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  1. Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but one of my huge regrets in life was when my father went to Cagney's house in Millbrook/Standfordville, NY to talk to him about doing some work there -- and didn't let me know ahead of time! I was a teen at the time, but I knew who Cagney was! Argh...
  2. I'm in the midst of reading Magic Hour, the autobiography of the great British DP, Jack Cardiff. It is a pure delight and supplies amazing insight into the early movie business in England and his place in that world. Highly recommended, if you can find a copy. (got mine from Larry Edmunds...)
  3. Great job, Lonesome Polecat! As I noted when I posted my schedule, this is a first for me, and it gave me a real understanding of both how much fun this is, and how hard it is! I look forward to the next challenge!
  4. My thoughts on the schedules... SansFin Love "Balloon Ascension Day!" What a great idea! And like Bob, I love Gene Tierney, so that block is a joy to me. Also, I grew up along the Hudson River and that makes Dragonwyck kinda of a hoot! Oh, and "great minds" and all that. We both had "maids" in our schedules. How weird is that? Lonesome The "bad show" block is sheer genius. Curtain Call at Cactus Creek is a new one on me, so I'll have to check it out. I also love the truck drivers segment, with They Drive By Night a real fav. SpeedRacer The double trouble twins grouping
  5. I have never heard even an inkling of McDaniel's Oscar being used in that fashion. Not saying it didn't happen, but I'd need to see some sort of contemporaneous source material that supports that assumption. I'm more likely to believe (sadly) that SIP won't give a hoot about the Black audience and I don't think the Oscar voters would either. The story goes that Selznick wasn't even going to submit her role for consideration until she pushed him on it. He probably figured it wouldn't happen, so why bother...
  6. Top - What I'm hearing with all your pendantry is someone who essentially thinks the BOOK is a horrible bit of racist effluvia. If it's not a "proper epic about overcoming," then your issue is with Margaret Mitchell, not with Selznick or SIP The book is the book. Is is NOT about slaves overcoming their slavery. That's not the book she wrote. You have to come to terms with that! Finally, let me say this; "Lighten up, Francis."
  7. Diving in the deep end here, with a few random thoughts. TCM is now run by a huge media conglomerate. All such organizations are under intense pressure to respond to shifting culture standards, which is, at the end of the day, a good thing for us all. Some of it they will do well, and other times it is ham-handed and overwrought. To my mind, TCM is being used to help quell and deflect pressure that must be coming down hard on Warners/AT&T at this time. I think that because TCM is not really a mainstream network (to most of the viewing population) they are using it to address issues
  8. Just a quick note that TCM's message board anti-nasty word algo apparently is not letting the name of my series resolve to its real name, but I think you can figure it out. Boston Blackee..... (and I'm not sure this will pass muster, either.
  9. TCM Programming Schedule Challenge #44 Week of September 25 – October 1, 2022 Sunday, September 25 A Salute to Samuel Fuller 6 AM Park Row (1952) Gene Evans & Mary Welch. Dir: Samuel Fuller. Samuel Fuller Prod. UA, 82 min. p/s 7:30 AM I Shot Jesse James (1949) Preston Foster & Barbara Britton. Dir: Samuel Fuller. UNIV, 81 min. p/s 9 AM Falkenau, The Impossible (1988) Documentary. Dir: Samuel Fuller/Emil Weiss. Michklan World Productions, 52 min. Premiere #1 10 AM Pick-Up on South Street (1953) Richard Widmark & Jean Peters. Dir: Samuel
  10. Overeasy’s Schedule -- Challenge #44: “Battle of the B’s” Week of September 25 – Oct. 1, 2022 SOTM: Edmond O’Brien TCM Spotlight: Gas, Food & Lodging Silent Sunday Night: Pandora’s Box (1929) TCM Imports: The 400 Blows (1959) and The Magician (1958) TCM Underground: The Dark Background (1991) & Living in Oblivion (1995) The Essential: Baby Face (1933) Noir Alley: Pick-Up on South Street (1953) SUN. & The Reckless Moment (1949) SAT. Challenge #1: Warner Brothers B Movies Challenge #2: Best Movie Bad Guys (And They’
  11. In her younger performances she is a is a bit more controlled, but across the board I find Hopkins grating and annoying. I can't really explain it; she just doesn't appeal and she seems too self-aware, as if she is trying too hard.
  12. Here's a secret I don't just tell everyone! In my younger days I did promotion for an independent TV station. It was a fun job, and I really got a chance to see a ton of what we then called, "old movies." A lot of it was great, but there was a ton of junk, too. FOOD OF THE GODS was one of the later! And I remember doing a promo for this very movie, in which I used a snippet of dialogue that stays with me to this day; "Just don't let no rats eat us!" That film is crazy bad!
  13. Yes, this is true. Most producers and directors of TV spots know that the product can't be phony. But the food stylists do their best to take what might be a mushy, gray burger and make it looks scrumptious! Even hot food fades quickly. Years ago on a commercial for a pizza chain, we had to have an oven on the set, so that we could have one pie ready as soon as the "hero" started to look greasy and the pepperoni started to curl up. It happens fast. A friend of mine who was working on a spot told me about a model who, while refusing to eat anything at the craft service table (she was
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