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Everything posted by pktrekgirl

  1. Well, I'll do a few, anyway....at least the ones I can remember. But this is by no means a complete list. Here are my favorite actors/actresses: Humphrey Bogart: The African Queen Casablanca To Have and Have Not The Maltese Falcon Key Largo Crime School -------------------------------------------------- Spencer Tracy: Desk Set Father of the Bride Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Adam's Rib Pat and Mike However, I have not seen even half of Spencer Tracy's many films. So that list might change later. ------------------------------------------------ Charles Boyer:
  2. Oh, I agree with you about your right to critique TMC, Fred. Last I checked this was a DISCUSSION board. And that means ALL opinions should be allowed expression. Not just the ones that are gushing over everything TCM does. And I do agree with you on one very important matter. Some of these guys are saying "if you don't like it, change the channel". But if every other channel is showing these same modern films over and over, then there is nothing to change TO. The whole point of TCM to begin with was to be an outlet for a niche audience that was *not being served anywhere else*
  3. I don't think alot of the fear expressed in this thread is coming from what is actually happening. I think it's coming from what happened with AMC. It's just human nature, really. If you burn your hand on the stove, you remember it and take precautions to not let it happen to you again. The reactions in this thread are no different from that. I think last month with the anime in prime time and this month with the modern Oscar-winning pictures in prime time has just put alot of people on alert. I don't think anyone believes TMC is becoming AMC. But I think alot of people ar
  4. path40a, I completely agree. A handful modern films a month does *not* make it on the way to being AMC. That's why I said in my post that "I'm not complaining". If TCM was anything approaching AMC, I wouldn't be posting here at all, because I wouldn't be watching this channel.
  5. Women - Hedy Lamarr Rita Hayworth Lauren Bacall Men - Errol Flynn James Dean Montgomery Clift (note that there are several men not listed here who I think are incredibly good-looking and/or incredibly sexy, but if we are talking "beautiful", I can only think of three to whom I would apply *that* term)
  6. For me, it's anything with Vivian Leigh in it. I can't stand watching "A Streetcar Named Desire" because of her...and I'm not all that fond of "Gone with the Wind" either, despite my near-worship of Clark Gable. Alot of people think she is wonderful, but her voice just grates on my nerves.
  7. Easy answer for me: "On the Waterfront". I can't stand "A Streetcar Named Desire". Not a big fan of Vivian Leigh.
  8. Male: 1. Errol Flynn (for me, this is a no-brainer) 2. Montgomery Clift Female: 1. Ingrid Bergman 2. Irene Dunne
  9. pktrekgirl


    I just saw that film for the first time the other night, and really enjoyed it. I had been curious for a long while about the big dancing scene that turned Valentino into an instant smash with the women of the world....and I have to say that it did not disappoint. He was great. Wish he'd lived longer though. Died WAY too young.
  10. Personally, I think it pretty unlikely that someone would have access to TCM (seen thru cable, primarily) and NOT have access to a library, video store, Netflix, or any number of network channels who play some of these modern films. I mean, if you are in such a remote location that Netflix won't deliver to you, I find it hard to believe there would be a cable company anywhere around either. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE some of the modern Oscar-winning films this month. "Bridges of Madision County" is one of my top 3 tear-jerker chic flicks of all time, in fact. But I have it on DVD, B
  11. I don't think it's a waste of time. Especially if it has actors in it I really like. I tend to make a point of seeing all the films, both good and bad, of the actors I really love. I think seeing the bad ones makes me feel like I 'know them better'. Because not only have I seen the ones that everyone has seen (the 'victories')...but I've also seen the 'obscure for a reason' films (the 'defeats').
  12. The first movie I ever saw in the theatre was "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", with Debbie Reynolds. I was very small, but I do remember it.
  13. Well, I'm definitely one who is glad TCM has kept it's focus on classic films. I guess I don't mind a few newer ones in there - especially if, like during February, they are all good quality modern films which at least have a chance of someday being 'true' classics. That said, I can't say that I watched any of the animated stuff last month, nor will I watch any of the modern films this month on TCM. I love several of those modern films that won Oscars, but if they are modern, I love them, and they won Oscars, they have about a 99% probability of being in my DVD collection. And thus, som
  14. I'd definitely bring back Charles Boyer. I think he was just fabulous. And frankly, pretty underrated these days. I'd also bring back Bogie, James Dean, Errol Flynn, Montgomery Clift, Jean Harlow, and all the others who died too young. If all of these folks had lived into old age, I think our film library would be that much better.
  15. The Dead End Kids were also in "Crime School" with Bogart. Actually, it's my favorite of their performances.
  16. I don't really understand the ending to "The Big Sleep" either. I used to feel bad about this - especially since I'm a huge fan of Bogie and Bacall and have seen almost all the films either of them ever made. But I watched it again and again and tried to play really close attention. And I still don't really get it. But just last week, as Robert Osborne was introducing this one, he mentioned that *he* doesn't understand the plot of "The Big Sleep" either. That made me feel a bit better!
  17. Humm....not sure if you mean just romantic *comedies* or all romantic films. But since other people answered with a non-comedy, I will too! And in that case, for me, there is only one answer to this question: Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne in "Love Affair". Wow! But if we are just talking comedies, then I'll have to go with Kate and Spencer in "Desk Set". They were just adorable in that film!
  18. I think my favorites in this category would be: Double Indemnity - I could watch this one again and again. The Maltese Falcon - I'm a huge Bogie fan, and this is one of his best. Mildred Pierce - Perhaps my favorite Joan Crawford film...or at least in the top 5. I also think Sunset Boulevard is a very good example of noir...and I think it's a great film. I just can't watch it that often cus it's just so doggone creepy to me! *lol*
  19. I like James Cagney alot. Among his films there is something for everyone. I think my favorites are "Angels With Dirty Faces", and "Yankee Doodle Dandy". I've not seen all of his films - or probably even half of them! But all the ones I've seen, I really enjoyed. And even in his 'tough guy' roles, there is just an adorable quality to him that I can't really put my finger on.
  20. Well, I love alot of tear-jerker romance movies. And when it comes to lots of tear-jerker deaths all in one place, it doesn't get any better than "The English Patient". Katharine Clifton's death, Laszlo de Almasy's death, and even Geoffrey Clifton's death were all dramatic and sad. Other totally romantic deaths were Robert Kincaid's death (or really, it's aftermath) and Francesca's funeral in "Bridges of Madison County".
  21. The Shawshank Redemption, for sure. And Bringing Up Baby, of course.
  22. Absolutely, "A Night to Remember". I HATE "Titanic". I would rather chew an entire roll of tin foil than watch that film again.
  23. I'd love to see a month dedicated to any of the following: Bette Davis Irene Dunne Clark Gable Lauren Bacall Charles Boyer William Powell
  24. In no particular order: Casablanca To Have and Have Not Dr Zhivago A Nun's Story Love Affair (1939) All This and Heaven Too Dances With Wolves The Big Chill The English Patient Out of Africa Of course, ask me again next week and you might get a few different answers, cus I also love Sabrina, Mildred Pierce, Now Voyager, Gaslight, Desk Set, Amadeus, Platoon, It Happened One Night, North by Northwest, Double Indemnity and a few others!
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