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On 1/26/2021 at 2:04 PM, Strider said:

At the Goodwill or thrift store or on the internet? I hope you didn't have to pay full-price for those relics. Some of the sexual politics of those movies have dated quite badly and, of course, the Jerry Lewis movies will depend on your tolerance for Jerry Lewis. I know some people who cannot and will not watch any Jerry Lewis movie at all. Oh well, at least "Boeing Boeing" has Suzanna Leigh…and the always fun Thelma Ritter.

I buy used DVD and books (hardcover) on ebay. Great deals to be had, many sellers are thrift stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army. Others will offer a 'buy 3 get one free' deal on ebay as well.

Speaking of "politics"---or should we say PC politics. I recently purchased a DVD of Disney' Peter Pan from the 1950s because I just KNOW for certain that film may end up being "cancelled" for domestic sales, and/or edited to remove certain "offending parts".  Same thing with many Warner Bros classic cartoons we grew up.  Can't get them now... too controversial. Like Speedy Gonzalez.

I realize they reflected a different time in our culture, but dang, does everything need to be cancelled?

 

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Veronica Lake double-bill. 
Released in 1941. The movie that made Veronica Lake a star. This movie served three purposes:
1. Introduce America to the Army Air Corp and the need for pilots.
2. Serve as a morale booster as the clouds of World War II gathered.
3. Start the peek-a-boo hairstyle craze thanks to Veronica Lake's stray locks. Eventually, the Armed Forces asked Veronica Lake to change her hairstyle because so many women working during World War II were gettin their long hair caught in the machinery.
Screenwriter Richard Maibaum would end up penning 8 of the first 10 James Bond movies. Some cool flying sequences and footage shot at Randolph Field near San Antonio, TX and March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA.  The movie won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. 
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From 1942. The first of many fruitful pairings of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Yvonne de Carlo appears as a cigarette girl in the Neptune Club scene. Laird Cregar is his usual creepy self. Tully Marshall always reminds me of Ernest Thesiger in this film.
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I'm reading a book on Film Noir Style and watching the movies the book talks about in chronological order. I'm in the year 1944 now..."Double Indemnity" and "Laura". Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Tierney are immortal for just these two movies alone. I pass by the "Double Indemnity" house often when I hike the Hollywood Hills. Whenever I see "Double Indemnity" in the theatre, Fred MacMurray's line about the house setting the owner back $30,000 always draws a laugh from the audience.

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A movie that's always disappointed me in more ways than one--the absurd plot twist about the vampires maybe the main sticking point. Plus, this was essentially one of Lugosi's "Red Herring" roles where he was cast for his name value on the marquee, playing the Dracula image again...

 

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On 2/3/2021 at 3:43 PM, paul carruthers said:

A movie that's always disappointed me in more ways than one--the absurd plot twist about the vampires maybe the main sticking point. Plus, this was essentially one of Lugosi's "Red Herring" roles where he was cast for his name value on the marquee, playing the Dracula image again...

 

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Definitely sub-standard. But it provided some great images of Bela.

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Watched a bunch of Kirk Douglas movies last night to mark the one-year anniversary of his passing.

1951.

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1952. Two of my favourite dames appear in this...Lana Turner and Gloria Grahame. The always welcome Ned Glass and Paul Stewart show up in support. Top-notch crew all around, led by director Vincente Minnelli and cinematographer Robert Surtees. Helen Rose handled the clothes, David Raksin did the music score.

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1957. Besides the star power of the leads, the number of cool faces that pop up in the supporting cast of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" is astounding...Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam, John Ireland, DeForest Kelley, Dennis Hopper, Whit Bissell, Martin Milner, Earl Holliman.
Directed by John Sturges, who was one of my favourite "guy movie" directors ("Magnificent Seven", "The Great Escape"). Music score by the great Dimitri Tiomkin and the ubiquitous Frankie Laine sings the title song.
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R.I.P. Christopher Plummer. Two wildly divergent roles by Mr. Plummer. "The Sound of Music" needs no introduction, of course. "The Silent Partner", on the other hand, is a great sleeper from the 1970s...and a black-sheep entry for the "Christmas Movie" list. It's a film I discovered at a screening at the New Beverly Cinema a few years ago. It gives Christopher Plummer a chance to indulge his kinky side. Based on a terrific novel by Anders Bodelson called "Think of a Number". Screenplay by Curtis Hanson. Music by jazz great Oscar Peterson. Look for John Candy as one of the bank workers. Filmed in Toronto.

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