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Everything posted by pktrekgirl

  1. Good to hear this news. I purchased the Hemingway set and it arrived last week. I've not had a chance to watch any of the films yet, but this restored film was one of the main reasons I bought the set. So it's good to hear rave reviews!
  2. This is a lovely film, IMO. One of my favorite Charles Boyer films. Very well done.
  3. To me this sounds more like something an audiophile would care about....or someone who just can't get enough surround sound. Which is pretty much irrelevant when you watch classic film. I care about surround sound alot more when I'm watching scifi, for example, than I care about it when I'm watching a Humphrey Bogart film. What you have there is a ton of speakers, a tuner (glorified radio) and a CD/DVD player (I'm assuming that's what this means) with a 5 disk carousel. I'm assuming this is what we are talking about, brand new: http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-SC-HT405D-Theater-S
  4. I have only seen a few of her films, but I am also pleased that TCM is honoring her. The passing away of all of these stars is difficult for us classic film fans...and I'm glad TCM is doing their part to help us remember them.
  5. Well, it's the least I can do...you gave Coop a try - I could at least return the favor and give Bob a try. I've always respected him anyway, so why not? I am particularly interested in Monsieur Beauclaire, and you might imagine... I'm curious as to how it compares with the Valentino version. Is it a spoof? Or is it seriously a remake of the Valentino silent?
  6. Just out of curiosity, what were Bing's kids agonizing about? I really know next to nothing about him. The only thing I recall is a slight blip on my radar about his kids REALLY disliking him... As in, up there with a Joan Crawford/Mommy Dearest sort of dislike of him.
  7. Yes. True enough. The ending to that is pretty gritty as well. As is the ending to 13 Rue Madeleine. And what about that one where he dies on the steps in the snow? Isn't that The Roaring 20's? Cagney has alot of good endings! In fact, he may have more of those harrowingly gritty endings than any other actor that I can think of...
  8. There are ALOT of good films coming on this month (and next month too) that I don't recall ever seeing on TCM. I'm totally diggin' on the detective films. I just spent the past two evenings with Basil Rathbone (who I've always though is fabulous - and have thought that LONG before I watched my first Sherlock Holmes film, courtesy of Errol Flynn flicks)...and tonight I will probably put a dent in those Lone Wolf films I have stacked up on TiVo. Great month indeed!
  9. I agree, Pktrekgirl. I never did like Bing, and could NOT see his appeal to the ladies when Bob was around, but I did appreciate that Bob held his own in the Road pictures and that was none of the awful putdowns that were so rampant in the Stooges, L&H or A&C pictures. I thought Bob was infinitely sexier, smoother and far more clever than Bing, who always gave me the heebie jeebies. THEN I read what his sons had to say about him and was gratified that my instincts were correct. Now see...I thought it was just me. But you feel the same way about getting the heebie jeebies fr
  10. MissG - thanks very much for the suggestions. I will keep an eye out for those films. I might even have one or two in my boxes of burned DVDs that I've never watched. I really admire Bob Hope on a personal level, because of all he did for servicemen overseas. And so I really would like to see some of his films.
  11. Oh...I'm not sad about not liking Bing Crosby. I mean, there are always gonna be actors/actresses who are not your favorites...and in my case, it's just a matter of Bing topping my list. It's not big deal, because there are tons of films out there that are Bingless. I just don't care for him so I work around him for the most part...just as someone else might work around one of my favorites they didn't care for. I don't begrudge anyone else liking him or anything. But me? He just doesn't float my canoe. *lol*
  12. I love Summer Under the Stars. It's alot of fun - especially on the days of stars that you love. That said, I don't think I'd like it as a year-round format. I think it would segment the audience too much. Although I will say this - I'd rather have another month of the SUTS format than the 31 Days of Oscar.
  13. What I nice thread! I have not seen that many Bob Hope films, I must confess...chiefly because I cannot STAND Bing Crosby. There is something about Bing Crosby that is creepy to me. But anyway, I really came in here for advice. What are the best NON-Bing Crosby Bob Hope films? I'd really like to give them a try. Thanks for any advice.
  14. I'm so excited that you got it! Now the three of us can obsess and gawk over the gorgeous photos. Kicked me out of the thread, have you? Geez...I wouldn't want to intrude....
  15. Yes. I quite agree. But really, I think this was one of Webb's best roles. I've seen him in a couple of other things, and he is always good. But he really stole the show in this film. Which was hard to do given the strength of this cast and the jobs they all put in.
  16. I think John Wayne is an acquired taste. I myself was a bit put off by him myself in the beginning - the only reason I gave him a chance was because he was my late father's favorite actor. Also, the genres you see him most in - westerns and war films, are not my favorite genres, generally speaking. That said, my opinion changed when I watched two films in fairly close succession - THE SANDS OF IWO JIMA and STAGECOACH. IMO, John Wayne's entrance is STAGECOACH is one of the best entrances in classic film..and certainly THE best in the western genre. But the entrance wasn't the
  17. Great film! I love Cagney anyway, but this was a great performance. And I agree about the ending. One of the most disturbing endings in classic film, IMO. Well...that and another Cagney film - WHITE HEAT. Not endings you easily forget.
  18. I saw this film for the first time fairly recently (in the past month or so). And long story short, I LOVED it. Clifton Webb as especially good...but really, so where Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews as well.
  19. This is one of my favorite noir pictures. All three of the main cast put in sterling performances...and the story perfectly illustrates what can happen when one tries to keep such a dreadful secret for so long.
  20. SPOILER ALERT FOR MOROCCO!!!! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!! . . . . . . . . . Yeah...like a character that they have spent the entire film building up as a glamorous nightclub vixen is gonna kick off her shoes and run off to pledge the sorority of the veiled Moroccan goat-herder ladies, who wander like pathetic and WAY too obsessed fan girls after the Legion. *rolleyes* *lol* Stupidest ending EVER. *lol* Seriously - I'm stopping the film when they march off next time. Much better ending.
  21. Thanks BobHopeFan. I wish you'd come in here more often. I miss you!
  22. MissG - I have a region free DVD player as well (probably the same one you are getting), and several R2 DVD sets, in both classic film and scifi. And I never notice the difference. Now, I don't sit down LOOKING for it, mind you. But it is not any sort of distraction where I'd notice without looking for it. Hopefully your experience will be similar.
  23. No...it wasn't just me. As I stated in my original post on the topic, the freezing problem was pretty much epidemic with the Dietrich sets. If yours doesn't freeze, you are one of the lucky ones. Because there have been threads all over various film boards about the issue - THAT is how many people were effected. And it appears to be only the Dietrich set that was effected. The Lombard and West sets were rarely mentioned in the complaint threads, and I know alot of people who purchased the Lombard set in particular - including myself - without a problem. There was a thread here,
  24. Well, I hate to say it, but I think the ending to Morocco is one of the dumbest endings in film history. The film is great up until the last 60 seconds. And then the ending is just so absurdly dumb that it nearly ruins the whole thing. Both Marlene and Coop do an excellent job in the film, and the ending is not their fault...but when I saw the end, I just burst out laughing...which was NOT the reaction that the screenwriter probably intended. I wrote a review of the film which I will post here after you have seen it. I don't want to post any spoilers....but wow... In the future,
  25. Ack! If I had known you were gonna buy this, I'd have worked something out with you for Morocco....assuming you purchased the Dietrich Glamour collection, that is.... I love Marlene Dietrich and so I bought that set, and it is very poorly made. I know alot of people who experience alot of freezing with the disks - including myself. There is about 12 minutes of Morocco I was not even able to see on this set because the disk kept on freezing and I was unable to get past the freezing point without skipping to the next chapter. I just purchased the mega-set of Marlene Dietrich fil
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