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by momsne
Thu May 24, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: pre-code film list?
Replies: 4
Views: 1614

Re: pre-code film list?

"Warner Brothers Presents: The Most Exciting Years--From the Jazz Singer to White Heat" (Hardcover – June 1, 1971)
has in Appendix II a year-by-year listing of all the Warner Bros. movies from 1930 to 1949. There is a capsule summary of each movie, which includes the director and main stars.
by momsne
Mon May 14, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Conqueror (1956)
Replies: 16
Views: 3352

Re: The Conqueror (1956)

About 26 years ago, I drove from Las Vegas to Snow Canyon, Utah. The canyon looked very red. Someone I spoke to in a store in St. George about the radiation said she was a recent arrival and the locals don't talk about the radiation effects to outsiders. This RKO picture was called a "Radioactive" p...
by momsne
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: CBC to destroy record collection
Replies: 17
Views: 2757

Re: CBC to destroy record collection

A new corporate regime takes over the government and, poof, archives vanish, institutional history falls by the wayside and our connection to the past is severed. I have a Blu-ray of the 1941 Technicolor movie "The Black Swan". 20th Century Fox produced that movie. In the 1970s, Fox studio functiona...
by momsne
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dust Off That VCR, a Cinema Chain Is Starting to Rent VHS Mo
Replies: 20
Views: 2266

Re: Dust Off That VCR, a Cinema Chain Is Starting to Rent VH

In 2010, I bought the Panasonic DMP-BD70V Blu-ray Disc/VHS Multimedia Player from Amazon for $135, a clearance price. Originally, the unit's retail price was $399. Panasonic discontinued the model, deciding that VHS was a dead medium. Panasonic makes what is, in my opinion, the best VHS player ever ...
by momsne
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Harvey Weinstein
Replies: 94
Views: 13783

Re: Harvey Weinstein

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has now, for the first time, put charges of rape, sexual molestation and predatory behavior by Hollywood titans ahead of intellectual property rights. Harvey Weinstein looked at actresses as property to be abused with impunity for decades. AMPA...
by momsne
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: French Movie Actor Jean Rochefort Passes Away
Replies: 2
Views: 672

French Movie Actor Jean Rochefort Passes Away

French actor Jean Rochefort passed away Monday, October 8, 2017. Not well known in the United States, he appeared in 117 movies, among them "Le Crabe-Tambour" (Drummer Crab), a 1977 movie where Rochefort's performance garnered him the Best Actor César award for a French movie. Rochefort had only a l...
by momsne
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Actor Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away At The Age Of 91
Replies: 7
Views: 1642

Actor Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away At The Age Of 91

Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in films like The Godfather II, Alien and Cool Hand Luke, has died of natural causes at the age of 91. The Kentucky-born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films, including 1984's Paris, Texas and Repo Man. http...
by momsne
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Watching DUNKIRK
Replies: 31
Views: 6840

Re: Watching DUNKIRK

The 1964 French movie "Weekend At Dunkirk" does a really fine job covering incidents during the Dunkirk evacuation. The problem for this movie was that it barely got released in the United States, the New York Times movie reviewer sneered at it and the only DVD version is in French with no English s...
by momsne
Tue May 23, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Roger Moore Has Passed Away
Replies: 18
Views: 3744

Re: Sir Roger Moore Dies: RIP James Bond

That was unexpected.
by momsne
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE are coming to 3-D Blu-ray!
Replies: 10
Views: 3048

Re: THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE are coming to 3-D Blu-ray!

Great job, Bob and crew. When I see success stories like this, it makes it all the worse that for many Hollywood movies, there is nothing left to restore, the movies are gone for good.
by momsne
Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Whatever Happened To Irina Demick?
Replies: 2
Views: 1753

Whatever Happened To Irina Demick?

IMDb shows that French actress Irina Demick passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 8, 2004. How did she wind up there? In the 1960s, Demick was Darryl Zanuck’s girl friend and he made sure she got good parts in three movies he produced, starting with “The Longest Day”. In an interview extra...
by momsne
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Many of My WB Dvds are "Rotting" (??)
Replies: 9
Views: 3873

Re: Many of My WB Dvds are "Rotting" (??)

I have heard of "laser rot", laserdiscs that would start to show signs of deterioration like speckles due to bad manufacturing. Blank DVDRs from certain brands (Ricoh is one I know of, from personal experience) did not age well, whether due to exposure to UV light or from some other reason. I had a ...
by momsne
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Warner Bros. - 1932 to 1933
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Re: Warner Bros. - 1932 to 1933

The fact that the Breen office and the Production Code bowdlerized Hollywood movie content after July 1934 does not explain why during a narrow window of time Warner Bros. produced so many great movies. Part of the reason may be that Hollywood studios were willing to try almost anything to get custo...
by momsne
Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Warner Bros. - 1932 to 1933
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Re: Warner Bros. - 1932 to 1933

Warren William made the movies below all in a row at Warner Bros.. Every one of these eight movies is better and more realistic than most of the movies made at Warner Bros. only a few years later. Warner Bros. made some very fine movies later in the 30s, but most don’t hold a candle to “Three On A M...
by momsne
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Warner Bros. - 1932 to 1933
Replies: 10
Views: 2720

Warner Bros. - 1932 to 1933

First, some background facts. If any details are wrong, feel free to correct them. I just watched again "Private Detective 62", a Warner Bros. crime picture starring William Powell and Margaret Lindsay. The credits identified Rian James as the screenplay writer. James' career at Warner Bros. is pret...
by momsne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction
Replies: 7
Views: 1387

The Ten Commandments (1923) - Unusual Art Direction

The attached screen capture comes from the blu-ray of the 1923 version of "The Ten Commandments." Pharaoh Ramses II is being carried out of a temple to observe the construction of a monument. In the background, on the sides of the temple passageway, are two columns that have a distinctive phallic so...
by momsne
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: IMDB Message Board
Replies: 28
Views: 7280

Re: IMDB Message Board

Until seeing this posting on the message boards demise, I never even went there, so I have no bias one way or another, for or against. The operative word I think applies here is "monetize". IMDb corporate figures why spend money on this website free feature. Unlike me, thousands of visitors to IMDb ...
by momsne
Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Debbie Reynolds Passes Away
Replies: 17
Views: 4676

Debbie Reynolds Passes Away

Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood's greats, just died.
http://www.tmz.com/2016/12/28/debbie-reynolds-dead/" target="_blank" target="_blank
by momsne
Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Singer/Songwriter Leonard Cohen R.I.P.
Replies: 6
Views: 1464

Singer/Songwriter Leonard Cohen R.I.P.

Variety reports that: "Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist who became a singular international presence as a singer-songwriter, has died. He was 82." A statement on his official Facebook page read, “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Co...
by momsne
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Happy 150th to William S Hart
Replies: 20
Views: 5461

Re: Happy 150th to William S Hart

alt.movies.silent used to be a fine Google groups site. One of the minor things that hurt it was uncalled for insults by posters. I posted a comment about a minor typo, a comment which itself also had a minor error. Neither typo matters much. That was no excuse for the comment about my "half-ass mat...
by momsne
Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Happy 150th to William S Hart
Replies: 20
Views: 5461

Re: Happy 150th to William S Hart

Whatever. He had the correct year at his link site.
by momsne
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Happy 150th to William S Hart
Replies: 20
Views: 5461

Re: Happy 150th to William S Hart

Typo alert: You meant 1884, not 1889, for the year of his birth.
by momsne
Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Dish to drop TCM
Replies: 68
Views: 25501

Re: Dish to drop TCM

Time was, you would lose your DISH signal only when it was raining. Good thing I have FiOS now. --- CBS stations pulled from Dish Network in contract dispute By Meg James Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2014 Millions of Dish Network customers lose easy access to CBS programming in a dispute between t...
by momsne
Tue Dec 02, 2014 12:02 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM Survives, New General Manager
Replies: 21
Views: 6497

Re: TCM Survives, New General Manager

"I have been depressed for the last three decades and I still don't have the terribly gloomy outlook you have." If I was quoting Rush Limbaugh, I would say you are insane. You know nothing about me. Gloomy outlook? Tell that to the 450 employees at New Line Cinema headquarters in New York City who g...
by momsne
Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:39 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM Survives, New General Manager
Replies: 21
Views: 6497

Re: TCM Survives, New General Manager

I am a little amazed at the miserableness of the comments coming from Vitaphone and boblipton. DISH network cuts off viewers from TCM, adversely affecting some members here. No big deal. Everything is okay. News reports of how long term employees of CNN are given almost no notice that their jobs are...
by momsne
Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Dish to drop TCM
Replies: 68
Views: 25501

Re: Dish to drop TCM

There is the Watch TCM for Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... .tcm&hl=en" target="_blank) and iPhones and iPads. I could use it to get streaming TCM video on my Samsung phone but the phone screen is a tad too small for me.
by momsne
Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM Survives, New General Manager
Replies: 21
Views: 6497

Re: TCM Survives, New General Manager

Posters who appoint themselves hallway monitors...how sad.
by momsne
Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Black Levels In Old Films
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: Black Levels In Old Films

Throwing my two bits in, unless you have a camera negative of the film in pristine condition, the contrast, black levels, film grain, color and density are all variables subject to the whims of the lab technicians and the film restoration budget (if there was one). In DVD Savant's review of the blu-...
by momsne
Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM Survives, New General Manager
Replies: 21
Views: 6497

Re: TCM Survives, New General Manager

Left out of the New York Times article on Osborne is the fact that he presented movies at The Movie Channel for about 10 years prior to moving to TCM. Just in the nick of time, as the Movie Channel changed its format and got rid of presenters like Joe Bob Briggs to save money. I am amazed that anyon...
by momsne
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "The William Desmond Taylor Murder Case" feature in 1937?
Replies: 8
Views: 2611

Re: "The William Desmond Taylor Murder Case" feature in 1937

Live and learn. Still, I doubt if he objects to a link to his site.