On "No Down Payment": Anne said...This is what makes me wonder if Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens'scharacters had even consumated thier marriageThe kid's got a broken radio, Jeff pulls out a screw driver and sets to work.Tony Randall gets smarmy with Jeff's wife and he's a frozen bystander...if Tony was mashing a radio, I think Jeff's character would have sprun into action. March 9, 2013
On "Trooper Hook": Vienna said...Wonderful review ! I haven't seen TROOPER HOOK for a long time but hope it becomes available on DVD. You describe Joel and Barbara's characters so well. An unusual role for Barbara. I guess she chose to do it for that reason. March 11, 2013
Anne said...Thank you for writing about this little gemOne can see this film on the encore west channel now and then and it's astonishingly good. With a budget not enough for a modern office pastry cart, it shows what can be done with excellent writing and acting....and directing. I love how we see the tiny stage from afar, then we see it though Nanches legs, we are right behind him, and we now know he's on their trail...it makes him almost a gonzilla of a threatChildren: let Mr. McCrea and Ms Stanwyck show you how it's done.They are hotter across a dusty feed store than many buck necked couples in love scenes today.March 7, 2013
On "Any Number Can Play": Vienna said...I love this film. Great cast, though I hate seeing Audrey Totter so totally wasted. All Audrey seemed to do was stand around with a glass in one hand and cigarette in the other.I thought Alexis Smith did well ,playing a woman whom I 'm sure was meant to be older than Alexis who was probably about 30 at the time.Great to see Mary Astor though,again, what a small role. And Marjorie Rambeau is always a joy.It could have been a play, with the only sets the gambling club and Gable's house.An unusual role for Gable and he was convincing.March 1, 2013
On Anita Sharp-Bolster: Vienna said...I've just see Anita in THE LONDON BLACKOUT MURDERS and she is so good as another battle-axe character , but with a touch of comedy . Nice tribute. Thanks.http//:dancing lady39.wordpress.com February 2, 2013
On Victor Jory - On Stage and Screen: Vienna said...Thanks for great tribute to Victor Jory whom I like, especially in a couple of films where he isn't the villain! In FIGHTING MAN OF THE PLAINS, Victor does his best to help Randolph Scott and becomes a good friend to Scott's character. Such a contrast to Victor's usual roles. I also liked him in a little B, THE UNKNOWN GUEST where he is the leading manI had no idea Victor and Alexis Smith did two plays together - thanks for the information. Oh to have seen them!January 24, 2013
On And Then There Were None: Ryan said...I bought this years ago on DVD, and it's still my favorite movie version of this story. The cast was perfect, and to tell you the truth, though I love the book, I almost prefer this ending. I think it's the hopeless romantic in me.February 19, 2013
1) If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be? This brings to mind the scene in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" when Emily asked to re-live one day of her life, a pleasant birthday, that just in the remembering the sweetnest of it was too painful. I'm not sure I'd want to re-live any day. That's what memories are for.
2) If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be? Reclaim missed opportunities, I suppose. Too many to name.
3) What movie/TV character do you most resemble in personality? I can't think of any, though I identify with stoic, dry-witted characters who are unobtrusive until something pushes them over the edge.
4) If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be? Nobody anymore. President Obama and the Navy Seals have already taken care of that for me.
5) Name one habit you would like to change in yourself. Taking on too much.
6) Describe yourself in one word. Unassuming.
7) Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word. Intelligent.
8) Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence. As a writer, blogging is just one more way for me to do what I do.
Thanks to Yvette for tagging me for this meme, and I'm sorry you've chosen such a reserved person. I inevitably fail at games like this due to an over-abundance of social reticence.
I'm supposed to name three more to tag, but I think instead I'll let those of you who choose to, tag yourselves and play the game at open invitation.
That's all for now. I'll see you Monday, May 30th with a look at Buster Keaton's "The General."
Funny, I almost forgot. From now until next Wednesday, the 25th, I'm giving away FREE a copy of my time-travel adventure novel "MYTHS OF THE MODERN MAN", as an ebook available through Smashwords. You put in this coupon code: RA54Q, and you can download the book in any e-reader format, or in text to read off your computer. The book is also for sale at Amazon, and if anybody could leave a review on the Amazon product page, I'd appreciate it. But, no strings. Happy reading.
Meet Me in Nuthatch - A publicity stunt to attract tourists to a small dying town results in the entire community turning the clock back to 1904. It is local Christmas tree farmer Everett Campbell’s idea, after watching the film “Meet Me in St. Louis,” his young daughter’s new favorite movie. What begins as half practical joke and half desperate ploy initiates the rebirth of Nuthatch, Massachusetts. Tourists do come, along with the media. To Everett’s dismay, his campaign to save their community results in also attracting representatives of a chain of theme parks who want to buy Nuthatch 1904. Everett now stands to lose his town in a way he never imagined, and the community is divided on which alternate future to choose. A local drug dealer, the longtime enemy of Everett, may hold their future in his hands unless Everett can pull off his most spectacular, and dangerous, practical joke.
“…a comforting, pleasant read that stays with you even after the last page is turned. After finishing the book, I found myself still musing about the relationships and how they'd changed and progressed. This book was a nice, hot chocolate sort of read.” Grace Krispy, "MotherLode" blog book review.
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