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On 6/7/2021 at 9:54 AM, NoShear said:

Re: "...the WHO's Pete Townshend contributed much instrumentation to the Tommy the Movie soundtrack - most notably his use of synthesizers..."

 Speaking of the WHO's Pete Townshend and synthesizers within the context of the TCMessage Boards, Paul Gaita's biography of Peter Townshend for TCM glares more than one error regarding the WHO's awesome multi-tasker - including his lumping of the WHO's "Won't Get Fooled Again" with earlier teen angst tunes. Instead, "Won't Get Fooled Again" was inspired by the growing gulf Pete Townshend felt with the Woodstock Generation as well as the disillusionment with his subsequent Glastonbury communal experience. If the lyrics of "Won't Get Fooled Again" represented a more mature and thoughtful Townshend, its music was staggeringly commensurate: Pete Townshend's synthesizer rock is regarded as a musical milestone with the(n) difficult device.

 Jeff Stein later staged a brief laser lightshow around the second instrumental synthesizer sequence of "Won't Get Fooled Again" for his 1979 rockumentary, The Kids Are Alright:     

 

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It's nice to see THE GHOST GOES WEST is back in the TCM rotation. Great Robert Donat film!

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On 6/15/2021 at 11:42 AM, TopBilled said:

Wednesday June 16, 2021

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 NORTHWEST PASSAGE included a sketchbook of Robert Young's character which looked like it could've belonged to Academy Award artist Nicholas Volpe in real life.

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On 6/16/2021 at 1:08 PM, TopBilled said:

Thursday June 17, 2021

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 "Sunrise at CAMPobello"??

 I was surpised to find that Ralph Bellamy did not receive an Academy Award nod despite the tremendous physicality which augmented his acting in the 1960 movie. 

 I wondered if some of his exagerrated FDR facial poses were seen as campy, and there is, in fact, many guffaws served up by Bellamy's historic character. The noted film critic Bosley Crowther of The New York Times apparently did, indeed, mention that the FDR "mannerisms" became "annoying in closeups" despite otherwise praising Ralph Bellamy's lead role.

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13 minutes ago, NoShear said:

 "Sunrise at CAMPobello"?

 I was surpised to find that Ralph Bellamy did not receive an Academy Award nod despite the tremendous physicality which augmented his acting in the 1960 movie. 

 I wondered if some of his exagerrated FDR facial poses were seen as campy, and there is, in fact, many guffaws served up by Bellamy's historic character. The noted film critic Bosley Crowther of The New York Times apparently did, indeed, mention that the FDR "mannerisms" became "annoying in closeups" despite otherwise praising Ralph Bellamy's lead role.

It ran on Broadway from January 58 to May 59, for 556 performances. Bellamy played the role of FDR all the way through. There were no understudies for him and no replacements, which is interesting. Eleanor was played by Mary Fickett in the beginning, but there were occasional replacements in that role (Greer Garson was not one of the replacements).

Maybe Bellamy exaggerated some mannerisms on stage and was unable to shed the more theatrical aspects of his performance when they made the movie.

We should point out that after LADY ON A TRAIN (1945) he did not appear in films for a decade. He had a supporting role in THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL (1955) then was off screen for five more years, until SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO.

Like Melvyn Douglas, Ralph Bellamy's Hollywood heyday was in the 30s and 40s...he didn't really resume his motion picture career full-time until the 60s. And by that point he became a character actor.

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25 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Re: "It ran on Broadway from January 58 to May 59, for 556 performances. Bellamy played the role of FDR all the way through. There were no understudies for him and no replacements, which is interesting.

Maybe Bellamy exaggerated some mannerisms on stage and was unable to shed the more theatrical aspects of his performance when they made the movie."

 That's VERY interesting. 

 Ralph Bellamy's outsized performance as FDR, full of physicality, retroactively recalls the dual tour de force of this stage-then-screen dynamic duo:

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20 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Saturday June 19, 2021

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 Booker T., Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix:  TCM's ALL-STAR BAND

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44 minutes ago, NoShear said:

 Booker T., Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix:  TCM's ALL-STAR BAND

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Looks great.

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On 6/20/2021 at 10:40 AM, TopBilled said:

Monday June 21, 2021

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 Released near the end of the so-called conventional trappings of the Fifties, GIDGET seems to have innocently anticipated the coffeehouse existentialism of the early Sixties.

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