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Everything posted by Artemus

  1. Joyce Reynolds - WB starlet from the early 1940s - Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Adventures of Mark Twain, George Washington Slept Here, Hollywood Canteen, Janie, etc.
  2. Nehemiah Persoff as well. Who would have thought that Little Napoleon from Some Like It Hot would still be around in 2020.
  3. Has Jimmy Lydon been mentioned yet? Henry!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Coming, mother. Anyway, the gent is still around at the age of 97.
  4. When the avatar is to the left of the screen, of course that's the first to come to mind when asked to list fifteen shows. Still, I don't rank it above or below anything else on my list so it is "in no particular order." Whether you believe it or not is your prerogative.
  5. In no particular order: 1. The Wild Wild West 2. Zorro 3. Our Miss Brooks 4. The Munsters 5. The Addams Family 6. Gilligan's Island 7. The Untouchables 8. Maverick 9. The Twilight Zone 10. Batman 11. Petticoat Junction 12. The Beverly Hillbillies 13. Green Acres 14. F-Troop 15. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
  6. I remember seeing Call Her Savage on FMC ca. 1999/2000. Just Imagine, Sunrise and The Big Trail (the widescreen version) were also in frequent rotation then.
  7. I don't get the channel anymore, but when I did I recall being frustrated with the channel's repetition. It seems like it only has access to a small fraction of the studio's catalog so after a while I didn't bother much with it since I had pretty much seen everything it had to offer in its rotation. Perhaps things have changed since then.
  8. I would like to catch up with his Lone Wolf films.
  9. Very rarely, if ever, do I watch anything live on TCM. I DVR what looks interesting and then watch it later. That gives me the pleasure of fast forwarding through the talking head intros (when applicable). I try to watch a movie everyday. Some days I have just enough time for an hour long B film, but other days I can watch longer features with period shorts and cartoons. I also frequently pull from my DVD/blu-ray collection, and I peruse youtube from time to time.
  10. Can you make up for being disappointed with TCM by saving a lot of money with Geico?
  11. Finally getting around to some stuff that has been on my DVR for a little while: The Nurse's Secret (1941) - I was experiencing total deja vu during the first few minutes. I knew I hadn't seen this film before and yet it seemed so familiar. Then I pinpointed the issue. This was a remake of a film I saw just a few months ago. So I now have Lee Patrick and Regis Toomey instead of Joan Blondell and George Brent. Getting that out of the way, this was just an ok murder mystery. Little Women (1933) - Somehow I have escaped many years without seeing any adaptations of Little Women so I figured that I would start with the first sound version. The first hour I thought was draggy and unfocused, but the second part made up for that with excellent and touching performances from Katharine Hepburn, Paul Lukas, and Joan Bennett. None Shall Escape (1944) - Why isn't this film better known? Produced while the war was still raging, it anticipated the future prosecution of Nazi war criminals. Alexander Knox, whom I primarily remember as giving a decent performance as Woodrow Wilson in the Zanuck biopic, is chillingly and disturbingly effective in personifying the evil of his character. Three Smart Girls (1936) - just missing Hayley Mills as the twins. Vogues of 1938 (1937) - recorded this from the Movies! channel. Good performances from Joan Bennett and Warner Baxter who is channeling his previous work from "42nd Street." This was one of the earlier Technicolor features, and it must have been a wonder to behold when originally released. Sadly, the transfer I saw looked rather faded and soft. I would love to see this film given a proper restoration. Even in this compromised form, Bennett looked ravishing. Dead Reckoning (1947) - Put "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep" in a blender and this is probably what you end up with. Bogie even goes through the whole "I'm turning you into the police and I'll have a few sleepless nights" routine again. I'm not saying it's a bad film though. The antique car buff in my enjoyed seeing Bogie driving around in a Lincoln Continental. Manhattan Madness (1916) - caught this Douglas Fairbanks silent on youtube. This was in Doug's pre-Swashbuckling era, and there is plenty of humor, stunts and thrills to go around. The plot is delightfully silly but not "The Mystery of the Leaping Fish" silly.
  12. "Adorkable" is certainly an interesting way of describing Farrell. He was pretty good in silents like "Old Ironsides," "Seventh Heaven,""City Girl," and "Street Angel." However, his Arnold Stang-type voice didn't do him any favors in the talkies (no disrespect intended to Mr. Stang). Yet, he did make a relatively successful transition to sound and was a fairly popular matinee idol into at least the mid-1930s (both with and without Janet Gaynor). That said, the only sound films I've seen him in are "Sunnyside Up," "Delicious," "Liliom," "Tail Spin," and a handful episodes of "My Little Margie." Given that most of his films aren't in significant circulation or perhaps even perished in the 1937 Fox Vault fire, maybe I haven't seen enough to render an informed opinion. As for "Liliom," you're right in saying that Farrell was miscast, but the film does have several moments of Frank Borzage's stylized quirkiness so it was interesting enough to watch once. I'm not dying to see it again though. I wonder if Edmund Lowe might have been able to pull of the title role better. He was a Fox contract player in 1930, but he was probably too busy cussing it out with Victor McLaglen.
  13. The elephant hunt sequence at the beginning of "King Solomon's Mine" (1950) Paulette Goddard breaking the fourth wall in "The Great Dictator" (1940) If we're going to be raking Charles Boyer and Gordon MacRae over the coals for "Liliom" and "Carousel" respectively, then we can't let Charles Farrell off the hook since he played the character on the screen first.
  14. Simply because I don't get something doesn't mean that others don't. Somebody has to be buying that wine after all. Thanks for the welcome. I've been a lurker for a while so I hope I can contribute something of substance at least occasionally.
  15. Interesting article. TCM is my most watched channel because it gives me content that I like regularly. I'm certainly not an exclusivist because I'm just as likely and willing to watch interesting classic era movies on other channels (Movies! for instance). Then there's my extensive collection of movies on DVD and blu-ray. TCM having a fan base in of itself is something I don't really get. For me, TCM serves a purpose. Outside of that purpose I have no attachment to it.
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