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Enjoying the back story about the development of "The China Syndrome" that Jane Fonda just shared with Illeana Douglas. Amazing that Three Mile Island happened shortly after that film was released. Fonda shared that Ted Turner's opinion about nuclear power was swayed by the film.


Up next: The Way We Were, The Thin Man, Joe, and Sounder...


Sad to see this month of Trailblazing Women come to a close.


But remember all the fabulously spooky Halloween-themed films coming up this weekend!

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It's today!


The Essential Pass has sold out in the presale!


If you wish to ourchase an Essential pass, try again on November 3rd.


For all other purchases today for Citicard members: https://www.citiprivatepass.com/landing/tcm_classic_film_festival_2017.html


You don't need a Citicard to purchase items on its website.

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Festival Memory Lane 2012...


Club TCM, 2012...


Ann Blyth in the lobby of Grauman's...


TCM Researcher Alexa Foreman, Actress Peggy Cummins, a fan, and Darcy Hettrich...


A well-dressed buddy protects the Czar of Noir, Eddie Muller, from his flock of fans....


Lovely TCM Message Board pal Butterscotch Greer (and perpetual TCM Festival fan) graces the 2012 Red Carpet....

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Spotlight and Essential passes have sold out in the general sale to the public. Classic and Palace Passes are still available.


2012 Memory Lane...


Meet the TCM Panel...


Kim Novak and Robert Osborne in Club TCM...


Ben Mankiewicz with social media fans....

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I loved Friday night's films introduced by Natasha Gregson Wagner and Robert Wagner. Expect more Natalie Wood films and great conversations every Friday night this month.


Current Online Auctions:



"A western style shirt worn by Montgomery Clift in The Misfits (United Artists, 1961). The shirt has pearlized snap closures and is labeled "Panhandle Slim." Accompanied by a copy of the book The Making of The Misfits by James Goode, a December 1960 issue of Cosmopolitan, and an August 29, 2004, article from the Los Angeles Times.

PROVENANCE : From the Estates of Jack Larson and James Bridges"


Julien's Huge Marilyn Monroe Collection has a few items from the estate of Jack Larson (of Superman fame), and good friend to TCM Film Fest Guest Leslie Caron, who's probably preparing to go on the last TCM Cruise right now:




"Bonham's and TCM are proud to announce their upcoming movie memorabilia auctions, The Estate of Maureen O'Hara, to be held in New York on November 29 and Lights, Camera, Auction!, on November 30. Following the success of previous auctions—where the Maltese Falcon sold for $4.2 million and Sam's piano from Rick's Café in Casablanca sold for $3.2 million—this year's Maureen O'Hara's Estate auction features such high points as her working script from The Quiet Man and unpublished love letters from John Ford. The Lights! Camera! Auction! auction features such high points as props and photo archives of the original latin lover, Rudolph Valentino, and script treatments and film stills from Tod Browning's prolific career."


The Estate of Maureen O'Hara : http://www.tcm.com/bonhams/?ecid=subnavbonhamsauction


Lights, Camera, Action: http://www.tcm.com/bonhams/?ecid=subnavbonhamsauction



SueSue Sez: According to the TCM Film Festival website, all pass levels are currently available: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/attend/

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"…But most of all, there was neon--everywhere."

- Lynn Zook, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955


They were all there once. Dreamers, drifters, scoundrels, and sweethearts--whether working the crowd or keeping the back of the house stocked, everyone--from cowboys, innkeepers, movie stars, working stiffs and lucky bums as well as rule-breaking architects and artists who painted the night sky using neon once gathered there and come alive again in the story of the Las Vegas strip during its first 25 years and beyond in a fascinating, very American intersection of show biz & commerce.


The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce that one of our own--Lynn Zook (aka lzcutter)--will be joining us for a Q & A about her new book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 on November 12th and 13th. Our guest author was among the people who stood out a dozen years ago when first encountered online at the Turner Classic Movies forum. Gradually getting to know her online--and in person for a lucky few in attendance at the TCM Classic Film Festivals--has been revelatory.



As an administrator at the SSO and a contributor to the TCM website, the knowledgeable Lynn has been consistently friendly, observant, and, fortunately for us when life (and technology) goes awry, she is also blessed with a wry humor tempered with a kindness and patience that has never flagged.


Lynn rarely talks about herself, but she is quite an accomplished person as well as a passionate lover of classic film. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema and Television Masters of Fine Arts program who is also a digital archivist, and an accomplished award-winning producer and editor. She is also the author of Las Vegas 1905-1965 and the just released e-book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 as well as producer of the documentary, The Story of Classic Las Vegas.


One subject Lynn does talk about is her love of her hometown and appreciation for the men and women who wrote this vivid chapter in American cultural life.


As she does regularly on the Classic Las Vegas site, Lynn documents an earlier Las Vegas that hummed with neon as well as the work of imaginative pioneers, Americans on the move (and often on the make). Just as the movie industry was growing and changing, so did Las Vegas, affecting her residents and the country as a whole.


If you would like to learn more about this topic, please join us for our journey with Lynn through a vivid chapter in American cultural life next weekend, November 12th and 13th. You can be part of the conversation at The Silver Screen Oasis Message Board below:


The Q & A with Lynn Zook about Gambling on a Dream: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=126&t=6969&p=164302#p164302


Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955 is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.


Author Lynn Zook has been to all the TCM Film Festivals and was a close personal friend to TCM Message Board Aficionado Kyle in Hollywood.


It's This Weekend, Folks!


Thanks to Moira Finnie/Moira12 for this lovely announcement.


SUE SUE SEZ: All levels of passes for the TCM Film Festival are currently available on the TCM Film Festival website.

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Currently the TCM Film Festival website indicates all Essential passes have been sold out. All other pass levels are available... https://festival.tcm.com/tcm/


Don't forget to visit the Silver Screen Oasis website for the Q & A with author and TCM Message Board member Lynn Zook about her new book, "Gambling On A Dream!"



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Latest Classic Film News:


Tippi can do without Hitchcock, too:







Look forward to a few announcements soon about films and guests at the festival.


What might we see:


Anniversaries of films like 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope, 1987's Moonstruck, 1967's Valley of the Dolls or Thorough Modern Millie or Barefoot in the Park, or a tongue-in-cheek spy thriller like In Like Flint.


All is yet to be determined.....but if you hear anything, please let Sue Sue know all about it right here...  :D 

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Here's a Sue Sue memory from the TCM Film Festival 2011 in honor of Patricio Guzman's documentaries, "The Battle of Chile: Part 1" and "The Battle Of Chile: Part 2" being screened tonight on TCM:


"Dodging the hectic pace at the Hollywood Roosevelt one afternoon, I slipped away for a quiet lunch at Miceli's on Las Palmas. It had a typically old-world feel deep in the heart of the Turner Classic Movie Festival environs.




I was seated on the first level at a table next to the corner booth, and I was so hungry that the smells of garlic bread and simmering sauces were assaulting my senses like mad. I had zoomed to the first screening and skipped breakfast.


Lunch prices for pasta, salad, and a beverage are unbelievably reasonable and the fare at these prices didn't have to be sooooo tasty. The four gentleman seated at the next table were just finishing their lunch, and I noticed that they were speaking Spanish.


The gentleman in the corner was definitely treated with reverence and also spoke Spanish with an accent not usually attributed to California or Texas. A young man, who introduced himself as Shannon Kelly, works with the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and he introduced Director Patricio Guzman to me.


And of course I gushed and oohed and aahed.




Evidently, Mr. Guzman was in LA for a retrospective of his films. The following excerpt is from the UCLA Film and Television Archives website concerning Patricio Guzman:


“The only eternal lesson to be had is to study the past, so that we won’t repeat it.”— Patricio Guzmán.


In a remarkable 40-year career, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán has crafted a unique legacy among documentarians: cataloguing the cataclysmic modern events of his country in a body of work not only timely, but timeless. Influenced early on by the non-fiction work of Chris Marker, Frédéric Rossif and Louis Malle, Guzmán began his career in 1971, documenting the sweeping social and economic reforms enacted by Chile’s then-president, Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist head of state. In 1973, Allende’s government was brought down in a bloody coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power and Guzmán was forced to leave Chile for Europe where he completed The Battle of Chile, Parts 1-3 (1975-1979), a searing account of the Allende government’s final year. Guzmán has returned to the events of 1973 and their aftermath several times throughout his career while also expanding his field of inquiry to explore the very natures of cinema, history and memory. In his latest film, Nostalgia for the Light (2010), Guzmán orchestrates a dazzling meditation on the insistent presence of the past in all our lives. UCLA Film & Television Archive is pleased to present Nostalgia for the Light in a special preview screening on Friday, April 15 and to welcome Mr. Guzmán in person to the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday, April 29.



Mr. Guzman is definitely one of those observant, quiet talents who seems to be continually scanning the environment and patiently sizing up those around him. Born in 1941 in Santiago, one of my favorite quotes from Guzman is that "we are not scientists, we are poets."


Guzman also appeared at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. To read more about him on Independent Lens, follow this link:



He was very kind, and seemed genuinely pleased that I knew of his work. He gave me his autograph!"


I'm loving the To Tell The Truth Programming initiative! Thank you, TCM programmers!


Stay tuned: TCM Film Festival pass holders are sure to have updates coming soon!

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Jake Brandman interviews TCM's Senior Vice President of Programming Charles Tabesh about FILMSTRUCK, a new collaboration between TCM and The Criterion Collection: http://observer.com/2016/11/behind-the-screens-filmstruck-svp-of-programming-and-production-charlie-tabesh/



Senior Vice President of Programming Charles Tabesh (L), Dennis Adamovich, Shirley Jones, Jeff Gregor, and TCM Film Festival Director Genevieve McGillicuddy on the TCM Film Festival Red Carpet in 2014...

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The Vitaphone Project's Ron Hutchinson will visit The Silver Screen Oasis website this weekend, December 3 & 4, for our popular Guest Star Q & A.


If you have not registered on our website, which will allow you to post a question for Ron Hutchinson, all you need is a valid email address: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3



TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz and The Vitaphone Project's Ron Hutchinson, who will be a TCM Guest Programmer on Monday, December 5. Hutchinson also introduced 7 Vitaphone shorts at the TCM Film Festival 2016 at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, April 30.


Ron Hutchinson is a lifelong film buff and record collector who combined those passions into the founding of The Vitaphone Project in 1991. The Project seeks out missing 16-inch shellac soundtracks for 1926-30 disc-recorded talkie shorts and features, then works with archives, studios, and private collectors to get picture and disc re-married and restored. To date, the Vitaphone Project has located over 3500 soundtrack discs in private hands worldwide, and has partnered with Warner Brothers, UCLA, The Library of Congress and private funders to restore nearly 90 early vaudeville, comedy and band shorts and a dozen talkie features. Among the Project’s more exciting discoveries and restorations are the sole surviving (and badly cracked) disc for Al Jolson’s pre-JAZZ SINGER short A Plantation Act (1926) and restoration and the screening after 70 years of Baby Rose Marie, The Child Wonder (1929) with Rose Marie herself present to enjoy and critique her performance as a 7-year-old vaudevillian.


Ron has assisted in the development and production of many documentaries featuring early sound material, including the PBS American Masters documentary VAUDEVILLE, TCM’s ADDED ATTRACTIONS: THE HOLLYWOOD SHORT SUBJECT, and The Women Of Tin Pan Alley. He frequently hosts Vitaphone and vaudeville film programs at New York’s Film Forum and Lincoln Center. Ron has also contributed to more than two dozen film books and written articles on the early sound era for Classic Images, Joslin’s Jazz Journal and Vaudeville Times, among many others. He edits the Project’s bi-annual newsletter, “Vitaphone News.”


Ron lives in Piscataway, NJ with his wife Judy and two children. His real job is Corporate Environmental Health & Safety Officer for a major New York utility.


From the TCM website:




Vitaphone was a sound-film system developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories and Western Electric, and used by Warner Bros. and its sister studio First National to produce feature films and hundreds of short subjects during the 1920s and '30s. The original Vitaphone sound-on-disc system was retired early in the sound era when sound-on-film replaced the cumbersome discs. However, Warner Bros. kept the name alive through the Vitaphone Corporation, which was used through 1959 for releasing the studio's shorts and cartoons.


TCM celebrates the 90th anniversary of Vitaphone with a 24-hour tribute offering a generous sampling of its output including the silent feature Don Juan (1926), which was introduced on August 6, 1926, with a symphonic musical score and sound effects. Another landmark Vitaphone production was the legendary The Jazz Singer (1927), the first full-length movie with synchronized dialogue.



George Burns and Gracie Allen in Lamb Chops (1929)


Some 20 of the Vitaphone shorts are new to TCM. These shorts were often employed to capture musical and vaudeville acts, and serve as a training ground for future stars. Among the latter were Bob Hope (Paree, Paree, 1934), James Stewart (Art Trouble, 1934), June Allyson (The All-Girl Revue, 1940) and Red Skelton (Seeing Red, 1939). Shorts featuring "Vitaphone Bands" include Johnny Green and His Orchestra (1935), Harry Reser and His Eskimos (1936) and Cab Calloway and His Orchestra (1937). Vaudeville routines captured on film include Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields (1927), George Burns and Gracie Allen in Lambchops (1929) and Baby Rose Marie, the Child Wonder (1929)."



Baby Rose Marie...who later went on to fame on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s!


The Vitaphone News- Frequently Asked Questions : http://www.picking.com/vitaphone-faq.html


The Vitaphone Project: http://www.vitaphoneproject.com


Why Be Good? Restoration: http://www.picking.com/vitaphone124.html


The Vitaphone Project Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vitaphoneproject/


The full TCM schedule has Vitaphone shorts scheduled all day on Monday, December 5. Baby Rose Marie, The Child Wonder is the first screening Ron will introduce in the evening: http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.html?tz=est&sdate=2016-12-05

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Susan King from the LA Times visits with Sam....



TCM Guest Programmer Ron Hutchinson visits The Silver Screen Oasis This Weekend!

His Vitaphone Project shorts will be featured all day on Monday, December 5 on our favorite channel!




Still no festival update from the home office in Atlanta....   what are they cooking up over there?   :o   

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Last night's screening of "The Glass Menagerie" with Shirley Booth, Hal Holbrook, Barbara Loden, and Pat Hingle was exciting to watch. Such performances captured on tape made the screening even more exciting.


Loden's Laura was fragile and vulnerable, and her romantic scene with Pat Hingle was lovely.  Hal Holbrook was youthful intensity in his portrayal, and his subsequent years doing live performances of his one man show about Mark Twain is further evidence that Holbrook's stage characterizations were always an event to savor.


Thank you, TCM, for such a treasure. :)


Still waiting for a festival update........

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Merry Christmas, everybody! And Happy Hanukkah!


Hearst Castle Christmas Tour...


I hope you all have a lovely holiday season with family and friends!

When I traveled to LA to do research, my son and I drove up the Coast and took a tour at Heart Castle and visited friends in the Bay Area. ;-)


Enjoy today's holiday schedule on TCM...


It Happened on 5th Avenue

Holiday Affair

The Shop Around The Corner

Meet Me In St. Louis

Christmas in Connecticut

The Dolly Sisters

In The Good Old Summertime

The Man Who Came to Dinner

Bell, Book, and Candle

Going My Way



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No official updates as of yet...

But social media fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher all hope that the documentary scheduled to air on HBO soon will also been screened at the festival.....


A Saturday evening screening of "Star Wars" to honor Carrie Fisher, and screenings of Debbie Reynolds' films are all suggestions hopeful pass holders want to see at this year's TCMFF 2017.


Since "Make 'Em Laugh: Comedy in the Movies" is our theme this year, other films that might see the final official lineup might be films having anniversaries...



Like "Moonstruck," having it's 30th. It might make a good choice for the opening night film as Cher is a TCM friend. Director Norman Jewison has also participated in previous festival events, and Olympia Dukakis is also part of the cast....


Other comedy films that have not yet screened:




"Barefoot in the Park"



"The Mating Season"


"Indiscreet" with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, often considered one of "Bob's Picks."


And many more...


Films featuring Debbie Reynolds that have never screened at the festival:


"Divorce, American Style" with Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds

"The Tender Trap" with Debbie Reynolds and Frank Sinatra

"Tammy and The Bachelor" with Debbie Reynolds



Films I've often requested but have yet to be screened:



"Dear Ruth" (1947) with William Holden and Joan Caulfield

"The Opposite Sex" (1954) Joan Collins, June Allyson, Ann Miller

"Valley of the Dolls" (Not a comedy, but having a 50th Anniversary)

"The Ruling Class"


It would also be great to have a Club TCM interview with Carol Burnett (suggested by lzcutter) and Dick Van Dyke, as well as a reappearance by Carl Reiner and/or Mel Brooks.


We're waiting for your next move, home office...



No matter which films are screened, we're sure to enjoy seeing all our friends this year in April at the TCMFF 2017. I hope to see you there!

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Hope you enjoyed last night's films introduced by Ben Mankiewicz and Warren Beatty repartee... Ben asked all the right questions, and I can't recall ever seeing Warren Beatty so relaxed in front of a camera with a journalist asking questions about his career, personal life, or creative endeavors. Beatty is promoting his new film, and has appeared at the TCMFF to chat about his award-winning film, "Reds,"

after a screening of the epic about journalist Jack Reed (the only American to be buried in the Kremlin) and Diane Keaton (Beatty's current love interest during the filming of "Reds" and co-star portraying journalist Louise Bryant). Louise Bryant's papers have been found in a trunk and are now at Yale University.


Whenever I start watching "Reds," it's almost like a homemade chocolate chip cookies. I can't stop. I have no control. I have to watch the whole film because it's so engrossing. And Jack Nicholson, as Eugene O'Neill, is another trainwreck in that epic that no viewer should dismiss.


Amazing how relaxed Beatty was with Ben.




KEGOT Rita Moreno has just been on CBS This Morning chatting about her new Netflix series, a reboot of Norman Lear's "One Day At A Time," and her autobiography, and told Gayle King to "Read the *&%&" book. If you had done your homework..." after she asked a question about her 8-year-long affair with Marlon Brando. Moreno claimed Brando almost killed her because of his powerhouse persona and wandering ways. Then Moreno went over to Charlie Rose and sang him "Happy Birthday!" Moreno appeared at last year's TCMFF to intro "The King and I" and sign copies of her memoirs....and was one of last year's most popular guests....


Linkdom here: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/rita-moreno-on-one-day-at-a-time-revival/


And who isn't still waiting for a TCMFF 2017 update? Will it be today?

It's precisely the kinds of guests like Warren Beatty and Rita Moreno who make the TCMFF such an exciting event...


FYI: New Match Game Host, and former Robert Osborne "The Essentials" pal Alec Baldwin did the host interview with Beatty at the 2011 TCMFF...


BTW: If you love "The Essentials," check out Jeremy Arnold's book...

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UPDATES FROM THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/tcm-film-fest-peter-bogdanovich-will-be-special-guests-963530


We've got The Bog (Peter Bogdanovich) and "What's Up Doc!"

We've got Genevieve Bujold and "King of Hearts!"

Wonderful Kate MacMurray returns to introduce her father's film with Claudette Colbert, "The Egg & I!

Read all about it!


"The fest also will showcase several world premiere restoration screenings, anniversary screenings and live music events.

Oscar nominees Peter Bogdanovich and Genevieve Bujold will be among the honored guests at the 8th TCM Classic Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The fest will take place in Hollywood April 6-9.


Bogdanovich, the legendary writer, director and film historian, will appear at screenings of his films The Last Picture Show (1971) and What's Up, Doc? (1972), while Bujold will introduce the U.S. restoration of King of Hearts (1966) in which she stars.


Also in attendance at the fest will be Kate MacMurray, the daughter of the late actor Fred MacMurray, who will be part of the festivities surrounding the 70th anniversary world premiere of a restored version of her father's film The Egg and I (1947).


Other special offerings include world premiere restoration screenings of The Court Jester (1955) and, in 3D, Those Redheads From Seattle (1955); 75th anniversary screenings of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and The Palm Beach Story (1942); screenings of pre-Code classics The Front Page (1931), Red-Headed Woman (1932) and Twentieth Century (1934); and two special presentations: The Great Nickelodeon Show and Beyond the Mouse: The 1930s Cartoons of UB IWerks.


Additionally, there will be special live music events: the Alloy Orchestra will return to the fest to accompany a screening of the Harold Lloyd classic Speedy (1928), while composer-musician Stephen Horne and musician Diana Rowan will accompany a screening of Stella Dallas (1925).


Additional events and guests will be announced by the fest in the coming weeks and months."

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If you've not yet read these delightful comments from the TCM Film Festival staff featured in The Retro Set interviews, Here's the link: http://theretroset.com/hollywood-comes-home-reflections-from-the-tcm-staff/


It includes comments from Charles Tabesh, Dennis Millay, Shannon Clute, Scott McGee, Noralil Fores,

Millie De Chirico, Kristen Welch, Sean Cameron, Mark Wynns, David Alonso, Courtney O'Brien, and David Byrne.


(CAUTION: Wistful thinking may result!)

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