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1 minute ago, LawrenceA said:

I was going to bring that up yesterday when Raymond was being discussed, but I know some don't like it when personal lives are brought up.

Whenever I think of Gene Raymond, I think of the guy Louis Mayer made Jeannette MacDonald marry (and act as a beard for), as well as the guy who physically abused MacDonald, that is until Nelson Eddy reportedly beat him badly enough to hospitalize. 

Oh, and as a bland-to-terrible actor.

Well said Lawrence.

I've been a big fan of Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy since childhood and the resemblance between Nelson Eddy and Gene Raymond always knocked me out too.

For fun, you should watch the video of Jeanette  being honored on "This Is Your Life" with host Ralph Edwards. Both guys were on hand standing between her and the body language was just something else!

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Requiescant  aka Kill and Pray  (1967)  -  7/10

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Spaghetti western from director Carlo Lizzani. Lou Castel (Fists in the Pocket) stars as a religious young man who was brought up in a preacher's family after being discovered injured and near death as a child. He finds out that he has a preternatural ability with a six-shooter, so he sets out to rescue his surrogate sister (Barbara Frey) from the clutches of former-Confederate officer Ferguson (Mark Damon) and his gang of miscreants. Also featuring Rossana Martini, Mirella Maravidi, Franco Citti, Luisa Baratto, Carlo Palmucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. I liked Castel's (unnamed) character as he stumbles around clumsily, yet still managing to come out on top in each confrontation, as if by divine providence. Damon, looking sepulchral in his aged make-up, is a good villain, as are Palmucci and Citti as his chief minions. It was also unusual seeing famed director Pasolini in an acting role, playing an intense revolutionary.

Source: Arrow Blu ray

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6 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

i highly recommend a visit to GENE RAYMOND'S WIKIPEDIA PAGE.

On that note, one should visit Jeannette MacDonald's Wikipedia page.

MacDonald supposedly suffered eight miscarriages with Eddy.

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The Tiger Makes Out  (1967)  -  5/10

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Comedy based on a play by Murray Shisgal, the same guy who wrote the play that Luv was based on. The two have some similarity, but this one worked a bit better. It's still nothing I need to ever revisit. Eli Wallach stars as an oddball NYC mailman who grows lonely and decides to kidnap a woman to be his mate. He intends to grab a young beauty, but instead takes unhappy middle-aged housewife Anne Jackson. Also featuring Bob Dishy, John Harkins, Ruth White, Rae Allen, Charles Nelson Reilly, Frances Sternhagen, Elizabeth Wilson, David Doyle, Joe Santos, James Luisi, John P. Ryan, Swoosie Kurtz, and Dustin Hoffman in his debut. I enjoyed seeing all the familiar faces in early roles, and Jackson is very good. 

Source: getTV

 

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Blindman (1971) Inspired Lunacy 

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Tony Anthony is the iconic philosophical Blindman, he wears a floppy sombrero with a cartridge belt hat band, a patchwork duster with one sleve missing, he has a Winchester rifle that has an extended magazine that comes to a point making it double as a walking stick/cane. He uses a braille map and compass. He wears a leather sign around his neck that he can flip open that reads Blind Man on top and the equivalent in Italian below. He has a seeing eye horse named "Boss" which takes him where he wants to go... when he asks for directions he tells whoever he's asking to "tell the horse".  ;D

"Boss" is some talented horse the whole credits sequence and about the first 4 minutes features the antics of this extraordinary steed.

Besides all this he's got extraordinary hearing and somewhat of a sixth sense and can mow down the baddies as he detects them,  ;D this ladies & gentlemen, is the essence of a good SW.  Its done well enough that you suspend belief, its a good flick.

He enters a cantina with his Winchester in his out stretched hand so naturally everyone scatters as he swings the thing around. When he gets a room for the night he swings the rifle around and breaks a mirror, lol.

The story is he's got a contract to deliver 50 mail order brides to a bunch of miners in Lost Creek, Texas. He arrives in the town of Big Inch to collect them but finds out that a bandito/pimp named Domingo has hijacked them to work in a bordello that he runs with his sister "Sweet Mama." They are pimping them to the Mexican Army. 

Domingo's brother is "Candy" played by Ringo Starr, he fancies a gringo blond and she is his undoing. Ringo does a great job with his character

This film even has a train scene that features the same squeeky windmill at a water stop along the railroad from Once Upon A Time In The West, (no I didn't see if it was Morton's RR  ;D). 

I watched two versions of this the English cut and the Italian cut, the English cut has less T&A nudity (what can you expect with 50 women and it being the 70's, (it reminds you an sexploration women in jail flick) and some bloody gunshots cut out so its a tad bit shorter.

The Italian Cut has a few more Blindman philosophical one liners that don't show up in the English language version. 

Here's one: 

"Being blind is like being half a man, being blind and having no money.....now that's a ****"

The sound track is also good. Shrieks, whistles, guitars, whip snaps, sounding a lot like Morricone but its Stelvio Cipriani. 

Source: SPO Entertainment Japan DVD, but I hear that a German release with an English language version is being released.

I didn't know what to expect with this flick but was pleasantly surprised. It's a hoot. 7/10
 

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44 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

The Tiger Makes Out  (1967)  -  5/10

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Comedy based on a play by Murray Shisgal, the same guy who wrote the play that Luv was based on. The two have some similarity, but this one worked a bit better. It's still nothing I need to ever revisit. Eli Wallach stars as an oddball NYC mailman who grows lonely and decides to kidnap a woman to be his mate. He intends to grab a young beauty, but instead takes unhappy middle-aged housewife Anne Jackson. Also featuring Bob Dishy, John Harkins, Ruth White, Rae Allen, Charles Nelson Reilly, Frances Sternhagen, Elizabeth Wilson, David Doyle, Joe Santos, James Luisi, John P. Ryan, Swoosie Kurtz, and Dustin Hoffman in his debut. I enjoyed seeing all the familiar faces in early roles, and Jackson is very good. 

Source: getTV

 

This movie poster reminded me of this... did you see the trailer for the new movie version of the Cats musical?

I've never seen the Cats play, but I thought it was just dancers dressed like cats.  I didn't realize that they were actually supposed to be cats? The movie version seemingly is about anthropomorphic cats, some who wear clothes and some who don't? 

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6 minutes ago, speedracer5 said:

This movie poster reminded me of this... did you see the trailer for the new movie version of the Cats musical?

I've never seen the Cats play, but I thought it was just dancers dressed like cats.  I didn't realize that they were actually supposed to be cats? The movie version seemingly is about anthropomorphic cats, some who wear clothes and some who don't? 

I posted about it, including the trailer, over in the "Films of 2019" thread. I said that it looked like it may be the worst big-budget movie ever made. Bad CGI, sappy songs, plus James Corden and Rebel Wilson in the same movie. Not for me. :lol:

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3 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I was going to bring that up yesterday when Raymond was being discussed, but I know some don't like it when personal lives are brought up.

Whenever I think of Gene Raymond, I think of the guy Louis Mayer made Jeannette MacDonald marry (and act as a beard for), as well as the guy who physically abused MacDonald, that is until Nelson Eddy reportedly beat him badly enough to hospitalize. 

Oh, and as a bland-to-terrible actor.

The one film in which I thought Gene Raymond was effectively cast was by Hitchcock in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And that's because in the film he played a square, a charisma-challenged stiff who was the boyfriend of Carole Lombard, his entire purpose in the film to make it apparent to the audience (long before Lombard does, of course) that she should drop this drip and return to her husband (Robert Montgomery), with whom she has far more in common (including, unlike Raymond, the possession of a personality).

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The Touch of Her Flesh  (1967)  -  3/10

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Ultra-sleazy exploitation from Michael & Roberta Findlay. Michael also stars (using the stage name "Robert West") as Richard Jennings, who flips out after he catches his wife with another man. He runs into traffic and ends up losing an eye, is confined to a wheelchair, and spends his days drinking Old Crow in his flophouse apartment. At night he goes to strip-clubs, before eventually setting out on a murderous rampage. Also featuring Angelique Pettyjohn, Suzanne Marre, Vivian Del Rio, and Peggy Steffans. Cheap, sordid, and mean. Followed by two sequels!

Source: Something Weird DVD

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7 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

This movie poster reminded me of this... did you see the trailer for the new movie version of the Cats musical?

I've never seen the Cats play, but I thought it was just dancers dressed like cats.  I didn't realize that they were actually supposed to be cats? The movie version seemingly is about anthropomorphic cats, some who wear clothes and some who don't? 

Yes, they're supposed to be cats in the original (and not just any cats, but the T.S. Eliot cats that Peter Ustinov talked about in "Logan's Run"), since Broadway allows us that abstract suspension of disbelief.  Movies....not so much.

 plus James Corden and Rebel Wilson in the same movie. Not for me. :lol:

The Internet reaction to the trailer seems to be divided down the middle:  Half the audience thinks James Corden's cat disturbingly resembles Mike Myers' "Cat in the Hat", while the other half think Rebel Wilson's does.  😱

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just watched my recording.......

& thought this was fantastic

especially Rudolf Hrušínský's sleezy performance

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Cremator, The (1969)

synopsis: Karl Kopfrkingl works at a crematorium in Prague. Obsessed with his duties, he believes he is not just cremating the dead, but liberating the souls of the departed. With Nazi forces gathering at the Czech border, he descends into a mania that allows him to enact his disturbed beliefs.

"...... The story combines features from black comedy and horror (comedy horror). It is often recognized as a follower of German Expressionist film[2] and also as an example of the Czechoslovak New Wave. ... The Cremator is often considered to be one of the best movies ever made in Czechoslovakia. It has also gathered a prominent cult following ....

the films reaction were different in every country, noting that "In Prague, people were depressed; in Slovakia, they laughed; in the Netherlands, it was a comedy from the beginning to the end"[9]TV Guide awarded the film 3/5 stars, stating that "Hrusinsky's scary performance highlights this morbid, darkly funny work."[10]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cremator

(BTW, whole movie's on YouTube also if not on TCM Demand) :)

 

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Zatoichi's Cane Sword  (1967)  -  7/10

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15th entry in the long-running Japanese film series. Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu), the blind masseur, expert gambler and master swordsman, finds himself caught up in the evil machinations of a local criminal gang and a corrupt official, as the citizenry prepare for New Year's festivals. Ichi also learns from a retired master swordsmith that his trusty cane sword has taken so much stress over his years of fighting that it is likely to shatter in his next battle. Also featuring Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiku Aoyama, Makoto Fujita, Kiyoko Suizenji, and Eijiro Tono. I enjoyed this entry in the series, even I felt that things are starting to get a little too repetitious. Examining the minutia of the cumulative damage to Ichi's sword is an interesting touch, though, and Katsu is just as fun in the lead as always.

Source: Criterion Blu ray

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Zatoichi the Outlaw  (1967)  -  7/10

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16th entry in the long-running Japanese series. Ichi (Shintaro Katsu) finds himself assisting some farmers who are striking for better conditions. The local yakuza are manipulating events, and Ichi finds himself betraying his principles. Also featuring Rentaro Mikuni, Ko Nishimura, Yuko Hamada, and Kenjiro Ishiyama. This was the first in the series directly produced by star Katsu under the banner of his Katsu Productions company. The look is different, harsher and with more abstract lighting, which doesn't always work. The script is also darker, with less of the usual humor, and a lot of sadness and betrayal. This is also easily the bloodiest in the series up to this point, with hacked off limbs and a high volume of bright red blood.

Source: Criterion Blu ray

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Zatoichi Challenged  (1967)  -  8/10

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17th entry in the long-running Japanese series. Ichi (Shintaro Katsu) finds himself escorting a young boy after the child's mother dies suddenly. Ichi agrees to take the boy to his father, an artist in a distant village. Unfortunately, Ichi finds that the father is being held captive by a yakuza gang who are forcing him to paint pornographic pictures that, while illegal, sell for big money to the decadent elite. Also featuring Jushiro Konoe as a mysterious and formidable samurai who keeps crossing paths with Ichi, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Mie Nakao, and Tatsuo Matsumura. The presence of a precocious kid didn't bode well, but this ended up being a good installment after all. Katsu's scenes with Konoe are particularly well done, and there's a terrific finale. This specific entry in the Zatoichi series served as the basis for the 1989 American remake Blind Fury, with Rutger Hauer as a blind Vietnam war vet who is a master swordsman.

Source: Criterion Blu ray

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David Crosby Remember My Name 8/10

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A just released documentary on the musical legend of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills And Nash (and later Young).

I loved this warts and all look at man who has overcome so many addiction and health problems that many can't believe he is still alive (including himself) in his late 70s. It goes through his life and his successes and failures in his private and professional life. 1960s music fans will be fascinated by his stories about Joni Mitchell, Cass Elliott and Jim Morrison. He had a particular disdain for Morrison, when he looked at photo of the Doors, he sneered "Morrison, what a dork!" It is interesting that Crosby always had a reputation for being difficult to work with, yet he seems to only recently had a break with former bandmates Graham Nash and Neil Young. Nash has angrily spewed venom about Crosby and Young refuses to speak or work with him again, and this only happened within the last few years! It is not revealed what Crosby has done to them, but Crosby hinted that he may have made remark about Young's girl friend. 

Anyway if you are a fan of Crosby or any of his musical groups or just 1960s and 1970s music this film is worth seeing.

I also forgot to mention, Crosby's father Floyd was a cinematographer in some classic films including "High Noon","Shack Out On 101" and "The Pit And The Pendulum" 

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19 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

This movie poster reminded me of this... did you see the trailer for the new movie version of the Cats musical?

I've never seen the Cats play, but I thought it was just dancers dressed like cats.  I didn't realize that they were actually supposed to be cats? The movie version seemingly is about anthropomorphic cats, some who wear clothes and some who don't? 

Don't get me started on that atrocity... I saw "Cats" on stage once, and that was enough for me. The movie trailer looks like nightmare fuel, to be honest. 

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10 minutes ago, NickAndNora34 said:

Don't get me started on that atrocity... I saw "Cats" on stage once, and that was enough for me. The movie trailer looks like nightmare fuel, to be honest. 

I have to compliment you on your new avatar, and the quote above it. Waiting for Guffman is a personal favorite. 

"Nothing ever happens on Mars!"

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Brides of Blood  (1968)  -  5/10

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Horror film from directors Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero. American scientist Dr. Paul Henderson (Kent Taylor), accompanied by his unfaithful wife Carla (Beverly Hills) and his assistant Jim Farrell (John Ashley), travels to the secluded Blood Island in the south Pacific. It seems the island was irradiated during nuclear tests in the late 1940's, and now the flora and fauna are mutating in aggressive monsters, including the humanoid "Evil One", a fearsome being that the natives sacrifice young women to. Also featuring Eva Darren, Mario Montenegro, Oscar Keesee, Ely Ramos Jr., and Andres Centenera. This Philippines-lensed mvoie is pretty outrageous, with graphic nudity and violence, although the latter is rather comical looking. This was followed by several semi-sequels, and helped fuel the Filipino exploitation film boom of the late 60's/early 70's.

Source: Alpha Video DVD

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Zabriskie Point (1970) 

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Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni starring Mark Frechette, Daria Halprin, and Rod Taylor. Some beautiful cinematography of Death Valley the Mojave Desert and also of Southern Arizona. Never saw it the first go round, it's of it's time. Counter culture Art Film, politics, smoking weed, civil rights, hippies etc., etc., with a soundtrack by Pink Floyd, The Youngbloods, Kaleidoscope, Jerry Garcia, Patti Page, Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, John Fahey and Roy Orbison who wrote and sang the theme song, over the credits, called "So Young (Love Theme From "Zabriskie Point")". 6/10

Source on line screener, that if it wasn't free I probably wouldn't have watched it.

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On 7/17/2019 at 6:38 PM, rayban said:

In "Ex-Lady", and other films, Gene Raymond could easily qualify as "dreamy".

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I found Raymond physically attractive in Ex-Lady, but like the leading men in many of Davis' films, fairly bland.  I enjoyed her in this movie -- she is really attractive, forthright, independent, and even sexy.   The "other man" part was made for Ricardo Cortez, and was sorry not to see him in that role.  Watching Raymond confirms why Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers shot to stardom after Flying Down to Rio, because they were the most happening thing in that musical; Raymond and Del Rio are gorgeous, but not much else.  

When I watched Raymond, I also thought about another early 30s blonde guy with whom I recently have become obsessed -- Douglas Montgomery.  I thought his performance as the young innocent soldier in Waterloo Bridge was so natural and honest.  Then, I saw him in Music in the Air, and thought he was about the handsomest thing going -- in leiderhosen yet.  He was Laurie in Little Women and had a couple of other roles, then went to the B's, and later to Britain.  Apparently, he was also the actor who played Ashley for many of the screen tests in Gone with the Wind (but the part went to the more mature and also blonde Leslie Howard).   Philips Holmes is another blonde actor that comes to mind as someone who was popular in the early 30s and faded away.   It does seem as if audiences favored blonde women, but that blonde men equaled bland (except for Cagney -- but maybe he was really a redhead).

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