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by vallo
August 18th, 2008, 8:34 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: An Answer to a question
Replies: 11
Views: 3546

Alot of the reasons I watch films over and over IS because of the Character Actors in the film. Robert Osborne mentioned this about the Fred & Ginger films shown Saturday. Characters like Eric Blore and Edward Everett Horton make the simple films alot better with their banter. Imagine "My Man Godfre...
by vallo
August 12th, 2008, 12:06 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: *CANDIDS*
Replies: 14682
Views: 3531628

I'll look forward to your for candids here Mr. M., I see they had a field-day with your thread over there. Keep a stiff upper lip. They don't know a good thing when they see it.


Bill
by vallo
August 11th, 2008, 1:22 pm
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Deadly Noir Dames
Replies: 10
Views: 3173

Another true "bad girl" Audrey Totter . Name a 'noir that she didn't make better. I was watching " The Unsuspected" and she basically stole the film from Claude Rains. ( which is a hard thing to do) She was also great in "The Set-up" with Robert Ryan and "Tension " with Richard Basehart and or cours...
by vallo
August 11th, 2008, 11:57 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: The Music of Noir
Replies: 13
Views: 3268

Besides the ones Ken123 picked (*3 of which are Lancaster Films) Certain music makes the film. Like Elmer Bernstein's music in 1990's "The Grifters" sometimes I can't get that tune out of my head. Also Anton Karas haunting Zither in "The Third Man" and lastly Victor Young's music in films like "I Wa...
by vallo
August 7th, 2008, 2:12 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Fred MacMurray: Under or Over?
Replies: 29
Views: 5074

I guess feel the same way as Fred as I do Hugh Beaumont. They were both good in their TV roles. Used better in supporting roles rather than leads. I never considered him a leading man. In films like "Double Indemnity" it is was a Stanwyck film not so much a MacMurray film. The same can be said about...
by vallo
August 7th, 2008, 1:46 pm
Forum: Action and Adventure
Topic: Douglas Sirk's Hong Kong Action Flick
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

I also love Woo's "Hard-Boiled" from 1992 before switching to American films. He also used Wing-Hung Wong as his Cinematographer. And it is available on DVD. With Chow Yun-Fat as Inspector Tequila. Non stop action.


Bill
by vallo
August 6th, 2008, 2:58 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: SSO School Fall Semester: Here's Looking at You, Kid
Replies: 76
Views: 12493

Most of us watch films because we are (in a way) voyeuristic. In watching films we: cry, laugh, are happy and sad, scared, glad and content, envious and mad. (Like real life). It’s all part of watching movies regardless of the genre. Watching certain films are like “peeping” into the lives of others...
by vallo
July 9th, 2008, 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: TCM Message Boards
Replies: 108
Views: 20036

I'm glad I'm not the only one having trouble there. I can get on the site but I can't sign in. All the posts viewed are from 7/08 yesterday.



Bill
by vallo
July 9th, 2008, 10:03 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Sweet Smell of Success
Replies: 18
Views: 5327

Originally Orson Wells was suggested for the role of J.J. Hunsecker. But it was producted by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions. So it was hard not to cast Lancaster. Curtis & Lancaster starred together the year before in Carol Reed's "Trapeze" were they also played off each other well. I still love t...
by vallo
July 7th, 2008, 11:20 am
Forum: Film Noir and Crime
Topic: Sweet Smell of Success
Replies: 18
Views: 5327

I guess you could it Noir. It has all the elements. Marijuana
Police ,Psychopath ,Suicide Attempt ,Corruption and great B&W photography and great dialog:I'd hate to take a bite outta you. You're a cookie full of arsenic. Match Me ,Sidney. No matter it's still a classic.


Bill
by vallo
July 3rd, 2008, 12:18 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: Top 10 Scream Queen Beauties
Replies: 16
Views: 5346

I agree with Barbara Steele, she scared me in the film "Black Sunday" (La Maschera del demonio) 1960. I hid behind the theater seats during most of the film as a kid. Directed by Mario Bava.





Bill
by vallo
July 1st, 2008, 12:40 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Spotlight on Nightclubs...
Replies: 10
Views: 2163

I'd like to hang out at the "City Dump" hoping to meet The Bullocks,particularly Angelica Bullock. So, we can drink until we both see Pixies. Hopefully we don't run into Carlo.



Bill
by vallo
June 25th, 2008, 9:27 am
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
Replies: 10
Views: 2393

I really liked it also. True Fuller B-movie, with close ups and of course good dialog. ( We don't like to called "Cops" just like women don't like to be called "Broad's!") Glenn Corbett seemed to be yelling constantly at one thing or another. Anna Lee was quite a surprise, she couldn't get enough bo...
by vallo
June 23rd, 2008, 9:19 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: Some info on the seamier side of Charles Laughton?
Replies: 35
Views: 6144

There were others who were schedule for roles.Wallace Beery turned down the role of Capt Bligh because he didn't like Clark Gable. Clark Gable was disappointed when Franchot Tone was cast as Byam. The two actors had been bitter rivals for the affections of Joan Crawford, and did not like each other ...
by vallo
June 2nd, 2008, 9:21 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What makes a horror film scary for you?
Replies: 19
Views: 5017

To me it's the Music that can change a Mediocre film into a good scary one. Try watching a Horror film with the sound off. The scare factor is gone. But add a Pulse-pounding soundtrack and you're on the edge of your seat.


Bill (vallo)