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Monday, June 15

 

It’s going to be a busy day for me.  I have six titles to record.  

 

6:30 a.m. Easy Living (1949) with my favourite, Victor Mature.  And I know we have a few Lucille Ball fans here too.

 

8 a.m.  The Last Hunt (1956).  Sounds like an interesting Richard Brooks cinemascope film.  Debra Paget is in it too.  Wonder if she does a snake dance?

 

10 a.m.  The Double Man (1967).  A Franklin J. Schaffner Yul Brynner spy film that I haven’t seen yet.

 

noon.  Of Human Bondage (1964).  Naw.  Sounds too kinky.  I think I’ll skip this one.

 

4:15 p.m  One Way Pendulum (1964).  The combination of Peter Yates, Eric Sykes and George Cole has me intrigued.

 

11:45 p.m.  That Night In Rio (1941).  I can’t resist the 1940’s Hollywood forays into South America.  Exotic studio hokum.

 

3:30 a.m.  So Goes My Love (1946).  The description sounds like a recipe for disaster but it is a Myrna Loy film that I have yet to see and I’m putting together a string of her films for a future mini-fest.

 
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4:15 p.m  One Way Pendulum (1964).  The combination of Peter Yates, Eric Sykes and George Cole has me intrigued.

 

Your reference to George Cole (who turned 90 in April) reminded me of the movie Flesh and Blood (1951), which I saw once on television decades ago and long to see again. 

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Your reference to George Cole (who turned 90 in April) reminded me of the movie Flesh and Blood (1951), which I saw once on television decades ago and long to see again. 

I will have to look out for that one.  Never seen it myself.  Great cast.

 

I've always had a soft spot for George Cole.  Remarkable television career in Britain.  His relationship with Alastair Sim was very heartwarming.  Sim took him under his wing if I am not mistaken.

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Monday, June 15

 

It’s going to be a busy day for me.  I have six titles to record.  

 

6:30 a.m. Easy Living (1949) with my favourite, Victor Mature.  And I know we have a few Lucille Ball fans here too.

 

8 a.m.  The Last Hunt (1956).  Sounds like an interesting Richard Brooks cinemascope film.  Debra Paget is in it too.  Wonder if she does a snake dance?

 

10 a.m.  The Double Man (1967).  A Franklin J. Schaffner Yul Brynner spy film that I haven’t seen yet.

 

noon.  Of Human Bondage (1964).  Naw.  Sounds too kinky.  I think I’ll skip this one.

 

4:15 p.m  One Way Pendulum (1964).  The combination of Peter Yates, Eric Sykes and George Cole has me intrigued.

 

11:45 p.m.  That Night In Rio (1941).  I can’t resist the 1940’s Hollywood forays into South America.  Exotic studio hokum.

 

3:30 a.m.  So Goes My Love (1946).  The description sounds like a recipe for disaster but it is a Myrna Loy film that I have yet to see and I’m putting together a string of her films for a future mini-fest.

 

I have almost every single one of those scheduled too.  Hard to tell if That Night In Rio will fit into my "Jungle" category, along with White Cargo.  Only one way to find out.

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I've never seen these two upcoming overnight movies, but I cant imagine how I'd go wrong in recording them:

 

2:15 AM  Zero Focus (1961) A new bride tries to find her missing husband. Cast:  Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima (Ineko Arima). Dir: Yoshitaro Nomura. BW-95 min. 

4:00 AM   Castle of Sand, The (1974) Two police detectives set out to solve the murder of an old man who was beaten to death. Cast: Tetsuro Tamba,  Go Kato, Kensaku Morita.  Dir: Yoshitaro Nomura. C-143 min.

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Did you like the move adaptation from the 1990s starring Matt Dillon? 

 

Not especially - though I will say Dillon is a better actor in that role than Wagner was. I also like looking at Sean Young more than Joanne Woodward. She's not as good an actor, but she's easy on the eyes.

 

It's a compelling book. The movie versions lose something from it.

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I have almost every single one of those scheduled too.  Hard to tell if That Night In Rio will fit into my "Jungle" category, along with White Cargo.  Only one way to find out.

THAT NIGHT IN RIO is a musical, and as such, takes place mostly in a nightclub/casino. It is a remake.of.FOLIES.BERGERE, and has a game cast.which lncludes Don.Ameche, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda.....plus glorious Technicolor.

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probably the most fun tonight  :D

8:00 PM
Color
112 min
TV-PG
comedy

An old roué arrives in Hades to review his life with Satan, who will rule on his eligibility to enter the Underworld.

DirErnst Lubitsch CastGene Tierney , Don Ameche , Charles Coburn .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Ernst Lubitsch. Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern.

"Excellent comedy-fantasy told in flashback. Ameche, who believes he's lived a life of sin, recalls his past as he requests admission to Hades. Witty Samson Raphaelson script helps make this a delight. Based on the play Birthdays by Laszlo Bus-Fekete."

 

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THAT NIGHT IN RIO is a musical, and as such, takes place mostly in a nightclub/casino. It is a remake.of.FOLIES.BERGERE, and has a game cast.which lncludes Don.Ameche, Alice Faye and Carmen Miranda.....plus glorious Technicolor.

I wonder if it's going to be the polished floor studio look of a nightclub, or something a bit more down to grit and earth?

 

I don't mind the polished floor South American or Arabian Nights forays as it adds a certain cheese factor to these films.

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Tuesday,  June 16

 

6:30 a.m.  I’m curious to see A Dog of Flanders (1935)

 

4:45 p.m.  And Goodbye My Lady (1956) is another boy and his dog movie that I have yet to see.  And I like Brandon de Wilde.

 

9:45 p.m.  Ladies In Retirement (1941) with Ida Lupino.  I had recorded this ages ago on vhs (I shamefully admit!) and have yet to see it.  After reading about it here on the boards in a thread this past week I think I should at least try to grab a dvd recording of it this time around.

 
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Tuesday,  June 16

 

 

4:45 p.m.  And Goodbye My Lady (1956) is another boy and his dog movie that I have yet to see.  And I like Brandon de Wilde.

 

 

 

I'm a big Brandon deWilde fan, and I highly recommend GOODBYE, MY LADY.

I'm still hoping that TCM will eventually air BLUE DENIM, a movie that has never been released on video.

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Well it's kind of a late recommendation, as I'm watching the film right now, but I recommend Desperate Journey, starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan.  It is a great wartime film about a group of men (of different nationalities which is interesting) who are part of the British Air Force.  They're sent on a mission to destroy a rail line in Germany, but end up crash landing in Germany after their pilot is shot.  They're captured and placed in a POW camp.  Using Flynn's German language skills, the surviving men work together to try and escape the camp and Germany. 

 

This is one of the few films where Australian Errol actually plays an Australian.  He also speaks German in the film--not sure if Flynn actually knew German or whether he just learned to speak the German lines for the film.  Of course, Errol being Errol, no matter how much peril he is in, or how dire the circumstances, he always manages to find a lady friend along the way.

 

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Tonight, I'm recording Night of the Iguana.  I don't know yet whether this will be a hit or miss.  We'll find out.

 

Tomorrow, there are all kinds of great movies on:

 

The More the Merrier- An entertaining movie with Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea and Charles Coburn

 

The Awful Truth- This hilarious film starring Irene Dunne, Cary Grant and Asta.  This is the film that established the "Cary Grant persona."

 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes- A fun musical starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.  This is the film that cemented Marilyn Monroe's film image courtesy of her song, "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend."  I also like Jane Russell's song that she sings with all the male Olympians, "A'int There Anyone Here For Love?"

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 speedracer5--The More the Merrier (1943) is the one that got Charles Coburn a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

 

Bogie56--Night of the Iguana is good--Ava Gardner in one of her last good roles & Richard Burton strike sparks--despite Elizabeth Taylors' presence on the set(s).

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Thursday, June 18

 

9:45 p.m.  Mothra.  Part of TCM's cute bug fest.  I saw this at a drive-in with my parents back in the day and thought it was great.

 
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Two for Thursday:

 

2:00 p.m.--Sweethearts (1938)--MacDonalds' & Eddys' most acidic film, & intentionally funniest.

 

8:00 p.m.--They Fly (1958)--fun sci-fi Bug movie--with Vincent Price

 

Mothra is fun too.

Herbert Marshall is my favourite in The Fly.

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What no Waterloo films tomorrow?  It is the 200th anniversary June 18th.

Maybe we'll have to catch them next time around in 2115.

They could at least have shown Waterloo Bridge.

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