-1990 I worked Guest Services at a private resort that catered to celebrities. (I often spoke with Ralph Bellamy, who was a friend of the owner.) Later I worked for the city magazine, where celebrities were among our article subjects, advertisers, and subscribers. Among my good-sized collection of celebrity autographed photos, several are of those featured in these musicals. F
  15. What I first found somewhat telling is that Maurice Chevalier's character surname is Renard. Renard is French for "Fox." A subtle message in this clip is, while Renard knew how to "work" the dress zipper, the lady's own husband didn't, implying the husband wasn't accustomed to "working" her dress zipper, thus an insight into their relationship. Though by entirely different directors, some parts of this clip put me in mind of humor found in Laurel and Hardy shorts from this era, from reactions and facial expressions to using the 4th wall. In fact, two actors shown in Laurel and Hardy
  16. Aside from insights already discussed by others, one common theme in many movies (including musicals) is the lovely, talented female with (at least) two dashing men competing for her favor. Rather a psychological ploy to appeal to the female audience and their desire to be living this role. As side note, notice the Wizard of Oz tie-ins, three years before that movie was released. Here, we have Frank Morgan and Ray Bolger...and Myrna Loy playing Billie Burke.
  17. Now I'm watching Born to Dance (1936). Besides Frances Langford again, Virginia Bruce (who plays Lucy Powell) was another who was prominent in OTR, as well as Una Merkel (appeared quite a bit in The Great Gildersleeve). Jimmy Stewart also had a western radio series for awhile, The Six Shooter. All these can be found online. As a side note about Born to Dance, I was trying to place the little girl that plays Gunny and Jenny Saks' daughter Sally. Had to look at IMBD, then I did an "ah, I remember where I saw her." Two years before this movie, Juanita Quigley played Claudette Colbert's daugh
  18. Being an Old Time Radio fan, I noticed several of my OTR favorites while watching Broadway Melody of 1936. Besides Jack Benny, I immediately recognized his announcer Don Wilson in the opening scenes (who was uncredited). Frances Langford, of course, was also known as playing Blanche in "The Bickersons" (with Don Ameche). And several others. Of course, lots of stars did crossovers between radio, movies, live stage, and later TV. Being an OTR fan since I was about 10 (CBS Radio Mystery Theatre had just come out, which piqued my interest in old radio shows) I'm familiar with nearly all the s
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