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Eucalpytus P. Millstone

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  1. To me, Ed Asner had a Spencer Tracy quality. To wit, IMO, he was his generation's "Spencer Tracy." I wasn't a regular viewer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The one episode -- or more accurately, one moment in an episode -- that remains clogged in my memory banks was ursine Lou Grant (Asner) barking at Mary Richards (Moore), "You know what? You've got spunk! . . . I HATE spunk!"
  2. I love how even Martha Raye posed for glamour and p1nup* pix. No beauty, IMO, but she had lovely legs. * And w-h-y, pray tell is p1nup a "dirty word" on the TCM Message Boards?
  3. I never saw the original, and I'll probably skip the remake. I know that Jordan Peele is, I guess, supposed to be the modern "Master of Horror." But, I wasn't all that thrilled by Get Out and Us. Although the horror film is my favorite genre, I must admit, in all honesty, lately it isn't. The last horror movie that I ventured outside my residence to actually see in a movie theatre was The Unholy, which I liked but didn't love. I prefer "period horror" (particularly Gothic and Victorian horror) to horror movies set in modern/contemporary times. More, I prefer horror movies that are ma
  4. Director José Ramón Larraz [Gil] is, perhaps, better remembered for the celebrated Vampyres (another chiller by Larraz, Symptoms, is also highly regarded). Those are the only two of Larraz' movies that I've seen (and own). Based on the little about him that I've read and a cursory glance at his filmography, I'm not certain that I want to see more of his efforts.
  5. That's an old Ed Sullivan clip that shows a not really too animated Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, and Keith Richards at work. Ladies and Gentleman, it's Mick Jagger (AKA "Mr. Showmanship") and the Zombies. For a band called The Rolling Stones, only one of them is doing any rolling . . . and rocking. On an altogether different note, I always thought that there was a resemblance between Mick Jagger and actress Andrée Melly.
  6. I've never seen No Down Payment but your description of Tony Randall in it sounds similar to his character in the episode "Hangover" on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Randall portrayed an alcoholic Madison Avenue ad man whose boozing naturally (in a TAHH episode) leads to a nasty end. Randall delivered a superb dramatic performance, ably and admirably abetted by his co-star in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? -- Jayne Mansfield. *********** I attended a taping of The Odd Couple during which Randall (as "Felix Unger") pedagogically illustrated to me (and the studio audience, and, I think,
  7. One of my favorite George Pal movies and one of the few fantasy flicks that my parents took me to see during its initial theatrical release. In today's "woke" times and culture, we'll see how long 7 Faces of Dr. Lao survives before it gets punitively "cancelled" because of racism, "yellowface," and cultural appropriation indictments.
  8. Yes, Jonathan Frid died just before the release of the Tim Burton flick. Before Frid died, he autographed postcards for the MPI Home Video limited collector's edition of the DVD boxed set Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series -- the first pressing of which sold out almost immediately after it was released.
  9. Makes me wonder how many movies, TV shows, plays there are where acid (or some caustic substance) is thrown into someone's face. Offhand, one of the nastier examples is Vince Stone (Lee Marvin) scalding Debby Marsh (Gloria Grahame) with hot coffee in The Big Heat. Ditto Debby's revenge against Vince (funny, because Vince never has a second cup of coffee). During October, TCM will be showing The Hypnotic Eye, which contains some seriously twisted disfigurement scenes.
  10. Thank you for the explanation. Rather pointless, IMO, for Universal to bother with a remake if it wasn't going to do it right. The phrase "Go heavy or go home!" springs to my mind. Andrew Lloyd Webber emphasized the "Angel of Music" angle (and also the romantic theme), which I was, again, surprised is a phrase that appears in Gaston Leroux's novel. Again, too much opera and not enough Phantom for my taste. To which TV version are you referring? Is it the one with Burt Lancaster and Charles Dance (as The Phantom)?
  11. I'm not only familiar with the 1962 Hammer Film version, I've got it in my movie library -- along with the 1925 classic and the '43 remake. I also own Phantom of the Paradise, Brian DePalma's estimable take on Gaston Leroux's story. Needless to say, I enjoy all those adaptations. jaragon mentioned that Cary Grant had expressed interest in appearing in a Hammer Film. The script for The Phantom of the Opera was written with Grant in mind (his role was to have been hero Harry Hunter, ultimately portrayed by Edward de Souza). According to everything that I've read, nobody at Hammer seriously
  12. Chacun à son goût, Mon. TopBilled. For me, the acid in the face plot mechanism is not as, again, macabre nor as tragic as a fiend and outcast cruelly born a monster*. I don't think that Erique Claudin is stripped of his humanity -- else how could he feel so tenderly and mentorly towards Christine DuBois? All the acid does is simplistically explain and create "The Phantom of the Opera." Claudin was already mad when he attacks the thief Pleyel -- and the reason for his attack is entirely understandable and sympathizing . . . to me anyway. The acid-throwing is, IMO, a cheap "thrill" --
  13. I enthusiastically second your opinion. My "problem" with the horror films that TCM traditionally shows during October and on Halloween is -- because I'm a horror film aficionado, I naturally own most of the chillers on DVD and Blu-ray disc. I can watch them anytime. Of the forthcoming horror films on TCM's schedule, I look forward to revisiting Crescendo (a minor Hammer "mini-Hitchcock" thriller) and the sadistic The Hypnotic Eye, which was routinely shown on TV when I was a kid. I wouldn't complain if TCM replaced The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy with a bueno pelicula de terror mex
  14. I dig Claude Rains, and he performed well as Erique Claudin (his Phantom certainly has the most stylish mask of all the Opera Ghosts). But, a common knock on the 1943 version of The Phantom of the Opera is that it has too much opera and not enough Phantom -- an opinion that I share. Also, it created the annoying template for the Phantom's disfigurement. In Gaston Leroux's tale, "Erik" was born a hideous freak: "According to the Persian's account, Erik was born in a small town not far from Rouen. He was the son of a master-mason. He ran away at an early age from his father's house,
  15. Here's a Stones tune that some DJs just couldn't resist spinning on radio airwaves to "flip the bird" at the FCC.
  16. Yeah, I participated in LHF's Dark Shadows discussion (and thanks for confirming my suspicion that "she" is a he). I saw your review thereon. Again, thanks for the promotion of Master of Dark Shadows.
  17. No, you didn't miss it because it wasn't covered in the documentary. . . . and thank you for your promo. I watched Master of Dark Shadows and enjoyed it. I, for one, was delighted with Dan Curtis' decision to 86 the "romantic" image of a tortured, Byronic Barnabas Collins for the feature-film House of Dark Shadows. In the documentary, it was reported that Curtis and writers decided to go for broke and pull out all stops after ABC decided to cancel the soap opera (what have we got to lose?). In House, Curtis turned the blood-letting and violence and -- most importantly -- Barnabas' vi
  18. Reportedly, Peter Cushing considered this his worst movie*. I, OTOH, think Cushing made worse movies -- a whole lot worse -- than The Blood Beast Terror (AKA The Vampire Beast Craves Blood -- a movie marquee-hog if I ever saw one) -- YMMV: Incense for the Damned (AKA Bloodsuckers), Mystery on Monster Island, and Night of the Big Heat (AKA Island of the Burning Damned). Sorry, PC (wherever you are), I happen to like The Blood Beast Terror, a production from Tigon, a small British outfit that doesn't get much respect but which I also happen to fancy (Tigon's The Beast in the Cellar bei
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