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29 inches here. The good thing about it is we didn't get the bad winds that were expected. (Ocean City, MD did get some wind damage though.) Also, the snow was more of a powder type than the heavy wet kind.

 

Waiting on a plow. It is all of 11 degrees. Had a friend use his snowblower but The Bride keeps his kids so it was a win/win for us both. Still managed to tweak my back.

 

Is it April yet? 

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Sorry to hear about the back Mr, Movieman. You guys out east have really had it rough. Hope you are feeling much better very soon. Take it easy if you can,  and stay safe, everybody. 

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Cough, cough.. sputter.. gasp.. cough. 

 

Excuse me while I blow a little dust off of this thread just to say HAPPY Birthday, Harry Fabian.. I mean Grey Dude!! :P

 

I hope you have had a great day and hey.. maybe you'll even get a chance to go out for a fun night on the town with some friends!! :D

 

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All kidding aside.. hope your b-day was a happy one, sir!! :)

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Hahaha!  Yeah, I'm chasing ghosts and running from them at the same time!  That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  Thank you, Quiet Gal and Barbarella.

 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.

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That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  

 

Ha... well I hope it was a happy one for you sir, no matter WHAT mess  you found yourself getting into. :D 

 

Meanwhile.... 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.

 

IF only!!! I'd say you are LONG overdue!! Here, let me give you a little motivation to POINT you in the right direction!! :P

 

 

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Hi Scott

 

I'm so lame. You're birthday was listed on The Birthday Thread in Film and Filmmakers and I posted a Happy Birthday to you. Why didn't I think to come over here and do that.

 

Happy Birthday, Scott !

 

Barb I miss your thread and have been thinking of something to post there to lure you back. The first thing that came to mind was perhaps one of these cab tours along famous city streets. You love that. I hope your mom is okay.

 

Ro, I miss your cyber dishes that you used to post, yum. You are the best at that here on the Board.

 

Miss all the Ramblers!

 

Cheers

 

Jean Laffite

 

 

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lafitte - hello, matey!  How wonderful to see you!  Thanks for the kind words.  I miss the Ramblers, too.  All of us go through peaks and valleys but isn't it nice to know we still value our friendships here.  Life Happens (gee, how banal of me, lol) but our gang will always survive and thrive.

 

I was thinking myself of giving the Bronxie Mom thread a little "boost" as it were, a revival of sorts.   You know how much I love those city tours, lol, thank you, me hearty!  The London double-decker virtual bus tour is (hopefully) still on my thread.  Feel free to post others!

 

Thanks, Mom is doing as well as can be expected. At 95, she's not as sharp as she once was but occasionally she'll be clear as a bell and razor-sharp.  She was having trouble with the remote control as I was on the phone to her and she said "I don't see Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson!"  GUYS AND DOLLS was playing but she had on some used car commercial.

When Mom finally was able to get TCM back she was thrilled.  "Oh, look!  I didn't know Marlon Brando could sing!"

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Hello Laffite. 

 

I haven't been doing much cyber-cooking of late.. too hot in August to fire up the stove! But I WAS rummaging around through the freezer last night (looking for a frozen rope to help motivate the Grey Dude to come back out of the shadows and start posting again!) And while I was looking in there,  I DID happen to see some left over sherbet way back in the corner.. so cool and refreshing, and just enough for a lovely snack!!  Enjoy!! 

 

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lafitte - hello, matey!  How wonderful to see you!  Thanks for the kind words.  I miss the Ramblers, too.  All of us seem to be going through peaks and valleys but isn't it nice to know we still value our friendships here.  Life Happens (gee, how banal of me, lol) but our gang will always survive and thrive.

 

I was thinking myself of giving the Bronxie Mom thread a little "boost" as it were, a revival of sorts.   You know how much I love those city tours, lol, thank you, me hearty!  The London double-decker virtual bus tour is (hopefully) still on my thread.  Feel free to post others!

 

Thanks, Mom is doing as well as can be expected. At 95, she's not as sharp as she once was but occasionally she'll be clear as a bell and razor-sharp.  She was having trouble with the remote control as I was on the phone to her and she said "I don't see Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson!"  GUYS AND DOLLS was playing but she had on some used car commercial.

When Mom finally was able to get TCM back she was thrilled.  "Oh, look!  I didn't know Marlon Brando could sing!"

Love hearing about your mom, and it's been way too long since we've heard your reports on various less than stellar films. The Bramble Bush is available online, and I can vouch for the fact that when you make your list of Richard Burton's ten best performances, this film will NOT be mentioned. I mean, when you're casting the part of a guy who grew up as a doctor's son on Cape Cod, does Richard Burton come to mind? He's in mellifluous voice/phoned in/where's the paycheck? mode, and this is a few years before Liz. Come on, guy who grew up on Cape Cod and became a famous doctor. You know Hollywood, they probably tried to get Frank Sinatra or Louis Jourdan. Or maybe Tony Franciosa.

 

The movie does get a few points for trying to deal with the subject of euthanasia. Tom Drake is dying of cancer, and he wants his best friend Burton to hasten the process and then wed his soon-to-be-widow (Barbara Rush). Oh, there's Angie Dickinson as a nurse red-hot for Richard. She worries if maybe she's a s_l_u_t, and the fact that she's sleeping with Jack Carson is not a point in her favor.

 

The cinematography of The Bramble Bush is quite interesting. Today filters are all the rage, and each scene is a giant smear of one color. The color palette of The Bramble Bush is extremely muted, with many tones of the same muted color in each shot, like Barbara Rush in an off-white outfit getting into her white convertible. Sets and costumes are color-coordinated to be as muted as Burton's performance.

 

It's great to see the whole gang back.

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Hahaha!  Yeah, I'm chasing ghosts and running from them at the same time!  That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  Thank you, Quiet Gal and Barbarella.

 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.

 

 

Scott, you'll be just fine!  In the meantime, find a pair of ruby red slippers, tap them ever so gently, and intone "There's no place like the TCM Message Board! There's no place like the TCM Message Board!"

 

You'll be home here in no time.

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kingrat, it's great to see your name again!  I always associate you with erudite, incisive, supremely well-informed film commentary.

 

Thanks for the kind words. Mom of course isn't as outspoken as she used to be, given the fact she's slowed down considerably at 95 years old, but I hope to have many more crazy Burns & Allen conversations with her on my thread, lol. 

 

I miss writing about the turkeys.  And THE BRAMBLE BUSH definitely sounds right up my alley, ha!  Never saw it, and thanks to you I must!!  I somehow always confuse the descriptions of Burton's character in that movie with the one he plays in THE SANDPIPER., where he confesses to wife Eva Maria Saint of his affair with Liz:  "We made love in motels, God help me!"   I recommend the wonderfully awful THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR where Richard, replete with turban as a dedicated Indian doctor, is the object of wealthy playgirl Lana Turner's lust.  Everyone in the cast acts as though they are struggling against bouts of dysentery.  Haven't seen it in some time.  I do remember one scene where Lana, caught in "the rains", comes down with pneumonia and starts babbling "I'm richer than everyone!"

 

On an entirely different note, I'm obsessed with Freaky the Scary Snowman videos on YouTube.

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lafitte - hello, matey!  How wonderful to see you!  Thanks for the kind words.  I miss the Ramblers, too.  All of us go through peaks and valleys but isn't it nice to know we still value our friendships here.  Life Happens (gee, how banal of me, lol) but our gang will always survive and thrive.

 

I was thinking myself of giving the Bronxie Mom thread a little "boost" as it were, a revival of sorts.   You know how much I love those city tours, lol, thank you, me hearty!  The London double-decker virtual bus tour is (hopefully) still on my thread.  Feel free to post others!

 

Thanks, Mom is doing as well as can be expected. At 95, she's not as sharp as she once was but occasionally she'll be clear as a bell and razor-sharp.  She was having trouble with the remote control as I was on the phone to her and she said "I don't see Nathan Detroit or Sky Masterson!"  GUYS AND DOLLS was playing but she had on some used car commercial.

When Mom finally was able to get TCM back she was thrilled.  "Oh, look!  I didn't know Marlon Brando could sing!"

 

Barb, I chuckle at your passing me-banal remark. You are of course the most unbanal person I know. I attribute those kind words you wrote about Kingrat to you yourself as well. (Sincerement, ma chere) I yearn for you to come on and talk about flicks ... the tours can wait! hee hee ...

 

...to coin a phrase, oh where is our BabyT? Yes, I know, hoping she's okay. No talk of Ramblers can be complete without our Greer.

 

Happy to hear your mom is doing okay. It's been awhile hearing from you on the Board here and therefore worrisome as you point out with one of your RARE banalities, namely, Life Happens. Keep those mom quips coming. You should (seriously) write at least a chapbook of Momisms and TCM as well as other zingers on life. It could go viral, that is if chapbooks can do that. They're really funny, funny good, and you write about it so well.

 

I think I'm off to tour London, why not? I'm in the mood now.

 

Thanks, Barb

 

:)

 

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Hello Laffite. 

 

I haven't been doing much cyber-cooking of late.. too hot in August to fire up the stove! But I WAS rummaging around through the freezer last night (looking for a frozen rope to help motivate the Grey Dude to come back out of the shadows and start posting again!) And while I was looking in there,  I DID happen to see some left over sherbet way back in the corner.. so cool and refreshing, and just enough for a lovely snack!!  Enjoy!! 

 

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Hello Ro !

 

Gosh, I'm lucky, you put these out a week ago and they haven't even melted yet. So I don't need to tell you that I scarfed them post haste and they were sincerely delicieux. Okay, they might have been a little soft but I like it that way, more flavor. Last week my fearsome vessel was on the high sea and we just happened to loot a Ben&Jerry cargo ship and we looted it clean and feasted most heartily. But none of it compares with your stuff, though it only be of cyber quality, still the best.

 

I notice you make a periodical visit to CAPTIONS in Games&Trivia. Nice to see you there. They've posted a new one, you might have a look. I just posted there and it is one of the worst captions ever. I keep breaking my own record for unfunniness.

 

We should all watch an agreed upon movie and have a discussion/firefight over it. Sort of like a Reunion des Rambleurs. How about In a Lonely Place? No? Agreed. I tried to watch it recently and went into full-fledged PTSD. I'm still shaking.

 

Hope all is well ...

 

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Hello Laffite, 


 


Glad you found the sherbet to your liking. It does hit the spot on these warm late summer (not quite fall) sort of days. :) 


 


I notice you make a periodical visit to CAPTIONS in Games&Trivia. Nice to see you there. 


 


Occasionally I will pop in there to see what the latest picture is though I don't always have a "quick comeback" to add, it is fun to see what folks come up with. Every now and then I will add my own "smart mouth comment" ha,  but I must be getting old. My smart mouth doesn't crack wise as often as it used to these days. :) 


 


We should all watch an agreed upon movie and have a discussion/firefight over it. Sort of like a Reunion des Rambleurs. How about In a Lonely Place? No? Agreed. I tried to watch it recently and went into full-fledged PTSD. I'm still shaking.


 


Ha.. yes. that was one Rumble.. I mean Ramble for the record books, wasn't it?? Oh boy.. wouldn't that be fun. :) 


 


Hope all is well ..


 


Thanks, Pirate Dude.. you too. :) 


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Hahaha!  Yeah, I'm chasing ghosts and running from them at the same time!  That's a perfect picture of me and my birthday!  Thank you, Quiet Gal and Barbarella.

 

I need to find my way back here.  Someway, somehow.

Hi!!

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lafitte, mon ami, all I can say right now for your generous complimentary spirit towards me is that it's September 19th, Talk Like A Pirate Day (really!)

 

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Gosh, I sail way too infrequently to these parts, here is news of my very own city. Okay, well, they named after me anyway. Yep, those area bayous are all right ... sort a. I still like my gold-plated epees forged in breathtakingly exotic venues (but I don't think I'll tell the Mayor, heh heh.)

 

Ya know, I picked up on that Talk Like a Pirate Day and went to those sites that translate all the boring normal ways of talking to the scintillating ways of the Swashies but they were so dull. Only a real pirate knows, like me for instance, the real vocabulary on the main (some say it's rather untoward) but I will defer for the moment since even though I'm meanest pirate ever known and can speak daggers (gold plated) faster than I can throw them I'm also a closet gentleman and I don't want the men to discover that I'm nice.

 

Merci bien pour les images interessantes.

 

Cheers to you and your mom.

 

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How nice to see this thread again! I thought we had all retired! :)

 

I miss all of you guys.

 

Oh and Grimes, happy way belated birthday wishes to you my friend.

 

Maybe it's time to dig up your lists again. I owe you some comments!

 

Hope everyone is dong well.

 

 

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How nice to see this thread again! I thought we had all retired! :)

 

I miss all of you guys.

 

Oh and Grimes, happy way belated birthday wishes to you my friend.

 

Maybe it's time to dig up your lists again. I owe you some comments!

 

Hope everyone is dong well.

 

Same to you, Molo.

 

Curious, what did you think of "Cromwell" the later version, I can't remember the actor but he thrilled me not. I couldn't get through it but I have vowed (which doesn't mean anything) to give it another shot. The teleplay is of a nature quite different than the Six Wives series and I couldn't warm up to it.

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Instead of hogging the "Rambles" thread, I thought I'd just post what I've watched lately, here.

 

Ski Party (1965) -- I quite enjoyed this surreal mix of Some Like It Hot with Dobie Gillis plus James Brown and the Famous Flames. Loved Annette Funicello's "cameo".  Plus there's Batgirl!

 

Angels in the Outfield (1951) -- I felt like watching some baseball flicks with spring training going on.  Also, I always liked that DianaBat used to watch baseball films when baseball was starting.  So some board nostalgia for me.  This is a sweet picture.  Paul Douglas excels in these kind of roles; the lovable lug.  I'm also a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, so I loved seeing Forbes Field and some of the former players in quick shots, such as Ralph Kiner.

 

Airport (1970) -- I've been wanting to watch this "franchise" of films for a little while.  It's certainly difficult not to think of Airplane! while watching this, but I was able to enjoy it despite that.  Van Heflin?!  Who knew?!  Jean Seberg is lovely, I must say.  Dean Martin turns in the best performance, to me.  He's really becoming a favorite of mine.  And Helen Hayes pretty much steals the picture.

 

It Happens Every Spring (1949) -- Another baseball film.  This time it's baseball's "Flubber".  Ray Milland, a scientific professor, accidentally develops a substance that repels wood.  So just rub a little on a baseball and you've got an unhittable pitcher.  And so he does and so he does.  Milland ends up pitching for his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals.  Paul Douglas plays Ray's battery mate.  It's another cute flick.

 

The Barbarian (1933) -- Talk about a mix of emotions.  Myrna Loy plays a fiancee who visits her husband-to-be in exotic Cairo.  There she encounters a persistent Ramon Novarro, who is a prince in disguise.  Ramon quickly falls for the snobby Myrna.  Who wouldn't?!  From there it becomes a strange mix of womanly desires and manly desires.  There are actions that are dicey.  And moments of great eroticism.  Myrna seems to be in a transitional stage of vamp to perfect wife.

 

Rome Adventure (1962) -- An underwhelming film that serves more as a travel brochure for Rome.  At least it's a beautiful place to see.  I did like seeing Suzanne Pleshette in the role of the "wooed woman".  But she does stay grounded.  Angie Dickinson plays the unlikable wife of Troy Donahue.  And Troy is Troy.  I liked seeing and hearing Al Hirt.

 

Stolen Holiday (1937) - A very strange film with the strange pairing of Claude Rains and Kay Francis.  Claude, a shady businessman, convinces Kay to trust him and his ways.  This leads to a fashion business for Kay.  Eventually, the light shines on the shady and this leads to a stunning finish to this film.  The film is such an oddball concoction of crime syndicate and fashion show.  It didn't work for me.

 

Yentl (1983) -- Much better than I anticipated.  While I'm a fan of Barbra, I wasn't sure I'd go for this kind of story.  But it's good.  Barbra must disguise herself as a boy to pursue her passion of higher learning and intelligent discourse, for a woman is to only raise a family and tend the home.  "Her" journey leads to the love of a man (Mandy Patinkin), who views Yentl as a fellow male student.  This creates some interesting scenarios.  Even more scenarios arise when Amy Irving enters the picture.

 

The White Tower (1950) -- A film about mountain climbing in the Swiss Alps sounded compelling to me.  Plus there's Glenn Ford in the lead.  Well, it falls short of expectations, despite some good photography.  The film is basically a story about lingering WWII feelings, which comes to the fore as the climb progresses.  The cast is impressive.  Ford, Claude Rains, Alida Valli, Lloyd Bridges, Oskar Homolka, and Cedric Hardwicke all go on the climb.  The problem is the story is left at the lodge.

 

The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961) -- The sequel to The Nun's Story?  It felt like it.  Peter Finch stars in both and plays similar characters.  Instead of Audrey Hepburn, we get Angie Dickinson.  Angie plays a missionary nurse.  Immediately, Peter and Angie have discussions that are reminiscent of mine with Miss G. :D  There's a major twist in the film that really won me over.  And 007 (Roger Moore) is behind it.  The "locals" are full of favorites of mine, but also a sign of the times.  Woody Strode, Juano Hernandez, Scatman Crothers, and track star, Rafer Johnson, all play a role.  Mostly good roles, too.

 

I only have 45 more films to list.  Sigh.  But I'll start with these.

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Angels in the Outfield (1951) 

 

 

My first thought when I began to read this was that I should recommend: It Happens Every Spring (1949). I am happy to see that you watched it also. I will suggest that you watch: Rhubarb (1951) because it also has Ray Milland and concerns baseball. 

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I will suggest that you watch: Rhubarb (1951) because it also has Ray Milland and concerns baseball.

 

Darnit!  I don't have that one recorded and I don't see it on YouTube.  The DVD is way too pricey to buy, too.  I shall keep an eye out for it.  Thank you for the suggestion, SansFin.

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