The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby Big Magilla » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:41 am

With Byrd at the South Pole was long available on VHS and DVD, but is now out of print.

It was a big box-office success in the early 1930s and in the late 1940s and early 1950s was a staple of films shown in schools. I saw it in the first or second grade at an event held in the school's auditorium in lieu of classes one Friday afternoon. It used to show up on the Late Show when the Late Show meant movies, not talk shows. It was filmed between 1928 and 1930. It deftly bridged the gap between silent films and talkies, starting out as a silent film with title cards and ending up with informative narration over the last fifteen minutes or so. It's quite riveting, and richly deserved its cinematography win.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:18 pm

An early alert to one we'll need when we get to 1930's cinematography race, and which I doubt many will have seen:

Thursday, October 19th, 8AM ET: With Byrd at the South Pole

...which might even be of historical interest. Or a complete bore; who knows? But an opportunity like this, an Oscar completist can't pass up.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby Mister Tee » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:26 pm

Reza wrote:
flipp525 wrote:Cinderella Liberty (1973) comes on tonight at 10pm on TCM. Not necessarily an obscure, hard-to-locate but it does feature Marsha Mason in a performance that netted her her first Oscar nomination (for those missing that on).


Mason was pretty big during her years with Neil Simon - her 4 nominations attest to that. I liked her although she's now pretty much ridiculed not unlike Norma Shearer to a certain extent. Probably because of their association with a more famous husband.


Or possibly because she wasn't a very good actress.

This performance in Cinderella Liberty is actually the exception, for me -- it, and maybe Blume in Love, are the only times I genuinely liked her.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby Reza » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:37 am

flipp525 wrote:Cinderella Liberty (1973) comes on tonight at 10pm on TCM. Not necessarily an obscure, hard-to-locate but it does feature Marsha Mason in a performance that netted her her first Oscar nomination (for those missing that on).


Mason was pretty big during her years with Neil Simon - her 4 nominations attest to that. I liked her although she's now pretty much ridiculed not unlike Norma Shearer to a certain extent. Probably because of their association with a more famous husband.

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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

Postby flipp525 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:38 pm

Cinderella Liberty (1973) comes on tonight at 10pm on TCM. Not necessarily an obscure, hard-to-locate but it does feature Marsha Mason in a performance that netted her her first Oscar nomination (for those missing that on).
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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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Re: The VCR / DVR / Streaming Alert Thread

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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