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On 3/10/2020 at 6:17 AM, RPM said:

Star of the Month is Joe E. Brown.

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His most famous role is the lecherous millionaire playboy Osgood Fielding III who is smitten with Jack Lemmon in Some Like it Hot.

I never really knew of or paid attention to him until my Dad,who was an Iwo Jima vet told me a story about Joe E. Brown. In WWII when big USO shows like Bob Hope were getting all the press, there were smaller shows being done much closer to the front lines. Joe E. Brown was one of those performers. Even before the USO was formed Brown island hopped across the South Pacific at his own expense to entertain the troops crammed into the space behind the pilot in a P-38.  (Most likely it was a P-38M similar to the one below)

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After the war Brown's house in Hollywood burned. In a TV interview Brown said the only thing that hurt was losing all the little momentos given to him by the troops. One of the few times I saw things get dusty for Dad.

Very cool to hear about him. A little  Joe goes a long way for me though.

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Submarine movie day! Just watched Up Periscope. Destination Tokyo, Torpedo Run, Ice Station Zebra and Operation Pacific round out the schedule.

Dive! Dive!

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Ben-Hur....

Oops, it's the second half that's just starting. Oh well, still a whole movie's worth of greatness.

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30 minutes ago, DougO said:

Ben-Hur....

Oops, it's the second half that's just starting. Oh well, still a whole movie's worth of greatness.

And only half of Marsalla is left....

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11 hours ago, DougO said:

Ben-Hur....

Oops, it's the second half that's just starting. Oh well, still a whole movie's worth of greatness.

I hate religious epics, but Ben-Hur is an exception. Such greatness.

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They ran an excellent documentary about Buster Keaton last night, The Great Buster: A Celebration. Written and narrated by Peter Bogdanovich. Really good.

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Glad I happened to stumble across this one. Set your DVRs boys, we have a legitimate classic on tonight Francis. That's right the original talking Army mule. Chill Wills kills as the uncredited voice of Francis. This is where Mr Ed came from.

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Today is Robert Osborne's birthday. TCM is playing "Bob's favorites" today with his original introductions for them. Good stuff.

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17 hours ago, RPM said:

Today is Robert Osborne's birthday. TCM is playing "Bob's favorites" today with his original introductions for them. Good stuff.

Miss Bob.

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Edward G. Robinson is the TCM Star of the Month.  Little Caesar now.  Key Largo and Bullets or Ballots on deck later.

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Little Caesar is greatness.

Is this the end of Rico?

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1 hour ago, tantric superman said:

How come gangsters always want a razor shave when they are wound up?

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Because shaving yourself is for chumps.

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Brewster McCloud coming on TCM Underground tonight. 1970 Robert Altman film about a birdboy that lives in the Astrodome. Low budget alternative film full of excellent early 70's Houston footage. Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Stacy Keach, Shelley Duvall, Rene Auberjonois.

 

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9 hours ago, RPM said:

Brewster McCloud coming on TCM Underground tonight. 1970 Robert Altman film about a birdboy that lives in the Astrodome. Low budget alternative film full of excellent early 70's Houston footage. Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, Stacy Keach, Shelley Duvall, Rene Auberjonois.

 

I saw it years ago......one weird movie.

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Eddie G, Bogey, Claire Trevor and John Huston 10 years before Key Largo.

 

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This was pretty good.  Marilyn Monroe and her sidepiece plot to kill Marilyn's crazy husband but it goes all wrong.  I think this is the most I've ever liked Marilyn's acting.  Jean Peters was really good too.  There were lots of beautiful shots of the falls.  I'm not sure why the trailer is black and white but the movie was color.

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On 5/15/2020 at 12:13 AM, RPM said:

Eddie G, Bogey, Claire Trevor and John Huston 10 years before Key Largo.

 

With a title like this, you would think he was a character in an Ian Fleming novel.

There is more innuendo in this trailer than in a Bond movie.

"George, I remember that doctor's name rhymed with a female body part. Dr. West? ... Dr. Whipple? ... Dr. Bussey? ... Dr. Mulva? ... I remember!! .... Dr. Clitterhouse!!!!!!

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22 hours ago, WBT said:

 

This was pretty good.  Marilyn Monroe and her sidepiece plot to kill Marilyn's crazy husband but it goes all wrong.  I think this is the most I've ever liked Marilyn's acting.  Jean Peters was really good too.  There were lots of beautiful shots of the falls.  I'm not sure why the trailer is black and white but the movie was color.

And when I heard that voice, I immediately thought of 16 Candles. 

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Sand Pebbles (1966) at 330 Sunday.

Saw it when I was tiny, probably on TV.  Last gunfight scene always terrified me. 

On rewatching, the naval battle scene is really awesome. 

Just a gorgeous, "big" movie.

Plus Candice Bergen.

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3 minutes ago, tantric superman said:

Sand Pebbles (1966) at 330 Sunday.

Saw it when I was tiny, probably on TV.  Last gunfight scene always terrified me. 

On rewatching, the naval battle scene is really awesome. 

Just a gorgeous, "big" movie.

Plus Candice Bergen.

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The sword torture scene of his engine room coolie was the thing that always stuck out in my mind as a little kid. One of my favorites.

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outside of the title, the amazing clitterhouse was a big letdown. bogart just wasn't into it.

however, key largo with both bogart and egr was fantastic.

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1 hour ago, The University said:

outside of the title, the amazing clitterhouse was a big letdown. 

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I must have missed this one. The poster tells me the good doctor really loves his work 

 

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On May 24, 2020 at 12:13 PM, tantric superman said:

Sand Pebbles (1966) at 330 Sunday.

Saw it when I was tiny, probably on TV.  Last gunfight scene always terrified me. 

On rewatching, the naval battle scene is really awesome. 

Just a gorgeous, "big" movie.

Plus Candice Bergen.

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Had a visit from director Robert Wise in film class once. He said that was his favorite of all the films he made. 

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1 hour ago, WBT said:

Steam live...steam dead

Sleepy steam.

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Eddie G must be star of the month. Just watched Five Star Final (1931) a gritty pre-code newspaper film. You think the media is bad now? Sheesh!

Fortunately they're following it up with the more uplifting biopic Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet (1940). Syphilis be gone!

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Cool Hand Luke starting in an hour.

Calling it your job don't make it right boss.

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Sam Peckinpah night. A documentary, Peckinpah Suite then Ride The High Country and The Wild Bunch. My night is set.

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The Swimmer. Based on John Cheever story and starring Burt Lancaster.  Studio very unhappy with result and hired Sydney Pollack to direct some changes and made Lancaster pay for last day of shooting.   Read the story when I was young and would like to read now at my advanced age, but no longer have the book.  I swim everyday and so my interest was to see if there was any like-mindedness. 

Lancaster picks his route across upper class suburbia and swims his way uninvited in neighbors pools with mixed reaction.  It would be a better movie without the studio additions, but the movie that stuck with me.   I share very little with the main character, although my ex-wife may find a few resemblances.  Burt and I do share the absolute joy of diving in water.   He in pools and me in the river. 

 

 

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The Swimmer is awesome. I had never heard of it until TCM had comedian Gilbert Gottfried on as a guest programmer and he picked it several years ago.

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