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  1. Interesting. I looked up Red Asphalt on Wikipedia and noticed it was produced by the California Highway Patrol. The one I saw when I took D/E in the Midwest (Signal 30) was produced by the Ohio State Police… I can see a Film School Masters Thesis on this: “Regionalism in Mid 20th Century Gross Out Driver’s Education Instructional Films”😀
  2. Thanks. BTW I appreciate the effort you put into these schedules. I find it really helpful.
  3. I was a little surprised to see it on the TCM schedule (I thought it was sometime last year). I didn't see it on MCOH's database but I'm certain I saw it on my cable systems schedule. I didn't record it though (once in a lifetime was enough). It was definitely a different time......
  4. I believe it was an instructional short called "Signal 30". I remember having to watch it during Driver's Education class in the 1970s. It was very gruesome.
  5. I just finished watching this this afternoon. Sven showed the UCLA restoration which was released in April 2020. The quality was excellent; I think TCM showed it a few years ago and this version is a vast improvement. Here's a good discussion of the restoration process: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/blogs/archive-blog/2020/04/21/mystery-wax-museum-restored-qa-scott-macqueen One thing I noticed about the film was that the shadows seemed to have a greenish tint; I'm not sure if this was because of the 2 color Technicolor process or if it was due to lighting choices.
  6. From what I can tell this has been broadcast on TCM before, but not since August 2005. (One of the frequent posters on this site (MovieCollectorOH) maintains a database of all TCM programming since the late 1990s). Its not scheduled between now and the end of March 2021. It looks like its available on Amazon if you want to pay to stream/buy it. As an aside its not unusual for films like this that are not part of the original TCM library (Older Warner Brother, MGM, and RKO studio releases) to be only broadcast when they fit into a theme they are programming.
  7. I just got an e-mail with a link to the show; it said they would send another an hour before the event....
  8. In honor of John Barrymore SUTS day yesterday: Curly tries to convince Moe and Larry that he has Barrymore's profile. Slaps and eye gouges follow..... From "Movie Maniacs" (1936).
  9. Don't forget Bela Lugosi in "Plan 9 from Outerspace".... (or maybe you should).
  10. Thanks for the info; I'll check out TBOTR on Amazon. I think you're spot on.... For example, TCM is showing Captain Newman, MD this month as part of the Tony Curtis SOTM. The last time it was on was 2010 (before which it had played 10 times).
  11. I did a quick query on MCOH's database to show any movie that has not played on TCM for 10 years but was played 10 or more times before that. It turns out that there are 56 feature movies that meet that criteria (ie excluding things like "Private Screenings", TV specials, etc). Since they were once played a bunch but then not at all it could mean a rights issue developed (or the owner decided to pull in the rights to show on their own outlets). A few from that list that I found interesting: 1. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) - Was shown 15 times, the last time in 2009-
  12. Olivia De Havilland and Errol Flynn on Warner Brother's back lot mid-late 1930s.
  13. Yes, I think he played the role in Great Britain in the late 1930s and then on Broadway in the early 1940s.
  14. One example off the top of my head are several film adaptations of Othello. He is described as a "Moor" but was often portrayed by a white actor in blackface. One with Laurence Olivier from 1965: Orson Wells was also in a version in 1952 (he interpreted Othello more as an North African Arab ) I don't think think these were examples of casting white actors for US Southern Region Box office reasons- it was pretty common to cast white actors in this role until fairly recently. The only other examples I can think of is Keenan Wynn in "Fi
  15. Charles Portis, author of novels which were made into the movies "True Grit" and "Norwood", died last week in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was 86. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/02/17/charles-portis-author-true-grit-dies-obit/4789660002/ I just re-read the novel "True Grit" after watching the 1969 version on TCM a couple of weeks ago. Interesting novel; the style and dialog makes it worth reading.
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