The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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Postby flipp525 » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:37 pm

I'm wondering how close Christopher Walken might've been to a supporting nomination for Pennies from Heaven that year. As I recall, he has a pretty great cameo in which he's dancing in the rain. He was still a pretty recent winner in that category at the time so I can't imagine him not, at least, being on the edges of the conversation for that not-particularly-competitive race.
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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:42 pm

I see they've added a couple of shorts.

5:00 AM
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
 
A traveling salesman's music-inspired dreams lead to tragedy.
Dir: Herbert Ross Cast:  Steve Martin , Bernadette Peters , Christopher Walken .
C-108 mins, CC,
20 Monday
6:50 AM
Cavalcade Of The Academy Awards (1940)
 
This short film presents the awards ceremony for the 1939 Academy Awards. Vitaphone Release 9780-9783.

C-30 mins,
7:24 AM
Main Street On The March! (1941)
 
This short film focuses on America's changing mood to events leading up to WWII.
Dir: Edward L. Cahn Cast:  May McAvoy , Mark Daniels , Robert Blake .
BW-20 mins,

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Postby Mister Tee » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:25 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Something's a little off with TCM here. Pennies from Heaven runs 81 minutes. It's not going to fill a two hour and forty-five minute time slot. You might want to tune in at 5 A.M. on the 20th to see what they're really doing with it.

It's not the Crosby Pennies from Heaven; rather, the Steve Martin one, which runs somewhat longer (108 minutes), but still well short of the 2:45 time slot that was meant to contain The Patent Leather Kid.

By "tune in at 5AM", I presume you mean DVR it; I haven't seen 5AM from the wake-up side in a long time.

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Postby Big Magilla » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:45 pm

I didn't realize The Patent Leather Kid was that obscure. I've had it on DVD for years, but I don't think it's the complete version which is supposed to run 150 minutes.

Something's a little off with TCM here. Pennies from Heaven runs 81 minutes. It's not going to fill a two hour and forty-five minute time slot. You might want to tune in at 5 A.M. on the 20th to see what they're really doing with it.

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Postby Mister Tee » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:53 pm

Mister Tee wrote:The TCM 31 Days of Oscar has, as you'd expect, mostly things many of us have seen long ago. But they've got one film on schedule that's brand-new for me, and I'd guess for most others:

Monday, February 20, 5AM ET -- The Patent Leather Kid, one of the two silents that put Richard Barthelmess among the first Oscar year's best actor nominees.

And now I'm obliged to report that they've, with no explanation, removed the film from the schedule. If you're watching any TCM this month, you know they're doing a alphabetical A-Z schedule, and the slot between A Patch of Blue and Penny Serenade that was filled with The Patent Leather Kid now shows Pennies from Heaven (a movie well worth seeing, but not the historical get that Patent Leather Kid would have been).

Patent does seem to have suddenly emerged from the shadows -- YouTube links claim it can be streamed at some not-too-distant future time -- so maybe this is just a deferral, not a cancellation.

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Postby Mister Tee » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:13 pm

The TCM 31 Days of Oscar has, as you'd expect, mostly things many of us have seen long ago. But they've got one film on schedule that's brand-new for me, and I'd guess for most others:

Monday, February 20, 5AM ET -- The Patent Leather Kid, one of the two silents that put Richard Barthelmess among the first Oscar year's best actor nominees.

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:30 pm

The ultimate Oscar completist coup:

Saturday 11/5, 10:30 AM: TCM is showing High Society -- according to their guide, yes, the infamous Bowery Boys movie mistakenly nominated, then un-nominated, for Motion Picture Story in 1956.

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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:11 pm

Ah, yes, The Fighting Sullivans, the film that inspired Saving Private Ryan, another film that played endlessly on TV when I was a kid.

I'm pretty sure it's a public domain title. I have it on DVD, but it's long been available on YouTube.

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Postby The Original BJ » Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:23 pm

Tuesday, August 16, 6:15 AM PST: The Fighting Sullivans (aka The Sullivans) airs on TCM. This is a not-terribly-available nominee in the upcoming 1944 screenplay race we'll be discussing.

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Postby Mister Tee » Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:54 pm

Coming up on TCM, a big one for Oscar completists:

Fri. Aug. 5th, 12AM EDT: Thunderbolt (1929), featuring one of the least-seen best actor nominees, George Bancroft

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby Big Magilla » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:17 pm

The Original BJ wrote:Some upcoming, more obscure screenplay nominees featured on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar:

2/3 - The Star Witness (1931)
2/7 - Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
2/10 - Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
2/10 - Pat and Mike (1952)
2/16 - Bachelor Mother (1939)
2/17 - The Blue Dahlia (1946)
2/18 - The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
2/22 - A Foreign Affair (1948)
2/22 - Hide-Out (1934)
2/23 - Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
2/23 - Comrade X (1940)
2/28 - One Way Passage (1932)

The Star Witness and Hide-Out are certainly obscure, but the others should be familiar to anyone who watches TCM on a regular basis as they're all pretty much in heavy rotation.

One Way Passage , A Foreign Affair and Pat and Mike are genuine classics and Bachelor Mother is a near-classic. Our Dancing Daughters made a star of Joan Crawford, but Anita Page is the film's standout. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet is one of Warner Bros. better biographical dramas and The Blue Dahlia is an outstanding film noir. The War Against Mrs. Hadley gives Fay Bainter a rare starring role.

The only two I don't recommend, except for those who need to see everything nominated for an Oscar, are Comrade X, which is a second-rate Ninotchka and Tom, Dick and Harry which was cornball nonsense even then.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby The Original BJ » Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:50 pm

Some upcoming, more obscure screenplay nominees featured on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar:

2/3 - The Star Witness (1931)
2/7 - Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
2/10 - Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
2/10 - Pat and Mike (1952)
2/16 - Bachelor Mother (1939)
2/17 - The Blue Dahlia (1946)
2/18 - The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
2/22 - A Foreign Affair (1948)
2/22 - Hide-Out (1934)
2/23 - Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
2/23 - Comrade X (1940)
2/28 - One Way Passage (1932)

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:07 pm

ksrymy wrote:I'm a completist myself, but there are films almost not worth it as you mention.

Well, I never said it wasn't worth it. I just said that there are some that are hard to get through.

Conversely, though, to use my own example, even something as plodding as Cavalcade can have some merit. I learned a little about the Boer War and advanced my use of the word "tinny" when I reviewed the film (referring to its sound quality).
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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby ksrymy » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:08 pm

flipp525 wrote:
ksrymy wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:Another tip-off for when we resume the screenplay discussions: This Tuesday at 5:45AM ET, TCM is showing 1938's Blockade, one of the nominees I'm missing from the Original Story category.

I wouldn't bother. It's godawful with Henry Fonda giving one of his worst-ever performances.

But kudos to your solidarity.

I think you might be missing the point of being an Oscar completist. A lot of what was nominated in the past is a slog to get through (would anyone willingly pop in 1933's Cavalcade if they weren't trying to mark it off their Best Picture list?), but get through it you must if you want to complete the nomination list.

I'm a completist myself, but there are films almost not worth it as you mention.
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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:06 pm

ksrymy wrote:
Mister Tee wrote:Another tip-off for when we resume the screenplay discussions: This Tuesday at 5:45AM ET, TCM is showing 1938's Blockade, one of the nominees I'm missing from the Original Story category.

I wouldn't bother. It's godawful with Henry Fonda giving one of his worst-ever performances.

But kudos to your solidarity.

I think you might be missing the point of being an Oscar completist. A lot of what was nominated in the past is a slog to get through (would anyone willingly pop in 1933's Cavalcade if they weren't trying to mark it off their Best Picture list?), but get through it you must if you want to complete the nomination list.
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