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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby Lzcutter » July 20th, 2012, 10:08 pm

Illicit is way too talky!

James Rennie looks like he could be Fredric March's younger brother.
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » July 20th, 2012, 10:23 pm

You're right! A sibling of the real Frederic March! :lol:
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Postby moira finnie » July 21st, 2012, 8:50 am

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Ten Cents a Dance may be the most sympathetic role I have ever seen Ricardo Cortez play!

And he was good in the role!

I guess I am just too used to him being either selfish jerk or a bad guy.

I kept wondering when Ricardo Cortez was going to lunge at Babs, but was amazed that he seemed so restrained and high-minded. My real awe was reserved for the choice of Monroe Owsley as a mate for life. Typecast after his appearance in Holiday (1930) as Ann Harding's weakling brother, Owsley went on in his brief career to portray an incredible array of guys you would never bring home to mother (if you had one), much less spend unpaid time in his company off the dance floor. When he wasn't making Barbara Stanwyck feel guilty through his whining and wheedling, Owsley was just repellent. Given his portraits of masculinity in this movie, Holiday, Ex-Lady, and especially Call Her Savage (in a role as the most depraved individual the self-destructive Clara Bow could have chosen as a hubby), I must credit the actor with providing us with an intriguing argument against the pursuit of a conventional life via marriage expressed in pre-code's seediest terms . Poor Owsley's checkered career path was cut short by his early death of a heart attack at only 36 after a car accident--though the unwholesome portrayal of bad husband material was once again lifted by the almost as icky John Eldredge on movie screens for the rest of the decade.
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Postby JackFavell » July 21st, 2012, 10:19 am

I must credit the actor with providing us with an intriguing argument against the pursuit of a conventional life


Ha! I'll say. And what red blooded American gal would pick him over dreamy Cortez? I was in Ricardo heaven last night. sigh Image

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Postby Rita Hayworth » July 22nd, 2012, 2:57 pm

MIGHTY MANHATTAN - NEW YORK WONDER CITY - 1949 FILM
ON TCM TODAY ... July 22nd, 2012

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlka1oTpeok[/youtube]

This is very good and well made ... it's a great tour of the city back in 1949.

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » July 22nd, 2012, 5:05 pm

I have been enjoying the TCM Remembers with images of Celeste Holm, and feel that it is lovely, but I also will always remember her lovely voice as Addie Ross in A Letter To Three Wives, and she was never seen once on the big screen in that film.
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Postby CineMaven » July 22nd, 2012, 5:27 pm

Gee. Celeste. :(
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Postby Mr. Arkadin » July 28th, 2012, 3:08 pm

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The Walking Dead (1936) makes an early appearance tomorrow morning (7/29). An under appreciated Karloff gem that is a great introduction to his acting style and should appeal to non horror fans as well as the converted.

Karloff will also star in two Mr. Wong films, Doomed To Die and The Fatal Hour (both 1940) on the 31st.

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Postby moira finnie » July 28th, 2012, 3:32 pm

Thanks for the reminder about The Walking Dead, Ark. This film uses silence as well as music very eloquently. The poetic and dark sides of Karloff's unique screen persona become heartbreaking in one of his quietest performances. It is also interesting to see Edmund Gwenn playing a non-Kris Kringle part.

The framing and lighting of many scenes are expressionistic studies in the glories of black and white as well as the seamless use of a mobile camera. Cinematographer Hal Mohr and director Michael Curtiz were a great combo. Mohr worked with Curtiz on six movies such as Captain Blood (1936), beginning in the silent era when the Hungarian director made his first American movie, The Third Degree (1926.).

(It should make JackFavell happy since Ricardo Cortez is also featured prominently in this one. Sorry, Wendy, but the patent leather bounder gets what he deserves in this one!)
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Postby MichiganJ » July 28th, 2012, 4:40 pm

There aren't enough horror/gangster films, but The Walking Dead is certainly the best.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby JackFavell » July 28th, 2012, 6:52 pm

I was already jumping in to say that Ricardo is the most ee-vil of Karloff's enemies! So callous... he does get what he deserves. In fact, you wait for him to get his "comeuppance".

But he's one cute son of a bleep.

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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby moira finnie » July 30th, 2012, 9:38 am

FIVE CAME BACK (1939), a compelling "lost-in-the-jungle" story highlighted by a very good cast headed by Chester Morris, Lucille Ball (when she was a raffish RKO doxie), Joseph Calleia's haunting performance as a condemned man, and some fine moments for C. Aubrey Smith and Elisabeth Risdon.

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In photo: Chet & Lucy being directed by John Farrow, who is sitting next to the camera wearing a smile and specs.

This movie kicks off tonight's prime time classic adventure flicks on TCM at 8pm (ET).

Has anyone ever seen Plunder in the Sun (1953), the Glenn Ford movie also directed by Farrow that is scheduled for 11:30pm (ET)? Is it worth a look?
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby JackFavell » July 30th, 2012, 10:27 am

YES! I love FIVE CAME BACK for obvious reasons - Calleia gets a really nice plum role for a change. One of those microcosms-of-the-world-in-a-small-group movies....it goes a little bit different direction than you think it will. This makes for a really interesting movie, even if it is overlooked because of its competition at the box office the year it was made- 1939.

I haven't seen Plunder of the Sun, never even heard of it, but with Diana Lynn AND Patricia Medina in the cast, I am sure I can get into this Glenn Ford movie. I am looking forward to Island in the Sky, which I've never seen all the way through. How the heck does it come out? I've always missed the end! WAIT, don't tell me. :D

I am especially excited about Sinbad the Sailor which I haven't seen since I was a kid! Maybe I can stay up long enough to see it and get a recording of it, after the heartbreak of missing The Corsican Brothers a few months ago, which I also haven't seen since I was a kid.

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Postby moira finnie » July 30th, 2012, 10:37 am

JackFavell wrote:I am looking forward to Island in the Sky, which I've never seen all the way through. How the heck does it come out? I've always missed the end! WAIT, don't tell me.

No spoilers, but it's quite a good, somewhat unexpected ending. I like the Duke in Island in the Sky--I think the early to mid-'50s were good years for him as an actor and as eye candy. :roll:

Irish actor and late member of the John Ford stock company, Sean McClory is in both Island in the Sky and Plunder in the Sun, both of which were Batjac Productions and sat on the shelf of Wayne's estate for years before they were released at last on DVD a few years ago, along with The High and the Mighty.
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Re: Coming Up on TCM

Postby JackFavell » July 30th, 2012, 11:26 am

Oh good! I'll be looking for Sean when I watch those, the big lug.

I've noticed some very creative programming this last week before SUTS. I am enjoying the strings of movies with lesser known actors and actresses, and all the not necessarily dog movies, but movies with dogs in prominent roles.

Of course, I may be misreading the schedule. It's happened before that I thought they were programming a series of films with a bit or character actor, only to find out it was because a major star happened to work with my favorite lovable curmudgeon or palooka eight times. It just shows you how my mind works, I always look for the supporting cast first. :D


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