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Posts posted by Sheldon

  1. Yup! I agree that Judy shouldn'thave won-much as I adore her performance. In fact, I adored her in every performance she ever gave. I saw her as a kid in the Broadway production of " Bells are Ringing." She was a knock-out and deservedly won the Tony that season.

    I think Bette or Gloria should have won. I don't know whom I would have picked Both are brilliant. So is Anne Baxter and if she'd allowed herself to be nominated in the supporting category, I think she'd have won over Josephine Hull. Hull, of course, is ALSO wonderful. Does anyone have any thoughts who would have gotten Baxter's slot had she elected to be nominated in the supporting category? Betty Hutton , perhaps for "Annie..."? Just a thought.

  2. I had seen this before, but I'd forgotten how hard-hitting it was. I thought Helen Twelvetrees was excellent and Arline Judge looked like a down-and-dirty Claudette Colbert. Come to think of it, so did Colbert when the part called for it. I thought the film touched on many issues, especially the depression and the bittersweet ending was quite realistic.Helen Twelvetrees has got to have the saddest eyes AND eyebrows in the world!!

    Would love to hear from anyone who's seen this film!

  3. I've always adored Ms. Colbert. I really hope some good writer does a bio on her.

    Ms. Cobert could do it all. She had incredible comic timing but she was wonderful in dramatic films, also. Like great wine, she got better with age and so do her films. My personal favorite among many wonderful films, is Preston Sturges' " The Palm Beach Story." If you haven't seen it, rent or buy a copy. I think it's a perfect film.

  4. I'm really looking forward to Mr. Cavett's interview with Mel Brooks this evening. I always thought his show was incredible. I've been wondering. I haven't heard a great deal of him since his show went off the air. Does anyone know what he's been doing?? I'd love to find out !!

  5. Here's my strange but extremely personal list. I trasure all these musicals. In no particular order-it's just too difficult!

    Yolanda and the Thief

    The Harvey Girls

    Calamity Jane

    Singin' in the Rain

    A Star is Born-Garland

    The Wizard of Oz

    The Belle of New York

    The Pirate

    The Music Man



    The King and I

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    It's Always Fair Weather

    Silk Stockings


    Mr. Imperium

    Summer Stock

    Girl Crazy

    The Band Wagon

    Ziegfeld Follies

    Broadway Melody of 1940

    The Pajama Game

    Damn Yankees

    Romance on the High Seas

    Thanks for reading this list! I love all these films for various reasons !!

  6. TCM's always had wonderful, truly imaginative graphics. But, yes, I don't care what anyone says, they just made better movies then-great stars, scripts, design , direction. All because of thre much maligned moguls who loved movies and the old studio system !! Let's hear it for TCM !!!

  7. Any thoughts on this? The list came out today. Many wonderful choices, but..."Grease" and " Moulon Rouge?"?? I believe the R & H musicals were ignored as was one of my personal favorites"The Pirate." Any thoughts?

    Check the list of 25 at CNN.

  8. "Lost Horizon" is pretty terrible in a wonderfully bad way. I have it on laserdisc where there is even MORE of it to love . Liv Ullmann who is usually wonderful-one of my favorites, in fact, looks like a deer-or doe , rather, caught in the headlights.

  9. I love Susan Kohner's work. Several years ago, I heard her speak on a panel which also included Claire Trevor and Susan Strasberg. It was held at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. It was a wonderful panel moderated by John Springer. I asked Ms. Kohner what it was like working on " Imitation..." and she said the hardest part was the scene with Troy Donahue where he viciously beats her. According to Kohner, the director Douglas Sirk made her repeat the scene over and over. Many takes. She said he went overboard and thought Sirk was rather sadistic.

  10. Susan, you're right about Blackmer VS Lancaster. Obviously a big star was wanted.

    Boy, it got me thinking about the telephone scene -Lola and her mom in " Sheba." I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. Absolutely brilliant.

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