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Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)


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On 9/12/2019 at 6:10 AM, spence said:

Apparently the fans really liked Mr. 0sborne  Anyone purchase what I call My Oscar Bible  85yrs of Oscar by him?

 

On 9/12/2019 at 6:13 AM, spence said:

& of course wonder if same huge coffee table book will be kept up, say by Ben Mankiewicz???

One of the great gifts we received for being a guest programmer was a personalized autographed copy of Robert Osborne's book. It will always be one of my prized possessions.

I would hope, perhaps Dave Karger will continue in RO's footsteps. "In 2012 and 2013, Dave was the Academy's official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night, only the third person ever to hold that post." A post RO himself once held!

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I just heard Dave Karger introduce "Kelly's Heroes" mentioning the character of "Private Kelly". There is no Private Kelly in this movie.

Kelly was a Platoon Leader with rank of Lieutenant, who got a raw deal from Command, took blame that wasn't his, and and perhaps got busted down in rank. It's never clear in the movie what Kelly's current military rank is, just that he is assigned to the company or platoon that Big Joe (Telly Savalas) is the sergeant for. What is very clear is that Big Joe is the main and senior enlisted leadership figure in the company, yet Kelly still carries himself as a company officer, and remains an influencer and leader despite his compromised status.

Dave Karger has failed his first test. Robert Osborne would not have made such a mistake.

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On 11/11/2019 at 10:51 PM, NavyFlyer1325 said:

I just heard Dave Karger introduce "Kelly's Heroes" mentioning the character of "Private Kelly". There is no Private Kelly in this movie.

Kelly was a Platoon Leader with rank of Lieutenant, who got a raw deal from Command, took blame that wasn't his, and and perhaps got busted down in rank. It's never clear in the movie what Kelly's current military rank is, just that he is assigned to the company or platoon that Big Joe (Telly Savalas) is the sergeant for. What is very clear is that Big Joe is the main and senior enlisted leadership figure in the company, yet Kelly still carries himself as a company officer, and remains an influencer and leader despite his compromised status.

Dave Karger has failed his first test. Robert Osborne would not have made such a mistake.

You’re new around here. There used to be an ongoing thread here about Osborne’s mistakes. Probably the only reason it’s not prominent is due to his death. 

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On 12/8/2019 at 10:48 PM, HelenBaby2 said:

You’re new around here. There used to be an ongoing thread here about Osborne’s mistakes. Probably the only reason it’s not prominent is due to his death. 

I personally have long disliked Karger, back when he was a lame pc critic for EW Entertainment weekly that's why I want L. Maltin or Bogdanovich in his place

Both are walking talking encyclopedia's on film history, like Scorsese

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On 11/7/2019 at 3:41 PM, yanceycravat said:

 

One of the great gifts we received for being a guest programmer was a personalized autographed copy of Robert Osborne's book. It will always be one of my prized possessions.

I would hope, perhaps Dave Karger will continue in RO's footsteps. "In 2012 and 2013, Dave was the Academy's official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night, only the third person ever to hold that post." A post RO himself once held!

you were a gp guest programmer, there is an entire page that shows all of them on here somewhere & I logged them all in my files-(which still come first over the net ever since I fell in love with the movies in 1979 at barely age 15)

 

Donald Trump was even one I believe around 07 & chose GWTW, African Queen & Kane

 

If Mr. 0sborne had just 4 to select that probably be> A Place in the Sun, Singin In the Rain, Sunset Blvd & ??? I used to think I knew the 4th, but forget it right now I do recall when he had Stanley Donen on he told him right off the 7 of his pictures were in his top ten of all-time

& his favorite actor ever was>William Holden & Actress>Gene Tierney  You'd think it woulda been either Bette Davis or the true lady at almost l03 & he spoke to her he spoke to every Sunday from Paris where she still resides>Olivia De Havilland though?

Also among his favs is strange for him but a marvelous comedy Spinal Tap *& he loved Libeled Lady

 

My own dream Guest Programmer top 4 are>Kane-(only because for some reason the network still doesn't have the rights to The Godfather, I & II?), Captains Courageous-(barely over Bad Day at Black Rock), Some Came Running & Inside Daisy Clover-(though Natalie's own fav & best was Splendor in the grass)

 

we pt ways in regard to Karger though, I've long read him in EW magazine & he was among main reasons it went down hill.  I've almost begged for yrs to hire either Leonard Maltin or P. Bogdanovich, both walking and talking cinematic libraries

 

THANK YOU

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On 5/13/2018 at 4:27 PM, chameleon said:

Also, Ben Mankiewicz's father was campaign press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy during his run at the Presidency. There were many luminaries who visited the Mankiewicz home. Ben most definitely has the pedigree + the intelligence to qualify him to host TCM (as opposed to someone like DB).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mankiewicz_family

Ben Mankiewicz' father:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Mankiewicz

you can see the resemblence

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On 11/11/2019 at 10:51 PM, NavyFlyer1325 said:

I just heard Dave Karger introduce "Kelly's Heroes" mentioning the character of "Private Kelly". There is no Private Kelly in this movie.

Kelly was a Platoon Leader with rank of Lieutenant, who got a raw deal from Command, took blame that wasn't his, and and perhaps got busted down in rank. It's never clear in the movie what Kelly's current military rank is, just that he is assigned to the company or platoon that Big Joe (Telly Savalas) is the sergeant for. What is very clear is that Big Joe is the main and senior enlisted leadership figure in the company, yet Kelly still carries himself as a company officer, and remains an influencer and leader despite his compromised status.

Dave Karger has failed his first test. Robert Osborne would not have made such a mistake.

You do know that the hosts are reading intros written by TCM writers, right?  At any rate, that's the explanation I received several years ago when I corrected a mistake Robert Osborne had made.

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On 2/18/2020 at 3:58 PM, filmnoirguy said:

You do know that the hosts are reading intros written by TCM writers, right?  At any rate, that's the explanation I received several years ago when I corrected a mistake Robert Osborne had made.

Hosts have also made mistakes regarding TCM "premieres" of films that had been shown before on TCM.  Others writing the copy might explain why Mankiewicz made his "joke" that prompted me to join this forum.  I guess with spell check the days of proof readers and copy editors are over; yet, correct "spelling" can hardly take the place of a good copy editor. 

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On 3/6/2020 at 8:09 PM, mr6666 said:
 
Remembering Robert Osborne today with this 2012 article about his "Secret Favorite Movies."

I've watched about half of the films so far since saving the list a few years ago, and they're unsurprisingly wonderful.

https://thedailybeast.com/robert-osbornes-secret-favorite-movies

:)

Thanks so much for this list. I'll especially look out for My Name Is Julia Ross (1945), which he described as a B movie as good as any A picture you'll ever see.  Talk about a motivation to see a movie!  It wasn't just that he had knowledge...lots of people have that... but that he had that love and passion for movies deep within him, and for such a long time. I remember being amazed during the Private Screenings honoring him when Alec Baldwin had him bring out one of the actual journals he kept as a young man, listing all the movies, where he's seen them, the dates they ran, etc. etc. That's why I turned a deaf ear to the "gaffe reports" which showed up on the Forums. So what if a copy writer, or even Robert himself, got a detail wrong after all these years. He had put in the time, the energy and the love for so many years that the gotcha game only seemed mean-spirited and beside the point. For TCM, he was the perfect person in the perfect place at the perfect time. And always that smile! Love you, Robert.

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On 11/7/2019 at 3:41 PM, yanceycravat said:

 

One of the great gifts we received for being a guest programmer was a personalized autographed copy of Robert Osborne's book. It will always be one of my prized possessions.

I would hope, perhaps Dave Karger will continue in RO's footsteps. "In 2012 and 2013, Dave was the Academy's official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night, only the third person ever to hold that post." A post RO himself once held!

You were a GP, can you fill us in on a bit more, -please

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I met Mr. Osborne while I was working in the video department of the Virgin Megastore in 2008 and asked him if he would have any input toward getting Waterloo Bridge from 1940 a dvd release. He thought it was already out, but I assured him that it was the Mae Clarke version that was available. We both fawned over Vivien Leigh for a while and he told me he would handle it. It was announced and released not too long afterwards.

What a terrific man.

My meeting with Ben Mankiewicz later left the opposite impression...

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