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Postby flipp525 » Sun May 03, 2009 12:21 pm

The hard-to-find Hester Street from 1975 (featuring Carol Kane's Best Actress nominated performance) is showing on FLIXe at 3pm (EST) today.
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Postby dws1982 » Sat May 02, 2009 1:08 pm

One Potato, Two Potato, which Mister Tee and I had discussed earlier in this thread, airs overnight tonight on TCM at 1:00 AM. This was a 1964 Original Screenplay nominee, and a winner at Cannes for Barbara Barrie's performance (tied with Anne Bancroft in The Pumpkin Eater).

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Postby FilmFan720 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:19 pm

--Mister Tee wrote:
--FilmFan720 wrote:The supporting comedic cast is wonderful, and Leo McCarey's direction was joyous.

Isn't this the movie where Roland Young has an absolutely hilarious scene by a piano?

Yes -- it may be the funniest scene in the film.




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Postby Mister Tee » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:17 pm

--FilmFan720 wrote:The supporting comedic cast is wonderful, and Leo McCarey's direction was joyous.

Isn't this the movie where Roland Young has an absolutely hilarious scene by a piano?




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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:58 pm

Laughton had a third big one in 1935 - Les Miserables.

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Postby FilmFan720 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:52 pm

I just finished watching Ruggles...what a joy of a film. Charles Laughton surely had one of the great 1-2 punches of cinema history that year, with this and Mutiny on the Bounty, two perfect, yet completely different, performances. The supporting comedic cast is wonderful, and Leo McCarey's direction was joyous. Just a fun film. The print was excellent.
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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:24 pm

I actually have Ruggles of Red Gap on DVD. Though discontinued, it's still available at Amazon and other places. I was channel surfing while it was on TCM last night and it looks like the print they showed has been remastered. It certainly looked better than my DVD.

I also have A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on DVD, but it's a Region 2 (U.K.) import.

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Postby flipp525 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:11 pm

FilmFan720 wrote:As always, thanks for the heads up. I taped Ruggles of Red Gap last night, but haven't watched it yet...I have been waiting for that one for years.

I saw this too late. I LOVE Ruggles of Red Gap!
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Postby FilmFan720 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:22 pm

As always, thanks for the heads up. I taped Ruggles of Red Gap last night, but haven't watched it yet...I have been waiting for that one for years.
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Postby dws1982 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:55 am

Friday at 7:30 AM, Jacques Tourneur's rarely shown Anne of the Indies airs on Fox Movie Channel.

On Thursday, April 30, Elia Kazan's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which inexplicably is not available on DVD, airs on the Fox Movie Channel at 6:00 AM.




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Postby dws1982 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:48 am

Most of the day TCM is showing old Harold Lloyd films. I've not seen any, but from looking at their schedule, I think almost all of these are on DVD. The box sets are listed as out of print on Amazon, but they're all still available via netflix.

At 3:00 PM they show The Milky Way, which was released as part of one of those Harold Lloyd box sets, and has an individual DVD release, but from what I've read it is apparently a very bad DVD. This could be your only chance to get a copy of that film by itself.

And tonight they show Ruggles of Red Gap at 9:15 PM. I'd guess that a DVD version of this is due sometime in the not to distant future, since a high-definition version of this is available to buy or rent on iTunes. But this hasn't shown on television in a really long time.

Also, at 4:30 AM tomorrow morning, King Vidor's The Patsy airs. Not on DVD, and not shown too often if I remember correctly.




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Postby Big Magilla » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:42 pm

Another reason to own a region free DVD player. A Room at the Top has just been re-released in Region 2 (Great Britain).

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Postby dws1982 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:27 pm

I haven't looked over their entire schedule for the next few days, but Tuesday at 8:00 PM, TCM shows Room At the Top.

The DVD went out of print some time back, and for the longest time you couldn't even get a used copy for less than $100.00. Now the prices have stabilized a bit (about $40.00), although a new copy will still set you back around $150.00.

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Postby Damien » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:23 am

dws1982 wrote:John Ford's Wagon Master airs on TCM on Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Tag Gallagher says it's one of Ford's best in his book. Like a lot of the other Ford films that aren't on DVD, they don't show it very often on television. I had taped it off of TCM years ago but never got around to watching it before I disconnected the VCR.

Wagon Master is not quite top-of-the-line Ford (which is akin to saying Henry V is not as outstanding as some other Shakespeare plays), but neverthe less it's a very lovely and under-rated film. It's pretty low-keyed, and rather than a traditional narrative is more the unspooling of a series of rituals. But it is so filled with beautiful imagery and achingly-true interactions that -- as so often happens with Ford -- it feels that we're not simply watching the characters but that we are living their lives. Exquisite photography by Bert Glennon and Charles Kemper is a very memorable slob villain.




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Postby dws1982 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:37 pm

John Ford's Wagon Master airs on TCM on Friday at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Tag Gallagher says it's one of Ford's best in his book. Like a lot of the other Ford films that aren't on DVD, they don't show it very often on television. I had taped it off of TCM years ago but never got around to watching it before I disconnected the VCR.


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