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Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 7th, 2017, 9:10 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Here's an IMDb review of.....


From Canadian fan GPachovsky:

"With its catchy title, an exotic location, some peppy tunes, and a good cast, THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE could have been a passably good musical had screenwriters Lewis R. Foster (who also directed it) and Daniel Mainwaring paid more attention to the plot instead of letting the intended 3-D effects carry the burden. As it is, we have an uninspired programmer masquerading as a musical whose only real merit is the introduction of then-current radio chart-busters Teresa Brewer and Guy Mitchell to the movie going public.

All proceedings are undermined by a confused plot which takes place during the late 1800s in a Klondike where the journey from Skagway to Dawson is as easy as a Sunday afternoon constitutional with no White Horse Pass to pose any peril, where the weather is so balmy that the characters need not wear ear muffs or mitts for protection from frostbite or even see their own breath, and where snowstorms are non-existent. There is not even a hint of a single gold strike nor of fortunes won and lost overnight.

The movie just can't make up its mind whether its plot is one of revenge for the murder of the eponymous redheads' father or to showcase the young women's determination to adapt to the "harsh" life in the remote northern reaches of Canada on their own. The requisite villain, a one-dimensional cipher, appears only twice: the first time at the beginning to kill the father and the second time at the end to be dispatched by the hero (Gene Barry) so that the latter can win the admiration and eternal gratitude of the heroine, lovely Rhonda Fleming.

Still, the musical numbers, "Chick-A-Boom," "Baby, Baby, Baby," and the beautiful ballad "I Guess It was You all the Time," performed with verve and gusto by Mr. Mitchell and Miss Brewer, are entertaining in their own right, even if they don't fit the situations or advance the plot in any way.

But there is one good reason for watching this movie and that reason is Teresa Brewer. "Tessie," as she was known to her fellow musicians, simply illuminates the screen with her bubbly effervescence every time she enters a scene. She grabs your attention and holds it. This is no mean feat given that she often has to share the screen with gorgeous Rhonda Fleming but she does just that. Watch her face as she eagerly anticipates greetings from her estranged family as they approach her from church, only to be snubbed by them as a show of disapproval of her chosen vocation as a dance hall singer. Tessie was a natural on-screen performer and it's a shame she didn't pursue a career in movies. Paramount had apparently offered her a contract but she turned it down so that she could have time to raise a family. Had she not done so, she might have gone on to rival the popularity of Warner's Doris Day. She certainly had the personality and talent."

PT, Any stories to share about this film and Agnes?

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 9th, 2017, 9:28 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Here's my review of Joseph Egan's latest book:
"The Diaries May Be Purple, But This Book Is Pure Gold!"

The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s

"Purple? I'd Say It Was More Like Gold!

Having a top-notch researcher plumbing the depths of archives for minute details that flesh out the experiences of all the major players in one of the hottest scandals to ever grace newspaper headlines makes fascinating reading. Access to Mary Astor's daughter, Marylyn Thorpe Roh, and being able to conduct an in-depth interview with her makes the narrative arrive to a coda that captures all the nuances of the mother and daughter struggles through the trial and its aftermath. Roh, the only person who could answer all of biographer Joseph Egan's probing questions consented to several interviews and shared her personal experiences, photos, and memories of her mother. A more compelling analysis of the main player in such a well-publlicized saga doesn't exist, while the evolution of such a massive research project is just as fascinating as its subject. Photos of and comments about major Hollywood players, high-priced legal eagles, abusive parents, and a self-seeking ex-husband enrich Egan's narrative as much as the motivations of such a popular Oscar-winning actress who struggled with alcoholism and a heart condition while also realizing one of her earlier ambitions to become a writer. If you are intrigued, this review pales when compared to the actual treasures of reading "The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s."

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 10th, 2017, 12:10 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Art Directors Guild Awards To Showcase 30 Original Film Backdrops
Over 30 Backdrops from Films Such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Ben-Hur”
and "North by Northwest" Will Be Displayed at the Feb. 11 Ceremony[/b]


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8, 2017 – Monumental Hollywood backdrops from classic films such as Singin’ in the Rain, Ben-Hur, Hello, Dolly! and North by Northwest will be showcased at the 21st Annual Art Directors Guild's Excellence in Production Design Awards (IATSE Local 800), held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland and hosted by Emmy®-winning comedian Patton Oswalt.

Hand-painted film backdrops from over 30 films will be displayed on canvas and on a large LED monitor during the pre-show cocktail reception and awards program. Guests will have the opportunity to take photos in front of the “Make Them Laugh” backing from Singin’ in the Rain.

The awards presentation, organized by ADG Awards co-producer Thomas Walsh, is part of a continued collaboration between ADG and J.C. Backings in celebration of The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop’s book release in November 2016, published by Regan Arts, a Phaidon Global Company. The Art Directors Guild Archives joined forces with the book’s authors Karen L. Maness and Richard M. Isackes to compile a definitive behind-the-scenes history of scenic artists who crafted the iconic but now endangered art form of the Hollywood backdrop.

"We delight in the fact that historic motion picture backings will be displayed at the Art Directors Guild Awards,” said Karen L. Maness, the book’s co-author. “Attendees will witness for themselves the majesty of these classic paintings.” Added Walsh, “This book proves that this profession cannot be fully replaced by technology, rather that this art form remains a necessary, tactile, visual, and immersive creative endeavor.

I'd love to see some of these at the festival!!!!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 10th, 2017, 5:48 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
My latest blog post, "TCM Film Festival Memories Entice Pass Holders To Return In Larger Numbers Every Year" :

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 13th, 2017, 2:49 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
New films! New Guests!

Sidney Poitier! Lee Grant! Todd Fisher! Billie Lourd! Mel Brooks! And More!!!

Announced 2017 Special Guests:


JOHN BADHAM - Director

JERRY BECK - Animation Historian

PETER BOGDANOVICH - Actor, Director and Author


MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Actor, Writer




LEE GRANT - Actor, Director and Author

BUCK HENRY - Writer and Actor

FREDERICK HODGES - Music director

LESLIE IWERKS - Director and Producer


QUINCY JONES - Producer, Composer, Conductor and Musician



RUSSELL MERRITT - Director and producer



SIDNEY POITIER - Actor and Director

SEAN SHARP - Baritone, graphics director and DJ


*We regret the following will no longer attend as previously announced:

STEPHEN HORNE - Composer and Musician

DIANA ROWAN - Composer and Musician

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 13th, 2017, 8:00 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Films update!

In the Heat of the Night (1967)
A 50th anniversary screening of Norman Jewison’s landmark drama (and Best Picture winner) starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Poitier broke stereotypes and new ground for his leading role as a black northern cop who finds himself investigating a murder in small-town Mississippi.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
You’ve got a Golden Ticket to enter a world of pure imagination as you relive the magic of this whimsical fantasy film that celebrates the bliss of being young at heart. Gene Wilder stars as the quirky candy tycoon Willy Wonka, who opens the doors of his factory to five lucky children from around the world.

Detective Story (1951) – Featuring an appearance by Lee Grant
Lee Grant earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her film debut as a shoplifter, who finds herself in the hot seat of an angry, hard-nosed detective (Kirk Douglas) obsessed with getting justice. William Wyler directs this day-in-the-life police drama that received three other Oscar nominations, including Eleanor Parker for Best Actress.

The Landlord (1970) – Featuring an appearance by Lee Grant
Hal Ashby made his directorial debut with this film about a wealthy young man (Beau Bridges) who buys a tenement in a Brooklyn neighborhood and attempts to evict the current black tenants, only to have his life changed when he gets to know them. Lee Grant co-stars in a scene-stealing role as Bridges’ well-to-do mother.

The Graduate (1967) – Featuring an appearance by Buck Henry
A 50th anniversary screening of Mike Nichols’ iconic film that made a star out of Dustin Hoffman and become a pop culture milestone due to its highly quotable dialogue and memorable soundtrack from Simon & Garfunkel. Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a college graduate who has an affair with a neighbor’s wife, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), then finds himself falling for the woman’s daughter (Katherine Ross).

Saturday Night Fever (1977) – Featuring appearances by John Badham and Donna Pascow
John Travolta danced his way to superstardom with his iconic performance as Tony Manero, a young Brooklyn man who finds success and love at the local disco. With its infectious soundtrack from the Bee Gees and iconic dance sequences, the film brought disco into mainstream and became an instant classic still much loved by audiences 40 years later.

The Last Picture Show (1971) – Featuring an appearance by Peter Bogdanovich
Director Peter Bogdanovich left his mark with this eight-time Academy Award-nominated coming-of-age story about love, loss and boredom in a tiny Texas town set in 1951. The film was the screen debut of Cybil Sheperd and stars Jeff Bridges, with Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson both garnering Oscar wins for their roles in the film.

What’s Up, Doc? (1972) – Featuring an appearance by Peter Bogdanovich
In Peter Bogdanovich’s homage to classic screwball comedy starring Ryan O’Neal and Barbra Streisand, four identical, plaid overnight bags cause a slew of zany misadventures for four strangers in San Francisco. This film earned a Golden Globe nomination for Madeline Kahn and cemented her onscreen comedic persona.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952) – Featuring an appearance by Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd
TCM honors the late Debbie Reynolds with this 65th anniversary screening of the film often called the greatest musical ever made. Reynolds and Gene Kelly star as an ingénue and silent film star, respectively, who fall in love as Hollywood transitions from silent films into talkies.

Postcards From The Edge (1990) – Featuring an appearance by Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd
The late Carrie Fisher adapted the screenplay of this dramatic comedy from her semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as a recovering drug addict whose acting career is jeopardized when her famous mother (Shirley MacLaine) moves in. An all-star cast rounds out this Mike Nicolas directed picture featuring Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss and Annette Bening.

High Anxiety (1977) – Featuring an appearance by Mel Brooks
The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, is the inspiration (and co-writer) of this 40th anniversary genre spoof, where Mel Brooks plays a doctor who must overcome his diagnosis of “high anxiety” to prove he was framed for murder. A number of Brooks’ repertory company returns including Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Ron Carey.

Casablanca (1942)
Celebrate the 75th anniversary screening of one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic drama, starring Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, the owner of a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, whose life changes forever when his lost love, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), walks into his club and back into his life.

50th Anniversary Screening of In the Heat of the Night (1967) To Open 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival
Festival To Celebrate Oscar® Winner Sidney Poitier, Producer Walter Mirisch, Director Norman Jewison, Actress Lee Grant and Composer Quincy Jones

Additional Appearances Include Oscar® Winner Mel Brooks, Oscar Winner Lee Grant and Oscar Nominee Buck Henry

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will kick off the 8th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 6th with a 50th anniversary screening of the Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger classic In the Heat of the Night (1967). The iconic actor Sidney Poitier, who will attend the screening, broke stereotypes and new ground when he starred in this five time Academy Award winner about a black detective from the north who finds himself investigating a murder in a small-town in Mississippi. Producer Walter Mirisch and Director Norman Jewison along with actress Lee Grant and composer Quincy Jones will be on hand to discuss the film which is considered to be a landmark.

The festival, set to take place April 6 – April 9 in Hollywood, will also include tributes to the following industry legends:

Actress Lee Grant will be feted with a tribute featuring a screening of her debut film Detective Story (1951), along with The Landlord (1970) and a conversation in Club TCM
Actor-director Peter Bogdanovich will be celebrated with screenings of The Last Picture Show (1971) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972) as well as a conversation in Club TCM
Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will be honored with screenings of Singin’ In The Rain (1952) and Postcards from the Edge (1990) with family members Todd Fisher and Billie Lourd hosting extended conversations at both screenings
This year’s festival will include a multitude of special anniversary films, poolside screenings and talent appearances including:

Mel Brooks on hand to introduce a 40th anniversary screening of his Alfred Hitchcock spoof High Anxiety (1977)
Actor and screenwriter Buck Henry introducing the 50th anniversary world premiere restoration from Rialto Pictures of the seminal classic The Graduate (1967)
40th anniversary world premiere restoration from Paramount Pictures screening of Saturday Night Fever (1977) including appearances by director John Badham and actress Donna Pescow
75th anniversary screening of the Oscar® winning classic Casablanca (1942)
Opening night poolside screening at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel featuring Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 13th, 2017, 8:45 pm
by Professional Tourist
Sue Sue Applegate wrote:Image
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PT, Any stories to share about this film and Agnes?
Nope. :wink: In my opinion, it's not much of a picture. The most interesting moment for me is watching AM's character ride in a dog sled, with her youngest daughter up front, the two of them passing a cat between them named 'President McKinley' for warmth. And 'President McKinley' was about to have kittens. :o :P

If anyone wants to watch this thing, it's currently up on YouTube:

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 13th, 2017, 9:35 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Thanks, PT! All of the reviews I've read agree with your comments. Thanks for the youtube link!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 17th, 2017, 1:00 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate

One film that certainly blends with our comedic fest theme this season is 1982's My Favorite Year. I hope it will be added to the lineup. Director Richard Benjamin and Marc Linn-Baker have recently introduced it at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which has just concluded. Maybe it was a practice run for April in LA? Will we have our swash buckled? I shall raise a flagon of ale to toast it's arrival on the list!

Here's a link to the AJFF announcement for My Favorite Year, and take time to notice who sponsored the screening if you have a few minutes:

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 19th, 2017, 6:12 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate

It's having a 35th Anniversary. I'd love to be listening to that Henry Mancini score in LA in April.

Here's Vincent Canby's original review: ... A964948260
Here's Roger Ebert's take:

Blake Edwards wrote and directed many comedies, and it would be fabulous to have Julie Andrews visit the TCMFF again to celebrate this masterpiece!


Maybe we will have another star-studded update this week!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 20th, 2017, 8:14 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
"King of Hearts" is now back on the roster of films, so it's official again, and Genevieve Bujold's bio, as well as Sidney Poitier's, is now posted on the special guests list:


"Known for bringing a mixture of innocence and intensity to her acting, Geneviève Bujold’s career spans an illustrious five decades. Born in 1942 in Montreal, Quebec, the French Canadian star began her dramatic career at the Montreal Conservatory of Dramatic Art, where she trained in classic French theatre. Her break into cinema came in 1965 when she was recommended to the iconic French director Alain Renais, who cast her in the 1966 film The War is Over. That same year she starred alongside Alan Bates in the Philippe de Broca’s cult classic KING OF HEARTS (1966). She caught the eye of Hollywood producers and starred in the television adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s St. Joan (1967) for which she earned an Emmy nomination. That same year, Bujold returned to Canada where she married film director Paul Almond and starred in the first of five films of his, Isabel. Bujold made her Hollywood film debut two years later starring as Anne Boleyn opposite Richard Burton as King Henry the VIII in Anne of a Thousand Days (1969). The performance earned Bujold a Golden Globe win for Best Actress and her first Oscar nomination. The 1970s proved fruitful as Bujold continued on in a host of riveting classical performances and Hollywood hits that included working with Brian DePalma, Michael Douglas and Charlton Heston. She stayed busy throughout the 1980s winning a series of Genie Awards in Canada before slowing down in the ‘90s. Bujold continues to work in primarily independent, small-budget films with her most recent being the Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominated film Chorus (2015)."

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 21st, 2017, 9:56 am
by Sue Sue Applegate
Only 31 films have been announced so far, and we usually have around 80 finally announced on the schedule, with several panel discussions, and some book signings.

Here are a few article updates concernings films scheduled or special guests who have been announced:

Kliph Nestorhoff's latest article about Cary Grant: ... ience.html

Sidney Poitier's daughter speaks out about the legacy of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" : ... cd34c3c39c

Festival goer Sam has been to all 7 TCM Film Festivals!

Do you know someone who has been to all 7 film fests? Send me a private message. I'd love to feature them on Sue Sue's column.

Thanks for stopping by to see what Sue Sue Sez!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 23rd, 2017, 11:54 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is taking up permanent residence in the shadowy world of film noir with the launch of Noir Alley, a new programming franchise hosted by Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation. Known to classic film fans as “The Czar of Noir,” Muller will explore the genre from every angle as he introduces a different noir classic each week. Noir Alley will air Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET) starting March 5 with a screening of the movie widely credited as the first film noir, The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Film noir, with its gritty and dark style, was a favorite among 1940s and 1950s moviegoers and continues to be one of the most popular genres of classic film today. Noir Alley will showcase film noir's heavy hitters each week including the below March lineup:

March 5: The Maltese Falcon (1941), the unforgettable classic about "the stuff that dreams are made of," directed by first-time director John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet

March 12: Detour (1945), a remarkable and highly influential film directed on a shoestring budget by Edgar G. Ulmer and starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage

March 19: Act of Violence (1948), a revenge tale about WWII veterans directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Van Heflin and Robert Ryan

March 26: Tension (1949), an engrossing thriller about a would-be wife killer directed by John Berry and starring Richard Basehart and Audrey Totter

Noir Alley is designed to be an immersive, multiplatform experience for both seasoned noir fans and newcomers to the genre. Fans are invited to engage with the Noir Alley community through social media by:

Joining the conversation on the @NoirAlley Twitter page ( and Noir Alley Facebook page ( and tagging #NoirAlley;
Participating in a live tweeting session through the @NoirAlley Twitter handle during the March 5 screening of The Maltese Falcon

Diving into Noir Alley's Twitter and Facebook pages, which will feature a constantly refreshed collection of special content, including exclusive videos from Eddie Muller.

“With this series dedicated to nothing but film noir, we will trace the evolution from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films," said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. "As one of the foremost experts on film noir and a noir preservationist, Eddie Muller is the perfect guide to lead fans into the shadows each week for an immersive, hard-boiled experience.”

“Film noir offers more than just entertainment,” said Muller. “They serve as a vital part of both film and American history and I’m honored to have the opportunity to share these cinematic treasures – from the well-known classics to the unsung gems waiting to be rediscovered – with TCM's community of movie lovers."


For a complete schedule, please visit
Or go here: ... hedule.pdf

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Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: February 24th, 2017, 1:42 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Film Festival 2017 update. What's up with the schedule, Doc!

What film images do I want to see pop up on the TCM Film Festival website?

Victor, Victoria (with Lesley Anne Warren and/or Julie Andrews)
Anne of The Thousand Days (with scheduled guest Genevieve Bujold)
The Opposite Sex (the oft-reviled 'remake' of "The Women," which should be accepted on its own 'merits')
The Ruling Class
Baghdad Cafe (with C.C.H. Pounder)
Starting Over (with Candice Bergen)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (with Mel!)
Star Wars (40th anniversary time)
Merry Melodies ("I Love to Singa")
9 to 5
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (60th Anniversary!!!)
The Gods Must Be Crazy (South African comedy and a 35th anniversary!)
Dear Ruth (with William Holden and Joan Caulfield)

And a few more!

Re: Sue Sue's TCM Film Festival Tidbit Travel Blog

Posted: March 6th, 2017, 3:14 pm
by Sue Sue Applegate
Unfortunately, Robert Osborne has passed away in New York.

From The Hollywood Reporter: ... -84-727070

The onetime actor, mentored by Lucille Ball, wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s Rambling Reporter column for more than 25 years.

Robert Osborne, the former columnist for The Hollywood Reporter who as the genial and scholarly host of Turner Classic Movies became a beloved icon to a legion of groupies with gray hair, died Monday in New York, the cable network announced. He was 84.

"Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend," TCM general manager Jennifer Dorian said in a statement. "His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support of film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. "Robert's contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today, and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid."