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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » April 21st, 2010, 2:10 pm

O.k. I am actually leaving to pick up Lynn at the airport.

Do I have my passport? Do I have my autograph book? My camera? My map to the stars homes? My favorite lipstick?
My cowgirl boots? My pink balloons??? :roll:
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Postby pvitari » April 21st, 2010, 6:21 pm

I'm packing!!! I wonder what essential thing I will forget. I've told my husband to remind me ten times at least to make sure I have my pass.

And could someone please clone me as they've scheduled A Star Is Born, Dirigible and Neptune's Daughter poolside with Esther Williams and Betty Garrett more or less at the same time on Thursday night? Trying to decide which one to see makes my head feel like it's about to explode like that volcano in Iceland. And I'll have to rush to see Sunny Side Up at 10. If I can stay awake since I'll be on East Coast time.

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Postby moira finnie » April 21st, 2010, 7:24 pm

Wow, Paula. I think I'd burst into tears if I had all those riches to choose from myself. If you can, please let us know how your encounters, impressions, and experiences go for you that would be great. Hope you have fun. I heard it was raining earlier today in LA, but maybe the sun will shine for you when you get there.
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Postby Lzcutter » April 22nd, 2010, 10:13 am

Well, Christi did remember to pick me up at the airport last night. We ordered Chinese food and talked with MrCutter (who is working insane hours right now). This morning we are getting ready to leave for the drive over the hill.

Christi has an appointment with TCM this morning at the Roosevelt so we have to be there by 10, thus we are leaving as soon as she is ready as the morning commute will likely be bumper to bumper.

This afternoon we are having lunch with Kyle and Filmlover and (hopefully, if they aren't caught in traffic) some posters from here and TCM City that we haven't met yet (waving to Kingrat in his Indy Jones hat). "In-N-Out, In-N-Out, that's what a hamburger is all about!"

Then there is the TCM Meet and Greet!

Tonight we will be joining Kyle poolside at the Roosevelt for *Neptune's Daughter* with Esther Williams and Betty Garret and the Aqualillies.

The best news of all: I got to see Mr. Cutter even if it was only for about 12 hours.

Second best news: The sun is shining in the City of Angels!
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Postby movieman1957 » April 22nd, 2010, 11:28 am

Christi has an appointment with TCM this morning at the Roosevelt so we have to be there by 10, thus we are leaving as soon as she is ready as the morning commute will likely be bumper to bumper.


Could there be a little featurette in our future?

Gee, you're having lunch with Kyle and Peter and spending time with Christi and Paula is running around somewhere over there. I'm sitting in my office watching people drag their laundry to the place next door. I have a telephone meeting at 2.

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » April 24th, 2010, 2:33 am

Update: I'm near the lobby at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.


Thursday: Had an interview for a fan retrospective where I was grilled atop the Hollywood Roosevelt about my personal experiences with classic film. The fellow attaching my mike got awfully frisky and I asked him if he needed a medical degree for what he was doing. :roll: Then some really cute fellow named Tim asked me tons of questions and I tried to stay on task, but it wasn't easy because I was so nervous, but Lynn said I did just fine.

..OMIGOSH... I'm blogging right next to Paula(pvitari) at the hotel desk. WE WERE BOTH ON THE SAME WEBSITE...SSO... DUH.....HOW COOL!

O.K. So A Star is Born was great! The colors and the soundtrack were crisp. Supposedly Lorna and Joey Luft were in the audience, Robert Osborne introduced them, but they either never stood up or I didn't see them. Then Alec Baldwin, the Wizard of Cool, joined Robert onstage and they did some schtick. Cute to see them in public together.

O.k. Paula and I keep chatting while we're blogging.

Then I went to the Esther Williams and Betty Garrett pooside bash. Ben Mankiewicz introduced them and had a short discussion with those lovely ladies before the film began. Unfortunately,
Esther Williams was in a wheelchair but seemed in good health and quite perky. She was wearing a red sequined number and sparkled when she spoke. Still a feisty gal, and still has her bathing
suit business because the Aqualillies were sporting her little red swimsuits. They had a great show,doing some of the same Esther Aquatics we've known and loved.

Betty Garrett was having a little trouble speaking due to a cold or something, but she was so cute, too, and seemed quite energetic. Esther left shortly thereafter, and so did Betty.
But after the movie started, and the double duets of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Esther and Ricardo Montalban, and Betty and Red Skelton came on, Betty stepped back out on her patio from her private cabana and was watching this sequence wistfully. As many of the viewers around the area saw her standing there, they turned and gave her a round of applause, and it looked like she teared up, and disappeared again into her suite.

I visited with two fun sisters, Laura and Tracy, who love to wear vintage outfits. Lots of folks were wearing their coats because, baby, it really was cold outside!
But the Hollywood Roosevelt had several huge fireplaces warming everyone up. I was still in my full-length Chinese dress with the mandarin collar and stretched out
on one of the deck chairs and sipped my coffee and brandy while I enjoyed Ricardo, Betty, Esther, and Red up on the silver screen at the end of the pool nearest the deep end.

Then I was off to the Vanity Fair party as a guest of a fellow named Bruce from D.C.. We all ended up on the second floor of Kress's near the D.J. because it gave us a perfect viewpoint
of all the circling action down below.

I met Diane Baker, who is actively teaching theater somewhere in San Francisco. I told her about the fact that I had loved her turquoise kimono that she wore in Marnie so much that my aunt made me a kimono similar to hers in peach satin. She loved that story, and said she certainly did remember that lovely outfit she wore in Marnie. Ms. Baker asked me where I was from, and folks, she looks fabulous, and is very approachable and friendly. Robert Osborne escorted her from the HRH to the Vanity Fair party, and they were seated together near the edge of the passageway
so that folks could stop by and chat. (Incidentally, I don't know how Mr. Osborne has all that energy. He is so affable and also approachable, and very considerate of every request for a picture or autograph. Lots of folks were buying his books. He signed my copy of 80 Years at the Oscars for me and about a gazillion others.

As I was going in to VF party, I saw Eva Marie Saint leaving with her escort (husband?).

I met veteran actor Ed Faulker, veteran of many John Wayne films, and his wife Barbara who are such sweet people. (Ed was the officer who tried to beat up L.A. quarterback Roman Gabriel in The Undefeated.

I saw Alec Baldwin rushing in and said hello to him and he said,"Hi, how's it going?"

Cher was at the party for about 10 minutes wearing a white leather number, but I didn't see her.

Hugh Hefner was with some blonde gal (Isn't this the same news flash from 50 years ago?) for about 11 minutes, but I didn't see him either.

I did get to meet sweet Jacqueline Bisset and her escort who was from London. We chatted about Texas and Houston ( She did a film there.)

I stayed out late with all my friends and we danced and drank wine and laughed and had so much fun until the wee hours when it closed.

Today I went to the Q & Q with Leonard Maltin and Peter Bogdanovich. B. regaled us with many of the tales from his books, and of course did his great deadpan impressions of Hitch, Orson,
and Howard Hawks, and dished a little about Cybil. Plus he told a few more tales I haven't heard yet, and signed copies of books and gave out autographs before he left for the next session.

Then I went to Imitation of Life and after the film, Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner were interviewed by Robert Osborne, who is the coolest interviewer under pressure that I've ever seen.

Huge rounds of applause for these ladies as they stepped out from the wings. Juanita Moore's grandson, Kirk Kelly, is making a documentary about Ms. Moore and Mr. Osborne introduced him.

Lana must have had about 19,000 costume changes, not to mention the jewels. O.K.I'll mention the jewels. She had one necklace/ring/earring suite with blue stones and they exactly matched the color of her eyes.

I also went to see Wild River, directed by Elia Kazan with Monty Clift and Lee Remick. Lee Remick was so gorgeous in this film and it was the best part I've ever seen her in. This restoration was stunning. The color and clarity of that wild landscape and the beauty of Lee Remick were awe inspiring. (A depression era tale of the Tennessee Valley Authority who must move a matriarch and her family from their land before it is flooded by the dam.) JoVan Fleet was only forty when she filmed this, but she played Remick's grandmother in her 80's. Her performance was mesmerizing.

Well, I've got to go to sleep. Sunset Boulevard at 9:00. No proofreading, so forgive.
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Postby pvitari » April 24th, 2010, 2:39 am

HI SUE!!

(I wrote that standing next to Sue while she told me a Juanita Hall anecdote from the Imitation of Life screening and is also reading my post.

Sadly I don't have any guys to meet like Sue so I'll think about some of the cute actors I've seen on screen.

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Postby moira finnie » April 24th, 2010, 6:56 am

What a great way to greet the morning coming upon your posts, Christy & Paula! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

I love the story about Betty Garrett and have included a photo of Ed Faulker, whose face, if not his name, is going to ring a bell with many of our readers:
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » April 24th, 2010, 2:08 pm

Thanks for posting that photo, Moira. I'm in an internet cafe down the road from the Egyptian.

Robert Osborne introduced Anjelica and Danny Huston just before the screening of The Treasure of Sierra Madre.

Anjelica just wrapped a new movie where she is playing the mother of a son who has cancer, and claims it is funny and poignant. It is in postproduction,
but she said they didn't have a title yet.

She stated what she most missed about her father was his resonant voice, and Danny concurred.

Danny explained about his latest project, but I can't decipher my notes written in the dark. They were both affable and looked great.

On to Joan Crawford's home movies at Club TCM.

Tonight after Singing in the Rain there is a party at Club TCM with a quartet that plays big band music.
It's sunny and beautiful here.
Love to all SSO folks!

No time to proofread. :D
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Postby sandykaypax » April 24th, 2010, 2:45 pm

I love reading your reports on all of the fun you're having at the festival! I wish I was there!

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Postby Lzcutter » April 24th, 2010, 5:59 pm

Just have a minute before Mr Cutter arrives to take me to dinner. My "Fan Programmer" update will be on tonight after "Reds".

It was fun shooting it so let me know how it plays!
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » April 25th, 2010, 2:32 am

Thanks, Sandy!

Went to Singin' in the Rain and I was sitting next to three sisters and their Mom and we had so much fun. After the film I told them i was Sue Sue on TCM website and here and they started screaming Sue Sue!!
It turns out they all love The Major and the Minor, too, and had read my posts about the film, so I gave them all pink balloons....

Then when I visited the ladies room after the film,I started singing "Good Mornin'" and everybody joined in. The acoustics, believe it or not, were fantastic, and as other ladies came into the powder room, they just started joining in, and then we all started laughing. There were about 14-16 gals, and it was so funny!!!!

Can't tell you what happened in the gentlemen's room! :lol:

Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau were lively speakers and were a wonderful pair to intro North By Northwest as prompted by Robert Osborne. I couldn't believe how great the scene with the cropduster was on the big screen.


Angela Allen, the script girl on Pandora and the Flying Dutchlman ,introduced this Ava Gardner/James Mason vehicle, and she was one of the youngest of the British crew. Jack Cardiff's skill as a photographer and chronicler of the tale which was filmed in Tossa del Mar in Spain was mesmerizing, and I am glad this film was so lovingly restored.

Joan Crawford's home movies, introduced by her grandson Casey LaLonde were entertaining, and did show more of the natural Joan in some sequences, and LaLonde was very gracious to everyone asking
questions.

Love to SSO folks! Keep an eye out for Lynn's intro with Robert Osborne this evening!
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Postby moira finnie » April 25th, 2010, 1:28 pm

I hope that someone will be able to describe the fragments of lost films shown at that event, the politically incorrect cartoons as well as the Joan Crawford home movies if you have had time to see them. Thanks to everyone who has been posting here and on the TCM Message Boards with your impressions.

I've been scouring the images that fly past on the Festival updates that have aired on youtube and TCM over the weekend, but the only person I knew for sure so far is Lynn, who was as cute as a button (as always!) and really seemed to impress RO himself with her news about her cool new job.
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » April 25th, 2010, 4:41 pm

Lynn went to Fragments, I saw Joan's home movies. And some other folks went to the cartoons. More later on these items.

I saw Luise Rainer at brunch and she looks spry and very healthy for 100! I also was able to chat with Angela Allen who introduced Pandora and The Flying Dutchman last night.


There are about a gazillion people lined up to have Tony Curtis sign their books and posters. His wife is by his side assisting, and I spoke with his mother-in-law about some of the items for sale.

Gotta go to The Good Earth! Bye for now!
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » April 26th, 2010, 2:38 am

Lots of bittersweet moments as we all had to say so long to our new friends... :cry:
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