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  1. 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
  2. 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…
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Yes! Glenda Farrell did a great job playing that reporter. I really liked her fast line delivery. That can't be easy... Yesterday afternoon, I searched my library for her and found several films I have. I ended up watching We're in the Money (1935) with her and Joan Blondell, a comedy where the girls play a team of gold-diggers serving subpornas for a zany lawyer (Hugh Herbert). With a runtime of 1:06 it was a wonderful way to stress down from a day at work, as well as getting more familiar with Farrell. Thanks for the Torchy Blaine tip. I checked that out - looks interesting.
  6. Wow... Thanks for your comments re the Wax Museum films. We're familiar with the 1953 version, but didn't realize it was a remake. Though, I do see it in my library... But, we watched it last night and really enjoyed it - probably more than the 1953 one. Perhaps because it was new to us, dunno... Or because of the newspaper angle - I've been married to a journalist for many years... lol. Thanks again, for the tip!
  7. You mentioned a real ghost... That made think of Amityville Horror (1979, apparently remade 2005), based on a true story. As a lad, I remember it (1979) keeping me on the edge of the seat... I don't know anything about it, but TCM is running Tormented (1960) tomorrow, 10/29/2020 at 11 am. IMDb describes it as "A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her Interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials", and gives it a whopping 4.6. I enjoy the horrors out of the 50s. 1960's a bit on the edge, but I've marked it for my
  8. YES! Awesome film. The film pretty much put M Night on the map... I see dead people....
  9. As a kid, I watched The Three Stooges on a kids’ show hosted by cow girl, Sally Starr (1923-2013). The show was broadcast in the Philadelphia, PA area. I still watch them today when they come around on the tv clicker. I guess I never did outgrow them… I never cared for the Joe Bessler, Curly Joe years, but rather Shemp and Curly. Curly was definitely my favorite stooge. I admire Shemp for moving on and making “regular” films. Granted, his career didn’t really take off, but I do see him time to time. I recall him being a bartender in one… Favorite short? Hard to pick just one…
  10. One has to wonder, though... Was that "hissing" sound maybe part of the original release and perhaps later filtered out with more modern techniques during preservation? In 1932 putting sound in films was still very immature.
  11. Assignment to Kill (1968) – A detective (Patrick O’Neal) is hired by an insurance agency to investigate several questionable incidents involving ships “accidentally” sinking. I enjoy detective films – anything Marlowe. Though, this was far from Marlowe, it was still ok. Yeah, just ok… It had that smugness between the detective and the leading lady (Joan Hackett). It also had the advisory (Herbert Lom) playing right on the heels of the detective during his investigation (see clip). And then when they cross paths that same smugness ensues between them. All the bits and pieces on their ow
  12. Well, this looks like an interesting thread... As such, I've actually watched 5 films in the last 5 days, so, I'll give it a go. Here are those 5 films and my thoughts on them... Exit Smiling (1926) – When it comes to silent comedies, I’m getting a bit tired of always going for Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd. In Exit Smiling, comedienne Beatrice Lillie does a wonderful job playing a maid trying to break into acting with a travelling theater troupe. As an actress, I understand Lillie really preferred the real-time feedback of a live audience, but she did make several films, the last being
  13. Just came across these links that somewhat "document" the json links umop found - they seem to be a subset of a larger project that includes persons, titles, etc. Interesting that you can get other formats, such as xml. Still has the same - as of now - Nov, Dec limitation in the schedule responses. https://api.tcm.com/tcmws/v1/schedule.html That same project is also available under a "turner" hostname... http://www.tcm.turner.com/tcmws/v1/schedule.html (Note: These links were sometimes a bit slow for me. Be patient...)
  14. Before umop so kindly shared those JSON links I was scraping the new monthly schedule and used the duration of a title for determining shorts. But, with the JSON links, I've commented that bit out for the moment, going back to using the genre field in the feed. And yeah, I get the occasional 9 minute documentary - I've just been dealing with them manually right now... One thing I do use, though, is the word "short" appearing in parens in an IMDb search - I've been using that to validate that I have the right title link in the search for a short... TCM's old site used to track that piece
  15. I've seen discussion about where the shorts went. They're still there.... No, they're not... Well, they are, but they're not all listed as such. Seems some "shorts" show up as a documentary. An 8 minute documentary? Really? Anyway, I think I'm seeing a pattern. It seems the "shorts" show up in the same genre IMDb uses. For example, The House is Black 2 am on 10/14 shows as a Documentary on both sites; Yours Sincerely 10:09 am 10/13 shows as a short on both sites. In the case where TCM doesn't use a particular genre, then it shows as General - for example I saw a "short" that IMDb lis
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