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Friday May 12, 2017

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6 from ’67 on TCM

THE GRADUATE with Dustin Hoffman

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT with Rod Steiger

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER with Sidney Poitier

THE DIRTY DOZEN with Lee Marvin

THE PRODUCERS with Zero Mostel

CAMELOT with Richard Harris

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Monday May 15, 2017

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Versions of Lola on FilmStruck

LOLA MONTES with Martine Carol

LOLA with Anouk Aimee

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Two great films, and both of them are so different from each other.

 

Jacques Demy's film, originally meant to be a musical, is one of the enduring "fairy tales" of the cinema.

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I don't think Bette Davis would have worked as well with Clark Gable. Joan was truly unique.

Saw an interview she did in 01 with Larry King-(Christina that is) & she holds back the opinion the Al Steele died by mistake, it looked like she meant he was pushed down the stairs?   I know nada about it, except what I saw in her interview & all can see it on youtube

 

Apparently, she still thinks her mom that evil though

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Friday May 12, 2017

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6 from ’67 on TCM

THE GRADUATE with Dustin Hoffman

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT with Rod Steiger

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER with Sidney Poitier

THE DIRTY DOZEN with Lee Marvin

THE PRODUCERS with Zero Mostel

CAMELOT with Richard Harris

A superb cinematic year too!  Ranks only after 1939, 55 & 1962.   "Producers"

 was '68 though.

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Her days at MGM were very, very interesting.

 

Some of her films were sub-par, like "Ladies Who Meet", but she seemed so "dedicated" to all of them.

 

She's the very definition of the phrase, "I couldn't take my eyes off her."

She certainly idolized "The King: Gable" & continued to speak about him in that fashion until she went

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Saturday April 15, 2017

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John Williams directed by Alfred Hitchcock on Hulu

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: “Back for Christmas” (Season 1, Episode 23) with Isobel Elsom

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: “Wet Saturday” (Season 2, Episode 1) with Cedric Hardwicke

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: “Banquo’s Chair” (Season 4, Episode 29) with Reginald Gardener

Top, how did he play all those parts & yet conduct all the music for those movies?    KUST KIDDIN'

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Actually Singing in the Rain is one of the few musicals between Footlight Parade and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg that I can watch without falling asleep or groaning in agony.  I like the Garland version of A Star Is Born even more, but maybe that's because I don't really think of it as a musical in the same way.

what about The Wizard of 0z?

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Tuesday May 16, 2017

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Jean Harlow & Clark Gable on TCM

CHINA SEAS with Wallace Beery

WIFE VS. SECRETARY with Myrna Loy

RED DUST with Gene Raymond

HOLD YOUR MAN with Stuart Erwin

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Tuesday May 16, 2017

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Jean Harlow & Clark Gable on TCM

CHINA SEAS with Wallace Beery

WIFE VS. SECRETARY with Myrna Loy

RED DUST with Gene Raymond

HOLD YOUR MAN with Stuart Erwin

I'm not that crazy about her.

 

But she was "an original".

 

Her - cheapness, trashiness? - gets to me.

 

The lingering mystery - did Paul Bern kill himself or did she kill her husband?

 

Reportedly, Louis B. Mayer did another of his improvised "cover-ups". 

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I'm not that crazy about her.

 

But she was "an original".

 

'Original' and 'unique' I'd say. She's one of the few from the 30s that I think transcends her era. Like she'd be a star today. A lot of her contemporaries would not. She's kind of timeless.

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'Original' and 'unique' I'd say. She's one of the few from the 30s that I think transcends her era. Like she'd be a star today. A lot of her contemporaries would not. She's kind of timeless.

 

Plus she really grew as an actress.  She wasn't very good real early on but got better and better over her brief career.  Love RED DUST (which I noted in TopBilled's other thread).  She and Gable share great chemistry.

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Plus she really grew as an actress.  She wasn't very good real early on but got better and better over her brief career.  Love RED DUST (which I noted in TopBilled's other thread).  She and Gable share great chemistry.

 

On the audio track for the PUBLIC ENEMY DVD, Martin Scorsese criticises Harlow's line deliveries. And yes, she didn't quite have her technique figured out yet. She quickly improved; she became spectacular.

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I'm not that crazy about her.

 

But she was "an original".

 

Her - cheapness, trashiness? - gets to me.

 

The lingering mystery - did Paul Bern kill himself or did she kill her husband?

 

Reportedly, Louis B. Mayer did another of his improvised "cover-ups". 

 

 

It's her voice that gets to me. And the sameness of her characters. She rarely got to play outside the Dinner at 8 character type..........

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Plus she really grew as an actress.  She wasn't very good real early on but got better and better over her brief career.  Love RED DUST (which I noted in TopBilled's other thread).  She and Gable share great chemistry.

I agree that she got better when her acting technique enhanced. I can't help feeling sad that she died so young at the age of 26.

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Plus she really grew as an actress.  She wasn't very good real early on but got better and better over her brief career.  Love RED DUST (which I noted in TopBilled's other thread).  She and Gable share great chemistry.

Red Dust is one of my favorites too! Jean and Clark had great chemistry in this film.

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Top, how did he play all those parts & yet conduct all the music for those movies?    KUST KIDDIN'

Classy guy! There was another John Williams, but I briefly wondered. Just watched Back for Christmas. Great episodes!

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