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Curtis DeHaven

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  1. Strange Affair (1944) – A comic strip artist and his wife investigate a murder at a banquet honoring war refugees. Nothing special, except for one of the cast members, Shemp Howard. Though, he is a bit far down on the credits… The original Three Stooges, Moe, Shemp, and Larry first appeared in vaudeville with Ted Healy as Ted Healy and his Stooges. Soon after, Shemp left the group to pursue a solo film career. He was replaced with brother, Curly, as they went on to produce their famous shorts. In May 1946 Curly suffered a stroke and Shemp came back to the lineup. Here’s a couple
  2. Sparrows (1926) Dunno why, but for me, when I think silent film, I think of the big three - Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyde. And screwball comedy... But, oh my gosh, this film was amazing. Sparrows is dramatic film about a very serious subject, baby farms. Baby farms were basically where orphans were imprisoned for slave labor or private adoptions for cash. While the film exposes practices of the baby farms of the time, it also carries a movie plot along with it - a kidnapping. The film stars Mary Pickford. Similar to my opening comment, when I think of Mary Pickford, I think of Chapli
  3. I too enjoyed this film and especially the scene where he steps into the screen. Jeff Daniels later repeated this stunt in reverse - by stepping out of the screen - in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985).
  4. Glad to help. I don't think this feed (tcmws.tcm.com) has as much data as the older feed (api.tcm.com), but it seems to have enough for my needs. MovieCollector, above mentioned themes, but it does have at least some of them - the TCM-ese for that would be the element, "Franchise". The older feed had a more detailed element, "FranchiseUmbrella" (?) that offered sort of a sub-category, but it seems to be missing from this one. Interestingly, it does offer two programming schedules, differentiated by the element, "NetworkFeedCode" where its value is either "CAN" (Canada maybe?) o
  5. What do you mean by "themes"? I had some time to play around with this project today. I ended up sniffing around with the F12 debugger tool and ended up using the same link they're apparently using for the web site's daily schedule - link below... At first glance, I see some duplicates this weekend. They even appear in the web site's schedule - sigh. Anyway, I can still use it for my needs. https://tcmws.tcm.com/tcmws/NewSchedule/est
  6. I know the thread is named I Just Watched, but how about something I didn’t watch? Sunrise at Campobello (1960). While surfing the channels last night, I parked on TCM’s airing of this one for a bit in the middle. It’s apparently about the early years of FDR and Eleanor as he faces polio. I’ve really only ever known of Ralph Bellamy as Bruce Baldwin in His Girl Friday (1940), though for some reason he has popped up for me a couple of times lately. But, as FDR, I think he does a really good job. Something about his voice… And Greer Garson got an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Elea
  7. Thanks for the reply, OH... Good to hear from you. A month? Hmm... I've been using the api.tcm.com feed since the new web site layout change without issue - at least for the bits I use. It's just that all of a sudden, this week it doesn't work at all. Even if I google "tcm api" none of the how-to links work! Decision from the top? Who knows, but if it was technical fault, one would think it would be fixed by now... : ( So, what are you using? I seem to recall another api they had - at one point I was comparing it to api,tcm.com.
  8. My first or second record album was Mission Impossible... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_from_Mission:_Impossible
  9. Here we go again... So, links like those below don't work anymore? They worked yesterday... The json one gives me a "504 Gateway Timeout", while the xml one gives me a "502 Bad Gateway". Again, they've both been working swell for quite a while. Hope it's temporary... https://api.tcm.com/tcmws/v1/schedule/month/us/est/2021-6-17.json https://api.tcm.com/tcmws/v1/schedule/month/us/est/2021-6-14.xml
  10. Vampyr (1932) – Released from Germany; subtitled in English. A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. Director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s first talkie. And it shows… Not much dialog, plus there’s a couple of story boards along the way. Awesome photography. Lots of shadows and camera tricks set the mood perfectly. Interestingly, this was the first film rated “H” in the UK for “Horrific” – likely to scare children under the age of 16. I believe it. IMDb gives it a 7.5; in my opinion, well deserved. Fran
  11. Lady on a Train (1945), Suspense Mystery, Nominated for Best Sound – While a suspense mystery reader is sitting on a train in the station, she witnesses a murder in a building outside the train’s window. She goes to the police, but has nothing to go on. When the desk sergeant notices the suspense mystery book that she’s holding, he dismisses the whole case and sends her on her way. With no other course of action, she pulls in the author of her book and proceeds to investigate and solve the murder mystery. A bit far fetched and predictable, but fun to watch. I happen to like mysteries…
  12. Confession (1937) Ok, so this started with an old Bogart film, King of the Underworld (1939). That was ok, but for me, it brought out a new favorite actress, Kay Francis (1905-1968). IMDb describes her as “possibly the biggest of the ‘forgotten stars’ from Hollywood’s Golden Era”. For me, it’s someone new to follow and I’m enjoying it. I just watched Confession (1937). Wow… An old cabaret singer just trying to stay fed, finds herself in court for murdering a well known composer – and without any defense at all. She refuses to speak. Finally, she’s pushed into a corner by the c
  13. Being that it’s Halloween week, we’ve been watching older horror films. Last night was The Return of Doctor X (1939). The online film databases seem to list Humphrey Bogart as top billing, when in fact on the movie poster he was listed third. This is far from his first film, but certainly closer to the start of his career than the end. Bogart’s one of my favorite old-time actors, so to see him in a horror film was quite the treat. The film is about a doctor who brings people back to life using a synthetic blood he’s developing. Bogart plays one of his experiments as the ghoul and does a
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