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by Dewey1960
April 20th, 2007, 2:37 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: Okay, so what are your favorites and why?
Replies: 7
Views: 2422

Favorite Sci-Fi Films

I mostly enjoy 1950s Cold War era science fiction, my two favorites being INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) and THEM! (1954). Both are extremely frightening (especially when viewing for the first time!) and both benefit from excellent scripting, tight direction and performances that don't stretc...
by Dewey1960
April 20th, 2007, 9:02 am
Forum: Classic Film Literature
Topic: Movies made from Books?
Replies: 50
Views: 36672

PATRICIA HIGHSMITH

Hi - The French film you're thinking of is PURPLE NOON from 1960. Directed by Rene Clement (from PH's novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley") it is, in my opinion far superior to the Matt Damon film from a few years back. Highsmith is one of my favorite novelists, but films adapted from her works...
by Dewey1960
April 20th, 2007, 8:31 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Fury
Replies: 4
Views: 973

FURY

In the film course I'm teaching this semester on "message movies" from the Hollywood studio era we watched FURY this past Tuesday evening. The majority of the students had no idea who Fritz Lang was (sadly) but after an introductory discussion about Lang and his desperate flight to America...
by Dewey1960
April 20th, 2007, 8:07 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Killing Marie's Show
Replies: 7
Views: 1260

More on TIMOTHY CAREY

Here's a link to a fascinating article on Timothy Carey called "Timothy Carey: Saint of the Underground." Hope you enjoy it!

http://www.5minutesonline.com/ft/timothy%20carey2.htm
by Dewey1960
April 20th, 2007, 7:47 am
Forum: Classic Film Literature
Topic: JAMES DEAN and NICHOLAS RAY
Replies: 0
Views: 6976

JAMES DEAN and NICHOLAS RAY

I just recently finished reading the book LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG: THE WILD RIDE OF MAKING REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel. In it, the authors provide a painstakingly thorough account of the behind the scenes machinations of one of the 1950s most influential films. Apart from ...
by Dewey1960
April 20th, 2007, 7:35 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Killing Marie's Show
Replies: 7
Views: 1260

Timothy Carey in THE KILLING

Vallo, you make an interesting point about Timothy Carey in Kubrick's film THE KILLING (1956). Apart from the overall bizarre delivery of his lines, there is the startling moment when Carey utters the dreadful "n" word (to the attendant in the race track parking lot). Unsettling as it is, ...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 5:55 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: Old TV Westerns
Replies: 73
Views: 12549

Bronco, Sugarfood & Cheyenne

It's been decades since any of them have seen the light in syndication, sadly enough. I liked Sugarfoot (Will Hutchins) the best as a kid (it had the coolest theme song and rarely strayed from its tongue-in-cheek formula). Cheyenne had Clint Walker who was pretty great in his tight-lipped way but Br...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 5:46 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Thieves Highway
Replies: 3
Views: 789

Thieves Highway

I really feel this is Dassin's best film (with BRUTE FORCE and RIFIFI following very close behind). One of the things I enjoy so much about THIEVES HIGHWAY is the unusual amount of respect screenwriter Bezzerides and director Dassin show Valentina Cortese's character; it's not every day that a lady ...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 5:37 pm
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: What is Your All - Time Favorite TV Series
Replies: 49
Views: 6848

Favorite TV Show

Favorite all-time classic era TV Drama: JOHNNY STACCATO (1959-60) Awesome John Cassavetes private eye drama; Johnny, a one-time Greenwich Village jazz musician now works as a private eye, headquartering himself at Waldo's, a hip jazz club run by Eduardo Ciannelli (as Waldo). On any given episode the...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GONE WITH THE WINDBAG ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1676

A thought

Hi Moira - Feel free to delete the thread. I suppose I'm still dealing with a bit of the negative residue that comes from doing battle over there. Thanks for putting it all so nicely!
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 1:52 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Brian Aherne / THE LADY IN QUESTION
Replies: 1
Views: 971

Brian Aherne / THE LADY IN QUESTION

Moira - I blew it; I was in such a hurry when I left for school that I forgot to set the timer on my VCR. Consequently, no LADY IN QUESTION. However, I'm certain TCM will program it again in the near future! Btw, I had completely forgotten about that Twilight Zone episode with Mr. Aherne; thanks for...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 1:23 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Killers - 1946 vs. 1964
Replies: 27
Views: 6366

The Killers - 1946 vs. 1964

I know that I'm in a minority here, but I really do prefer the 1964 Don Siegel version. Much as I admire Siodmak's film (largely from a phtographic standpoint), it really lags in the final stages, to the point where I ultimately drift off. Conversely, Siegel's film is swiftly paced and far more inte...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 12:59 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Sexy Noir Dames
Replies: 12
Views: 2148

sexy noir dames / Jean Gillie

I'll nominate one who many fans are probably unfamiliar with: Jean Gillie. Ms. Gillie was an Australian-born actress who came to Hollywood in the late 40s, made a few films then, sadly, died. Her masterpiece is DECOY, a 1946 B-noir from Monogram Pictures, directed by her husband, Jack Bernhard. DECO...
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Best U.S President
Replies: 12
Views: 1772

Best US president?

Hi Ken -- Agreed that "Little Bush" is the worst. The best? My vote goes to Honest Abe Lincoln.
by Dewey1960
April 18th, 2007, 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: GONE WITH THE WINDBAG ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1676

GONE WITH THE WINDBAG ??

It would now appear that It Who Shall Remain Nameless (as well as its various alter-ID's) may have been banned from the TCM message boards. Perhaps it is too soon to make this call, but all signs seem to point in this direction. For the sake of TCM, let us hope this is the case.

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