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  1. True, but one of the Modernaires did follow Miller into the Army. After Miller received his commission in the Army in late '42, the Mods continued to perform stateside with Tex Beneke and Marion Hutton (billed as "The Glenn Miller Singers"). It was during this period (about 1943) that two of the original Modernaires, Bill Conway and Hal Dickinson, had a disagreement which resulted in Conway quitting the group. He enlisted in the Army to join Miller's military band, but by the time he enlisted --- in the regular Army --- Capt. Miller had been transferred into the Army Air Forces. Conway found himself training and drilling like a regular GI and sent several frantic letters and telegrams to Miller pleading for a transfer to Miller's unit. Wouldn't you know it, by the time Conway's transfer was approved, Miller was gone, declared dead in a crash over the English Channel, so Conway and Miller were never reunited. Conway also didn't get to sing with Miller's Army Air Forces Band. Miller had already formed a vocal group, the Crew Chiefs, and their roster was full by the time Conway arrived in France. In his memoir My Memories of the Modernaires, Conway said he contributed some vocal arrangements for the Crew Chiefs (he had arranged all of the Modernaires' vocal charts while they were with Miller --- and even before that). He also played guitar with the Army Air Forces Band, something he had also done with Miller's civilian band. Conway's life took a sad turn after the war. He found himself unable to rejoin the Modernaires or financially profit from his role as a founding member because of the rift between Dickinson and himself (In a fit of anger and depression, Conway had foolishly signed over all rights to the group to Dickinson at the time of their 1943 breakup.). He worked briefly as a vocal arranger for the Hired Hand network radio program in the late '40s and then later had a short stint as an arranger for Ray Anthony's band (Anthony was another Miller Orchestra alumnus). But he never again held a steady job in show business. He also suffered from a nervous disorder, which he attributed to a bombing he'd survived during the war, and in his later years was confined to a wheelchair. Conway died in 1991 in Los Angeles. He was last surviving original Modernaire --- Hal Dickinson died in 1970; Chuck Goldstein in 1974; Ralph Brewster in 1990.
  2. Not sure why the word "h o t t i e" was censored.
  3. Remembering the beautiful Louise Allbritton on the 100th anniversary of her birth. What a ****. Growing up, I knew her only as the raven-haired vampire from Son of Dracula (1943). It wasn't until much later that I learned she was a blonde . . . and a gorgeous one at that! She also starred in Abbott and Costello's Who Done It? (1942), as well as The Egg and I (1947) and Sitting Pretty (1948).
  4. I love The Jerk (1979). It's my favorite Reiner film. My family quotes it all the time. "You mean I'm gonna stay this color?!?" "The Lord loves a working man. Don't trust whitey. See a doctor and get rid of it." "The new phone book's here!! The new phone book's here!!"
  5. TopBilled, I probably assumed you didn't spend much time around other people because of your lack of insight into the human mind. We are a very complicated species, and liking or not liking a certain movie does not define someone socially or politically. Your simplistic, parochial view is this: a person cannot be sensitive or sympathetic to racial injustice if they like GWTW or don't agree that it requires an apology or explanation prior to its broadcast. And it doesn't require a wraparound in my view. I've seen films on TCM that I thought contained something racially offensive, and I didn't like what I saw/heard . . . but I'm an adult and am able to decide if something is offensive or not without Donald Bogle telling me so. Also, in the first sentence of your second paragraph, you failed to use the word 'woke.'
  6. I think many of us want these films to be shown w/o "warning" wraparounds because we're adults who can decide for ourselves whether or not a film contains objectional themes or material. Unlike you, we don't need Whoopi Goldberg "educating" us on what's good and what's bad.
  7. The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio (1971) --- softcore porn that played the drive-in circuit in the late '70s. I still remember the promotional tagline "It's Not His Nose That Grows." SMH.
  8. I think these made-for-TV biopics would be appropriate on TCM: Bud and Lou (1978) NBC --- Harvey Korman and Buddy Hackett star as Abbott and Costello Rainbow (1978) NBC --- Andrea McArdle stars as Judy Garland Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) ABC --- Tammy Blanchard and Judy Davis portray younger and older Judy; plus Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey, Sonja Smits, Dwayne Adams, and Al Waxman starring as Vincente Minnelli, Roger Edens, Kay Thompson, Mickey Rooney, and Louis B. Mayer (respectively) Mae West (1982) ABC --- Ann Jillian stars as Mae The Ann Jillian Story (1988) NBC --- Ann portrays herself (no kidding) My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn (1985) CBS --- Duncan Regehr stars as Errol; plus Hal Linden, Lee Purcell, and Stefan Gierasch as Jack L. Warner, Olivia de Havilland, and Michael Curtiz (respectively) Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984) ABC --- Jeff Goldblum and Melody Anderson star as Kovacs and Edie Adams The Three Stooges (2000) ABC --- Paul Ben-Victor, Evan Handler, Michael Chiklis, John Kassir, Laurence Coy, Peter Callan, and Marton Csokas star as Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe, Curly-Joe, and Ted Healy (respectively) Grace Kelly (1983) ABC --- Cheryl Ladd stars as Grace The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) HBO --- Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, John Lithgow, Sonia Aquino, and Stanley Tucci star as Sellers, Britt Ekland, Blake Edwards, Sophia Loren, and Stanley Kubrick (respectively) Martin and Lewis (2002) CBS --- Jeremy Northam and Sean Hayes star as Dean and Jerry Gleason (2002) CBS --- Brad Garrett and Michael Chieffo star as the Great One and Art Carney
  9. Lime = Emil. However, the one you have pictured here spells/spelled his name Emile. Emile Meyer, the chaplain in Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) and the cattle baron in Stevens' Shane (1953).
  10. The Jolson Story (1946). Larry Parks and William Demarest, both Oscar nominated. The pic may demonstrate why TCM doesn't show it more often. Or it could simply be that it's a Columbia picture.
  11. In 1972, Buena Vista Pictures re-released Disney's Song of the South (1946). I was about 5 and saw it at the old Arcade Theater in downtown Paducah, Ky. My first movie theater experience.
  12. "NOW Tarzan make war!" Tarzan Triumphs (1943). When RKO and producer Sol Lesser acquired MGM's distinguished Tarzan franchise in the early '40s, they trimmed the budgets and refashioned the series as a string of solid B programmers aimed at the Saturday matinee crowd. Their first entry in the series, Tarzan Triumphs, is one of their best -- a jungle allegory of American isolationism during WWII, with Tarzan cast in the role of the staunch isolationist . . . that is, until the Nazis kidnap Boy (Johnny Sheffield). Wartime audiences are said to have stood and cheered when Weissmuller uttered this classic line. The War Department was cheering too --- at the debut of their newest propaganda tool.
  13. Ray, you're gonna hurt Aquanetta's feelings.
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