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Did anyone get any movie related things for Christmas this year?

 

I got the 4 disc TCM Greatest Classic Legends Collection: Eleanor Powell.  I'm really looking forward to this collection.  Powell is someone I've discovered recently courtesy of TCM and I just love her dancing.  Sure her films are lightweight, not too involved plot wise, but the plots aren't the point in her films.  Her fantastic dance routines are.  Ann Miller was my favorite female tap dancer, but now I think I'm going to have to give the title to Powell.  I love her exuberance during her performances.  Her face glows when she's dancing.  I'm so happy TCM has made this collection available.

 

I also got Only Angels Have Wings.  This was a great film that I saw for the first time last year.  It's directed by Howard Hawks and stars Cary Grant and Jean Arthur and co-starring a very young Rita Hayworth.  I really enjoyed this film.  Grant is outside of his usual persona, but is very good.  I also am a big fan of Hayworth.  Arthur is another performer who I've discovered courtesy of TCM and I'm so happy that TCM made this film available via their TCM Vault Collection.  The Columbia release of this film seems harder to find.

 

Finally, I got Inside Out.  I loved this latest Pixar film.  I thought it was very clever and I identified with the Disgust emotion. Lol.  This was a great film and I look forward to the next Pixar films.

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Well, someone somewhere in my family heard that I had seen a superhero movie once in my life and liked it, so word got around to buy me superhero stuff. Someone got me the new Avengers movie on blu ray, which I saw in the theater and didn't really care for. Someone else got me seasons 1 & 3 of the Adam West Batman show. Not something I particularly wanted, but I'll watch them. I usually buy my self something movie-related for Christmas, and this year it was the Criterion box set of Carl Theodor Dreyer films, including DAY OR WRATH, ORDET, and GERTRUD, as well as a feature length documentary on Dreyer. I also got blu rays of OUT OF THE PAST, ACE IN THE HOLE, and PERFORMANCE.

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Clearly it was better for me to give than to receive.  I got my nephew DVDs of The Day of the Jackal and All the President's Men.  I got my niece a DVD of Invitation to the Dance, and my brother a DVD of Atlantic City, while I gave my sister a DVD of Two Days, One Night while both she and her husband got a copy of To The Wonder.  Whether they will actually watch these DVDs is an open question.  I actually asked for a copy of The Confession for Christmas, but clearly it was too awkward for them to get.  So I got a lot of very generous gift certificates, which I used to get books.

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I received the book FRANK AND AVA IN LOVE AND WAR by John Brady, and a $30 gift card to the Malco Cinema here. In a recent post I wrote that the theatre doesn`t bring in many of the critically accalaimed new movies. I appreciate the card, but I think that it will take me awhile to use the card up.

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I received the book FRANK AND AVA IN LOVE AND WAR by John Brady, and a $30 gift card to the Malco Cinema here. In a recent post I wrote that the theatre doesn`t bring in many of the critically accalaimed new movies. I appreciate the card, but I think that it will take me awhile to use the card up.

I've never heard of that book.  I'm going to need to look for that in the library.  The title sounds intriguing enough for me.  

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I got gift cards. :D

 

For my nieces who are still young, I got one a DVD of National Velvet and the other a DVD of The Little Princess. I thought about giving her Bright Eyes, but that one is in black and white, and I also didn't know if my sister would approve of the Jane Withers character. :lol:

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I got gift cards. :D

 

For my nieces who are still young, I got one a DVD of National Velvet and the other a DVD of The Little Princess. I thought about giving her Bright Eyes, but that one is in black and white, and I also didn't know if my sister would approve of the Jane Withers character. :lol:

 

I haven't seen Bright Eyes.  What does the Jane Withers character do?  I cannot imagine anything in a Shirley Temple movie being questionable for children.

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Among other things, she tears a doll limb from limb.

 

She also offers to play a "game" with Shirley in which the intended outcome will be Jane ramming her baby carriage into Shirley, but everybody in the audience, and Shirley on screen, see what's coming a mile away so Shirley pulls out and Jane goes crashing all by her lonesome, much to the delight of Jane's rich greatuncle.

 

Jane also gets the shocking last line, but to mention that would give away the plot of the movie. (Not that you can't guess where a Shirley Temple movie is going, though.) All in all, Jane plays a hilarious brat who steals most of the scenes she and Shirley are in.

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Among other things, she tears a doll limb from limb.She also offers to play a "game" with Shirley in which the intended outcome will be Jane ramming her baby carriage into Shirley, but everybody in the audience, and Shirley on screen, see what's coming a mile away so Shirley pulls out and Jane goes crashing all by her lonesome, much to the delight of Jane's rich greatuncle.Jane also gets the shocking last line, but to mention that would give away the plot of the movie. (Not that you can't guess where a Shirley Temple movie is going, though.) All in all, Jane plays a hilarious brat who steals most of the scenes she and Shirley are in.

Thanks for the info! That sounds like my kind of movie. Hopefully TCM will air it soon. I missed it during Shirley's SOTM time.

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Our family got movie related gifts mostly. We got a stack of classic DVDs such as Gigi, Shane, 1938 Robin Hood, The Great Race, To Have & Have Not, a collection of "silver screen romances" with 8 films like It Should happen To You and Down to Earth, and a Fox collection with My Friend Flicka, Little Miss Broadway, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and, the excuse for buying the collection, Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines (I finally got to see it and I loved it!). Thanks to the Star Wars merchandise blitz we got some cool memorabilia like cups, water bottles, a Vader mug, Chewbacca slippers, and an R2D2 pillow. Coolest thing was a costume book called The Hollywood Sketchbook (as I recall) which is a huge book of nothing but costumers' original sketches. There is probably other stuff I forgot.

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Our family got movie related gifts mostly. We got a stack of classic DVDs such as Gigi, Shane, 1938 Robin Hood, The Great Race, To Have & Have Not, a collection of "silver screen romances" with 8 films like It Should happen To You and Down to Earth, and a Fox collection with My Friend Flicka, Little Miss Broadway, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and, the excuse for buying the collection, Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines (I finally got to see it and I loved it!). Thanks to the Star Wars merchandise blitz we got some cool memorabilia like cups, water bottles, a Vader mug, Chewbacca slippers, and an R2D2 pillow. Coolest thing was a costume book called The Hollywood Sketchbook (as I recall) which is a huge book of nothing but costumers' original sketches. There is probably other stuff I forgot.

Wow! It sounds like you got a lot of great things.  I have the Adventures of Robin Hood blu-ray.  That is a fantastic disc to own.  I love To Have and Have Not too.  I have it as part of the "Bogie and Bacall Signature Collection." 

 

I got a couple gift cards and some Christmas money, which I hope to turn into more movies :-) I am insane though. I keep getting more movies and recording more but I'm making hardly a dent on my DVR.

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 I received a gift card so I purchased The Sinatra Film Collection. Volumn 1 includes THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION, KING`S GO FORTH, A HOLE IN THE HEAD, and CAN-CAN. Volumn 2 includes THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, VON RYAN`S EXPRESS, CAST A GIANT SHADOW, TONY ROME, THE DETECTIVE, and THE LADY IN CEMENT. All the movies aren`t gems, but THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is included which isn`t being shown during Frank`s TCM salute. On my own I bought the second volumn of James Kaplan`s biography of frank THE CHAIRMAN 2015. I have read 100 pages of the first volumn THE VOICE 2010, and this is the best bio of Frank that I have read. Frank has just left the Harry James band, and he is now billed under Tommy Dorsey with whom he is now playing to the anger of drummer Buddy Rich. Since it is Frank`s last night on TCM, I will continue reading after THE JOKER IS WILD. I will dvr SOME CAME RUNNING.

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 I received a gift card so I purchased The Sinatra Film Collection. Volumn 1 includes THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION, KING`S GO FORTH, A HOLE IN THE HEAD, and CAN-CAN. Volumn 2 includes THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, VON RYAN`S EXPRESS, CAST A GIANT SHADOW, TONY ROME, THE DETECTIVE, and THE LADY IN CEMENT. All the movies aren`t gems, but THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE is included which isn`t being shown during Frank`s TCM salute. On my own I bought the second volumn of James Kaplan`s biography of frank THE CHAIRMAN 2015. I have read 100 pages of the first volumn THE VOICE 2010, and this is the best bio of Frank that I have read. Frank has just left the Harry James band, and he is now billed under Tommy Dorsey with whom he is now playing to the anger of drummer Buddy Rich. Since it is Frank`s last night on TCM, I will continue reading after THE JOKER IS WILD. I will dvr SOME CAME RUNNING.

 

I liked A Hole in the Head.  It was a good film.  Though I wish Eleanor Parker had had a bigger role.  I remember seeing Can-Can, but I don't remember much about it. 

 

I'm planning on placing a hold at the library for that Frank and Ava book you mentioned.  I just need to finish everything I'm reading right now.

 

I have a handful of Sinatra films I recorded but haven't watched yet.  Tonight I'm recording Sinatra (the concert) and The Joker is Wild.  I haven't seen the film and it co-stars Mitzi Gaynor who I like.

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I mostly gave, as opposed to having received, movie related things. I got my sister a couple of Katherine Hepburn films, as well as a Kate biography. I gave her girlfriend a DVD set of Cary Grant movies. I gave my brother and his wife Blurays of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. I gave close friends movie-related books, including one on classic pinups, biographies of Frank Sinatra, Tallulah Bankhead, Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Lucy and Desi, and Holly Woodlawn. I also gave a friend the James Robert Parrish book, The Forties Girls (Gals?), which I already have and came across super cheap....I couldn't pass it up. I ordered late a couple of Tyrone Power films for a friend; she has been in love with him since she was like 12. They have yet to arrive.

 

I did get a DVD collection of the three James Dean movies, all of which I have, plus, a couple of gift cards for bookstores.....movie books and DVDs will be the most likely purchases. I also bought myself tons of movie books (well about 40) a few weeks ago, mostly biographies. These should keep me busy all next year. I've yet to go onto Amazon and see if there are any DVDs to get myself, or to see which new releases of the Fox Cinema Classics to buy. But I'm all tapped out right now.

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I mostly gave, as opposed to having received, movie related things. I got my sister a couple of Katherine Hepburn films, as well as a Kate biography. I gave her girlfriend a DVD set of Cary Grant movies. I gave my brother and his wife Blurays of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. I gave close friends movie-related books, including one on classic pinups, biographies of Frank Sinatra, Tallulah Bankhead, Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Lucy and Desi, and Holly Woodlawn. I also gave a friend the James Robert Parrish book, The Forties Girls (Gals?), which I already have and came across super cheap....I couldn't pass it up. I ordered late a couple of Tyrone Power films for a friend; she has been in love with him since she was like 12. They have yet to arrive.

I did get a DVD collection of the three James Dean movies, all of which I have, plus, a couple of gift cards for bookstores.....movie books and DVDs will be the most likely purchases. I also bought myself tons of movie books (well about 40) a few weeks ago, mostly biographies. These should keep me busy all next year. I've yet to go onto Amazon and see if there are any DVDs to get myself, or to see which new releases of the Fox Cinema Classics to buy. But I'm all tapped out right now.

 

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I liked A Hole in the Head.  It was a good film.  Though I wish Eleanor Parker had had a bigger role.  I remember seeing Can-Can, but I don't remember much about it. 

 

I'm planning on placing a hold at the library for that Frank and Ava book you mentioned.  I just need to finish everything I'm reading right now.

 

I have a handful of Sinatra films I recorded but haven't watched yet.  Tonight I'm recording Sinatra (the concert) and The Joker is Wild.  I haven't seen the film and it co-stars Mitzi Gaynor who I like.

A few notes on THE JOKER IS WILD. Frank and Joe E. Lewis were friends of long standing, and Frank was eager to portray Joe in the biopic. The premiere took place in August 1957, and Frank`s date was Lauren Bacall. Before the premiere party which was held after the showing Frank asked Joe E. not to ask him to sing. The party was held at the El Rancho Vegas where Joe E. was performing. Joe E. forgot, and he asked Frank to sing. At that point Frank and Lauren left the party. Frank always sang at The Sands, and he did not want to sing at a competitor`s casino. As Robert said in his closing remarks, Joe E. had a cameo in THE LADY IN CEMENT. I enjoyed the movie very much, but for some reason Mitzi Gaynor got on my nerves. I much preferred Jeanne Crain, and Beverly Garland. Frank chose Charles Vidor to direct the film, probably because he so expertly directed LOVE OR LEAVE ME with Doris Day and James Cagney. Seth MacFarlane has said how much he admires Frank and Nelson Riddle`s arrangements. Nelson helped to rejuvenate frank`s singing career with Capital Records in 1953. The special of Frank`s that I enjoyed the most was THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC 1965 which Nelson co conducted. This special won a well deserved Emmy. Frank did not want to continually stay with one arranger. Billy May, Gordon Jenkins, Don Costa, and Quincy Jones were other arrangers that Frank used. Nelson was insecure, and his feeling were hurt when Frank chose someone else. With a few exceptions my favorite Frank songs were done with Nelson Riddle.

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I've never heard of that book.  I'm going to need to look for that in the library.  The title sounds intriguing enough for me.  

I hope that your library will have the book available. Ava was the great beauty and love of Frank`s life. They stayed in touch until her death in 1990. My daughter ordered the book on Amazon.

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I can't believe it's taken me two weeks to respond to this thread. I've been meaning to post here ever since I saw it. I don't know why it sometimes takes me so long to get around to doing things. (Goes all the way back to my handing in my essays at least a week late in my university days. But we won't "go there"...)

Hope it isn't too late.

 

So, I got two boxed sets of DVDs for Christmas, both British-related.

 

One is something called "British Noir",a 5 DVD set from some company called "KINO Classics". The five titles are:

They Met in the Dark

The October Man

Snowbound

The Golden Salamander

The Assassin

 

They range from 1943 to 1952. I've never heard of any of them, and I've heard of a lot of noirs. I looked them up in my Noir Encyclopaedia, but none of them are mentioned (that doesn't necessarily mean they don't count, though.)

Haven't had a chance to watch any of them yet. Has anyone out there heard of these movies? Any good?

 

The other boxed set I got is a fabulous collection from Criterion (and we all know what a reputable name that is), again British-themed: It's called "David Lean directs Noel Coward". The four movies are all collaborations between Coward (screenplay) and Lean (direction.) 

In Which We Serve

This Happy Breed

Blithe Spirit

Brief Encounter

 

I've heard of the first two, of course, but never seen them. Am looking forward to this, especially "This Happy Breed". The latter two films I've seen and love, especially "Brief Encounter".

 

David Lean was good before he forgot to be lean in his film-making and started making fat movies.

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