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General Discussion / On this day in History
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:18:31 PM »
November 6th, 1861 Jeff Davis is formerly elected as the president of the Confederate States of America, one year to the day after Lincoln was hired for HIS new job. Also from Kentucky, and bearing an odd resemblance to Abe, the similarities stopped there. Davis graduated from West Point and served in the Black Hawk wars in 1832 and fought and was wounded in the Mexican War 10 years later.

Cartoon ran by the NY Illustrated News depicting Lincoln as the towering benefactor and Davis the cowering, traitorous midget

His first wife was the daughter of General Zachery Taylor. After military service he was appointed to the Mississippi senate and later served as Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. After his election to lead the South he wrote  "Upon my weary heart was showered smiles, plaudits, and flowers, but beyond them I saw troubles and thorns innumerable."

General Discussion / On this day in History: Nov 5th
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:55:33 PM »

Foreman knocks out Michael Moorer to regain the title at age 45. Sadly, it's the last heavyweight fight that I can remember watching.

1968 And in a less interesting contest...

Nixon defeats Humphrey by a cunt hair and is elected president

General Discussion / On this day in History Nov 3rd
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:56:30 AM »

Brian De Palma brought himself, Steven King, Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving and Nancy Allen to the attention of the movie going public with his release of the block buster horror classic, Carrie.


It didn't hurt this guy's career either

The final scene began a stream of shock endings in later horror films



First mammal in space, launced aboard Putnik 2. The mutt died up there, but the Ruskies gained valuable information on how to kill a dog in space

General Discussion / On this day in History: Halloween
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:34:02 AM »
Halloween has been a busy day in history. Most notably of course, is that my hero Houdini died in 1926. It was 25 years from the day that the man that would become his friend, and later enemy, Conan Doyle, published his first Sherlock Holmes novel.

Indira Ghandi met the great cow in the sky when she was murdered by her own bodyguards in '84.

From a visit to the U.S. in the fifties.

River Phoenix chose Halloween to O.D. in '93. They buried him in a Tee shirt.

My Man, Martin Luther, posted his scourge to the Catholics, the 99 Thesis in 1517 that kicked off the reformation. They haven't learned a fucking thing, still.

  The Jackie Robinson of basketball, Earl Lloyd, made his first start for the Washington Capitols in 1950.

Last, but certainly not least was Ed Sullivan's trip to Heathrow Airport in 1963 on his way back to New York after CBS paid for a vacation for him that he disguised as a "talent search". He was pissed, then later curious of the huge crowd that made it impossible for him to board the plane. The rest, as they say, was history.

To this day I've yet to meet anyone that does not remember where they were on this Sunday night in February, 1964

General Discussion / 2014-2015 NBA Thread
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:59:22 PM »
Just a head's up on a show that I'm all hyped up to see tonight on ESPN's 30/30 show: "When The Garden Was Eden". Directed by my boy,  Michael Rapaport , the blackest white man in America.  :)

The info with clips:

General Discussion / Rare Photo Gallery
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:42:51 AM »
Several  fascinating images have been offered in the past few months. A central gallery for easy reference seems in order. May I suggest limiting dialogue unless necessary, to give a more seamless gallery look to the thread, and to let the pictures speak for themselves.

For example, in the Metropolis outtake, I'm assuming that everyone here will recognize the actress and garb. If someone does not, and are curious, then they can simply ask about it, and the thread will continue from that point.  ;)



General Discussion / The Tall Women of Hollywood Today
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:30:19 PM »
Like Metaldams, I have a fascination for tall chicks. That may be because all of my girlfriends and wives were 5' 3".  :-\  Just for the hell of it, let's have a look.

But first, the tallest actress of the Silver Screen era, coming in an inch taller than 5' 8" Esther Williams.

Ingrid Bergman tooked great pains to not be photographed standing with short men. That's Leslie Howard in the candid shot.

The five foot, ten inch club

Charlize Theron

Daughter of Aerosmith's Steven, Liv Tyler

That pretty Julia Roberts woman

Khloe, the only Kardashian with an IQ over 100, and the most curvaceous of the tall women

The five foot, eleven inch club

Nicole Kidman, possibly the least self conscience of the tallies, wears the highest heels she can find and loves to be shot with short men. That's Naomi Watts, the latest Ann Darrow.

Brook Shields

The six foot club

Geena Davis

Jane Lynch

Sigorny Weaver

Six feet, one inch tall and beyond

You might recognize this Amazon from the rear  :)

Kindness prevents me from showing recent photos of Brigitte

Uma Thurman


And last but not least, these gunboats are the biggest in Hollywood. Shoe size 11

Famke Jannssen, best known for her role in the X-Men movies. Unlike Kidman, she's extremely self conscience about her height. She's never caught dead in high heels and only admits to 5' 11" (yeah right)


General Discussion / The Beverly Hillbillies and Sharon Tate.
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:48:56 AM »

Between '63 and '65 Sharon appeared in 15 episodes. She was considered for the role of one of the girls on Petticoat Junction, but was passed over. Had she been accepted it's a pretty good bet that filming a hit TV series would have prevented her ever meeting Roman Polanski and moving into the house on Cielo Drive.

There's many Tate/Hillbilly clips on You Tube, and here's one. Also, look quick for a very busy character actress that always got the tramp, slut, and hooker roles on film and television.  ;)

General Discussion / Richard Kiel Dead
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:03:38 PM »

He was 74, pretty old for a giant.

General Discussion / Joan Rivers, 81
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:04:16 PM »

I'm a sucker for vintage Hollywood character assassination and Langella's book is full of it. Nothing scandalous, just his personal recollections on some famous folks, all dead now.

Anne Bancroft
He reserves particular ire for Bancroft: An elegant stage name, he says, which was "about as suited to her as Cuddles would have been to Adolf Hitler". He first met Bancroft in 1966 when they co-starred in a play.

Although they were close friends for two decades, Langella soon realized she was "consumed by a galloping narcissism that often undermined her talents".
She once told him how she had been in a New York department store when she saw a woman smiling at her. Bancroft felt "inexplicably attracted to the woman and wanted to go over and embrace and kiss her passionately",  until she realized she was looking in a mirror.... C'mon Frank! She had to be putting you on.


Yul Brynner
  No actor ever talked about himself so much, Langella recalls. And perhaps none had so little time for his fans.
The bald-headed actor, "never far from a full-length mirror"  once gave Langella and his former wife, Ruth, a lift in his 20ft-long white limo. On the drive, Brynner explained how he’d had a special lift, big enough to fit a car, installed in the Broadway theater where he was starring in The King and I
His chauffeur could drive straight in and spare the star from having to "deal with the public". Brynner even showed off a pair of blinding flash lights which he kept handy "in case blacks attack my car".

Rita Hayworth
Rita was 20 years older than him, almost permanently drunk and suffering from the onset of Alzheimer’s. She was unable to remember her lines unless they were written in huge block letters and placed next to the camera.
But Langella, then 34, still fell for his co-star, and they began a passionate affair together on the set of the little-remembered 1972 Western called "The Wrath Of God".
The couple, playing mother and son in the film, spent every evening together in her rooms, working their way through endless bottles of bourbon and wine as she reminisced mournfully about the good old days.

"Don’t stare at me, baby. You can see me in the movies," she told him loftily one night, but when he left her for the last time after several weeks, Hayworth ran out to the car and pleaded: "Don’t leave me. I gotta have a man with me"!

Tomorrow: Liz and Dick


General Discussion / Houdini and bad Hollywood casting
« on: August 26, 2014, 03:05:24 PM »
What I'd like to discuss is bad Hollywood casting, and I will start with the upcoming 4 hr. History channel offering of "Houdini" airing on Labor Day. In the old version, Tony Curtis, the matinee idol, portrayed the 5'5" muscular powerhouse. This time around it's the tall, thin (but wiry) Adrian Brody that gets to mangle the role. Of course, being a Houdini nut, I will still watch every minute of it, just like that 3 Stooges movie in 2000. More on that later*

Just off the top of my head I'll mention some other fairly recent casting disasters: Has Scorsese lost his mind? Casting DiCaprio as Howard Hughes was not so bad, but this was insane!

I actually walked out on this movie. It had been 30 years since I'd done that. I walked/drove out on Harold and Maude, which goes to prove that you should NEVER try to watch a quality movie at the Drive-in!

Another head scratcher was whatever man-love prompted Tim Burton to cast Beetlejuice as Batman. Has Hollywood ran out of lantern jawed Hunks? (Josh Brolin comes to mind)

Can anyone come up with more casting gaffes?

 *I think that Stooge movie would have been watchable if the actors only portrayed the behind the scene Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp, and used the original footage for the routines. And I could have used a little more Harry Cohn.

General Discussion / Hollywood remakes that don't suck
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:41:15 PM »
  The idea came to me after viewing a You Tube video about the top 10 lousy remakes. I was surprised that I had seen most of them, and ALL of the originals.

Without giving it much thought yet, I'm wondering how many remakes I've seen that were as good or better than the original. OK, two just popped to mind: The Maltese Falcon and Farewell My Lovely. I'm sure there are many more.

Here's the vid to jump-start your remake juices.


General Discussion / The 4th Stooge?
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:40:09 AM »
I thought I knew a lot about their history but.... Fred Sanborn? I ran across this photo and have since learned that he was an original Stooge. Or was he just a foil in an old Healey skit? There's almost nothing about him on Wikipedia.

I could do an exhaustive search but I'm betting that someone here knows the full story.

Looking at that get-up makes me think of that sissy "kid" that Besser played on the A&C TV show! Coincidence?

General Discussion / Mankiewicz on Roach
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:50:18 AM »
The other day Ben Mankiewicz said on TCM that Hal Roach was previously associated with the Stooges. Was he correct or was he thinking of the "Little Rascals"? I think I would have remembered it if I ever saw his name on the credits.

I know that he writes his own dialog and reads it from a prompter so he couldn't have misspoke. Anyone know what "association" Roach shared with the 3 Stooges?

General Discussion / Who's the Mystery Actor?
« on: July 26, 2014, 01:33:52 PM »
He's a character actor seen in films from the teens to the fifties, but like Chaney was hard to spot. He has worked for directors such as De Mille, John Ford and Frank Capra, to name few. Horror, Westerns and Adventure films were his forte. The more exotic the theme or location the better.

He is best known for his role in one particular block buster from the 30's. Huge kudos to anyone that can identify him.


General Discussion / Less than famous showbiz sibs
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:13:48 PM »
I knew vaguely of Sidney Chaplin but for the 1st time I saw one of his films on TCM today. It got me to wondering how many lesser showbiz siblings that I DON'T know about. I know plenty about Houdini and Hardeen and am familiar with George Saunders' acting brother but I know there must be many more.

How about adding to my short list, Bunion-heads?  :D

General Discussion / Jack Benny
« on: July 15, 2014, 02:15:48 PM »
I could never understand why Benny was considered by his peers as a comedian's comedian, much in the same way The Clash was the rock band's rock band. The Jack Benny Program episode I just watched did nothing to clear that up, but it was interesting none the less.

It's from 1961 and when Jack took the stage he referred to it as "The Lucky Strike Show". That goes back too far for me. I'm used to seeing the old shows on a tight budget where Jack stood in front of an imaginary audience and wasted a lot of time with Don Wilson and Dennis Day and a regular cast of Rochester and his wife Hillary Marx, Mel Blanc and that department store Benny foil that would exasperate Jack.

But this show had moving platforms, a live audience and a lion! Also there was a good cast of extra's including Larry Mundello's mother, a Stooge player who's name I've never known. ("How can guys be so dumb?") There is a gangster over his left shoulder that played a host of heavies and goons because of his startling face. Does anybody know anything about this guy?


General Discussion / Yum Yum eat 'em up
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:21:47 PM »
I typed those 5 words on the search engine 6 months ago and was right there on You Tube watching the Little Rascal classic. I tried to watch it again today and it had been deleted, and is not available on ANY site in the USA on the web.

My question is: Isn't a film this old public domain and OK to show anywhere w/o permission of the studio that produced it?

Spanky and "Uncle George"

General Discussion / The most iconic onscreen couple was/is...
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:04:35 AM »
That's the question I put forth. I suggest the criteria to be:

1) Both have to be human beings. (that eliminates Wray and Kong)
2) Appeared in more than one film together. (Yes, Gable/Colbert Qualify)
3) Box office success/awards. (choreography and technical awards excluded)
4) Social impact. (pretty much excludes Cruise and Kidman)

I have a definite choice in mind but I'd like to hear yours and of course, your reasons.

General Discussion / On this day, June 27th
« on: June 27, 2014, 12:56:56 PM »
1968.... Elvis Presley began taping his first television special, "Elvis," at NBC studios in  Burbank, future home of "The Tonite Show".

1964.... 1964 - Peter and Gordon hit #1 in the U.S. with the John Lennon/Paul McCartney song "World Without Love". I wonder how many #1's the Beatles would have had in '64 if they had not sold a bunch of songs?

 Can you identify the lovely Brit celeb below with a connection to both groups?

General Discussion / On this day....
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:30:03 PM »
June 24th 1997....In 1997, the Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.

It took them 'till '97 to figure out it was a hoax?  :-[

1993....Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Dodgers, dies.

General Discussion / Name the Film
« on: June 16, 2014, 03:07:20 AM »
 I think you will recognize this actor, but can you name the '60s film?

General Discussion / Where were YOU 20 years ago today?
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:43:35 AM »
I was watching the NBA Finals at a California Casino while participating in a Poker tournament when the white Bronco appeared on a split screen. As details unfolded it was the first time that I realized he really did it.



General Discussion / Universal Horror '30s/'40s
« on: June 14, 2014, 04:35:25 PM »
Mr. Diesel, I had no doubt that the site was functional. It's me that's not.

Oh boy! I can see by your sig that you were bitten by the Universal bug, if not  Talbot himself, by the conversation between Claude Rains and the doctor. (no, I can't remember who played the doctor)

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