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  1. Well, perhaps not falling down drunk, but she was the perfect rural girl who played the church organ one day and another organ the next day.... Just sayin....
  2. Agree completely! This was a lot of great talent in search of a script. Perhaps it got mucked up by the producer or in post, but it felt, as you noted, as if the same scenes were played over and over again. Not so in Laura, which moves along briskly and each scene builds on the prior one. That's how a story is told! What I found odd was the early scene in which Anne Revere's character is said to HATE SPIRITUALISTS, but, after a little BS from Andrews, she and Faye decide to buy tickets? ****? The guy is clearly a con artist! When the comment is made about getting married "a week later," my head practically exploded! It's just been a week? Faye went from the perfect, good girl in town to a drunken, dancing **** who marries a loser in seven days? Please!
  3. Love her behind life, but "Our Miss Brooks" is painful. Ugh. Seemed like a poorly written and directed TV episode.
  4. It just struck me in watching "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" tonight. Is there ANY other movie that began with a totally cold open like that, with a musical number right from the first frame?
  5. Calling our Jane Alexander's performance is spot on. She is just so powerful and so true. It's a truly great movie and Pakula deserve all the praise.
  6. Great stuff all around! Always love the schedules and look forward to them! My vote, this time, is for Athos! Good luck to everyone...
  7. Thanks. I'll look for that! If I can't find the book/s I'm after, I just may have to write it myself...
  8. Thanks all. I have The Genius of the System, City of Nets, but not some of these others. Though, I'm still looking for more of a day to day accounting of grips, gaffers, scenics, painters, carpenters and such. I realize this might be too arcane a topic for someone to have written about, but I find that stuff fascinating...
  9. I have been searching for any/all books in which the production process of classic movies (30s-40s) is discussed in detail. Bit and pieces of this are sometimes discussed in star and director bios, and there are books about the "studio system," but I haven't found one where production is the actual focus of an entire book. Any ideas? Thanks!
  10. OK. The final matte painting is a complete and utter disaster. (what were they thinking?) We can all agree on that. As well as "Best air I ever tasted" as one of the worse lines in moviedom.... But, there are so many other things to enjoy about this film. It's almost like the final five minutes were directed by someone else. Otherwise, I love this thing and always have! It's one of those films wherein we think that mankind will actually figure it all out and "do the right thing." A rather novel concept in today's world but perhaps a hopeful thought when it was made...
  11. Criss Cross is so intensely bleak! I've seen it before, but not for a long, long time. Great, as always to get Eddie's insights. I also really like that he'll feature clips from a film to highlight what he's talking about. That isn't done that often on TCM. It's a visual medium so just yakking about a scene isn't always helpful. Thanks for that Eddie (and I assume) your producer/s. I agree with a previous poster who noted Lancaster's range. Early for him, before he became BURT LANCASTER, and was still listening to his director and playing off his co-stars with more subtlety than he'd display later in his career. The final scene is a miracle of noir, from DeCarlo's monologue, to Lancaster's utter defeat and resignation, to the "Pietå" framing.
  12. "Humoresque" is an amazing film. Both Crawford and Garfield give Oscar-worthy performances, and Levant is spot on. To me, the film bogs down a bit amidst the melodramatic second act, but ultimately redeems itself. Personally, I also like Ruth Nelson's role as well. Underplayed and plaintive and loving....
  13. Hildegarde Withers is THE BEST. Great role for Edna Mae and totally entertaining. These two were wonderful together.
  14. I had many friends who worked on "Silence," and I still enjoy it. A slow burn at a time when over-doing it was the norm. To me, it felt like a classic movie, just with a modern spin.
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