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  1. The Vietnam war with America didn't officially begin until 1965, but in 1963 I'm assuming that America was starting to send troops over there to help resolve issues already starting to go on, it just didn't break out into full war between us and them for another 2 years. Unless, this episode "In praise of Pip" was showing us part of a whole seperate war from the 1965-1975 Vietnam war we know about, but I don't see how it could be when it's only 2 years earlier from its start and in the same country. I just didn't know anything about US troops going to Vietnam at all before 1965 before seeing t
  2. Haven't watched any Ruby Keeler films for several months until today, when seeing 42nd St again, I still love her. There are many other stars from the first half of the 20th century I also love, been watching alot of Chaplin and Buster Keaton silent films lately, those guys are great, their films are classic. Love that quaint, romantic music from the 1900s through the 1910s also
  3. I know how many of us 1930s fans have noticed the mid Atlantic accents such as Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Dumont, Cary Grant, and Donald Cook. But I'm still curious how many of you have noticed how many 1930s films have characters that have the loud, nasal voices with fast talking and quick temper attitudes? Some of the combination's can alter, like Ned Sparks is very nasal and somewhat temperamental, while James Cagney is only somewhat nasal but very quick to temper, and very fast talking, and someone who won't hesitate to knock you across the face at the slightest provocation (and in some o
  4. That's true, many of the mid Atlantic accents of 1930s and 1940s films were associated with the more prestigious characters, notable examples were of course Hepburn, and also Margret Dumont (and the gentlemen she was often with at the start of the Marx films before Groucho won her over), Warren Williams, Janette McDonald, and many others. Then there was the loud, nasel, often fast talking New York accent which numerous 1930s film characters had, examples being Ned Sparks, Robert Emmet O'Connor, James Cagney, and of course Edward G. Robinson. Generally what I've noticed is that the M
  5. You mentioned James Cagney, and you mentioned liking films with arrogance, cockiness, anger, fighting, etc., then two examples of that were Cagney's "Public enemy" 1931 and "Angels with dirty faces" 1936, which had plenty of arrogance, anger, and fighting. While many films of the 1930s and 1940s, especially after the Hays code went into effect, offered viewers an escape, others didn't.. "Public enemy" and ''Angels with dirty faces" didn't even show regular real life, it showed the ugliest sides of real life during that time, the inside showing of lives of the gangsters of the time. Cagney play
  6. Aside from Janette McDonald and Nelson Eddie, I don't think that the couples you listed had any off screen romance. Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell romanced only in their films and had no real life off screen romance according to everything that I've always read and heard. Powell was marrying Joan Blondell, and Ruby was married to Al Jolson (who also got jealous easily). With Janette and Nelson, they actually did have a real life romance off the screen and were really very much in love with each other. Janette's untimely death in the 1960s destroyed Nelson, and he passed away only a year or two la
  7. I wonder if anyone here knows what types of films Ruby Keeler liked to watch, not star in but watch. I read somewhere once that Ruby loved "The sound of music" when it came out in 1962. And she also loved "Tea for two" in 1953 with Doris Day, which was also part of what influenced her to star in Broadway's "No no Nanette" in 1969. She probably didn't care so much for movies that came out in the 1980s and early 1990s before she passed on, movies had changed alot by then. Early 1960s films like "Sound of music" still had that old fashioned charm of films from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s
  8. I could tell also that Janette and Nelson's love was real, their love and passion on the screen looked beyond where I could just say that they're brilliant actors. It's the same with the lovely Ruby Keeler, I could always tell the real and genuine love she had in her heart too. And, the wonderful Janette McDonald had a passion that could not be faked on screen. I knew before I even read it that Janette and Nelson were really in love. Their most wonderful and beautiful films was Naughty Marrietta, her opera singing, even on the boat sailing away when her singing would've given her presence
  9. Yes, that is a good idea to put up flyers. Just putting an add on the internet and creating a web page may not be enough, and same with just flyers, I'll do both. I'll put the website on the flyers since that would definitely help direct more people to go onto the web page. And I can try to reserve a room in the library also. I now have an option besides nursing homes to find fans of 1920s - 1940s films and music. Truth is, it's starting to become now to where even many nursing home residents are now becoming the offspring of true 1920s and 1930s survivors rather than them themselves. Whe
  10. I could start a group here in Kansas city where I live, since I have not been able to find such a group online near me (although there were several in New York (New York has more variety of everything though)). Since I also play some of those great 1930s songs on piano such as "42nd St" and "I only have eyes for you", one of those groups would also be an excellent opportunity to share my 20s, 30s and 40s style piano playing (I also play "Charleston"). I have played piano in two different nursing homes in the past year, but even they aren't a garuntee of finding fans of that era's music. One of
  11. I love Una Merkel, she is so charming and quirky, and beautiful. She has a semi kinky and witty since of humor, a great charm, and she is beautiful in her films. She had great chemistry with Eleanor Powell in "Born to dance" and "Broadway melody 36", she teamed up well with lovely Ginger Rogers and Ruby Keeler in "42nd street", she was great with the amazing Jean Harlow in "Red headed woman", and she had a sweet and touching role as Abraham Lincoln's first wife in 1930's "Lincoln" and her death scene was tear jerking. She was also great in later older roles such as the aunt in 1961 "The parent
  12. Even though Ruby lacked the feminine grace of Ginger Rogers and Eleanor Powell in her dancing, she was able to tap out fabulous sounding rhythms with her shoes if you listen carefully, that was the part which was her real dancing talent. It doesn't matter to me that she may have appeared more clunky than Ginger and Eleanor, just listen to those skilled sounding rhythms that she tapped out. Ruby's singing was cute in her own way, but it's true that singing high soprano wasn't her specialty. In the middle section of "Dames'" "I only have eyes for you" when 30 Ruby Keelers were dancing and s
  13. I do like having found this site with other 1930s, 40s, and 50s movie fans to share my interests with. I'd like to find some kind of group where I can meet with other Golden age fans in person, but have not been able to find any yet.
  14. Not trying to rewrite anything, I really thought Brice was talking about Esther. As big as a fan as I am of the golden age, I'm always learning more as I go, there's still alot I don't know.
  15. I have not had the chance to see "The unguarded moment" yet. It's still on my list of not yet watched Golden age films that I want to see. I love golden age films, have seen hundreds of them now, but thankfully, there are a great many of them and more for me to go and see
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