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BRONXGIRL'S MOTHER, HENRY FONDA'S HIRSUTENESS, ETC.


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Off to Ray Milland-Land... just for a moment.

 

So many aging actors made some horrid films in their final years, either on a lark (hopefully!) but sadly I suspect some needed the money.

 

Milland had plenty of TV appearances though, so one of his final films is strange - THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1972) where he is attached to Rosey Grier. 

 

Now, we've all heard about actors doing their stunts, or not doing them.

 

But this film, well... the film is horrible.  Top to bottom.  But there is one thing that's doubtless: this is an heroic effort by both Rosey and Ray.

 

Here is Ray, an older, paunchy man who lets himself get taped onto Roosevelt Grier - out of the NFL for a few years.  Big Rosey.  Hot, sweaty, flabby bodies - taped together.  Under filming lights.  Skin on skin. 

 

Rosey probably had to carry Ray's large body weight more than the other way around (I doubt if Ray could have held up Rosey for too long). 

 

But what a monumental effort!  When I see this film (NOT OFTEN - clips do just fine!), I can't help but want to nominate one or both for Most Heroic Stunt. 

 

I don't know how laborious Ray's other work was - to him.  I mean, willing to kill Grace Kelly?!!  Sheesh, Ray... haunted houses with a sister?!!  Well... maybe that Grace thing was just post-traumatic stress, then? 

 

But to agree to be taped to Rosey Grier for umpteen hours for umpteen days... my my...

 

I wonder what Ray would consider his worst nightmare - cockroaches, gators or THING WITH TWO HEADS 2?

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Hi ya Bronxie!

 

Nice froggy pic!

 

I completely missed Two on a Guillotine. Was that on TCM? Send me a program alert next time if you can. I have a friend that just loves these types of movies. Did you get a chance to check out the 1977 Trilogy of Terror?

 

I love how Ray Milland keeps popping up in this thread. I haven't watched that film since I was a kid. Something a bit disturbing about it to me. Maybe the two heads on one body, I don't know! :)

 

Oh and Ollie I agree with you, Rosey and Ray must have been very uncomfortable in that get up. You have to admire the effort.

 

Bronxie, I hope you are enjoying your vacation. I guess you don't have to worry about those spooky happenings at the school for a while at least. Does your mom have any film reviews for us? I miss reading her comments.  

 

Edit: Wait that's not a froggy! I need better glasses!

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Hey, MadHat!

 

Isn't that the most adorable wee gecko?  Much cuter than any old Ray Milland slimy movie frog, lol.

 

TCM ran TWO ON A GUILLOTINE in the last week of July, the very day my vacation started! -- I almost did cartwheels when I saw it on the schedule.

 

Needless to say, I'm enjoying the time off away from all the critters and softballs.  But summer in Florida is no picnic, what with the afternoon thunderstorms and intense humidity.  I'm basically squirreled away (oops, shouldn't use that word, lol) in my apartment chilling out with Mr. Air Conditioner.

 

My mother falls asleep in the early evening more often than not these days and has been missing some crucial prime-time viewing.  However, Mom did manage a bit of Katherine Hepburn yesterday, and asked me if she was still alive and living in Hartford, Connecticut.  

 

She sometimes asks me if Jimmy Stewart is not only still around, but making movies.

Likewise Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, and Robert Taylor.

 

Hopefully Mom will be able to stay awake long enough to give us one of her inimitable reviews, and I will duly post them.

 

Apparently some segments of that 1977 t.v. movie have not shown up on YouTube, so I'll need to check again.

 

 

 

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Hi Bronxie,

 

Isn't that the most adorable wee gecko?  Much cuter than any old Ray Milland slimy movie frog, lol.

 

Very cute. I still haven't seen my sun porch lizard this year. Maybe he (or she) did run off.

 

TCM ran TWO ON A GUILLOTINE in the last week of July, the very day my vacation started! -- I almost did cartwheels when I saw it on the schedule.

 

I will keep an eye out for it. I found The Horror at 37,000 Feet on youtube. Lot's of fun old TV movies on there.

 

Needless to say, I'm enjoying the time off away from all the critters and softballs.  But summer in Florida is no picnic, what with the afternoon thunderstorms and intense humidity.  I'm basically squirreled away (oops, shouldn't use that word, lol) in my apartment chilling out with Mr. Air Conditioner.

 

That sounds good, except for the humidity part. We have been getting a break from that here.

 

My mother falls asleep in the early evening more often than not these days and has been missing some crucial prime-time viewing.

 

Does she generally sleep well? My mom is becoming an insomniac like me! Also she has been refusing to eat her dinner lately and then she gets hungry in the middle of the night and ends up calling me at 2:00am for room service! 

 

However, Mom did manage a bit of Katherine Hepburn yesterday, and asked me if she was still alive and living in Hartford, Connecticut.  

 

She sometimes asks me if Jimmy Stewart is not only still around, but making movies.

Likewise Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, and Robert Taylor.

 

Oh me. I can relate to some extent. My mom has more of a short term memory thing. I have a whiteboard in the kitchen and everyday I write down the day of the week, the date and anything that is going on that day, mainly doctor appointments and if company is expected, or whatever else. I have the TV remote marked with which buttons to push. She still manages to knock off the cable everytime she changes the channel.

 

Hopefully Mom will be able to stay awake long enough to give us one of her inimitable reviews, and I will duly post them.

 

That would be nice! I miss hearing about your movie chats with her.

 

 I don't remember much about The Horror at 37,000 Feet but Tammy Grimes looks really stressed out.

 

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Stay safe, Bronxie! :)

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Hey Bronxie,

 

I would love a box of cool stuff like that!

 

My sister called me today on the phone:

 

Sis: Well Happy Birthday.

 

Molo: Oh...thanks...

 

Sis: I have something for you

 

Molo: Is it a puppy? I want a puppy!

 

Sis: No you goofball!

 

Molo: oh

 

Thanks for thinking of me Bonxie! :)

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molo, hope you had a fabulous birthday!

 

(did sis call from Jolly Old England?)

 

Here's your puppy:

 

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Boo Radley appreciates that you like his gifts.  Jem and Scout have their own boxes.

 

I wonder what THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET is.  Maybe it's William Shatner on the wing.

 

Mom told me she was spending the day with Groucho, Chico, and Harpo.  She didn't remember Zeppo but then again, who does?

 

 

 

 

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Hi Bronxie,

 

 

molo, hope you had a fabulous birthday!

 

Thanks!

 

 

(did sis call from Jolly Old England?)

 

No she is back now. This was another sister anyway. Turns out she gave me a fancy gardening set in a nice case.

 

 

Here's your puppy:

 

Oh that is one cute puppy! :)

 

I am seriously thinking of getting a dog though. I had dogs all my life. My last one was so good but she died back in 1994 and, like Mr. Bojangles, I still grieve. I have never had another one. 

 

I think it is time!

 

 

Boo Radley appreciates that you like his gifts.  Jem and Scout have their own boxes.

 

Was that from Boo? I'm so clueless I didn't notice! Love it!

 

 

I wonder what THE HORROR AT 37,000 FEET is.  Maybe it's William Shatner on the wing.

 

Ha! I haven't found out yet. I know I saw that back what it was on tv but I don't remember much about it. I know Chuck Conners is flying the plane.

 

 

Mom told me she was spending the day with Groucho, Chico, and Harpo.  She didn't remember Zeppo but then again, who does?

 

True! Poor Zeppo. I did like him in Monkey Business. I'm sure the guys gave your mom a smile.

 

I've got to run but I will talk to you soon!

 

Be careful out there! :)

 

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As long as I'm feeling nostalgically New Yawk, may I recommend CROSSING DELANCEY, which airs on TCM October 13th.  

I saw the (you'll pardon the expression) movie Brooklyn at the New York Film Festival this week. It's about an Irish girl who emigrates to Brooklyn. Lovely film -- but it should have been the Bronx!  I did however discover that the star -- Saoirse Ronan, who was at the screening -- was actually born in the Bronx! 

 

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

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Sounds like my kind of film, Swithin, even if it's about that other borough, lol.  People always think Brooklyn is more "glamorous" or something, than the Bronx, ha!  That's interesting about Ronan, she's one of "us".   Thanks for giving a heads-up to this movie; frankly I'd never heard of it before!  I have a feeling I'll really like it.

 

People interested in seeing  CROSSING DELANCEY for the first time should record it, as there will be heavy competition Tuesday evening with Hillary, Bernie, etc..  Oy!

 

 

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Thank you kindly, Scottie!  Yikes, another year older but of course, what's the alternative, lol.

 

Spent the morning with Mom at the assisted living faciity.  Her legs are a bit swollen and giving her trouble, so unfortunately she couldn't go out to dinner with me, but I had a lovely visit with lots of hugs and kisses.

 

A friend treated me to P. F. Chang's.  I loaded up on dumplings, sweet and sour soup, orange peel chicken, and a few cocktails.  My fortune cookie read:  "You will move to the mountains".  Unless they're in the French Alps at Le Mont-Blanc Chamonix, I guess I'll pass.

 

For dessert I had chocolate cake which she had baked the night before.

 

 

 

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I can't believe I'm late for your birthday (athough it is still the 22nd in my head) I had this all set up and then got my days confused!!

 

BAD MOLO!

 

Anyway I am glad you had a nice day and got to spend time with your mom and go out to a nice dinner.

 

Is your party still going on? I know you are a night owl. :)

 

I think someone snapped a picture of you being escorted to your big shindig:

 

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Yep! Traveling in style as usual. :)

 

Wishing all the best to you my friend!

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AGH!! I can't believe I am behind schedule in wishing you a HAPPY Birthday, sweet girl!! TOO many irons in my fire, lately. Sorry to be tardy!!  :wacko:

 

The big guy and I are SO embarrassed. 

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But we hope it was a happy day, anyway. Sounds like you had a great visit with mom AND a nice meal too. Will keep my fingers crossed for you on that fortune cookie and hope the "Alps" are in the works for you, kiddo.  :D

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Ro, my K.C. twin, thank you so much!  Hey, life happens, as we all know too well, so, please, no apologies needed.  I'm just grateful to know and count you as a friend.

 

Gozilla looks more like he was watching a particular eleven hour event on all the news channels yesterday, lol.   Oy!

 

Well, the Lord Alps those who Alp themselves (I think that's an old Groucho Marx saying) so if I keep on the ball and try to save some money, maybe my Gallic dreams will come true!

 

Hope the weather is treating you and the family well.  It must be lovely there this time of year with the ghosts and goblins right around the corner.  (most of them already live in my building....)

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Molo, you are always GOOD MOLO!  Thanks, my friend.  It goes w/o saying by me that no apologies/explanations are needed, certainly not by kindred spirits. 

 

That looks just like the alligator of my nightmares who I imagine lives in my pond and crawls out at night looking for small dogs and renegade cats.   I think I'll call him "Harry" as it makes him less scary to me.

 

Thankfully Mom remembered my birthday so that's all I could wish for.  I brought her an apple pie since they are her favorite fruit, and I washed my (very small) slice down with seltzer.  We spent the time reminiscing through memory lane to back in the Bronx.  It was all very bittersweet, and then I had to leave for dinner with my friend.  My mother loves Chinese food but as she gets older her digestive tract isn't what it used to be, so she went down to their dining room and had meat loaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and ice cream.  Not too shabby.

 

I always stay up too late, usually watching those ridiculous shopping channels if I'm not otherwise on TCM.   It'll be a party of one this evening, if you don't count the occasional gecko or chameleon slipping through the door and frolicking in my living room.

 

Yes, that's me with my long gloves.  I always wear them when I'm waterskiing on the Cote D'Azur. 

 

 

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