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  1. The program description for "Bell Book and Candle" on DirecTV states that the film is set in San Francisco. It's actually set in New York City. Maybe they have it confused with the other Jimmy Stewart/Kim Novak film, "Vertigo."
  2. Has anyone ever wondered why Tracy needs Liz to be her maid, uh, matron of honor at the end (other than to get Liz into the wedding scene)? We know why Dex asks Mike to be his best man -- George's best man is probably off getting drunk with George, and anyway Dex wouldn't want George's best man. But nothing hints that Tracy's maid of honor for her wedding to George would've been someone with a special connection to George, such as his sister, or someone who hated Dex. So we can assume that Tracy's original maid of honor was a friend of hers who likely would've been happy to be part of her w
  3. The TPS cast just seemed more at ease with one another, so the dialogue was livelier and their interactions were more natural. The High Society cast seemed more remote; they often seem to be just saying lines instead of conversing with one another.
  4. The last couple I've noticed that the new TCM theme music is being played while Eddie is signing off Noir Alley. This is really a bad fit. Nor Alley is dark and mysterious while the new music is sort of bubbly. I'm sure Eddie himself would tell you that it doesn't belong. Get rid of the new music until after Eddie signs off, please. The old Noir Alley music fit just fine.
  5. I saw High Society first, about 40 years ago, and enjoyed it but after seeing The Philadelphia Story about ten years later there was really no contest. Grace Kelly lacked the energy and sharpness that Katherine Hepburn brought to Tracy Lord. It could be that it was Kelly's last movie before becoming Princess Grace and she was somewhat distracted. But Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm also lacked the crispness in their roles that Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Ruth Hussey had in TPS. Maybe just a matter of style. Or maybe a matter of age. The four from TPS were all in their late
  6. Being a bit cynical, I've always felt that the word "classic" means "any movie we have the distribution rights to." That applies not only to TCM, but also American Movie Classics when they used that name and any other service. Fact is, many of the films shown on TCM since its inception are real stinkers. The only reason they're shown is that TCM has the rights to them and SOMEBODY will like them. They're called "classic" movies because TCM wants to avoid the term "old" movies. So now they're expanding the time period for "classics" largely because the audience for the older movies is dyin
  7. A few Perry Mason episodes were influenced by noir. One that was on a couple nights ago on FETV had Peter Breck as a recovering alcoholic who sees his "dead" wife at a hotel late one night. Turns out she was mixed up in a robbery investigation and winds up dead for real. It was all very dark with lots of nighttime shots, and very convoluted with several people not who they pretended to be. Back about the same time David Jannsen had a series called "Richard Diamond -- Private Detective" which was very much noir as I recall. It's most famous for having a sexy-voiced receptionist named Sa
  8. I doubt that it would be any less classic but certain scenes would be less impactful. Fred's nightmare at Al's house. Homer's angst as he tried to sleep his first night home. The dinginess of the neighborhood where Pat and Hortense live, and the rundown nature of their house. And especially the scene toward the end where Fred is at the airplane graveyard. These and maybe a few others cry out for black-and-white photography to convey the emotion in them. Color from that era tended to soften the mood of a film. Imagine how more stark and threatening the fall of Atlanta scenes in "Gone with
  9. During "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" someone who looks very much like Danny Kaye was sitting behind Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in the scene where their characters are on a train heading for spring training. The character in question is reading a newspaper but didn't act like your typical extra. Instead of just sitting there reading, he would occasionally look at Kelly and Sinatra as if he were listening in on their conversation. He also checked out the girls who walked past and even seemed to be stifling a laugh toward the end of the scene. There's no credit for either Danny Kaye or the cha
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