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Everything posted by albatros1

  1. Criticism is just a personal opinion Why don't you write a column or a book? And why is it you can't take a little criticism without get insulting???? It seems that a lot of people on this board have very thin skins and become defensive quickly. As far a the new thread on idiocy, I'm afraid you have that all locked up.
  2. Yes I should have said adapted for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.
  3. Also the leader of the terrorist rebels in Gunga Din
  4. I agree completely with you about Lon Chaney Jr. They have tried several times but there no comes close to his "Lennie" in Of Mice and Men. That few minute scene with Cooper in High Noon is terrific.
  5. Rozsa was a violin player at age 5 and his violin concerto for the film The Private life of Sherlock Holmes, is my favorite.
  6. It was a popular thing to name children after movie stars in the 40's and 50's.
  7. Everyone's a critic. What would they call your acting?
  8. I ask again, what is it you "20's" like about "classic" films?
  9. Without looking it up, did anyone recognize who was singing "Sunny Side of the Street"?
  10. Seeking the truth is always the banner held high. Something like Senator McCarthy who was looking for the "truth" about Communist in the government. Anyone is fair game when looking for the "truth". I was a depression kid and grew up with FDR in office. The Recovery programs he started put food back on the table. FDR was the symbol of that generation and what it accomplished. I became active on this message board because I thought it was all about movies. So here we are in the Favorite War Movies thread reading someone's personal political theory. Why don't you go to the history foru
  11. Are we back to blaming FDR for WWII? Wasn't this tried some years ago? No matter what, I doubt if blame can ever be pined down to one person. As with most wars, it falls to a rather complicated series of events and people. As for Kimmel and Short, well that's the down side of being in command. When something goes wrong or right they get the blame or credit. They interpreted their orders as best they could with the information at hand. Revisionist historian are always waiting in the wings for the chance to show their version of history is the correct one and the glory that goes with it.
  12. Is this going to turn into a Viet Nam history lesson?
  13. So what is it you like about TCM, other than no commercials, That seems to be the most popular theme with most people on the board.
  14. It's easy to say those ideal words when you live in America. I wonder if you would say those words in 1933 Germany or for that matter, in Moscow the same year when tens of thousands of people were disappearing. When your neighbors are being dragged from their homes in the middle of the night, never to be heard from again. Fear is a mighty weapon and few, very few people risk it's wrath. Yes it's easy to speak those noble words when there is no fear of reprisal. How long did it take for people to finally stand up to The Un-American Activities Committee?
  15. Someone I always thought had a great figure is Jeanne Crain. Won the Miss Long Beach Beauty Contest at age 16 in 1941.
  16. michammer: I agree. Danger UXB was a terrific series. Wish someone would show it again. The best thing about 633 Squadron was the Mosquitos. Your right about that scene in Battle of the Bulge being cut quite often. It's strictly a German thing. Can you see American tank crews standing by their tanks singing? Not likely. Was Hessler suppose to be Manteuffel of the 5th Panzer Army or Dietrich of the 6th SS Panzer Army? Twelve O'Clock High, The Story of GI Joe and A Walk in the Sun are three of my favorites.
  17. Yeh! Neville Brand in DOA when he's hitting O'Brien in the stomach and says" he doesn't like it in the belly". Great. As to his real character, he served in the army for 10 years and was the 4th most decorated GI in WWII.
  18. Right. You make a list of the movies you don't like, send them in and maybe TCM will burn them in public just like the Nazi's did books they didn't like.
  19. Back to the trend topic: another of my favorite war movies, The Purple Plain with Gregory Peck and the some of the best flying scenes of the British Mosquito. Too bad it isn't shown much. It's been several years since I saw it last.
  20. It was POW camp or at least that's what was on the back of their shirts and jackets. Wasn't most of the Japanese Camps in the west? Same thing with the POW's in my town. They were always treated in a friendly fashion. I remember when they were doing some work along a road or highway, that wives and daughters would take them some food and refreshments. Is it any wonder so many wanted to stay in America after the war. When you saw them as just people, it was easy to make the connection that they were sons, husbands and fathers, just as our loved ones were in their country. People hop
  21. Yes I understand your point. The people who see Band of Brothers, and know nothing else and that will probably be the majority if you read the latest studies done on how little Americans know of their own history, will form a opinion of Germans soldiers of WWII, in keeping with film. A good friend, who was stationed in Germany just after the war, married a German girl. On one of the visits to there house, his bother-in-law was there. He fought on the Russian Front. The stories he told were hard to believe. There was a point of view of a soldier. One most Americans will never see. Du
  22. Rich, Yes I can understand those days when the brain isn't clicking quite, I have many days like that. I lived in Columbus for thirty years and a good friend worked for one of the local radio stations, so when ever he was going to meet and interview someone I was interested in, he would take me along. Two of those occasions allowed me to meet Captain "Eddie" and Colonel Paul Tibbets. That's how I attended the Doolittle Raiders Reunion as mentioned before.
  23. Although well done showing the American Infantry Soldier, the only real people were the Americans, The Germans were right out of the TV series Combat. This has always been the flaw in most American war movies and until recently, documentaries. The series, Battlefield, made for PBS presented a honest picture of all sides. Probably the main reason Ryan's book, The Last Battle was never made. A outstanding book painting a realistic picture of the Allies and the Axis.
  24. vallo13, I agree with you about the ending of Attack. You know how movies are. They had to show the idealistic instead of the realistic ending.
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