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  1. Not talking about beer, Dargo. I'm talking about some of the senseless advertising slogans and catch-phrases unleashed onto the public by corporate America. "Where then meets now" is almost as bad as "It's it, and that's that."
  2. Reminds me of the slogan of Miller Brewing Co. some thirty years ago: "It's it, and that's that!" Memorable for sheer insipidity.
  3. What's the significance of 12 noon ET on September 1 for the delivery of the Now Playing newsletter? I'm very skeptical about all this. I only hope they aren't going commercial like AMC did.
  4. I didn't know there was more than one actress who played Louise on Bewitched. Thanks Hibi.
  5. The actress playing Farley Granger's nerdy/sexy wife is credited as Laura Elliott. It was many years after I had first seen STRANGERS ON A TRAIN that I realized the same actress (billed as Kasey Rogers) played Louise Tate on Bewitched.
  6. The producers of Make Room for Daddy explained Jean Hagen's character's absence during the 1956-57 season by saying that she was visiting her sick mother. This storyline was continued for the entire season, so there may have been some speculation that Hagen would return to the show (I'm only guessing). Anyway, by the start of the 1957-58 season, Hagen's character was declared officially dead, and Danny Thomas was now a widower with two young kids to bring up. Marjorie Lord was introduced during that season as a potential love interest for Thomas, and the pair eventually married. But I still ca
  7. Here's a question for discussion: did Jean Hagen damage her career irreparably by leaving Make Room for Daddy at the end of the 1955-56 season? Her film career after that was nothing like before she became Danny Thomas' sitcom wife. I often wonder if she made the right decision to leave a show that was destined to run for another nine seasons. And , btw, no one mentioned THE SHAGGY DOG (1959), the first Disney movie I ever saw at the movies.
  8. I agree, THE OUTLAW is a terrible movie. But it's terrible like a train wreck--you can't ignore it, especially with talent like Walter Huston and Thomas Mitchell on board. Howard Hughes' battles with the Production Code Administration (including the advertising arm of the PCA) over the film are a fascinating subject for study. But there's really only one reason to watch OUTLAW, and that's Jane Russell. Without her, it would be just another train wreck of a movie. She makes it much easier on the eyes.
  9. It's a bit ironic that a cable channel that specializes in "classic movies" (i.e., evoking nostalgia) would care so much about what's currently fashionable in broadcasting circles, that they would abandon on-air announcers, a little bit of nostalgia that actually benefits viewers. Ironic, but not surprising. And I applaud MeTV for resisting the fashionable trend of using split screens and other devices to milk every possible second of commercial time in its programming.
  10. Some months ago, in a different thread, I brought up the fact that TCM used to use on-air announcers to inform viewers of the theme for that day. Why this practice was discontinued remains a mystery to me. It couldn't be simply a matter of dollars and cents--how much could it cost to do a 15-second on-air announcement? Whatever the reason, it leaves viewers in the dark during daytime hours when there's no host to tell them what they're watching.
  11. As Polly of the Precodes points out, there are lots of gaps in the July schedule as it stands now, especially in the primetime hours. But I know our friend MovieCollectorOH will provide updates as they become available to him. Not a big fan of Elvis' movies (at least the post-VIVA LAS VEGAS batch), but I have no problem with his being SOTM. As the schedule stands, however, it looks as though I'll be doing a lot more reading this July.
  12. Some years ago I started reading novels that were later turned into classic movies, aside from the perennial classics by Dickens, Austen, Twain, etc., etc. Among other novels, I read W. R. Burnett's Little Caesar, James M. Cain's Mildred Pierce, and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. I came away from those readings with a deeper appreciation of what screen writers do in adapting a novel. The differences between book and movie are sometimes surprising. This was especially so in the cases of Little Caesar and Mildred Pierce. Rebecca, however, was something else. Reading the book was very much li
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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