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HITS & MISSES: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow on TCM


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Friday, November 12

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8 p.m.  The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (2005).  A recut of the 1983 film with over 20 minutes of additional footage.

 

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10:15 p.m.  The Rain People (1969).  Francis Ford Coppola film with James Caan and Shirley Knight.  Not bad!

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9 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Friday, November 12

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8 p.m.  The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (2005).  A recut of the 1983 film with over 20 minutes of additional footage.

 

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10:15 p.m.  The Rain People (1969).  Francis Ford Coppola film with James Caan and Shirley Knight.  Not bad!

Do you think the casting director for The Outsiders deserves some kind of special career award for finding so many young actors who would headline various movies?

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Good timing with TCM airing "The Best Years of Our Lives"  tonight @ 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Veteran's Day.

William Wyler had such a good handle on what it was like for soldiers re-joining their families in a world that was changing.

Random thought:    So glad Dana Andrews had such a good role--  love that scene of him going back into a plane's "nose" (the thing with wraparound windows, can't describe it better).   His face and his eyes.   Wonderful, subtle actor.

So many tender, quiet little moments in the film.   A master work by Wyler.

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On 11/9/2021 at 4:02 AM, Bogie56 said:

Wednesday, November 10/11

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1:45 a.m.  Malaya (1949).   With Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Sydney Greenstreet and Valentina Cortese.  I still haven’t seen this one.

Also featuring James Todd:

 

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Except that's a photo of Louis Jean Heydt

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Agreed, JOHNPRESSMAN--  that scene you reference from "The Best Years of Our Lives" was perfect in its slightly awkward, loving delicacy.   The best in a series of wonderful scenes throughout.

And the gaiety of the group when they all landed at Hoagy Carmichael's--   "Al" (Fredric March) and "Milly"s (Myrna Loy)  little dance, and the way she humored him, enjoying his loopiness.    The scene where their daughter defiantly says she's going to go after Dana Andrews, and the frank discussion they have about her parents' marriage and their tribulations.  The way her father tries to protect her by opening her eyes about "predatory men".    Oh, there are too many good scenes to recount!     

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Jacques Tourneur marathon today on TCM.   For me,  "Out of the Past" (1:30 p.m. Eastern today, Friday)  is always a highlight of his career--   Mitchum and Jane Greer are perfect, and Kirk is great as a smooth but deadly antagonist.  Agree with critics who say, all around, "Out of the Past" is one of the best film noirs. 

It makes a fun double feature today with Tourneur's  post-war suspense/thriller,   "Berlin Express",  with Merle Oberon recruiting Robert Ryan and other motley train passengers to scour Frankfurt for her missing anti-Nazi associate, Paul Lukas.   Haunting on-location filming in recently war-torn Frankfurt and Berlin, and twisty plot.   

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Sunday, November 14/15

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2 a.m.  The Baker’s Wife (1938).  Starring Raimu who apparently was a favourite of Orson Welles.  Great premise in this one.  A baker’s wife leaves him and the town suffer as a result of his despondency.

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"The Nun's Story",  (Sunday, 7:15 a.m. Eastern), so frequently aired,  is one I like no matter how many times it's shown.  As a teenager and non-Catholic, found it exotic and fascinating.   And you can't underestimate the hormonal pull of Peter Finch's charismatic "Dr. Fortunati",  and his playful, shrewd, sometimes tormenting r'ship with Sister Luke.  

But viewing it from the perspective of an adult-   it would be great if there were more films that delineate an ongoing relationship with God or a major spiritual struggle of any kind, or even films that take that seriously.  Her downfalls, from the perspective of her type of nun, were her pride, and disobedience.   Of course, in the end, she elects to abandon that particular struggle and continue to work against the Nazi menace outside of the convent. 

Her discerning father had predicted she wouldn't be able to conform to the ideals (some would say, 'needless strictures') of her order.  And the ending seemed to endorse her decision.  But between the beginning and the ending, you at least got to see something of a soul grappling. 

 

        

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On 11/14/2021 at 3:55 AM, Bogie56 said:

Monday, November 15

Tim Holt day.

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4 p.m.  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).  Undoubtably Holt’s best film.

In a 1965 interview Ann Sheridan referred to her appearance in the film as a street walker (it was a gag she pulled on Bogart in collaboration with John Huston). For her to still think after all those years that the gag cameo made it into the final film product makes me assume that the actress never saw the movie.

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7 hours ago, TomJH said:

In a 1965 interview Ann Sheridan referred to her appearance in the film as a street walker (it was a gag she pulled on Bogart in collaboration with John Huston). For her to still think after all those years that the gag cameo made it into the final film product makes me assume that the actress never saw the movie.

Actually. the scene appears in the film but TCM cut it out because it was deemed offensive to sidewalk entrepreneurs.

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Friday, November 19

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6:15 p.m.  Watership Down (1978).  With the voice of the incomparable John Hurt.

 

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8 p.m.  Dean Martin: King of Cool (2021).  New documentary.

 

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2:15 a.m.  The Loveless (1981).  Motorcycle gang picture with a young Willem Dafoe.

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