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Posts posted by pktrekgirl

  1. Hey! And it IS great to see all you guys!


    I wish I had more time to post on boards. *sigh* I used to have plenty of time during the day, back in the old days. But until recently, for the past year or so I've been working 70+ hour weeks - no time for posting, film trading, etc. :(


    But hey, these days, I'm just grateful to have a job. Haven't been able to post much...but I can't complain given the economy and the number of layoffs we have had at my company.....


    Anyway, it really is great to see you guys. I just feel terrible that I have seemingly abandoned the community..... :(


    Thanks for always welcoming me back, even though I've been so absent in recent months. You guys rock!

  2. Hey! Thanks very much, guys! I knew there must be another place to order that was more economical! The shopping section always seems to have high prices. ;)


    I'm eager to get ahold of that bundle, needless to say. I have all of those films, but am hoping for some improved picture quality.


    BTW, I recently got ahold of a R2 version of North West Mounted Police that has great picture quality. Not sure where you'd get it in the U.S., but if you can find this R2 version, grab it. I also got a commercial release of The Story of Dr Wassell from R2 that is better quality than the one I had recorded from TCM a couple of years ago.


    I wonder if the Warner Archives has other bundles? There are alot Clark Gable films in that group that I'd love better copies of. One of my favorite Gable films is Homecoming, and I see it's in the group.

  3. Humm....where did you order those?


    I just went through the Warner Archives section in the shopping section and didn't find any of those films, let alone a Gary Cooper bundle! Scrolled through all 15 pages of titles and didn't find any of them.


    I don't get that shopping section anyway, when it comes to the Warner Archives stuff. Someone told me last month that on your first order you got a discount and I can't find anything about that either. the only prices I see are all $17.99.


    I must be a **** when it comes ot this or something....


    Can someone tell me how to order, and from which site?


    And great photos from Seven Days Leave and Dr Wassel, coopsgirl!

  4. This is probably a very cliched response, but for me, it has to be John Wayne's entrance in Stagecoach.


    But really - while it is likely on alot of 'favorite' lists, it is probably on those lists for a reason. And that reason is that it IS a breathtaking shot. If ever there was a single star-making shot in cinema history, this was it.

  5. Gah!


    I know I haven't been posting on boards much lately, but this is the first time in over 2 years I have shown up on this board to find this thread on (gasp!) page 2 of the Favorites forum!


    *Do I have to come back and help you guys out?????* You seem to have had things well under control for so very long, in terms of the effort to keep Coop in the forefront of all that is Classic Film! Which I think we can all agree is quite rightfully where he belongs.


    But this 'page 2' stuff is just not workin' for me! hehehehe....


    Are you guys on vacation or something? :lol:


    Anyway....seriously, a big wave to you all! And cool pic from Mr Deeds, MissG! :D

  6. Add my name to the list of those who think Errol Flynn has gotten the royal shaft by TCM during his centennial year. No big celebration on his birthday....so far no SOTM this year for him...not even a day during SUTS, fer cryin' out loud! Elvis gets a day every single YEAR because his birthday happens to fall during SUTS in August. But Errol Flynn is overlooked - during his CENTENNIAL???? Come on, TCM! You can do better than that! And show us some of the more obscure stuff too - not just The Adventures of Robin Hood for the 6th time this year.


    What's up with the no love for Errol Flynn during this, the centennial year of his birth and the 50th anniversary (coming in October) of his death?


    You still have time to correct this most grievous of errors. Please consider doing so!

  7. Agreed with regard to your comments about Meryl Streep. Just because she is not dead yet doesn't make her an unworthy actress.


    What is absurd is to judge an actor or actress based on the year they happen to have been born.


    There were bad actors and actresses back in the 20s, 30's and 40s...and there were good ones as well. And the same can be said of today. There are both good and bad actors and actresses alive and producing pictures today...and it would be a shame to miss the good ones simply because they are not in films with production years in the 1940's.


    By by pretty much any standard you want to throw up short of the year she happened to have been born, Meryl Streep is a great actress. Not only has she been nominated for several Oscars, she has been in many Oscar-caliber pictures, including some wonderful Best Picture winners.


    I think an actress like Bette Davis, having seen Meryl Streep's performances in films like Out of Africa, Sophie's Choice, or The Bridges of Madison County, would stand up and cheer and consider Meryl a worthy successor to her crown.


    There are not many actresses, neither old nor new, who are of Bette Davis's caliber. But Meryl Streep is certainly one of them.

  8. For me, it was all about Bogie.


    Before I started really watching classic film as a serious pastime, I had seen very few. Interestingly, all the films I'd seen I really liked, but yeah...they were definitely few. IIRC, they included having seen Casablanca, Doctor Zhivago, and A Nun's Story (saw all three of these several times) as well as single viewings of a few other films - Gone With the Wind, Top Hat, To Catch a Thief, Roman Holiday, and North By Northwest. Additionally, I'd seen bits and pieces of various unnamed John Wayne pictures, which I watched with my father late at night when, as a young child, I couldn't sleep and would go out to the living room to sit with my 'night person' and John Wayne Fan Extraordinaire Dad.


    Then one day as I was watching Casablanca for about the millionth time, I decided upon a challenge to myself - I was going to watch all of Humphrey Bogart's films. I really saw it more as a personal challenge and an achievement to chat about at cocktail parties more than anything else, but that challenge was what really got me started.


    Watching Bogart's movies got me interested in other actors (Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and James Cagney in particular - mainly the WB actors) and watching their pictures, in turn, got me hooked on still more actors. Then I decided that Bogart had been such a huge success that I'd do the same with Clark Gable...which got me familiar with all of the MGM crowd, including some of my favorites like William Powell, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy.


    Interestingly, it took me quite a while to 'discover' a few of the actors who are today among my favorites. For example, I didn't discover Ronald Colman for a few years after starting my Bogart Quest. Finally got around to Random Harvest, though, and that was all it took. Same with Gary Cooper, who as everyone who has been here a while knows is by far my favorite actor of all time. For some reason I had actually avoided his movies because I thought they'd all be like John Wayne pictures, and one John Wayne was enough for me! But then I saw Mr Deeds Goes to Town, and the rest is history. It took me even longer to 'discover' Valentino since silents where not really a priority for me then...but then I happened to catch The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on TCM and became totally transfixed by the guy....and rushed right out to collect all of his movies.


    To this day - I guess because I stared with Bogart in this manner - I still collect and watch films sort of by actor. Not that I do these 'quests' much anymore - I think the last one was over a year ago, when I went on a Dirk Bogarde quest...but I still keep careful track in my collecting of which films I am missing, however obscure or badly reviewed, from among those done by various favorite actors.


    I collect books in the same manner, so I did stuff like collect first editions of all books written by or about Errol Flynn in English - did that a few years back. Tracking down first editions of obscure books about Errol Flynn, or Gary Cooper, or better still, Rudolph Valentino, became a hobby unto itself!


    Heh. I guess I like a challenge and a chase.

  9. I don't think Pricilla Lane would have been any better. And I agree that while Olivia deHavilland would have been better for a number of reasons, it might have taken away from Cagney as the one-and-only real star of this picture.


    But bottom line - I LOVE this movie. I watch it every single July 4th and never get tired of this tradition. This year, because I saw it about 6 months ago, I was not looking forward to it as much, but once I got into it, I was glad I turned it on.


    Cagney is simply brilliant in this movie, and the music and overall theme takes me back to a time when people understood what an honor it was to be an American...and acted honorably as a result - particularly when they knew they were on the world stage.


    It's hard not to get a tear in your eye during some of those scenes shown to the tune of "Over There", when serving one's country was considered the noble and right thing to do, whether one was rich or poor, celebrity or 'regular guy'. Not something to do simply so that you could get money for college, and that celebrities would never dream of doing, because they are Just That Self-Important.


    It's nice to think about a time (and hope it will come again) when more Americans of all stripes had honor, and didn't look at service to one's country as 'someone else's job'.

  10. Frankly, I'm not really all that confident that American depictions of life in Italy and Italians are all that accurate.


    We have Italian-Americans depicted a bit better, but even alot of those movies are mafia films or films dealing with some sort of Catholic Church intrigue.


    Having just arrived home from my third trip to Italy (and the second trip there in the past 3 years), I think I actually prefer Fellini's films, when it comes to recapturing the 'feel' of Italy. Even when he is making fun of Italy and Italians, at least it is a spoof on the 'real' Italy as opposed to a spoof on the Americanized version of Italy.


    Nothing put out by Hollywood gives me the same feel as I get from an Italian production...and the best of the bunch when it comes to Italian productions is a list which always includes Fellini.

  11. Personally, I'm glad they pick a new co-host every year. That way, if you don't really care for someone, you only have to put up with them for a year.


    Rose was okay, for example, but I really like Alec Baldwin. He really knows alot about movies and more importantly, the business of making movies - something that I felt Rose lacked. She would tell you why she liked a film, but frankly, I don't care about why she liked this or that film. I am much more interested in learning something about film history, Hollywood history, acting or directing, and Alec seems to speak alot more to those sorts of issues.


    I am perfectly capable of forming my own opinions about the films. What I want from a co-host is inside information about the business of making movies - past and present.

  12. Okay. Mission accomplished. Angie, I ended up posting links to 3 of your videos:

    Tribute to The Westerner - (I LOVE that movie)

    What I Like About Gary Cooper

    Holding Out for a Hero


    Here is a link to the thread I posted tonight on my scifi board (hopefully you guys can see the thread without joining the board):




    Thanks for your help, Angie! Much appreciated!


    I'll try and come back tomorrow as I think someone asked me a couple of questions. But I'm exhausted and need to go to bed.


    Thanks again everyone! :)

  13. Angie! Yippee! That photo is EXACTLY the one I was looking for! And in such great quality! Thanks so much for posting it! That is just perfect!


    I will look at the videos now. I looked you up on YouTube and watched a few of your vids this afternoon, in between meetings. I'm thinking I will select two and give them the links to those.


    So now I have to narrow down my photos tonight. I should post 'em all here and let you guys pick, cus I can't make up my mind. :D


    I mean seriously...how do you ELIMINATE photos of Gary Cooper????? :P It's like an impossible task.

  14. Hi April! Good to see you! Wow...even coming back for a few posts makes me homesick for the classic film community. :( I really miss you guys. I haven't even been trading films lately, I've been so busy. It's really terrible.


    Anyway, another photo I'd like to get ahold of his that one of Gary, Carole Lombard and Shirley Temple walking on the set of Now and Forever. I have a copy of that photo, but I just discovered that it is a bit grainy, and you guys know how I am about photo quality. :D


    So if anyone has a good copy of that one, it would be swell too.


    I'm aiming to include about 25 photos in this thread I'm planning - some promo shots and several from different films.


    Several I got from this thread back in the dark ages. Some from Simply Classics (did they close down, btw? Can't find them now...) and a few from other sources. It is so hard to narrow it down though! There are a few that are REALLY breathtaking that are absolute must-includes. But then there is a whole massive pool of photos that are all fabulous, and I can't decide between them.


    But I am always looking to add to my collection and make improvements as if I ever get a chance to do Photoshop projects again, I love to use the best quality photos for that stuff.


    Just looked and the last desktop I did of Gary was last June.


    Man, I need to get my life back again......

  15. Hi Coopsgirl - thanks very much for responding.


    The photo I'm looking for is from 1932. In addition to being in the Legends book, it is also used as the cover photo on Jeffrey Meyers' Gary Cooper - American Hero book (at least the softcover version I have). He has a cigarette lit and is holding it sort of on his lap with his right hand, and he's propping his chin with his left hand and sort of looking off to the side away from the camera.


    Knowing you guys in there, I'm sure you have a digital version of it.


    On that scifi board I've been on since, like the beginning of the internet (hehehe) the guys have a 'Babe of the Week' thread and the girls have a 'Hunk of the Week' thread. My turn comes up every so often and I do classic film stars, of course. I've exhibited what I consider to be immense self-control and have done both Clark Gable AND Errol Flynn before doing Coop with my turn. But I can no longer stand it and just HAVE to do him this time. :D


    So that's the reason for the photo request.


    Also, I know you do those lovely YouTube videos - can you give me a couple of links to your absolute favorite ones? - I'll probably provide a few links in my presentation. Most of these folks are not really classic film fans, and so I like to provide a couple of links so that they can see these guys 'in action'.


    I'll also post a link in this thread to the thread on my scifi board so that you guys can see what I've done...and see how the vote turns out.


    Thanks gang! One day, I dream of being able to hang out again.....

  16. Hi Jeffrey - yes, I got the parcel. But believe it or not, I've not even opened it up yet. I feel like I owe you some films (please send me a want list of stuff that I might have) and so I don't feel like I have 'earned the right' to open that parcel yet. That might sound odd to you, but things have been so crazy-busy here for the past several months that it's the only way I have of remembering.


    I know that I own you some films though - I just need a quick way of finding some that you want and shooting them off to you!

  17. Hi guys,


    Haven't been around any film boards in recent months - been WAY too busy with work for some time to do much with any of my hobbies. 70 hour weeks just doesn't work well with my film obsession I'm afraid.


    But I am doing a thread for that scifi board I've modded for over 7 years (the last remaining board I've not given up, and even on that one I've had to cut WAY back), and I need a particular photo. And when I need a particular photo in digital format, I think of you guys. :D


    The photo I'm thinking of is photo #8 in the Legends book - the publicity shot where Coop is sitting in an armchair with a cigarette lit in his hand and sort of glancing backward.


    Do any of you guys have a digital version of this photo?


    If so, could you please post it?


    Thanks very much for any assistance! Hope you all are doing well. Wish I could participate on the boards...but these days I'm just glad to have a job, since my company has laid off a bunch of people in recent months.


    Once again, thanks for any help! Good to see this thread going strong!

  18. I love him in Witness for the Prosecution, myself. It takes a heck of a great actor to steal the show out from under Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich.


    I will say that I don't buy in the slightest the assertion that they didn't put him on the cover because they thought him less photogenic. I mean, if that was their sole criteria for putting people on the cover of Now Playing, I cannot even begin to imagine why they put Gene Wilder and Alec Baldwin on the cover back in April, rather than SOTM Hedy Lamarr.

  19. Actually, the SOTM doesn't always make the cover of Now Playing - I have been getting the magazine for some years and it seems like 3 or 4 times a year the SOTM is not the cover photo.


    Just this year alone, we have:


    Hedy Lamarr - SOTM for April - not on the cover of Now Playing

    Rosalind Russell - SOTM for July - not on the cover of Now Playing

    Charles Laughton -SOTM for November - not on the cover of Now Playing

    Joseph Cotten - SOTM for December - not on the cover of Now Playing


    It's not anything personal against Laughton, I don't think. I happens fairly regularly.

  20. This is one of my favorite films of all time - I've seen it dozens of time and never tire of it.


    I will say that Rod Steiger did a great job - I don't think James Mason could have topped Steiger's performance, and I'll tell you why.


    When James Mason plays a bad guy, he quite often comes off as creepy and sleazy and immoral - someone who makes you feel like you want to go take a bath, just to get the creepiness off.


    That was not what was called for in this very 'Russian' story, which required a harsh & crude Russian feel to it. The character of Komarovsky called for gruff and crude and amoral. Not creepy and sleazy and immoral. And Steiger is a MUCH better choice for gruff and crude and amoral. MUCH better.


    Steiger is not generally one of my favorite actors. But in this particular role, he was brilliant. And I'm glad he is in the picture as opposed to James Mason. The fact that he didn't have a British accent is a non-starter, because the story is Russian, not British, so NO ONE had the 'correct' native accent.


    In my opinion, the two best performances given in this film are the ones given by Omar Sharif and the Rod Steiger. And I doubt I'd be saying that about James Mason in the Komarovsky role.

  21. > {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote}

    > Pktrekgirl- I am curious to know what your favorite John Mills films are.....


    > MissG- that makes me like Grace a teeny-weeny bit better. She always strikes me as humorless....but if Sir Alec liked her and thought she was funny, I guess I can try a little harder....


    I think my favorite John Mills film is actually ALSO a Dirk Bogarde film: The Gentle Gunman.


    Morning Departure is pretty good too.


    Of course, I also like the big British productions which utilized many British actors in smaller parts, but I don't really count them as John Mills films - Around the World in 80 Days, Oh! What a Lovely War, Operation Crossbow, etc.


    I'm sitll working my way through these sets though - I bought a Dirk Bogarde set and three John Mills sets and I've been buried!

  22. > {quote:title=MissGoddess wrote:}{quote}

    > If you count Wales as Britian, then add Richard Burton into that list as well.


    > Oh my goodness! OK, I think you and I both know what Burton would say about THAT. :P :p :P


    Oh yeah. :D But Wales IS part of Britain. And the thread title indicates British born stars - not just those born in England. So that would mean England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


    And Burton is certainly more British than are Errol Flynn (born and raised in Australia), Joan & Olivia (born in Asia) or whoever it was who was from South Africa.


    I mean, if the colonies count, then we may as well include Americans.


    Just sayin. :P

  23. First of all, Errol Flynn was not British. He was an Aussie. I also thought that both Olivia deHavilland and Joan Fontaine were born in Asia - Hong Kong Tokyo or someplace like that - a large Asian city. Not sure about them, but I am very sure about Flynn. Not British.


    Now that I have that bit out of my system, here are some favorites of mine:


    1. Ronald Colman

    2. Dirk Bogarde (I've actually been watching alot of his films recently)

    3. Laurence Olivier

    4. John Mills (been watching alot of his films lately too - alot of his films are coming out on commercial release in the UK this year as it is his centenary - I've purchased 3 boxed sets so far this year of John Mills films!).

    5. Trevor Howard

    6. Greer Garson

    7. Margaret Lockwood


    If you count Wales as Britian, then add Richard Burton into that list as well.

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