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MY INNER CHILD......


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Thank you!

I see that entire episodes of *The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh* have been posted there along with lots of baby boomer delights from the Disney vault. In an odd way that delicious *Patrick McGoohan* sometimes reminds me of a Celtic Conrad Veidt. Both naughty, haughty and oh, so nice to see in any film.

 

Now, I'm feeling as though I ought to see All Night Long (1962) once again!

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nightwalker and moira, so wonderful to hear from you on this thread! Doesn't that opening make you feel like you want to settle down with a cup of hot chocolate or tea and watch it all the way through right now?? (although I just love this intro on its own with that Halloween-ish theme song)

 

Something about the rich Disney colors that make me very satisfied.

 

moira, have you seen Conrad in THE THIEF OF BAGDAD? He has an almost Lugosi-ish charisma, and is actually quite sexy. What I love about Patrick is that he always seems to take a tongue-in-cheek attitude toward every role.

 

I also adore Robert Newton as Long John Silver, but I bet you two knew that already.

 

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Thanks for introducing me to this character. It would have never crossed my mind to think of a scarecrow hero in the likes of Zorro. Here's an anecdote that you and Moira might enjoy from "The Thief Of Bagdad":

 

From the book Conrad Veidt, From Caligari to Casablanca, by Jerry Allen:

Mary Morris (Halima, the Silver Maid) tells this story:

 

"Just as I was about to perform, Connie noticed I was quite nervous and tense. He came very close, and, with a naughty twinkle in his eye, whispered in a risque tone, "Mary, just think what a wonderful night you could have with six arms!"

 

Morris laughed and continued the scene perfectly.

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OMG, that Conrad Veidt anecdote is A HOOT. Thanks for sharing it with us!

 

The McGoohan scarecrow character is based on the old British "Dr. Syn" which I think was even a movie back in the 1930's with none other than George Arliss. I could be completely wrong about this, however.

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> {quote:title=Bronxgirl48 wrote:}{quote}

> OMG, that Conrad Veidt anecdote is A HOOT. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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> The McGoohan scarecrow character is based on the old British "Dr. Syn" which I think was even a movie back in the 1930's with none other than George Arliss. I could be completely wrong about this, however.

 

 

No, you are quite correct, Bronxie. The movie, titled DR. SYN, was released in 1937.

 

Are you aware that the character was also portrayed by none other than Peter Cushing in the 1962 Hammer release NIGHT CREATURES?

He was called Dr. Blyss in that film. It's pretty good.

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I'm on the right thread- I love Conrad Veidt, Patrick McGoohan, AND Robert Newton.

 

I've never seen "The Scarecrow" before that I can remember, but McGoohan is one of those actors (like Roddy McDowell) who has always been there. He was in everything when I was a kid. I remember seeing him in "Thomasina" -the movie about a cat with nine lives which made me cry for an hour at the age of 6 or 7 - leave it to Disney to wring the emotion out of little kids....

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-bgNJ6te5c

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Always wonderful to hear from you Jack, me hearty! Arrrrrr.

 

Loved that you posted that great THOMASINA trailer! I only saw the film once when I was very, very little and sorry to say I don't remember it all that well, but if it's Scottish-based, has magic and witchcraft and Patrick and Susan Hampshire and a cute animal, I'm ready to see it again right now.

 

I remember watching The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh on the Disney show, in installments.

 

You would love it.

 

Wait a minute -- I'm confusing THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA with another Disney movie that I saw when extremely young. I was older than that when THOMASINA came out, but why I can't remember it fully, I don't know.

 

The old Baby Boomer memory is REALLY going to pot.

 

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Bronxgirl- sorry I didn't reply sooner, my computer had a curse on it and I couldn't get online.

 

Yeah, I cringe a lot lately, watching TV. I miss the good old days, when people at least tried to be uplifting, and it wasn't so clearly about making money.

 

I still get a thrill thinking of the beginning of "The Wonderful World of Disney". I remember getting excited because Walt Disney himself was going to talk! I always liked those chats.Now can you think of that happening today? Kids would yawn their heads off......

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That's okay, Jackie, you're always worth waiting for.

 

I also loved Walt talking to us in that opening. And I miss having only three news channels.

This 24/7 cycle disgusts me. And all this reality show crap.

 

Paddy Chayevsky was so prescient.

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> {quote:title=Bronxgirl48 wrote:}{quote}

> When Dennis Hopper does that commercial for our demographic, I feel like crawling into a hole.

 

I think Dennis spent a little too much time experimenting with strange Mexican and South American flora. That's flora, not Flora.

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Don't get me started on the non-news channels- I think this is a major problem in our society. When commercialism masquerades as news there isn't much further down we can sink. Again, it's not about news, it's about ratings and money. It doesn't matter who's president, as long as their pastor can provide us with ratings! I can hear Mischa Auer's voice in my head every time I think about it- "Ahhhh, ... money money money, the Frankenstein monster that destroys souls........"

 

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