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  1. This is an extremely rare instance in which a star appears in two films with the same title, but totally different plots. Are there any other examples of this?
  2. Thanks, Sepiatone. And you're right. There may be some very young people out there who've never heard of the Hollywood Blacklist, the McCarthy Era or any of that. But there is something to remedy that (and I cringe as I type it)-- it's called Google.
  3. To be sure, I don't disagree with Ben's views on the blacklist. It was a terrible time in our history and a blight on the entire Hollywood film community (including the guilds). But Ben repeats himself on the topic ad nauseam. No one will forget about the blacklist, believe me. Especially since few people living today have any memory of it. Most of us who know anything at all about the blacklist have either read about it or heard about it from others. Ben's heart is in the right place, but he ought to give it a rest sometimes.
  4. When it comes to the blacklist, Ben preaches.
  5. I think the original poster of this thread is ignoring an obvious solution to her problem (I'm presuming the poster is female--if not, sorry). If she is annoyed by comments made by TCM hosts in their intros, there is such a thing as a MUTE button on your remote control. I sometimes have recourse to it when Ben Mankiewicz gets on his soapbox and starts preaching about the Hollywood blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee. I've heard it all before, no need to rehash it again, so I just mute him and enjoy the movie. Simple as that. As far as keeping TCM "family friendly," we al
  6. The trouble is that KANE was never a blockbuster, and didn't become a classic until years after its release. After a successful opening in New York in April 1941, the film flopped miserably in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, despite near-universal critical praise. It really was the personality of Orson Welles that gave CITIZEN KANE the cachet it came to have. A great movie? Absolutely. But, like other classic films that flopped at the box office, greatness was thrust upon it much later. As for standing the test of time, it was time (and television) that made KANE a classic. But if it's a
  7. Not watching films made before 1975 is about as silly an attitude as not eating food whose name begins with the letter "P." What magical event happened in '75 to make that year Mr. Rojas' cutoff date? Does he refuse to watch THE GODFATHER (and GODFATHER PART II)? What about THE STING or THE FRENCH CONNECTION? All made before 1975, so I guess he's never seen them. And Mr. Rojas writes for the New York Times? God help the Times.
  8. I too am old enough to remember cartoons before movies. Most of all, it was the only time I got to see cartoons in color! We had only black & white TVs until the mid-Sixties.
  9. But ZIEGFELD FOLLIES is a revue type of film, a series of musical numbers and comedy sketches with no connecting dramatic narrative. I, for one, would have enjoyed seeing "Return of the Ziegfeld Girl" (maybe!)
  10. You raise an intriguing thought--what would a sequel to ZIEGFELD GIRL have been titled? "Return of the Ziegfeld Girl"?... "After the Ziegfeld Girl"?... "Ziegfeld Girl and Her Mate?" The list is mind-boggling!
  11. I think you're right--her death is simply not shown. The final print was probably edited with that ambiguous ending so as not to disturb too many viewers.
  12. From what I've heard about the making of ZIEGFELD GIRL, Lana Turner's part was originally quite small compared to Garland and Lamarr's. After viewing early rushes, the producers decided to beef up Turner's part and give her star billing. This really was her breakout movie.
  13. I believe at the time ZIEGFELD GIRL was being filmed, Rooney was busy making MEN OF BOYS TOWN.
  14. Thanks a lot! After having vented my spleen it's reassuring to know that something still works on the website the way it's supposed to.
  15. I hate to beat a dead horse, but... I was just trying to look up info on KING OF JAZZ on the TCM database (this movie is scheduled for April 13). However, a search for this film brings the message "we are unable to find a match for this title" or words to that effect. Are you kidding me? The TCM database was once a gold mine for research on classic films. Now, unless a movie is scheduled to be shown during the current month or the following month (in this case, February/March 2021), you're outta luck finding it on the TCM database. Of course, all the info is there. ready to be seen as soo
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